Mahatma Letters to H. S. Olcott
Col. Henry Steel Olcott was devoted to the Masters of the Wisdom. They trusted him as their agent in the wide range of activities required to establish the Theosophical Society as a viable institution for conveying the teachings of Theosophy. He was frequently asked to help train new chelas.
He received instructions, encouragement, – and sometimes rebukes – from six of the Mahatmas: Morya, Koot Hoomi, Serapis Bey, Tuitit Bey, Hilarion, and Narayan. Olcott's relationships with these Masters come vividly to life in his correspondence.
The letters were almost all published by Curuppumullage Jinarājadāsa in the Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series and Second Series. Two letters became known through other publications. The documents been listed in a chronological sequence devised by Daniel H. Caldwell. An internal navigation system guides readers to previous and next letters within the universe of Olcott's Mahatma letters.
In addition to the letters documented in this table, Olcott was frequently mentioned in The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett. That volume includes two letters addressed to HSO – Mahatma Letter No. 103a and Mahatma Letter No. 110 – and two telegrams that the Colonel wrote – Mahatma Letter No. 115 and Mahatma Letter No. 116.