Mahatma Letter to Holloway - LMW 1 No. 31

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: Laura Carter Holloway
Sent via: unknown 
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Other dates: unknown
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This letter is Letter No. 31 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi advises Laura Carter Holloway about self-development.[1]

It was presented in the 1964 and 1973 editions as Letter II, before the First Series was resequenced in 1988 to make it Letter 31.

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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

How can you know the real from the unreal, the true from the false? Only by self-development. How get that? By first carefully guarding yourself against the causes of self-deception. And this you can do by spending a certain fixed hour or hours each day all alone in self-contemplation, writing, reading, the purification of your motives, the study and correction of your faults, the planning of your work in the external life. These hours should be sacredly reserved for this purpose, and no one, not even your most intimate friend or friends, should be with you then. Little by little your sight will clear, you will find the mists pass away, your interior faculties strengthen, your attraction towards us gain force, and certainty replace doubts. But beware of seeking or leaning too much upon direct authority. Our ways are not your ways. We rarely show any outward signs by which to be recognized or sensed. Do you think – – and – – and – – have been counselling you entirely without prompting from us. As for U., you love her more than you respect her advice. You do not realize that when speaking of, or as from us, she dares not mix up her own personal opinions with those she tells you are ours. None of us would dare do so, for we have a code that is not to be transgressed. Learn, child, to catch a hint through whatever agency it may be given. 'Sermons may be preached even through stones.' Do not be too eager for 'instructions.' You will always get what you need as you shall deserve them, but no more than you deserve or are able to assimilate...

And now the battle is set in array; fight a good fight and may you win the day.




Context and background

Mr. Jinarajadasa provided these notes about this series of letters numbered 30-41. They were clearly written before Letters 4 to 20, which have reference to Mrs Holloway:

Miss Neff found in a magazine called The Word . . . published in New York, articles by Mrs Langford [titled, "The Mahatmas and Their Instruments," Parts 1 and 2] in the issues of May and July 1912. These contain instructions received by her from the Master K.H. . . . I publish these new Letters as they contain most valuable instructions for all who are purposing to tread the path to the Masters.[2]

Physical description of letter

The location of the original of this letter is not known.

Publication history

This letter was added as Letter II in the 1964 edition of the First Series, and kept that designation until 1988, when the letters were resequenced. Then it became Letter 31.

Commentary about this letter

Additional resources


  1. C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 2011), 74-75, 161-162.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom First Series (Adyar, Madras: The Theosophical Publishing House, 1964), 144-145.