Gwala K. Deb

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Gwala Krishna Deb was an accepted chela of Mahatma K.H., whose mystical name was Dharbagiri Nath. He was a brother chela of Chandra Cusha. In 1882 he was 30 years of age.[1] In 1886 Mme. Blavatsky wrote to Mr. Sinnett that he had been "with Master KH for the last 13 or 14 years".[2]

He was mentioned in Mahatma Letter No. 65 as a person who could convey papers from Sinnett and Hume to the Mahatmas. In Mahatma Letter No. 53, Madame Blavatsky describes him in this way:

I have now with me Deb; Deb "Shortridg" as we call him, who looks a boy of 12, though is past 30 and more. An ideal little face with small cut delicate features, pearly teeth, long hair, almond cut eyes and a Chinese-tartar purple cap on the top of his head. He is my "heir of Salvation" and I have work to do with him. I cannot leave him and have no right to, now. I have to make over my work to him. He is my right hand (and K. H.'s left one) — at imposture and false pretence.[3]

In late 1882, Deb, who lived in Darjeeling, was to travel to Simla to deliver a letter from Master K.H. to Mr. Sinnett. However, since Deb was at the time in Tibet undergoing certain occult training, he was unable to go in his physical body. Babaji (a probationary chela) allowed him to use his own body for the occasion. This, later lead the latter to impersonate Deb on occasions, which produced considerable confusion among members.

See also Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, I: 132; The Letters of H. P. Blavatsky to A. P. Sinnett, pp. 166-173, 338, 342.


  1. George E. Linton and Virginia Hanson, eds., Readers Guide to The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1972), 227.
  2. A. Trevor Barker, The Letters of H. P. Blavatsky to A. P. Sinnett Letter No. LXX, (Pasadena, CA: Theosophical University Press, 1973), 170.
  3. See this page.