Mahatma Letter No. 110

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: H. S. Olcott
Sent via: unknown
Written on: unknown
Received on: probably May 1883 - see below
Other dates: none
Sent from: Madras, India
Received at: Allahabad, India
Via: unknown 

This is Letter No. 110 in The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett, 4th chronological edition. It corresponds to Letter No. 67 in Barker numbering. See below for Context and background.

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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

You have been ordered home for a rest that you need — so, you should decline any further healings until you hear from M. The Maha-Chohan will intimate when, you are to go to the Punjab. As the English mail goes to-morrow, you might do well to give Mr. Sinnett a friendly caution against being surprised if his paper project should have checks upon checks. The state of India is just now almost comparable to a great body of dry matter in which sparks are smouldering. Agitators of both races have been and are doing their best to stir up a great flame. In the mad fanaticism of the hour there is hardly patience enough to think soberly upon any matter, least of all one that appeals like this to conservative men. Capitalists are more ready — like Holkar — to horde away their rupees than put them into share companies. So — "miracles" being barred from the first as you and Mr. Sinnett know — I see delays, disappointments, trials of patience, but — (as yet) no failure. The lamentable issue of Bishenlal's rapid scramble up the Himalayas as would be chela has sadly complicated matters. And your eminent Simla correspondent has made matters worse.



  • This letter was written to Col. Olcott.
  • any further healings refers to intensive practice of the mesmeric healing which was adopted by Olcott since August 29, 1882 (the first case of spontaneous and successful cure of a paralytic person in Galle). Such countless exhausting treatments enervated him greatly by May 1883.
  • Holkar probably refers to the Maharaja of Indore.
  • Simla correspondent refers to A. O. Hume.

Page 2

Tho' unaware of it he has helped precipitate Bishenlal's insanity and (here, consciously) is plotting and scheming in many ways to make us all into a holocaust from out whose vapours may loom the giant spectre of the Jakko. Already he tells you that Sinnett is a credulous imbecile to be led by the nose (pardon my worthy friend the bad taste which compelled me to duplicate for my "ward" A. P. Sinnett that last long letter of Mr. H. to yourself which you have at the bottom of your dispatch box and did not intend H.P.B. to see in full). I had it neatly copied and for your fiery colleague he has had a deadly mine long prepared. Mr. Sinnett is now able to verify my old warning that he meant to set all your friends in London against the Society. The turn of the Kingsford-Maitland party has come. The diabolical malice which breathes thro' his present letter comes straight from the Dugpas who provoke his vanity and blind his reason. When you open M.'s letter of 1881 you will find the key to many mysteries — this included. Intuitive as you naturally are — chelaship is yet almost — a complete



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puzzle for you — as for my friend Sinnett and the others they have scarcely an inkling of it yet. Why must I even now (to put your thoughts in the right channel) remind you of the three cases of insanity within seven months among "lay chelas," not to mention one's turning a thief? Mr. Sinnett may consider himself lucky that his lay chelaship is in "fragments" only, and that I have so uniformly discouraged his desires for a closer relationship as an accepted chela. Few men know their inherent capacities — only the ordeal of crude chelaship develops them. (Remember these words: they have a deep meaning.)

M. sends you thro' me these vases as a home greeting.

You had better say plainly to Mr. Sinnett that his quondam friend of Simla has — no matter under what influence — distinctly injured the newspaper project not only with the Maharajah of Cashmere but with many more in India. All he hints at in his letter to you and more he has done or is preparing to do.

This is "a K.H. letter" and you may say to Mr. S. from —

K. H.



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Context and background

Physical description of letter

The original is in the British Library, Folio 3. George Linton and Virginia Hanson described the letter this way:

In dark blue ink in heavy KH script on both sides of two sheets of full-sized white paper.[1]

Publication history

Commentary about this letter


  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), 177.