Mahatma Letter No. 115

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Written by: H. S. Olcott
Received by: H. P. Blavatsky
Sent via: unknown
Written on: unknown
Received on: November 25 or 27, 1883 - see below
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: Jammu
Received at: Adyar, Chennai, India
Via: unknown 

This is Letter No. 115 in The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett, 4th chronological edition. It corresponds to Letter No. 129 in Barker numbering. See below for Context and background.

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Cover sheet

No. 1 Telegram



Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

{Enclosed in LBS-30}

Class P — Indian Telegraph — Local No. 48

To (Station): Adyar, Madras

From (Station): Jummar

To (Person): Madame Blavatsky

From (Person): Col. Olcott

The Masters have

taken Damodar return

not promised

We will send him back. K.H.

Adyar 25-11-83. Hour 10-15.



  • The sentence "We will send him back. K.H." is precipitated in blue on the telegram.

Context and background

In October and November of 1883, Olcott, accompanied by Damodar and W. T. Brown, was touring in Northern India. Quite a number of astonishing things happened while Olcott and his associates were on this tour. They are related in detail in Chapters 2 through 5 of Old Diary Leaves, volume 3.

While at Lahore, both Olcott and Brown received visits from the Mahatma K.H. With each of them, on this visit, the Mahatma left a letter enclosed in silk cloth. The letters were simply materialized in their hands. Many other interesting things happened on this tour, but it was at Jammar that Damodar disappeared. Damodar had been a chela of the Mahatma K.H. for a number of years. He had long been aware of the Master. When he was a boy, during a severe illness, he received a visit from him and was later able to identify him as the Mahatma K.H. With Damodar, it was "all or nothing." His was a singularly intense temperament.

"His coming with us on the present tour," says the Colonel, "was by command of his Guru... and throughout the journey we had many proofs of the progress he was making in spiritual unfolding." Damodar was involved in several of the amazing happenings on the tour.

When Olcott awakened on the morning of November 25 to find Damodar gone — with no clue to where he had gone or when he would return, he (the Colonel) searched through the small bungalow in which they were staying, but found no one. When he returned to his own room, however, there were notes from both the Mahatma K.H. and Damodar on his table. Olcott does not say specifically what was in the notes, but the one from the Mahatma must have been to the effect that they (the Mahatmas) had taken Damodar, for that is the substance of the telegram which the Colonel sent at once to H.P.B., shown here as being at 10:15. The words at the bottom, in dark print, are important: "We will send him back. K.H."

Physical description of letter

The original is in the British Library, Folio 3. George Linton and Virginia Hanson described the letter and its companion, No. 116, in this way:

Two telegrams from HSO to HPB regarding the disappearance of DKM. The note on ML-129 from KH is in blue pencil, added probably while the telegram was in transit.[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), 184.