Mahatma Letter No. 41

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Written by: Morya
Received by: A. P. Sinnett
Sent via: unknown
Written on: unknown
Received on: January 1882 - see below
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: Allahabad, India
Via: unknown 

This is Letter No. 41 in The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett, 4th chronological edition. It corresponds to Letter No. 109 in Barker numbering. Letter 108 (Barker numbering 40) is on the same page. See below for Context and background.

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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

I cannot make a miracle, or I would have shown myself fully to Mrs. Sinnett at last in spite of the matches of the French woman and to yourself in spite of the physical and psychical conditions. Kindly realize that my sense of justice is so strong that I would not deny you a satisfaction I gave Ramaswami and Scott. If you have not seen me it is simply because it was an impossibility. If you had gratified K.H. by attending the meeting no harm would as a matter of fact have been done to you for K.H. had foreseen and prepared all, and the very effort you made to be firm even at supposed personal risk, would have totally changed your condition. Now let us see what the future has in store.




  • Matches, "Query machinations."
  • the French woman refers to Emma Coulomb, housekeeper at the Theosophical Society’s headquarters in Bombay, who later conspired with missionaries to attack the reputation of H.P. Blavatsky.
  • By attending the meeting refers to an anniversary in Bombay that Mr. Sinnett did not attend. See Letter 39.

Context and background

In Josephine Ransom’s book Short History of the Theosophical Society, p. 165, she relates that,

"During January and February the Master M. appeared often and was seen by many... One evening, when a group had gathered at the house, the Master M. appeared and was distinctly seen by Ross Scott, Bhavani Shanker, Damodar and others."

She does not mention S. Ramaswamier, but it appears from this letter that he was present, since the Mahatma mentions him along with Scott. Ramaswamier was from Tinevelly and had been accepted by the Mahatma M. as a chela.

There is reference to the anniversary celebration in Bombay in what appears to be a note of regret that Sinnett did not attend. It is not clear what the reference to "personal risk" could mean. It may mean that the Mahatmas knew that the honesty of the founders was to be called in question and felt that Sinnett would have to take some "personal risk" in defending them.

Physical description of letter

The original is in the British Library, Folio 3. George Linton and Virginia Hanson wrote of this letter and ML-108,

These two notes are in red ink on a single sheet of folded heavy white paper, about 6" X 9" [15.2 X 22.9 cm] in size. One letter is written diagonally across one side and the other is written diagonally across the reverse side.[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), 90.