Mahatma Letter No. 56

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Written by: Koot Hoomi/H. P. Blavatsky
Received by: A. P. Sinnett
Sent via: unknown
Written on: March 26, 1882
Received on: March 26-28, 1882
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: Bombay, India
Received at: Allahabad, India
Via: unknown 

This is Letter No. 56 in The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett, 4th chronological edition. It corresponds to Letter No. 100 in Barker numbering. See below for Context and background.

According to George Linton, no color slides were made for this letter. The images of the letter were taken from black-and-white microfilm.

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Cover sheet

For Letter No C see Blavatsky's Letter No II [2]

[Note by Trevor Barker]
Bind this in ________ folio]
[after No. 171]



Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

The new "guide" has meanwhile a few words to say to you. If you care anything about our future relations, then, you better try to make your



Page 2

friend and colleague Mr. Hume give up his insane idea of going to Tibet. Does he really think that unless we allow it, he, or an army of Pelings will be enabled to hunt us out, or bring back news, that we are, after all, but a "moonshine" as she calls it. Madman is that man who imagines that even the British Govt: is strong and rich enough and powerful enough to help him in carrying out his insane plan! Those whom we desire to know us will find us at the very frontiers. Those who have set against themselves the Chohans as he has — would not find us were they to go L'hassa with an army. His carrying out the



  • Peling (phyi-gling, 'outer continent') is a Tibetan word meaning outsider or foreigner, particularly a Westerner.
  • L'hassa is Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.

Page 3

plan will be the signal for an absolute separation between your world and ours. His idea of applying to the Govt: for permission to go to Tibet is ridiculous. He will encounter dangers at every step and — will not even hear the remotest tidings about ourselves or our whereabouts. Last night a letter was to be carried to him as well as to Mrs. Gordon. The Chohan forbid it. You are warned, good friend — act accordingly.

K. H.



Context and background

Physical description of letter

The original is in the British Library, Folio 4. According to George Linton and Virginia Hanson,

This letter is actually a postscript to LBS-2, p. 3, from HPB to APS, dated March 25. Hence the original is in Folio 4 with her letters. Beginning at the end of HPB's letter, KH has added his "few words" in blue ink, somewhat lighter in color than that used by HPB. He continues on the back of the sheet and finishes by writing crosswise over her writing.[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), 109.