Mahatma Letter No. A

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: A. P. Sinnett
Sent via: "M" see below
Written on: unknown
Received on: unknown – see below
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: London
Via: unknown 

This is Letter No. A in The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett, 4th chronological edition. It corresponds to Letter No. 33 in Barker numbering. See below for Context and background.

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Cover sheet

K.H. Letter received through M. shown to A.B.



Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

I am sincerely afraid that you may have been perplexed by the apparent contradiction between the notes received by you from my Brother M. — and myself. Know my friend that in our world though we may differ in methods we can never be opposed in principles of action and the broadest and most practical application of the idea of the Brotherhood of Humanity is not incompatible with your dream of establishing a nucleus of honest scientific enquirers of good repute, who would give weight to the T.S. organization in the eyes of the multitude, and serve as a shield against the ferocious and idiotic attack of sceptics and materialists.

There are — even among English men of Science — those who are already prepared to find our teachings in harmony with the results and progress of their own researches, and who are not indifferent to their application to the spiritual needs of humanity at large. Amongst these it may be your task to throw the seeds of Truth and point out the path. Yet as my brother reminded you, not one of those who have only tried to help on the work of the Society, however imperfect and faulty their ways and means, will have done so in vain. The situation shall be more fully explained to you by and by.

Meanwhile use every effort to develop such relations with A. Besant that your work may run on parallel lines and in full sympathy; an easier request than some of mine with which you have ever loyally complied. You may, if you see fit — show this note to her, only. In travelling your own thorny path I say again



Page 2

courage and hope. This is not an answer to your letter.

Yours ever truly,

K. H.



Context and background

This letter is undated, but was probably received in London in early 1884. Taking in consideration the mention of a note from "from my Brother M." and the reference to Annie Besant, the letter could go between ML118 and ML119. The letter seems to indicate that the Mahatma K.H. had fore-knowledge of Besant's role in theosophical work.

Physical description of letter

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

IN KH script on both sides of a sheet of waxy white paper of figured disign. The writing is nearly illegible. APS's notation says the letter was received "through M." (presumably MMC) and "shown to A. B." (Annie Besant).[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), 214.