Mahatma Letter No. 28

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Written by: Morya
Received by: A. P. Sinnett
Sent via: unknown
Written on: unknown
Received on: October 1881
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: Simla, India
Via: unknown 

This is Letter No. 28 in The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett, 4th chronological edition. It corresponds to Letter No. 74 in Barker numbering. See below for Context and background.

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If you are so anxious to find out the particular spot where I erased and precipitated instead another sentence last night at post-office I can satisfy your curiosity Mr. Sinnett, "but that it was the Chohan's KNOWLEDGE that neither you nor anyone cared for the real object of the Society, nor had any respect for the BROTHERHOOD but only a personal feeling for a few of the Brothers. So you cared only for K.H. personally and phenomena; Mr. Hume to get at the secrets of their philosophy and to assure himself that the Tibetan Mahatmas — the Lhas — if at all existing outside of Mme. B.'s imagination — were connected any way with certain adepts he had in his mind."

All this is what K.H. said, what I had to write and precipitate instead of that



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which stood then written by the boy in a phraseology which would have called out from Mr. Hume a whole torrent of fine words and the word "ignorance" applied to my Brother. I would not have even the desert wind listen to a word said at low breath against him who now sleeps. Such is the cause of the tamacha produced by me and for no other cause.

Yours M.



  • Tamacha or tamasha is a psychic illusion. The word literally means "a spectacle; entertainment."

Reverse side - clipping


Context and background

Physical description of letter

The original is in the British Library, Folio 3. According to George Linton and Virginia Hanson, the letter was written:

In bright red ink lengthwise on a single sheet of bright blue paper, about 8" X 12 1/2" [20.3 X 31.8 cm], with a watermark of W&P. Some smearing and rubbing off of the ink is noticeable, and where the ink has run together in letters - as in the "a" - a reddish-black color is produced. The sheet of paper is one that HPB had used to paste up a newspaper clipping from the New York Sun, but the clipping had been pulled off.[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), 77.