Mahatma Letter No. 27

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

This is Letter No. 27 in The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett, 4th chronological edition. It corresponds to Letter No. 101 in Barker numbering. See below for Context and background.

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Envelope

M K. H. enclosure

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NOTES:

  • Other markings on the envelope are "C1" and the numbers 45 (circle) and 172.

Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

Received Simla, 1881.

Your letter received. I believe you had better try and see whether you could not make your ideas less polemical and dry than his. I begin to think there may be some stuff in you, since you are able so to appreciate my beloved friend and brother. I have attended to the Brahmin boy's letter and erased the offensive sentence replacing it with another. You can now show it to the Maha Sahib; him so proud in his bakbak humility and so humble in his pride. As

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NOTES:

  • polemical means being argumentative or attacking a point of view.
  • Maha Sahib is here a reference to A. O. Hume.
  • bakbak is a Hindi word for “meaningless conversation”; chit-chat.

Page 2

for phenomena you will have none — I have written through Olcott. Blessed is he who knows our Koothoomi and blessed is he who appreciates him. What I now mean you will understand some day. As for your A.O.H. I know him better than you ever will.

M.

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NOTES:

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, in a medium sized scrawl on both sides of a single sheet of very heavy rough paper with uneven edges, about 4" X 6" [10.2 X 15.2 cm] in size. The initial "M" at the end does not have the usual "tail." The letter is typical of M's brusque manner, having no salutation or complimentary closing.[1]

Publication history

Commentary about this letter

Notes

  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), 76.