Mahatma Letter No. 3a

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: A. P. Sinnett
Sent via: H. P. Blavatsky
Written on: unknown
Received on: October 20, 1880
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: Simla, India
Via: unknown 

This is Letter No. 3a in The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett, 4th chronological edition. It corresponds to Letter No. 3a in Barker numbering. Context and background.

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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

I saw K.H. in astral form on the night of 19th of October, 1880, — waking up for a moment but immediately afterwards being rendered unconscious again (in the body) and conscious out of the body in the adjacent dressing-room where I saw another of the Brothers afterwards identified with one called "Serapis" by Olcott, — "the youngest of the chohans."

The note about the vision came the following morning, and during that day, the 20th, we went for a picnic to Prospect Hill, when the "pillow incident" occurred.



Page 2

My good "Brother,"

In dreams and visions at least, when rightly interpreted there can hardly be an "element of doubt." . . . . I hope to prove to you my presence near you last night by something I took away with me. Your lady will receive it back on the Hill. I keep no pink paper to write upon, but I trust modest white will do as well for what I have to say.

Koot' Hoomi Lal Sing.



  • "Something I took away with me" refers to Mrs. Sinnett's brooch, which was materialized the next day.
  • pink paper refers to a phenomenon on September 20, when Mrs. Sinnett received a KH note on HPB's pink paper.

Context and background

Mr. Sinnett had been asking for some direct evidence of occult phenomena, and he was extremely eager for some kind of immediate personal contact with the Mahatma K.H.

To read about the "pink paper"' phenomenon, see The Occult World by A. P. Sinnett, pp.4-56 and Old Diary Leaves by H. S. Olcott, volume 2, p.232.

Physical description of letter

The original letter in in Folio 1 at the British Library. According to George Linton and Virginia Hanson:

The explanatory note by APS preceding the message from KH is on smooth white note paper, written in black ink (It is interesting that all the letters received while HPB was at Simla during that season are in this color of ink.) ML-3A, is on this same type of folded note paper and in black ink. The script is finer than in the previous two letters. Again, the signature is in a darker ink and different script from the body of the letter.[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), 39.

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