Mahatma Letter No. 4
|Written by:||A. P. Sinnett/Koot Hoomi|
|Received by:||Koot Hoomi/A. P. Sinnett|
|Sent via:||H. P. Blavatsky|
|Received on:||October 27, 1880|
|Received at:||Allahabad, India|
This is Letter No. 4 in The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett, 4th chronological edition. It corresponds to Letter No. 143 in Barker numbering. See below for Context and background.
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It certainly would be the best thing to do, and I personally would feel sincerely thankful to you on account of our much ill-used friend. You are at liberty to mention my first name if it will in the least help you.
Context and background
This is a very short letter and one of the few in the volume where both sides of the correspondence are shown. Col. Olcott and H.P.B. had left Simla on October 21 for Amritsar and a tour of northwest India. The Sinnetts returned to Allahabad, their permanent residence, on October 24.
The test phenomenon of the pillow incident seemed to Mr. Sinnett so perfect that, before he left Simla, he wrote a short note asking the Mahatma whether he wished the story to be described in The Pioneer. The reply was received after the Sinnetts had reached Allahabad.
The Mahatma approved publication of the story “on account of our much ill-used friend” (H.P.B.) who had been subject to a great deal of adverse criticism following publication of the story of Brooch No. 1. And also as the result of another incident involving overzealousness on Col. Olcott’s part, mentioned in letter No. 5.
Sinnett says in The Occult World that the people who had flooded the Press with their comments (he calls them “simple comments”, meaning, obviously, “stupid comments” for some of them were ridiculously far-fetched; he mentions a number of them) had nothing to say about the “pillow incident.”
Physical description of letter
Commentary about this letter
- George E. Linton and Virginia Hanson, eds., Readers Guide to The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1972), 4`.