Mahatma Letter to A Chela - LMW 2 No. 78

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: a chela on probation
Sent via: unknown 
Written on: 1882
Received on: 1882
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: unknown
Via: unknown

This letter is Letter No. 78 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi writes to warn a chela on probation of the dangers of sexual attractions.[1]

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Remember also the following. Adulterers distil a poisonous aura which inflames every bad passion and maddens their lust. The only way to success is absolute separation: not a meeting, a sight from a distance, a word or even a letter will I permit. The moment you break either of these orders you will have ceased to be my chela. To retain an old letter, a talisman, a keepsake, especially a lock of hair – is pernicious: it becomes a smouldering spark. You are in danger if you are in the same town, or anywhere within accessible distance. You cannot trust your moral energy, for if you had had moral stamina you would have fled the house at the moment when the first lustful thought tempted your loyalty . . . Stop then away from –– under any pretext.

K. H.



Context and background

Mr. Jinarajadasa gave no special context for this letter.

Physical description of letter

The original of this letter is preserved at the Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai, India.

Publication history

According to Mr. Jinarājadāsa, "The letter was quoted in the defence of H.P.B. issued by the General Council of the T. S. in 1885."[2]

Commentary about this letter

Additional resources


  1. C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series (Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1925), 150-151.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 149.