Mahatma Letter to A Member - LMW 1 No. 12

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: unknown 
Sent via: unknown
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Written on: unknown
Received on: before April, 1882
Other dates: unknown
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This letter is Letter No. 12 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi gives adviced to an unidentified member.[1]

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Degrade not truth by forcing it upon unwilling minds. Seek not to secure help from those whose hearts are not patriotic enough to unselfishly work for the good of their countrymen. ‘What good can we do?’ is asked. ‘What benefit can we confer upon humanity, or even our own country?’ Lukewarm patriots, verily, are they. In the presence of his country perishing in its nationality for want of vitality, and the infusion of fresh forces, the patriot catches at a straw. But are there any true patriots in Bengal? Had there been many, we would have sent you here before now; we would have hardly allowed you to remain three years in India without visiting Calcutta, the city of great intellects and – no hearts. You may read this to them.

K.H.

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Context and background

Mr. Jinarajadasa provided these notes about this letter:

This letter is found in ‘Echoes from the Past’, The Theosophist, December 1907, p.259, where it is reprinted from The Indian Mirror of Calcutta, of 14 April 1882.[2]

Physical description of letter

According to Mr. Jinarajadasa, the original of this letter is preserved at the Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai, India. However, its location is not currently known.

Publication history

Mr. Jinarajadasa provided these notes about the publication of this letter:

This letter is found in ‘Echoes from the Past’, The Theosophist, December 1907, p.259, where it is reprinted from The Indian Mirror of Calcutta, of 14 April 1882.[3]

It was later published in 1919 as Letter 12 in the first edition of Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, 1881-1888, later known as the First Series.[4] It kept this designation as Letter 12 throughout all editions.

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Additional resources

Notes

  1. C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 2011), 38, 145.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 145.
  3. C. Jinarajadasa, 145.
  4. Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, 1881-1888. Adyar, Madras, India; London: Theosophical Publishing House, 1919. Foreword by Annie Besant; transcribed and compiled by C. Jinarajadasa.