Mahatma Letter to G S Chetty - LMW 1 No. 48

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: G. Soobiah Chetty
Sent via: Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
Dates
Written on: unknown 
Received on: July 1883
Other dates: 17 July 1883
Places
Sent from: unknown
Received at: Madras
Via: Ootacamund, Nilgiri Hills

This letter is Letter No. 48 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi sends a brief message to G. Soobiah Chetty.[1] In all editions before the First Series was resequenced in 1988, this was called Letter 35.

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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

Ootacamund
July 17, 1883

My dear Shabaya,

Have you ceased your lamentations? I hope so. Master told me it would be well for yourself and others could you come here to pass some time of your vacation. I think you wrote to me once about being able to do so. If you can do, you will be with me the whole day, for the General’s family are as much Hindoo as yourself & very fond of natives, speaking the language as yourself. They say they will be glad to see you, and who knows whether you may not be able to find something good for yourself in the shape of a better official position.

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NOTES:

  • the General indicates General Morgan.
  • a better official position was arranged by H. P. Blavatsky, as she noted in her 23 August 1883 letter to A. P. Sinnett, printed as Letter 25 in The Letters from H. P. Blavatsky to A. P. Sinnett.

Page 2

Please give the enclosed to Damodar to publish in this month's number. If no room in text let it be in Supplement. Yours in the Holy Ghost, H P Blavatsky

My love to Verysimilar and Castor Oil. My profoundest respects and fraternal greetings to your father.

K.H. note precipitated diagonally across Page 2

You better come. Give my thanks to your father. He has done what he could, and — could do no more.

K.H.

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NOTES:

  • this month's number indicates The Theosophist.
  • Verysimilar is Chetty's brother G. Narasimhalu.
  • Castor Oil is Chetty's brother Castur.
  • your father is Judge G. Muthuswamy Chetty.

Context and background

Mr. Jinarajadasa provided these notes about this letter:

Transcribed from the original at Adyar. This brief note comes in a letter sent by H.P.B. on 17 July 1883, from Ootacamund, Nilgiri Hills, to Mr G. Soobiah Chetty in Madras, in which she sends him an invitation to visit her in the hills. The main part of the letter refers to Mr G. Muttuswamy Chetty, a judge of the Small Causes Court of Madras, and father of Mr G. Soobiah Chetty. Mr Muttuswamy Chetty received in Tamil a letter, posted at Amritsar, from the Master K.H., the translation of which, I am informed, was as follows: ‘Sinnett’s paper is the only saviour for India. You must work towards it. Koot Hoomi.’ On receipt of this, Mr Muttuswamy Chetty tried among his friends to raise something towards the capital required for The Phoenix newspaper (see Letter 14). He was not, however, successful.[2]

Physical description of letter

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

Publication history

This letter was published in 1919 as Letter 35 in the first edition of Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, 1881-1888, later known as the First Series.[3] It seems not to have been published previously , but a facsimile appeared in The Theosophist, Vol. 57, November 1935, pages 145-148.

Commentary about this letter

Mr. Chetty and his brother Narasimhalu Chetty met Master Morya in his physical body even before the founding of the Theosophical Society, when the Mahatma visited Madras in 1874.[4]

Additional resources

Notes

  1. C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 2011), 105, 164-165.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 164-165.
  3. 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.
  4. G. Subbiah Chetty, "Master M.'s Visit to Madras in 1874" at http://www.blavatskyarchives.com/chetty1925.htm