Mahatma Letter to H. P. Blavatsky - LMW 1 No. 40

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
Sent via: unknown 
Written on: unknown
Received on: 15 August 1884
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: London
Via: unknown

This letter is Letter No. 39 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi give instructions to Helena Petrovna Blavatsky about Laura Carter Holloway. It is one of a series of letters numbered 30 to 41 that communicate directly or indirectly with Mrs. Holloway.[1]

It was presented in the 1964 and 1973 editions as Letter XI, before the First Series was resequenced in 1988 to make it Letter 40.

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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

It is impossible for K.H. to trouble every moment for the most unimportant matters. This must stop. Why should she not have confidence in what you say, but must needs have autographs from Masters. She was told to publish it simultaneously here and across water, but has still less confidence in herself. Had she been docile to advice given to her, had she avoided to fall daily under magnetic influence that, after first experiment, dragged her down from the lofty plane of seership to the low level of mediumship, she would have developed by this time sufficiently to trust in herself with her visions. All you women are ‘Zin Zin’ fools to yourselves and to please a kind and affectionate friend, ready to sacrifice your own salvation.

The house-Upasika will find that reverential friendship does not exclude pig-headedness, envy and jealousy. The Patal-Upasika will soon ascertain the dangers during development of mixing a western magnetism. Warn her once more, and if she does not heed — no more. If advice is asked, then it ought to be followed. You may tell her that if she stops for some time with you then I can help her on the behalf of K. He surely has no time just now. Did not she, herself, feel that after she had sat near — — for half an hour or so her visions began changing character? Ought this not be a warning for her? Of course she is serving a purpose and knew it in — — but was made to forget by the other two magnetisms.

Take her with you to Schmiechen and tell her to see. Yes, she is good and pure and chela-like; only flabby in kindness of heart. Say to Schmiechen that he will be helped. I myself will guide his hands with brush for K's portait.




Context and background

Mr. Jinarajadasa provided these notes about this series of letters numbered 30-41. They were clearly written before Letters 4 to 20, which have reference to Mrs Holloway:

Miss Mary K. Neff was well known for her record of service to various Indian schools, and especially for her work during two years at the Theosophical Headquarters, at Adyar, indexing all the letters and documents which are in the Archives of the Society. She had dedicated herself especially to the history of H.P.B.'s movements and had published Personal Memories of H.P. Blavatsky.

She found in a magazine The World published in New York, articles by Mrs Langford in the issues of May and June 1912. These contain certain instructions received by her from the Master K.H... I publish these letters, as they contain much valuable instructions, for all who are preparing to tread the path to the Masters.[2]

Physical description of letter

The location of the original of this letter is not known.

Publication history

This letter was added as Letter XI in the 1964 edition of the First Series, and kept that designation until 1988, when the letters were resequenced. Then it became Letter 40.

Commentary about this letter

Additional resources


  1. C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 2011), 81-82, 161-162.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 161-162.