Mahatma Letter to H. P. Blavatsky - MHM No. 5

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: H. P. Blavatsky
Sent via: unknown
Written on: unknown
Received on: July 1884
Other dates: unknown 
Sent from: unknown
Received at: London
Via: unknown

This letter is Letter No. 5 in Mrs. Holloway and the Mahatmas. Master K. H. warns H. P. Blavatsky that Laura C. Holloway must stop stop trying to console ghostly spirits, as she is doing herself harm.

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I regret that both yourself and Sinnett should, albeit unintentionally have inflicted useless & most cruel suffering upon any being – least of all upon one so gentle & tender hearted & so well disposed to all of you. You were asked to warn her & warn Mr Sinnett; instead of which with your usual careless & flippant way of transacting serious business, you entrusted my letter to Mr Finch without instructing him beforehand as to the privacy of its contents – meant for yourself & in answer to your request. Thereupon Mr. S. without giving a thought to the danger of an unexpected shock to such a highly nervous & sensitive being as he has himself found Mrs H. to be, lets her read what is said of her & even now thinks that he has [done] nothing wrong. He ought to have asked your permission, at least, before he showed Mrs. H a letter addressed to neither of them.

I really do not see what I can do now, if – as you say, she refuses to believe what you tell her. You may give her, as a message coming directly from me, the assurance that she has entirely misunderstood & misinterpreted the spirit of my warning; let her know, that it was most earnest & sympathetic, promoted by a sincere good will, and a desire to help her - on Dj. K's part, who drew my attention to it. “Mrs H's meddling in this business” simply referred to her having ought to do with the bhûtas & shells. Tell her or still better send her this note, since nothing seems likely to reassure her except a message from one of us – that she has nothing at all that anyone of us could disapprove of, except doing injury to herself. She labors under the very kind but erroneous & injurious notion that since she has done it [consoling the elementaries] all her life – she cannot be doing wrong in continuing to do so. Total error! She has, she does wrong, a most serious one to herself: for she has thereby been for years systematically destroying her health. This relationship during the course of which the unclean shells have been constantly absorbing a part of her vitality brought her to become the highly nervous & sickly sensitive. The more they are encouraged the more serious it becomes for her, & they may even kill her if she heeds us not. And let her be impressed with the fact that whenever she thinks she sees a chela appearing with, or seeming to take an interest, or show any connection with those astral vampires – she yields simply to the cunning & crafty ways of the shells. No gelukpa chela ever meddles with the earth bound remnants of humanity, nor will any of our chela – high or low – encourage such an intercourse by his presence.

Comfort & console the poor suffering heart; assure her that tho' neither of us "Masters" can have as yet direct dealings with her, for she is a woman as yet uninitiated & unprepared by a special & severe training & physiological re-formation – yet we are quite ready to watch over & communicate with her by intermediate agencies. If she will but have even the trust in our good-will & friendly interest that the child has in those of the parent who warns it of unsuspected danger – all will be well. Not only happiness & knowledge but safety be in the course I have pointed at. The golden chalice is held to her lips – let her not dash it to the ground. She talks of going back to America! For humanity's sake, if not for her own, she should live & work, and, if needs be – suffer.




  • bhûtas indicates ghosts – elementaries or shells.
  • gelukpa chela refers to an initiate of the Gelukpa (“yellow-cap”) Sect of Tibetan Buddhists.

Context and background

Physical description of letter

The original consists of four pages in the familiar blue handwriting of Master K. H. The location of the original of this letter is in The Winterthur Library, Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera, Materials on Theosophy, in Winterthur, Delaware.

Publication history

This letter was was never published before its inclusion in Mrs. Holloway and the Mahatmas.

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