Mahatma Letter to H. S. Olcott - LMW 2 No. 40

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Written by: Serapis Bey
Received by: Henry Steel Olcott
Sent via: Hilarion - See below 
Written on: unknown
Received on: 6 June 1883
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: unknown
Via: unknown

This is Letter No. 40 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series. Mahatma Hilarion writes in French to advise Colonel Olcott about the best sequence for his lecture tour.[1]

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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

[Letter text in French]

Maha Sahib avec qui je suis pour le moment, m’ordonne de dire que le plan le plus raisonnable serait de faire un tour des pays adjacents—pour un mois. De Tinnevelly ou bien le Malabar, le Col. pourrait se rendre pour quelques jours à Colombo — mais seulement pour quelques jours—pour les encourager et les remplir de son Akasa personnel — ce qui ne pourrait que leur faire du bien. Les Sociétés du Midi ont besoin de sa présence vivifiante. Cerclant tout autour dans la Présidence — il pourrait être ainsi rappelé à tout moment au Headquarter si besoin il y avait. Le 17 Juillet serait le vrai temps d’aller aux pro

[English translation]

MAHA SAHIB with whom I am at the moment orders me to say that the most reasonable plan will be to tour in the districts near by for a month. From Tinnevelly or even Malabar the Colonel could go to Colombo for a few days — but only for a few days — to encourage them and to recharge them with his personal Akasa — which cannot fail to be beneficial to them. The Branches in the south have need of his vivifying presence. Going round about within the Presidency, he could thus be recalled immediately to Headquarters should there be need. July 17 will be the proper time to go



Page 2

[Letter text in French]

vinces du Nord, visitant toutes les Sociétés sur son chemin, —depuis Bellary jusqu’au Poona, etc.

Maha Sahib prie le Col. de ne pas risquer trop sa sante. Son avis serait de donner d’une tuile magnétique sur la tête de trios quatre personnes ici et tâcher d’entrer en relation avec Venkategiri et le Vizianagrom. Il y a

[English translation]

to the northern Provinces, visiting all the Branches on the road, from Bellary to Poona, etc.

Maha Sahib begs the Colonel not to risk too much his health. His advice would be to put a magnetic covering on the heads of three or four of the people here and to try and enter into relation with [the Rajahs of] Venkatagiri and Vizianagram. For that there is



Page 3

[Letter text in French]

assez de temps pour cela jusqu’au Juin 17. Qu’il fasse un plan et le dise.

[English translation]

enough time till June 17. Let him make a plan and present it.



Context and background

Mr. Jinarājadāsa commented:

From the Master Hilarion, received June 6, 1883. Colonel Olcott writes in that date in his Diary: “Had nice test this a.m. Couldn’t decide whether to accept invitations to Colombo or Allahabad first. Put Avinas Ch. Bannerji’s letter in shrine, locked door, instantly reopened it and got the written orders of Maha Sahib through Hilarion in French. Done while I stood there and not half a minute had elapsed.” The Master H. was in Bombay on February 19, 1881, when He visited both Founders: Colonel Olcott thus writes in his Diary: “Hilarion is here en route for Tibet and has been looking over, in, and through the situation. Finds B — something morally awful. Views on India, Bombay, the T.S. in Bombay, Ceylon (—), England and Europe, Christianity and other subjects highly interesting.”[2]

"Avinas Ch. Bannerji" was a Bengali member, Babu Avinas Chandra Bannerji or Bannerjee. He was a physician from Allahabad (Prayag) who attended Helena Petrovna Blavatsky during an episode of rheumatic fever.[3]

Physical description of letter

The original of this letter is preserved at the Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai, India. According to Mr. Jinarājadāsa, "The letter is written on both sides of half a sheet of white paper of usual letter size, in green ink."[4]

Publication history

This letter was published for the first time in the Second Series of Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, and then reproduced with a facsimile in Did Madame Blavatsky Forge the Mahatma Letters?[5]

Commentary about this letter

Mr. Jinarājadāsa provided this foreword on the series of letters numbered 28-45:

I have arranged the letters which follow, so far as possible, in the order in which they were received. On some, Colonel Olcott has made a memorandum of the date. For others, I have been able to get the date from his Diaries. There are a few, however, of which I am fairly certain as to the year, because of the first script of Master M. referred to already [see Morya:Writing style], but there is no indication anywhere as to the month. Some of the letters bear no signature.[6]

Additional resources


  1. C. Jinarājadāsa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series (Adyar, Madras,India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1925), 81-83.
  2. C. Jinarājadāsa, 81.
  3. From Old Diary Leaves as published in The Theosophist 17.8 (May, 1896), 479.
  4. C. Jinarājadāsa, Did Madame Blavatsky Forge the Mahatma Letters? (Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1934), 44.
  5. C. Jinarājadāsa, Did Madame Blavatsky Forge the Mahatma Letters? (Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1934), 45-46.
  6. C. Jinarājadāsa, 70.