Mahatma Letter to H. S. Olcott - LMW 2 No. 46

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Written by: Morya
Received by: Henry Steel Olcott
Sent via: unknown 
Written on: 24 March 1882
Received on: 24 March 1882
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: S.S. Vega (at sea) and Bombay
Received at: Howrah, Calcutta
Via: unknown

This is Letter No. 46 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series. It is a demonstration of how letters could be delivered phenomenally. Mahatma Morya and Helena Petrovna Blavatsky wrote sealed letters to Henry Steel Olcott, and both arrived together bundled with notes from William Eglinton and Master Koot Hoomi to the home of William and Alice Gordon.[1] Personal accounts of this event are given in The Vega Incident.

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Envelope bears the following inscription:

Do not open this Olcott till the moment I touch you after the phenomenon which will take place to-night.




Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

Letter from H. P. Blavatsky to H. S. Olcott

Bombay, March 24,

My Dear Olcott,

This will show to you that I was warned of the dishonest plot and Mr. Eglinton’s intention from the first, and that the whole plan was disclosed to me. Instead of entrapping me — as he hoped — he is entrapped himself. He cannot send letters from a distance without confederates and our Brothers can. The latter is proved to all by the present. And now everyone but ourselves have to bid adieu to the Brothers. THEY will have nothing more to say to the dishonest crew.




  • pisacha or Pisacha is a flesh-eating demon or creature that feeds on human energies.
  • bhuts (Bhūta) is a Sanskrit word for the ghost of a dead person.

Page 2 - M's note

Note from Master M. added H.P.B.’s letter:

This will certify to you Olcott how right we were in refusing to have anything to say to your Western friends. They are all the same. Let them remain happy and undisturbed with their pisachas and bhuts.




Context and background

Mr. Jinarājadāsa introduced the letter in this way:

The letter which follows is specially interesting. H.P.B. was in Bombay in March, 1882, and Colonel Olcott in Calcutta. She wrote a letter on March 24th and it was delivered the same evening to him phenomenally. The letter dropped from the air as Colonel Olcott records in his Diary:: "At 9 the Gordons and I sat Together. Morya and K. H. appeared at the windows, and notes from Eglinton (from on board the Vega) Morya, K. H. and H.P.B., tied together, dropped through the air on Mrs. Gordon's shoulder. A stupendous phenomenon all round. E. says in his note that he is sending it off by the Brothers to H.P.B. after showing it to a fellow passenger, rs. Boughton, and having her mark the envelope." The message from mster M. is writtn on H.P.B.'s letter to colonel Olcott.

See Letter I of H.P.B.'s letters to A. P. Sinnett.[2]

Physical description of letter

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

Publication history

Commentary about this letter

Additional resources

See The Vega Incident for more details.


  1. C. Jinarājadāsa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series (Adyar, Madras,India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1925), 87-89.
  2. C. Jinarājadāsa, 87.