Mahatma Letter to Holloway - LMW 1 No. 34
|Written by:||Koot Hoomi|
|Received by:||Laura Carter Holloway|
|Received on:||1884 or 1885|
This letter is Letter No. 34 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi defines "spirit" for Laura Carter Holloway. It is one of a series of letters numbered 30 to 41 that communicate directly or indirectly with Mrs. Holloway.
It was presented in the 1964 and 1973 editions as Letter V, before the First Series was resequenced in 1988 to make it Letter 34.
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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes
You want a definition, child, of 'Spirit'. Inflowing force will define it as well as any other term. Why must you be so faint-hearted in the performance of your duty? Friendship, personal feelings, and gratitude are no doubt noble feelings, but duty alone leads to the development you so crave for. Try to show them the truth for the last time. I desire you to go to – –; I desire you to change magnetism as little as you can.
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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.
Physical description of letter
The location of the original of this letter is not known.
This letter was added as Letter V in the 1964 edition of the First Series, and kept that designation until 1988, when the letters were resequenced. Then it became Letter 34.
Commentary about this letter
- C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 2011), 76-77, 161-162.
- C. Jinarajadasa, 161-162.