Mahatma Letter to Holloway - LMW 1 No. 35

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: Laura C. Holloway
Sent via: unknown 
Written on: unknown
Received on: 1884 or 1885
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: unknown
Via: unknown

This letter is Letter No. 35 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi encourages Laura C. Holloway to complete her book. 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 VI, before the First Series was resequenced in 1988 to make it Letter 35.

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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

The feeble efforts of life are contemptible indeed when compared to the results of an eternity (a word of which you can hardly have a conception) and the sum total of all actions is of no account compared to the future. But shall you, because you have this future, in which to act and create, refuse to go forward now? Divided nature – hesitates before acting.

The book is a project undertaken; why not complete it? Its existence will depend upon you for you alone can create it, and the materials are in no other hands. But should you refuse to go on – do not deceive yourself with the false idea that you are unable to do what you have done.

The real reason is loss of confidence and you are responsible for the influence that you permit others to exert over you. Shall you be tried in the balance and be found wanting? Will you go back to the old conditions of things in America? It is our wish to take you out of them.




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 VI in the 1964 edition of the First Series, and kept that designation until 1988, when the letters were resequenced. Then it became Letter 35.

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), 77-78, 161-162.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 161-162.