Mahatma Letter to Leadbeater - LMW 1 No. 50

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: Charles Webster Leadbeater
Sent via: post
Written on: unknown
Received on: 23 June 1886
Other dates: unknown 
Sent from: Elberfeld
Received at: Ceylon
Via: unknown

This letter is Letter No. 50 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi gives reassurance to Charles Webster Leadbeater. This message was precipitated in green ink across the last page of a letter written by Madame Blavatsky to Leadbeater.[1] In all editions before the First Series was resequenced in 1988, this was called Letter 37.

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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

Take courage. I am pleased with you. Keep your own counsel, and believe in your better intuitions. The little man has failed and will reap his reward. Silence meanwhile.




  • the little man was the Babaji.

Context and background

Mr. Jinarajadasa provided these notes about this letter:

Transcribed from the original at Adyar. This occurs written across a folded letter written by H.P.B. at Elberfeld, 23 June 1886, to C.W. Leadbeater then in Ceylon. The Master’s message was precipitated in transit. The letter of H.P.B. to Mr Leadbeater was about an Indian chela of the Master, S. Krishnamachri, who was in Germany with her, but who turned against her. ‘The little man has failed’ refers to this individual, who thus ‘dropped out’. I have given a reproduction of H.P.B.’s letter and of the Master’s message to Mr Leadbeater precipitated in blue across it in my book, The K.H. Letters to C. W. Leadbeater.[2]

Physical description of letter

The original letter is preserved at the Adyar headquarters of the Theosophical Society.

Publication history

Initially this letter was printed (with the Master's permission) in the January, 1908 issue of The Theosophist after C. Jinarajadasa copied it from the original during a visit to Taormina, as mentioned above.[3]

This letter was published in 1919 as Letter 37 in the first edition of Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, 1881-1888, later known as the First Series.[4]

Commentary about this letter

C. Jinarājadāsa devoted an entire book, The "K. H." Letters to C. W. Leadbeater, to an intensive analysis of the three letters received by C. W. Leadbeater. At the beginning of the commentary for the first letter he wrote:

As this letter of the Master is full of illumination to students of Occultism, I propose, after the manner of the commentators of old of the Vedas and the Upanishads, to comment on all phrases in it which require elucidation, in order to bring out the full significance of the Master's thought.[5]

This third message, written at the end of a letter of Madame Blavatsky's, is quite brief and to the point. In his commentary, Mr. Jinarājadāsa emphasized how heartening the words must have been to CWL, who was living in very unpleasant conditions in Ceylon, away from all other Theosophists, working to establish Ananda College. Leadbeater received letters from few people other than the Sinnetts and the Founders.

Additional resources


  1. C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 2011), 106, 265-266.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 165-166.
  3. "Echoes from the Past" The Theosophist 29.4 (January, 1908), 358.
  4. Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, 1881-1888. Adyar, Madras, India; London: Theosophical Publishing House, 1919. Foreword by Annie Besant; transcribed and compiled by C. Jinarajadasa.
  5. C. Jinarājadāsa, The "K. H." Letters to C. W. Leadbeater (Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1941), 15.