Mahatma Letter to Mohini - LMW 1 No. 13

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: Mohini Mohun Chatterji
Sent via: unknown 
Written on: unknown
Received on: March, 1884
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
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This letter is Letter No. 13 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi warns Mohini Mohun Chatterji to be more respectful of Madame Blavatsky, especially in front of Europeans.[1]

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Mohini Mohun Chatterji




Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

Your bearing towards, and about, Upasika [H. P. Blavatsky] is so very childish that it is indeed calculated to create a worse impression than even her own flippant attitude when left entirely to herself. Do not forget that all the good results that are in store for our India, and even the consideration you are now receiving at the hands of those who hitherto thought they could never show you a too pronounced contempt, are all due to her individual efforts. You can hardly show her enough respect and gratitude, or more than she is entitled to. It is better to let the English know all the good she is morally achieving than be ever entertaining them with stories that can show her only in a childish, whimsical light



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and make them laugh or ever smile at her expense. You show yourself indiscreet and imprudent by such a course. I expect you to change your attitude – especially upon the arrival of her friends from Russia. You will have to carefully impress them with the sense of the exalted position she ought to – if she does not – hold among those Hindus who have remained true to the Past, care not for the Present, and work but for the Future, which will be great and glorious if she is only supported and helped by them. I tell you, boy, cease to show such childish manners.



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You are the representative of India to be regenerated. You have therefore, to show the bearing of a philosopher if you would be a chela not that of a laughing youth. You must show your gratitude to those few who have not feared to become the defenders of the forlorn Hope.

I expect you will remember my instructions and – carry them out. Once back and home you may be less careful, here it is absolutely necessary. I want your friend, first by preparing



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him to what she really is – to follow you to Enghien. Go there for a few hours and return with her.




  • Enghien is in Belgium.

Context and background

Mr. Jinarajadasa provided these notes about this letter:

This letter refers to H.P.B. Transcribed from the original at Adyar.[2]

Physical description of letter

According to Mr. Jinarajadasa, the original letter is at the Adyar headquarters of the Theosophical Society.

Publication history

A portion of this letter was published in 1919 as Letter 13 in the first edition of Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, 1881-1888, later known as the First Series.[3] It has kept this designation as Letter 13 throughout all editions.

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), 38-39, 145.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 145.
  3. 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.