Mahatma Letter to Mohini - LMW 1 No. 15

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: Mohini Mohun Chatterji
Sent via: unknown 
Written on: unknown
Received on: September, 1882
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: unknown
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This letter is Letter No. 15 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi warns Mohini Mohun Chatterji about the danger of doubt.[1]

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If you are so anxious to learn from Mr Hume how he has ‘been satisfied of the connection of the Brothers with our Society (ask him)’ also to state ‘what good have the Brothers done either to yourself (Mr Hume) or to anybody else’. I advise you, Brother Mohini Mohun, to turn to the Pioneer of August 7th and read with attention the article ‘Indo-British India’. Think you the Editor would have ever written it had he been left merely to the acquaintance and friendly feelings of the Hindus – your and my countrymen? And think you, that a series of such articles, in such a (hitherto) conservative paper, written by one so haughty tho’ at the same time so noble and so just a man would do no good, to any one? Such is the first political fruit of the Society you

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have the honour to belong to. And, instead of doubting, thank heaven, if you have a patriotic heart beating in your breast, that there are a few ‘Brothers’ yet left to India, to watch over her interests, and protect her in hours of danger; since in their hourly increasing selfishness none of her sons seem to ever remember they have a Mother—degraded, fallen down, and trampled under the feet of all, of conquerors and of the conquered – still a MOTHER. Take care Mohini Mohun Chatterjee – doubt is a dangerous cancer. One begins by doubting a peacock, and ends by doubting – —




Context and background

Mr. Jinarajadasa provided these notes about this letter:

Transcribed from the original at Adyar. The only letter which I have so far seen where the Master signs his full name, making thereby his warning of especial significance. The recipient finally did so doubt, and ‘drop out’.

Such a danger was foreseen by the Master M. See Letter 3: ‘his name will be written on the “roll” as a failure. There is danger for him. His Master perceives it and – hesitates.’ I saw Mohini M. Chatterjee for the first time the year before he died. He had reverted to his profession as a lawyer. When I saw him in his office, he was blind. I was told that in his later years he had gathered some disciples round him whom he taught. I have not been able to trace the proverb about doubting a peacock.[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 15 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 15 throughout all editions.

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Additional resources


  1. C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 2011), 41-42, 146.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 146.
  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.