Mahatma Letter to Mohini - LMW 2 No. 58
|Written by:||Koot Hoomi|
|Received by:||Mohini Mohun Chatterji|
|Received on:||September, 1882|
This letter is Letter No. 58 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi gives Mohini Mohun Chatterji detailed instructions for his first year as an accepted chela.
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MY newly accepted chela Mohini M. C. is expected to do the following.
1. He will devote all his energies to (а) prove to the unbelievers that we, the heirs of the Risis, are not dead, and that the Frs. of the T.S. are acting in many things under our direct Orders; (b] forgetting mean Self, to try and work for his country and to counteract the Xtian pernicious Superstition; and (c) to break entirely with and denounce and expose those bigoted Brahmos whose Brahmoism conceals but Xtianity under its mask.
2. He must not speak to any one of my chelas by паmе. He must let everyone know that he has met with and knows my chelas, yet with the exception of Mr. Sinnett
3. He must bear in mind, that whenever Upasika tells him anything of great importance or as emanating from me, her words must be prefaced with the sentence, “ In the name of Amitabha,” otherwise even she can be inaccurate and repeat her own fancies, her memory being much impaired by ill-health and age. He must also know that Upasika was with
us from Sep. 19 to the night of Sep. 21 – two days and that since then she was in direct communication with my confidential chelas.
4. My chelas must never doubt, nor suspect, nor injure our agents by foul thoughts. Our modes of action are strange and unusual and but too often liable to create suspicion. The latter is a snare and a temptation. Happy is he, whose spiritual perceptions ever whisper truth to him! Judge those directly concerned with us by that perception, not according to your worldly notions of things.
5. Mohini will go to Calcutta and Allahabad as proposed, doing all he can in the former town to promote the cause.
6. Mohini is given one year – to September 17th 1883 to
show what he can do and how much he is worthy of my trust. What befell R.S. may happen to him.
7. Mohini can add my name [to] the паmе of ... Let him reflect well and speak with Upasika and find out the coincidence. To make all of the aforesaid clear, let him consult with Upasika (who must know nothing of the contents of this letter) and – remember the words that once prefixed must carry conviction to his heart.
Context and background
Mr. Jinarajadasa provided this foreword to the Mohini letters:
ONE of the band of brilliant Indians who have helped in taking Theosophical ideas to Western lands is Mohini Mohan Chatterjee. When he was drawn to Theosophy in 1882, he was equipped with an unusually keen philosophical mind. He was accepted by the Master К. H. as a pupil, and much was expected of him. About 1886, however, after splendid Service, he fell out with H.P.B., and bit by bit lost his interest in the T.S.
Mr. Mohini M. Chatterjee left for Europe with the Founders in February, 1884. He rendered valuable aid with lectures and discourses both in Paris and London, and many European Theosophists still remember the brilliance of presentation of spiritual truths by the young Hindu. He visited America the next year. The letters which follow are at Adyar. In Letter 58 [this letter], reference is made to the “Christian pernicious Superstition". The Masters objected, in popular Christianity, to the emphasis it laid on one life, with the resulting greed and scramble to crowd all experiences into that one life, as also to the intensification of the fear of death, and the consequent heightening of the struggle for existence for all. Equally emphatic was Their denunciation of а “ personal God," as presented in exoteric Christianity, which made men lose in self-reliance, and taught them to look outside of themselves to achieve that reformation of their nature which is the prelude to true peace and happiness. (See Letter I, First Series, for the standpoint of the Maha Chohan on Western civilisation.)
Physical description of letter
Mr. Jinarajadasa wrote of the Mohini letters:
The letters which follow are at Adyar.
Commentary about this letter
- C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series (Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1925), 103-104.
- C. Jinarajadasa, 103.
- C. Jinarajadasa, 103.