Mahatma Letter to Mohini - LMW 2 No. 59
|Written by:||Koot Hoomi|
|Received by:||Mohini Mohun Chatterji|
|Received on:||November, 1882|
This letter is Letter No. 59 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi instructs Mohini Mohun Chatterji to write an article for The Theosophist and to attend the upcoming convention of the Theosophical Society.
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My good boy, S. K. C. can write as well as speak, and lying is still easier on paper than in oral communications. Unless he is shown as a liar, he will remain for ever powerful in mischief. Your venerable grand sire is easy to influence and if S. K. C. has not said more, it is because the old gentleman was influenced to change the conversation; but he has said enough to prejudice his mind in a kind of dormant way. The remembrance may become active, awakened by a trifle, and when we expect it the least. Act accordingly.
Effects of the cycle: Mr Sinnett was given notice by his Proprietors to quit the Editor's Office [?] hence – for supporting the natives and being a theosophist. Unless a native capitalist comes out to start a [?] paper – one that would crush the Pioneer with Mr. Sinnett as its editor I will despair of India indeed. The above a secret entrusted to your
honour. But I will write to Norendro N. S. and have a talk with him upon the subject. Till then – not a word.
I want you, my dear boy, to write an account for the Theosophist of what the pedlar said, and the Dehra Brahmacharia. Make it as strong as you can, and have all the witnesses at Darjeeling and Dehra. But the name is written Kuthoompa (disciples of Kut-hoomi) tho’ pronounced Kethoomba. Write and send it to Upasika, Allahabad.
A general meeting of the Theo. Soc. is to be held in Bombay either on the 27th Nov. or Dec. 7th, & delegates will be sent from all the Societies. Mr. Sinnett will go also. I want you to be the delegate of the Bengal Society. You will go
there from Dehra (stopping at Meerut a day or two) to Allahabad instead of Calcutta and go with Upasika, starting on 23rd or 24th. I will pay your journey, if the Society of Calcutta refuses doing it. It is absolutely necessary for the cause, your country and theosophy that you should represent it. You will stop of course with the Founders. Write this to Norendro, and consult with him, as to the best means of representing your Society. May the blessings
of our Great One rest upon you. You will have my portrait if you are patient and it will be a talisman for you.
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, 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, 107-109.
- C. Jinarajadasa, 107.
- C. Jinarajadasa, 103.
- C. Jinarajadasa, 103.