Mahatma Letter to Pillai - LMW 2 No. 64

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: R. Keshava Pillai
Sent via: unknown 
Written on: unknown
Received on: 1882
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: Nellore
Via: unknown

This letter is Letter No. 64 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi offers blessings and encouragement to R. Keshava Pillai.[1]

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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

As a bystander and a deeply interested one, I only discern somewhat of the truth that is hidden in the hearts of all of you. Are all of you sincere in your promises? Take care lest rashly made promises broken should turn back on you and thus become your greatest punishment. Be true, sincere and faithful. Work for the cause and our blessings will ever be upon you. Doubt and forget your sacred promises and – in the darkness of guilt and sorrow will ye repent. You may all see in the case of your Ex-President one of the reason why there is no longer intercourse between the Hindus and those whom they call Mahatmas. There was a time when a man of large fortune and influential family would have considered it a duty to work for his country regardless of any consequences. And until that feeling once more prevails, you must not expect to be looked upon with confidence or respect, by those who—think what you may – still watch over the destinies of India tho’ themselves unseen and unsuspected.

Meanwhile blessings upon you all.



  • Ex-President refers to the former head of the lodge in Nellore, who "resigned under pressure from the local English Collector".[2]

Context and background

Mr. Jinarajadasa provided this foreword to the Pillai letters:

THE recipient of the following letters was Mr. R. Keshava Pillai, an Inspector of Police stationed then at Nellore in Andhra Pradesh. The Founders visited Nellore in May, 1882, and a Branch was formed on the 8th, with Mr. Keshava Pillai as Secretary, and a well-to-do Hindu, an Assistant Collector, as President. After visiting other towns, the Founders returned to Nellore on the 24th. In the meantime, the English Collector or local representative of the British Government had brought pressure to bear on the President, and he had resigned as President – an incident referred to by Master K.H. in the first letter [Number 64]. Mr. Keshava Pillai was put on Probation by the Master, but proceeded no further. Later he lost interest in the T.S. and had a life of many worldly disappointments. Some years before his death, he gave Colonel Olcott the letters which he had received, and I transcribe from the originals at Adyar.

Received in Nellore in 1882.[3]

Physical description of letter

The original of this letter is preserved at the Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai, India.

Publication history

Commentary about this letter

Additional resources


  1. C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series (Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1925), 114-116.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 115.
  3. C. Jinarajadasa, 114.