Mahatma Letter to Pillai - LMW 2 No. 66

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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: aboard railway car
Via: unknown

This letter is Letter No. 66 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi writes to instruct R. Keshava Pillai on travel plans.[1]

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This envelope was found with Letter 66, but it may be misplaced.


K. H.'s Letter


H. S. Olcott



Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

ALL that was said by Damodar must be done faithfully and literally. From the moment you set foot in Darjeeling you have ceased being K.P. You are Chander. Go direct to D. from Mogul S. Do as you are bid. Save your nation – my blessings upon you.



  • to D. from Mogul S. means from Darjeeling to Mogul Sarai station on the railway. Mogul Sarai is near Benares.[2]

Page 2

But remember, not a word must Deb hear from you but what she, H.P.B., will tell you . . .

At Darjeeling you will received further instruction from me by post. Go to post-office and ask for a letter addressed to



Page 3

Bavajee Chandra Cusho.


Let it be as she advises – Cusho is a Tibetan name. Change dress at or before M.S. Put yellow robe and cap.



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.[3]

Of this specific letter, he wrote:

The manner in which this letter was received by Mr. Keshava Pillai is thus described by him. “In the year 1882 while I was traveling by railway between the Allahabad and Mogul Sarai stations, a letter fell in the compartment of the railway carriage in which I was sitting. I was alone in the compartment and the carriage was in motion. I had wished that Mahatma K.H. should give me instructions regarding a certain matter about which I was then thinking, and which I opened the letter I found that my thoughts had been answered, and that the letter was in the handwriting of Mahatma K.H., whose writing I know so well. Madame Blavatsky was then in Bombay.”[4]

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, 118-119.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 119.
  3. C. Jinarajadasa, 114.
  4. C. Jinarajadasa, 118-119.