Mahatma Letter to Pran Nath - LMW 1 No. 6

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: Pran Nath
Sent via: unknown 
Written on: unknown
Received on: January 1883
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: unknown
Via: unknown

This letter is Letter No. 6 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi responds to questions from Pran Nath about chelaship.[1]

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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

The process of self-purification is not the work of a moment, nor of a few months but of years – nay, extending over a series of lives. The later a man begins the living of a higher life, the longer must be his period of probation, for he has to undo the effects of a long number of years spent in objects diametrically opposed to the real goal. The more strenuous his efforts and the brighter the result of his work, the nearer he comes to the threshold. If his aspira-



Page 2

tion is genuine – a settled conviction and not a sentimental flash of the moment – he transfer from one body to another the determination which finally leads him to the attainment of his desire. Bh. Sh. has seen me in my own physical body and he can point out the way to others. He has been working unselfishly for his fellow men thro’ the Theosophical Society and he is having his reward tho’ he may not always notice it.




Note attached to letter

Letter from the
revered Master K.H.
Rai Babadur
Pt. [Pandit] Pran Nath
President -
Gwalior Lodge



Context and background

Mr. Jinarajadasa provided these notes about this letter:

Received by Pandit Pran Nath of Gwalior in January 1884. Transcribed from the original.

The following questions were asked of the Master:

1. Do I tread the right path?
2. Is my present way of life conducive to spiritual advancement?
3. Am I capable of greatly influencing my next birth by good karmas in this life by strenuously following the bent of my heart as it is at present?
4. What should I do to have the honour of prostrating myself at your blessed feet?[2]

Physical description of letter

According to Mr. Jinarajadasa, the location of the original of this letter is not known. Images are from a private collection.

Publication history

This letter was published in 1919 as Letter 6 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 6 throughout all editions.

Commentary about this letter

The wording of this letter is very much like the postscript to Letter 9 of this series, which was addressed to an unnamed member.

Additional resources


  1. C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 2011), 27-28, 141.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 27-28, 141.
  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.