Mahatma Letter to W T Brown - LMW 1 No. 21

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: William Tournay Brown
Sent via: unknown 
Written on: unknown
Received on: 1883
Other dates: unknown
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This letter is Letter No. 22 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi welcomes William Tournay Brown to Kashmir, where Brown and Colonel Henry Olcott were visiting.[1]

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I HAVE pleasure in granting, in part at least, your request. Welcome to the territory of our Kashmir Prince. In truth my native land is not so far away but that I can assume the character of host. You are not now merely at the threshold of Tibet, but also of all the wisdom it contains. It rests with yourself how far you shall penetrate both, one day. May you deserve the blessings of our Chohans.




Context and background

Mr. Jinarajadasa provided these notes about this letter:

This letter appears in the pamphlet, Some Experiences in India, by W.T Brown, B.L., F.T.S., a member of the London Lodge of the T.S., who came out to India in 1883. He was present with Colonel Olcott at Lahore, when the incident took place referred to in Letters 16 and 17. At this time the Master K.H. had come to India from Tibet, and Mr Brown saw him, as narrated in the pamphlet mentioned above.

The Master K.H. is by birth a Kashmiri Brahmin. Mr Brown was at this time with Colonel Olcott at Jammu, Kashmir, as guest of the Maharajah of Kashmir; the letter was received ‘enclosed in an envelope, which had been addressed by Madame G — but had come by post from Germany. This was very significant, because it proved, to my mind, that the Master was aware of the part which Madame G — had had in bringing me into the light of Theosophy.’ The lady referred to is Madame Gebhard. Mr W.T. Brown — ‘Poor Brown’ — later left the T.S., and finally became a Roman Catholic (See Old Diary Leaves, Third Series, Chapters III and XXIII).[2]

Physical description of letter

The location of the original of this letter is not known.

Publication history

This letter was first published by William T. Brown in his pamphlet Some Experiences in India, published by the London Lodge of the Theosophical Society, 1884.

In 1919 it was presented as Letter 21 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 21 throughout all editions.

It was republished in A Casebook of Encounters with the Theosophical Mahatmas Case 37, compiled and edited by Daniel H. Caldwell.

Commentary about this letter

Additional resources

  • Beechey, Katherine A. "W. T. Brown and Two Less Known Letters of the Master K. H." The Theosophist 109.3 (December, 1987), 87-90.
  • Brown, William T. Some Experiences in India. London: London Lodge of the Theosophical Society, 1884, 5–7, 10–11, 12, 13, 15–17. See A Casebook of Encounters with the Theosophical Mahatmas Case 37, compiled and edited by Daniel H. Caldwell.


  1. C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 2011), 59, 157-158.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 157-158.
  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.