Mahatma Letter No. 123

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People involved
Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: A. P. Sinnett
Sent via: unknown
Written on: unknown – see below
Received on: unknown – see below
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: London
Via: unknown 

This is Letter No. 123 in The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett, 4th chronological edition. It corresponds to Letter No. 68 in Barker numbering. See below for Context and background.

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Cover sheet

Letters from K.H.



Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

I have just taken your note from where it was placed by her as, although I might take cognisance of its contents otherwise, you will prefer that the paper itself should pass into my own hand. — Does it seem to you a small thing that the past year has been spent only in your "family duties"? Nay, but what better cause for reward, what better discipline, than the daily and hourly performance of duty? Believe me my "pupil" the man or woman



Page 2

who is placed by Karma in the midst of small plain duties and sacrifices and loving-kindnesses, will through these faithfully fulfilled rise to the larger measure of Duty, Sacrifice and Charity to all Humanity — what better path towards the enlightenment you are striving after than the daily conquest of Self, the perseverence in spite of want of visible psychic progress, the bearing of ill-fortune with that serene fortitude which turns it to spiritual advantage — since



Page 3

good and evil are not to be measured by events on the lower or physical plane. — Be not discouraged that your practice falls below your aspirations, yet be not content with admitting this, since you clearly recognise that your tendency is too often towards mental and moral indolence, rather inclining to drift with the currents of life, than to steer a direct course of your own. Your spiritual progress is far greater than you know or can realize, and you do well to believe that such development is in itself



Page 4

more important than its realization by your physical plane consciousness. I will not now enter into other subjects since this is but a line of sympathetic recognition of your efforts, and of earnest encouragement to hold a calm and brave spirit toward outward events in the present, and a hopeful spirit for the future on all planes — truly yours, K.H.



Context and background

It is probable that A. P. Sinnett became a bit discouraged over events in the London Lodge, and he may have written to the Mahatma concerning this. Letter No. 123 is a personal note of encouragement and concern. It is impossible to tell precisely when it was written or received, so that it may be incorrectly placed in the chronology. That aspect perhaps does not matter, since no event is mentioned.

Physical description of letter

The original is in the British Library, Folio 3. George Linton and Virginia Hanson described the letter this way:

KH script in blue pencil on a scrap of heavy smooth paper, about 4" X 10" [10.2 X 25.4 cm], folded.[1]

Publication history

Commentary about this letter


  1. George E. Linton and Virginia Hanson, eds., Readers Guide to The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1972), 193.