Mahatma Letter No. 96

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: A. P. Sinnett
Sent via: unknown
Written on: unknown
Received on: November 1882
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: Allahabad, India
Via: unknown 

This is Letter No. 96 in The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett, 4th chronological edition. It corresponds to Letter No. 92 in Barker numbering. See below for Context and background.

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KH's three words



Page 1 transcription, image, and notes


P.S.— It may so happen that for purposes of our own, mediums and their spooks will be left undisturbed and free not only to personate the "Brothers" but even to forge our handwriting. Bear this in mind and be prepared for it in London. Unless the message or communication or whatever it may be is preceded by the triple words: "Kiu-t-an, Na-lan-da, Dha-ra-ni." Know it is not me, nor from me.




  • Kiu-t-an. Kiu-t'an is the Chinese transcription of the Sanskrit name Gautama.
  • Na-lan-da. Nālandā was one of the Buddha's epithets meaning literally "insatiable in giving".
  • Dha-ra-ni. Dhāraṇī is a Sanskrit word with similar meaning to "mantra".

Context and background

Physical description of letter

The original is in the British Library, Folio 3. According to George Linton and Virginia Hanson, the letter was written:

On a single folded sheet of 5" x 7" [12.7 x 17.8 cm] canary yellow notepaper in KH script, in bright red ink.[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), 161.