Mahatma Letter to Convention - LMW 1 No. 2
|Written by:||Koot Hoomi|
|Received on:||26 December 1883|
Page 1 transcription, image, and notes
To Members at the Theosophical
GREETINGS to the Hindu, Parsee, Buddhist, English and other Delegates and to the Fellows herewith present.
Remember that though of various nationalities and religions you are nearly all the children of one mother, India. Remember and act accordingly. You have to make of the Anniversary ceremony celebration a grand success. You have to prove to your evil-wishers and enemies that your cause, being strong and having taken its stand upon the rock of truth, indeed can never be impeded in its progress by any Opposition, however powerful, if you be all united and act in concert. Be true, be loyal to your pledge, to your sacred duty, to your country, to your own conscience. Be tolerant to others, respect the religious views of others if you would have your own respected. Sons of India, of old Aryavarta, whether adopted or sons of her blood, remember that you are theosophists and that Theosophy or Brahma Vidya is the mother of every old religion, forsaken and repudiated though she may now be by most of her ungrate ful children. Remember this, act accordingly and the rest will follow in due course.
May no further karma attach to those who have sinned last year in thought as well as in deed. Personally they are forgiven. Let a new year and new hopes begin for them.
P.S. 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 living the 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.
Context and background
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Physical description of letter
The original of this letter is not extant.
This letter was published in 1919 as Letter 2 in the first edition of Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, 1881-1888, later known as the First Series. It has kept this designation as Letter 2 throughout all editions.
Commentary about this letter
- C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 2011), 12-13, 139.
- C. Jinarajadasa, 144-145.
- 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.