Mahatma Letter to H. P. Blavatsky - LMW 1 No. 47

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
Sent via: unknown 
Written on: 8 September 1882
Received on: 1882
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: London
Via: unknown

This letter is Letter No. 47 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi added a marginal note on a letter from Francesca Arundale to Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.[1] In all editions before the First Series was resequenced in 1988, this was called Letter 34.

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K.H. Note transcription, image, and notes

Marginal note by Koot Hoomi crossing pages 2 and 3 of the Arundale letter:

A good, earnest Theosophist a mystic whose co-operation ought to be secured thro' you.




Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

Letter from Francesca Arundale to Helena Petrovna Blavatsky:

Sept. 8th [1882]

I hereby forward my subscription for The Theosophist for next year. I need hardly tell you how much I value your paper from which I am continually learning something.

As members (myself and mother) of the B.T.S. I take this opportunity



  • myself and mother indicates Miss Arundale and her mother, Mary Anne Arundale.
  • B.T.S. was British Theosophical Society, soon after called the London Lodge.

Page 2

of saying that I trust the private religious opinions of individuals will not lead to a separation from the parent society, as I cannot conceive but that by so doing we should be taking a retrograde step away from any chance



Page 3

of obtaining further enlightenment.

We have of course read Colonel Olcott’s letter addressed to the members of the B.T.S. and agree with the views it expresses.

Please accept dear Madam our sincere good wishes for your success in your arduous labours.

Yours sincerely,




She has paid
and the name duly
entered in the [illegible] London
[possibly 6/10/8 DKW]



Context and background

Mr. Jinarajadasa had these comments about this marginal note:

In the communications received from the Masters, many instructions were given in comments upon the letters; these directions were written upon the letters themselves, sometimes on any available blank space, and sometimes across the writing. Many such marginal notes exist, of which this and the three following are examples. This letter is one written by Miss F. Arundale, and the comment of the Master was written during transit in the post. Transcribed from the original at Adyar.[2]

Physical description of letter

According to Mr. Jinarajadasa, the original of this letter is preserved at the Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai, India.

Publication history

This letter was published in 1919 as Letter 34 in the first edition of Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, 1881-1888, later known as the First Series.[3]

Commentary about this letter

Additional resources


  1. C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 2011), 104-105, 164.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 164.
  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.