Mahatma Letter to H. S. Olcott - LMW 1 No. 29

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: Henry Steel Olcott
Sent via: unknown 
Written on: unknown
Received on: 7 June 1886
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: Adyar
Via: unknown

This letter is Letter No. 29 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi writes to Henry Steel Olcott about Damodar K. Mavalankar.[1]

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K.H. Note

Note by K.H. on the back of the letter:

The poor boy has had his fall. Before he could stand in the presence of the ‘Masters’ he had to undergo the severest trials that a neophyte ever passed through, to atone for the many questionable doings in which he had over-zealously taken part, bringing disgrace upon the sacred science and its adepts. The mental and physical suffering was too much for his weak frame, which has been quite prostrated, but he will recover in course of time. This ought to be a warning to you all. You have believed ‘not wisely but too well’. To unlock the gates of the mystery you must not only lead a life of the strictest probity, but learn to discriminate truth from falsehood. You have talked a great deal about karma but have hardly realized the true significance of that doctrine. The time is come when you must lay the foundation of that strict conduct — in the individual as well as in the collective body — which, ever wakeful, guards against conscious as well as unconscious deception.


Note by H. S. Olcott: Received and opened by me
this 7th June 1886

H. W. Olcott



Note by H. S. Olcott

Message of Mahatma K.H. written
inside a letter of Tookaram Tatya's
of June 6th 1886 to H.S.O while passing
through the post.

N.B. This upsets Hodgson's theory, as HPB is
now in Germany, & Damodar in Tibet.



  • N.B. is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase "nota bene," meaning "note well."
  • Hodgson's theory was the suggestion by Richard Hodgson] that H. P. Blavatsky forged all letters from the Mahatmas.

Context and background

Mr. Jinarajadasa provided these notes about this letter:

Transcribed from the original at Adyar. I have given a photographic reproduction of the letter in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series. It is precipitated in blue ink on the last blank page of a letter written on thin paper by Mr Tookaram Tatya of Bombay on 5 June 1886. The letter was folded in three. Among other matters, it contained the following:

I have constantly been thinking of poor brother Damodar. It is nearly a year since he left and we have hitherto had no authentic news about him. If you have any recent information about him please communicate it to me.

When Colonel Olcott received Mr Tookaram Tatya’s letter at Adyar on June 7, he found precipitated on the blank page, crosswise, this letter. The letter refers to Damodar K. Mavalankar who, after many hardships and privations, crossed to Tibet and reached the home of his Master.[2]

Physical description of letter

According to Mr. Jinarajadasa, the original letter is at the Adyar headquarters of the Theosophical Society. He wrote, "it is precipitated in blue ink on the last blank page of a letter written on thin paper by Mr Tookaram Tatya of Bombay on 5 June 1886. The letter was folded in three."[3]

Publication history

This letter was published in 1919 as Letter 29 in the first edition of Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, 1881-1888, later known as the First Series.[4] It has kept this designation as Letter 29 throughout all editions.

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), 70, 160-161.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 160-161.
  3. C. Jinarajadasa, 160.
  4. 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.