Mahatma Letter to H. S. Olcott - LMW 2 No. 41

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Written by: Morya
Received by: Henry Steel Olcott
Sent via: unknown 
Written on: unknown
Received on: 12 June 1883
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: Madras
Via: unknown

This is Letter No. 41 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series. Mahatma Morya urges Colonel Olcott to behave with more discretion and not to mistake indiscretion for honesty.[1]

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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

He who does mischief whether consciously or unconsciously without repairing it can hardly hope to win the good opinion of Maha Sahib — least of all his favour. The old appearance has enemies more than is strictly required. Indiscretion is not honesty as you seem to think. You have created much mischief and your stubbornness will not allow you to



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make one reparation. Well, look out for yourself, Mr. Colonel. You must not think yourself (quite) infallible, you know. When she is wrong I will be the first to tell her so. When you are at fault — and you are so now most undoubtedly — I say it to you frankly.

Notation by Col. Olcott in blue pencil:

Recd 12/6/83 [Received 12 June 1883]



Context and background

Mr. Jinarājadāsa commented:

Received June 12, 1883, Madras. [2]

Physical description of letter

The original of this letter is preserved at the Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai, India.

Publication history

Commentary about this letter

Mr. Jinarājadāsa provided this foreword on the series of letters numbered 28-45:

I have arranged the letters which follow, so far as possible, in the order in which they were received. On some, Colonel Olcott has made a memorandum of the date. For others, I have been able to get the date from his Diaries. There are a few, however, of which I am fairly certain as to the year, because of the first script of Master M. referred to already [see Morya:Writing style], but there is no indication anywhere as to the month. Some of the letters bear no signature.[3]

Additional resources


  1. C. Jinarājadāsa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series (Adyar, Madras,India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1925), 83-84.
  2. C. Jinarājadāsa, 83.
  3. C. Jinarājadāsa, 70.