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'''This letter is Letter No. 28 in ''Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series'''''. [[Mahatma]] [[Koot Hoomi]] writes to [[Franz Hartmann]] about [[Damodar K. Mavalankar]].<ref>C. Jinarajadasa, ''Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series'' (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 2011), 69, 160.</ref>
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'''This letter is Letter No. 28 in ''Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series'''''. [[Mahatma]] [[Koot Hoomi]] writes to [[Franz Hartmann]] about the qualities of [[Damodar K. Mavalankar]].<ref>C. Jinarajadasa, ''Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series'' (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 2011), 69, 160.</ref>
 
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So long as one has not developed a perfect sense of justice, he should prefer to err rather on the side of mercy than commit the slightest act of injustice. Mad. Coulomb is a medium and as such irresponsible for many things she may say or do. At the same time she is kind and charitable. One must know how to act towards her to make of her a very good friend. She has her own weaknesses but their bad effects can minimised by exercising on her mind a moral influence by a friendly and kindly feeling. Her mediumistic nature is a help in this direction, if proper advantage be taken of the same. It is my wish therefore that she shall continue in charge of the household business, the Board of Control of course exercising a proper supervisory control and seeing, in consultation with her, that no unnecessary expenditure is incurred. A good deal of reform is necessary and can be made rather with the help than the antagonism of Mme. Coulomb. Damodar would have told you this but his mind was purposely obscured, without his knowledge, to test your intuitions. Show this to Mad. C. so that she may co-operate with you.
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[[Damodar K. Mavalankar|Damodar]] has undoubtedly many faults and weaknesses as others have. But he is unselfishly devoted to us and to the ause, and has rendered himself extremely useful to [[Helena Petrovna Blavatsky|Upāsika]]. His presence and assistance are indispensably necessary at the Headquarters. His inner self has no desire to domineer, though the outward acts now and then get that colouring from his excessive zeal which he indiscriminately brings to bear upon everything, whether small or great. It must, however, be remembered that, inadequate as our 'instruments' may be to our full purpose, they are yet the best available, since they are but the evolution of the times. it would be most desirable to have better 'mediums' for us to act through; and it rests with the well-wishers of the Theosophical ''Cause'' how far they will work unselfishly to assists in her higher work and thus hasten the approach of that eventful day. Blessings to all the faithful workers at the headquarters.  
  
 
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* '''[[Upasika|Upāsika]]''' is the spiritual name for [[Helena Petrovna Blavatsky]].
  
 
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Transcribed from the original at Adyar. The letter was received by Dr. F. Hartmann at Adyar in 1884, when both the [[Founders]] were in Europe. D. is evidently [[Damodar K. Mavalankar|D. K. Mavalankar]].<ref>C. Jinarajadasa, 160.</ref>
 
Transcribed from the original at Adyar. The letter was received by Dr. F. Hartmann at Adyar in 1884, when both the [[Founders]] were in Europe. D. is evidently [[Damodar K. Mavalankar|D. K. Mavalankar]].<ref>C. Jinarajadasa, 160.</ref>
 
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Date early in 1884.
 
"Board of Control" - The Founders left for Europe from Bombay on February 20, 1884. On February 19, Colonel Olcott appointed the Board of Control, to consist of F. Hartmann, St. George Lane-Fox, W. T. Brown, R. Raghunath Row, G. Muttuswamy Chetty, P. Sreenivas Row and T. Subba Row.
 
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THE original of the letter which follows is in Germany, with the followers of the late Dr. Franz Hartmann. My request to see it, and one or more which I believe he received, was refused. However, I received later from a friend in Czecho-Slovakia a photographic reproduction of the letter. At the time of receiving it, Dr. Hartmann was at Adyar, where Madame Coulomb was acting as housekeeper.
 
  
 
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This letter was published in 1919 as '''Letter 28''' in the first edition of [[Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom (book)|''Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, 1881-1888'']], later known as the First Series.<ref>''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.</ref> It has kept this designation as '''Letter 28''' throughout all editions.
  
 
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Revision as of 15:08, 6 December 2019

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: Franz Hartmann
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Received on: 1884
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This letter is Letter No. 28 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi writes to Franz Hartmann about the qualities of Damodar K. Mavalankar.[1]

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Damodar has undoubtedly many faults and weaknesses as others have. But he is unselfishly devoted to us and to the ause, and has rendered himself extremely useful to Upāsika. His presence and assistance are indispensably necessary at the Headquarters. His inner self has no desire to domineer, though the outward acts now and then get that colouring from his excessive zeal which he indiscriminately brings to bear upon everything, whether small or great. It must, however, be remembered that, inadequate as our 'instruments' may be to our full purpose, they are yet the best available, since they are but the evolution of the times. it would be most desirable to have better 'mediums' for us to act through; and it rests with the well-wishers of the Theosophical Cause how far they will work unselfishly to assists in her higher work and thus hasten the approach of that eventful day. Blessings to all the faithful workers at the headquarters.

K.H.

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Context and background

Mr. Jinarajadasa provided these notes about this letter:

Transcribed from the original at Adyar. The letter was received by Dr. F. Hartmann at Adyar in 1884, when both the Founders were in Europe. D. is evidently D. K. Mavalankar.[2]

Physical description of letter

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

Publication history

This letter was published in 1919 as Letter 28 in the first edition of Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, 1881-1888, later known as the First Series.[3] It has kept this designation as Letter 28 throughout all editions.

Commentary about this letter

Additional resources

Notes

  1. C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 2011), 69, 160.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 160.
  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.