Mahatma Letter to Holloway - LMW 1 No. 36

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People involved
Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: Laura Carter Holloway
Sent via: unknown
Written on: unknown
Received on: 1884 or 1885
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: unknown
Via: unknown

This letter is Letter No. 35 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi encourages Laura Carter Holloway to complete her book. It is one of a series of letters numbered 30 to 41 that communicate directly or indirectly with Mrs. Holloway.[1]

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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

The greatest consolation in and the foremost duty of life, child, is not to give pain, and avoid causing suffering to man or beast. It requires no acute intelligence to put two and two in the present situation and see it make four. On the one hand we have one who has suffered greatly to serve ourselves and cause; one ever suspected, ever condemned, and who is now being crucified by Public Opinion on the tree of infamy. Right at her side stands one of those for whom she has so suffered; the indirect cause of it, yet one who at the first glimpse of false appearance would not hesitate to suspect her himself. Nevertheless, this man also has suffered, he merits consideration, and ought to have his doubts solved. To satisfy him and thus help the cause in its present very complicated situation, we who are forbidden to use our powers with Europeans can act but thro' our chela or one like H.P.B. We can get at him but thro' those two channels. Where are the chelas strong enough to help us without the aid of our own powers? One is many thousand miles away, the other, the adept is here. An answer through the former would necessitate two months. But she [H.P.B.] refuses most positively to lend herself henceforth to such services. She is right. She demands it in the name of her Karma and therefore not to be ordered against her will. Her self-sacrifices were so ill requited, and it would be cruelty and abuse of power to subject her to new persecutions.




Context and background

Mr. Jinarajadasa provided these notes about this series of letters numbered 30-41. They were clearly written before Letters 4 to 20, which have reference to Mrs Holloway:

Miss Mary K. Neff was well known for her record of service to various Indian schools, and especially for her work during two years at the Theosophical Headquarters, at Adyar, indexing all the letters and documents which are in the Archives of the Society. She had dedicated herself especially to the history of H.P.B.'s movements and had published Personal Memories of H.P. Blavatsky.

She found in a magazine The World published in New York, articles by Mrs Langford in the issues of May and June 1912. These contain certain instructions received by her from the Master K.H... I publish these letters, as they contain much valuable instructions, for all who are preparing to tread the path to the Masters.[2]

Physical description of letter

The location of the original of this letter is not known.

Publication history

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Additional resources


  1. C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 2011), 77-78, 161-162.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 161-162.