Mahatma Letter to Leadbeater - LMW 1 No. 8

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People involved
Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: Charles Webster Leadbeater
Sent via: post
Written on: unknown
Received on: 31 October 1884, at midday
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: Kensington post office
Received at: London
Via: unknown

This letter is Letter No. 8 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi responds to questions from Charles Webster Leadbeater about chelaship. It is closely related to the previous letter, No. 7.[1]

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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

Since your intuition led you in the right direction and made you understand that it was my desire you should go to Adyar immediately – I may say more. The sooner you go the better. Do not lose one day more than you can help. Sail on the 5th if possible. Join Upasika at Alexandria. Let no one know you are going and may the blessing of our Lord, and my poor blessing shield you from every evil in your new life.

Greeting to you my new chela.


Show my notes to no one.



Context and background

Mr. Jinarajadasa provided these notes about this letter:

received on the night of the same day [October 31, 1884]

Transcribed from the original at Adyar. On receipt of Letter 7, C.W.L., who was living at Liphook, Hampshire, came up at once to London to see H.P.B., and intimated to her his decision to go at once to Adyar. At midnight of that same day this letter was received. In the first and second editions of this work I omitted the postscript, ‘Show my notes to no one’, as A.P. Sinnett, who was then living, had an idea that, with the exception of Miss Arundale, he was the only person in England who had ever received letters. Towards the end of 1884, he had created such a situation between himself and the Master (though he never realized it) that it was impossible for the Master to send further communications. Between Mr Sinnett and Mr Leadbeater there were cordial relations, and the latter owed much to Mr Sinnett, as he has testified, in beginning his Theosophical studies. Mr Sinnett was apt to doubt the genuineness of any letters received by others than himself. (See the [[postscript of Letter 19: ‘Prepare, however, to have the authenticity of the present denied in certain quarters.’ The proof of this doubt is in a letter, now at Adyar, which Mr Sinnett wrote at the time to Mr Leadbeater in which he doubts if the K.H. Letter to Colonel Olcott is genuine, or merely the precipitation of some chela.) Mr Sinnett would certainly have had something of a shock had he known that his protégé of less than two years’ membership in the Society had received communications direct from the Master. To the end of his life Mr Sinnett believed that he was in communication with the Master, first through certain sensitive women whom he could put into trance with passes, and later through a regular psychic medium whose body was taken possession of by so-called Masters. Mr Sinnett assured me that the possession was genuine and that one entity was the Master M. He never doubted these communications.

These two Letters 7 and 8 were not shown by C.W. Leadbeater to anybody except to myself [C. Jinarājadāsa], though I saw only the envelopes and did not venture to read them. In 1907, at Taormina, I copied them, and they were published in The Theosophist for the first time.[2]

See also the notes to the previous letter, No. 7.

Physical description of letter

The original letter is preserved at the Adyar headquarters of the Theosophical Society.

Publication history

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), 32-33, 143-144.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 143-144.