Mahatma Letter to Mohini - LMW 2 No. 62
|Written by:||Koot Hoomi|
|Received by:||Mohini Mohun Chatterji|
|Received on:||March 1884|
This letter is Letter No. 62 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi gives Mohini Mohun Chatterji the task of translating a letter into Bengali.
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For Mohini alone.
Appearances go a long way with the "Pelings". One has to impress them externally before a regular, lasting, interior impression is made. Remember & try to understand why I expect you to do the following:
When Upasika arrives, you will meet & receive her as tho' you were in India, and she your own mother. You must not mind the crowd of Frenchmen and others. You have to stun them; and if Colonel asks you why, you will answer him that it is the interior man, the indweller you salute, not H.P.B., for you were notified to that effect by us. And know for your own edification that One far greater than myself has kindly consented to survey the whole situation under her guise, and then to visit, thro' the same channel, occasionally,
Paris and other places where foreign members may reside. You will thus salute her on seeing and taking leave of her the whole time you are at Paris – regardless of comments and her own surprise. This is a test.
So far I am satisfied with your efforts. Persevere and teach. You may yet be the means of a great boon to your country. Do not lose heart like your weak-willed though stubborn companion.
Context and background
Mr. Jinarajadasa provided this foreword to the letter:
ONE of the band of brilliant Indians who have helped in taking Theosophical ideas to Western lands is Mohini Mohan Chatterjee. When he was drawn to Theosophy in 1882, he was equipped with an unusually keen philosophical mind. He was accepted by the Master К. H. as a pupil, and much was expected of him. About 1886, however, after splendid Service, he fell out with H.P.B., and bit by bit lost his interest in the T.S.
Mr. Mohini M. Chatterjee left for Europe with the Founders in February, 1884. He rendered valuable aid with lectures and discourses both in Paris and London, and many European Theosophists still remember the brilliance of presentation of spiritual truths by the young Hindu. He visited America the next year. The letters which follow are at Adyar. In Letter 58, reference is made to the “Christian pernicious Superstition". The Masters objected, in popular Christianity, to the emphasis it laid on one life, with the resulting greed and scramble to crowd all experiences into that one life, as also to the intensification of the fear of death, and the consequent heightening of the struggle for existence for all. Equally emphatic was Their denunciation of а “ personal God," as presented in exoteric Christianity, which made men lose in self-reliance, and taught them to look outside of themselves to achieve that reformation of their nature which is the prelude to true peace and happiness. (See Letter I, First Series, for the standpoint of the Maha Chohan on Western civilisation.)
Of this letter [Curuppumullage Jinarājadāsa|Mr. Jinarajadasa]] wrote:
Physical description of letter
Mr. Jinarajadasa wrote of the Mohini letters:
The letters which follow are at Adyar.
Commentary about this letter
- C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series (Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1925), 103, 111-112.
- C. Jzinarajadasa, 103.
- C. Jinarajadasa, 109.
- C. Jinarajadasa, 103.