The Last Letter from Koot Hoomi received during HPB's lifetime....
Sep 28, 2008 10:53 AM
The following letter --- I believe -- is the last known letter from
Master Koot Hoomi received during H.P. Blavatsky's lifetime.
Colonel Henry S. Olcott writes in OLD DIARY LEAVES about the receipt
of this letter from Master K.H. as follows:
"a letter which I received phenomenally in my cabin on board
the 'Shannon,' the day before we reached Brindisi".
which means while the ship was traveling the Mediterranean one day
before reaching Brindisi, Italy.
K.H. in the course of this letter even writes:
"Just now, ON DECK your thoughts....". caps added.
Colonel Olcott was on his way from India to London where HPB was then
In his actual HANDWRITTEN daily diary in the entry for Aug. 22, 1888,
Colonel Olcott mentions the receipt of this letter.
BELOW is a transcription of the entire letter from Master Koot Hoomi
to Colonel Olcott:
Again, as you approach London I have a word or two to say to you.
Your impressibility is so changeful that I must not wholly depend
upon it at this critical time. Of course you know that things were so
brought to a focus as to necessitate the present journey and that the
inspiration to make it came to you and to permit it to the
Councillors from without. Put all needed restraint upon your
feelings, so that you may do the right thing in this Western
imbroglio. Watch your first impressions. The mistakes you make spring
from failure to do this. Let neither your personal predilections,
affections, suspicions nor antipathies affect your action.
Misunderstandings have grown up between Fellows both in London and
Paris, which imperil the interests of the movement. You will be told
that the chief originator of most, if not of all these disturbances
is H.P.B. This is not so; though her presence in England has, of
course, a share in them. But the largest share rests with others,
whose serene unconsciousness of their own defects is very marked and
much to be blamed. One of the most valuable effects of Upasika's
mission is that it drives men to self-study and destroys in them
blind servility for persons. Observe your own case, for example. But
your revolt, good friend, against her infallibility?as you once
thought it?has gone too far and you have been unjust to her, for
which I am sorry to say, you will have to suffer hereafter along with
others. Just now, on deck, your thoughts about her were dark and
sinful, and so I find the moment a fitting one to put you on your
Try to remove such misconceptions as you will find, by kind
persuasion and an appeal to the feelings of loyalty to the Cause of
truth if not to us. Make all these men feel that we have no
favourites, nor affections for persons, but only for their good acts
and humanity as a whole. But we employ agents?the best available. Of
these for the past thirty years the chief has been the personality
known as H.P.B. to the world (but otherwise to us). Imperfect and
very troublesome, no doubt, she proves to some, nevertheless, there
is no likelihood of our finding a better one for years to come?and
your theosophists should be made to understand it. Since 1885 I have
not written, nor caused to be written save thro' her agency, direct
and remote, a letter or line to anybody in Europe or America, nor
communicated orally with, or thro' any third party. Theosophists
should learn it. You will understand later the significance of this
declaration so keep it in mind. Her fidelity to our work being
constant, and her sufferings having come upon her thro' it, neither I
nor either of my Brother associates will desert or supplant her. As I
once before remarked, ingratitude is not among our vices.
With yourself our relations are direct, and have been with the rare
exceptions you know of, like the present, on the psychical plane, and
so will continue thro' force of circumstances. That they are so rare?
is your own fault as I told you in my last
To help you in your present perplexity: H.P.B. has next to no concern
with administrative details, and should be kept clear of them, so far
as her strong nature can be controlled. But this you must tell to
all: ?With occult matters she has everything to do. We have not
abandoned her; she is not `given over to chelas'. She is our direct
agent. I warn you against permitting your suspicions and resentment
against `her many follies' to bias your intuitive loyalty to her. In
the adjustment of this European business, you will have two things to
consider?the external and administrative, and the internal and
psychical. Keep the former under your control and that of your most
prudent associates, jointly: leave the latter to her. You are left to
devise the practical details with your usual ingenuity. Only be
careful, I say, to discriminate when some emergent interference of
hers in practical affairs is referred to you on appeal, between that
which is merely exoteric in origin and effects, and that which
beginning on the practical tends to beget consequences on the
spiritual plane. As to the former you are the best judge, as to the
I have also noted your thoughts about the `Secret Doctrine'. Be
assured that what she has not annotated from scientific and other
works, we have given or suggested to her. Every mistake or erroneous
notion, corrected and explained by her from the works of other
theosophist was corrected by me, or under my instruction. It is a
more valuable work than its predecessor, an epitome of occult truths
that will make it a source of information and instruction for the
earnest student for long years to come.
P. Sreenivasrow is in great mental distress once more because of my
long silence, not having a clear intuition developed (as how should
he after the life he has led?). He fears he is abandoned, whereas he
has not been lost sight of for one moment. From day to day he is
making his own record at the `Ashrum', from night to night receiving
instructions fitted to his spiritual capabilities. He has made
occasional mistakes, e.g., once recently, in helping thrust out of
the Headquarters house, one who deserved a more charitable treatment,
whose fault was the result of ignorance and psychical feebleness
rather than of sin, and who was a strong man's victim. Report to him,
when you return, the lesson taught you by at Bombay, and tell my
devoted tho' mistaken `son' that it was most theosophical to give her
protection, most untheosophical and selfish to drive her away.
I wish you to assure others T.T, R.A.M., N.N.S., N.D.C., G.N.C.,
U.U.B., T.V.C., P.V.S., N.B.C., C.S., C.W.L., D.N.G., D.H., S.N.C.,
etc. among the rest, not forgetting the other true workers in Asia,
that the stream of karma is ever flowing on and we as well as they
must win our way towards Liberation. There have been sore trials in
the past, others await you in the future. May the faith and courage
which have supported you hitherto endure to the end.
You had better not mention for the present this letter to anyone?not
even to H.P.B. unless she speaks to you of it herself. Time enough
when you see occasion arise. It is merely given you, as a warning and
a guide; to others, as a warning only, for you may use it discreetly
if needs be.
Prepare, however, to have the authenticity of the present denied in
Quoted from LETTERS FROM THE MASTERS OF WISDOM, Volume 1, Letter 19.
See this letter as it was published in October 1888 in the pages of
Mme. Blavatsky's own Theosophical magazine LUCIFER, p. 146:
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