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The Last Letter from Koot Hoomi received during HPB's lifetime....

Sep 28, 2008 10:53 AM
by danielhcaldwell

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 
latter, she.

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 
certain quarters.
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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