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and other miscellaneous letters transcribed, compiled,

with an introduction  


A. Trevor Barker




First published in 1925





The letters here presented to the reader, written by the Founder of the

Theosophical Society between the years 1880-1888, are intended to form a

companion volume to the recently published Mahatma Letters, and should be read in conjunction with that work.


They have been transcribed direct from the originals and without omission except for the occasional deletion of a name where-ever for obvious reasons it was absolutely necessary to do so. Contrary to the method employed in The Mahatma Letters, the compiler has permitted himself to correct obvious errors of spelling and punctuation, as these were too numerous to ignore, and no useful purpose could be served by leaving them unedited. Here and there in the text a word appears in square brackets.


This always indicates that the word is either superfluous, or has been added by the compiler to make the sentence comprehensible. It should be understood that all footnotes are part of the original letters, unless signed “Ed.,” in which case they have been added by the compiler. With these necessary exceptions the letters are presented to the reader, as already stated, unaltered.


In Section I are to be found exclusively the Letters of Madame Blavatsky

arranged as far as possible in chronological order.


Section II contains all the Miscellaneous Letters of interest left by Mr.

Sinnett, arranged under the names of the different writers in numbered

sub-sections. Some of these have additional value owing to the marginal comments by the Mahatmas M. and K. H.


In Sub-section VIII are included some short notes from M. and K. H. which were overlooked in preparing The Mahatma Letters. They are now published not so much for their intrinsic value, but because in his Introduction to that volume the compiler stated that the whole of the Mahatma Letters left by Mr. Sinnett were then published, and his statement, inaccurate to this extent is hereby made good.


The Appendixes contain: I. An Article by Eliphas Levi on “Death,” which is of particular value because it has comments in Master K. H.’s writing in the margin of the printed page of the magazine in which it originally appeared.


II. Cosmological Notes from Mr. Sinnett’s MS. Book. One version of these notes which does not agree exactly with the MS. book from which his copies were presumably drawn, has already been published by Mr. Jinarajadasa.


Although the differences may possibly not be regarded as serious, it is thought that students would be glad to have the opportunity of reading them just as they were left by Mr. Sinnett, and for that reason they are included in the present volume. The material contained in the two volumes was left all together in one box by Mr. Sinnett, and the whole of its contents are now in print with the exception of some miscellaneous correspondence by various writers which is not of sufficient interest to warrant publication. There must be, however, scattered about the world a number of H.P.B.’s letters in the keeping of different people, and it is greatly to be hoped that in the interest of the Movement steps will be taken to publish them.


The compiler takes this opportunity of acknowledging his indebtedness to several friends for painstaking and careful work in checking the originals with the printed proofs, and also for the compilation of the Index.

A. T. B.




Of all the problems which confront the student of Theosophy, there is none more vital in the present day than a thorough grasp and correct perspective not only of the personal character of the Founder of the Theosophical Society, but of the nature of the work she did and the true relationship it bears to the whole fabric of the Theosophical Movement. It is now beginning to be recognised that her writings contain the key to the profoundest mysteries of Man and the Universe, and those who opposed her, finding themselves unable to disprove the value and truth of her philosophy, sought by means of personal slander and vilification to prejudice public opinion, and thus divert attention from the treasure of knowledge which she was the means of giving to the world, and which, if impartially considered on its merits, must have carried with it the

conviction of the integrity of the writer.


In The Secret Doctrine Mme. Blavatsky quoted the words of Gamaliel as being particularly applicable to her own work: “If this doctrine is false it will perish of itself, but if true then it cannot be destroyed.” Just as her work has stood the test of time and public criticism, so will these two volumes provide the means for the vindication of her personal character. The biassed and untrustworthy nature of the Hodgson Report of the Society of Psychical Research, which has provided the basis for so much ignorant and malicious criticism even down to the present day, is clearly revealed in these pages. Much fresh light is also thrown on the forgeries known as the Coulomb Letters, and also of her relation with the notorious Solovioff, who, in his rage and resentment at being refused the privilege of chelaship, did so much to injure her reputation.


It would require a volume to deal adequately with all the evidence on these important questions; the reader is therefore left to form his own conclusions as to whether the heroic figure which stands out so vividly in these pages was the liar, the fraud, and worse than dishonest medium which the Society of Psychical Research and the Spiritualists generally would have us believe, or whether she was what she claimed to be—no medium indeed, but the conscious Agent of the Masters who sent her forth, performing her prodigious task under conditions which would make the bravest halt; an occultist pledged to silence as to the true reasons for most of her actions, ever fearful of giving out too much, but yet through it all labouring so fiercely and whole-heartedly for the sake of the few who were entitled to her Master’s thanks. She wrote herself in Letter No. XLV—“Those who see no discrepancy in the idea of filthy lying and fraud even for the good of the Cause—being associated with work done for the Masters—are congenital Jesuits . . . or natural born fools. Had I been guilty once only—of a deliberately, purposely concocted fraud, especially when those deceived were my best, my truest friends, no ‘love’ for such one as I! At best, pity or eternal contempt. Pity if proved I was an irresponsible lunatic, a hallucinated medium, made to trick by my ‘guides’ whom I was representing as Mahatmas; contempt—if a conscious fraud.” Let those who are so limited as to believe that the Masters and their teaching are the invention of H. P. Blavatsky read the account of her journey into the wilds of Sikkim, in which she describes her meeting in propria persona with the Mahatmas M. and K. H. The real nature of these Adepts as living men, or, as H. P. B. called them, “superior mortals, not ignorant flapdoodle gods,” is here placed beyond the realm of speculation.


There is hardly one of these pages that does not throw some unexpected light on the mysteries of the relationship between Adept and chela, and it is thus

possible to gain some comprehension of the life of those who, while living in the world, serve the purposes of the Great Lodge of Adepts whose headquarters are beyond the Himalayas of Northern India. Wherever those chelas may be, their hearts will give a warmer and quicker throb as they read the story of H. P. B.’s intimate association with her teachers. As they read further of the trials and torments which inevitably befell those other chelas of forty years ago, it is not they who will be tempted to condemn those who fell from their high estate, dragged into the mire by one or other of the weaknesses of human nature. But while there should be nothing but pity and compassion for the failures, let no student of the Sacred Science fall into the blunder of seeking in the name of “Brotherhood” to justify their indulgences, either ethically or morally.


There are several references to the writing of The Secret Doctrine which show to how great an extent the Masters were themselves responsible for that work. That is why the teaching of H. P. B. “remains for us the test and criterion of Theosophy,” by which all other teaching on the subject must be judged. After all, if the Masters do not know what Theosophy is, no one does, because in its essence, purity and completeness it is alone contained in the secret teaching of which the Guardians are theMasters Themselves. That teaching, as stated by H. P. B., “is not the fancy of one or several isolated individuals, but the fruit of the work of thousands of generations of Adept Seers,”


I through whom it was handed down from the first Divine Instructors of our Humanity. It is the substratum and basis of all the world-religions and philosophies, but its doctrines are the exclusive possession of none of them.


It was the mission of Madame Blavatsky, under the instructions

of those Adepts, to give to the world selected portions of that archaic

teaching. It should be remembered that an Adept—a Master, is one who has

achieved immortality, and therefore has the power to perceive truth as it is and at will to reflect it without distortion. It is because no one of lesser degree can claim that power always and with certainty that Their testimony must be regarded as the highest authority on all matters of occult doctrine and practice. And here it must be stated unequivocally that from the point of view of the “original programme” of the Society, no theosophical association has any raison d’etre if it does not remain true to the Masters and their teaching.


There are some who seem to believe that it is possible to be faithful to the

Masters while denying even the theoretical truth of their teaching. This is

where the responsibility of the old Theosophical Society is so grave. In his

Introduction to The Mahatma Letters the writer had occasion to point out in what important particulars that Society showed by its actions a serious divergence from the spirit and letter of the original teaching. That volume proves beyond question that H. P. B.’s writings are absolutely consistent with the Masters’ teachings, and in nothing is this more clearly discernible than in her exposition of the doctrines relating to the Life after Death. It is not the least serious aspect of the situation that the Theosophical Society bases its propaganda on this important subject not, as the public has a right to expect, on the message of H. P. B. and the Masters, but on the personal investigation of later students, whose views, for example, on the post-mortem survival of personal consciousness are so different as to represent the direct antithesis of the original teaching.


No serious students of H. P. B. will deny the force or the truth of these

arguments, but there are many such who conceive it to be their duty to remain in the old Theosophical Society and at the same time to stand by the original teaching. They are at once faced with certain difficulties which have to be experienced to be understood, but which, fortunately, the constitution of the Society does not make it impossible to solve. Let the reader turn to Letter


I  “That is to say, men who have perfected their physical, mental, psychic. and spiritual organisations to the utmost possible degree.”


No. C in this volume, and he will there see how H. P. B. was faced with a very similar situation and of the measures she recommended to deal with it. She lays stress on the fact that the Society was founded as a Universal Brotherhood, in which no one has the right to force his own views on another, but each must be allowed free expression of opinion. She defines what a nucleus of Brotherhood is by quoting Master K. H. almost word for word: “A group or branch, however small, cannot be a theosophical society unless the members in it are magnetically bound to each other by the same way of thinking, at least in some one direction.” She urges that those who intend at all costs to remain true to the original programme of the Society—i.e. to the Masters and their teaching—should found Lodges devoted to that purpose alone. Exactly the same should be done in our own day as a solution of present difficulties.


Therefore, all the world over, let the lovers of the Wisdom of H. P. B. unite,

whether they be in or out of the Theosophical Society; let them found Lodges which shall be places apart, sanctified by devotion to the Truth and the Cause of the Brotherhood of Humanity, while seeking their knowledge from her writings, I which contain all and far more than is necessary for the instruction of Theosophists, until the promised hour strikes at the beginning of the last quarter of this century, when another Messenger from the Great Lodge may be expected to appear and carry forward the work of H. P. Blavatsky to the next stage of unfolding.

                                                              A. TREVOR BARKER.


                               December, 1924.



I  That is to say, The Secret Doctrine, Isis Unveiled, The Key to Theosophy, The Voice of the Silence, and her numerous magazine articles in Lucifer and The Theosophist; care should be taken to study these works wherever possible in the original editions or exact reprints of them—the later Revised Editions have been considerably altered and, in the opinion of many students, quite unwarrantably.








LETTERS No I—CXX . . . 3-261

M.’s Instructions to Sinnett . . . 5

H. P. B.’s Attitude to K. H. . . . 7

K. H.’s Correspondence . . . 9

The Lamas of Toling . . . . 11

M.’s Methods with H. P. B.. . . 13

A Marriage is arranged . . . 15

“Confederate” Damodar . . . 17

Prestige of the Great Brotherhood . . . 19

The stuff of which Chelas are made . . .  21

Stainton Moses and Imperator . . .  23

The Septenary Term of Trial . . .  25

K. H.’s Portrait . . . 27

H. P. B. curses her Fate . . . 29

Hume’s Criticisms of H. P. B. . . .  31

The T.S. the Hope of Mankind . . . 33

H. P. B. is made to apologise . . . 35

M. is angry with Hume . . . 37

H. P. B. visits M. and K. H. . . . 39

Mr. Hume must ride his own Donkey . . . 41

An Infernal Power  . . .  43

H. P. B. in “Society” . . .  45

Master K. H. . . .  47

The Power of the Chohan . . .  49

H. P. B. blames herself  . . .  51

H. P. B. on the “ Phoenix” Venture . . .   53

Defence .of Sterling Qualities  . . .  55

Col. Olcott’s Difficulties  . . .  57

True Theosophists wanted . . .  59

In Praise of Col. Olcott  . . .  61

The Chohan’s Karma . . . . 63

H. P. B. on Injustice . . . .  65

Ingratitude  . . . 67

Comments on a Letter from A. K. . . .   69

M. and K. H. intervene  . . . 71

Strange Happenings  . . . 73

The Hodgson Investigations  . . . 75

H. P. B. arrives in France  . . .   77

The Masters and Their Teachings  . . .  79

Anna Kingsford and K. H  . . .   81

Russian Aristocrats and H. P. B . . . 83

Tibetan Chelas . . .   85

The Work of Mohini . . . 87

The Secret Doctrine and Isis Unveiled . . .  89

Mrs. Holloway and K. H  . . . 91

Mohini and the Writing of” Man” . . .  93

Subba Row lies about H. P. B . . . 95

The Crime of divulging Sacred Things  . . .  97

The Coulomb Letters . . .  99

The Karma of an Occultist . . .  l01

H. P. B.’s Martyrdom . . . 103

An Hour of Revelation . . . 105

On Books and Characters  . . . 107

False Reasoning and Bigotry of S.P.R  . . .  109

The Love of the Master  . . . 111

Solovioff resigns from S.P.R . . . 113

The Forger Coulomb . . .  115

Solovioff protests to S.P.R . . .  II7

“Guilty in One—Guilty in All” . . . 119

Dr. F. Hartmann . . .  121

Pure “ Vestals” . . .   123

M’s Corroboration. . .  123

In Defence of Mohini. . .  127

A Double Untruth about H. P. B. . .   129

Missionaries swear to ruin the T.S. . .   131

D. N’s Reluctance to meet H. P. B. . .   133

A List of Calumnies . . .  135

The Treachery of Hodgson . . .  137

The Truth about Hodgson and S.P.R . . .  139

The “Vase” Phenomenon. . .  141

The Metrovitch Incident. . .  143

The Private Part of H. P. B.’s Life . . .  145

H. P. B. never Mme. Metrovitch. . .  147

Myers of the S.P.R  . . .  149

H. P. B. travels with the Master . . .  151

Mentana . . .  153

H. P. B. never a Medium . . .  155

The Countess sees M . . .  157

D.N.nearlymad . . .  159

The Opinion of a Hindu . . .  161

Col. Olcott’s” Temple of Humanity” . . .  163

The Letter of Hurreesinjhee  . . .  165

D. N. a Fanatic  . . .  167

Instructions to Sinnett re D.N . . .   169

The Laws of Occultism . . .  171

D.N.a”Chela” . . .  173

The Reason for Soloviofi’s Defection. . .  175

Medical Evidence on H. P. B . . .   177                                                                           

H. P. B. like a Boar at Bay. . .  179

Bowaji’s Deception . . . .   181

The Influence of Bowaji. . .  183

Mohini’s Indiscretions . . . .   185

The Dweller on the Threshold . . .   187

A Warning from Master Illarion . . .  189

Libels and the Law . . . .   191

A Family Embroglio . . . .  193

The Writing of The Secret Doctrine. . .   195

Subba Row and The Secret Doctrine . . .   197

The Policy of Masterly Inactivity . . .   199

Mr. Lane-Fox . . .  201

Valuable Evidence from Subba Row. . .   203

Lethargy in the London Lodge  . . .   205

More about Solovioff . . . .   207

Evidence of the Berlin Graphologist . . .   209

A Duchess, a Fairy Tale, and Money. . .  211

The Last Alternative . . . .  213

Myers and Solovioff . . . .  215

The Memoirs  . . .   217

Anna Kingsford . . .   219

The Purpose of the Masters’ Society . . .  221

The T.S. and Masters’ Protection . . .   223

High Opinion of Sir Wiffiam Crookes . . .  225

Sinnett very young in Occult Matters. . .  227

Politics and Opinions . . . .  229

The Ethics of Jesuitry . . .    231

The Will of the Jesuits . . .    233

“Those Accursed Memoirs”  . . .   235

Col. Olcott acts like a Fool. . .   237

H. P. B. gossips . . . . .   239

The Buddha and Brahmanism . . .   241

Buddhas and Bodhisatwas. . . .    243

The Seven Worlds, Races, Globes . . .  245

Evolution and Involution . . .   247

Planets, Rings, Rounds . . .  249

Dimensions and Rounds . . .  251

Maya and Reality . . . .   252

Spirituality of Good and Evil . . .   255

The Power of Seeing and Knowing . . .  257

Man’s Growth and Evolution . . .  259

A Final Correction . . . .  261




I.—Countess Wachimeiste,

LETTERS No. CXXI-CLIV. . .   265/303

A Scandalous Statement. . .   267

Trials and Difficulties . . . .  269

The Sancharacharya and the T.S. . . .   271

A Chela’s Thanks . . .  273

The “ Russian Spy” Calumny. . .   275

Perfection is to be found Nowhere. . .   277

Babaji’s Frenzy . . .    279

Criminal Charges . . .   281

Babaji and Hatha Yog . . .   283

H. P. B.’s Enemies . . . .   285

H. P. B.’s Second Marriage . . .  287

Continuous Persecutions . . .   289

Professor Selin makes Mischief . . .  291

H. P. B.’s Indiscretions . . .   293

H. P. B. must not be left alone. . . .  295

Personal Feelings must go . . .  297

The Cause of Walter Gebhard’s Death. . .  299

Foolish Credulity. . .   301

The T.S. throwing off its Linga Sarira . . .  303


II.—A. 0. Hume

LETTERS CLV-CLVII . . . .   304/311

Mr. Hume is dissatisfied . . .   305

H. P. B.’s Missing Principle . . .  307

Hume blasphemes . . . .   309

Hume knows better than Masters. . .  311


III.—William Q. Judge

LETTERS CLVIII-CLX . . . .    312/315

Judge received Letters from K. H. . . .  313

Persecutions and Trials in America . . .   315


IV.—T. Subba Row

LETTERS CLXI-CLXIV . . . .   316/323

The Adepts of India . . . .   317

Why it is impossible to teach Hume . . .   319

Subba Row’s Knowledge. . .   321

A Proficient in Occult Science . . .   323


V.—H. S. Olcott

LETTERS CLXV-CLXXI. . . .   324/334

Sancaracharya an Initiate . . .   325

Hume goes into Polities . . .    327

Col. Olcott “goes” for H. P. B. . . .   329

About Babajee . . . .   331

H. P. B.’s Expenses. . .   333


VI.—Babajee D. Nath


Babajee loyal to Theosophy . . .  337

The “Mystic” Name of D. N. . . .  339

Brahman Customs . . . . .    341

A Letter through Babajee . . .   343




VII.—The Gebhards.—Ernst Schutze.—Mohini.—Damodar.—Elliott Coues.— Anna


LETTERS CLXXX-CXCIV . . . .   345/362

Babajee’s Influence . . .   347

The Handwriting Expert’s Testimony. . .   349

H. P. B.’s Health . . .   351

How Hume received Letters . . .   353

Damodar is indignant . . .   355

Elliott Coues and H. P. B . . .   357

Anna Kingsford and K. H. . . .   359

Puja made to a personal God . . .  361


VIII.—Mahatma Letters

LETTERS CXCV-CCVIII  . . .    363/366

Relative and Absolute Truth . . .  365




I.—Death. By Eliphas Levi. With Marginal Notes of K. H. . . .  . 369—375

II.—Cosmological Notes. From A. P. Sinnett’s MS. Book . . . .   . 376—386

III.—Cures effected by Col. Olcott in Calcutta by Mesmeric Passes . . .  .








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