The 1900 Letter to Annie Besant
Mahatma Letter

In 1900 a certain Mr. B.K. Mantri, of India, wrote a letter to Dr. Besant, then in England. When Dr. Besant opened the letter she found on its back a message from Master K. H., in His well-known handwriting. The first sentence has reference to Mr. B. K. Mantri.

It is a remarkable Letter since it appeared in 1900, several years after the death of H.P. Blavatsky. This Letter appears in the Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom (First Series), edited by C. Jinarajadasa, as Letter n. 46. The penciled lines from Master K.H., however, are not complete there, as ellipsis dots indicate, and as Mr. Jinarajadasa wrote, explaining that the omitted parts were considered to be too private in relation to the life of Dr. Besant. The complete version was published for the first time in the Eclectic Theosophist, n. 101, Sept/Oct., 1987.


A psychic and a pranayamist who has got confused by the vagaries of the members.

The T.S. and its members are slowly manufacturing a creed. Says a Thibetan proverb: ‘credulity breeds credulity and ends in hypocrisy’. How few are they who can know anything about us. Are we to be propitiated and made idols of? Is the worship of a new Trinity made up of the blessed M., Upasika and yourself to take the place of exploded creeds? We ask not for the worship of ourselves. The disciple should in no way be fettered. Beware of an esoteric popery. The intense desire to see Upasika reincarnate at once has raised a misleading mayavic ideation. Upasika has useful work to do on higher planes and cannot come again so soon. The T. S. must safely be ushered into the new century.

You have for some time been under deluding influences. Shun pride, vanity and love of power. Be not guided by emotion but learn to stand alone. Be accurate and critical rather than credulous. The mistake of the past in the old religions must not be glossed over with imaginary explanations. The E.S.T. must be reformed so as to be as unsectarian and creedless as the T.S. The rules must be few and simple and acceptable to all. No one has the right to claim authority over a pupil or his conscience. Ask him not what he believes. All who are sincere and pure minded must have admittance. The crest wave of intellectual advancement must be taken hold of and guided into spirituality. It cannot be forced into beliefs and emotional worship. The essence of the higher thoughts of the members in their collectivity must guide all action in the T.S. and E.S. We never try to subject to ourselves the will of another. At favourable times we let loose elevating influences which strike various persons in various ways. It is the collective aspect of many such thoughts that can give the correct note of action. We show no favours. The best corrective of error is an honest and open-minded examination of all facts subjective and objective. Misleading secrecy has given the death blow to numerous organizations. The cant about ‘Masters’ must be silently but firmly put down. Let the devotion and service be to that Supreme Spirit alone of which one is a part. Namelessly and silently we work and the continual references to ourselves and the repetition of our names raises up a confused aura that hinders our work. You will have to leave a good deal of your emotions and credulity before you become a safe guide among the influences that will commence to work in the new cycle.

The T.S. was meant to be the corner-stone of the future religions of humanity. To accomplish this object those who lead must leave aside their weak predilections for the forms and ceremonies of any particular creed and show themselves to be true Theosophists both in inner thoughts and outward observances. The greatest of your trials is yet to come. We watch over you but you must put forth all your strength.

K. H.

The background of the letter: http://www.katinkahesselink.net/lastkh.htm
and http://www.katinkahesselink.net/faq/hkhlett.htm.
The facsimile of the letter: http://blavatskyarchives.com/kh1900p1.htm

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