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"New" Mahatma Letter

Dec 31, 1996 10:11 AM
by Nicholas Weeks

[The word "New" is in quotes because half of this letter will be
new to most theosophists.  Part of it appeared (as two letters)
201-04.  It was written by KH in 1884 (after August) to Laura C.
Holloway.  The new portions are surrounded by {{{triple curly

> When you are older in your chela life you will not be surprised
> if no notice is taken of your wishes, and even birthdays and
> other feasts and fasts.  For you will have then learned to put a
> proper value on the carcass-sheath of the Self and all its
> relations.  To the profane a birthday is but a twelve-months
> stride toward the grave.  When each new year marks for you a step
> of evolution, all will be ready with their congratulations; there
> will be something real to felicitate you upon.  But, so far, you
> are not even one year old -- and you would be treated as an
> adult! Try to learn to stand firm on your legs, child, before you
> venture walking.  It is because you are so young and ignorant in
> the ways of occult life that you are so easily forgiven.  But you
> have to attend your ways and put ----- and her caprices and whims
> far in the background before the expiration of the *first year*
> of your life as a chela if you would see the dawn of the second
> year.
> Now, the lake in the mountain heights of your being is one day a
> tossing waste of waters, as the gust of caprice or temper sweeps
> through your soul; the next a mirror as they subside and peace
> reigns in the "house of life." One day you win a step forward;
> the next you fall two back.  Chelaship admits none of these
> transitions; its prime and constant qualification is a calm,
> even, contemplative state of mind (not the mediumistic passivity)
> fitted to receive psychic impressions from without, and to
> transmit one's own from within.  The mind can be made to work
> with electric swiftness in a high excitement; but the Buddhi --
> *never*.  To its clear region, calm must ever reign.  It is
> foolish to be thinking of outward Upasika in this connection.
> She is not a "chela".
> {{{You wish confirmation of what has been told you about the
> cause and effect of your transfer from London to Elberfeld.  Take
> it.  The fact is as explained.}}}
> You cannot acquire psychic power until the causes of psychic
> debility are removed.  {{{Your trouble is, that you "cannot take
> in" the doctrine of shells.}}} You have scarcely learned the
> elements of self-control in psychism; your vivid creative
> imagination evokes illusive creatures, coined the instant before
> in the mint of your mind, unknown to yourself.  As yet you have
> not acquired the exact method of detecting the false from the
> true, since you have not yet comprehended the doctrine of shells.
> {{{Nevertheless it is not unreasonable emotionalism that can
> remove a *fact* from Nature.  Your ex-friend *is a shell*, and
> one more dangerous for you than ten other shells -- for his
> feeling for you was intense and earthly.  The little of the
> spirituality in it is now in Devachan -- and there remains in
> Kama-Loka but the dross he tried so vainly to repress.  And now
> listen and remember:
> Whether you *sit* for friends in America or London, or elsewhere
> as medium -- though you now hate the word -- or seeress, or
> revelator, since you have scarcely learned the elements of self-
> control, in psychism, you must suffer bad consequences.  You draw
> to yourself the nearest and strongest influences -- often evil --
> and absorb them, and are psychically stifled or narcotised by
> them.  The airs become peopled with resuscitated phantoms.  They
> give you false tokens, misleading revelations, deceptive images.
> Your vivid creative fancy evokes illusive Gurus and chelas, and
> puts into their mouths words coined the instant before in the
> mint of your mind, unknown to yourself.  The false appear as
> real, as the true, and you have no *exact method* of detection
> since you are yet prone to force your communications to agree
> with your preconceptions.
> Mr.  Sinnett against his own wish and unconsciously to himself
> has attracted about him a cloud of elementaries whose power is
> such over him as to make him miserably unhappy for the moment and
> shake his constance.  He is actually in danger of losing all he
> has gained, and of cutting himself off from me forever.  Worse
> than all -- he has severed himself from his protecting shield,
> his sweet child, through whom I could have acted (and have done
> so for a long time) to shelter him from the malignant influences
> about him.  The pure boy is far away and no direct influence of
> mine can reach him.  I cannot help him; he must help himself.  I
> shall rejoice if he conquers; for by this practical experience
> his intuitions will have become sharpened and help him to
> distinguish truth from falsehood.  At this moment he is enwrapped
> in a mist of maya, and whenever he approached you, you too were
> lost in it.  I have denied -- black on white -- communicating
> with him through you.  I have never done so, and this I repeat;
> but he clings to his unwholesome illusion and by implication
> makes me a *falsifier*.  Poor friend, of India, to have been told
> such a great deal and -- learnt so little! (You may copy this and
> send *her* this if you like.)}}}
> How can you know the real from the unreal, the true from the
> false? Only by self-development.  How get that? By first
> carefully guarding yourself against the causes of self-deception,
> {{{and chief among them, the holding of intercourse with
> elementaries as before, whether to please friends(?), or gratify
> your own curiosity.}}} And then by spending a certain fixed hour
> or hours each day, all alone in self-contemplation, writing,
> reading, the purification of your motives, the study and
> correction of your faults, the planning of your work in the
> external life.  These hours should be sacredly reserved for this
> purpose, and no one, not even your most intimate friend or
> friends, should be with you then.  Little by little your sight
> will clear, you will find the mists pass away, your interior
> faculties strengthen, your attraction toward us gain force, and
> certainty replace doubts.  But beware of seeking or leaning too
> much upon direct authority.  *Our* ways are not your ways.  We
> rarely show any outward signs by which to be recognized or
> sensed.  Do you think H.S.O., and Mohini, and Mad.  Gebhard have
> been counselling you entirely without prompting from us? As for
> U., you love her more than you respect her advice.  You do not
> realize that when speaking of, or as from us, she dares not mix
> up her own personal opinions with those she tells you are ours.
> None of us would dare do so, for we have a code that is not to be
> transgressed.  Learn, child, *to catch a hint through whatever
> agency it may be given*.  {{{You were told ere now *never to
> touch* Mohini; you have done so out of sheer malice and brought
> upon yourself the displeasure of one of our chiefs.}}} "Sermons
> may be preached even through stones." {{{You will not be
> unwatched and uncared for, but you have to attract not to repel
> us and our chelas.  Mohini's ideas about "judgement" etc., may
> sound unpleasant to the ears of Miss Arundale; but she has to
> accept things as *he* does if she would be taken notice of, at
> all.}}} Do not be too eager for "instructions" {{{*any of
> you.*}}} You will always get what you need as you shall deserve
> them, but no more than you deserve or are able to assimilate.
> {{{*Your book is a good test in this direction.*}}}
> And now the battle is set in array: fight a good fight {{{even
> with your old friend, General H.[oward}}}] and may you win.

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