To the Editor of the Religio-Philosophical Journal:
In your Journal of the 25th of September, Mr. W. Emmette Coleman
relieves his mind upon the subject of his personal desire to be convinced of the actual
existence of the Mahatmas, and takes occasion to say that he is perfectly satisfied:
(a) That Mahatmas are the product of the Kalmuck mind of Madame Blavatsky;
(b) That this Kalmuck woman has had for nine years a vast conspiracy ramifying over the
one million square miles of India; and
(c) That Mr. Brown, to whom he refers, saw one of the numerous and widely spread
conspirators in North India.
"I am satisfied" that no amount of proof would satisfy Mr. Coleman, except a
personal visit from a Mahatma. And it is to preserve themselves from him and his style,
that the Mahatmas do not go out to prove their existence; that they will visit him is as
Now the two first positions, a and b, are enough to disprove Mr.
Colemans conclusions, for any tyro in India literature or traveller in Hindustan,
knows that the Mahatmas have been believed in by the Hindus from time immemorial; and it
is a ridiculous impossibility that Mme. Blavatsky could have got up this immense
conspiracy requiring such wonderful co-operation and expenditure of money as it would
As to Mr. Browns evidence, I only desire to add my own, though not with the
detail gone into by him. And not only is there Mr. Browns letter, but I have seen
hundreds of such letters received in various parts, both in Blavatskys presence and
away from her. And I can put my hand now on over fifty such letters that are owned by a
friend of mine not one hundred miles from here, all of which were received in a manner
which Mr. Coleman even would not cavil at had he been present.
But the object of the Theosophist is not to prove the existence of Mahatmas. Properly
developed minds will know of that naturally. Our object is to spread the doctrines which
Mahatmas have pointed to, and not to accentuate phenomena. As one of them said in a letter
now in the United States, but not published: "You (Theosophists) must prosper by
philosophical and moral worth, and not by phenomena." So we must in America try by
all means to keep out of the arena of proof for the locus in quo of Mahatmas. But I
would beseech all earnest, truthful inquirers, to bend their investigations toward finding
out what a Mahatmas state is, and then direct their energies to reaching that state
themselves; for even a very little of this practice is productive of much benefit.
New York, Sept. 25, 1886.