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A Short Letter
from Mahatma Koot Hoomi to Mary Gebhard

[This short letter from Master K.H. was addressed to Mary Gebhard of Elberfeld, Germany. In the Letters from H.P. Blavatsky to A.P. Sinnett (London, 1925, No. 184), this epistle is described as "a letter received by Mrs. G. one day in her room about 4 to 5 weeks after" her husband Gustav Gebhard had received his letter from Master K.H.  This letter has never been published before.  

For brief background information on this period of Madame Blavatsky's life see Chapter 14 of my book The Esoteric World of Madame Blavatsky, WWW edition published by The Theosophical Society in America, Wheaton, Illinois, U.S.A.  For biographical material on the Gebhard family, consult H.P. Blavatsky's Collected Writings, Volume VI, pp. 434-6.  Mary Gebhard gave testimony to the Society for Psychical Research about a "vision" she had of the Mahatma Morya.  See Appendix XXXIX of the "First S.P.R. Report on H.P.B." --- BAO Editor.]

The germs that you have been nursing in your innermost heart for thirty years are now rapidly ripening.  The harvest time is come.  Thus is your hour of opportunity and your crisis.  Falter not, sister, when the goal is in sight.  Else you will lose much that you have gained.  The guests who have thronged your house and burdened you with trouble and anxiety, were gathered here by us for a purpose, and it will be accomplished.  And see how Chitteragupa (1) is remembering you already --- in the cases of your children and even of your husband!  He so long near you in body but so distant in spirit, until of late.  Aye a flood of light, of the sunlight of Theosophy, has entered your house, thro’ the physical and moral gloom of Elberfeld.  Keep it shining on the mirror of your “Soul,” sister, wherein you gaze to scan the future.  With L.C.H. (2) be friend and sister, she is staunch, true, pure and brave.  Her gold is purifying in these furnace fires.  So is yours and Mohini and that of all of you.

Blessings and thanks.

K. H.


(1) Compare "Chitteragupa" with the following entry in HPB's Theosophical Glossary:  "Chitra Gupta (Sk.). The deva (or god) who is the recorder of Yama (the god of death), and who is supposed to read the account of every Soul's life from a register called Agra Sandhani, when the said soul appears before the seat of Judgment. . . . " (p. 82.)

(2)  "L.C.H." is Mrs. Laura C. Holloway, an American newspaper journalist then visiting the Gebhard family in Elberfeld, Germany.  Mrs. Holloway also received letters from the Master K.H.  See A Mahatma Letter to Mrs. Laura C. Holloway.  For some of Mrs. Holloway's reminiscences of this time period, see Narratives 13g and  14d of The Esoteric World of Madame Blavatsky.