The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett (Facsimile of 1926 2nd edition) Paperback – June 1, 1997
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- Publisher : Theosophical Univ Pr; 2nd edition (June 1, 1997)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 590 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0911500219
- ISBN-13 : 978-0911500219
- Item Weight : 1.57 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 1.5 x 8.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #807,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Life After Death, the various Principals that make up
Our Being; a True synthesis of Mahayana and Advaita. True Yoga, and Ultimate Union with Reality.
What Karma & Reincarnation mean, in it's Practicality.
This Book is It.
If you are Dogmatic, Exoteric, Orthodox, and or just locked into your own beliefs...You may not get much out of it, and or feel you wasted your time and money.
If you are not locked into any Schools of Thought to the point that you need to debate, this may be of use to you.
The Introduction to this book [the letters were written between 1880-1884, but not published until 1924] by then-Theosophist Fellow A. Trevor Barker states, "the philosophical doctrines and ethics which were given to the world through the Theosophical Society during the 16 years immediately following its foundation in 1875, emanated from certain Eastern Teachers said to belong to an Occult Brotherhood living in ... Tibet. H.P. Blavatsky ... acknowledged these Eastern Brothers as her Teachers, stating... that she herself had received training and instruction at their hands during her sojourn in Tibet... It was not until 1880 that further testimony became available. In that year the late A.P. Sinnett... was enabled through the agency of Madame Blavatsky, to enter into correspondence with her own Teachers... During the course of this correspondence which extended over the years 1880 to 1884 Mr. Sinnett received many letters from The Mahatmas M. and K.H. [Koot Humi]... and it is these original communications which are published in the present volume under the title of 'The Mahatma Letters.' The circumstances regarding their receipt were fully dealt with by Mr. Sinnett in his 'Occult World' and they need not therefore be restated here."
Letter II states, "The mysteries never were, never can be, put within the reach of the general public, not, at least, until that longed for day when our religious philosophy becomes universal." (Pg. 6) Letter V suggests, "The best of the British Spiritualists could, with proper management, be converted into Theosophists. But neither Dr. Wyld, not Mr. Massey, seem to have the requisite force." (Pg. 21) Yet letter XVI adds, "you may understand why we oppose so strongly Spiritualism and mediumship." (Pg. 113) Letter X says, "Pantheistic we may be called---agnostic NEVER. If people are willing to accept and to regard as God our ONE LIFE immutable and unconscious in its eternity they may do so and thus keep to one more gigantic misnomer." (Pg. 53) It adds, "Evil has no existence per se and is but the absence of good and exists but for him who is made its victim." (Pg. 56) Letter XXIII suggests, "Why not admit---true no one of them has ever thought of it---that our PRESENT continents, have---like 'Lemuria' and 'Atlantis'---been several times already, submerged and had the time to reappear again, and bear their new groups of mankind and civilization; and that, at the first great geological upheaval, at the next cataclysm---in the series of periodical cataclysms that occur from the beginning to the end of every Round---our already autopsied continents will go down, and the Lemurias and Atlantises come up again." (Pg. 151)
Letter LV states [perhaps answering charges of plagiarism], "There is always that danger if one has neglected to ascertain whether the words and sentences rushing into the mind have come all from WITHIN or whether some may have been impressed from WITHOUT. I feel sorry to have brought you into such a false position before your many enemies and even your friends. That was ONE of the reasons why, I had hesitated to give my consent to print my private letters and specifically excluded their contents---nor have I now. I have a habit of often quoting, MINUS quotation marks, from the maze of what I get in the countless folios of our Akasic libraries, so to say---with eyes shut. Sometimes I may give out thoughts... what an orator, a Cicero may have pronounced ages earlier, and at others, what was not only pronounced by modern lips but already either written or printed... All this I do... without the smallest concern as to where the sentences and strings of words may have come from, so long as they serve to express, and fit in with my own thoughts." (Pg. 324)
Letter LIX says, "Yes; you are right about the Society for Psychical Research: its work is of a kind to tell upon public opinion by experimentally demonstrating the elementary phases of Occult Science. H.S. Olcott has been trying to convert each of the Indian Branches into such a school of research, but the capacity for sustained independent study for knowledge's sake is lacking, and must be developed. The success of the S.P.R. will greatly aid in this direction and we wish it well." (Pg. 342) Letter LXXXIII admonishes, "Be more careful as to what you say upon forbidden topics. The 'eighth sphere' mystery is a very confidential subject, and you are far from understanding even its general aspect. You were repeatedly warned and should not have mentioned it. You have unintentionally brought ridicule upon a solemn matter." (Pg. 396) Letter CXXXVIII laments, "It is useless, Mr. Sinnett. The Theosophical Society shall live here, in India, for ever---it seems doomed in Europe, because I am doomed... And if Mahatmas are myths, I---the author of all those letters, a proclaimed FRAUD and worse---by the P.S.R. how can the London Lodge live? I told you... this investigation of Mr. [Richard] Hodgson will be fatal... how can he recognize truth from lie when there is a thick net of conspiracy around him?" (Pg. 472-473)
Letter XCIII responds directly to the charge of plagiarism: "if I had any desire to argue out the question I might answer that of what constitutes plagiarism, being a borrowing of IDEAS rather than of words and sentences, there was none in point of fact, and I stand acquitted by my own accusers... Having DISTORTED the ideas 'appropriated,' and, as now published---diverted them from their original intention to suit my own 'very different purpose,' on such grounds my literary LARCENY does not appear very formidable at all?... the most that could be said is, that owing to the poverty of words at the command of Mr. Sinnett's correspondent... he has adapted a few of innocent Mr. Kiddle's effusions... to express his own contrary ideas." (Pg. 421) H.P. Blavatsky, in an Appendix, also deals with the accusation that her own handwriting resembles that of the Mahatmas: "Now if there is such a marked difference between letters written by the same person mechanically, (as the case with me for instance who has never had a STEADY handwriting), how much more in precipitation, which is the photographic reproduction from one's head, and I bet anything that no chela ... is capable of precipitating his own handwriting twice over in precisely the same way---a difference and a marked one there shall always be." (Pg. 480)
This book is perhaps of lesser current interest than many other Theosophical books, but is still an important resource for anyone studying the Theosophical movement.
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is all about the nature of Cosmos and man's role within it.
All the words are from the masters themselves in answer to letters to them from A.P. Sinnett
who was setting up a society in India itself as a mirror to the english section of Theosophy
this was a replacement to one I "loaned out " some time ago a welcome return indeed.
These letters were never supposed to be published at the time they were received, but maybe now is the time for the Wisdom of the Gods to come out and be understood.