The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett
Transcribed and compiled by A. Trevor Barker
No other book is quite like this private collection of letters. Preserved in the British Library, they were written between 1880 and 1884 to Alfred P. Sinnett, editor of a leading Anglo-Indian newspaper, The Pioneer. His correspondents were two Mahatmas whom H. P. Blavatsky has acknowledged as her teachers and the inspirers of her Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine.
First published in 1923, this important volume is filled with sublime philosophical and ethical instruction, revealing not only far-reaching concepts of religious and scientific thought (since proven in large degree prophetic), but also practicality, warmth of heart, patience, and ripeness of humour. These letters, moreover, yield a clearer understanding of H. P. Blavatsky, the early history of the TS, and of the Mahatmas’ aim in fostering a real universal fraternity.
“The term ‘Universal Brotherhood’ is no idle phrase. Humanity in the mass has a paramount claim upon us. . . . If it be a dream, it is at least a noble one for mankind: and it is the aspiration of the true adept.” – p.17
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Combined Chronology for Mahatma and Blavatsky Letters