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The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett

Transcribed and compiled by A. Trevor Barker

Second & Revised Edition

No other book is quite like this private collection of letters. Preserved in the British Library, they were written between 1880 and 1890 to Alfred Percy Sinnett, editor of a leading Anglo-Indian newspaper, The Pioneer, and to his friend, Allan Octavian Hume, a founder of the Indian National Congress. Their correspondents were two Mahatmas whom H. P. Blavatsky had 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 humor. These letters, moreover, yield a clearer understanding of H. P. Blavatsky, and of the Mahatmas' aim in fostering a better understanding of our kinship with all peoples.

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.

This Second & Revised Edition includes several new appendices:

1. First Letter of K.H. to A. O. Hume
2. View of the Chohan on the T.S.
3. Cosmological Notes (originally reproduced in Appendix II of The Letters of H. P. Blavatsky to A. P. Sinnett)
4. A. O. Hume’s Reply to K.H.’s First Letter (full text of Letter 99)
5. "The Writing of The Mahatma Letters" by A. Trevor Barker
6. Foreign Words and Phrases
7. Chronological Order Key (See Publisher's Note).

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