Insights from the Masters

Aug 9th, 2017 | By | Category: Articles, Axis Mundi Books, Esoteric, Extract, Spirituality

by Fiona C. Odgren

During the years 1880 to 1885 an extraordinary body of correspondence took place between two Himalayan Masters and two influential British men living and working in India. Alfred Percy Sinnett and Arthur Octavian Hume had met H.P. Blavatsky (later to be known as H.P.B. by her friends) and
Col. Henry Steel Olcott, founders of the Theosophical movement. These letters (The Mahatma Letters) were destined to become, along with Isis Unveiled, The Secret Doctrine, and The Key to Theosophy, an essential seminal work of the Theosophical movement worldwide. They have unquestionably challenged, stimulated, and inspired genuine seekers and students of the Ancient Wisdom everywhere for nearly a century.  The Mahatmas were hoping
these two men, with their education and intelligence, would help make these teachings more available to others through writing articles for The Theosophist.

The Masters involved in this correspondence were members of the Himalayan brotherhood and were known as Koot Hoomi or K.H., and Morya or simply M. Their precise location was not known but there are several references to the Tibetan town of Shigatse, with its renowned monastery connected to the Panchen Lama.

It needs to be emphasized, they were full-bodied men in physical form and not some kind of ethereal entities dreamed up by Blavatsky. Koot Hoomi was a Kashmiri Brahmin by birth, but his family came from Northern India. At the time of the correspondence, both he and Morya had strong links to the esoteric Gelugpa division of Tibetan Buddhism and described themselves as “Buddhists.” Koot Hoomi had been educated at several European universities and was fluent in both English and French.

The Problem of Evil (compiled from The Mahatma Letters)

It is belief in God and Gods, that makes two-thirds of humanity the slaves of a handful of those who deceive them under the false pretence of saving them. Is not man ever ready to commit any kind of evil if told that his God or Gods demand the crime – voluntary victim of an illusionary God, the abject slave of his crafty ministers? The Irish, Italian and Slavonian peasant will starve himself and see his family starving and naked to feed and
clothe his padre and pope. For two thousand years, India groaned under the weight of caste, Brahmins alone feeding on the fat of the land, and today the followers of Christ and those of Mahomet are cutting each other’s throats in the names of and for the greater glory of their respective myths. Remember the sum of human misery will never be diminished unto that day when the better portion of humanity destroys, in the name of Truth, morality, and universal charity, the altars of their false gods.

Ambition, the desire of securing happiness and comfort for those we love by obtaining honours and riches, are praiseworthy natural feelings, but when they transform man into an ambitious cruel tyrant, a miser, a selfish egotist they bring untold misery on those around him; on nations as well as on individuals. All this then – food, wealth, ambition, and a thousand other things we have to leave unmentioned, becomes the source and cause of evil whether in its abundance or through its absence. Lack all this and you starve, you are despised as a nobody, and the majority of the herd, your fellow men, make of you a sufferer your whole life. Therefore, it is neither nature nor an imaginary Deity that has to be blamed, but human nature made vile by selfishness. Think well over these few words; work out every cause of evil you can think of and trace it to its origin and you will have solved one-third of the problem of evil.

Wisdom (compiled from The Mahatma Letters)

The truth is, my dear friend, that notwithstanding the great tidal wave of mysticism that is now sweeping over a portion of the intellectual classes of Europe, the Western people have as yet scarcely learned to recognise that which we term wisdom in its loftiest sense. As yet, he is only esteemed truly wise in his world who can most cleverly conduct the business of life, so that it may yield the largest amount of material profit – honours or money. The quality of wisdom ever was, and will be yet for a long time – to the very close of the fifth race – denied to him who seeks the wealth of the mind for its own sake, and for its own enjoyment and result without the secondary purpose of turning it to account in the attainment of material benefits. By most of your gold worshipping countrymen our facts and theorems would be denominated fancy-flights, the dream of madmen.

Originally from England, Fiona C. Odgren emigrated to Canada at age 23. She is currently president of the Theosophical Society, Victoria, BC and has served in this capacity for over 20 years.

Insights From the Masters – A Compilation

a compilation of “The Mahatma Letters”, a remarkable correspondence that took place between two Masters, Koot Humi and Morya, and two influential British men. The Letters are currently held in the British Library, London, UK. With this compilation the author has taken what she considers to be the most interesting themes regarding esoteric knowledge presented by the Masters and made their teachings more accessible to the public.

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