NOTE: I did not read the already posted comments, only fra Smaragd's presentation, before writing this so that my own views would not be too coloured by those wiser than me. I apologize for the possible repetition and in the case where others consider my presented questions already answered in their previous posts, feel free to let them stand as they are.
First of all, I didn't think the letter was short at all, as Smaragd put it. I think it was actually the longest of the ones we have had up to now? Well anyways, I have to say that I've been focusing in letter no. 4 exclusively here, so I'll comment on the other letters at a later time.
I'll refer to a few parts that appear in the text, mostly since writing about things clears them in my head, personally, but please feel free to comment if opportunity shall rise. Master KH mentions "two crises",
the other of which seems to refer to the possible Russian invasion to Tibet, and the other being the matter within the T.S. as discussed here, more prominently the forming of the A.I.B. (Anglo-Indian Branch). Have I understood correctly?Mahatma Letters wrote:I might say two crises — one, the Society's, the other for Tibet.
KH also refers to "Mr Hume's offer" in:
Is their any knowledge amongs the brethren of the nature of this offer?Mahatma Letters wrote:I had gone personally to our chief to submit Mr. Hume's important offer,
On the mention of HPB's plea
I was wondering to what exactly is this referring to? Could this "The Englishmen are going crazy" refer to the incident Smaragd was describing already, OR could this have something to do with his (Olcott's) temperament, as Smaragd also brought up, OR could this refer to the issue discussed later in the letter, that he (Olcott) could have volunteered to be the nominal representative to the A.I.B. and thus get HPB furious? Or maybe I am completely lost and this refers to some completely different series of events..?Mahatma Letters wrote:"Olcott has raised the very devil again! . . . The Englishmen are going crazy. . . . Koot Hoomi, come quicker and help me!"
Also, call me a brute, but I didn't quite catch KH's allegory to:
Can someone enlighten me on this..?Mahatma Letters wrote:"..our friend is not one to cause her mind to reflect the philosophical resignation of Marcus Aurelius.
If I understand the argument (between Sinnett and the forming of the A.I.B. and the T.S.) correctly, Sinnett would want the new branch to work completely independently and the T.S. saying that they (AIB) cannot be chartered unless they follow the general rules of the T.S. It's not completely clear to me why they (AIB) would insist on doing so, but atleast I see KH by "Rule 9" referring to:
This sentence also puzzles be slightly:Global theosophy wrote:"9. Each Section shall have autonomous jurisdiction within its pre-scribed geographical limits, subject to the terms of the Constitution and Rules of the Society, as herein prescribed."
Maybe someone wiser could interpret it a bit more and open its meaning..?Mahatma Letters wrote:It is true that the married man cannot be an adept, yet without striving to become "a Raja Yogi" he can acquire certain powers and do as much good to mankind and often more, by remaining within the precincts of this world of his.