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This Appendix should be taken in connection with the next, as they deal to some extent with the same phenomena.
From Supplement to The Theosophist, August, 1884, p. 113.
I beg to place upon record certain phenomena noticed by me after Madame Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott left Madras to proceed on their present European tour.
I. On the 17th February, 1884 --- (Madame Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott were then in Bombay) --- I was favoured with a kind letter from our Master, Mahatma K. H. It was a long letter in the Mahatmas handwriting, showing me how the spread of Sanscrit literature was likely to prove advantageous to the country; directing me to assume the superintendence of the Triplicane Sanscrit School; and giving me wholesome instructions and advice as to the encouragement to be given to the school-masters and pupils, &c. The letter was handed to me personally by Brothers Messrs. Damodar and Bawaji who furnish the following particulars as to the way in which the letter reached them. That afternoon Mr. Bawaji --- who was for some time writing at a certain table in the office room of the Headquarters, --- rose and approached the table at which Mr. Damodar was seated; but the latter, --- acting upon the impulse which he just then had --- immediately desired the former to go back to the table which he had left a few seconds before. Mr. Bawaji did as he was told; and found the above mentioned letter on the table at a place where there was no paper before. It was enclosed in a note addressed by the Mahatma K. H. to Mr. Bawaji himself, desiring him to hand over the letter to me personally --- which was accordingly done; and I need hardly add that the instructions of the Mahatma have been duly followed by me. I may also add that the letter contained a reference to a certain fact about the then working of the School, of which nobody at the Headquarters was or could be aware.
II. On the 4th March, 1884 --- (Madame Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott were at this time on the ocean, having left Bombay on February 20th for Marseilles) - I, owing to certain domestic afflictions, felt exceedingly miserable; could not take a morsel of food; and remained in the most wretched condition of mind all that day. But in the evening, between 5 and 6 p.m., I proceeded to Adyar, in the hope of finding some consolation there; and was seated in the office-room of the Headquarters, talking to Mr. Bawaji, without, however, mentioning to any body the circumstance of my being in an unhappy condition. In the meantime, Mr. Damodar stepped in; and I at once expressed to him my desire to see the Shrine. He very kindly conducted me to the occult room upstairs forthwith; and unlocked the Shrine. He and I were standing hardly five seconds looking at the Mahatma K. H.s portrait in the Shrine, when he (Mr. Damodar) told me that he had orders to close the Shrine; and did so immediately. This course was extremely disappointing to me, who, as the reader will have perceived from the above was sorely in need of some consolation or other at that time. But ere I could realise the pangs of this disappointment, Mr. Damodar re-opened in an instant the Shrine by orders. My eye immediately fell upon a letter in a Tibetan envelope in the cup in the Shrine, which was quite empty before! I ran and took the letter, and finding that it was addressed to me by Mahatma K. H., I opened and read it. It contained very kind words conveying consolation to my aching heart; advising me to take courage; explaining how the laws of Karma were inevitable; and finally referring me to Mr. Damodar for further explanation of certain passages in the letter.
How my presence before his portrait attracted the instantaneous notice of the Mahatma, being thousands of miles off; how the Mahatma divined that I was miserable and was in need of comfort at his hands; how he projected his long and consoling letter from such great distance into the closed cabinet, within the twinkling of an eye; and, above all, how solicitous he, the great Mahatma, is for the well-being of mankind, and more especially of persons devoted to him, --- are points which I leave to the sensible reader to consider and profit by. Enough to say that this unmistakable sign of extraordinary kindness on the part of the great Master armed me with sufficient energy to shake off the miserable and gloomy thoughts, and filled my heart with unmixed comfort and excessive joy, coupled with feelings of the sincerest gratitude to the benevolent Mahatma for this blessing.
III. Two days before the current new years day of the Hindus (26th March, 1884), I wrote a long letter to Mahatma K. H., soliciting instructions and advice in respect of certain important matters, and handed it to Brother Mr. Damodar to be put in the Shrine, at about 6.30 in the evening. And on the following day, at about 2 p.m., Brother Mr. Damodar sent me a closed letter, which was in the familiar handwriting of Mahatma K. H., containing replies on all points referred to in my letter, besides valuable information on other matters which he considered necessary that I should understand. On inquiry, I learnt that the aforesaid letter had fallen upon Mr. Bawajis table during the few seconds which intervened between his leaving the table on some business and re-joining it afterwards in the office-room, the only two persons in this room not having left their seats in the interval.
All these three phenomena, transpiring as they have done, during the absence of our Founders from Madras, speak volumes for themselves; and I record them for the benefit of my Brothers.
P. Sreenevas Row.
Madras, 9th July, 1884.
In a subsequent communication sent to us by Mr. P. Sreenivas Row through Dr. Hartmann, he mentions some other instances of similar phenomena, and adds that raps have been made in apparent connection with a portrait of Mahatma Koot Hoomi in his own house.