Yes, that’s tongue in cheek headline.
For those not ‘in the know’, Koot Hoomi was one of Blavatsky’s Masters. With his friend Morya he wrote a lot of letters that form some of the earliest theosophical literature. The Masters, or Mahatmas as they are often called, often abbreviated their names. This has become something of a theosophical pattern. So we are as likely to write HPB as H.P. Blavatsky, HSO for Henry Steel Olcott, WQJ for William Quan Judge, K.H. For Koot Hoomi and M. for Moria. The pattern continues in later theosophists: J.K. (or just K) for Jiddu Krishnamurti, A.B. for Annie Besant, G. de P for Gottfried de Purucker and A.A.B. for Alice (Ann) Bailey.
This matter of using abbreviations was taken quite seriously, but of course it only applies to the really serious theosophists. HPB even wrote in her copy of her ‘The Voice of the Silence’ “From HPB to H.P. Blavatsky, with no kind regards”. As I said in my overview of theosophical abbreviations, “This is usually interpreted to mean that the inner HPB – the higher self – didn’t appreciate the troubles her personality – H.P.Blavatsky – got herself into.”
Using the abbreviations for a name is seen as a sort of impersonal way of referring to a person. It’s a sign of respect for their inner wisdom. I’m not sure it works quite like that in practice, but that’s the sense one gets. Perhaps its comparable to people getting a new name when they’re initiated into a monastery for instance. Except that with Theosophists the practice seems to have stopped. Nobody refers to Radha Burnier, the current TS president, as RB for instance.
Fortunately or unfortunately – depending on how you look at it – my parents unknowingly gave me a VERY theosophically sound name, when it comes to the abbreviation. They named me Katinka Hesselink and did not give me a second name to enable me to dodge the bullet.
Online this manifests mainly as an editorial problem. When I put a note in a text I put online that someone else has written, I can’t just close it with ‘K.H.’, because to theosophists that would suggest that Koot Hoomi himself had written it. I usually resort to just using my first name, it’s unique enough after all.
On theosophical forums, and in private references, people do sometimes call me KH. I’m always a bit embarrassed and try to discourage the practice. Still, it’s obviously something of an honor to have such an illustrious abbreviation to my name 🙂
I have used KH7 as a screen name in some online venues but I think it goes too far outside the theosophical pattern to expect people to start using that when referring to me.
What do you all think: should I be shy about this abbreviation business, or wear it proudly like some divine acknowledgment that I’m bound to be of importance to the Theosophical Movement?