Mahatma Letter No. 51

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: Patience Sinnett
Sent via: unknown
Written on: unknown
Received on: March 1882 - see below
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: Allahabad, India
Via: unknown 

This is Letter No. 51 in The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett, 4th chronological edition. It corresponds to Letter No. 120 in Barker numbering. See below for Context and background.

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A. P. Sinnett




Mr. Sinnett's lady



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Wear the hair enclosed in a cotton tape (and if preferred in a metal armlet) a little lower than your left armpit below the left shoulder. Follow advice that will be given to you by Henry Olcott. It is good and we shall not object. Harbour not ill-feelings even against an enemy and one who has wronged you: for hatred acts like an antidote and may damage the effect of even this hair.

K. H.



Context and background

This letter was received by Patience Sinnett between the 11th and the 13th of March, when H. P. Blavatsky was at the other side of India. Taking advantage of the magnetic conditions brought about by the presence of H. S. Olcott and chela Bhavani Shankar (see Context and background) Mahatma K.H. sent her a lock of his hair to wear as an amulet.

Mrs. Sinnett was not robust, and for this reason had remained in England for some time after her husband had returned to India. Some time later, the Mahatma sent a lock of hair for the Sinnetts’ son, Denny, to wear, and there is also indication that A. P. Sinnett himself had a lock of K.H.’s hair which he wore.

It is interesting to note the place where the Master recommended her to wear the lock of hair, especially taking into account that she eventually died of breast cancer after the shock Denny's death when he was still a young man. (A. P. Sinnett, Autobiography, pp. 53-54.)

Physical description of letter

The original is in the British Library, Folio 3. According to George Linton and Virginia Hanson, the letter was:

A note from KH to Patience Sinnett, written on a 3" X 4" [7.6 X 10.2 cm] sheet of folded note paper in blue pencil. The envelope is attached - a small one, 2 1/2" X 5" [6.6 X 12.7 cm], with a Chinese block print on one side in rose pink.[1]

Publication history

Commentary about this letter


  1. George E. Linton and Virginia Hanson, eds., Readers Guide to The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1972), 103.