Percy Edensor Sinnett

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Percy Edensor Sinnett, (b. 1877 - d. 1908) commonly known as "Dennie" or "Denny," was the son of Patience Edensor Sinnett and Alfred Percy Sinnett.

Biographical facts

Dennie was born from Alfred Percy Sinnett and Patience Sinnett on May 16, 1877. His health seems to have been frail from the beginning. H. P. Blavatsky and the Mahatmas expected Dennie to become a strong influence for good, but the expectation was never fulfilled.

While young he tried to get a job but was usually dismissed after a short trial. He tried to enter the militia but fail to pass the examination. Then, when the South Africa War broke he went to Cape Town and worked with the force guarding prisoners. He fell in love and married a local lady, without letting his parents know of the fact at the time.

Dennie depended financially on his parents, and when Bottomley swindled A. P. Sinnett out of his entire savings, the financial situation became very difficult. He lost his commission as result of bad reports by his superiors, and he returned to England with his wife. Being unable to find a job in London, he soon returned to the Cape where he contracted tuberculosis. When he was at the later stages of the illness he returned with his wife to London. The shock his state produced on Patience was terrible, and during the few weeks that he lived she contracted the cancer of which she finally died.[1]

Dennie died on May 11, 1908, leaving a widow with two boys.

Dennie and the Mahatmas

It seems that the Mahatmas expected Dennie to become an influence for good when he grow up. In a letter to A. P. Sinnett, Mme Blavatsky writes under the "order" of her Master:

Mr. Sinnett is advised by M. to make a special duty to prevent his little son being made to eat meat—not even fowls, and to write so to Mrs. Sinnett. Once the Mother has placed the child under K. H.’s protection let her see nothing pollutes his nature. The child may become a powerful engine for good in a near future. Let him be trained as his own nature suggests it.[2]

In 1882, while Dennie was ill, Mahatma K. H. sends Sinnett a lock of his hair to help with his magnetism:

I hope you will pardon me if I advise you to sew up the enclosed in a small bag — a part of it will do — and hang it on the child's neck.
Unable as I am to carry into your homestead the full magnetism of my physical person I do the next best thing by sending you a lock of hair as a vehicle for the transmission of my aura in a concentrated condition. Do not allow anyone to handle it except Mrs. Sinnett.[3]

Another lock of hair was sent in 1884. H. P. Blavatsky writes to Mr. Sinnett:

Your friend and Master sent you through me (at least I had it second hand from Djual Khool) a lock to replace the one Dennie had, (what ails the said lock, did he lose or damage it?) but I do not know where I have put it. It’s somewhere in my trunk. I will find and send it to you.[4]

In another letter Mme. Blavatsky sent to Mr. Sinnett, discussing about India and its troubles, there is the following sentence:

Master says that the hour for the retirement of you English has not struck nor will it—till next century and that “late enough to see even Dennie an old, old man” as K. H. said some time ago.[5]

This could be interpreted as Mahatma K. H.'s expectation that Dennie would live longer, but it could also be just a hint as to when India would break free from the English rule. India's liberation took place in 1947, when Dennie would have been 70 years old.

Notes

  1. Alfred Percy Sinnett, Autobiography of Alfred Percy Sinnett (London: Theosophical History Center, 1986), 50.
  2. A. Trevor Barker, The Letters of H. P. Blavatsky to A. P. Sinnett Letter No. IV, (Pasadena, CA: Theosophical University Press, 1973), 5.
  3. Vicente Hao Chin, Jr., The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett in chronological sequence No. 80 (Quezon City: Theosophical Publishing House, 1993), 242-243.
  4. A. Trevor Barker, The Letters of H. P. Blavatsky to A. P. Sinnett Letter No. XXXIII, (Pasadena, CA: Theosophical University Press, 1973), 79.
  5. A. Trevor Barker, The Letters of H. P. Blavatsky to A. P. Sinnett, Letter No. LXXXVIII (Pasadena, CA: Theosophical University Press, 1973), 206.