RE: Theos-World Pasadena Secret ES?
Mar 05, 1999 05:41 PM
by M K Ramadoss
At 12:05 AM 3/6/1999 GMT, you wrote:
>As you wrote in another mail, or words to this effect, the least we can do
>is to pass HPBs original writings on for future generations.
>We really should not, as Theosophists, compromise H.P.B.
>The above is written in case you are not fully aware of this kind of thing
>in "The Collected Writings?"
It is not unusual for "scholars" to improve on such monumental works hoping
to make them "better". It is like an english professor trying to improve
Shakespeare. Also when one sees "Abridged" editions, one wonders the
usefulness and distortions that can take place when abridgement takes place.
If the original unedited works are made available the readers can read them
and come to their own understanding. In the past, publishers with copyright
rights had ample opportunity to edit works to meet their own
"understanding" or "mis-understanding". Now that most classics are out of
copyright (anything published before 1923 is outside copyright), and with
help of Internet, these original classics can be made available to those
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