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Re: The Importance of Going to the Primary Sources: An Example

Feb 06, 2002 09:09 AM
by danielhcaldwell

Brigitte, I have had a copy of the Deveney pamphlet since the year it 
was first published. At the time of publication I wrote to a number 
of Blavatsky students recommending that they read it. Also in past 
years I have had several phone conversations with Blavatsky students 
on some of Deveney's claims, etc. etc.

Now returning to the issue concerning the quote.

Brigitte, you wrote (I assume you were the one writing!)---

> In the "Religio-Philosophical Journal 22/20, May 19, 1877:p. 4, 
> Blavatsky WROTE that the separation of soul and body is "one of 
> the 
> last and very highest achievements of magic."

Now you write ". . . 'Blavatsky' claims. . . " in "an interview".

So are you now saying that Blavatsky did NOT write what you said she 
did? And she did NOT write it in the RPJ for May 19, 1877?

No, I am not "again" trying to misconstrue what Deveney is pointing 

And no, I will NOT scan this whole page 17 of Deveney's pamphlet and 
post it. That, it would appear to me, is a violation of copyright 

Daniel H. Caldwell

--- In theos-talk@y..., "bri_mue" <bri_mue@y...> wrote:
> It seems it is rather you who is again trying to misconstrue the 
> whole thing Deveney clearly points out that "Blavatsky" claims (See 
> p. 17) "Note the insistence in the interview that this astral 
> projection was the highest achievment of magic." (referring to an 
> interview with Blavatsky)
> At least in spite of his misconstruing the text, Daniel now has the 
> booklet, wich given his questions untill recently he didn't even 
> have.
> Daniel, you obviously have a scanner, why don't you just scan this 
> whole page nr. 17 of Deveney's book so everybody can make up their 
> own mind what is standing there.
> Brigitte
> --- In theos-talk@y..., "danielhcaldwell" <danielhcaldwell@y...> 
> wrote:
> > In one of Brigitte's latest postings, we find:
> > 
> > > In the "Religio-Philosophical Journal 22/20, May 19, 1877:p. 4, 
> > > Blavatsky wrote that the separation of soul and body is "one of 
> the 
> > > last and very highest achievements of magic."
> > 
> > Brigitte, did you actually go to the RELIGIO-PHILOSOPHICAL 
> > for May 19, 1877 and read page 4?
> > 
> > Did Madame Blavatsky actually WRITE what you say she did?
> > 
> > It would appear that you only consulted Deveney's ASTRAL 
> > and that you have actually MISREAD footnote 40 on page 17 of 
> > Deveney's work.
> > 
> > The article in the RPJ for 5/19/1877 [mentioned in footnote 40] 
> > (as Deveney writes) "an article touting the superiority over 
> > occultism of the new phase of spiritualism, exemplified by Cora 
> > Richmond, in which the medium was taken out of her body to view 
> > wonderful scenes of the spirit world."
> > 
> > Did Madame Blavatsky write this article????
> > 
> > Daniel H. Caldwell
> >

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