Brian's Argument concerning HPB's comments on "Aryans" in ISIS UNVEILED
Nov 16, 2002 10:21 AM
by Daniel H. Caldwell
SUBJECT: Brian's Argument concerning HPB's comments on "Aryans" in
Bhakti Ananda Goswami wrote on Brian's website:
"H.P. Blavatsky ALWAYS assumed Arya meant white as in 'white' race.
What difference does it make if she used the term 'white or the
term 'Aryan,' when to her they meant the same thing? . . . The whole
root races idea is based on the erroneous premise that Arya in the
Sanskrit literatures means 'white race.'" CAPS ADDED
Notice Goswami wrote that Blavatsky ALWAYS assumed Arya meant white
as in "white" race.
To show readers that Goswami's statement was misleading (to say the
least), I quoted statements in ISIS UNVEILED which clearly showed
that in her 1877 work Blavatsky did NOT assume Arya(n) meant "white."
Please see the relevant quotes from ISIS in my posting titled:
"HP Blavatsky in ISIS UNVEILED on the word 'Aryan' and the 'Aryans'"
To my posting, Brian countered:
"It is . . . known that the majority in the text of Isis didn't come
from Blavatsky's pen at all but was copied verbatim from printed
books , of the 100 ore so Blavatsky had in her appartment that time."
If I correctly understand Brian's comment, he is saying that the
extracts from HPB's ISIS UNVEILED about "Aryan" could be possibly
copied verbatim from works by other authors and therefore do NOT
represent HPB's own views.
But if this is Brian's reasoning, then why not apply that SAME
argument to what HPB wrote about "Aryan" in THE SECRET DOCTRINE?
Notice what William Emmette Coleman wrote in one of his critiques of
"Plagiarism is a marked characteristic of the writings alike of Mme.
Blavatsky and of the mahatmas. In Isis Unveiled I have traced some
2,000 passages copied from other books without credit. Her Secret
Doctrine is permeated with SIMILAR plagiarisms." CAPS ADDED.
And in another article, Coleman wrote:
"In Isis Unveiled, published in 1877, I discovered some 2000 passages
copied from other books without proper credit. . . . "
But pay close attention to what Coleman wrote later in the same
"The Secret Doctrine, published in 1888, is of a piece with Isis. It
is permeated with plagiarisms, and is in all its parts a rehash of
other books. . . . "
So if Brian's argument is valid for the ISIS UNVEILED statements,
then could we not ALSO assume that what is "written" in THE SECRET
DOCTRINE about Aryan "didn't come from Blavatsky's pen at all but was
copied verbatim from printed books" of other authors?
I would like to see serious input from Brian and others on the above
But Brian's statement given above appears to contain a
basic misunderstanding about what Coleman actually claimed when he
spoke of HPB's "plagiarisms." I will write about that in a future
email if I see that Brian is trying to have a "serious"
and "scholarly" discussion of the issues.
Daniel H. Caldwell
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