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Re: Theos-World re Besants "Preface" to SD III

Sep 11, 2003 04:07 PM
by Jeremy Condick

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From: Mauri 
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Subject: Theos-World re Besants "Preface" to SD III

Thanks, Jerome, for that "Preface" from Annie Besant for
(apparently?) HPB's SD III. In the following, I'm responding to Annie 
Besant as if she were a member of this discussion list.

Or, in 
other words, if you had trouble figuring out what HPB might've meant 
to say, why not leave her "possible meaning" intact in the sense of 
leaving the words as you found them? Or did you do just that? Of 
course (?), if you saw yourself as HPB's successor, then the 
temptation to offer your "own opinions" might've led to ... well, the 
kinds of words you offered in that Preface? I guess we all tend to 
interpret about "exoteric/esoteric" somewhat personally?

'In a few cases I have filled in a gap, but any such addition is enclosed within square brackets, so as to be distinguished from the text. 

In "The Mystery of Buddha" a further difficulty arose; some of the Sections had been written four or five times over, each version containing some sentences that were not in the others; I have pieced these versions together,taking the fullest as basis, and inserting therein everything added in any other versions. It is, however, with some hesitation that I have included these Sections in the Secret Doctrine.' Preface. AB. SDIII. HPB.

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