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Blavatsky corrects an "erroneous notion" by Sinnett

Nov 09, 2004 10:10 AM
by Daniel H. Caldwell

During the early and mid 1880s, A. P. Sinnett
and several other Theosophists had written 
various expositions of the Theosophical 
teachings. HPB in "The Secret Doctrine" 
stated quite forcefully that they had 
indulged in "wild and fanciful speculation": 

"The publication of many of the facts herein 
stated has been rendered necessary by 
the wild and fanciful speculation in 
which many Theosophists and students 
of mysticism have indulged, during the 
last few years, in their endeavour to, 
as they imagined, work out a complete 
system of thought from the few facts 
previously communicated to them." 
S.D., original edition, Vol I, p. viii 

Master K.H. in his August 1888 letter to 
Colonel Henry Olcott had also written 
on this same subject: 

"I have also noted, your thoughts about the 'Secret Doctrine.' Be 
assured that what she [HPB] has not annotated from scientific and 
other works, we have given or suggested to her. Every mistake or 
erroneous notion, corrected and explained by her from the works of 
other theosophists was corrected by me, or under my instruction. It 
is a more valuable work than its predecessor, an epitome of occult 
truths that will make it a source of information and instruction for 
the earnest student for long years to come. . . ." Letters from the 
Masters of the Wisdom, Series I, p. 47 

In "The Secret Doctrine," H.P. Blavatsky wrote that "mistakes have 
now to be checked by the original teachings and corrected. . . ." 

She then corrects one of Mr. Sinnett's mistakes.

See her detailed correction at:

"Mistakes have now to be checked by the original teachings and 


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