Theos-World Re: Secret Doctrine Vol.3
May 20, 2008 12:39 PM
by Konstantin Zaitzev
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Morten Nymann Olesen"
> "Nevertheless, some students of HPB's writings have voiced concern
> about how much Besant and her assistants may have edited the
I don't think that it was edited substantionally. Besant clearly
marked her own interpolation where were missing pages which were found
later. Though reconstruction of Besant much differed frim an original
Blavatsky text which was discovered, Besant emphasized that it is her
The second point is that most of the students study SD3 by BCW. While
if we look to an original edition, we may find there comments by
Besant where she expresses some disagrement with the text.
Nevertheless, she didn't dare to change it according to her likes.
Here follows her note to the famous sections on Buddha:
"It is with some hesitation that I include the following Sections in
the Secret Doctrine. Together with some most suggestive thought, they
contain very numerous errors of fact, and many statements based on
exoteric writings, not on esoteric knowledge. They were given into my
hands to publish, as part of the Third Volume of the Secret Doctrine,
and I therefore do not feel justified in coming between the author and
the public, either by altering the statements, to make them consistent
with fact, or by suppressing the Sections. She says she is acting
entirely on her own authority, and it will be obvious to any
instructed reader that she makes-possibly deliberately-many statements
so confused that they are merely blinds, and other statements-probably
inadvertently-that are nothing more than the exoteric
misunderstandings of esoteric truths. The reader must here, as
everywhere, use his own judgment, but, feeling bound to publish these
Sections, I cannot let them go to the public without a warning that
much in them is certainly erroneous."
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