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Theos-World Theosophical Publications and Internet

Apr 25, 2010 04:53 PM
by Frank Reitemeyer

Dear mkr and all,

I wait to see since longer the publication of at least these books, either 
in paper form, as ebook, as pdf or online:

1. The Letters of HPB, four volumes, including comments by John Cooper, 
without the changings of the Algeos, from the microfilms in possession of 
Gregory Tillett
2. The Mahatma Letters facsimile color editon, announced ten years ago
3. The Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge, including the new found 
4. de Purucker's final verbatim ready-to-print manuscript of his 
Theosophical Encyclopedia, stolen from Emmett Small's house, without the 
changings of Mrs Knoche
5. Katherine Tingley's Peace Congress addresses
6. de Purucker's and Tingley's Germany lectures
7. the life of several adepts in history by HPB, which is not included in 
the re-arrangement of the SD

I was glad to find Judge's Working Glossary online.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: MKR
To: theos-talk
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2010 12:55 AM
Subject: Theos-World Theosophical Publications and Internet

All of us, theosophists world-wide are interested in propagating and
broadcasting theosophical literature world-wide so that any one interested
will get the message and information. Traditionally, such dissemination took
place through printed medium. Till Internet became available, print medium
is the only one that was widely used.

Times have changed now. Internet proved itself to be a very cost effective
and fast medium of distributing information. At the same time, much new
printed material is becoming available. Due escalation of costs of producing
the hard copy publications, the prices have risen up. For those in the
third-world and developing countries, this increased cost is a barrier for
many to access printed material.

We have an irony here. Most publications are created using a Wordprocessor
and hence the works are readily available in electronic form long before
they are available in hard copy. Even though, such electronic copies can be
quickly made available on Internet at a negligible cost, great amount of
effort is spent by going thru the hard copy publishing route, which defeats
the basic purpose of theosophical publications, which is to make
theosophical material available to as many people as possible in the world,
so that we can hope we will have a better world in the future.

The need to quickly make new theosophical publications available to existing
and potential members is urgent. A look at the membership statistics speaks
for itself. Membership in India is showing a steady growth whereas in other
countries the trend is pitiful; either frozen or shrinking. No leader wants
to talk about this hot potato.

In the past several years, we have seen new publications; some of them very
valuable for their research and some of them are quite expensive. So
adopting the policy of wanting to make a buck by selling the hard copy
books, we are preventing valuable material from reaching many in the third
world countries. It is time to review the publication policy. Do we want to
continue to make a few bucks or do we want to speedup dissemination of
theosophical information using Internet, so as to help interested parties
quicly access the information on Internet and help propagate theosophy.

Something for all of us to think. Those regular meditators may want to
meditate on this issue and may be we will see a day when information will be
available on Internet months before they are available in hard copy.


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