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Re: Theos-World "...differences...For the most part, these were errors of ignorance...."

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  • Jerry Hejka-Ekins
    Daniel, What are you trying to say that we don t already know? --j
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 8, 2005
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      Daniel,

      What are you trying to say that we don't already know?

      --j



      Daniel H. Caldwell wrote:

      >Jerry,
      >
      >You wrote:
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      >"A careful analysis of reprinted ULT
      >material will reveal quite a lot of examples of
      >differences from the originals. For the most part,
      >these were errors of ignorance. The point is that
      >they, unlike other organizations, were not trying
      >to 'improve' on the original writings."
      >
      >Are you contending that the changes
      >and corrections to Theosophy Company's 1928 edition
      >of THE VOICE were "errors of ignorance"?
      >
      >Notice what the Theosophy Company wrote in their
      >two letters in 1928:
      >
      >In a letter dated March 30, 1928 and signed by THE
      >THEOSOPHY COMPANY, the anonymous writer informed Dr.
      >H.N. Stokes:
      >
      >"The Theosophy Company is just bringing out an
      >entirely new edition of *The Voice of the Silence.* .
      >. .. Sometime ago the Theosophy Company came into
      >possession of a copy of the original London edition of
      >*The Voice of the Silence* with the typographical
      >changes and corrections made by Mr. Judge in his own
      >hand, and it is this text which is followed in the
      >edition just being issued by the Theosophy Company. .
      >. ." [quoted in O.E. LIBRARY CRITIC, July 1928.]
      >
      >In a follow-up letter dated May 1, 1928, THE THEOSOPHY
      >COMPANY again stated to Dr. Stokes the following:
      >
      >"This new [TC 1928] edition . . . is set up *verbatim
      >et literatim* from a copy of the original edition of
      >*The Voice of the Silence* as corrected by Mr. Judge
      >in his own handwriting. This copy we have in our
      >possession. . . ." [quoted in O.E. LIBRARY CRITIC,
      >July 1928.]
      >
      >Notice the words:
      >
      >"....changes and corrections made by Mr. Judge...."
      >
      >"...as corrected by Mr. Judge...."
      >
      >These letters show that The Theosophy Company KNEW
      >that changes and corrections had been made in the
      >edition that they published in 1928.
      >
      >And neither on the title page or elsewhere in this
      >edition did the Theosophy Company tell readers that
      >"changes" and "corrections" had been incorporated
      >into this edition of HPB's work.
      >
      >Several years ago when I first wrote about this
      >1928 edition and the changes, a good number of
      >ULT students wrote me either not believing that
      >there were such changes or wrote shocked that
      >such changes were in the T.C. edition.
      >
      >So the further question comes to mind:
      >
      >Why didn't the Theosophy Company in their 1928
      >edition inform readers that this edition contains
      >changes and corrections by W.Q. Judge?
      >
      >And are you contending that the Theosophy Company
      >in 1928 was NOT "trying to 'improve' on the original"
      >VOICE when they published such changes and corrections??
      >
      >And yes I agree that we should be thankful to the
      >Theosophy Company's efforts to preserve the original writings.
      >
      >Daniel
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