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Collected Writings Volume XIV (Miscellanea)

Collected Writings Volume XIV (Miscellanea)

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Collected 
 
Writings
 
VOLUME XIV
F
OREWORD xxi
FOREWORD TO VOLUME XIV
This volume is the last of the numbered series of the
 H. P. Blavatsky Collected Writings.
Its final production is due to the patient labor of several persistentfellow-students, since a number of quotations had to be completed, or foot-noted, after thepassing of the Editor, Mr. Boris de Zirkoff.Nicholas Weeks gave valuable assistance in every phase of the work, includingproofreading and indexing. Jeanne Sims, of Los Angeles, was always ready to proofreadand be consulted in various ways. We thank Mr. David Reigle especially for his knowledgeof Sanskrit and Tibetan terms, as well as the resources of his Eastern School ReferenceLibrary. We owe a great debt to Mr. Richard I. Robb who contributed the major portion of the Bio-Bibliography, and completed the unfinished entries of Mr. de Zirkoff. Mr. JohnDrais redrew and corrected some of the Hebrew letters.Aside from these associates we welcomed the sustained interest & proofreading of Mr.& Mrs. Hector Tate; the research of Mr. Hannah Fadel, Vern Haddick and of KarenSkubish of the Newberry Library. Anne Redlich helped located several obscure dates forour Index. From abroad, Ted Davy, Gen. Sec. of the T.S., Canada, Mr. & Mrs. WilfriedGoltz (who traced the Von Haller poem) and several T.S. Lodge members in London,helped smooth the way.The Chicago Theosophical students of Vonda Urban & Irene Stashinski were willinghelpers all along. These included Arnie Coleman, Norman Zuefle and Vonda herself.Virginia Ross had computer typeset a rendition of the Introduction to appear in thisvolume, as part of the
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B
LAVATSKY:
C
OLLECTED
W
RITINGS
SD2 Symposium in San Diego. I also thank Joy Mills and Virginia Hanson of Ojai,California for valuable suggestions regarding Boris de Zirkoff’s Introduction. As always,Emmett Small of Point Loma Pubs. was available for consultation, for which we are verygrateful.Much time was saved by checking references in the wonderful resources of the nearbyPasadena T.S. Research Library. These were augmented by many valuable suggestions of their archivist, Mr. Kirby von Mater, and librarians John von Mater and Manuel Oderberg.Because we wished to provide references to Mr. C. Jinarâjadâsa’s partial printing of theWürzburg MS. in
The Theosophist 
, the Theosophical University Press staff’s willingnessto make photocopies from their set of volumes is greatly appreciated.
 
The Würzburg MS. itself was no longer available on microfilm, and Mr. de Zirkoff’stypescript from the aging copy at Adyar needed rechecking. The T.S. of America inWheaton provided a micro-flo copy which enabled us to cross-check the “To the Reader’s”section, included in our Appendices. More about the procurement of this MS. is to befound therein. Throughout the text however, we refer to the WMS. (Würzburg MS.),whenever a portion from the original material of H.P.B. throws added light on the passage.Any additional material is entered in brackets, as well as any word not clear in thetypescript, or any footnote reference to
The Theosophist 
reprint available.Certain anomalies need to be explained. On p. 336, and again on p. 342, reference ismade to an Appendix which apparently H.P.B. was planning to add to her work. Thesehave remained untraced, and are not to be confused with the Appendices of this currentvolume. For the Sinnett MS. of 
 Incident in the Life of H.P. Blavatsky,
which appearsamidst the latter, we are indebted to Mr. Michael Gomes, who sent them from Adyar.We have kept to H.P.B’s British spelling for some English words, whenever possible,but have tried to updateF
OREWORD xxiii
the Sanskrit and TibetanLast, but not least, we thank Boris’ long-time friend and printer Everett Stockton, foroverseeing the typesetting of Mr. de Zirkoff’s last numbered volume, and Mr. PetePedersen, the publication manager of T.P.H. Wheaton, who searched the archives forillustrative and historial material now at Olcott Library.D
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KLUND
 Assistant Compiler 
L
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ALIFORNIAFall 1985
 
Collected 
 
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VOLUME XIV
BORIS MIHAILOVICH DE ZIRKOFF1902-1981Photograph by Colette Dowlatkhah
I
NTRODUCTION
xxv 
“THE SECRET DOCTRINE--VOLUME III”
As Published in 1897A Survey of its Contents and Authenticity.Boris de Zirkoff In the Fall of 1897, a little over six years after the passing of H. P. Blavatsky, there waspublished by The Theosophical Publishing Society in London a large volume entitled
TheSecret Doctrine
, Vol. III, with the sub-title:
Occultism
. *The original edition of this work is at present hard to find, though it turns up every nowand then in second-hand bookstores. But the text of it has been incorporated as a separatevolume in later impressions of the revised edition of 
The Secret Doctrine
(Vols. I and II),published in 1893, and can now be read in the edition of the
S.D
., published since 1938 byThe Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar, Madras, India.† It forms Book V of thisedition which is divided into six handy books.There exist in the minds of many students, both within and outside of the TheosophicalOrganizations, a variety of misconceptions concerning the nature and contents of theVolume, which, as so many other misunderstandings, are very likely due to lack of adequate information, as well as lack of real interest to determine for themselves theknown facts concerning this subject. Yet such facts are very––––––––––
* The title-page bears also the imprint of the Theosophical Publishing Society, Benares, India, and of theTheosophical Book Concern, Chicago, Ill.

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