This WorkI Dedicate to all True Theosophists,In every Country,And of every Race,For they called it forth, and for them it was recorded.
T)E T)EOSO,)- 'O(,AN- No/e6ber !<4 !@< ,U$LIS)ERSB ,REFA'E T
Theoso1hial (o/e6ent of the nineteenth entury began in !+<%. T
4 first 1ublishe2 in !+++4 0as 0ritten by (a2a6e ). ,. $la/ats5y to establish an authenti reor2 of the teahings of the Theoso1hial 1hiloso1hy. CThe S
is not4 she sai24 Ca treatise4 or a series of /ague theories4 but ontains all that an be gi/en out to the 0orl2 in this entury. I4 333/iii. $y !@&%4 fifty years after the inauguration of the (o/e6ent in Ne0 -or5 'ity4 the original e2ition ha2 long been out of 1rint. At that ti6e4 the 6i2G1oint of the entennial yle of the Theoso1hial (o/e6ent4 The Theoso1hy 'o61any first 6a2e a/ailable a fasi6ile e2ition of (a2a6e $la/ats5yBs great 0or54 in the for6 of a 1hotogra1hi re1ro2ution of the original e2ition. The 1resent /olu6e is i2ential 0ith 1re/ious 1rintings of the fasi6ile e2ition4 although fro6 ne0 1lates. $esi2es the original e2ition of !+++8the only one authori9e2 by (a2a6e $la/ats5y 8se/eral other e2itions of this 0or5 ha/e a11eare2. One of these4 the so8alle2 CThir2 an2 Re/ise2 E2ition of !+@4 is 6arre2 by 6any thousan2s of alterations4 so6e of the6 tri/ial4 so6e atual 6utilations of the original te3t. Inlu2e2 in later 1rintings of this soGalle2 CRe/ise2 E2ition is a s1urious CThir2 Volu6e of
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4 issue2 in !+@<4 si3 years after the 2eath of ). ,. $la/ats5y. 'o61ile2 fro6 6isellaneous 1a1ers foun2 a6ong her effets4 this /olu6e for6s no 1art of the original
0ritten by ).,.$. The CThir2 an2 Re/ise2 E2ition 0as follo0e2 by another in !@+4 this ti6e in si3 /olu6es4 alle2 the CA2yar E2ition. E3e1t for a22itional in2e3es4 a biogra1hial s5eth of the author4 /arious ty1ogra1hial hanges4 an2 the inlusion of 6aterial atte61ting to Hustify 1ubliation of the s1urious Cthir2 /olu6e4 this A2yar e2ition is substantially the sa6e as the earlier Cre/ise2 /ersion. Still another e2ition of
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has been 1rinte2 fro6 reset ty1e. E3e1t for gratuitous Corretions of the authorBs Sans5rit sholarshi14 an2 the a22ition of irrele/ant setarian 6atter4 this e2ition is /irtually an aurate re1ro2ution of the original te3t. Its e3at authentiity4 ho0e/er4 annot be 2eter6ine2 0ithout laborious o61arison 0ith the original.