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INVISIBLE EDITING: Judging 4 Works by Dallas' Definition

Jul 21, 2006 11:25 AM
by danielhcaldwell

In 2001 on Theos-Talk, Dallas wrote:

The only valid reason for using the ORIGINAL, without the
interposition of a commentator, editor, "filter," is that the
student need not try to double-guess the changes in meaning that
such an intermediary might impose in terms of his/her own
understanding. In fact those alterations might be precisely
those that today no longer agree with the original terms H.P.B.

The DIRECT CONTACT with the original enables the students to make
his own mistakes, if he does. Then they are his, only, and he
cannot blame an intermediary....

Personally, I have a great pity for those who have made
alterations and invisible editing in such an important work. I
include all who may have done this in my mind. On the opposite
hand: I feel gratitude for those who have offered "corrections
needed in the ORIGINAL" and that they think will be helpful to
students, but who have been careful to IDENTIFY and FOOTNOTE
their changes so that the said student has a choice.

By what amounts to "concealing" those changes made in the
ORIGINAL (yet using the Original Title) and thus tacitly
attributing those new and interposed changes to the Author - who
has had no chance to agree to them -- they may have blurred or
obscured some meanings. Just how important those altered
meanings and changes are, need not be a subject for restudy if
one deals with the ORIGINALS to begin with.
Quoted from:

In the above text, Dallas defines what he calls "invisible editing" 
and what apparently Carlos calls "silent editing."

Dallas also explains why the student should go to ORIGINALS of HPB's 
works instead of to EDITED versions of her writings.

In light of the above definition of INVISIBLE or SILENT EDITING,
the following 4 works are ALL products of such invisible or silent

(1) The so-called Besant-Mead edition of HPB's SECRET DOCTRINE
is a product of "silent editing" for when compared with the original
1888 edition, the later Besant-Mead edition has 
numerous "changes", "corrections" and "deletions."

(2) The de Zirkoff edition of HPB's SECRET DOCTRINE is also clearly 
a product of "invisible" editing.  Numerous examples of the silent 
editing in this work has been shown by Tony Maddock, Peter Merriott, 
John Drais and Walter A. Carrithers, Jr.  Some of these changes were 
posted recently here at Theos-Talk.  

(3) The Theosophy Company's edition of the HPB's VOICE OF THE 
SILENCE is also clearly a product of invisible or silent editing.  
Dr. H.N. Stokes first reported this in the pages of his O.E. LIBRARY 
CRITIC.  Peter Merriott and Tony Maddock have written about this 
silent editing in previous years both on the Theos-Talk discussion 
forum and the Blavatsky Net discussion group.  Specific examples 
showing that invisible or silent editing has occurred in this 
Theosophy Company edition can be found at:

(4)  The work titled A MODERN PANARION (a collection of HPB's 
articles) is also a product of INVISIBLE or SILENT editing.  Some 
examples of this can be found at:


BOTH the Adyar T.S. Society/publishers and the ULT/Theosophy Company 
have published editions of H.P.B.'s writings which are clearly 
examples or products of invisible or silent editing.

That is, in the various publications listed above, an editor has 
made editorial changes, corrections, deletions, etc. in the "new" 
edition and readers of the new edition will NOT be able to discern 
those editorial changes unless he takes the time and effort to 
compare said edition with HPB's original edition.

Therefore, the Adyar T.S. Society /publishers should not be 
scapegoated as the ONLY Theosophical group/publisher to issue 
such "silently edited" editions of H.P. Blavatsky's writings.

Furthermore, if Carlos Aveline can point out that the Adyar 
Theosophical publishers have published this kind of "silent 
editing", then would it not be fair and straight forward of Carlos 
to admit that the Theosophy Company has ALSO published 
such "silently edited" works?

I write all of the above to fully inform interested readers, 
especially new students, inquirers, etc. concerning this particular 


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