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Peter Merriott on the "silent editing" of H.P. Blavatsky's writings

Jul 25, 2006 08:39 AM
by danielhcaldwell

In 2001 on Theos-Talk, Peter Merriott wrote about
the CORE ISSUE underlying the "silent editing" of
H.P. Blavatsky's writings by any publisher Theosophical
or otherwise:

Speaking for myself, I would rather have HPB' writings 
as they were completed and published by her. I don't want 
somebody in-between correcting the text according to his 
own ideas of what HPB *might* have put if she had
reflected upon it later.

While HPB's says all her works contain mistakes I would 
not want to be the one who decides what they are and 
corrects them on her behalf, nor would I want to decide 
for others what is a service to them by changes I might make
to the SD. Even with the mistakes, my many years of studying 
her works has left me feeling confident in them as they are. 
That is not a feeling of confidence I would be willing to 
place in Boris de Zirkoff, though I admire the work he has done 
collating the material for the Collected Writings.
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