On Reading Soloviof's Book
Jan 05, 2007 04:55 AM
Of course, reading Soloviof's book is different than circulating his obvious lies about HPB. Algeo and Caldwell have chosen the second possibility.
Data:Fri, 05 Jan 2007 02:34:53 -0000
Assunto:Theos-World Ken Small on The Value of Solovyoff's Book ...
> Ken Small on The Value
> of Solovyoff's Book
> In two separate postings on Theos-Talk, Ken Small
> has made comments on Solovyoff's book.
> I think Ken hits the nail on the head in his assessment.
> I also agree with Ken's assessment and that is why I still
> consider the Solovyoff volume as an important source of historical
> information although at the same time I believe Solovyoff turned
> against HPB and lied about her in the pages of this book.
> Certainly one must be cautious in accepting various parts of
> Solovyoff's narrative as the gospel truth but to go to the other
> extreme and throw it all away seems equally foolish.
> The attentive reader of Solovyoff's book needs only go to the
> appendix in the book which constitutes Vera's reply and compare what
> she wrote with what Solovyoff wrote to see that there is more to the
> story than what Solovyoff attempts to tell his readers.
> And I would also say that A MODERN PRIESTESS OF ISIS helps one to
> understand many of HPB's letters in THE LETTERS OF H.P. BLAVATSKY TO
> A.P. SINNETT and vice versa. H.P.B.'s comments help one to
> understand better A MODERN PRIESTESS OF ISIS.
> So anyway BELOW I post excerpts from Ken's two "commentaries"
> on the Solovyoff book:
> SOLOVYOFF -This past January I noticed Slovyoff's 'Modern Priestess
> of Isis' on the bookshelf and realizing that I had never read it or
> even looked it over opened it.......and quite honestly I could not
> put it down.
> Why ? because it is so incredibly interesting - as a critique of
> HPB ? No, because so frequently the experiences that Solovyoff
> presents overide his own criticisms , so much so that in many ways
> not available anywhere else it actually could be considered a kind
> of vindication. Certainly it needs much work and critical analysis
> AND I would say with that it is a gold mine. By the time I finished
> reading it I only wished that Leaf had translated the whole thing
> into English. . . .
> Read Solovyoff - it was almost an 'accident' that I even picked up "A
> Modern Piestess of Isis". I had always understood that it was a
> fabricated 'evil slander' of HPB with no merit whatsoever and a
> waste of time to read.
> I opened the book and in a couple of pages realized that S. had had
> genuine experiences of HPB and the Masters ! And had recorded it !
> Spectacular and unbelievable....that he rejected it and had to
> rationalistically destroy it and also lie and twist and change
> things made it even a more interesting study of someone given great
> opportunity to awaken to the inner life who could not cross his
> inner rationalistic barriers.
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