Re: Theos-World Bulwer-Lytton and Bunsen
Jan 09, 2009 04:37 AM
by Frank Reitemeyer
thank you for that important information on Bunsen.
Image, although since many years I try to absorb all lost information esp.
to theosophical history in Germany (which was more important in quantity and
quality than many believe), I came across the Bunsen 1870 Berlin book on the
secret doctrine only recently.
IF Bunsen had direct connentions with Blavatsky then he could be the reason
for her Berlin visit around 1860 (I am writing from memory).
That would explain why she mentions Bunsen and other titles from him, but
not this important book.
It seems to have been HPB's custom to paraphrase from important occult
books, but not to give the exactly source.
For example she gives the higher mahayana teachings and speaks of the
doctrines of the good law, but she does not explicitly say that she means
the Lotus Sutra.
Or she helds Nostradamus in high regards, but deals next to nothing with
this important person, at least in her public books.
Perhaps a situation for Blavatsky students (including myself) to think over
the Coleman critic on HPB's quotation habits.
Bulwer-Lytton was according to one Mahatma letter involved in a
pre-Blavatskian try to launch an occult group. The novels seems to be rather
a try to blaze the trail as they later in 1877 also did with Isis Unveiled.
We also know that Saint Germain was at this time often in Berlin at the tea
hosue of king Frederick (in Potsdam, to be exactly, a suburb of Berlin).
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