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Ratna-gotra-vibhaga and H. P. Blavatsky

Sep 08, 2009 10:07 AM
by Morten Nymann Olesen

Dear friends

My views are:

The following by D. Reigle on H. P. Blavatsky's "The Secret Doctrine" might be worth considering. I will perhaps be safe to say, that a part of the Secret Doctrine was based on the below "Ratna-gotra-vibhaga" (i.e. the Secret Book of "Maytreya Buddha"!? )

David Reigle:
Blavatsky in a letter to A. P. Sinnett specifically links The Secret Doctrine she was then writing to a secret book of Maitreya: 
  I have finished an enormous Introductory Chapter, or Preamble, Prologue, call it what you will; just to show the reader that the text as it goes, every Section beginning with a page of translation from the Book of Dzyan and the Secret Book of "Maytreya Buddha" Champai chhos Nga (in prose, not the five books in verse known, which are a blind) are no fiction.

[The Letters of H. P. Blavatsky to A. P. Sinnett, p. 195.] 

Given their doctrinal similarity, it is likely that the Ratna-gotra-vibhaga, or more specifically its secret original, is the book of Maitreya that Blavatsky refers to here. The known Ratna-gotra-vibhaga, though it may be a "blind," still apparently represents the same doctrinal standpoint as that of The Secret Doctrine .

A question:
Has anyone read "Ratna-gotra-vibhaga" and what translation into english, if any at all, would be recommend to the students of theosophy?

M. Sufilight

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