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Re: Theos-World Ratna-gotra-vibhaga and H. P. Blavatsky

Sep 08, 2009 12:51 PM
by Augoeides-222

In my recent notes I have: 

The Mahayanottaratantrashastra, ratnagotravibhanga, Tib. theg pa chen po rgyud bla mai bstan (The Supreme Continuum of The Mahayana) as one of the 5 works of the translation of Asanga's Translation of the Maitreya Texts. 

Here are the names of the other four: 

1) Ornament for Clear Realization - Abhisamalankara-Tib. mngon par rtogs pa'i i rigyan 

2) Ornament for the Mahayana Sutras - Mahayanasutralankara - Tib. theg pa chen po i mdo sde i rgyan 

3) Distinguishing Phenomena and Pure Being (Nature of Phenomena) - Dharmadharmata Vibhanga - Tib. chos dang chos nyid rnam par byed pa 

4) Distinguishing the Middle and the Extremes - Madhyanta Vibhanga - Tib dbus dang mtha rnam par byed pa 

5) also mentioned or associated with the stream ofthe above: 

6) Uttaratantra (Subtle Essense) 

7) Akasa Garbha (Womb of Space) the Space Store Sutra 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Morten Nymann Olesen" <> 
Sent: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 10:07:55 AM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific 
Subject: Theos-World Ratna-gotra-vibhaga and H. P. Blavatsky 

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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