Re: Theosophical Encyclopedia
Aug 12, 1994 11:40 AM
This is a really weird feeling for me. On the one hand, I
am really excited that such a project is underway. As I
have al- ready said, it is a work -- *I* believe -- that is
sorely needed. On the other hand, I take the news with a
little trepidation -- specifically about:
> ... Contributed articles have come from > many people, which
include some of the most respected names in the theosoph- > ical
By its very nature, I believe, an encyclopedia is supposed
to be a collection of articles that can be referenced and
*under- stood* by the nonexperts who may be researching the
field or, as in my case, just trying to understand the
It seems to me that such a project would *have to be:
> ... subject to much editing and re-editing ...
to make it readable, understandable, and enjoyable to a
person living in the modern 20th-century world. This is,
after all, the "complaint" I was voicing (Oops, I forgot, I
don't usually com- plain ;-) ). Are these editors going to
attempt such a conver- sion? Will I be able to look up
"First Cause," "Globes," "Ether- ic Body," and the like and
get a plain-English (I assume it is being written in
English) "translation" of theosophical concepts and terms
described in 20th-century terminaology?
> ... Assistance and support to this project would be most welcome
BTW, was this project announced anywhere? ... The AT? ...
The Quest? ... anywhere? I'll admit to being a little
backed up on my reading of the journals I subscribe to, but
I don't remember seeing this project, or any requests for
assistance, being pub- lished anywhere else.
> ... Among the > major areas that need experts are in the
philosophical, historical and > biographical categories ...
Is there any other, non-expert help needed? Is there a pro-
jected publication date? Has a publisher even been lined
up? As I said in my earlier post, I am currently working on
a non- theosophical, technical writing project of my own
(maybe more than one). But if I can find the time and if
there is something a non-expert can do, I'd be willing.
> This work will require years and many, many people. Will you
Thanks for posting your note. It's good to hear that some-
thing is being worked on. And I hope that some of the
experts on this forum might find the time to contribute --
in modern 20th- century terms -- to keep the number of
years to a minimum. Never thirst ...
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