Re: Comments of the Book of Dzyan
Jul 05, 1996 08:42 AM
by Kim Poulsen
>> cribbed at least part of her "Stanzas of Dzyan" from the "Hymn of
>> Creation" in the old Sanskrit "Rig-Veda", as a comparison of the two
>> compositions will readily show. Coleman promised a book that should
>> expose all of H.P.B.'s sources.
Daniel, it is these attacks which is based on a cocktail of the most
superficial investigation and pure fantasy (suitable for a newsgroup
dealing with fantasy worlds and roleplaying :-)
Take the above quote (I know how you appreciate quotes and examples :-)
- only 11 shlokas in the Rigveda deals with creation, 7 of which (from
10.129) are quoted before the stanzas. Without credits in the original
version, yes - but these lines are among the most famous in world
litterature! Old Shankara would write in the same way, just adding the
quotation marks and expecting his audience to be learned enough to know the
source by heart.
The remaining 4 (10.190) has nothing whatsoever to do with the stanzas
(and neither has the Vishnu Purana). The combination of the terms
paramartha and nibbana shows the author to be probably a Yogacharya or
Madhyamika buddhist (Vedantins use paramartha but very rarely nibbana, they
have many other terms for that state).
The real scholarship hidden in the SD has nothing to do with foot-notes
and credits. In fact most of it (very un-western) simply translates the old
(usually sanskrit) idea (like over-soul, immutable principle, etc.) without
bothering about crediting anybody with the "discovery" or giving examples
of its previous use. It is left to the student to corroborate - and when
this is done, a structure of unparalleled scholarship will reveal itself -
far, far exceeding anything accomplished by both orientalist scholars and
eastern pandits put together.
It would be extremely easy to "expose the scholarship" of mr. Coleman. I
wonder why these old hare-brained attacks keeps surfacing?
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