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Dec 03, 1997 11:53 AM
by K. Paul Johnson
SUNY Press has just released another major work in its Western Esoteric Traditions series, New Age Religion and Western Culturer: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought by Wouter J. Hanegraaff. The author is a Research Fellow at the Department for the Study of Religions at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. I've just started it, finding quite thorough coverage of Cayce and Blavatsky, but can't comment on it overall except to say that it appears magisterial. A comprehensive study that all New Agers, esotericists, Theosophists, etc. will benefit by studying carefully. One nugget I want to share immediately is on page 453: "Karl R.H. Frick has called attention to an article by the sinologist Giovanni Hoffman, who points to the teachings of a Taoist of the fourth century named Ly-tzyn, or Dzyan in Tibetan. His book, Yu-Fu-King or "The Book of Secret Correspondences," was published in Florence in 1878. It seems probable that Blavatsky knew the contents of this book but incorrectly interpreted its contents as Vedic." Turns out Frick wrote in the 1970s and Hoffman in 1908 (in The Theosophist!). Hanegraaff is mistaken in thinking that HPB presents the Stanzas as Vedic, since she presents them rather as older than that and in a different language. But it would be interesting to see this Yu-Fu-King and check out any parallels to the Stanzas. Wonder if it was translated into Italian, or just what this publication in Florence was. Will check it out.