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Theosophy Company's 1987 edition of THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE

Oct 17, 1998 08:49 PM
by Graye/Caldwell

Of late, I have spent some time comparing the 1987 edition of the
published by The Theosophy Company (CA) with the original 1889
of HPB's classic.  As pointed out in one of my earlier emails,
Theosophy Company edition (first published 1928) is NOT verbatim
the original VOICE.  In fact, the TC edition has more than 600
and "corrections".

Here are several examples of these changes:

On p. 73 of the original VOICE, HPB wrote:

>  The "great Master" is the term used by *lanoos* or
>   chelas to indicate one's "Higher Self."

The Theosophy Company's 1987 edition reads:

>  The "great Master" is the term used by
>  Lanoos or Chelas to indicate the HIGHER SELF.

As one can see, there are several changes in this one sentence
including deleting a word and adding another.

Again, HPB in the original wrote on pp. 74-75:

>  It stands generally for the 100 years or "age" of Brahma, the
>  duration of a Kalpa or a period of 4,320,000,000 years.

The Theosophy Company's edition reads (p. 5):

>  It stands generally for the 100 years or "age" of Brahma, the
>  duration of a Maha-Kalpa or a period of 311,040,000,000,000

Again, the 1889 edition, p. 78:

>  These mystic sounds or the melody heard by the ascetic . . . .

The TC edition changes this to (p. 19):

>  The mystic sounds, or the melody, heard by the ascetic . . . .

Again, the original VOICE, p. 87:

>  *Upadya* is a spiritual perceptor, a Guru.

The TC editions reads (p. 49):

>  *Upadhyaya* is a spiritual preceptor, a Guru.

Once, again, the original VOICE reads on p. 82:

>  Bodhidharma called them in China---from whence the names
>  Tibet---the *Tsung-men* (esoteric) and *Kiau-men* (exoteric

The TC edition changes this passage to read:  (p. 25)

>  The *Bodhidharma*, Wisdom Religion in China---whence the names
>  Tibet---called them the *Tsung-men* (Esoteric) and *Kiau-men*
>  school).

On pp. x-xi of the original, one finds the following:

>  . . . (*Bhagavatgita II*. 70). . . .

>  . . . (*Bhagavatgita II*. 27). . . .

The TC edition changes the spelling of this Hindu text and
deletes the
numbers  "70" and "27".

*Also the spelling of numerous Sanskrit words are changed
throughout the
TC edition when compared with the original 1889 edition of the


Over the years, The Theosophy Company has prided itself on
providing photographic reprints of HPB's original works.
Notice what this publisher writes in their 1947 edition

"With the present printing of THE SECRET DOCTRINE, The Theosophy
Company continues its function of providing students and
with unaltered editions of the original literature of the
Movement. . . . this edition is a perfect facsimile of the
edition and can be relied upon as such."

And earlier in the same "Publishers' Preface", pains were taken
point out:

"Besides the original edition of 1888---the only one authorized
by Madame Blavatsky---several other editions of this work have
appeared.  One of these, the so-called 'Third and Revised
Edition' of 1893, is marred by many thousands of alterations,
of them trivial, some actual mutilations of the original text."

And this preface went on to say the following about another
of the SD:

"Except for gratuitous 'corrections' of the author's
Sanskrit scholarship. . . . this edition is virtually an accurate
reproduction of the original text.  Its exact authenticity,
cannot be determined without laborious comparison with the

How much of this (Theosophy Company's) "Publishers' Preface"
could be
equally applied to their own edition of THE VOICE OF THE

Why are there 600+ changes in this Theosophy Company's edition?

I believe this is now made clear.

No claim was made by T. Co. regarding their issuance of the VOICE
as to its being either verbatim or facsimile.  I agree that it is
unfortunate that the source was not mentioned.

I am sorry it has taken so long for me to discover the source of
the changes made.

Dallas	Oct 22 1998


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