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Between September 17 and October 16, , Mme. Blavatsky was visiting with Professor and Mrs. Hiram Corson in Ithaca, New York for about three weeks. Their son Eugene Corson reported that,. She spent her time at her desk, writing, writing, writing most of the day and way into the night, carrying on a huge correspondence by long letters. Here she started Isis Unveiled , writing about twenty-five closely written foolscap pages a day.
She had no books to consult; my father's very extensive library was almost wholly on English literature, Early English, Anglo-Saxon, English poetry, and classic literature, and she rarely consulted him about anything. On one occasion she asked him for a Greek word on some text in the New Testament, and when my father said he could not remember it but would look it up for her at once, she said to him, half irritated and half joking: "You school-boy!
Why, don't you know it? During and , H. Blavatsky wrote, and then reworked it with the assistance of Colonel Olcott. When the work was ready, we submitted it to Professor Alexander Wilder, the well-known scholar and Platonist of New York, who after reading the matter, recommended it to Mr. Bouton for publication. Next to Colonel Olcott, it is Professor Wilder who did the most for me.
It is he who made the excellent Index , who corrected the Greek, Latin, and Hebrew words, suggested quotations and wrote the greater part of the Introduction 'Before the Veil. Wilder's express wish that his name should not appear except in footnotes. I have never made a secret of it, and every one of my numerous acquaintances in New York knew it. Madame Blavatsky's mode of writing was unconventional.
She wrote of very complex and abstract concepts, quoting many sources accurately, but rarely referring to any book in the process. Witnesses speculated that she was engaged in automatic writing, or clairvoyantly saw the words in the astral plane. But quite aside from any evidence during her visit at Ithaca, many very reliable witnesses have repeatedly testified to her writing without the books before her or within her grasp.
Olcott, who was longest associated with her intimately, who followed her by day while she wrote Isis Unveiled, and much of her other writing, can testify that she wrote automatically or clairvoyantly. She herself never took any credit for what she wrote, but always insisted that she was simply the amanuensis..
Antiquarian bookseller Charles Sotheran , another of the founding members of the Theosophical Society, provided assistance in finding quotations and in locating books. Isis Unveiled was published on September 29 , The first printing consisted of 1, copies that were sold within ten days. This original edition had a red binding with a symbolic figure of Isis in gold on the spine.
The first copy off the Press was secured by James Robinson, a lawyer, and taken to the newspaper for advance notice. Initially the title was to be The Veil of Isis. However, an editorial footnote to a letter by Madame Blavatsky discussed the change to the final title:. This was the original title of Isis Unveiled , changed to this latter after Vol. I had been printed off, upon the discovry that book entitled The Veil of Isis existed already.
Despite the important impact this book had at the time, it was regarded by Mme. Blavatsky and the Masters of Wisdom as having several flaws, some due to the fact that it was the first, tentative effort, to bring to the West a certain truths. Mahatma K. Controversy was aroused in the 's when reincarnation was taught by Mme. Blavatsky and her Adept teachers because the concept had allegedly been previously rejected in Isis Unveiled :.
In light of later teachings, it is obvious that by "astral monad" the author was not referring to the reincarnating entity, that is, to the higher ego.
As Mme. Blavatsky wrote:. Thus, in Isis , Mme. Blavatsky was challenging the teaching of the Spiritists , who were teaching the reincarnation of the personal ego , something that in the Theosophical view only happens in exceptional cases:. However, as it was recognized by the Masters , the passages in Isis can be misleading. Master Morya wrote to Mr. Sinnet :. From Theosophy Wiki. Jump to: navigation , search. Written April 27, January 18, Boris de Zirkoff Papers.
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Isis Unveiled: A Perspective
Isis Unveiled: A Master-Key to the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Theology , published in , is a book of esoteric philosophy and Helena Petrovna Blavatsky 's first major work and a key text in her Theosophical movement. The work has often been criticized as a plagiarized occult work, with scholars noting how Blavatsky extensively copied from many sources popular among occultists at the time. The work was originally entitled The Veil of Isis , a title which remains on the heading of each page, but had to be renamed once Blavatsky discovered that this title had already been used for an Rosicrucian work by W. Isis Unveiled is divided into two volumes. Volume I, The 'Infallibility' of Modern Science , discusses occult science and the hidden and unknown forces of nature, exploring such subjects as forces, elementals , psychic phenomena , and the Inner and Outer Man. It follows the Renaissance notion of prisca theologia , in that all these religions purportedly descend from a common source; the ancient "Wisdom-Religion". Isis Unveiled is argued by many modern scholars such as Bruce F.
Citation: Reigle, David. Blavatsky's work Isis Unveiled , published in , was never intended to unveil Isis, the Egyptian goddess who represents the mysteries of nature. Blavatsky had given this book to the printer with the title The Veil of Isis. But after printing had commenced, it was found that this title had already been used elsewhere. So a new title had to be found quickly. The publisher suggested Isis Unveiled, and Blavatsky had little choice but to agree Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled , introduction, The book that came out as Isis Unveiled was intended not to unveil the mysteries of nature, but to make known to the world the existence of a once universal Wisdom Religion, now hidden from view.