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Theosophy Versus Neo-Theosophy, compiled by Margaret Thomas, (member of the Theosophical Society, Scotland, Wales and England, 1912-1924) was originally published in mimeograph form as Theosophy or Neo-Theosophy? (1) and was reprinted in Victor Endersby's Theosophical Notes serially from December, 1952 through October, 1953. This reprint is taken from Endersby's publication. Some additional comparison quotations have been added by this editor, and numerous notes by Victor Endersby and this editor have also been included. It is felt that the value of this compilation is as a comparison of philosophies and not as a historical reprint or source of original thought or teachings, and thus the additions to the original.
Blavatsky magazine articles have been referenced to Blavatsky Collected Writings (Theosophical Publishing House). The Secret Doctrine used was that identical with the original published by The Theosophy Company (Los Angeles). The Mahatma Letters is that published by Theosophical University Press (Pasadena). Five Years of Theosophy is that published by The Theosophy Company.
All "Neo-Theosophy" quotes have not been able to be checked. Quotes from the following books were able to be checked: A Study in Consciousness (TPH, 1918); Man: Whence, How and Whither (TPH, 1971); First Principles of Theosophy (TPH, 1923); The Masters ("The Theosophical Press , Wheaton, IL., no date); The Inner Life I (Rajput Press, 1911); The Inner Life II ("The Theosophical Publishing Society", London, 1911); A Textbook of Theosophy (TPH, 1971); The Hidden Side of Things I & II (TPH, 1913); Death - And After? ('The Theosophical Publishing Society", London, 1914); Esoteric Christianity (TPH/Quest Abridged Edition, 1987); Ancient Wisdom (TPH, 1939); and At the Feet of the Master (TPH, 1974, pamphlet). The quotes from The Theosophist, Adyar Bulletins, the Theosophical Review, an interview with the Associated Press from Besant, and Science of the Sacraments were unable to be checked with originals.
Additionally, The Key to Theosophy used is Theosophical University Press, 1987, Isis Unveiled is TPH, 1972. Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge and The Voice of the Silence are those published by The Theosophy Company. The Chakras is TPH, 1987.
Thanks to Edmonton Theosophical Society for reprinting Endersby's Theosophical Notes from which Thomas's compilation is taken. Thomas's compilation was also serialized in H. N. Stoke's The 0. E. Library Critic from Sept., 1928 through Oct., 1932. This version differs in content and order from the Endersby reprint. Thanks to Akron, Ohio, Theosophical Lodge for a few reference materials to check quotations. Thanks also to R. Robb of Wizards Bookshelf for a copy of the Gherwal article appearing in the appendix. This is the second edition of Theosophy Versus Neo-Theosophy from Isis Books. The first appearing in 1990.
- M. R. Jaqua, 1995
(1) [Jerry Hejka-Ekins, a long-time student of Madame Blavatsky's teachings, wrote:
". . . Around 1924, Margaret Thomas published a book called Theosophy Versus Neo-Theosophy: Part one compares Blavatsky's teachings to those of Besant and Leadbeater's by juxtaposing quotes from each party on various subjects, so that the thoughtful reader could easily discern the differences and contradictions. Part two published documents concerning the Leadbeater scandal, and part three publishes documents concerning the Judge case. . . . " Quoted from "Discussions on the Theosophical Philosophy" The Jaqua edition reprints only Part I of Margaret Thomas' book.]