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Document Comparison of the 1946 and 1939 Editions  - 11/26/14

The 1946 edition of the Eye of Revelation is, without a doubt, the most authoritative edition.  
The 1946 has additional information and improved instructions for the Rites.  Further, it was
very skillfully edited, most likely by James Hilton himself.

A few years back, I created a comparison document using a WordPerfect utility.  It compares the
1939 and 1946 editions, word for word, and shows what was removed from and what was added
to the 1946.  It is revealing.

For example, many like to add breathing instructions to the Rites.  And the truth is, the 1939
did have a recommendation to take a couple of deep breaths between Rites, but that's all.  Yet,
this instruction was taken out of the 1946, suggesting that it was never intended that the Rites
have specific breathing instructions.  Of course, this doesn't really prove anything one way or
the other.  Still, it is mighty curious.

I've now added this comparison doc to the Eye of Revelation Scans CD.  I haven't raised the price
so I get to use the word "free" which is supposed to make people flock to your products.  We'll
see.  

Comparison docs can be quite confusing to read.  Sometimes you have to figure hard to
understand why the computer did what it did.  Never-the-less, most of the changes are easy to
understand and they are important.  

You can find the new and improved CD
here.  And may I remind you that these CDs will make a
wonderful Christmas gift.

Breathing Instructions - 4/21/13

I'm in the process up updating my CD with high quality scans of both the 1939 and 1946 editions
of the
Eye of Revelation (EoR).  The new CD will include a comparison document showing the
editorial changes that were made in the 1939 to create the 1946.  (This updated CD will
probably also have an indexed version of the 1946 so we can all find certain passages more
easily.)

Comparing the 1939 and the 1946 editions is very revealing.  A skilled writer (almost certainly
James Hilton) updated the 1939 to create the 1946.  My recent research into the
Hindu Secrets
connection has raised the possibility that Kelder, more than Hilton, wrote the 1939 -- albeit it
under Hilton's guidance.  However that works out, the revisions tightened the writing and
improved the instructions for the 1946.  I have long considered the 1946 to be the definitive
version of the EoR.

A couple of days ago, while looking over my EoR comparison document, I was reminded that the
1939 recommended taking one or two deep breaths between Rites, but that this was removed
from the 1946.  In the "Further Information" section you will find"

    1939
    "Does anything else go with these Five Rites?" I asked.
    "There are two more things which would help. The first is to stand erect with hands on
    hips between the Five Rites and take one or two deep breaths. The other suggestion is to
    take either a tepid bath or a cool, but not cold, one after practicing the Rites.

    1946
    "Does anything else go with these Five Rites?" I asked.
    "There is one more thing -- just a suggestion.  Take either a tepid bath or a cool, but not
    cold, one after practicing the Rites."

The between Rites breathing instructions were removed.

Now, I've always been struck by the fact that there are no breathing instructions for the Rites
proper (except of course Rite Six which is all about breathing but practiced only when sexually
aroused).  Most people add such instructions but when you consider that the 1946 removed the
last trace of breathing instructions from the EoR, one has to consider whether there might be an
overarching purpose to just breathing normally during the Rites.  Just one of the many mysteries
of the Five Rites.  The lack of breathing instructions does not appear to be an oversight; rather,
it seems to be quite deliberate.  

Another Mystery (solved) - 3/27/13

(Please read the last entry below: "Another Mystery" before reading this.)

In 1939, the same year Peter Kelder published the
Eye of Revelation, Emile Raux also published
a small monograph.  It was
Hindu Secrets of Virility and Rejuvenation and it described four
Hindu “movements” which are similar to the last four Tibetan Rites.  It was very apparent to me
that either Kelder had borrowed from Raux or Raux from Kelder.  There are remarkable
similarities between the Five Rites and Raux's Hindu Movements, as he called them.  

I spent perhaps six months researching this question and have concluded that Emile Raux
borrowed from Kelder, even though he published several months before Kelder.  How he could
have done this is not obvious and it was only because I once freelanced a bit that I was able to
figure this out.  Here's the overview.  A much more detailed explanation of this will be in my
next book about the Rites.

Kelder, I reasoned, must have sent a query letter to a publisher which was passed along to
Raux.  The query letter included samples of
Eye of Revelation chapters (along with a page of
illustrations), which is what you do with query letters for longer pieces.  I charted 15
"concurrences" between the
Eye of Revelation and Hindu Secrets.  Ten of the 15 came from the
"Foreward" and "Further Information," which had to have been the portions Kelder included with
his query letter.  Further, those ten concurrences came from just four pages of the 32 page
1939, yet those concurrences are spread thoughout
Hindu Secrets.  There really is no question
that Kelder sent along a sample of the EoR to publisher Victor A. Croley -- too much of a sample,
it would seem.  Croley and Raux were able to flesh out the bare bones they were given.  

It is very likely that Kelder (who was probably also the artist for the
Eye of Revelation) sent
along a page of illustrations, basically the same illustrations we have today but smaller, and on
just one page.

Rite Three is telling: if you had only Kelder's illustrations for Rite Three, you would think that it
involved only a backward bend, and that is exactly how Raux described it.  Just a back bend.  No
chin to chest.  No bending forward at the waist.  Just a back bend.  

Raux left out Rite One because he couldn't come up with a bend and stretch, range of motion
exercise like the other four to match the illustration.  In that case, he just didn't have enough
information to fill in the blanks.  Just from the illustration, you really wouldn't know if it
involved stretching to the sides, bending forward, raising the arms or doing the splits.  If Kelder
didn't put in the arrows to indicate turning (and I don't think he did), it would be hard to deduce
a turning motion as it is so unlike the other four Rites.

Croley probably never answered Kelder's query and Kelder probably started looking for another
publisher after a month or two of waiting.  That's when he found Harry J. Gardener who actually
published the
Eye of Revelation.

This is a woefully short explanation of a complex set of events, but I wanted to bring everyone
up to date as best I could.  I will have much more to say about this in my next book.

Another Mystery
3/15/12

Just when I think I have one mystery solved, another one pops up – and this is one all will be
interested in.  The Kelder/Hilton
Eye of Revelation may not have been exactly the first
presentation of the Five Tibetan Rites.        

I stumbled on this fascinating mystery soon after I came up with a new theory which accounted
for the extreme variation in the quality of Harry J. Gardener’s publications (one of which was
the EoR).  See my
last article.

There’s no space to go into this new theory, other than to say that it brought me back again to a
rare book about the Rites which has been sitting on my shelf for years.  It is
Hindu Secrets of
Virility and Rejuvenation
by Emile Raux.  My copy was published in 1943 but it was first
published in 1939 (as was, of course, the EoR).

There are only four exercises presented in Hindu Secrets; Rite 1 was omitted.  These exercises
are referred to as movements or dands (although, my understanding now is that “dand” refers
only to the Hindu pushup, which would be the Downward Dog).  The first, in order of
presentation is the “downward dog” style exercise (our Rite 5).  The second is the “table top”
(our Rite 4).  The third is the leg lift (our Rite 2), and the fourth is the backward bend (similar to
our Rite 3 but with no forward movement at all).

I never took this book seriously.  The instructions were similar to what is found in the EoR.  
There were differences, true, but they could be attributed to Mr. Raux not understanding the
exercises very well.  I just assumed that Mr. Raux had read the EoR in 1939 and published his
own modified version.

Emile Raux was a pseudonym of Charles B. Roth who wrote a plethora of booklets about health
and salesmanship.  He was investigated for mail fraud by the postal authorities.

I dismissed Mr. Raux/Roth and never thought of him again except for recently when my new
theory about Harry J. Gardener made it imperative that I learn more.  It was then that I
discovered that
Hindu Secrets was copyrighted on February 23, 1939, about nine months before
the EoR was copyrighted on December 1, 1939.  The clear possibility here is that Raux published
first and did not plagiarize the EoR at all.

The dates don’t tell the whole story, however.  The EoR was copyrighted “following
publication,” meaning that it could have been published in early January 1939, giving Mr. Raux
time to plagiarize and publish.  Yet, there is the possibility that Mr. Raux had another source for
his “dands.”

Still, Kelder sure seemed to take his time copyrighting the EoR.  What we need to be looking for
is a possible new source of information about the lineage of the Five Rites.  I still suspect that
Raux plagiarized the EoR but we just can’t be quite as sure.


James Hilton and the Search for Shangri-la
9/9/2011

You could not be faulted if you have concluded that there is little going on with my research into
the Five Rites backstory.  It's been six months since I've published an update.  However, the
reason for the lack of news is not that there isn't any, but, rather, too much.  Every time I think
about putting something up here, I get side tracked along another avenue of research.  

Also, as you may know, I am writing another book about the Five Rites.  The tentative title is,
"Tibetan Health and Shangri-la." It will cover much new ground.  Work on the book has also
taken up much of the time I might normally have spent blogging.  So, to bring you at least
partially up to date, here are some of the things I have been researching and pondering:

The James Hilton connection has already provided many leads for further research.  There is no
doubt that Hilton was the true author of the
Eye of Revelation (EoR) and that Lost Horizon
holds clues for finding the Five Rites monastery.  And, yes, I am certain that there really was a
Five Rites monastery where Colonel Bradford (Sir Wilfrid Malleson) learned the Rites.  I am very
sure that it was in Ladakh, a region of Kashmir which is Tibetan in language and culture.  Could
also be Spiti, just south of Ladakh which is also very Tibetan, but Ladakh is the prime candidate;
it is in Spiti where you will find the mountain called Blue Moon.

The Five Rites Monastery is the Shangri-la monastery James Hilton wrote about in
Lost Horizon
--
not in a literal sense, of course, but certainly in a figurative sense. Hilton's description of the
Shangri-la monastery seems to be a composite of several monasteries combined with Hilton's
fertile imagination, but in particular it seems to evoke the Himis monastery.  However, I am no
longer at all convinced that Himis is
the Five Rites monastery; some clues Hilton left point
elsewhere.  Nevertheless, there are other writers dating back to the 1940s who cite Himis as
being the inspiration for Shangri-la.  I am not really saying anything that hasn't been said before.

Colonel Bradford did not spend years looking for the Five Rites Monastery as we have been told.  
I believe he knew where it was all along.  That was just a cover story.  One does not enter a
Buddhist monastery and suddenly get taught the temple's most secret doctrines.  No, he spent
perhaps two or more years studying at the monastery before he was initiated into the more
secret traditions.

On a more personal note, as soon as I can I will post more about hair regrowth.  Once again I
have begun using the butter massage and have gotten some (albeit minor) results.  I want to
share some of  findings with you.

General Update - The Hilton Connection and Further Research
3/7/11

The more I work on my second book about the Five Rites, the more work there is to do.  
Honestly, I've been finding some incredible ....

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The Man Who Was Colonel Bradford
12/6/10

I've posted a
new article about Major-General Sir Wilfrid Malleson, the thrice-knighted British
Army officer whom I believe was the Colonel Bradford mentioned in the
Eye of Revelation.  

I was contacted by Sir Wilfrid's granddaughter who also has a photo of him.  She and her
husband, David, have given me new information.

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A Change to My Practice
11/30/10

For some time I had been experiencing intermittent sharp pain in my upper back when doing
Rite 2.  Often it was so severe that ....

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Hair Regrowth
7/29/10

Liam from the UK wrote to ask about the Rites and hair regrowth ....

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7/23/2010
Meditation and the Five Rites

Paul from the UK wrote to ask about meditation and the Five Rites, and here ....

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6/29/2010
Top Ten Best Seller!

Woohoo!  Just checked out my stats at Booklocker who publishes my reprint edition.  I'm
number nine on the list.  Officially in the top ten . . . again.  Was there briefly about a year ago.  
Thank you, everyone.  Thank you.

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6/29/2010
My Practice of the Five Rites (Continued)

I have the suspicion that the Five Rites work better for some people than for others, and that I
am one of the lucky ones.  There is no way to guess ....

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6/18/2010
My Practice of the Five Rites

I've never considered myself a very good practitioner of the Five Rites.  I've been diligent at
times and a real slacker at other times.  My practice has been ....

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5/24/2010
Preserving History

My principle purpose in republishing the 1946 edition of the
Eye of Revelation was to preserve
it for history.  That goal, if not achieved, has at least been greatly ....

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5/14/2010
The Back Story
Helping to prove the reality of the Five Rites

One reason I'm interested in the Five Rites "back story" is because I love a good mystery.  The
greater reason for pursuing the history of the Rites, however, is to help demonstrate their
reality ....

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5/13/2010
Blog Meets Approval
A reader tells of how the Five Rites have worked for him.

There was no way I could know whether this blog would be accepted.  So far, however, so good.

Yaja writes ...

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5/13/2010
Second Edition
Will there be a second edition of the
Eye of Revelation: The Ancient Tibetan Rites of
Rejuvenation?
 A foreign language edition?

Yes, I'm already making plans for a second edition of the
Eye of Revelation (EoR), and I would
like to have a Russian language edition available as soon as practical.  There is a lot of new
information ....

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5/12/2010
Himis: A Likely Candidate for the Five Rites Monastery
Lost Horizon provides an clue.

As time permits, I am working on a piece about the Himis Monastery in Kashmir.  This is the
famous Tibetan monastery which has records ....

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5/11/2010
James Hilton's Novel,
Terry
Early reference to a Shangri-la type monastery, predates his novel, Lost Horizon.

It would set you back two grand if you wanted a ....

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Information About How the Five Rites May Work -- New!
January 12, 2016
    Here I offer, not an opinion, but a theory, which is sort of like an opinion dressed
    up for a night on the town — yet it may be a theory to stand the test of time.  My
    dressed up opinion is capillary pumping.  This information will amaze you!  Read
    More ...

Document Comparison of the 1946 and 1939 Editions -- For Scholars
November 26. 2014
    Did you know that breathing instructions are NOT a part of the original Five Rites
    instructions.  Well, of course, Rite 6 has breathing instructions but then it is all about
    breathing.  In the 1939 edition of the Eye of Revelation, the instructions called for deep
    breaths only between the Rites, but what happened with the 1946 edition?  This document
    comparison shows you.
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