The greatest anxiety Srila Prabhupada has is that after he’s gone we will add things to his books that are bogus, we will take things out that are bona fide, we will make changes in his books and the whole work for 10,000 years, his plan Prabhupada was working on, it will all be spoiled by us because of our tendency to change.read more
Soon after the intense marathon for completing the publication of Caitanya Caritamrita, Radhaballabha prabhu approached Srila Prabhupada and mentioned that the artists are now completing the paintings in preparation for the second printing. To this, Srila Prabhupada replied “NO changes”.read more
Anything spoken by the Personality of Godhead should be taken as it is, with great care and attention and with great respect. It is not our business to amend the words of the Supreme Personality of Godhead or make additions or alterations, as it has become a custom for many so-called scholars and swamis who comment on the words of Bhagavad-gita.read more
The “defense” Jayadavaita Swami uses in justifying his changes to Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita As It Is is “I have made it closer to the original manuscript…” This is not a good defense. Just imagine if I write a book and find an editor I trust and and give him the service of editing my manuscript […]read more
Anything spoken by the Personality of Godhead should be taken as it is, with great care and attention and with great respect. It is not our business to amend the words of the Supreme Personality of Godhead or make additions or alterations, as it has become a custom for many so-called scholars and swamis who comment on the words of Bhagavad-gita.
Jayadvaita did not only correct typographical errors. He has changed many things. There are thousands of changes which are completely unnecessary, change for the sake of change. Many of the changes alter the meaning of the text amid thousands of petty changes which apparently do not change the meaning.
Govinda dasi and Jayadvaita Swami in Honolulu on Jan 19, 2003 Govinda dasi: …that in 1966, ’67 and ’68, Hayagriva spent many, many hours alone with Srila Prabhupada, discussing the different aspects of the editing work. They went over each verse extensively, and Srila Prabhupada was actually quite clear in expressing what he wanted. He, […]
The greatest anxiety Srila Prabhupada has is that after he’s gone we will add things to his books that are bogus, we will take things out that are bona fide, we will make changes in his books and the whole work for 10,000 years, his plan Prabhupada was working on, it will all be spoiled by us because of our tendency to change.
ISKCON’s unauthorized changes to Srila Prabhupada’s books are the most important issue that we, as followers of Srila Prabhupada, have to clearly understand. Our connection to Srila Prabhupada is through his transcendental books and as he says: “I am living in my books.” So if someone starts messing with Prabhupada’s books he is trying to put himself between Srila Prabhupada and us, the followers of Srila Prabhupada.
Again we see that Jayadvaita Swami’s and BBT International’s claim – that they are making the books “closer to Prabhupada” – is false propaganda. Many, many changes – hundreds (if not thousands) – are further away from the words that Srila Prabhupada originally wrote or dictated.
The following links, one for each of the chapters in Srila Prabhupada’s “Krsna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead”, will take you to a computer generated analysis of the changes which have been made by BBT to the book. The comparison is made between Prabhupada’s Original 1970 Krsna Book as it appeared in the Bhaktivedanta Archives […]
The letter accurately summarizes the editing principles of the BBT and captures the mood of Jayadvaita. The Swami claims he did not write it, and that is most likely true. But the change to Srila Prabhupada’s Sri Caitanya-caritamrta revealed in this letter is a real change.
The BBT International can’t justify this change from “owner” to “knower” in BG 13.3 by referring to the so called original manuscript, Prabhupada’s desires, to faulty Sanskrit translation, to meaning, to spelling or to grammar.
The book editing issue is a very serious one, perhaps the most serious issue in ISKCON today. I have seen the attractive and seemingly authentic website promoting these changes, but most of it is propaganda, a lot of it based on speculation of what took place. It is most unfortunate that this has occurred, as it endangers everything Srila Prabhupada came to this world to do. He came from Krishna Loka “to write some books.”
The change disease has gotten to the point where devotees are being demonized for wanting or distributing these same books we grew up with and happily distributed, because we knew it pleased Srila Prabhupada so much.
When Jayadvaita Swami says: “the obviously erroneous “regulated principles” — a term that makes no sense” we must know that this is his opinion only, and it differs with Srila Prabhupada’s. It is a major problem that every time something doesn’t make sense to Jayadvaita Swami he must change it till he can understand it. This is not the behavior of a disciple.
“So unless one is self-realized, there is practically no use writing about Krsna. This transcendental writing does not depend on material education. It depends on the spiritual realization. You’ll find, therefore, in the comments of Bhagavatam by different acaryas, even there are some discrepancies, they are accepted as asat-patha [NOTE: "asat-patha" should be transcribed as“Arsha-prayoga”. […]
Srila Prabhupada on who is qualified to write transcendental literature: These days many ISKCON devotees are publishing their own books, making their own translations and commentaries on Sanskrit or Bengali texts, or editing Prabhupada’s books I have no problems with devotee’s translating books into English that were not done by Srila Prabhupada. What must be […]
Dear Srimati Govinda dasi, Please accept my humble obeiscances. Srila Prabhupada jayatah. I just came upon this in Folio – SPL Ch 4, “A Summer in Montreal” and I am sending it to you just in case this point is not in your awareness. Brahmananada had just come from Boston: “I came up to show […]
Interested parties should be made aware that the BBT editors of Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-Gita As It Is have continued editing their own new (2010) paperback edition of their 1983 “revised and enlarged” version. They have removed the notice “Revised and Enlarged” from the face page and left only “Second Edition.” The phrase “with the original […]
There are a few different points I would like to address in this article. Firstly, in regard to my article called “Can I Trade For That Original One?”, I was just reading Srila Prabhupada’s original Gita and in the preface Srila Prabhupada himself says three times that his finished book is what is to be […]
Prabhupada and Hayagriva worked together on editing the Bhagavad-gita daily during the almost three months while Hayagriva Prabhu was living with him in the San Francisco temple. Hayagriva went through practically every verse with Srila Prabhupada. Jayadvaita tries to eliminate all this work on the Gita by Srila Prabhupada by going back to the first draft.
Recently I met one nice young gentleman and presented Prabhupada’s books to him. I went through my whole presentation and explained how it’s the original, unedited pure wisdom. He then all of a sudden, without saying anything at all, just turned and went to his car, reached into it and pulled out a BBTI Bhagavad-Gita […]
In his rebuttal of Mother Govinda dasi’s letter, “Book Changes: History Backs the BBT“, Jayadvaita Swami asserts that history supports his very strange claim that Srila Prabhupada and Hayagriva did not work together on the editing of Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita. He claims that Mother Govinda dasi was wrong and that she did not ever see […]
Aug 27, 2010 — HAWAII, USA — Dear Prabhus, please accept my most humble obeisances. Thank you for all your extensive research into Srila Prabhupada’s letters and lectures, verse comparisons, etc. And thank you for your articles, Madhudvisa Prabhu, Ramadas Prabhu, Hotra Prabhu, and any and all other sincere devotees who care so much about […]
I am not sure if you are aware of this but ISKCON has a policy of “revising” Srila Prabhupada’s books. They are making unauthorized changes to Srila Prabhupada’s books. For example now the Bhagavad-gita ISKCON distributes has thousands of unauthorized changes that in many cases significantly change the meaning of what Srila Prabhupada said in […]
In the original edition it is stated Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji initiated Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, who in turn initiated Srila Gaurakisora dasa Babaji. In the changed edition it is stated “…Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji, the spiritual master of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, who in turn accepted Srila Gaurakisora dasa Babaji…”
My husband, Bhakta Philip and I were distributing books at a concert parking lot. It was a busy scene with a big jam band performing that night. I set up a table and immediately an extraordinarily curious man came by. He lifted the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, looked at it, and put it back. Then […]
In a paper called “The Revision of Bhagavad-gita As It Is: Answers to a Courteous Inquiry” regarding Bhagavad-Gita 2.1, Jayadvaita Swami says: “Have you ever had to explain the last sentence of this purport? ‘This realization is made possible by working with the fruitive being situated in the fixed conception of the self.’ It’s just […]
I was at one of the bigger schools and saw a student who looked pretty hip and together, so I ran to catch up with him. I showed him the books and he immediately looked at me asking, “Are these the edited ones?” I busted out laughing in total surprise that a regular guy knew […]
May 27, 2010 — JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, USA — An intelligent person who wants to learn what Srila Prabhupada has to say in his Bhagavad-gita As It Is will immediately note the sub-heading, “Enlarged and Revised”, which appears in the 1983 version. That phrase, “enlarged and revised”, usually rings a bell in the mind of a […]
Dear Srila Prabhupada, Please accept my humble obeisances, and kindly forgive my offences. vande ham sri-guroh sri-yuta-pada-kamalam sri-gurun vaisnavams ca “I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master and unto the feet of all Vaisnavas.” I am writing to you Srila Prabhupada, because letters addressed to your Divine Grace must […]
One way to consider whether the revisions published in the 1983 version of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is were necessary is to make a side-by-side comparison of those revisions with the first edition text as published by Macmillan Co. in 1972. It was that text or manuscript to which Srila Prabhupada affixed his seal of […]
Don’t do this. Keep the old system strong, and if necessary repair it. Don’t change from this to that. That is your American disease. This is very serious that you always want to change everything. (Letter to Bhakta dasa, Nov 24, 1974) There is no change. Therefore sastra means it is for all the time, […]
For the first time a complete computerized comparison of Srila Prabhuapda’s original 1972 Macmillan Bhagavad-gita As It Is and the current ISKCON “Revised and enlarged” edition is available. It is amazing, and surprising to see all the changes so clearly pointed out. This is a side-by-side comparison of Srila Prabhuapda’s original Macmillan Bhagavad-gita As It […]
Not all of Srila Prabhupada’s disciples share Jayadvaita’s and the formal GBC decisions to make so many changes to Srila Prabhupada’s books. We see a very real and holy sacredness in the books that Srila Prabhupada personally gave approval of and used in lectures for years. I am not opposed to correction of a limited […]
Published for the first time. The manuscript of Bhagavad-gita As It Is. This is the “original manuscript” referred to by Jayadvaita Swami which he uses to justify the BBT changes to Srila Prabhuapda’s Gita. As I have noted elsewhere ISKCON’s New Gita Closer to the Manuscript? Not Really… this manuscript is not the authority, the […]
The editors of the 1983 revised Gita did not believe that they actually interpolated philosophy or style.* Their idea was to improve both translations and purports by transposing and clarifying portions of old manuscripts, etc. existing prior to the one finally submitted to Macmillan in 1972. Truly, many of the grammatical, spelling, format and historical […]