Srila Prabhupada on Editing His Books Srila Prabhupada on Editing His Books

Srila Prabhupada on Editing His Books

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.

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Prabhupada Ordered “No Changes!” Prabhupada Ordered “No Changes!”

Prabhupada Ordered “No Changes!”

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”.

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108 ISKCON Bhagavad Gita Changes 108 ISKCON Bhagavad Gita Changes

108 ISKCON Bhagavad Gita Changes

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.

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Examples of ISKCON’s Bhagavad Gita Changes Examples of ISKCON’s Bhagavad Gita Changes

Examples of ISKCON’s Bhagavad Gita Changes

Bhagavad-gita As It Is Changes “Too much editing is not required. If Satsvarupa has already edited it, there is no need of further editing.” (Letter from Srila Prabhupada to Rayarama 21-Dec-67, on Bhagavad Gita editing)“Consequently, Srila Vyasadeva is a guru. He does not misinterpret the words of Krsna, but transmits them exactly as they were […]

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Prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada on Editing His Books

Srila Prabhupada on Editing His Books

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.

Sep 17, 2009 10:41

Changes

108 ISKCON Bhagavad Gita Changes

108 ISKCON Bhagavad Gita Changes

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.

Mar 8, 1999 10:40

Manuscript

Prabhupada Worked on Manuscript with Hayagriva

Prabhupada Worked on Manuscript with Hayagriva

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, […]

Jan 19, 2003 10:32

Testimonials

“They’re ruining my books.” — Srila Prabhupada

“They’re ruining my books.” — Srila Prabhupada

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.

May 14, 2013 21:51

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Is ISKCON Editing or Changing Prabhupada’s Books?

Is ISKCON Editing or Changing Prabhupada’s Books?

“Too much editing is not required. If Satsvarupa has already edited it, there is no need of further editing.” (Srila Prabhupada’s Letter to Rayarama 21-Dec-67) “To my knowledge, Srila Prabhupada never asked us to re-edit the book.” (Jayadvaita Swami) Some Statistics: 496 out 625 Purports have been changed; 483 out 653 Translations have been changed. […]

Why did BBT made radical changes to Page 1 of Caitanya-caritamrta?

Why did BBT made radical changes to Page 1 of Caitanya-caritamrta?

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…”

An Open Letter to the BBT on ISKCON Book Changes

An Open Letter to the BBT on ISKCON Book Changes

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Book Changes: A Dangerous Precedent

Book Changes: A Dangerous Precedent

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BBT Book Changes — A Question of Authority

BBT Book Changes — A Question of Authority

“So, when you change, then the authority is lost. Just like in our society, sometimes they do something nonsense and they say, ‘Prabhupada said.’ (laughter) They are doing that. We know that. It is deteriorated like that. “Therefore Krishna said, sa kaleneha mahata yogo nastah kaunteya: ‘And in due course of time, this yoga was […]

Prabhupada Reading His Own Books

Prabhupada Reading His Own Books

Entering Srila Prabhupada’s quarters was always an enlightening experience. Sometimes Srila Prabhupada sat and read his books. Whenever he read it seemed as if someone else had written his books because he didn’t read with the mind of an author who might be looking for editing mistakes or grammatical errors. He read them with the […]

Restoring Confidence in the BBT

Restoring Confidence in the BBT

The attached .pdf file contains [Restoring Confidence in the BBT.pdf] a PowerPoint presentation which Madhudvisa dasa presented to the BBT trustees at their Vrindavan meeting during Kartik in 2007. The meeting was chared by Brahma Muhurta Prabhu and Jayadvaita Swami and all other important BBT trustees and members were present. The presentation was well received […]

ISKCON “Original Manuscript” Scam

ISKCON “Original Manuscript” Scam

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 […]

BBT Krsna Book Changes Analysis

BBT Krsna Book Changes Analysis

These are the results and conclusions of an in-depth examination on the modifications in the revised book “Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead”, also known as “Krishna-book”. Due to the expensive kind of the examination, only four chapters have been analyzed, viz. the chapters 6, 11, 78 and 88. STATISTICAL RESULTS OF THE CHAPTERS 6 […]

ISKCON Perfect Questions Perfect Answers Book Changes

ISKCON Perfect Questions Perfect Answers Book Changes

ISKCON published a new version of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s book, Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers in 1993. It is a transcript of a conversation which took place in Mayapur, West Bengal, in 1972 with a Peace-Corps worker, Bob Cohen. Please read these changes completely as they give a very good insight into […]

Prabhupada Worked on Manuscript with Hayagriva

Prabhupada Worked on Manuscript with Hayagriva

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, […]

No Reply from ISKCON / BBT on Changes to Prabhupada’s Books

No Reply from ISKCON / BBT on Changes to Prabhupada’s Books

Many changes have been made to Srila Prabhupada’s books since his departure in 1977. As we all know this has caused a lot of controversy. This e-book presents new evidence to the effect that the BBT International, and Jayadvaita Swami in particular, have overstepped their authority by making changes that Srila Prabhupada did not want.

Why “Only BBT” is Out of the Question

Why “Only BBT” is Out of the Question

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.

Not Closer to Prabhupada! (Bhagavad-gita 4.11)

Not Closer to Prabhupada! (Bhagavad-gita 4.11)

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.

Krsna Book — Complete List of Changes

Krsna Book — Complete List of Changes

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 […]

A Fake Letter on the Editing Principles of the BBT

A Fake Letter on the Editing Principles of the BBT

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.

Not back to “the original manuscript” (BG 13.3)

Not back to “the original manuscript” (BG 13.3)

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.

To Edit or Not To Edit – That Is The Question

To Edit or Not To Edit – That Is The Question

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.”

Demonized by ISKCON for distributing Srila Prabhupada’s Books…

Demonized by ISKCON for distributing Srila Prabhupada’s 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.

Prabhupada Instructs Jayadvaita

Prabhupada Instructs Jayadvaita

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.

Srila Prabhupada Said: “Arsha-Prayoga”

Srila Prabhupada Said: “Arsha-Prayoga”

“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”. […]

Who is Qualified to Write Transcendental Literatures?

Who is Qualified to Write Transcendental Literatures?

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Prabhupada Proofread the Gita Galley Proofs

Prabhupada Proofread the Gita Galley Proofs

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Gita Cover-Up Alert or Buyer Beware!

Gita Cover-Up Alert or Buyer Beware!

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Prabhupada Himself Clears It Up

Prabhupada Himself Clears It Up

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 […]

Jayadvaita undoes Prabhupada’s work on Gita Manuscript

Jayadvaita undoes Prabhupada’s work on Gita Manuscript

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.

Can I Trade For That Original One?

Can I Trade For That Original One?

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 […]

The Spin Doctor Has Gone Too Far!

The Spin Doctor Has Gone Too Far!

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 […]

Jayadvaita is Wrong — still he insists on justifying his blunders?

Jayadvaita is Wrong — still he insists on justifying his blunders?

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 […]

Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing!

Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing!

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 […]