Articles By: Madhudvisa dasa

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.

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.

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.

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 […]

Bhagavad Gita Changes — Complete List

Bhagavad Gita Changes — Complete List

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 […]

Bhagavad-gita As It Is Manuscript

Bhagavad-gita As It Is Manuscript

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 […]

Closer to Manuscript? Not really…

Closer to Manuscript? Not really…

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 […]

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 […]

Caitanya-caritamrta Changes — Full List

Caitanya-caritamrta Changes — Full List

A complete comparison of the 1975 original edition of Srila Prabhupada’s Sri Caitanya-caritamrta with the new ISKCON/BBT revised edition highlighting all the changes.

Jayadvaita Swami attacks Madhudvisa dasa

Jayadvaita Swami attacks Madhudvisa dasa

The following is a description of Jayadvaita Swami demanding a private meeting with me at the in March of 2004 at the  annual ISKCON Mayapur Festival at Sridharma Mayapur, West Bengal, India, and what happened, “behind closed doors…” In 2004 I attended the Mayapur Festival for the first time in many years in 2004 as […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

An Open Letter to the BBT on ISKCON Book Changes

An Open Letter to the BBT on ISKCON Book Changes

Subject: An Open Letter to the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust Date: Sun, 08 Mar 1998 12:17:23 GMT Dear BBT Trustees, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! “This movement is being supported just by literature. So in this way we can flood the whole world with Krsna consciousness and then there’ll be a […]

Email from Hridayananda Goswami

Email from Hridayananda Goswami

Sat, 07 Mar 1998 Dear Madhudvisa Prabhu, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Thank you for your letter. I appreciate your intelligent arguments, and your absolute dedication to Srila Prabhupada. I think you have made many good points, and I am not against your viewpoint. [in Open Letter to BBT] My […]

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. […]

Who Authorized ISKCON’s Bhagavad Gita Changes?

Who Authorized ISKCON’s Bhagavad Gita Changes?

Subject: Gita revisions Sunday, April 14. 1996 9.05 p.m. Pacific Standard Time[usa] Dvadasi Dear Dravida dasa Please accept my humble obeisances. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada. “… A pure devotee always engages in the service of the Lord, taking shelter of His lotus feet, and therefore he has a direct connection with the saffron-mercy particles […]