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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 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 […]

Who is Qualified to Write Transcendental Literatures?

Who is Qualified to Write Transcendental Literatures?

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 […]

Resistance to Change — Arsha Prayoga

Resistance to Change — Arsha Prayoga

Let me first offer my prostrated obeisances unto the lotus feet of that supreme swan-like devotee of the Lord, our spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, by whose mercy the fallen souls of Kali Yuga may taste the sweetness of the narrations of the pastimes of the Lord and His pure devotees. […]

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”.

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 […]

Where Angels Fear to Tread

Where Angels Fear to Tread

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 […]

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.

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”. […]

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.

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 […]

The Last Days of School

The Last Days of School

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 […]

Srila Prabhupada’s Free Press

Srila Prabhupada’s Free Press

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 […]