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“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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Letters to and from the BBT – Part 1 (Bhaktivedanta Archives) Date: 4.4.1997 From: H. N. To: Dulal Chandra (Bhaktivedanta Archives) Subject: What kind of VedaBase is THIS?!? Dear Dulal Chandra, My name is H. N. and my address is… I’ve ordered the Bhaktivedanta Vedabase in December 1996 and happily received it a few […]
A Note About the Second Edition of Bhagavad-gita As It Is (from page 866 of the “Revised and Enlarged Edition,” 1983 printing.) For the benefit of readers who have become familiar with the first edition of Bhagavad-gita As It Is, a few words about the second edition seem in order. Although in most respects the […]
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 […]
Dear jayadvaita swami, Hare Krsna—or should I write “hare krsna”? I just received your letter recommending more changes. You write: “Strong reasons can be advanced, however, for leaving aside our present standard in favor of extending “down style’ to all pronouns. The editors of Chicago “urge a spare, down style” in the field of religion, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 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.
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.