Archive for Category: "Changes"
An absolute position has to be reached so that before we die, we know that within the BBT and ISKCON there could never again be one single change, for any reason, ever made to Srila Prabhupada’s books.
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.
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 […]
Srila Prabhupada used to like to sit in his garden in Vrindavan especially in the mornings. He liked to hear his books read to him daily. One time Yasodanandan Prabhu was reading Sri Isopanisad when Srila Prabhupada stopped him and asked him to reread the last paragraph. After hearing it again Srila Prabhupada said, “Those […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 “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 […]
“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. […]
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…”
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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”.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“Our editing is to correct grammatical and spelling errors only, without interpolation of style or philosophy.” (Letter to Rupanuga, 2/17/70) Previous evaluations of the editorial changes focused on descriptions of the changes and references to pre-publication drafts rather than a factual quantification and comparative philosophical analysis. This article presents a scientific evaluation of the Bhagavad-gita […]
Kīrtanānanda: Why don’t you write some purports to that? (Srila Bhaktsiddhanta´s Sri Brahma Samhita) Prabhupāda: Huh? Kīrtanānanda: To Bhaktisiddhānta’s Brahma-samhitā. It would be nice if you would write some purports to it. Prabhupāda: Purports? Kīrtanānanda: Yes. Some of us have difficulty understanding Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī. Prabhupāda: Yes. So if I get time… My time is very […]
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, […]
All Glories To Srila Prabhupada, the 1968 and 72 Editions of TLC are the same. After that (1974) many changes took place. Srila Prabhupada didn’t really like those changes and wanted that the original TLC be printed again. That didn’t happen and now we have over 1,108 changes in the TLC. In other words the whole TLC was re-written.
Both books contain illustrations from the Macmillan Gita with additional paintings and a different photo of Srila Prabhupada added to one of the books.