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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 […]

Jayadvaita Can Not Understand — So He Changes It…

Jayadvaita Can Not Understand — So He Changes It…

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 […]

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 […]

Chaste to the Original

Chaste to the Original

Dear Srila Prabhupada, Please accept my humble obeisances, and kindly forgive my offences. vande ham sri-guroh sri-yuta-pada-kamalam sri-gurun vaisnavams ca “I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master and unto the feet of all Vaisnavas.” I am writing to you Srila Prabhupada, because letters addressed to your Divine Grace must […]

Original or Revised Bhagavad-gita — It’s Your Call

Original or Revised Bhagavad-gita — It’s Your Call

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 […]

Change — The Western Disease

Change — The Western Disease

Don’t do this. Keep the old system strong, and if necessary repair it. Don’t change from this to that. That is your American disease. This is very serious that you always want to change everything. (Letter to Bhakta dasa, Nov 24, 1974) There is no change. Therefore sastra means it is for all the time, […]

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 […]

History of the Bhagavad Gita Changes

History of the Bhagavad Gita Changes

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Scientific Method for Evaluating Editorial Changes to Srila Prabhupada’s Books

A Scientific Method for Evaluating Editorial Changes to Srila Prabhupada’s Books

“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 […]

Prabhupada on Editing Bhaktsiddhanta — Don’t

Prabhupada on Editing Bhaktsiddhanta — Don’t

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 […]

Jayadvaita – Change “Hare Krishna” to “hare krishna”…

Jayadvaita – Change “Hare Krishna” to “hare krishna”…

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, […]

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 […]

Teachings of Lord Caitanya with 1,108 Changes by the BBT

Teachings of Lord Caitanya with 1,108 Changes by the BBT

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.

Just What is Jayadvaita’s Point?

Just What is Jayadvaita’s Point?

Just what is Jayadvaita’s point? That Hayagriva was not qualified as an editor? That Srila Prabhupada was indifferent, stupid or lazy in copying others translations? Or, that because Hayagriva and Srila Prabhupada were not physically side by side for two years, there was some discrepancy in Hayagriva’s work, or, that Srila Prabhupada was unaware of […]

Leave Srila Prabhuapda’s Books Alone!

Leave Srila Prabhuapda’s Books Alone!

My Dear Godbrothers and Godsisters: Please accept my most humble obeisances! All Glories to Srila Prabhupada! I am very glad that we as disciples of Srila Prabhupada are finally doing something about this great offense to our Spiritual Master. I would like to tell three stories that are personal experiences of mine with Srila Prabhupada […]

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. […]

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 […]

“Do Not Change My Words” — Prabhupada

“Do Not Change My Words” — Prabhupada

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 […]

“Do Not Change My Words” — Prabhupada

“Do Not Change My Words” — Prabhupada

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 […]

Letters to the BBT on Book Changes

Letters to the BBT on Book Changes

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 […]

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 […]

BBT: Why we Changed Prabhupada’s Bhagavad Gita

BBT: Why we Changed Prabhupada’s Bhagavad Gita

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 […]