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.
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.
Again we see that Jayadvaita Swami’s and BBT International’s claim – that they are making the books “closer to Prabhupada” – is false propaganda. Many, many changes – hundreds (if not thousands) – are further away from the words that Srila Prabhupada originally wrote or dictated.
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.
Following is an email exchange I had with Jayadvaita Swami on his changes to Srila Prabhupada’s books. I believe that I defeated him within two emails.
The book editing issue is a very serious one, perhaps the most serious issue in ISKCON today. I have seen the attractive and seemingly authentic website promoting these changes, but most of it is propaganda, a lot of it based on speculation of what took place. It is most unfortunate that this has occurred, as it endangers everything Srila Prabhupada came to this world to do. He came from Krishna Loka “to write some books.”
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.
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.
Srila Prabhupada on who is qualified to write transcendental literature: These days many ISKCON devotees are publishing their own books,…
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”.
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.
Aug 27, 2010 — HAWAII, USA — Dear Prabhus, please accept my most humble obeisances. Thank you for all your…
Both books contain illustrations from the Macmillan Gita with additional paintings and a different photo of Srila Prabhupada added to one of the books.