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.
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”.
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…”
One way to consider whether the revisions published in the 1983 version of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is were necessary…
“Our editing is to correct grammatical and spelling errors only, without interpolation of style or philosophy.” (Letter to Rupanuga, 2/17/70)…
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.
ISKCON published a new version of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s book, Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers in 1993….
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.