Restoring Confidence in the BBT

Articles, BBT, Changes — By on October 15, 2007 10:04 pm

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 and the only point that Jayadvaita Swami contested was:

Nobody, except the editor, [Jayadvaita Swami] was aware of the magnitude of the changes.

After a long discussion Jayadvaita Swami admitted that apart from himself there were only two other people in the world who were aware of extent of the changes to Bhagagavad Gita that he had made. Those other two people were Dravida who he showed the manuscript to and the typist who typed the final manuscript to be sent to the printers.

Please study the attached .pdf file.  Restoring Confidence in the BBT.pdf

Topics Covered in Presentation:

  • BBT’s Responsibilities
  • Current Problems BBT is Facing
  • BBT Have No Authority to Make these Changes to Prabhuapda’s Books
  • Srila Prabhupada Does Not Want His Books Changed
  • Prabhupada Refereed to the Editors as “Rascals” in 1977
  • In 1977 Prabhupada Ordered the “Next Printing Should Be The Original Way.”
  • BBT Disobeyed This Order. Instead of Printing the Original Way, BBT Started Making Huge Changes to Prabhuapda’s Bhagavad Gita.
  • BBT Released the “Revised and Enlarged Edition” of Bhagavad Gita in 1983.
  • The Extent of Changes Were Not Revealed to Anyone, Not Even the BBT.
  • Types of Changes Made to Bhagavad Gita
  • Editor’s Justification of the Changes
  • Changes Were Based on the False Premise that the Editor Can Change Anything He Feels Like Changing.
  • The Most Famous Change [Bhagavad Gita 4.34]
  • Prabhupada’s 1936 Translation of 4.34 Same As Macmillan Gita
  • A Small Collection of Changes Clearly Not Approved by Srila Prabhupada
  • The Way Forward for the BBT and Increasing Book Distribution

Conclusion:

  • These unauthorized, undocumented and unnecessary changes destroy the authority of BBT books
  • Such changed books will never be accepted by any thoughtful person as authorative.
  • “The next printing should be the original way.”
  • The Principle is nothing can be changed. If there is no error in the printed book it should not be changed
  • Real typographical errors in the original books can be corrected. But only if there are footnotes notifying the readers of the correction.

Please study the attached .pdf file.  Restoring Confidence in the BBT.pdf


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