FURTHER CONSIDERATIONS ON “BHAGAVAD-GITA AS IT IS” DEVIATIONS. Part two.

BHAGAVAD-GITA AS IS IT 2.9. A BRASH AFFRONT TO SRILA PRABHUPADA!

 

As I compared BGAII OT 2.9 and BGAII 2.9 V1 & V2, –V1 and V2 are basically similar–, I realized that the editors have introduced “and fell silent”, which is conspicuous by its absence in BGAII OT by Srila Prabhupada Himself.

 

In the word for word, Srila Prabhupada indeed gives:

Tusni=silent

and

Babhuva=became

It may therefore be said that “tusnim babhuva” is Sanskrit antecedent for “fell silent.” Now if this is the case, the question is: In the translation itself, did Srila Prabhupada overlook or ignore this detail about Arjuna’s subsequent silence?

 

But then on the other hand, I realized that in their haste to show their small mastery of Sanskrit and AUDACITY to correct Srila Prabhupada, our glorious and superlatively qualified Spiritual Master, the original editors unceremoniously dropped not less than three (3) important and essential, informative conceptual elements of translation mentioned by Srila Prabhupada in BGAII OT as follows:

 

1) Arjuna as “master of controlling ignorance.”

 

2) Krishna as “the master of the senses”, i. e. master of all senses of all living entities, in Sanskrit “Hrsikesam.”

 

3) Krishna as Govinda or “the pleasure of all senses”, as Srila Prabhupada puts it so elegantly.

 

At best such behavior is childish and irresponsible. We may call it mischievous as well. However because of the stakes involved, it must be considered very serious matter. When children disturb one’s activities, one may ask them to go home and play at home.

 

These considerations answer my question as well.

Srila Prabhupada decided not to mention the unimportant “fell silent” and concentrate on the essentials. We all know that Arjuna fell silent at that point of time. It will be best for all parties to follow in His Lotus Footprints. Srila Prabhupada clearly defines the nature and use of silence in Nectar of Instruction, Text 1, purport: “Silence may appear helpful for some time, but ultimately it proves a failure.” And what can be learned from a silent teacher? Nonsense editors should definitely remain silent and away from editing! Let them chant Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra 24 hours a days. That will save them.

 

BGAII V3 suggested reading will be as follows:

 

Sanjaya said: “Thereafter Arjuna, the chastiser of enemies and master of controlling ignorance, informed Krsna, the master of the senses, as follows: “Oh Govinda, the pleasure of all senses, I shall not fight.”

Or even closer to Srila Prabhupada’s own rendition as follows:

Sanjaya said, “Thereafter Arjuna the chastiser of enemies and master of controlling ignorance, informed Krsna, the master of the senses, saying like this: Oh Govinda, the pleasure of all senses, I shall not fight.”

What is wrong with the Srila Prabhupada’s expression: “saying like this”?

For my esteemed reader’s convenience, BGAII OT reads as follows:

Samjaya said, “Thereafter Arjuna the chastiser of enemies and master of controlling ignorance informed Krsna the master of the senses saying like this: Oh Govinda, the pleasure of all senses, I shall not fight.”                                                                                        The “m” is Sanjaya is not a typographical error, neither mine, nor Srila Prabhupada’s.

 

Same reasoning would have to apply to BGAII 2.14, were the editors with their super intelligence and super audacity again correct our Srila Prabhupada by adding “O scion of Bharata”. Srila Prabhupada perhaps forgot to mention it due to his old age. (Sarcastic mode). But He certainly didn’t forget to comment on it in the purport. We expect this nonsense to be repeated.

 

Let us always remember and never forget that insulting or displeasing Srila Prabhupada in any way –or in a broader sense, insulting or displeasing Guru–brings us undoubtedly one step closer to sure spiritual failure. In Shastra we find many illustration of these adverse personal spiritual dynamics.

“Don’t jump over God, crossing the spiritual master. Then it will be failure. You must go through. We are observing Vyaasa-puujaa ceremony, the birth anniversary of our Guru Mahaaraaja. Why? We cannot understand Krishna without spiritual master. That is bogus. If anyone wants to understand Krishna, jumping over the spiritual master, then immediately he becomes a bogus. Therefore Caitanya Mahaaprabhu says, guru-krishna-kripaaya paaya bhakti-lataa-bija [Cc. Madhya 19.151]. That is Vedic injunction. Tad viddhi pranipaatena pariprashnena sevayaa [Bg. 4.34]. Nobody can understand Krishna without going through His most confidential servant. This is the meaning of this Vyaasa-puujaa. You cannot surpass. If you think that you have become very learned and very advanced, now you can avoid the spiritual master and you understand Krishna, that is the bogus. That is the meaning of this Vyaasa-puujaa ceremony. We should always pray, yasya prasaadaad bhagavat-prasaadah. Yasya prasaadaad: only by the grace of spiritual master we can achieve the grace or mercy of Krishna. This is the meaning of this Vyaasa-puujaa, offering obeisances by paramparaa system.” 750302BA.Atl

 

At last in BGAII OT 2.2, we also get Srila Prabhupada’s verdict on “values of life”, in favor of V1 presentation” values of life.” Should it have been “values of life” as in BGAII V1 or “value of life” as in BGAII V2? This has been my brainteaser for many, many years and while examining the Vedabase, one may argue for either one. Both expressions have got a different meaning though. They are not at all interchangeable. But under the circumstances, to change it from a plural to a singular would denote a pretty peculiar character, to put it politely.

This particular move actually represents the ultimate materially diseased expression of wanting to lord it over. The relevant editor is thinking “How can I influence and steer this most powerful man, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami? Oh what a challenge! Now that will be an achievement for MY EGO!” THIS MENTALITY is totally WHIMSICAL, CALLOUS, WITH NO CARE FOR OTHER’S WELFARE, LOW CLASS and ABSOLUTELY EGOTISTICAL. It is meant to confuse and waste time. It is therefore a nasty mentality. It is Maya or illusion. It is spiritually suicidal and it is deemed to be a failure. It is to be rejected by all means.

 

If that’s the type of Bhagavad Gita you want, that’s fine. After all the great Mahatma Gandhi himself saw  the Bhagavad Gita as a treatise on non-violence, until his assassination clearly proved him wrong.  We already have about 650 renditions of Bhagavad-gita and you can have any type of Bhagavad Gita you wish indeed. With preliminary license from BBT International, you can fabricate any additional Bhagavad Gita you want and call it accordingly.

But don’t try to cheat and mislead the entire world and call it “Bhagavad-gita As It Is” because it is not!

It is too far removed from the original intentions of the two authors, Sri Krishna and His appointed representative Srila Prabhupada!

 

In the light of such and similar numerous other misrepresentations, of which I have pointed out just a few, I have come to reject both presentations of BGAII as not totally genuine. They are not totally “Bhagavad-Gita As It Should Be”, as per Srila Prabhupada’s wishes. They are not fully “Bhagavad Gita As It Is.”

 

Immediately I can hear the protests that: ”But Srila Pabhupada personally accepted version one of BGAII. Totally true, how could we deny this fact? He did point out however that passages such as “cattle raising”, to name only one, must be corrected. (And fortunately they have now been corrected). That means to me by inference, that ALL deficiencies of BGAII presentations must be corrected. Subsequently the Governing Body Commision of ISKCON, which is supposed to be the expression of Srila Prabhupada’s will, endorsed BGAII V2. Does it mean that Srila Prabhupada contradicted Himself? Let us not look at it that way.

 

The quest for better quality is a natural one and Srila Prabhupada’s broad order is:”Do the needful.” My simple ambition is to offer Srila Prabhupada the most faithful Bhagavad-gita As It Is. It will be called Bhagavad-gita As It Is, third Edition. No one can stop me in this project. It is my constitutional and disciple’s right to endeavor in this way. Whether Srila Prabhupada will accept it, that we shall see in due course of time. In the meantime this enterprise has already begun. I am simply begging for the benediction and blessings of the assembled Vaishnavas for the grand success of this wonderful and transcendental service adventure. Thank you very much.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada and His distinguished family!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FURTHER CONSIDERATIONS ON “BHAGAVAD-GITA AS IT IS” DEVIATIONS. Part one.

I know for a fact that this picture was taken at Frankfurt am Main Airport, Germany. Srila Prabhupada is always in transcendental Krishna conscious ecstasy and here, while meeting His dear disciples and other followers, He manifests it externally by lifting His arms, as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu would do Himself. He also sports a very nice, friendly and attractive Vaikuntha smile. This picture of Srila Prabhupada and all others pictures of Srila Prabhupada are NOT different from Srila Prabhupada. Pictures of Guru are NOT different from Guru. Please handle accordingly and with care!                                                             Please beware: For the spiritually awake, Srila Prabhupada’s smile and happiness are very much contagious. 🙂 🙂 🙂  All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

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Whereas we have been conditioned for the last 50 or so years to the so-called Srila Prabhupada’s “footsteps”, I am sorry to say that so far I have not encountered this word one single time in Bhagavad-gita As It Is (BGAII)  Original Transcription (OT). I have examined chapters 4 and chapter 5 and currently working my way through chapter 3. On the authority of Sriman Dravida Prabhu’s (San Diego, California, USA) highly valued statements, the first five chapter of BGAII OT were transcendentally typed by Srila Prabhupada Himself. Instead I came across the word “footprints”. Again this is extremely SYMPTOMATIC AND REVEALING. In their foolishness and violation of transcendental etiquette, some editors have invented an imaginary Prabhupada Vani: the “Prabhupada footsteps”. It is a mixture of Srila Prabhupada and private wishfull thinking. What else can I say? How else should I qualify it?

Readers and followers of BGAII V1 and BGAII V2 please beware:

You are not being led exactly in the right direction. If only by one percent, you are being mislead to some extend at the least! (And probably much more)

A further note of caution: This represents a conservative and cautious early-stage estimation and the best-case scenario. I reserve myself the right to worsen this diagnosis when a general overview on the matter will be available to me. That will take time and I shall request my esteemed readers to please exercise patience, while pursuing their routine activities of Krishna conscious life. Please let these somewhat negative news not at all disrupt your execution of your duties in Krishna consciousness.  I trust that the final outcome of this investigation will be excellent and most positive and beneficial.

 

My I-dictionary gives for “footstep”:

“a step taken by a person in walking, especially as heard by another person”

 

and for “footprint”:

 

“the impression left by a foot or shoe on the ground or a surface.”

 

According to these two definitions, we are definitely not looking for a “footstep.” We are effectively looking for a “footprint.”

When in wintertime there is knee or groin deep snow, in order to save energy and trouble, one closely follows someone else and one aims for the footprints, the step being the movement of the foot from one place to another.

 

And no need to state indeed: SRILA PRABHUPADA IN HIS EXTREMELY SHARP AND AWARE KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS IS CORRECT AGAIN, whereas the editors are wrong and have deviated and sinned again. His keen observations are the fruit of a life long study of things, through the eyes of scriptures, which make Him a genius of a teacher.

 

I shall never get tired of calling out very, very loudly, with the most powerful megaphones, again and again:

 

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!!!

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!!!

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!!!

Srila Prabhupada, You are asamordhva!

No human being is superior to You.

No human being is even equal to You.

Editors, don’t even try!

Srila Prabhupada you are super-human!!!

I would also like to take this opportunity to repeat the following:

 

Because Guru, the Spiritual Master, and especially our Founder-Acarya of ISKCON, Institutor of the BBT, Initiator of BTG magazine in 1942 and Translator and Commentator of BGAII, SB  and CC, Srila Pabhupada, is on the same footing as God, Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, it will behoove the editors to give Him capital letters, along with  possessives and pronouns relating to Him, just as it behooves them to give capital letters to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. Unfortunately so far they are not even paying full and proper respects to the Supreme Personality of Godhead in this literary undertaking! Some pronouns such as “who” relating to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna are still written with a small letter. As a result of such display of ignorance, we find such ridiculous and offensive BGAII 2.2 purport, passages such as “The Supreme Personality, who possesses all riches, all strength, all fame, all beauty, all knowledge and all renunciation is called Bhagavaan.” which, as Srila Prabhupada Himself often confirms, should really be “The Supreme Personality, Who possesses all riches, all strength, all fame, all beauty, all knowledge and all renunciation is called Bhagavaan.” Even an elementary grade grammar student will spot and correct such a  mistake.

What is even worse is that in some cases, even the “He” pronoun relating to the Supreme Personality of Godhead is spelled with small letter such as in BGAII 3.35, purport:” whereas Parashuraama was a braahmana but later on he acted as a ksatriya.” What a disgraceful and offensive mess!  In the BGAII OT 3.35, purport, Srila Prabhupada clearly wrote:”whereas Parashuraama was a braahmana but later on He acted as a ksatriya.” Why was the important detail missed? Does anyone care at all ???

 

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna also called Allah, Jehovah, Buddha and a thousand other varied names as well, is a billion times more powerful than the most powerful person on this planet earth , the president of the United States of America, if that impresses your imagination. Would it not pay to get the literary protocol right? Would it not? Whether authorised or not, there used to be a saying in the ISKCON world that devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna, is like a razor’s edge. One wrong move and there is blood.

God, Sri Krishna, Allah, Jehovah or Buddha is sevya Bhagavaan and

Guru is sevaka Bhagavaan

 

Krishna, Allah, Jehovah or Buddha is the ONE worshipable God. Details may naturally vary.

And Guru is the worshiper God, which includes Lord Jesus Christ and Hazrat Muhammad.

That is the difference between Guru and Krishna.

At last I understand the Christian theological postulate that Lord Jesus Christ is God. He is indeed the worshiper God, just as His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedant Swami Prabhupada is the worshiper God as well.  But rather than blindly accepting dogma, without the help of the scientific Krishna conscious theology, also called “Krishnian theology”, this understanding of mine would however not have been possible. No Christian priest / exponent could ever explain to me correctly this most important theological point.

 

“The example of Lord Krishna’s being the Supreme Personality of Godhead is appropriate in regard to understanding the Spiritual Master. The Spiritual Master is called sevaka-bhagavaan, the servitor Personality of Godhead, and Krishna is called sevya-bhagavaan, the Supreme Personality of Godhead who is to be worshiped. The Spiritual Master is the worshiper God, whereas the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is the worshipable God. This is the difference between the Spiritual Master and the Supreme Personality of Godhead.” SB 7.15.27 purport.

 

There is also Gurvastaka, stanza seven indeed:

 

saaksaad-dharitvena samasta-shaastrair

uktas tathaa bhaavyata eva sadbhih

kintu prabhor yah priya eva tasya

vande guroh shri-caranaaravindam

“The Spiritual Master is honoured as much as the Supreme Lord because he is the most confidential servitor of the Lord. This is acknowledged in all revealed scriptures and is followed by all authorities. Therefore I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my Spiritual Master, who is a bona fide representative of Sri Hari.”

 

If I were an honest and sincere editor- he is got to be alive as well, as some of the editors in question have already left us- responsible for this very poor state of transcendental affairs, I would, out of embarrassment, become totally red faced and would make sure this international farcical situation is remedied too ASAP. That is not a small job.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEW BHARATA

 

1) Whereas in Australia we have both “New England” and “New South wales.”

 

2) Whereas in Australia we have the Land of the Queen or “Queensland”, and we have the state of Victoria as well.

 

3) Whereas the ancestors of the Caucasian race came ultimately from India.

 

4) Whereas the English language originates from Sanskrit.

 

5) Whereas the Australian climatic conditions are extremely favorable for the pursuit of self-realization, the real purpose of the human form of life,  just like they are favourable in India or “Bharata” itself.

6) Whereas His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, The Founder-Acarya of the International Hare Krishna Movement wrote the last day of December 1975 the following letter:

My Dear Madhudvisa Maharaja,

Please accept my blessings. Thank you for your nice invitation card. Thousands of Caitanya Mahaprabhu temples may be established all over Australia so that I may receive one invitation card at least every month. Physical health does not allow me to move very much, but my mind is absorbed in thinking of you with blessings of Krishna.

I hope this letter finds you well.

Your ever well-wisher,

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

And for a host of other reasons to be researched by competent individuals.

 

To sum it all up

Because Australia it is a great, God- Krishna, Allah, Jehovah or Buddha –  blessed country-island, with a great and prestigious future.

 

I propose herewith to rename AUSTRALIA

 

 

NEW BHARATA.

 

If you support the idea please supply your name, phone number and email address to manduramansw@gmail.com. Thank you for your interest and the expression of your support. Hare Krishna!

 

 

 

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FREE FREE FREE——PLEASE HEAR SRILA PRABHUPADA.

 

PLEASE HEAR SRILA PRABHUPADA!

 

PLEASE HEAR SRILA PRABHUPADA!

PLEASE HEAR SRILA PRABHUPADA!

Srila Prabhupada often stresses that simply by hearing the philosophy of Krishna consciousness from the right authority, one can achieve the highest perfection of life and ever blissful life on the transcendental platform of Krishna consciousness. As opposed to activities of animal life such as eating, sleeping, sex and defence and corollaries, this is in fact the real and sole business of human life. All kinds of  knowledge culminate in Krishna consciousness.

raaja-vidyaa raaja-guhyam
pavitram idam uttamam
pratyakshaavagamam dharmyam
su-sukham kartum avyayam

TRANSLATION
This knowledge is the king of education, the most secret of all secrets. It is the purest knowledge, and because it gives direct perception of the self by realization, it is the perfection of religion. It is everlasting, and it is joyfully performed.

Bhagavad-gita As It Is, chapter 9, text 2.

 

Bhaktivedanta Archives of North Carolina, USA, has made it easy.

Simply go to

http://www.prabhupadavani.org

and you have a choice of thousands of lecture by the world most competent teacher of self-realization and Krishna Culture, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of the international Hare Krishna Movement. Words simply cannot describe His extraordinary competence in all spheres of ordinary and transcendental or divine life. Srila Prabhupada is like a gold mine. There is a gold-rush on now. Please get your share of gold. It’s free.

 

At http://www.prabhupadavani.org, the special didactic feature is that you will hear Srila Prabhupada speaking and simultaneously you can see the corresponding text on your screen. The simultaneous double absorption though the eyes and the ears is highly effective in assimilating this most valuable information.

It will bring you beyond-birth-&-death and eternal good fortune and it starts right now!

Thank you for considering the matter!

 

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H H JAYADVAITA SWAMI

For perhaps the last ten or twenty years (subject to exact verification in our long-standing correspondence), I have suggested to HH Jayadvaita Swami that the pronoun “who”, when referring to the Supreme Personality of Godhead should be with capital letter as in “Who”. He has steadily resisted such suggestion, claiming that Srila Prabhupada demanded the “down style”, or as little capital letters as possible. It was a frustration and a disappointment for me, as common grammatical sense dictates “Who” with a capital letter, when it refers the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna.

Now in early April 2018, I discover that Srila Prabhupada Himself in the Original Transcript (OT) actually writes “Who” with capital, when the pronoun refers to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. For example, we find three instances of this in BGAII OT 4.23, purport; BGAII OT 5.13, purport and BGAII OT 5.17 purport as well. I am 100 per cent certain that HH Jayadvaita Swami is aware of this state of affairs. He could not have missed it.

Now out of respect for my God–brother, I shall refrain from speaking unkind words and scorn his character and mentality in this respect. I shall leave it to my reader’s imagination and judgment.

I may however say the following. There is Srimad Bhagavatam 1.5.11 as follows:

 

“tad-vaag-visargo janataagha-viplavo

yasmin prati-shlokam abaddhavaty api

naamaany anantasya yasho ‘nkitaani yat

shrinvanti gaayanti grinanti saadhavah

TRANSLATION

On the other hand, that literature which is full of descriptions of the transcendental glories of the name, fame, forms, pastimes, etc., of the unlimited Supreme Lord is a different creation, full of transcendental words directed toward bringing about a revolution in the impious lives of this world’s misdirected civilization. Such transcendental literatures, even though imperfectly composed, are heard, sung and accepted by purified men who are thoroughly honest.”

I am sorry to say this, but IMHO Maharaja simply does not seem to belong to this category of “purified men who are thoroughly honest.” The Sanskrit antecedent for “purified men who are thoroughly honest” is “saadhavah, simply put: a “sadhu” or “holy man” in the most honourable sense of the term. And if my analysis is correct, it will instantly, fully and finally disqualify him from further editing of Srila Prabhupada’s books. Please move out of the way Maharaja and please cease with your nasty attempts and habits to confuse, bewilder and mislead us in all things concerning Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of ISKCON and especially in matters regarding His presentation of Bhagavad-Gita As It Is!!! Please go and distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books instead! We do not see your name in the World Sankirtan Newsletter. It will be so nice to see your name in the lists of the World Sankirtan Newsletter…. please!

 

As a result of such madness–or should I perhaps use the speculated expression “affective hallucinations” as is wrongly current in BGAII V1 & V2, 4.10, purport– we have perplexing, contradictory and incoherent Bhagavad-gita As It Is passages such as

 

1) “Now, Lord Krishna was not an ordinary man but the Supreme Godhead Himself, who had descended to earth and was playing the role of a prince in a contemporary dynasty. (BGAII V2 only. Setting the scene.)

 

2) “The theory of reflection can be applied to the Supersoul, who is present in each and every individual body and is known as the Paramaatmaa. BGAII V1 & V2, 2.13, purport.

 

3) “”I worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Govinda [Krishna], who is the original person—absolute, infallible, without beginning. Although expanded into unlimited forms, He is still the same original, the oldest, and the person always appearing as a fresh youth. Such eternal, blissful, all-knowing forms of the Lord are usually not understood by even the best Vedic scholars, but they are always manifest to pure, unalloyed devotees.” BGAII V1 & V2, 4.5, purport.

4) “Paratattva means the Supreme Reality, who is understood by the knowers of the Supreme as Brahman, Paramaatmaa and Bhagavaan.” BGAII V1 5.17

“Para-tattva means the Supreme Reality, who is understood by the knowers of the Supreme as Brahman, Paramaatmaa and Bhagavaan.” BGAII V 2 5.17

“Paratattva means the Supreme Reality, Who is understood by the knowers of the Supreme as Brahman, Paramaatmaa and Bhagavaan.” BGAII OT 5.17

 

To illustrate my point, these are four examples only but the list goes on. It also means that the same disease of envy and ignorance of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is transmitted to whomever reads current versions one and two of Bhagavad-gita As It Is. What a betrayal of Srila Prabhupada and what a disservice to humanity this anomaly represents!

 

There is no need of a great amount of intelligence in order to understand my point. It is common sense really! To positively refuse to apply a capital letter to pronouns or possessives relating to the Supreme Personality of Godhead is a sign of an offensive mentality. To positively decline to offer proper respect to the Supreme Personality of Godhead is in all circumstances, a sign of an envious mentality toward Him. No one likes envious people. They are a mischievous disturbance. Neither does Krishna like envious people, as He demonstrated with the washerman on the occasion of His entry to Mathura 5000 years ago. But being kind to all living entities, He equally extended His mercy to the washerman as well.

“The word bhajate is significant here. Bhajate has its root in the verb bhaj, which is used when there is need of service. The English word “worship” cannot be used in the same sense as bhaj. Worship means to adore, or to show respect and honor to the worthy one. But service with love and faith is especially meant for the Supreme Personality of Godhead. One can avoid worshiping a respectable man or a demigod and may be called discourteous, but one cannot avoid serving the Supreme Lord without being thoroughly condemned.” Bhagavad-gita As It Is 6.47, purport.

A pure devotee does not envy the Supreme Personality of Godhead. On the contrary, a pure devotee loves the Supreme Personality of Godhead with all his heart and soul as described in Chapter 90 of Krishna Book titled “Summary description of Lord Krishna’s pastimes”:

“In this way, Lord Krishna used to enjoy the company of His sixteen thousand wives. Some devotees of the Lord who want to love the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the mellow of conjugal love are elevated to the position of becoming wives of Krishna, and Krishna keeps them always attached to Him by His kind behavior. Krishna’s behavior with His wives—His movements, His talking with them, His smiling, His embracing and similar other activities, which are just like those of a loving husband—kept them always very much attached to Him. That is the highest perfection of life. If someone remains always attached to Krishna, it is to be understood that he is liberated, and his life is successful. With any devotee who loves Krishna with his heart and soul, Krishna reciprocates in such a way that the devotee cannot but remain attached to Him. The reciprocal dealings of Krishna and His devotees are so attractive that a devotee cannot think of any subject matter other than Krishna.” © BBT International for all quotes. Thank you for reading me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SOME EDITORS CANNOT BE TRUSTED.

 

The ever blissful, Easter week-end Sacred Sound Festival 2018 at ISKCON New Govardhan, NSW, Australia. March 30th to April 2nd 2018.

 

 

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami and Sri Prahlada Prabhu.

His Grace Badha Hari Prabhu and His Grace Janardana of Brisbane.

HG Caturatma Prabhu can also be seen in the second row.

An enthusiastic participant 🙂

 

To comply with The Sampradaya Sun’s editorial policy, let me first of all try to answer Sriman Ajita Krishna Das’ article of March 21st 2018 called “’Man’ not sexist.” We thank the respected Prabhu for his valuable contribution.

Yes, it is a fact that the word “man” is used 40985 times in the Bhaktivedanta Vedabase. There certainly is nothing wrong with the term itself. Who will argue with that?Additionally “Men” is used 21837 times, “woman” is used 6992 times and “women” is used 7546 times.

1) But to unnecessarily change Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Achrya’s, written words represents an insult to Srila Prabhupada. As per Lord Caitanya’s words to Vallabha Acarya, it represents the work of a prostitute. “I know better that Srila Prabhupada” is clearly the trail of thought of a prostitute. “Husband” is another meaning of “Swami”. So once we have made our choice and commitments to Him directly or through His representatives and we are not faithful by pretending to jump over Jagat Guru A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s head, then we become prostitute.

“Gaandhaarii was a powerful ascetic, although she was living the life of a faithful wife and a kind mother. It is said that Gaandhaarii also voluntarily blindfolded her eyes because of the blindness of her husband. A wife’s duty is to follow the husband cent per cent. And Gaandhaarii was so true to her husband that she followed him even in his perpetual blindness. Therefore in her actions she was a great ascetic. Besides that, the shock she suffered because of the wholesale killing of her one hundred sons and her grandsons also was certainly too much for a woman. But she suffered all this just like an ascetic. Gaandhaarii, although a woman, is no less than Bhiishmadeva in character. They are both remarkable personalities in the Mahaabhaarata.” SB 1.9.48 Purport.

 

2) Because Srila Prabhupada’s message is meant for the whole world, it represents an insult to the whole world as well. Wittingly or unwittingly, clearly the attempt here is to falsify. Please note: The word “falsify” has got a twofold meaning:

A) The most common: to make false especially for the purpose of fraud or deception. This is the meaning I am referring too. This is a criminal activity.

B) To disprove. This is the meaning Sriman Ajita Krishna Prabhu of Denmark is using in his article.                                                                                                                                           This defining information is sourced from The International WEBSTER New Encyclopaedic DICTIONARY of the English Language and LIBRARY OF USEFUL KNOWLEDGE. New York.

 

3) And in this particular case, where Srila Prabhupada in His divine wisdom clearly chooses to express things in a gender-neutral terminology, to change it whimsically into a male-sided terminology represents an insult to the women group as well. And that is called misogynism or sexism.

Additionally, please find two Srila Prabhupada quotes on interpretation:

“Why they should interpret? Interpretation is required when there is no understanding. If the matter is clearly understood, why interpretation? This is rascaldom.” 740411MW.MUM

“When things are understood directly, there is no question of interpretation. The law of interpretation is like this: when the things are not distinct, then you can interpret in your own way, I can interpret in my own way. But when the things are distinct, there is no question of interpretation.” 760810ED.Teh

Srila Prabhupada sets the standards. Srila Prabhupada IS our standard of life. This, of course, presupposes that Srila Prabhupada is properly presented as He is and properly understood as well. Then our simple business is to follow him and not to change His divine words according to our personal motivations.

The principal items of Srila Prabhupada followership are

1) To chant a minimum of 16 rounds of Japa daily, or in other words, chant the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra at least 1728 times every day. 16 times 108 equals 1728.

2) To strictly follow the four regulative principles.

3) TO DAILY ATTEND MANGAL ARATIK at ISKCON temples or any other convenient location. The idea is to rise from bed by latest 4 AM. “Krsna…. It is all described in our Krsna book, Sriimad-Bhaagavatam. He was lying with His beautiful queens, and as soon as there is cockcrow, immediately He would rise, early in the morning, three o’clock. The queens will be disgusted: “Now it is early in the morning. Krsna will go away.” But Krsna immediately gave up the company of the wife and immediately rise and immediately take bath and do the needful, as it is enjoined in the Vedic performance.” 721027 SB.Vrn

4) And finally to make some significant practical service contribution to Lord Caitanya Sankirtan Preacher’s Movement.

One may finally counter-argue that this is just one example. No, incorrect again, there are just too many of such examples and the aggregate effect is quite extensively distorting.

And please find more of the same:

Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Original Transcript (OT) by Srila Prabhupada, chapter 4, text 10, extract of purport, with some minimal and unavoidable changes reads:

“Some of them are too much materially attached and thus do not give any attention to spiritual life; some of them want to merge into the supreme spiritual cause and some of them, out of hopelessness, disbelieve in everything being angry at all sorts of spiritual speculation. The last class of men take to the shelter of some kind of intoxication and the EFFECTIVE HALLUCINATION is accepted as spiritual existence.”

 

Bhagavad-gita As It Is version one (V1) and version two (2) are identical and read:

“Some people are too materially attached and therefore do not give attention to spiritual life, some of them want to merge into the supreme spiritual cause, and some of them disbelieve in everything, being angry at all sorts of spiritual speculation out of hopelessness. This last class of men take to the shelter of some kind of intoxication, and their AFFECTIVE HALLUCINATIONS are sometimes accepted as spiritual vision.”

 

We note that unscrupulous editors have unauthorizedly and nonchalantly changed Srila Prabhupada’s original expression “EFFECTIVE HALLUCINATION” into “AFFECTIVE HALLUCINATIONS“. There is a world of difference between the two expressions.

 

The particular editor who made this change can definitely not be trusted. And subsequent editors did not pick up and correct this anomaly. They agreed with this unauthorized and speculated change. This action disqualifies them as well to finally edit Srila Prabhupada’s books. We acknowledge herewith and thank them however for whatever positive and valuable contributions they have made to the presentation of Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavat Gita As It Is. Their contribution is not insignificant at all!

 

The extent and implications of this type of changes are very important and with far reaching consequences. By introducing the expression “AFFECTIVE HALLUCINATIONS” instead of the original “EFFECTIVE HALLUCINATION”, the responsible editor opens the whole new world of personal emotions, which belongs to realm of psychology and psychiatry and thereby gives the followers of Bhagavad-gita As It Is an illegitimate pass to these worlds, whereas Srila Prabhupada’s statement is simply a statement of cause and effect and does not at all impinge on the realm of psychology or psychiatry. (Or at least not in the all- encompassing way the unauthorised modified versions 1 & 2 of BGAII do.) Now the readers of Bhagavad-gita As It Is version 1 and version 2 may use the tools of psychology and psychiatry benevolently or malevolently, as they like, because “it is in the Bhagavad-gita”. Departing from the Original Manuscript (OT), the unspoken message of BGAII V1 & V2 is now: If you do not understand what we are talking about or do not agree with us, we would advise you to seriously consider undergoing a comprehensive mental health check. Therefore I am saying this type of change is poisonous and must therefore be corrected.

It may not be exclusively meant to help people on the path of self-realization, but may also be used in a negative and destructive way in an attempt to control and poison people’s minds.

It is dishonest. It represents Guru-aparada, offense to Guru. It is sly and poisonous.

In Srila Prabhupada’s own words: It is a lie. Dictionary gives “an intentional false statement” for “lie”.

From the legal point of view, it is a betrayal of fiduciary duties in the realm of intellectual property, because there is after all an unwritten contract between the author and his editors. We feel a serious and inexcusable crime has been committed. The mundane law being relative, the mundane perspective may change from country to country. Manu Samhita, Bhagavad-gita As It Is and other Vedic scriptures however are ONE and are meant for the whole planet earth. We herewith invite professional persons interested in the matter to comment on this point. We thank you very much in anticipation for your valuable participation.

I personally think that it will be fair to say that Srila Prabhupada will ascribe such unauthorized and poisonous changes to the realm of “rascaldom”, one of His favorite and strong expressions of condemnation.

When members don’t agree with the main party lines of an organization, it is sometimes experienced that there are at least two political tactics to discredit them: Character assassination and mental health assassination. Here the door has been nonchalantly opened for the second option.

This happens in organizations with low ethical standards and I have personal experience of this. It has happened in the distant past. I have seen it happening. And just very recently (March 2017) I have become an attempted victim of it as well. Caution, experience and information are required when dealing with such individuals.

It is just like the psychiatric class who invents and labels a new marketable disease for even the slightest mental disturbance, whereas Kali-yuga is the age of mental disturbance par excellence. Neither is every mental disturbance a disease. Besides that, for the serious practitioner of Bhakti yoga and chanter of the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra as in

HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA

KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE

HARE RAMA HARE RAMA

RAMA RAMA HARE HARE

most so-called mental disturbances, can be easily and effectively countered by the steady chanting of the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra, without the administration of allopathic drugs.

As an understatement, I may say that Srila Prabhupada did not have a high opinion of such mental health practitioners and countered them with His own short treatise “Who is crazy?”

Finally and for my thoughtful reader’s consideration, I would like to add this passage of Srila Prabhupada’s Srimad Bhagavatam 3.19.33, purport, to my present article. Thank you very much!

“If anyone wants to derive transcendental pleasure by hearing the pastimes of the Lord, he must hear from the authoritative source, as explained here. Maitreya heard the narration from his bona fide spiritual master, and Vidura also heard from Maitreya. One becomes an authority simply by presenting whatever he has heard from his spiritual master, and one who does not accept a bona fide spiritual master cannot be an authority. This is clearly explained here. If one wants to have transcendental pleasure, he must find a person with authority. It is also stated in the Bhaagavatam that simply by hearing from an authoritative source, with the ear and the heart, one can relish the pastimes of the Lord, otherwise it is not possible. Sanaatana Gosvaamii, therefore, has especially warned that one should not hear anything about the personality of the Lord from the lips of a non-devotee. Non-devotees are considered to be like serpents; as milk is poisoned by a serpent’s touch, so, although the narration of the pastimes of the Lord is as pure as milk, when administered by serpent like non-devotees it becomes poisonous. Not only does it have no effect in transcendental pleasure, but it is dangerous also. Lord Caitanya Mahaaprabhu has warned that no description of the pastimes of the Lord should be heard from the Maayaavaada, or impersonalist, school. He has clearly said, maayaavaadi-bhaashya shunile haya sarva naasha: if anyone hears the Maayaavaadiis’ interpretation of the pastimes of the Lord, or their interpretation of Bhagavad-giitaa, Shriimad-Bhaagavatam or any other Vedic literature, then he is doomed. Once one is associated with impersonalists, he can never understand the personal feature of the Lord and His transcendental pastimes.”(c)BBT International.

Yadavendra Das Vanacari

April 1st, 2018, ISKCON New Govardhana, NSW, Australia, at the ever-blissful Sacred Sound Festival 2018 and looking forward to the Sacred Sound Festival 2019.

http://www.krishnaculture.org

 

Let me take this opportunity to proclaim to the world that especially Sri Prahlada’s last kirtan performance of this Sunday April 1st 2018, was truly a masterpiece and convincing performance, in the widest sense of these musical terms. With his wonderful, solid and full voice, he truly deserves the title “Prabhu” or “Master”, as is the etiquette in Krishna consciousness. Sri Prahlada Prabhu, please accept my humble obeisances! He kindly played this tune at my own request. This is a tune from his own repertoire, that struck me when I heard it first some years ago. At first I had a little difficulty to follow. As opposed to the pioneering times, there are indeed nowadays many fancy tunes. What amazes me more is that the general body of devotees don’t seem to have any trouble following fancy tunes. They get it right first time. This begs the conclusion: the general body of devotees are good musicians. All glories to Lord Caitanya’s worldwide Sankirtan Movement!!!

 

 

 

 

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KRISHNA MISSING. ONE MILLION DOLLARS REWARD!!!

 

BGAII OT 4.40 reads:

Fools, faithless and doubtful persons in revealed scriptures fall down from the knowledge of Krsna consciousness and for them there is no good in this world nor in the next neither there is any happiness for them.

BGAII V1 4.40 reads:

But ignorant and faithless persons who doubt the revealed scriptures do not attain God consciousness. For the doubting soul there is happiness neither in this world nor in the next.

 

BGAII V2 4.40 reads:

 

“But ignorant and faithless persons who doubt the revealed scriptures do not attain God consciousness; they fall down. For the doubting soul there is happiness neither in this world nor in the next.”

BGAII proposed V3 reads:

Fools, faithless persons and persons who doubt the revealed scriptures fall down from the knowledge of Krishna consciousness. For them there is neither good nor happiness in this world or in the next.

BGAII 4.40 V1 & V2 differ from each other but both present the same defect.

 

“KRISHNA” is missing,

 

whereas in BGAII OT Srila Prabhupada uses the expression “the knowledge of Krishna consciousness.”

 

The same would have to apply to BGAII 5.12 where OT reads:

“The unflinching Krsna conscious person attains unadulterated peace because he gives up the results of all activities to Krsna, while a person who is not in Krsna consciousness, being greedy for the result of his work becomes entangled in that.”

whereas both versions 1 & 2 read:

“The steadily devoted soul attains unadulterated peace because he offers the result of all activities to Me; whereas a person who is not in union with the Divine, who is greedy for the fruits of his labor, becomes entangled.”

While “Krishna” is mentioned three times in OT, “Krishna” is conspicuous by His absence in version 1 & 2!!!

 

This is unacceptable!

 

We know that Bhaktisiddhanta Maharaja used to judge the quality of a lecture by the number of times the word “KRISHNA” was vibrated.

 

And above all we know the story of the incorporation of ISKCON in New York in 1966. When it was suggested to Srila Prabhupada that he name his society the International Society for GOD consciousness. Srila Prabhupada emphatically declined. “Krishna consciousness” it was to be.

 

“We shall call our society ISKCON.” Prabhupäda had laughed playfully when he first coined the acronym.

He had initiated the legal work of incorporation that spring, while still living on the Bowery. But even before its legal beginning, he had been talking about his “International Society for Krishna Consciousness,” and so it had appeared in letters to India and in The Village Voice. A friend had suggested a title that would sound more familiar to Westerners, “International Society for God Consciousness,” but Prabhupäda had insisted: “Krishna Consciousness.” “God” was a vague term, whereas “Krishna” was exact and scientific; “God consciousness” was spiritually weaker, less personal. And if Westerners didn’t know that Krishna was God, then the International Society for Krishna Consciousness would tell them, by spreading His glories in every town and village

Krishna consciousness” was Prabhupaada’s own rendering of a phrase from Srila Ruupa Gosvaami’s Padyaavali, written in the sixteenth century. Krishna-bhakti-rasa-bhavita: to be absorbed in the mellow taste of executing devotional service to Krishna.”

 

Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita by Satsvarupa Das Goswami. Volume two. Chapter “Breaking Ground.”

 

We estimate that BGAII 4.40 proposed V3 has good chance to be approved by Srila Prabhupada Himself and His representative authority the Governing Body Commission of ISKCON. We expect the other 699 verses of BGAII to undergo the same procedure. As the Chinese proverb goes:” The longest journeys start with one small step.”

Hare Krishna.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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