THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS, ACRONYM ”ISKCON” IS WILFULLY CORRUPTED!
Devotees in particular and people in general please read me:
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, acronym ISKCON, is wilfully corrupted!
Now you may say: “What a tall claim!”
Or you may think: “This is a false claim!”
I am saying and repeating it again. The real fact is that
“The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, acronym ISKCON, is wilfully corrupted!”
Current rendition of Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (BGAII) by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acarya of ISKCON and Institutor of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, chapter 2, verse 5 represents one clear proof of my claim. There may be other instances indeed. Please find them! When one cooks rice, the testing of one single grain will give a sufficient indication of the stage of advancement of the cooking.
For those who are new to this debate and controversy let me just remind us briefly that there are two competing and dividing versions of Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad Gita As It Is in existence.
The current and official version two (V2) edition of Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, also called “Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged”, mainly under the supervision of His Holiness Jayadvaita Swami, sannyasa disciple of Srila Prabhupada, replaced version one (V1), also called “Complete Edition”, in 1983. V 1 was originally introduced to the market in 1972 in New York, under the personal supervision of Srila Prabhupada, the translator and commentator, even though due to a very busy schedule as the overall overseer of his fledging ISKCON institution, he left a lot of the editing to his disciples assistants.
Some later comers individuals do not realize that there exists a version one (V1) of Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-Gita As It Is. This is the effect of the time factor. May this article be sufficiently informative to inform them of the actual facts.
Over all version two (V2) of Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, is in my humble opinion the better presentation. It is the best we have currently. Our gratitudes go to His Holiness Jayadvaita Swami for this achievement. That does not mean however that it is flawless and that version one (V1) is to be totally rejected. On the contrary, version one (V1) has still many superiorities over version two (V2). That may also mean that history glides toward a third and final version (V3) of Srila Prabhupada’s glorious Bhagavad-Gita As It Is.
Now let us examine the two versions of verse 2.5.
V1 reads:” It is better to live in this world by begging than to live at the cost of the lives of great souls who are my teachers. Even though they are avaricious, they are nonetheless superiors. If they are killed, our spoils will be tainted with blood.”
And V2 reads:” It would be better to live in this world by begging than to live at the cost of the lives of great souls who are my teachers. Even though desiring worldly gain, they are superiors. If they are killed, everything we enjoy will be tainted with blood.”
The main difference is the transformation of “Even though they are avaricious” into “Even though desiring worldly gain.” The main difference is in fact a difference in morality. The moral standards have dropped from high moral standards to no morals standards at all. Morality has been erased from BGAII V2, 2.5. This is symptomatic indeed!!!
The question is: “Which version is correct? Is it V1 or V2?” To find the answer to that question we have to study the history of the battle of Kurukhsetra. What brought about the terrible battle of Kurukshetra, just north west of New Dehli about 5000 years ago? We all know that the battle of Kurushetra was brought about by the illegitimate claims to world power by the physically and spiritually blind Dhritarastra and his sons, headed by the wicked Duryodhana.
Because their claim was illegitimate, they were not just after “worldly gain”. They were actually “avaricious”. Everyone is after worldly gain. Nothing wrong here. And there is plenty of worldly gain to be shared by everyone, as the Supreme Father Sri Krishna is perfectly able to maintain his innumerable children in 8 400 000 different bodily forms. But when we start coveting another person’s property, that’s when we develop the criminal mentality of a thief. We may say we become avaricious. This was the case of Dritarastra’s party. Therefore V1 is correct and V2 is morally corrupt in comparison! And whoever supports V2 is either foolish and / or morally corrupt as well! And BGAII 2.5 V2 will certainly engender further moral corruption. That means Srila Prabhupada purpose is lost and we are seriously misguided and misled.
Besides that Srila Prabhupada Himself comments in 681125BG.LA:” This is another indication how superiors should be shown respect. Arjuna says, “Although they have become avaricious, still, they are my superior.” Avaricious, why? “They have got full affection for me. My grandfather Bhisma has got full affection for me. And Dronacarya, I am his very dear student so he has also my very affection… good affection for me. But because Duryodhana has paid them, he has accepted their service. Paid them. So avaricious. Simply for money, in spite of so much affection and intimate relationship, they have accepted the service of Duryodhana, counting on money. So therefore they are avaricious. But in spite of their being avaricious, they are my respectful.” This is respect. This is respect, that the respectful person who is my respectful, even there are some characteristics who does not command respect, still respect should be offered………”
If Srila Prabhupada would have found “avaricious” objectionable, He would have voiced His opposition, as He did with the former “cattle raising” of BGAII V1, 18.44 . But He did not. On the contrary, he actually vibrated the word “avaricious” Himself about seven times in this context. Therefore BGAII V1, 2.5 is correct and the whole verse as it is, should be restored.
In conclusion, I may give an analogy in this respect: It is like taking a fairly wide paintbrush, diligently dipping it into the pot of paint and then with one stroke brushing over Srila Prabhupada’s face. How authoritative is that? And above all how respectful is that to the Founder-Acharya of ISKCON, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada?
We therefore appeal herewith to the responsible personalities to make the appropriate changes without further delay and restore the original version of BGAII 2.5. Except for chapter five, there are other unauthorised verse renditions as well, yet to be identified.
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada’s appearance day. Brisbane, Australia, February 16 th 2017