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.

Thank you!

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada’s appearance day.                                                                           Brisbane, Australia, February 16 th 2017




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We are fighting 3 things:




“Regarding your points about taxation, corporate status, etc., I have heard from Jayatirtha you want to make big plan for centralization of management, taxes, monies, corporate status, bookkeeping, credit, like that. I do not at all approve of such plan. Do not centralize anything. Each temple must remain independent and self-sufficient. That was my plan from the very beginning, why you are thinking otherwise? Once before you wanted to do something centralizing with your GBC meeting, and if I did not interfere the whole thing would have been killed. Do not think in this way of big corporation, big credits, centralization—these are all nonsense proposals. Only thing I wanted was that books printing and distribution should be centralized, therefore I appointed you and Bali Mardan to do it. Otherwise, management, everything, should be done locally by local men. Accounts must be kept, things must be in order and lawfully done, but that should be each temple’s concern, not yours. Krishna Consciousness Movement is for training men to be independently thoughtful and competent in all types of departments of knowledge and action, not for making bureaucracy. Once there is bureaucracy the whole thing will be spoiled. There must be always individual striving and work and responsibility, competitive spirit, not that one shall dominate and distribute benefits to the others and they do nothing but beg from you and you provide. No. Never mind there may be botheration to register each centre, take tax certificate each, become separate corporations in each state. That will train men how to do these things, and they shall develop reliability and responsibility, that is the point. I am little observing now, especially in your country, that our men are losing their enthusiasm for spreading on our programmes of Krishna Consciousness movement. Otherwise, why so many letters of problems are coming, dissatisfied? That is not a very good sign. The whole problem is they are not following the regulative principles, that I can detect. Without this, enthusiasm will be lacking. Even mechanically following, and if he gets gradually understanding from the class, he will come to the point of spontaneous enthusiasm. This spontaneous loving devotional service is not so easy matter, but if one simply sticks strictly to the rules and regulations, like rising early, chanting 16 rounds, chanting gayatri, keeping always clean—then his enthusiasm will grow more and more, and if there is also patience and determination, one day he will come to the platform of spontaneous devotion, then his life will be perfect. All of this I have told you in Nectar of Devotion. So I do not think the leaders are themselves following, nor they are seeing the others are following strictly. That must be rectified at once. Each centre remain independent, that’s all right, but the president and other officers must themselves follow and see the others are following the regulative principles carefully, and giving them good instruction so they may understand nicely why this tapasya is necessary. And GBC and Sannyasis will travel and see the officers are doing this, and if they observe anything lowering of the standard, they must reform and advise, or if there is some discrepancy I shall remove it.” 721222let.Karandhara




“And sato vritteh, dealing very straightforward. No diplomacy, no politics, no duplicity. That will not help. Sato vritteh. Vritteh, his profession should be very straightforward. No underhand dealings. Sato vritteh” 700802NP.LA


For Vaishnava there is no suffering, personally. But he is very much anxious, “How these rascals will be happy?” That is his business. “These rascals are misled. They are going astray, unhappy. So how they should be happy?” So that is Vaishnava’s business. So the Vaishnava, therefore, will have no politics. Politics means planning for one’s own happiness. That is politics. So in our society there should be no diplomacy, no politics. Everyone should be eager how to do good to others. That is Vaishnava. If he’s planning something, that “I shall be leader,” “I shall be doing something,” that is not Vaishnavism. That politics is not good. 740315MW.Vrn






The worker who is always engaged in work against the injunctions of the scripture, who is materialistic, obstinate, cheating and expert in insulting others, and who is lazy, always morose and procrastinating is said to be a worker in the mode of ignorance.




In the scriptural injunctions we find what sort of work should be performed and what sort of work should not be performed. Those who do not care for those injunctions engage in work not to be done, and such persons are generally materialistic. They work according to the modes of nature, not according to the injunctions of the scripture. Such workers are not very gentle, and generally they are always cunning and expert in insulting others. They are very lazy; even though they have some duty, they do not do it properly, and they put it aside to be done later on. Therefore they appear to be morose. They procrastinate; anything which can be done in an hour, they drag on for years. Such workers are situated in the mode of ignorance.





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And the whole world is problem for ordinary persons, but to us it is not problem. Because we see everything Krishna’s. If there is problem, it is Krishna’s problem. Why my problem? Krishna can know how to solve problem. So we have no problem practically. Krishna’s problem. Krishna will see to it. Just like Arjuna was encouraged that nimitta-mätram bhava savyasäcin. “You don’t worry about your victory. I have already arranged.” So we should have such faith and conviction and let us try. Let us do very sincerely and seriously. Then everything Krishna will do. I haven’t got to do anything. 690524SB.NV


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Vyasapuja 2017 extract:

“There are seemingly mundane expressions of beauty that cannot fail to remind us of Krishna as per His words in Bhagavad-Gita As It Is 10.41:


yad yad vibhütimat sattvam

srimad ürjitam eva vä

tat tad evävagaccha team

mama tejo-‘msa-sambhavam


“Know that all opulent, beautiful and glorious creations spring from but a spark of My splendor.”

In this respect my other dream it to see the Canadian singer Celine Dion sing for Krishna, just as George Harrison sang for Krishna. She has a very dynamic personality, is an excellent singer and has sung for Christ in the past. So why not sing for Krishna as well? Because of her wonderful God given talents, it will be a great success.”


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Their Lordship Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda on the ISKCON rural community of Hillsborough, North Carolina, USA. Photo credit Avinash Prabhu.(Ph. D.)

It is a fact that the more we offend Srila Prabhupada in particular, as the Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, and Guru in general and fail to follow Their instructions, the less They are going to be with us and the less Srila Prabhupada is sitting on the Vyasasana, even though with our gross senses we may see His murti sitting on the Vyasasana. These are natural inter-personal dynamics applicable both in the mundane and spiritual realm.

If you offend me, I would rather not find myself in your association if only to avoid further and more aggravated conflict. This is an example only! In other words, to leave the place of offence and the association of the offender is a passive but highly effective method of conflict resolution, which is a very popular and Kali-yuga relevant subject matter. This is confirmed in principle by Lord Shiva’s wife, Sati, in Srimad-Bhagavatam (4.4.17):
“If one hears an irresponsible person blaspheme the master and controller of religion, he should block his ears and go away if unable to punish him…..”

Lord Indra lost an important battle because he neglected his own Guru. If we neglect Srila Prabhupada or Guru and Their instructions, to the extend of our neglect, They will leave and neglect us in return and ultimately we shall become plain losers as well. Please beware!





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Besides the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra, I beg to propose a second Maha-Mantra as follows:





“Our first business is this book distribution. There is no need of any other business. If this book distribution is managed properly, pushed on with great enthusiasm and determination and at the same time if our men keep spiritually strong, then the whole world will become Krishna conscious.” 760105Let.Satsvarupa


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Sneha-päçair. This sneha-päça, sneha is there. Sneha means affection. Everyone got affection. The cats and dogs, they have got also affection. But the affection is wrongly placed. We are affectionate to the skin, to this body. So this is wrong affection. Real affection is to the soul. That we do not know. We have no information. We are loving our child, that is very good, but not the soul, but the body. If someway or other the child is dead or my father is dead, we cry, “Father has gone away.” Why father has gone away? The body which you loved, that is lying there. So we do not know whom to love. So if we love actually, let us love the soul. How the soul… Love…, to love means for benefit. That is real love. I love you for your benefit; you love me for my benefit. If I so-called love you for my benefit, that is lust. So in this material world there cannot be love. It is not possible. Because everyone loves, so-called love, he loves his sense gratification. A young boy loves a young woman for his sense gratification, not for her sense gratification. Similarly she also. So in this material, this cheating is going on. I want to satisfy my lusty desires, but it is going on in the name of love. There cannot be any love in this material world, because love is between spirit and spirit. But if we try to love the Supreme Spirit, Krishna, then we shall understand how our love can be spread in the spiritual world. Samaù sarveñu bhüteñu mad-bhaktià labhate paräm.

brahma-bhütaù prasannätmä

na çocati na käìkñati

samaù sarveñu bhüteñu…

[Bg. 18.54]

When we come to the spiritual platform, then actual love begins. Mad-bhaktià labhate paräm.

That love begins… If we can love Krishna, then, through Krishna’s love, we can expand our love for everyone. Yathä taror müla-niñecanena tåpyanti tat-skandha-bhujopaçäkhäù [SB 4.31.14]. Just like watering the root of the tree, the energy is expanded to the leaves, to the flowers, to the branches, similarly, if we want to love… Everyone… Just like we are coming, some patriot. Nobody loves nobody; that is all professional business. If we actually love Krishna, then we can expand our love: patriotism, socialism, this “ism,” that…, nationalism. Just like we are trying to spread this Krishna consciousness movement all over the world because on account of love. Someway or other, we have come in contact with Krishna. We are understanding that these people are in mäyä, or in ignorance; they do not know how to become happy. So our little attempt is, “Let them become Krishna conscious.” This is out of love. Samaù sarveñu bhüteñu. Everyone is suffering for want of Krishna consciousness, therefore we are taking so much trouble. This is at least one side, that Krishna wants them to deliver, and if we work on behalf of Krishna, that is also love. We love Krishna.

So we have got everything in writing, in books, in instruction. Our duty is to take them rightly and utilize it properly, advance in Krishna consciousness. Sneha-päçair. Otherwise we shall be on a platform of false love. The platform of false love we know: today one pair is married, but because the love is on the false platform, the next day there is divorce. That is not love. That kind of love has no meaning; that kind of affection has no meaning. It is simply bondage. So try to… Our aim is how to become free from this material bondage and real sneha, real affection, real love should be spread. And that can be done through Krishna consciousness. Otherwise, it is all false. Sneha-päçair dåòhair baddham utsaheta.

This mäyä is so strong that we are taking this false thing as reality. It is very difficult to give it up. That is explained by Krishna:

daivé hy eñä guëa-mayé

mama mäyä duratyayä

mäm eva ye prapadyante

mäyäm etäà taranti te

[Bg. 7.14]

This is the only religion. If we become pure devotee of Krishna, then my love will be extended to everyone. Not only my society, but to everyone. It is not that “This is my children; that is other’s children.” All children. All human being. Not my countrymen—all other countrymen. Not only human being, but even animals also. That is sneha. It is not that “I am safe, and let the animals be killed in the slaughterhouse.” No, that is not love. Love means for everyone. Samaù sarveñu bhüteñu. Equality to all living entities. That is real love. That is real concern, Krishna consciousness. A lover of Krishna will hesitate to kill even one ant. You know the story, Mågäri. That is love. Because one has got… Just like this child. If I like I can kill him, there is no difficulty. But does it mean that I shall kill him? No. Similarly a small ant, anyone can kill. No. Here is a living entity, part and parcel of Krishna, samaù sarveñu—he should not be unnecessarily killed. We should be careful, not that “Trample over the ants and let them be killed.” No. Everything should be carefully done. Of course, we cannot stop this, but we should be careful, and if it is done, then if we remain Krishna conscious, Krishna will excuse. Yajïärthe karmaëo ‘nyatra [Bg. 3.9]. Therefore the business should be, if we walk at all, we shall walk for Krishna. Then if some ant is killed—not knowingly; unknowingly—then we are untouched by these sinful activities. Otherwise, we are immediately noted down, “Here is a man has killed one, he has…” The nature’s law is so minute. Every minute, the account is stepped[?]. But if you remain in the business of Krishna consciousness, then there is excuse. Otherwise, everyone is becoming obliged. If I take from you one cent, I have to pay you with four cent, with interest, compound interest. This is the law. We are… Just like taking money from others. Unless we spend it for Krishna, then we shall be obliged to return again.


devarñi bhütäpta-nåëäà pitåëäà

näyam åñéëäà kiïkara räjan

sarvätmanä ye çaraëaà çaraëyaà

gato mukundaà parihåtya kartam

[SB 11.5.41]

We have got so many obligation: devarñi, to the demigods, to the saintly great sages, rishis. Because rishis are giving us… Just like Vyäsadeva has given us this literature. So we are obliged to him; we are indebted to him. We are indebted to the demigods. The sun is giving sunshine, the moon is giving at night shine, and the cloud, Indra, is giving us water. So we are all indebted. Devarñi-bhüta… Therefore there are so many different types of yajïas mentioned in the Vedic literature. But if you perform one yajna, sankrtana-yajna, then you become clear from everyone’s debt. Gato mukundam çaraëaà çaraëyam. Then we are freed from all debts. So in this way we have to execute Krishna consciousness movement very carefully, and the simple process is chant Hare Krishna.

Thank you very much.

Devotees: Jaya SrIla Prabhupäda! [end]


Last part of Srimad Bhagavatam class June 25, 1976, New Vrindavan


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