Srila Prabhupada Quote

First Class, Second Class and third rate KNOWLEDGE. (c) BBTI

710903BA.Lon

So our this Krishna consciousness movement is very bona fide because we say the same thing as Krishna says. We don’t make any addition, alteration. Not like big scholars, like “It is not to Krishna…” Krishna says, man-manaa bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaaji maam namaskuru [Bg. 18.65], and the scholar interprets, “It is not to Krishna.” Just see [the] foolishness. Krishna directly says, “unto Me.” He says, “Not to Krishna.” Misleading. Such misleading guru will not help you.

So therefore to find out a bona fide guru means that he does not change the words of Krishna. That is his position. He places everything as it is, and he has understood thoroughly the science. Jijnaasuh shreya uttamam. Guru…, what is the symptom of guru? Tasmaad guruh prapadyeta jijnaasuh shreya uttamam [SB 11.3.21].

Those who are inquisitive to understand higher scientific knowledge, uttamam. Uttama means higher. Uttama, madhyama, adhama. There are three words: first class, second class, third class. So spiritual knowledge is uttamam. Anyone who is inquisitive to understand first-class knowledge, he requires to go to a guru. Those who are interested in third-class knowledge, they do not require any guru.

Third-class knowledge means animal knowledge: how to eat, how to sleep. How to make arrangement for eating, how to make arrangement for sleeping, that is third-class knowledge. Because the animal also try for this kind of knowledge, how to eat, how to sleep. Therefore this kind of knowledge is third-class knowledge.

And second-class knowledge is “What I am?” Athaato brahma jijnaasaa. The Vedaanta. That is second-class knowledge. And first-class knowledge, when he actually understands what he is—he is eternal servant of Krishna—and engages himself in the service of the Lord, that is first-class knowledge. And therefore, as soon as he comes to the first-class knowledge platform, he becomes happy.

brahma-bhuutah prasannaatmaa
na shocati na kaankshati
samah sarveshu bhuuteshu
mad-bhaktim labhate paraam
[Bg. 18.54]

So after being liberated from the material concept of life by the blessings of Krishna and guru, one comes to the platform of first-class knowledge, where he engages himself directly in the service of the Lord, that is first-class knowledge. First-class knowledge means beyond liberation. Second-class knowledge is trying for liberation. Third-class knowledge means in bondage, like animal. The animal, they are bound up by the particular type of body and has no, I mean to say, possibility of becoming liberated. That is animal life.

But human life is better than animal life because he, if he likes, he can make himself liberated from this bondage of material body. That is the facility. He can understand himself what he is. He can understand what is God. He can understand the relationship between God and himself. He can understand what is this material world. Because there are thousands of books of knowledge. Take it for Bhagavad-giitaa; everything is there. And it is meant for human being, not for the cats and dogs. Cats and dogs cannot understand, but a human being can understand.

So our this Krishna consciousness movement is to enlighten people to utilize his very nice life, human form of life, utilize it properly. To utilize it properly means to revive his dormant Krishna consciousness. The Krishna consciousness, or God consciousness, is there already. It is developed in human form of life. But it is now covered because due to our association with this material world for unlimited years background.
We are coming through different species of life. Millions and millions of years passed away. Suppose I was a tree sometimes. I was standing up for ten thousand years in one place. We have passed through. That’s a fact. That is evolution. Now we have got the opportunity of light. If you don’t use this opportune moment and again go back to the cycle of evolutionary process, jalajaa nava-lakshani sthaavaraa…
So these are great science. 

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BHAGAVAD-GITA AS IT IS (BGAII) version One AND version Two. Please find the editors’ ULTIMATE EXPRESSION OF SEXISM and RUDENESS.

 

 

The ultimate expression of sexism, as well as rudeness and thoughtlessness, would have to be to disrespect the Goddess of Fortune in person by denying capital letters, which Srila Prabhupada personally and very carefully added in the Original Transcript (OT), as in BGAII OT 1.36, (word for word, translation and twice in purport), BGAII OT 1.15, purport and BGAII OT 1.20, purport, to give three examples only. Generally, everyone is actively seeking the favour of the Goddess of Fortune, Lakshmii. But disrespect will certainly produce an opposite and adverse result.

 

The other half of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as an ordinary person, with small letters, lower case. What a mayavadi affront and insult!!!                                                  Neither will Sri Madhava, the husband of the Goddess of Fortune, look very kindly upon such misguided policy.

This is called “niyamaagrahah” in the Nectar of Instruction, verse 2, or following the rules and regulations for the sake of it or blindly or fanatically, and indeed missing the real point– the rule in this particular case being: minimizing the use of capital letters as per Srila Prabhupada’s wishes and instructions. Cairns, FNQld, Australia.

 

 

 

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“PUFFED UP” EDITORS. BGAII 2.56

Please note how the “puffed up” editors have changed BGAII 2.56.

 

BGAII OT:

“One who is not disturbed in mind even though there are threefold miseries and is not puffed up when there is happiness and thus is free from attachment, fear (and) anger-is called a sage fixed in mind.”

BGAII V1:

“One who is not disturbed in spite of the threefold miseries, who is not elated when there is happiness, and who is free from attachment, fear and anger, is called a sage of steady mind.”

BGAII V2:

“One who is not disturbed in mind even amidst the threefold miseries or elated when there is happiness, and who is free from attachment, fear and anger, is called a sage of steady mind.”

BGAII V3= BGAII OT

“One who is not disturbed in mind even though there are threefold miseries and is not puffed up when there is happiness and is thus free from attachment, fear and anger-is called a sage fixed in mind.”

The need for such unwanted changes is typically dictated by and felt due to a surrender to our modern non-sense, atheistic civilization of diplomacy, money-orientation-vaishya-domination and sexualization. This reminds me of only one word and person: Sriman Hiranyakasipu, the epitome of demoniac life, or as our qualified Krishna conscious children rightly and sarcastically point out “Hiranyakasipooooooh.” Sri Krishna is the original source of justice and “law and order” and the more atheistic, the more the parliaments of the world will have to legislate to regulate atheistic citizens. In that sense the word “atheist” is simply a synonym for “outlaw”.

Hare Krishna!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Some rules and duties for the Governing Body Commissioners of ISKCON, as enunciated by Srila Prabhupada Himself in His 5000 plus letters.

Here are some rules and duties for the Governing Body Commissioners of ISKCON, as enunciated by Srila Prabhupada Himself in His 5000 plus letters. These and more can be found here in my “Prabhupada Glossary and Info” under “GBC” entry https://krishnaculture.org/srila-prabhupada-glossary-and-information-a-vast-storehouse-of-transcendental-information-february-2018/

 

The first few quotes mostly stress that a Governing Body Commissioner must be an ideal Vaishnava, strictly following all rules and regulations of devotional life as defined by Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of Iskcon. Srila Prabhupada expresses his confidence that if these conditions are fulfilled then “everything will be all right”.

 

The GBC should personally observe strictly all the rules and regulations and they should become the practical example to others. Then everything will be all right. Then there will be no fear of being victimized by maya.740905Let.BaliMardan

 

and

 

GBC means that one must be ideal Vaisnava. That means there must be strict observance in following all the rules and regulations. This is your main responsibility, and then to see that all others are following strictly. Then everything will be all right.740906Let.Jagadisha

 

and

 

 

As GBC your first responsibility is to keep yourself spiritually fit and see that all the devotees in your zone of management are chanting 16 rounds, rising early and strictly avoiding the sinful activities. If they are doing this, then management will be at your finger’s end.740604let.Hrdayananda

 

and

 

There are so many devotees there in your zone. So, you must see that every one of them is chanting at least 16 rounds daily and observing our rules and regulations strictly. Keep everything nicely in this way. This is the duty of GBC, to see that all of our members are becoming fixed in Krishna’s service. 750112Let.Jagadisha

 

Srila Prabhupada expects the GBC to act at the least as a siksa guru. Today some GBCs are also diksha gurus:

 

This is the function of the GBC, to see that one may not be taken away by maya. The GBC should all be the instructor gurus. I am in the initiator guru, and you should be the instructor guru by teaching what I am teaching and doing what I am doing. This is not a title, but you must actually come to this platform. This I want. 750804Let.Madhudvisa

 

and

 

Regarding your four questions, I am replying them one by one. But these things should not be asked until you have first of all asked them to the GBC men. Whatever they say you should accept, but if they cannot satisfy you, then you may ask. 721214Let.Vishvambhara

 

Therefore they must be very competent in the Krishna consciousness philosophy by hearing Srila Prabhupada regularly:

 

Yes, as a Sannyasi and GBC your first duty is to read my books. Otherwise how will you preach? In order to remain steadily fixed in Krishna consciousness there must be a sound philosophical understanding. Otherwise it will become only sentiment. Whenever you find time please read my books. 760105Let.Satsvarupa

 

and

 

All of the leaders should study my books very carefully, since now everyone will have to appear for the examination. 760122Let.Jayatirtha

 

 

 

As far as practical management is concerned, Srila Prabhupada expects the GBC to know everything going on in his zone, just as a business owner is aware of all things happening in every nook and corner of his business.

 

You mention that you are no longer much occupied with seeing that the rent and mortgage is paid and that the incense is sold, but GBC means to be occupied with everything in the zone. It is not that now we are preachers we can neglect all other points. No, the GBC member is supposed to know everything and anything about the condition and situation of all matters within his jurisdiction. That is the meaning of secretary. So because we are engaged in many fields of activity I am especially relying upon that knowledge of my GBC assistants and secretaries to manage everything properly. But if we do not take time to understand how the financial matters are going on, then at any moment we may experience some calamity due to our inattention to these matters. Therefore, you should try to keep yourself always informed how the financial matters are improving and keep your watchful eye on every feature of our Krishna Consciousness activity. That is also part of preaching work. I am also preaching daily. But I am at the same time managing everything, seeing the statements of accounts, going to the bank, giving advice on every topic, like that. Just now I have purchased one apartment house with seven apartments just adjacent to the L.A. temple and very soon we shall invest in similar properties. So practically there is no question of my neglecting the financial matters of the society, and similarly, you shall do as I am doing. That is your real business. 720701Let.Satsvarupa

for that purpose the GBC must visit periodically the different temples in his jurisdiction:

 

Our GBC members should always visit the different temples to see that everything goes on well, and to see that the management is being done very nicely. 741218Let.Rupanuga

 

 

He also expects him to make broad program “for implementing Krishna consciousness” and be the best Laksmi collector:

 

As GBC member it is your duty to carefully make broad program for implementing Krishna consciousness in every sphere of life, in this way we will become respected as the most important members of human society. 730506Let.Hansaduta

 

 

Yes! Hrsikesananda Maharaja may collect money for Vrindaban, that will be nice. But I notice that you are to collect one Lakh only, how is that? You are GBC so you should collect more than the others, you should collect the highest amount. 730808let.TamalKrishna

 

But no politics please:

 

he is the GBC man in that zone, and he is the best man to come there immediately and see what is the situation and do the needful. Of course I do not know what are the facts, but I have seen that you have done very nicely there, so far I know. And no one has made complaint to me. So maybe there is a little fighting amongst yourselves, that is natural, but you are advanced disciple, don’t be disturbed by these things. Actually I want that householders shall manage in the temples, because they have got propensity to manage things and they want to take responsibility and they will not go away. Brahmacari, householder, it doesn’t matter, but householders are doing nicely all over the world, why the others shall resent householders in your temple? That is not reason. This attitude of changing this, changing that, if there is some small thing to make it something very great, changing the leaders three every week—these things are going on, I know. This is not at all good attitude, that if by adjustment, this and that, changing everything, I may create the perfect combination and everything will be all right. I am more impressed if someone has opened one centre and that he has stayed there tightly and developed nicely, not going away whimsically. So you have been leader at New Orleans temple for long time, you are the pioneer there, so why you should be whimsically discharged? Only the GBC man shall be able to make these changes, not any so-called secret meeting of devotees. Why they have misunderstood these things? If they have objection they must lodge it with their GBC, and differences must be discussed openly amongst ourselves, not secret meetings. We are Vaisnava devotees, not politicians. So these things must be stopped, plotting. Your merit stands far above theirs, you have done some tangible work to please me by spreading this Krishna Consciousness message in New Orleans, that is the test. Let them do something first, then we shall see what is their criticism. Simply criticizing and no work, that is the business of inferior men. So do not be disturbed by them, go on with your work, increasing more and more. Never mind the jackals howl. 721125Let.Nityananda

in this letter extract we also note that Srila Prabhupada condemns as “inferior men” those who criticize for the sake of it and do not contribute significantly to the preaching mission:

 

Your merit stands far above theirs, you have done some tangible work to please me by spreading this Krishna Consciousness message in New Orleans, that is the test. Let them do something first, then we shall see what is their criticism. Simply criticizing and no work, that is the business of inferior men. So do not be disturbed by them, go on with your work, increasing more and more. Never mind the jackals howl. 721125Let.Nityananda

 

 

As far as the principle of obedience to the GBC, Srila Prabhupada is unequivocally clear. I suppose the same principle applies in all concerns:

 

The point is that in any society there must be a leader, there must be directors, and there must be workers, but everyone should be so satisfied that they forget the difference. Journey of self-discovery 7.2. Shortcomings of Marxism

 

So far your question, how far should the orders of my duly appointed officers like GBC, etc., be obeyed and followed, the answer is that they must always be followed exactly as he says. Have you not heard me on this point? Why these questions are repeated again and again? This individual begging must be stopped. So many questions, it’s not good at all. This question-begging is going on, even some of the important men are doing like that, that I know. So how I can say your question from here? I do not know what you are trying to do by such question. Of course, my authorities and so-called officers, they sometimes also order in such a way that everything becomes topsy-turvy. So you may write to me your grievance—what can I do?—but meanwhile you must follow him exactly whatever he says. If there is complaint, I can make adjustment later. But first of all you must without hesitation obey. It is something like the appealing to the higher court if one is not satisfied by decision of the lower court. 721213Let.Jayadharma

 

and

 

Please accept my blessings. Yesterday my secretary received a telephone call from you indicating that everything was mended between yourself and Gurukrpa Maharaja, and then today he received a call from Gurukrpa Maharaja saying that the both of you were not cooperating. So what am I to do? I have appointed Gurukrpa Swami the GBC for Japan and for now at least it will be necessary to comply with him. He has suggested that you leave Japan while waiting for the reply from the S. Korean embassy there, so you can please comply with his request. He suggested one island called Okinawa where you could go for the time being, and if that is not possible then you should come here to me in Hawaii. In any case, for whatever reasons Gurukrpa Maharaja has requested like this and he is delegated GBC by me, so follow this course of action for the time being so that things can go on peacefully in Japan, as you know it is a very touchy situation with the government, and being GBC, Gurukrpa Swami is given sanction by me to develop the program along guidelines which he can choose. 760516Let.Trivikrama

 

And finally here is a nice statement about the accountability of the GBC members:

So Vidura was Yamaräja. Not only he was Yamaräja, ordinary, but he is one of the great authorities. There are twelve authorities mentioned in the shästra. One of them is Yamaräja. Balir vaiyäsakir vayam. This is stated in the Srimad-Bhägavatam. Yamaräja is one of the GBC of Krishna. Yes. As we have got twelve GBCs, similarly Krishna has got twelve GBCs. Now,

svayambhür näradaù çambhuù
kapilo kumäraù manuù
prahlädo janako bhéñmo
balir vaiyäsakir vayam
[SB 6.3.20]

That twelve men are authorized to preach Krishna consciousness. So we have to follow. Mahäjano yena gataù sa panthäù [Cc. Madhya 17.186]. There we have created these GBCs. So they should be very responsible men; otherwise, they will be punished. They will be punished to become a südra. Although Yamaräja is a GBC, but he made a little mistake, he was punished to become a südra. So those who are GBC, they should be very, very careful to administer the business of ISKCON. Otherwise they will be punished. As the post is very great, similarly, the punishment is also very great. That is the difficulty. You can see from this example, Vidura. He was immediately punished. He did little mistake at Mandüka… Because the rsis, the munis, they will curse. Dealing is very… Even Yamaräja is not taking.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada, the shelter of the world!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.” (gudaakeshah)

 

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. It will be best for all parties to follow in His Lotus Footprints. We all know that Arjuna fell silent at that point of time.  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 please 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!

It may be noted that the main editor of BGAII version one  was NOT AT ALL free from drug addiction as late as 1973, whereas “The first principle of Vedic civilization is the avoidance of meat-eating and intoxication.” CC M 1.197 P. Here is the evidence:

“I am sorry to inform you that your co-founder Hayagriva Prabhu is little disturbed. Sometimes before you told about him participating in intoxication. Then I did not take it seriously, but the same thing is again revived and I am little perturbed. So is it possible to save him from this dangerous position? His is important man in our Society and we cannot allow him to deviate from our principles. Please try to save him.” 730306Let.Kirtanananda

and what can be expected under the circumstances??? 

Currently in USA, the scourge of drug abuse is killing 116 citizens every day, says the White House. And when I showed some enthusiasm for HH BB Govinda’s Maharaja Bhagavatamrta class, he jokingly replied; ”Have you taken some drugs or something?” I just laughed it off. But I should have asked him instead:” Maharaja, are you trying to export an American problem?” BTW and for the record, I am lucky enough to be able to state that I have never taken drugs in my whole life. Maharaja’s question is also symptomatic of the serious drug problem in USA. But for those judicious individuals who seriously take to Krishna consciousness, all problems will be solved in due course, including drug dependency if applicable.

Sri Caitanya Caritaamrita, 9.49 says:     

TEXT 49

mahaa-maadaka prema-phala peta bhari’ khaaya
maatila sakala loka—haase, naace, gaaya

SYNONYMS
mahaa-maadaka—great intoxicant; prema-phala—this fruit of love of God; peta—belly; bhari’—filling; khaaya—let them eat; maatila—became mad; sakala loka—all the people in general; haase—laugh; naace—dance; gaaya—chant.

TRANSLATION
The fruit of love of Godhead distributed by Caitanya Mahaaprabhu is such a great intoxicant that anyone who eats it, filling his belly, immediately becomes maddened by it, and automatically he chants, dances, laughs and enjoys.

In all cases, let us take enthusiastically to this particular “fruit of love of Godhead distributed by Caitanya MahaaPrabhu” redemptive type of intoxication!!! 

 

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 and authentic. 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.” We may call them:  

Bhagavad-Gita That Needs Substantial Improvements or BGTNSI

In some quarters I can immediately 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. Neither did Srila Prabhupada have an opportunity to micro examine His Bhagavad-Gita As It Is. 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.” Srila Pabhupada writes as well: “When a person wants something done, He / she has to do it him/herself!” 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. In that regard the help of a first class Krishna conscious typist and graphic designer will be highly appreciated at some stage. It will speed up things as well. A qualified Sanskrit scholar may also be required. Location is Queensland, the Sunshine state, Australia. 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!

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 superhuman!!!

 

The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche coined the term “the superhuman” (Uber Mensch), situated on the platform beyond good and evil. At the end of his philosophical journey, he became very fond of Vedic culture and glorified it.

Srila Prabhupada with His Bhagavad-gita As It Is shows us the clearly delineated path to the superhuman status, situated beyond the three modes of material nature or the three gunas. BGAII 14.26

maam ca yo ‘vyabhicaarena
bhakti-yogena sevate
sa gunaan samatiityaitaan
brahma-bhuuyaaya kalpate

TRANSLATION

One who engages in full devotional service, unfailing in all circumstances, at once transcends the modes of material nature and thus comes to the level of Brahman.

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 1944 on the appearance day of His own Guru Maharaja, Srila Bhaktisiddhaanta Sarasvatii Mahararaja  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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