BHAGAVAD-GITA AS IT IS. An ongoing comparative, analytical study of Srila Prabhupada’s original transcript (BGAII OT) and both the 1972Macmillan edition (BGAII V 1) and current “official version” (BGAII V 2). 

Srila Prabhupada happily holding a Macmillan edition of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is.

Just as ISKCON rejected the 1972 Macmillan edition of Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita As It Is for their own reasons, we have reasons to believe that the current “official version” does not meet the mark either and ought to be rejected as still representing, strictly speaking, a betrayal and misrepresentation of its author’s, Srila Prabhupada’s, true intentions. We estimate that the accuracy rate for both versions is not more than 33%.(thirty-three). They are corrupted versions. That does not mean however that we should stop using or distributing either version to the general public, as we are still giving the best we have. Neither is blind faith study recommended at any stage. And whatever has been achieved over the last fifty years, has been achieved on the basis of both versions. But we can do more and better. As BGAII V3, 5.26 itself states, it is a matter of constantly endeavoring for improvements: “Those who are freed from all material desires and anger, who are self-realized and constantly endeavoring for such perfection are assured of their liberation in the Supreme in the very near future.”

Not only do we reject the current official version of Bhagavad-gita As It Is, but an attempt is made to propose a positive alternative. It is not very difficult and it is taking shape here:

Please find below a non-exhaustive list of a few good reasons for such leaning:

Text 2.52

When your intelligence (in Krishna consciousness) will surpass the dense forest of illusion, at that time you shall become callous to all that has been heard and all that is to be heard.

Purport.

There are many good examples in the lives of great devotees of the Lord who became callous to the rituals of the Vedas simply by devotional service to the Lord. When a person factually understands Krsna and one’s relationship with Krsna, naturally one becomes completely callous to the rituals of fruitive activities. It is said that an experienced Brahmin becomes callous to the rituals of fruitive activities. Sri Madhavendra Puri, a great devotee and Acharya in the line of the devotees says:

sandhya-vandana bhadram astu bhavato bhoh snana tubhyam namo

bho deva pitarash ca tarpana-vidhau nadham ksamah ksamyatam

yatra kvapi nisadya yadava-kulottamsasya kamsa-dvishah

smaram smaram agham harami tad alam manye kim anyena me

“O my prayers three times a day, all glories to you! O bathing, I offer my obeisances unto you! O demigods, O forefathers, please excuse me for my inability to offer you my respects! At any place where I may sit, I am now able to remember the great descendant of the Yadu dynasty, Krsna, the enemy of Kamsa and thus I can get myself freed from all sinful bondage. I think this is sufficient for me.”

The Vedic rites and rituals are imperative for the beginner in human life, comprehending all kinds of prayer three times a day, taking bath early in the morning, offering respects to the forefathers, etc. But when one is fully in Krsna consciousness and is engaged in His transcendental loving service, one becomes callous to all these regulative principles because he has already reached the perfection of life. If one can reach the platform of understanding and serving the Supreme Lord Krsna, he no longer has any obligation to execute different types of penances and sacrifices recommended in the revealed scriptures. And correlatively, if one has not understood that the purpose of the Vedas is to reach Krsna and simply engages in the rituals, etc., then he is uselessly wasting time in such engagements. Such persons in Krishna consciouness transcend the limit of shabda-brahma, ot the range of the Vedas and Upanishads.

In this verse 2.52 of Bhagavad-gita As It Is, previous editors have systematically cut out the word “callous” not less than five times and we protest strongly against such unauthorized changes and corruption, which represent a betrayal of Srila Prabhupada, the original author. This is illegal! If Srila Prabhupada takes the trouble to use five times the same word “callous” in the same verse and purport, as is the case here, and the editors remove the same word five times, then it is an open and shut case. Srila Prabhupada is right and the editors are wrong. This is flagrant cheating and abuse of authority. They cheat Srila Prabhupada. They cheat the world and they cheat themselves. Srila Prabhupada’s version, as above, ought to be restored ASAP. The word callous is used in BG 6.20-23.

In this verse 2.52, we sense Srila Prabhupada’s nuanced and carefully considered style of expression. In this verse, we sense the majesty and greatness of Srila Prabhupada literary style. The following quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson applies:” I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad-Gita. It was the first of books. It was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and climate pondered and thus disposed of the same questions that exercise us.” Hare Krishna.

REMARKS

The original transcript (OT) can be found here:

https://bookchanges.com/bhagavad-gita-as-it-is-manuscript/

BG 2.54 “How does he sit” is just ridiculous. Srila Prabhupada gives vebatim the question in BG2.58 P. “That is the answer to the question as to how the yogi is situated”

BG 2.42-23 It is known by now that the editors do not like Srila Prabhupada’s expression “Poor fund of knowledge” and that is their prerogative. But to have the audacity to replace it with their own “small knowledge” is illegal and an outright affront to Srila Prabhupada. It also represents an usurpation of power. These types of dealings are serious matters with dire consequences for everyone. In the verse and in the first paragraph of the purport Srila prabhupada’s perfect expresssion “poor fund of knowledge”is replaced three times out of four. We do not accept and reject such whimsical changes.

BG 2.41. The editors banned twice the very central expression “Krishna consciousness.” Another lowering of standards.

BG 6.47 Big mistake. The preposition makes the difference. In OT, Srila Prabhupada uses abiding BY Me. That means “obey” is meant and not “dwelling.” Besides that “abide in” is archaic according to the following dictionary quote:

abide | əˈbʌɪd | verb1 [no object] (abide by) accept or act in accordance with (a rule, decision, or recommendation): I said I would abide by their decision. 2 [with object] (can/could not abide) informal be unable to tolerate (someone or something): if there is one thing I cannot abide it is a lack of discipline. 3 [no object] (of a feeling or memory) continue without fading or being lost: at least one memory will abide. • archaic live; dwell: many unskilful Men do abide in our City of London

BG 6.42 What is the need for replacing “eulogise” with “praise?” Repeated again in 6.46 purport. This certainly represents a literary loss in style. Rather than “praise, “eulogise” will please the more educated.

BG 6.34 By suppressing Srila Prabhupada’s parenthesis (by the yoga practice you describe) both editors transform a relative statement into an absolute statement about the difficulties in controlling the mind. This is a serious misrepresentation in intensity. The intensity is maximized and therefore exagerated.

In BG 6.20-23 Jayadvaita’s whimsical rascaldom is clearly exposed when he capitalises “Self.” First of all we do not know whether by capitalising he means the individual self or the Supreme Self. This would have to be established. Srila Prabhupada does not capitalise “self,” nor does Hayagriva and the meaning is very clear. Self refers to the individual self. But Jayadvaita unhesitantly capitalizes “Self,” as if a matter of course. He knows much better than Guru! So we may infer that “Self” with a capital refers to the Supreme Self or Supersoul. So what is Jayadvaita? A monist who identifies the Supreme Self with the individual self or simply a whimsical and nasty fellow intend on confusing people and wasting our time. He is generally very strongly averse to using capitals. They usually quote a conversation with Srila Prabhupada against capital use. This instance again disqualifies his rendition of BGAII and disqualifies Jayadvaita as an editor as well. Another trusted man who lets down / fails Srila Prabhupada, as we have seen so often in the past.

BG 6.17 Why Prabhupada’s plural becomes a singular???

BG 6.11-12 Is it Brihad or Brihan-Naradia?

BG 6.10 Bogus suppression of “Krishna consciousness” and “subversive.”

BG 6.8 purport: two deviations here: “perfect knowledge” becomes “transcendental knowledge” and more importantly “aimless mental speculation” becomes just “mental speculation.” Also it would appear that the verse quoted is originally in the Padma Purana as per OT and reproduced in BRS 1.2.234.

BG 2.31 Here again a complete betrayal and watering down of Srila Prabhupada’s message. OT says: ” The ksatriyas are specially trained for such challenge and killing art, because religious violence is a necessary factor for the upkeep of the society.” Whereas both current versions say: “The ksatriyas are specially trained for challenging and killing because religious violence is sometimes a necessary factor.” Which proves again that none of the two Bhagavad-gitas available really qualify to be called Bhagavad-gita As It Is by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. These two presentations are mere travesti.

BG 2.30 Why massacre the second sentence of the purport? “Beginning from “asocyan anvasocas tvam” up to “dehi nityam avadhyo’yam”, He has described the immortal soul in various ways, and at every step He has tried to establish that the soul is immortal, but that the body is temporary.”Hayagriva initiates and Jayadvaita rubber stamps. What disdain, carelessness and affront toward Guru, Srila Prabhupada!

BG 2.27 P Why drop “according to logicians?”

BG 2.23 Why drop “as it is contemplated by persons with a poor fund of knowledge” in “Arjuna became liberated by the knowledge received from Krsna, but he never became one with Krsna, as it is contemplated by persons with a poor fund of knowledge?” This is not acceptable!

Why change BGAIIOT’s 2.18 “immaterial” to “unimportant”? Why? Any good reason? This is whimsical. Change for the sake of it is to be rejected. So is this foolish arrogance to know better than Guru. “Immaterial” is a very nice word for the context. It has got an extra dimension over “unimportant.” The proof is that Srila Prabhupada choose it. So hands off please! This is Hayagriva’s initial responsibility and Jayadvaita’s secondary responsibility for rubber stamping it.

These editors are so foolish that they even dare to disrespect the Goddess of Fortune by dropping Srila Prabhupada’s capitals for the Goddess of Fortune. This is the apogee of thoughtlessness and the Goddess of Fortune will certainly reciprocate accordingly! BGAII 1.14 P

Jayadvaita wants all householders to dwell in hell, BGAII 1.43. He twisted the meaning. That’s again an expression of his seething envy at work. What an embarrassement he represents for the Sannyasa Ashram!

BGAII 2.13 Why would Hayagriva replace “the Supreme Personality of Godhead” with “the Supreme Lord.” His personal aversion for this typically Prabhupada expression is revealed as he replaces it with “the Blessed Lord” throughout Prabhupada’s Gita. But this is very, very, very wrong, because Srila Prabhupada’s purpose in repeating the expression “the Supreme Personality of Godhead” is to establish exactly that Krishna is “the Supreme Personality of Godhead” and not Lord Braham or Lord Shiva or anyone else. That means Hayagriva betrays and renders a disservice to Srila Prabhupada by weakening His message.

By examining the initiatives and actions of these two editors on Srila Prabhupada’s BGAII-vani, we conclude that foolishness and arrogance go together. They are intertwined. Foolishness produces arrogance. Just like foolishness produces rascaldom. A fool is always a rascal and it is wiser to avoid his company. He is an irresponsible rascal, because he does not know what he is doing. But a rascal is not necessarily a fool. There are very many intelligent rascals and are alluded to in BGAII 7.15:” Being over taken by their atheistic nature, the miscreant, the grossly foolish, the lowest of mankind and those whose knowledge is nullified, do not surrender unto Me.”

Another typical instance of cheating and falsification is the introduction of “self” with a capital letter in BG 3.17, 6.20-23, 6.25, 6.26 in the current edition, BGAII V2. This is monism or advaita-vada, a non-Vaishnava philosophy. The self and the Superself are equal in quality- and even that statement is not one hundred percent true- and the self and the Superself are vastly different in quantity. The Superself is infinite and the individual self is infinitesimal. Therefore the convention is that the ordinary living entity’s “self” is spelled with a small “s”. Please beware, we are being confused and misled by Jayadvaita Swami, the second editor. His secret agenda is clouding things and confusing people. In other words he is a champion time waister. The suggested rendition for BG 3.17 is: “One who is, however, taking pleasure in the self on account of his self-realization of human life and is satisfied in the matter of the self only, fully satiated, for him, there is no duty.” Jayadvaita goes as far as falsifying the word for word rendition to justify his actions. The Macmillan edition did not have these flaws. The current BGAII version 2 that was supposed to be more advanced is actually setting us back in these respects. In BG OT 4.5, purport, we note Srila Prabhupada’s appropriate use of “Self” with a capital letter in “And because the Lord is identical with His body and Self…” because in this context it refers to the Superself, Krishna. But for the ordinary living entity “self’ in lower case ought to be used. As his name jaya-advaita indicates, he is the champion of monism or advaita-vada, a black sheep.

Bhagavad-gita As It Is is not just some kind of a powerful shout-about in the ether of well articulated slogans. It is a lot more than that. It is a philosophical treatise of the highest order, therefore, every detail originally inserted by the author is important and ought to be handled and respected as such. In particular Srila Prabhupada’s parentheses ought to be taken into consideration and reprinted as is the case above and for verses 3.1 and 3.13.

Some of Srila Prabhupada’s well-placed keywords in the text, such as engineer (4.13), logician (2.27), time serving mentality (7.16 p.), imaginative brain (7.15), transcendental performances (7.19p), “modes” in “modes of devotional service” (9.14), ” LAZY’ in BGAII 10.7, purport, subversive (6.10) and “industrialists” 10.36 have unceremoniously been censored for no legitimate reason. This is in fact corruption! Another typical Prabhupada expression that the editors have almost systematically expunged is “persons with a poor fund of knowledge.” In BG 3.29 the expression can still be found in the word for word: akritsna-vidah – persons with a poor fund of knowledge. But it has been dropped from the verse. (BG 9.4,p.) In 6.10, the exact formulation of the part omitted is “without being attracted by subversive things like feelings of possessiveness.” I personally feel that my life would have been very differently positive if this message would have reached me before April 2019.

THESE INSTANCES OF ERASURE CERTAINLY REPRESENT ELEMENTS OF WILLFUL AND PERHAPS CRIMINAL CORRUPTION OF SRILA PRABHUPADA’S INTENDED MESSAGE–whether it is criminal is for the law experts to decide. STRICTLY SPEAKING, THESE TYPES OF DISHONESTIES ALONE WILL BE SUFFICIENT TO DISQUALIFY BOTH EDITIONS FROM BEING CALLED: Bhagavad-gita As It Is by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada never ever practiced dishonesty and never ever encouraged it, either before the 1965 onwards ISKCON era or during the ISKCON era. Srila Prabhupada is clean.

“Regarding dishonest means being used I have never advised or taught anyone like that. That is not my idea. This record distribution has caused havoc. It should be stopped immediately. I have also asked Hansadutta to stop it. Book distribution is our real business. If we give them a record, they simply hear some magical sounds and take it for sense gratification, but if they receive one of our books and read even one page, they get eternally benefited. Therefore I am stressing this book distribution, not other things. Stop record selling completely. This is my order.”

Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Ajita — Bombay 6 January, 1975

“Regarding the controversy about book distribution techniques, you are right. Our occupation must be honest. Everyone should adore our members as honest. If we do something which is deteriorating to the popular sentiments of the public in favor of our movement, that is not good. Somehow or other we should not become unpopular in the public eye. These dishonest methods must be stopped. It is hampering our reputation all over the world. Money collected for feeding people in India should be collected under the name ISKCON Food Relief. Not any other name. And every farthing of that money must be sent to India, or better yet, buy food grains there and ship them here and we will distribute. But every farthing collected for that purpose must be used for that purpose. I have already sent one letter to Ramesvara explaining these points.”

Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Rupanuga — Bombay 9 January, 1975

“Please accept my blessings. I have received your invitation to the opening of Prasadam Distributing International Inc., and I found it nicely presented. Krsna will give you intelligence how to engage in honest, brilliant, glorious work on His behalf. There is no need to engage in anything dishonest. Krsna has given enough money, now earn by honest means.”

Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Alex, Bob, Drdhavrata, Gupta, Rsabhadeva, Stan — Bhuvanesvara 24 January, 1977

Other words have simply been added whimsically, without authority whatsoever:

The word “bestial” of Bg 6.40, purport, cannot be found anywhere in the original transcript (OT). It is an editor’s speculation and unauthorised addition. Please kick it out.

In Bg 4.1 the word “son” is suppressed twice. This may represent an expression of the anti-family sentiments and “callous” policies of ISKCON’s immature renunciates leaders (Sannyasis). Here is what Srila Prabhupada intended: “The Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, said: I instructed this imperishable science of the relationship with the Supreme to the sun-god of the name Vivasvan and Vivasvan instructed the same to his son Manu, the father of mankind, and Manu in his turn instructed the same to his son Iksvaku.” Again, this ought to be corrected ASAP. 

In BG 7.15, purport, both versions decline to credit the ashram bhavam asrita class of an “imaginative brain”, as Srila Prabhupada does in the OT. Another misrepresentation of Srila Prabhupada! In OT 7.19 there is no mention of death (after many, many births ) and here again the editors seems to falsify the word for word to suit their purposes. Plain cheating!

Srila Prabhupada always uses “Brahmin” not “Brahmana.” “Brahmin” sounds much better because of the presence of two different vowels “a” and “i” and is accepted by the dictionary as a variant spelling of “Brahman”. No problem there. Because these words and expressions are Srila Prabhupada’s very own, by making such unauthorized alterations, we are actually pushing Prabhupada out of His own rendition of Bhagavad-gita. This is an offensive form of “nirvisesa-vada” or impersonalism and must be avoided at all costs. We must be able to accept and present to the world Srila Prabhupada in full, as He is. Just like Sri Krishna Himself, Srila Prabhupada As He Is is most attractive!

The editors often paraphrase Srila Prabhupada where is it not at all required and a strict verbatim reproduction of Srila Prabhupada’s transcendental message, with some minor composition adjustments, is thoroughly possible and enjoyable. We find this attitude positively offensive to Srila Prabhupada as it implies that the student thinks that he has now become much better than the master and does not hesitate to display his so-called superiority with ostentation. In the Vedic context, this is a suicidal mentality. In an attitude of submission to her husband, Dhritarashtra, Gandhari blindfolded herself because her husband was blind and thus amassed mystic powers that, by Krishna’s trick, failed to protect her wicked son Duryodhana from having his spine broken by the club of Bhimasena on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Srila Prabhupada is a true mover and shaker and what have the editors accomplished in comparison? Therefore we don’t care for the editor’s language. We care for Srila Prabhupada’s language. Here is a telling example. In BGAII 8.9, purport, Srila Prabhupada speaks “This is a very troublesome job.” This is a perfect Prabhupada sentence. But the editors with a typical offensive mentality felt the need to” better” the expression to “That is very difficult.” Two words only out of six have been conserved! We may therefore say that both versions of BGAII have a 33.33  (thirty-three point thirty-three) percent accuracy when a hundred percent or very close can be achieved. In this way, the editors have the audacity to usurp Srila Prabhupada’s position of world Acharya! Down with them! Srila Prabhupada is a most towering Acharya or teacher in the history of the world. So let us, therefore, stick to Him. Let us, therefore, stick to the Prabhupada mood and be successful in our attempts.

Here is an example of the literary diplomacy and lack of truthfulness of both editors in banning Srila Prabhupada’s use of the word “LAZY”!

BGAII OT 10.7 purport: “These are some of the opulences of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. And when one is firmly convinced of these instructions, he accepts such instructions with great faith and without any doubt and certainly he becomes engaged in devotional service. All this particular knowledge is required for increasing one’s interest in the loving devotional service of the Lord. Therefore in the   ???  it is said ???. One should no be lazy in understanding fully how great Krishna is, for by knowing the greatness of Krishna, one will be able to be fixed in sincere devotional service of the Lord.”

and BGAII V2 10.7 purport:”These are some of the opulences of the Supreme Lord. When one is firmly convinced of them, he accepts Krsna with great faith and without any doubt, and he engages in devotional service. All this particular knowledge is required in order to increase one’s interest in the loving devotional service of the Lord. One should not neglect to understand fully how great Krsna is, for by knowing the greatness of Krsna one will be able to be fixed in sincere devotional service.” The expression “the Supreme Personality of Godhead” was also dropped by Hayagriva, who does not like this expression anyway as he has demonstrated by inventing “the Blessed Lord” instead. And Jayadvaita has rubber stamped the change.

             

Here is another example of unnecessary paraphrasing Srila Prabhupada. In my view, this type of activity represents high treason and an outright slap into Srila Prabhupada’s face. Good luck to you folks! You think you are sprinting to the goal, but the goal, Krishna, will remain ever unobtainable for individuals with such disrespectful mentality towards Guru. In her attempt to bind Krishna, even mother Yasoda found that her rope was always two inches too short, even though she was not at all disrespectful, but full of transcendental motherly love for her adopted son Krishna. The point being, despite our passionate and ignorant endeavors, Krishna only accepts to be bound when He is pleased with our endeavors and when He is pleased to do so. Krishna is not cheap. He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead

BGAII OT, 8.24: “When fire and light are mentioned herewith, it is to be understood that the presiding deity over fire and light is mentioned. Similarly, when day is mentioned, the presiding deity of the day is to be understood. When the fortnight of the moon is mentioned, it is to be understood that the deity of the moon is indicated.”

BGAII V 2, 8.24: “When fire, light, day and the fortnight of the moon are mentioned, it is to be understood that over all of them there are various presiding deities who make arrangements for the passage of the soul.”

BGAII V 1, 8.24: “When fire, light, day moon are mentioned, it is to be understood that over all of them there are various presiding deities who make arrangements for the passage of the soul.”

Here in BGAII 9.2 purport, the editors expose their half-hearted commitment to the path of bhakti-yoga or Krishna consciousness.

In the original transcript, Srila Prabhupada speaks as follows (BGAII OT 9.2 p.): “The method itself is so nice and pure that by simply engaging in the process one becomes more and more pure.”

With their magic sorcerers’ wand the editors make it (BGAII V 2, 9.2 p.) “The method itself is so pure that by simply engaging in it one becomes pure.” By cutting out the word and expression “nice” and “more and more pure” both editors tone down and decrease Srila Prabhupada’s first-class presentation and preaching impact. It appears that they are acting as maya’s agents to subvert Srila Prabhupada’s preaching. Let us remember that they censored Srila Prabhupada’s use of “subversive” in 6.10. Let us also remember that they sometimes espouse not only nirvisesa-vada (impersonalism) but also advaita-vada (monism) as previously demonstrated.

Moreover, in the Original Transcript (OT), Srila Prabhupada repeats the expression “Krishna Consciousness” over and over again. But in many cases, such as 2.52, 2.53, 2.68, 3.31, 4.10, 4.15, 4.22, 4.23, 4.41, 5.7 (2X), 5.11, 5,12 (2X), 5.18, 5.29 (2X), 6.10, 6.28, 6.29 (2X), 7.1, 7.30 and 3.18 purport, to give a few only, the editors have simply and shamelessly suppressed this wonderful expression. Krishna consciousness represents, in fact, the object of our samadhi, the basis of our lives, the very stuff everyone of us is made of, and not the least the name of The International Society for Krishna Consciousness or ISKCON, Srila Prabhupada has gloriously created on the 13th of July 1996, in New York City. Why is this so ??? This is both an affront to Srila Prabhupada and a great disservice to all those souls who are seriously interested in self-realization. I had previously noticed this anomaly and on March 25, 2018, had alreday written the article titled KRISHNA MISSING. ONE MILLION DOLLARS REWARD, which can be seen by scrolling down the home page. In OT 5.29 the expression “the person in Krishna consciousness” was obliterated with one single penstroke. I wonder if Krishna’s body bled on the occasion, as in the story. It is done so manifestly that one can sense some envy here, envy of Krishna and envy of His bona fide representative, Srila Prabhupada.

Krishna consciousness is all we have and Krishna consciousness is all we are about. Srila Prabhupada wants to increase our Krishna consciousness and by removing the expression “Krishna consciousness” innumerable times, the editors automatically decrease the readers’ Krishna consciousness. This is a deliberate and impudent affront to Srila Prabhupada – at best a foolish affront – and a great disservice to all fallen souls. This is all about sense gratification and we may challenge the editors and all those who support them and ask them whose senses are they trying to please by making such omnipresent, whimsical and fake alterations? Are they trying to please the public’s senses? Are they trying to please their own senses? We know that neither Srila Prabhupada, nor Krishna will be pleased by such fake activities.

On the positive side one cannot but admire how perfectly Jayadvaita Swami has expressed verse 3.34: “There are principles to regulate attachment and aversion pertaining to the senses and their objects. One should not come under the control of such attachment and aversion, because they are stumbling blocks on the path of self-realization.” From time to time Jayadvaita really has a streak of genius! But both editors have doubts. Here is the proof. In BGAII OT 8.14, purport, Srila Prabhupada writes: “There is no impediment for a pure devotee wherever he is.” In BGAII V1 & V 2, the editors make it “There should be no impediments. He should be able to carry out his service anywhere and at any time.” These are the statements of persons who have doubts. And why do they take the liberty to introduce their personal doubts into Srila Prabhupada’s transcendental message and why is this tolerated?

In BGAII OT, 9.25, purport, Srila Prabhupada dictated: “Similarly, one can achieve the pitri planets by performing a specific yajna.” Someone crossed out “achieve” and replaced it with “attain.” This is a typical so-called improvement. What is the use of such work, one may ask? Such action is counterproductive, nonsensical, useless, futile, petty, ignorant, stupid, arrogant and a waste of time for all of us! You have no business with editorial work. Better be useful in Krishna’s service and go and clean toilets. THE MOST AMAZING THING THOUGH IS THAT IT IS NOW OFFICIAL VERSION. This happens twice, in the first and third sentence of purport 9.25 When I look up my Apple Thesaurus, the first three equivalents for “achieve” are attain, reach and arrive at. The editor may then say: “So “attain” is a perfect equivalent. The parampara answer will be: “The acarya wrote “achieve” and we have no business to meddle.” AND WHERE DOES THE ARROGANT AND INSULTINGLY DISCOURAGING FIRST PARAGRAPH OF PURPORT TO 9.26 COME FROM, MR. JAYADVAITA??? It is 24 lines long. It cannot be found in the Macmillan edition. So far I haven’t found it in the OT. Where does it come from, please??? Dravida Prabhu tells me that it comes from the 1968 abridged edition. But upon further questioning, he remains silent.

And where does the first paragraph of BGAII 9.26, purport come from? Where does it come from?

MISLEADING DISTORTIONS AND FALSE STATEMENTS.

BGAII V 2, 4.5 p., “the best Vedic scholars do NOT understand Krishna” is a false statement, according to Srila Prabhupada, Who writes in OT :” Such eternal, blissful, all knowledge forms of the Lord are usually understood by the best Vedic scholars, but they are always manifest to pure, unalloyed devotees.” The correct statement is found in the Macmillan edition. The same may apply to BG 1.43. and about who is sent to hell. And there is the false and intellectually twisted rendition of “nivrittim” in word for word of BGAII V2 16.7.

In BGAII V2, 6.2 Jayadvaita, in his fake ecstasy, trumpets that one can NEVER, NEVER, NEVER become a yogi. Hayagriva does not do so. Another setback! What a sanctimonious attitude and statement! Kick it out. Srila Prabhupada with much more humility simply says:” For without giving up the desire for sense gratification, no one becomes a yogi”

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AND THEN THERE IS SEXISM and one case of sexism in reverse. At least on a dozen of occasions, Srila Prabhupada’s use of “person” has been replaced with the word “man.” Granted Srila Prabhupada uses “man” quite a bit, that is the judgement of the Acharya. Our position is to respect it. My suggestion is that as soon as the editors replace Srila Prabhupada’s “person” with “man”, it falls under the heading of sexism. The latest find is in BGAII 7.26, purport: OT’s “millions and millions of people” becomes in both versions “millions and millions of men.” That’s sexist millions and millions of times! Don’t you think we ought to revert to Srila Prabhupada’s wisdom? From practical experience we find that Srila Prabhupada gave equal rights to men and women not only to join His movement but to stay comfortably and practice self-realization.

BG 2.55 “living entity” becomes “man”

Sexism with a big “S” here in BGAII 9.3, purport, and falsification of the statement:

BGAII OT 9.3 p. “There are three divisions of such Krishna conscious persons. The first class Krishna conscious person, the second class Krishna conscious persons and the third class Krishna conscious person. Those who have no faith………..”

BGAII V1 & 2, 9.3 p.”There are three divisions of Krsna-conscious men. In the third class are those who have no faith.”

BGAII 10.27. Sexist Hayagriva and sexist Jayadvaita. Srila Prabhupada’s “human beings” becomes “men.” Does the king rule over men only? Are women automatically outlawed? What nonsense!

BGAII 10.37 p. TWICE 1)”Arjuna is the best among all human beings” becomes in both versions ” Arjuna is the best of men” What kind of men? The hairy chest beating Neanderthal men indeed, a reflection of the editors! But Arjuna certainly does not belong to that class of men. He is the best of Aryans. 2) Srila Pabhupada associates “muni” and “person.” Both editors associate “muni” and “men.” Perhaps both editors are correct after all because the two words start with the same letter “m.”(sacarstic mode)

BGAII 1.40 Srila Prabhupada respectfully uses the expression “ladies of the family.” Both editors write “the women of the family.” That’s a drop of some grades of respect toward women and sounds a little vulgar in the context. Let us not trend towards “asat Sabhaya.”

BG 2.52 “When a person factually understands Krsna and one’s relationship with Krsna, naturally one becomes completely callous to the rituals of fruitive activities.” becomes “When a person factually understands Krsna and his relationship with Krsna, he naturally becomes completely indifferent to the rituals of fruitive activities,”

Sexism in reverse. BGAII 10.38. In the verse Srila Prabhupada dictates: “…and of all wise men I am knowledge itself.” Both editors give instead: ” and of the wise I am wisdom.” The “men” word has disappeared.

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At last some FUNNY ANECDOTES to relax the atmosphere:

In purport of OT 6.17, the transcriber typed : Thakur Haridas would not even accept prasadam, and would not even sleep for a moment without finishing his daily routine work of chanting with his beads three hundred thousand rounds.” Fortunately someone who was a bit of a lesser chantoholic crossed out “rounds” and added in handwriting the correct “names.”  Param vijayate Sri Krishna sankirtanam!

NOTE THIS: another memorable ERROR OF the transcriber at BG 9.30: “Devotional service is more or less a declaration of love with the illusory energy.” Instead of “Devotional service is more or less a declaration of war against the illusory energy.”

Attention all artistic persons, please beware of Krishna. Here in 10.18, the transcriber addresses Krishna as “the killer of the artistic person.” Actually, I just realized this is meant to be “atheistic.”(16.12.2021)

OT 10.26 “Brilliant tree” or banyan tree? What is it? Perhaps the “Indian tree.”

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MEMORABLE GAFFES BY HAYAGRIVA.

BGAII 10.27, purport, first sentence: ” The devotee demigods and the demons (asuras) once took a sea journey. On the journey, nectar and poison were produced…..” Did they book their journey with Flight Centre perhaps? And did they produce nectar and poison out of their lunch bags?

BGAII 10.34, purport. Poor elementary mathematics. Six equals seven.

In BGAII 10.35, purport, both versions blunder by dropping “transcendental.” “Brahma is the initiator of this Gayatri mantra and it is transcendentally coming down in disciple succession.” Hayagriva introduces the blunder and Jayadvaita rubber stamps the blunder. We get the impression that Jayadvaita in his haste to slam the job didn’t really care a dam. On innumerable occasions, we also get the distinct impression that Jayadvaita needs to compact the text at all costs. Here is part of the purport 10.37:”Of all cheating processes, gambling is the best cheating process and therefore on accountof its supremacy among all cheating, gambling is also a representation of Krishna. This means that those who are deceitful, Krishna will be more deceitful to them. If Krishna should want to deceive any person, nobody can surpass Him in His greatness. Greatness is not one-sided, it must be all-sided.” Jayadvaita write: “Of all cheating processes, gambling stands supreme and therefore represents Krsna. As the Supreme, Krsna can be more deceitful than any mere man. The unfortunate commentator who wants to cheat Krsna and the public by saying that there is something greater than Krsna is cheated by Krsna, and the commentator cannot understand Krsna after any length of time. If Krsna chooses to deceive a person, no one can surpass Him in His deceit. His greatness is not simply one-sided-it is all-sided.” he freely adds a comments about the cheating commentator, which is nowhere to be found in the OT. We can only conclude that Jayavaita addresses himself as the “cheating commentator.”

Ref. VedaBase => Bg 10.36

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From BGAII 9.16 onwards Srila Prabhupada reminds us of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Who is His grammar school used to explain everything in terms of Krishna, Krishna, Krishna to the point where his student left the school. Or later when he would simply roam around and mutter Krishna, Krishna, Krishna in His transcendental ecstasy. There is more to be said about this, but it requires some preparatory research in the Caitanya Caritamrita. This can also been seen in the wonderful, Indian made movies in two parts: Nimai of Nadia and Nilacala Mahaprabhu approved by Srila Prabhupada.

Srila Prabhupada, when I read Your Original Transcript of Bhagavad-gita As It Is, I am appreciating Your personality and its different multiple facets more and more and I am falling more and more in love with You. Here is the example of BGAII OT 9.18 purport. You write: “Therefore without Krishna’s shelter, there is no existential platform.” I just know that this is a phrase that only a true philosopher of the greatest classical tradition would write. So now from the 5 th day of November 2021 at 20 hours, I have irrefutable proof that You belong to that greatest and most illustrious philosophical tradition: Plato, Socrates, Sankaracarya, Ramanujacarya, Madhvacarya, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre to name a few only.  What an immense satisfaction to have a master of such caliber and if we were to restore these things in the official presentation of Your Bhagavad-gita As It Is, its success would increase exponentially. There is no doubt about it. In Your greatness and kindness, You have been so tolerant with your disciples’ literary clumsiness. But that can come to an end now and Your true glories can be revealed to the entire world to their full extend.

Not only are these two editors trying to throw out Srila Prabhupada, the philosopher from his own Bhagavad-gita but they are as well attempting to throw out Prabhupada, the scientist: “Jñānaṁ vijñāna-sahitam. Jñāna, this knowledge, most confidential knowledge, it is not sentiment. Vijñāna-sahitam. It is science. Just like in scientific knowledge you must know theoretically and practically. Not only that, you simply know that so much oxygen, so much hydrogen produces water by mixing… That is theoretical. You have to make water by mixing these two chemicals—that is practical. So in the B.A.C. examination they take examination, test, theoretical and practical.” 750417BG.Vrnd

In the two last sentences of 7.28, purport, two important half-sentences (and the greatest condition of sinful activity. Forgetfulness of one’s constitutional position is the greatest violation of law) have been dropped, which cheapens things very much. OT 7.28 “The impersonalists do not know that to forget one’s constitutional position as subordinate to the Supreme Lord is the greatest violation of God’s law and the greatest condition of sinful activity. Forgetfulness of one’s constitutional position is the greatest violation of law and unless one is reinstated in his own constitutional position, it is not possible to understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead or fully engage in His transcendental loving service with determination.” 

BGAII 8.11 is misrepresented in both versions. Here is Srila Prabhupada’s OT: “Learned persons who utter Omkara and great sages in the renounced order enter into Brahman. Desiring such perfection of life, one practices the life of celibacy. I shall explain to you this process as the means for attaining salvation.”

For BGAII 9.11 Jayadvaita miserably departs from Hayagriva’s perfect OT rendition:

“Fools deride Me when I descend in the human form. They do not know My transcendental nature and My supreme dominion over all that be.”

This example alone seals his fate as as untrustworthy speculators unfit to walk the path of the parampara system.

The mood of the current edition of Bhagavad-gita As It Is lacks deference and consistency. It lack respect because many capital letters used by Srila Prabhupada in the original transcript have been banned. Under the guise of using Sanskrit words, the editors avoid capitals. For example, Srila Prabhupada personally always capitalizes “Yajna” and the pronoun”who”, when it refers to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The same applies to the word “Acharya”, or teacher.

It lacks consistency because Jayadvaita Svami made it a point to introduced a capital letter for “self” in 3.17. Why then is there no capital for “self” in 4.41 and elsewhere? We are talking about the same individual self. This again really looks like a cheap, farcical expedient on his part. Or is it that his secret and mischievous purpose and mission is the play with the readers’ mind and confuse and mislead them? This is a dangerous game indeed.

Concisely and conclusively, Bhagavad-gita As It Is is NOT a first class presentation to Srila Prabhupada, who is very fond of first class work. We are being manipulated by imperfect editors. To be appointed as the custodian of Srila Prabhupada’s literary legacy, does not grant one the right to alter whimsically the transcendental message. Doing so represents a breach of trust and is an indictable offense. We propose to re-baptize both versions as Bhagavad-gita As It Is NOT by Hayagriva, and Bhagavad-gita As It Is NOT by Jayadvaita

It is essential that both the message and the style of writing appeals to the widest possible audience, and because out of millions and billions, Srila Prabhupada was especially deputed by Sri Krishna to deliver His message, we postulate that the most universally appealing style of writing for this purpose will be Srila Prabhupada’s own. Srila Prabhupada is a true mover and shaker and what have both editors accomplished in comparison? Therefore we don’t care for the editors’ language. We care for Srila Prabhupada’s language. In this way, the editors have the audacity to usurp Srila Prabhupada’s position! Down with them! Srila Prabhupada is a most towering Acharya or teacher in the history of the world. So let us, therefore, stick to Him. Let us, therefore, stick to the Prabhupada mood and be successful in our attemps. Om tat sat.

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ASTANGA YOGA!!! Srila Prabhupada DOES give the title of chapter six of His Bhagavad-gita As It Is.

Srila Prabhupada does in fact give the adequate title of chapter six of His Bhagavad-gita As It Is.

It is definitely not Sankhya-yoga, as per Macmillan edition.

It is not Dhyana-yoga, to a lesser degree, as per current official edition. Dhyana is only one of the “angas” or limbs of the eightfold yoga system, as we all know.

Clearly and strongly, Srila Prabhupada gives the key to this 50 (fifty) year old question in the very first sentence of the purport of the first verse of chapter six as follows:

“In this chapter, the Lord explains the process of the eightfold yoga system as the means to control the mind and senses.” The first part of the sentence itself: “In this chapter the Lord explains the process of the eightfold yoga system……” is self-sufficient and self-explanatory. As always Srila Prabhupada is clear, concise, strong, and straightforward.

This is indeed the wording of the original transcript (OT), which is perfect in itself, and in both Macmillan and official versions this original wording has unnecessarily been changed to:

“In this chapter the Lord explains that the process of the eightfold yoga system is a means to control the mind and the senses.”

There is a shift of emphasis which covers and ruins Srila Prabhupada intended meaning.

Yes, this is a fifty-year-old question. And I remember how in the early days and later also I was trying to adjust my mind any possible way to understand how the sixth chapter of Bhagavad-gita is related to sankhya-yoga. It was a bit of a mental agony. As far as possible, we should carefully avoid causing people mental torture.

As always the Original Transcript of Bhagavad-gita As It Is is a superior spiritual text in its own right with the power to correct many mistakes and answer many questions. I had already expressed this consideration in my 2022 Vyasa-puja offering to Srila Prabhupada. Unfortunately, my offering did not pass the censure and consequently was not published where it should have been. But my point stands: Bhagavad-gita As It Is Original Transcript available here https://bookchanges.com/bhagavad-gita-as-it-is-manuscript/ is a spiritual text on its own rights and with its own unique spiritual inspiration.

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.67, is definitely 200% sexist for both versions.

Bhagavad-gita As It Is NOT, 2.67 by Hayagriva (1972 edition):

“As a boat on the water is swept away by a strong wind, even one of the senses on which the mind focuses can carry away a man’s intelligence.”

Bhagavad-gita As It NOT, 2.67, by Jayadvaita:

“As a strong wind sweeps away a boat on the water, even one of the roaming senses on which the mind focuses can carry away a man’s intelligence.”

Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.67, by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:

“As an unfavorable wind sweeps away a boat on the water, similarly, even one of the roaming senses on which the mind focuses can take away a person’s intelligence.” 

In the original transcript (OT), Srila Prabhupada personally talks about how one of the senses on which the mind focuses can take away a person’s intelligence. He clearly uses the word person. But Hayagriva immediately makes it a “man,” probably with a hairy chest too. Most probably a Homo neanderthalensis; now usually regarded as a separate species from H. sapiens and probably at the end of a different evolutionary line.

And Jayadvaita without further compunction, rubber-stamps the unauthorized and whimsical change. Bang! Now it’s official. Yes, now it’s officially wrong and insulting to the female group. How could the unexisting intelligence of a female be taken away, right? Impossible feat anyway.

In this context, it is no wonder that only last week (25 April to May 1st, 2022), I met a female in Byron Bay NSW, who qualified her stay at ISKCON New Govardhana’s Krishna Village as unequivocally misogynistic.

Elsewhere in BGAII, the editors even dare to remove Srila Prabhupada’s capital letters for the expression “the Goddess of Fortune,” after all She is a female too, a most powerful and influential one indeed. These are bad omens.

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The CREDO of the AVADHUTA BRAHMIN while conversing with KING PRAHLADA. SB. 7.13.35-45

The bee and the python are two excellent spiritual masters who give us exemplary instructions regarding how to be satisfied by collecting only a little and how to stay in one place and not move. 35

From the bumblebee I have learned to be unattached to accumulating money, for although money is as good as honey, anyone can kill its owner and take it away. 36

I do not endeavor to get anything, but am satisfied with whatever is achieved in its own way. If I do not get anything, I am patient and unagitated like a python and lie down in this way for many days. 37

Sometimes I eat a very small quantity and sometimes a great quantity. Sometimes the food is very palatable, and sometimes it is stale. Sometimes prasada is offered with great respect, and sometimes food is given neglectfully. Sometimes I eat during the day and sometimes at night. Thus I eat what is easily available. 38

To cover my body I use whatever is available, whether it be linen, silk, cotton, bark or deerskin, according to my destiny, and I am fully satisfied and unagitated. 39

Sometimes I lie on the surface of the earth, sometimes on leaves, grass or stone, sometimes on a pile of ashes, or sometimes, by the will of others, in a palace on a first-class bed with pillows. 40

O my lord, sometimes I bathe myself very nicely, smear sandalwood pulp all over my body, put on a flower garland, and dress in fine garments and ornaments. Then I travel like a king on the back of an elephant or on a chariot or horse. Sometimes, however, I travel naked, like a person haunted by a ghost. 41

Different people are of different mentalities. Therefore it is not my business either to praise them or to blaspheme them. I only desire their welfare, hoping that they will agree to become one with the Supersoul, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna. 42

The mental concoction of discrimination between good and bad should be accepted as one unit and then invested in the mind, which should then be invested in the false ego. The false ego should be invested in the total material energy. This is the process of fighting false discrimination. 43

A learned, thoughtful person must realize that material existence is illusion. This is possible only by self-realization. A self-realized person, who has actually seen the truth, should retire from all material activities, being situated in self-realization. 44

Prahlada Maharaja, you are certainly a self-realized soul and a devotee of the Supreme Lord. You do not care for public opinion or so-called scriptures. For this reason I have described to you without hesitation the history of my self-realization. 45

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AMAZING SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM, AMALAM PURANAM.

The expression “MONEY is honey” also originates in the Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.13.36. This chapter is called the Behavior of a Perfect Person and describes the encounter and conversation of King Prahlada and the Avadhuta Brahmin practicing ajagara-vritti or imitating the python who lies down for many days and is satisfied with whatever is achieved in its own way.

The Sanskrit is madhuvat vittam. We have danda-vat, like a stick and here we have madhu-vat, as good as honey.

Madhu-vat means as good as honey and vittam means MONEY. Whence “Money is as good as honey.”

We just have to use the money strictly in the service of Lord Narayana, the husband of the Goddess of Fortune. Then money will not “be the cause of lamentation, illusion, fear, anger, material attachment, material poverty and unnecessary hard work.” SB 7.13.34

“As far as our Krsna consciousness movement is concerned, we are getting money naturally, by the grace of God, by selling our literature. This literature is not sold for our sense gratification; to spread the Krsna consciousness movement we need so many things, and Krsna is therefore supplying us the requisite money to advance this mission. The mission of Krsna is to spread Krsna consciousness all over the world, and for this purpose we naturally must have sufficient money. Therefore, according to the advice of Srila Rupa Gosvami Prabhupada, we should not give up attachment to money that can spread the Krsna consciousness movement. Srila Rupa Gosvami says in his Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (1.2.256):

prapancikataya buddhya
hari-sambandhi-vastunah
mumuksubhih parityago
vairagyam phalgu kathyate

“When persons eager to achieve liberation renounce things related to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, thinking them to be material, their renunciation is called incomplete.” Money that can help in spreading the Krsna consciousness movement is not a part of the material world, and we should not give it up, thinking that it is material. Srila Rupa Gosvami advises:

anasaktasya visayan
yatharham upayunjatah
nirbandhah krsna-sambandhe
yuktam vairagyam ucyate

“When one is not attached to anything, but at the same time accepts everything in relation to Krsna, one is rightly situated above possessiveness.” (Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu 1.2.255) Money is undoubtedly coming in great quantities, but we should not be attached to this money for sense gratification; every cent should be spent for spreading the Krsna consciousness movement, not for sense gratification. There is danger for a preacher when he receives great quantities of money, for as soon as he spends even a single cent of the collection for his personal sense gratification, he becomes a fallen victim. The preachers of the Krsna consciousness movement should be extremely careful not to misuse the immense quantities of money needed to spread this movement. Let us not make this money the cause of our distress; it should be used for Krsna, and that will cause our eternal happiness. Money is Laksmi, or the goddess of fortune, the companion of Narayana. Laksmiji must always remain with Narayana, and then there need be no fear of degradation. SB 7.13.32

In SB 7.13.34, Srila Prabhupada also sums up the structure of modern civilisation as opposed to Vedic society:”

“In the demoniac civilization of the present day, however, there is no question of brahmins or ksatriyas; there are only so-called workers and a flourishing mercantile class who have no goal in life.

Ref. VedaBase => SB 7.13.34

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PRABHUPADA’s QUOTE OF THE DAY and literary expertise. SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM 7.13.25 and 7.13. 29 respectively.

Our Krsna consciousness movement is therefore the highest movement for the benediction of human society because this movement is teaching people how to go back home, back to Godhead. In Bhagavad-gita (13.22) it is clearly stated that different forms of life are obtained by association with the three modes of material nature (karanam guna-sango ‘sya sad-asad-yoni janmasu). According to one’s association with the material qualities of goodness, passion and ignorance in this life, in one’s next life one receives an appropriate body. Modern civilization does not know that because of varied associations in material nature, the living entity, although eternal, is placed in different diseased conditions known as the many species of life. Modern civilization is unaware of the laws of nature.

prakrteh kriyamanani
gunaih karmani sarvasah
ahankara-vimudhatma
kartaham iti manyate

“The bewildered spirit soul, under the influence of the three modes of material nature, thinks himself the performer of activities that are in actuality carried out by nature.” (Bg. 3.27) Every living entity is under the full control of the stringent laws of material nature, but rascals think themselves independent. Actually, however, they cannot be independent. This is foolishness. A foolish civilization is extremely risky, and therefore the Krsna consciousness movement is trying to make people aware of their fully dependent condition under the stringent laws of nature and is trying to save them from being victimized by strong maya, which is Krsna’s external energy. Behind the material laws is the supreme controller, Krsna (mayadhyaksena prakrtih suyate sacaracaram [Bg. 9.10]). Therefore if one surrenders unto Krsna (mam eva ye prapadyante mayam etam taranti te [Bg. 7.14]), one may immediately be freed from the control of external nature (sa gunan samatityaitan brahma-bhuyaya kalpate [Bg. 14.26]). This should be the aim of life.”

Because it deals with the true and common essentials of life that God, Krishna, is a reality and that every living being is part and parcel of Krishna just as the drop of ocean water is part and parcel of the ocean, Srila Prabhupada’s Vani can and will give shelter to the whole world. It is only a matter of advertisement or to use a more Vaishya expression: it is only a matter of marketing. Srila Prabhupada has kindly given us the goods. Now it is a matter of convincing others only.

We also note that on such occasions, Srila Prabhupada uses the expression “our Krishna consciousness movement.” He does not say our “International Society for Krishna consciousness,” which means that the Krishna consciousness movement is larger than the mere ISKCON and includes ISKCON in any case. It also means that in all cases, Srila Prabhupada is the seed and initiator of the modern Krishna consciousness movement.

Srila Prabhupada literary expertise.

In SB 7.13.29 we find:

“The life, or the spiritual soul, is compared herein to water, from which clumps of matter grow in the form of grass. One who is ignorant of scientific knowledge of the spirit soul does not look inside the body to find happiness in the soul; instead, he goes outside to search for happiness, just as a deer without knowledge of the water beneath the grass goes out to the desert to find water.”

“Clumps of matter”sounds like “chunks of matter” or “lumps of matter” or some other vague, collective, all-encompassing expression. But the dictionary confirms that “clump” is precisely the word needed here as follows:

clump | klʌmp | noun 1 a small group of trees or plants growing closely together: a clump of ferns. • a small, compact group of people: they sat on the wall in clumps of two and three. • a compacted mass or lump of something: clumps of earth. • Physiology an agglutinated mass of blood cells or bacteria, especially as an indicator of the presence of an antibody to them. 

One has to be quite a sharp observer of the world, as well as an expert linguist to use precisely the right word in every situation, just as Srila Prabhupada is practicing.

It also confirms that Srila Prabhupada is my superior and Guru because even though I have been reading Him for 50 years, He is still teaching me new English vocabulary. I offer my prostrated obeisances (dandavats) at His holy feet. Jai Srila Prabhupada!

Another significant expression here is “the scientific knowledge of the spirit soul.” Krishna consciousness is not sentimental speculation. It is just as scientific as physics or chemistry. It is so because ultimately it emanates from the Supreme. It emanates from the Manufacturer just as the owner’s car manual is produced by the vehicle manufacturer and is therefore considered reliable and scientific.

For “science”the dictionary gives:

“science | ˈsʌɪəns | noun [mass noun] the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment: the world of science and technology.”

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is 2.42-43. Illegal dealings and usurpation of power.

BGAII 2.42-23 It is known by now that both editors do not like Srila Prabhupada’s perfectly adequate expression “Poor fund of knowledge” and that is their prerogative. But to have the audacity to replace it with their own “small knowledge” (no word play here) is illegal and an outright affront to Srila Prabhupada. It also represents an usurpation of power. These types of dealings are serious matters with dire consequences for everyone. The same Guru Aparadha is repeated in the first sentence of the purport where “poor fund of knowledge” now becomes “ignorance.”

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BIIIIIIIIG, HUUUUUUUGE Mistake! Bhagavad-gita As It Is 6.47

The key lies in the preposition. The preposition makes all the difference. In the Original Transcript (OT), we literally read: “Of all yoga practitioners, he who is always abiding by Me within Himself, great in faith, and rendering transcendental loving service unto Me, is the highest of all yogis.”

In the Bhagavad-gita As Is It NOT by Jayadvaita it becomes: “And of all yogis, the one with great faith who always abides in Me, thinks of Me within himself……..” and in the Bhagavad-gita As It Is NOT by Hayagriva it becomes: ” And of all yogis, he who always abides in Me with great faith, worshiping Me in transcendental loving service……..” Both versions are wrong and engender the same conditioned disease: Unwillingness to surrender to the Supreme Lord.

Now let us scutinizingly examine the following dictionary quote:

abide | əˈbʌɪd | verb1 [no object] (abide by) accept or act in accordance with (a rule, decision, or recommendation): I said I would abide by their decision. 2 [with object] (can/could not abide) informal be unable to tolerate (someone or something): if there is one thing I cannot abide it is a lack of discipline. 3 [no object] (of a feeling or memory) continue without fading or being lost: at least one memory will abide. • archaic live; dwell: many unskilful Men do abide in our City of London

We may conclude that “abide in” is an archaic verb and means live or dwell, which, figuratively, will make sense in the context of BGAII 6.47, even though we would rather not use archaisms.

BUT, BUT, BUT “abide in” represents a betrayal of the original text. There is no question of “abide in” here. The verb used is “abide by.” And what is the main connotation of “abide by?” The main connotation of “abide by” is TO OBEY. Just like on some T-shirts, we see only these four letters O, B, E and Y, which makes OBEY!!! An unequivocal message. This is confirmed in BGAII 2.41: “As such, to be well versed in Krsna consciousness one has to act firmly in obedience of the representative of Krsna and one should accept the instruction of the spiritual master as one’s mission of life.”

That means “obey” is the issue and not “dwelling.” But the editors have cleverly, surreptitiously and subversively avoided the issue by substituting “abide by” with the archaic “abide in” and thereby are misleading the whole world. This is a typical subterfuge of the conditioned soul. We are happy to pretend to rub shoulders with Krishna, but under no circumstances shall we surrender to the demands of Sri Krishna or the Spiritual Master. This is simply not possible. It is another illusion. It is another cheating process. Without undergoing the surrendering process, we shall never rub shoulders with Krishna, just as without accepting and surrendering to the university conditions we shall never become a graduate.

We suggest the final rendition for Bhagavad-gita As It Is 6.47 will be:

“Of all yoga practitioners, he who always abides by Me within himself with great faith and renders transcendental loving service unto Me, he is the highest of all yogis.”

We note that in Shastra, in most cases even the sternest messages are transmitted in an innocuous fashion, and as much as destinies are subsequently made. It is up to the reader or hearer to evaluate the situation properly. A good example is the exchange between Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Vallabhacarya: Caitanya Caritamrta, Antya Lila, Chapter 7, entitled Lord Caitanya meets Vallabha Bhatta. No boisterous verbal exchanges here. But “Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu smilingly replied, “One who does not accept the svami [husband] as an authority I consider a prostitute.” CC Antya 7.115

This editorial problem was spotted at 4 AM on the 18 day of April 2022. And consequently, I almost came late for Mangal Aratik. And in Deity worship punctuality is crucial and essential. But when I arrived at the Brisbane ISKCON temple there was another problem. For some unknown reason, the temple floor was unusually dirty and the head pujari also expressed her disappointment and lassitude for this type of problem. It is the responsibility of those who dirtied the floor the previous night, or their supervisors in the case of children, to leave the place in a spotless condition. Please oblige and have some consideration for the Mangal Arati pujaris and attendants as well.  

I repeat it again and again and again: strictly speaking, none of these two versions of Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita qualifies to be called Bhagavad-gita As It Is by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. These are mere shadows of Bhagavad-gita As It Is and we are standing on shaky and unstable grounds. Both versions are too far removed from Srila Prabhupada’s original intentions, which are best reflected in the Original Transcript, (OT). This OT document however, or at least some parts of it, for various reasons are not easy to handle at all. It can be found here: https://bookchanges.com/bhagavad-gita-as-it-is-manuscript/. Thank you for your wisdom!

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EXPAND!!! EXPAND TOWARDS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THOUSANDS OF CAITANYA MAHAPRABHU TEMPLES IN AUSTRALIA AND AROUND THE WORLD, AS EXPECTED AND PREDICTED BY SRILA PRABHUPADA IN HIS LETTER OF DECEMBER 31st, 1975!

The splendid, world standard, ISKCON (our parent organization) Mayapur temple, West Bengal, India, due for completion in 2024. https://tovp.org

Bombay

31 December, 1975

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

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Dear Maharajas, Prabhus and Mothers,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to our greatest Srila Prabhupada!

The Australian Society for Krishna Culture is endeavoring to acquire an Ashram strategically located in Far North Queensland (FNQ), one of the best and most scenic places in Australia, especially in wintertime. 

The Australian Society for Krishna Culture (Auskculture) is based strictly on Prabhupada-Vani and is a bona fide and authorized preaching institution because Srila Prabhupada writes in Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.13.34. P. “A sannyasi (read “preacher”) should have an institution meant to preach Krsna consciousness; he need not accumulate money for himself. We recommend that as soon as money accumulates in our Krsna consciousness movement, fifty percent of it should be invested in printing books, and fifty percent for expenditures, especially in establishing centers all over the world.” 

The Australian Society for Krishna Culture is a fully integrated part and parcel of Srila Prabhupada’s “Krishna consciousness movement,” in the broader sense of the expression. Srila Prabhupada’s expression “Krishna consciousness movement” need not exclusively designate His International Society for Krishna Consciousness or ISKCON. We suggest that it includes all organizations strictly based on Prabhupada-Vani, including those who do not officially depend on ISKCON’s GBC. Prabhupada-Vani stands above everyone, including ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission. In an even broader sense, since the advent of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu 500 years ago, the Krishna conciousness movement has got hundreds of branches as explained in the Caitanya Caritamrta, Adi-lila, chapter 10. We are concerned with the A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada branch, which also happens to be the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya sampradaya.

So what is the meaning of all this? The meaning is that Srila Prabhupada is such a powerful yogi, Acarya, and Brahmin that all His words come true under different circumstances and in due course of time. Auskculture will fit positively into His criticism of the ISKCON managers of the seventies when an attempt toward centralization and consequently extra bureaucracy was attempted. Auskculture sets an example and fits very snuggly into Srila Prabhupada’s wishes that:”. Krishna Consciousness Movement is for training men to be independently thoughtful and competent in all types of departments of knowledge and action,……..)

And this would also have to be one of the main reasons why Sri Krishna did not allow the merger between Auskculture and ISKCON Australia to take place when such a confidential attempt was made in the second part of the last year 2021.

Here is an extract of the letter 72.12.22let.Karandhara

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Bombay

22 December, 1972

72-12-22

Los Angeles

My dear Karandhara,

…………………………

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. Of course, if new men are coming, they may not be expected immediately to take to our regulative principles cent per cent. Therefore we should not be so anxious to induce them to live in the temple. Anyone who lives in the temple must agree to follow the rules and regulations without fail. So if some new man moves in with us he may become discouraged if he is forced in this way. Therefore let them live outside and become gradually convinced in the class why they should accept some austerity, then they will live with us out of their own accord and follow nicely everything. It is very difficult to give up very quickly so many bad habits as you have got in your country, so educate them gradually, first with chanting, and do not be so much anxious to count up so many numbers of new devotees, if such devotees go away later being too early forced. I want to see a few sincere devotees, not many false devotees or pretenders.

So my point is that the regulative principles must be followed by everyone. Otherwise their enthusiasm dwindles and they again think of sex and become restless, and so many problems are there. There is some symptom of missing the point. The point is to be engaged in doing something for Krishna, never mind what is that job, but being so engaged in doing something very much satisfying to the devotee that he remains always enthusiastic. He will automatically follow the regulative principles because they are part of his occupational duty—by applying them practically as his occupational duty, he realizes the happy result of regulative principles. So the future of this Krishna Consciousness movement is very bright, so long the managers remain vigilant that 16 rounds are being chanted by everyone without fail, that they are all rising before four morning, attending mangal arati—our leaders shall be careful not to kill the spirit of enthusiastic service, which is individual and spontaneous and voluntary. They should try always to generate some atmosphere of fresh challenge to the devotees, so that they will agree enthusiastically to rise and meet it. That is the art of management: to draw out spontaneous loving spirit of sacrificing some energy for Krishna. But where are so many expert managers? All of us should become expert managers and preachers. We should not be very much after comforts and become complacent or self-contented. There must be always some tapasya, strictly observing the regulative principles—Krishna Consciousness movement must be always a challenge, a great achievement to be gained by voluntary desire to do it, and that will keep it healthy. So you big managers now try to train up more and more some competent preachers and managers like yourselves. Forget this centralizing and bureaucracy.

Hoping this meets you in good health.

Your ever well-wisher,

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

ACBS:sda____________________________________________-

We are currently looking at a wonderful 350-acre property with unlimited potential and provided our application for finance is approved, we remain separated from the seller by a mere AU$ 25 000. At this stage of negotiation, the seller will accept a firm AU$ 565 000 or US $ 420 000.  

Do you feel like contributing to this milestone in the development of Krishna consciousness in Australia? Whatever the final FNQ location may be, which Krishna will ultimately determine, every AU $100 donated entitles you to an “overnight” on the premises. All donors above AU$ 99.00 will get a free blue and gold (Lord Caitanya’s color!) “Hare Krishna” baseball cap as well, a smartly designed one size fits all cap.

The account details are:

ANZ Bank  

Account name in short: AUSKCULTURE

BSB: 016498

A/C # 325674118

SWIFT / BIC Code: ANZ BAU 3 M, current in April 2022 and required for international payments only.

At this time the fundraising thermometer stands at AU$ 701.00

And our next step will be DARWIN in the Northern Territory. Darwin is the most tropical city in Australia and is 2850 km away by road and 1680 km away by air from Cairns.

Thank you very much for considering the matter thoughtfully and thank you for your Krishna-generosity!

Param Vijayate Sri Krishna Caitanya Sankirtanam!

In service to Srila Prabhupada,

Yadavendra Das (ACBSPgen.1) 

Member of The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)

Founder and Director of 

The Australian Society for Krishna Culture (AUSKCULTURE), 

virtually

The International Society for Krishna Culture. (ISKCULTURE) 

Brisbane, Australia

https://krishnaculture.org

Please always do chant and never stop chanting: 

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare 


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BGAII 1.30, purport. Here is an example how Srila Prabhupada’s editors literally savaged Srila Prabhupada’s literary perfection.

The coolest person ever: His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder of the international Hare Krishna movement. New York 1966.

Srila Prabhupada means:

“Due to his impatience, Arjuna was unable to stay on the battlefield and he was forgetting himself on account of the weakness of his mind. Excessive attachment for material things puts a man in such bewildering condition of existence. Bhayam dvitiyabhinivesatah syat, (Bhagavatam 11.2.37): such fearfulness and loss of mental equilibrium take place in persons who are too much affected by material conditions and therefore Arjuna envisioned only painful reverses in the battlefield, namely he was not going to be happy even by gaining victory over the enemy. The words “nimittani viparitani” are significant. When a man sees frustration in some expectation he thinks, “Why I am here?” Everyone’s selfishness is self-centred. No one is interested in the supreme selfishness of Krishna. Arjuna is supposed to show such ignorance of selfishness by the will of Krishna. The real selfishness is Vishnu. The conditioned soul forgets it and therefore suffers the symptoms of bodily derelictions. Arjuna thought that his victory in the battle would be cause of lamentation for him.”

In the 1972 edition, Hayagriva gives:

“Due to his impatience, Arjuna was unable to stay on the battlefield, and he was forgetting himself on account of the weakness of his mind. Excessive attachment for material things puts a man in a bewildering condition of existence. Bhayam dvitiyabhinivesatah: such fearfulness and loss of mental equilibrium take place in persons who are too affected by material conditions. Arjuna envisioned only unhappiness in the battlefield — he would not be happy even by gaining victory over the foe. The word nimitta is significant. When a man sees only frustration in his expectations, he thinks, “Why am I here?” Everyone is interested in himself and his own welfare. No one is interested in the Supreme Self. Arjuna is supposed to show disregard for self-interest by submission to the will of Krsna, who is everyone’s real self-interest. The conditioned soul forgets this, and therefore suffers material pains. Arjuna thought that his victory in the battle would only be a cause of lamentation for him.”

Jayadvaita gives:

“Due to his impatience, Arjuna was unable to stay on the battlefield, and he was forgetting himself on account of this weakness of his mind. Excessive attachment for material things puts a man in such a bewildering condition of existence. Bhayam dvitiyabhinivesatah syat (SB 11.2.37): such fearfulness and loss of mental equilibrium take place in persons who are too affected by material conditions. Arjuna envisioned only painful reverses in the battlefield — he would not be happy even by gaining victory over the foe. The words nimittani viparitani are significant. When a man sees only frustration in his expectations, he thinks, “Why am I here?” Everyone is interested in himself and his own welfare. No one is interested in the Supreme Self. Arjuna is showing ignorance of his real self-interest by Krsna’s will. One’s real self-interest lies in Visnu, or Krsna. The conditioned soul forgets this, and therefore suffers material pains. Arjuna thought that his victory in the battle would only be a cause of lamentation for him.”

Let us focus on the expression “therefore suffers the symptoms of bodily derelictions”

As definition my I-dictionary gives:

dereliction | dɛrəˈlɪkʃ(ə)n | noun [mass noun] 1 the state of having been abandoned and become dilapidated: a 15th-century farmhouse has been saved from dereliction

As synonyms it gives:

more buildings were reclaimed from dereliction: dilapidation, disrepair, decrepitude, deterioration, ruin, rack and ruin; abandonment, neglect, disuse, desertion, rejection, forsaking.

We could easily say:”therefore suffers the symptoms of bodily dilapidation” or “therefore suffers the symptoms of bodily decrepitude” and “therefore suffers the symptoms of bodily deterioration.”

Dilapidation, decrepitude and deterioration, these three words, among others, are given as synonyms for dereliction. We may therefore conclude that Srila Prabhupada’s choice of the word “dereliction” is just perfect as always. Why interfere? Any change will render the sentence of lesser literary quality and value. Please keep your hands off Srila Prabhupada’s prose! He is the one Who was nicknamed by His Godbother’s “kavi”, the poet, and not you!

And what is the necessity of paraphrasing or plagiarising the following four sentences: “Everyone’s selfishness is self-centred. No one is interested in the supreme selfishness of Krishna. Arjuna is supposed to show such ignorance of (personal) selfishness by the will of Krishna. The real selfishness is Vishnu.” There is absolutely no need whatsoever to paraphrase these four sentences as the meaning is all very clear. While forcibly pulling down Prabhupada-Vani on the level of one’s own material conditioning, the editor not only makes himself useless and irrelevant but also becomes an obstacle in accessing Srila Prabhupada. And this is where the line needs to be drawn and counter action needs to be taken. When will we become receptive to Srila Prabhupada’s message AS IT IS, instead of feeling a need to adapt it to our own small conditioned world and mislead everyone else in the process. It is also an insult to the readers for the editor to think they just dont have the intelligence to follow Prabhupada trail of thought and “I, such a great Prabhupada diksha disciple, have to paraphrase Srila Prabhupada for their understanding.” Perhaps the editor lacks preaching contact with the general world, as opposed to the ISKCON world, because after the distribution of 573 000 000 pieces of Prabhupada literatures, people of the world in general are coming closer to Srila Prabhupada big time and might even teach us a few things. Guru is one and sometimes manifests Himself in unexpected ways and manners. I think I made my point and there is no need for further elaboration or examples.


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BHAGAVAD-GITA AS IT IS (BGAII) by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Institutor of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) and Founder of the Back To Godhead magazine (BTG).

What we have:

ONE: We have the Original Transcript (OT). If it weren’t for Madhudvisa Prabhu, who publishes OT on the website “bookchanges.com,” this basic and essential document would have probably never been made public. If that were the case and considering that both available Bhagavad-gita As It Is version one and version two have not only censored Srila Prabhupada heavily but also unnecessarily and extensively plagiarised Him it would amount to a global criminal conspiracy on the part of the trustees of Srila Prabhupada’s literary heritage.

TWO: We have BGAII version one also called the 1972 MacMillan edition, also called Bhagavad-gita As It Is NOT by Hayagriva, also called the mistake infested Bhagavad-gita As It Is.

THREE: WE have BGAII version two, the current official version of ISKCON, even though some ISKCON centres like ISKCON Bangalore, India, seem to brake away from that officialdom. This version is also called Bhavad-gita As It Is NOT by Jayadvaita, or the Jugglery-of-Words-Abacadabra Version.

“Misinterpretation of Bhagavad-gita is chala-dharma. When Krsna directly says something and some rascal interprets it to mean something different, this is chala-dharma — a religious system of cheating — or sabda-bhit, a jugglery of words. One should be extremely careful to avoid these various types of cheating systems of religion. SB 7.15.13

What we need:

Now we need THE PARAMPARA RENDITION OF BHAGAVAD-GITA AS IT IS strictly based on and strictly following OT.

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