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The 2021 Prabupada Book Distribution Marathon has just begun!!! Japa walk Book distribution in the park.

For light duty book distribution, I generally carry Reservoir of Pleasure, Bhagavad-gita As It Is, soft bound and of course The Higher Taste. Just as there are the yummy Govinda Hare Krishna restaurants, similarly, on Book Distribution Sankirtan there is always a need to carry a Hare Krishna cookbook . A Hare Krishna cookbook, can indeed open many doors, which would otherwise remain shut. Srila Prabhupada, in His letter dated 15 June 1969, which remains as fresh as ever, to His female disciple Krishna Devi Dasi remarked:

Actually, the practice of meat-eating is very detrimental to spiritual life, because in spiritual life the goal is to become free from all sinful reactions, and meat-eating means simply to force oneself to suffer the sinful reactions of killing our fellow living entities. So as many people will be taking to practicing spiritual life through the influence of our Sankirtana Movement, SUCH COOKBOOK WILL BE VERY IMPORTANT and you should work for this as you are able.” 

My first attempts were unsuccessful. People declined to even accept benefit by touching the literature, what to speak of accepting a copy to take home! But we do not depend on the result of our endeavors. Finally after passing a final negative young couple having a snack on a bench, I came to a young guy sitting on another bench with table. He was bent over the table and absorbed in looking at the screen of his phone. I offered the magazine and he was not defensive as were previous customers and finally accepted it. In the talk that ensued he amazingly admitted that he was reading the Bible on his phone. I encouraged him with: “Congratulations, this is unique, I don’t think many people are studying the Bible in the park right now!” The amazing thing here is Krishna’s arrangement. This person was looking at God’s word on his phone and consequently searching for Him and here God Himself, Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, comes in the form of a nice painting on the cover of the nice Reservoir of Pleasure and sets Himself before this seeker of truth as described in BGAII 7.16 “O best among the Bharatas, four kinds of pious men begin their devotional service unto Me, the distressed, those in need of money, the inquisitive or those searching after the knowledge of the Absolute.” Krishna is so wonderful and we shall both remember this instance as part of our God or Krishna consciousness! Later things got easier and people got friendlier and more receptive. A met another guy with whom I had a good preaching conversation. And then the night fell and my book distribution activities came to end for the 4th day of december 2021.

Srila Prabhupada Srimad-Bhagavatam class, 1.16.8, Los Angeles, 5 January 1974

“There is no comparison. There is no literature throughout the universe like Srimad-Bhagavatam. There is no comparison. There is no competition. Every word is for the good of the human society, every word, each and every word. Therefore we stress so much in the book distribution. Somehow or other, if the book goes in one’s hand, he will be benefited. At least he will see, “Oh, I have taken so much price. Let me see what is there.” If he reads one shloka, his life will be successful, if one shloka, one word. This is such nice things. Therefore we are stressing so much, 

“PLEASE DISTRIBUTE BOOKS, DISTRIBUTE BOOKS, DISTRIBUTE BOOKS!

All glories to Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s world wide Sankirtan Movement, all glories to Srila Prabhupada, all glories to the dedicated ISKCON book distributors!

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Our contention is that the English language BHAGAVAD-GITA AS IT IS (BGAII) version, officially endorsed by The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, (ISKCON), and published by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) is a mere travesty of the authors’, Lord Krishna and His empowered representative Srila Prabhupada, original intentions due to the editors’ (Jayadvaita and the late Hayagriva) nefarious interventions. In one single word, it is to be considered apa-sampradaya, which means “oustide of the sampradaya.”

The three screenshots below of BGAII OT 5.29 and of BGAII OT 9.11 ( X2 ) give us first of all an idea of the sorry general state of the original transcript (OT). It is available here to everyone: https://bookchanges.com/bhagavad-gita-as-it-is-manuscript/. It is not an easy document to handle because in their outright disrespectful and over-self-confident attitude, the editors did not feel any compunction whatsoever to scribble all over it. We also note that the editors do not even have a basic understanding of the transcendental philosophy of Krishna consciousness. In particular, they do not seem to understand that the transcendental Lord Krishna is not at all different from His Holy Name, or in other words that the transcendental Lord Krishna is one with His Holy Name, otherwise, why would they have dared to cross out the word KRISHNA with such alacrity and on so many occasions, as we can clearly see on the screenshots? And If you wonder where the office fish comes in, that’s a small joke to counter a very big, sorry, and sad joke.

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“Especially Caitanya Mahāprabhu ordered the Indians to do it.”(preaching His glories) 76.04.26 BG.MEL

Devotee: Is it possible for a fallen soul to preach the glories of Kṛṣṇa and Lord Caitanya and the spiritual master to people outside?

Prabhupāda: Outside? What do you mean outside?

Devotee: In society. Outside of the movement, outside of the temple.

Devotee (2): He means living out independently, and also…

Prabhupāda: Oh, yes. Why not? Why not? It is simply an example how to become Kṛṣṇa conscious. You can start a similar place in your home, in your village, in your town. You can do that. It is simply an example how to conduct Kṛṣṇa consciousness business. It is not that the business is limited. It is not limited. Therefore we have written so many books. It is a great science. You can do it anywhere—that is the mission of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. He says, pṛthivīte āche yata nagarādi grāma [Caitanya-bhāgavata, Antya 4.126] = “All over the world, as many towns and villages are there, this Kṛṣṇa conciousness movement must be spread.” So one must know the science and spread it. That is wanted. People are suffering for want of knowledge. They should be enlightened by this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. That is the business of human life. Especially Caitanya Mahāprabhu ordered the Indians to do it. He said,bhārata-bhūmite haila manuṣya-janma yāra
janma sārthaka kari’ kara para-upakāra
[Cc. Ādi 9.41]His mission is that anyone who has taken birth in India, he first of all make his life successful and spread this knowledge for welfare activities of the whole human society. This is required.

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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). 

Just like 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 BG 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 that 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.

REMARKS

The original transcript (OT) can be found here:

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

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.

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.

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 of well articulated slogans in the ether. 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, 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), and subversive (6.10) 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.)

Other words have simply been added without authority:

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 an 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 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 from, and not 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.” 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?

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”

And then there is sexism. 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.

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

BGAII OT 9.3 p. “There are three 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.”

At last a funny anecdote 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 !

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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“BHAJA GOVINDAM!” Please worship Govinda, also called Krishna.

“Even Sripada Sankaracarya recommends that a little knowledge of the Bhagavad-gita and the drinking of a little quantity of Ganges water can save one from the punishment of Yamaraja.”
Srila Prabhupada’s Srimad Bhagavatam 3.5.41

“Although the greatest of the impersonalists, Sripada Sankaracarya, has admitted in his Gita commentary that Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, his followers do not accept Krsna as such, for it is very difficult to know Krsna, even though one has transcendental realization of impersonal Brahman.” Srila Prabhupada’s Srimad Bhagavad-gita 7.3

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Nagar Sankirtan. The talented singer sounds Indian. Location is unknown. Italy perhaps? A clean pre-pandemic seaside town in any case.

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The greatest nonsensical proposal in the current edition of Bhagavad-gita As It Is (BGAII V2) : nivrittim=not acting improperly, 16.7, word for word.

The greatest nonsensical proposal of current edition of Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (BGAII V2) is found in the word for word of chapter 16, verse 7 and gives us an idea of the moral turpitude of the editor. By translating and changing from BGAII V1, the meaning of “nivrttim”from “improper action” to “not acting improperly”, he indicates that actually there is no difference between proper action and improper action. It is all one. Do whatever you like. This is essentially the definition of Lord Krishna’s demoniac life. Fortunately the matter is rectified in the translation of the verse itself. The two translations coincide exactly:

“Those who are demoniac do not know what is to be done and what is not to be done. Neither cleanliness nor proper behavior nor truth is found in them.”BG 16.7

Srila Prabhupada’s use of the word “propriety” is however lost. In this particular context, as well as generally “propriety” is an essential word. Therefore we propose:

“Those who are of demoniac quality have no sense of propriety and do not know what is to be done and what is not to be done. They are unclean. Neither do they know how to behave, not is there any truth found in them.” BGAII 16.7 V3

And in BG 2.28, we find another absurdity in the expression “unmanifest in their beginning.” “Beginning” means manifested stage and unmanisfested stage is before the beginning. By definition manifested and unmanifested stages don’t coincide to any extent. The expression “unmanifest in their beginning” represents therefore a laughable contradiction in terms and must therefore be avoided. Srila Prabhupada simply write “unmanifested before.” Besides that “O descendant of Bharat” is conspicuous by its absence in both editions.

Here is BGAII 2.28 version 3:

“O descendant of Bharata, all created beings were non-manifested before; manifest only in their interim stage, and when vanquished, they become non-manifested again. So what need is there for lamentation”

Both editors seem to have a strong aversion for logicians because in the first sentence of the purport of previous verse, BG 2.27, they drop unceremoniously the word “logicians.”

Srila Prabhupada writes:”According to logicians, one has to take his birth according to one’s activities of life.”

In their superior wisdom they have decided that this should instead be shortened to:”One has to take birth according to one’s activities of life.”, clearly a corruption of Srila Prabhupada’s words.

In BG 2.33, purport, the word “certificate” is dropped once :

Srila Prabhupada writes: “Arjuna was a famous fighter and he obtained certificates by fighting with many great demigods including even Lord Shiva”

Both editors write: “Arjuna was a famous fighter. and he attained fame by fighting many great demigods, including even Lord Shiva.”

Further down in the purport we read:”So he was credited with so many military certificates from many authorities……..which are Srila Prabhupada’s own words.

In the Transcript for BG 2.35 Srila Prabhupada uses the word “fig”. Why not keep it as follows:

Text 2.35

“The great generals who have very highly esteemed your name and fame will consider that you have left the battlefield out of fear only and thus they will not give a fig for you.”

From BG 2.42-43 it is evident that the editors have a fundamental aversion for Srila Prabhupada’s expression “poor fund of knowledge”

BG 2.47 Prabhupada’s “proprietary” in “proprietary right” is missing.

Another things is that in the Original Transcript Srila Prabhupada repeats the expression “Krishna Consciousness” over and over again. But in many cases, the editors have just suppressed this wonderfull expression which is in fact the object of our samadhi. 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 noted this anomaly and on March 25 2018 have written the article titled KRISHNA MISSING. ONE MILLION DOLLARS REWARD which can be seen by scrolling down home page.Krishna consciouness is all we are about. Srila Prabhupada wants to increase our Krishna consciousness and by removing the expression “Krishna consciouness”innumerable times, the editors decrease our Krishna consciouness. I am saying this is a deliberate affront to Srila Prabhupada and an great disservice to all fallen souls. Hare Krishna.

Sexism 2.67; 2.72 Srila Prabhupada gives capitals to “the Goddess of Fortune”, the editors don’t.

Bg 1.14 purport, we have a good example how previous editors diminish the literary value of Prabhupada’s writings:

“Besides that the chariot on which both friends were seated was donated by Agni to Arjuna and this indicated that this chariot was meant for conquering all sides wherever it would be drawn. The chariot was meant for conquering over all the three worlds by all means.”

becomes

“Besides that, the chariot on which both the friends were seated had been donated by Agni (the fire-god) to Arjuna, and this indicated that this chariot was capable of conquering all sides, wherever it was drawn over the three worlds.”

The repetition for emphasis is lost.

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Bhagavad-Gita As It Is in three parts.

AKNOWLEDGEMENT.

We acknowledge our debt of gratitude to HG Madhudvisa Prabhu, who made the Original Transcript (OT) available to the world by establishing the bookchanges.com website. 

First of all, if some of those original typists or editors would have had any decency, respect, circumspection and professionalism, they wouldn’t have scribbled all over the manuscript, thus making some of the passages completely unreadable. Judging by the thoroughness and great determination they crossed them out, leaving just one black mark on the white paper, it would appear that those typists or editors were extremely concerned and determined that some of Srila Prabhupada’s spoken words would never be readable again and this is what’s happening in some cases.

Bhagavad Gita As It Is is really divided into three parts because the original transcript (OT) is constituted of three distinct parts as follows:

1 ) The introduction plus the first five chapters have been typed by Srila Prabhupada Himself. For reviewing purposes, we shall, therefore, concentrate on the introduction and these initial five chapters first. 

2 ) Chapters six to eleven have been typed by another party or parties from Srila Prabhupada’s tape dictation. “Neal, the typist,” may have been one of them. Please see Prabhupada Lilamrta Vol 2 page 267 New York City November 1966

3 ) Chapters twelve to eighteen have not only been typed by another party or parties from Srila Prabhupada’s tape dictation, as were chapters six to eleven, but have also undergone a first process of editing by HG Hayagriva Prabhu, who is mostly responsible for version one of Bhagavad-Gita As It Is.

In other words, there is here a progression of five, six and seven chapters, which form the complete Bhagavad-gita of eighteen chapters.

The most astounding feature is that the original audio dictation is lost. In His transcendental pastimes, Srila Prabhupada carefully erased the tapes in order to reuse them again and again. 

This information has been provided by HG Dravida Prabhu of ISKCON San Diego, USA, and is considered reliable. 

In other words, in the first part, introduction and chapters 1 to 5, we are dealing with Srila Prabhupada Himself directly. For the second part, chapters 6 to 11, we are one brain away from Srila Prabhupada and in the third part, chapters 12 to 18, we are two brains away from Srila Prabhupada. The more brains away from Srila Prabhupada, the more chances for deviation and (mis) interpretations.

In many instances we also feel that Srila Prabhupada’s simplicity of expresion and more systematic language have been violated in the name of so-called more elaborate or snappy English. Simplicity has got its own virtues and sometimes complexity is created irrespectively in order to create a monopoly.  This is to be avoided. Bhagavad-gita, the message of Lord Krishna, is for everyone from the illiterate to the most learned and everyone in between.When I say illiterate, I am not exagerating. In Lord Caitanya’s times, in India, there was an illiterate brahmana who would feel love for Krishna and cry by simply looking at the pictures of Bhagavad-gita, especially the picture where Krishna accepts the subordinate position of charioteer. It is therefore essential that the style of writing appeals to everyone and because Srila Prabhupada was appointed by Krishna to deliver His message, we postulate that the most universally appealing style of writing is Srila Prabhupada’s own. So let us therefore stick to Him. Let us therefore stick to the Prabhupada mood. Om tat sat.

For more info please go to https://krishnaculture.org/bhagavad-gita-as-it-is-version-3/

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West Bengal Government’s support for Iskcon’s Temple of Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur. ( https://tovp.org )

Extract from HG Basu Ghosh Prabhu’s Vyasapuja offering 2021 to Srila Prabhupada:

” You must be pleased to know that the Chief Minister of West Bengal visited Sridham Mayapur and announced that she would do anything to promote religious tourism in West Bengal. You must be pleased to know that she had a law passed in the State Assembly exempting Iskcon’s Mayapur Tourist Corporation – wholly owned by your Iskcon India Governing Bureau, that you registered at Bombay during 1971- from land ceiling laws up to 750 acres! She further had the West Bengal State Assembly pass an exemption from stamp duties that saved the Mayapur project approximately fifty crores of rupees”(Fifty crores of Indian rupees is equivalent to roughly AU$ 8.8 million or US$ 6.6 million at this date. Source: ofx.com)

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Just see how Bhagavad-Gita As It Is rendition 1 (BGAII V1), also called the 1972 Macmillan edition, unfortunately, encourages ignorance. “Don’t study many books, just stay ignorant!”

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Let us, first of all, express our sadness and deepest sympathy for the relatives and friends of the slain devotees in the Bangladesh aggressions.

We seek two things:

  1. Justice – Those who are responsible for the recent violence must be held accountable and punished per Bangladesh law.
  2. Protection – We call on the Bangladesh government to ensure the safety of all religious minorities in Bangladesh._______________________________________________________________________

BGAII 10.34 purport.

The manuscript reads:

” Medha, memory, not only to read many books on many subject matter, but to keep them in the memory and produce them when necessary, that is also another opulence”

BGAII V1 points instead in the opposite direction, whence the title of my article:

“One need not read many books on different subject matters; the ability to remember a few and quote them when necessary is also another opulence.”

BGAII V2 respects the original “read many books”:

“And the ability not only to read many books on different subject matters but to understand them and apply them when necessary is intelligence (medha), another opulence.

BGAII V 3 possibly:

And the ability not only to read many books on different subject matters but to remember and quote them when necessary is intelligence (medha), another opulence.

Further considerations:

We note that the three word-for-word renditions translate the word medha as “intelligence” not “memory.”

Clearly, the idea of remembrance is present in the original transcript and should therefore be conserved in the final rendition. If one is able to remember and quote the subject matter, then understanding is implicit. No need to mention it.

The question will be how to best render “produce”, which in itself is not ideal:

“Quote” as in BGAII V1 or “apply” as in BGAII V2 ?

We may choose “quote” because Srila Prabhupada, the preacher, is always in the business of quoting Shastra as no one else knows how. Jai Srila Prabhupada!!!

Final remark: Such editorial discrepancies are very disturbing and cause discord. In Srila Prabhupada’s own words: ” If the books are printed with spelling mistakes and other mistakes, that will be a discredit for our publication.”

POST FINAL REMARK:

In order to improve the standard of presentation of BGAII V1, this point along with the number of qualities enumerated in the verse, which are in fact seven and not six, ought to be corrected just like the expression “cattle raising” of BGAII 18.44 has rightfully been corrected to “cow protection”, on Srila Prabhupada’s personal request.

The same applies to “avaricious” of BGAII 2.5 as well as the multiple use of “the Blessed Lord,” instead of “the “Supreme Personality of Godhead.” In BGAII 2.13 p. Hayagriva replaced Prabhupada’s “futile” with the word “meaningless.” and Jayadvaita Swami tolerates such whimsical change. What is wrong with “futile”, we may ask?

These are all inventions of Hayagriva Prabhu who thus takes the freedom of blocking access to Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-Gita as It Is. In all honesty, his presentation of BGAII should therefore be called Bhagavad-Gita As It Is Not (BGAIIN) by Hayagriva Prabhu.

In conclusion and IMHO, but for the missing purport sentence “And the ability not only to read many books on different subject matters but to remember and quote them when necessary is intelligence (medha), another opulence”, we may say that BGAII V2 10.34 is just fine by the arrangement of HH Jayadvaita Swami.

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