FOR EVERYONE TO CONTEMPLATE OPENLY:

 

A PERFECT EXAMPLE of a CRUCIAL and BONA FIDE IMPROVEMENT to SRILA PRABHUPADA’S BOOKS due to THE SAGACITY and PROFESSIONALISM of HIS GRACE DRAVIDA PRABHU of ISKCON SAN DIEGO, USA.

This instance does not mean that Srila Prabhupada is in any way defective in His presentation of Krishna consciousness. It means that in the seventies some mistakes have been committed by His editors, typists etc… in the process of hastily preparing the books for publication.

 

It concerns changes to the second part of the first paragraph of Srila Prabhupada’s purport to Caitanya Caritamrta, Madhya Lila, chapter 7, text 130.

 

Original misinterpreted version:

 

“One has to learn humility and meekness at home, following the instructions of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and in that way one’s life will be spiritually successful. One should not try to be an artificially advanced devotee, thinking “I am a first-class devotee” Such thinking should be avoided. It is best not to accept any disciples. One has to become purified at home by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra and preaching the principles enunciated by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Thus one can become a spiritual master and be freed from the contamination of material life.”

 

Current and correct version:

 

“One has to learn humility and meekness at home, following the instructions of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and in that way one’s life will be spiritually successful. One should not try to be an artificially advanced devotee, thinking “I am a first-class devotee, so it is best not to accept any disciples.” Such thinking should be avoided. One has to become purified at home by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra and preaching the principles enunciated by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Thus one can become a spiritual master and be freed from the contamination of material life.”

 

In he light of information discovered by HG Dravida Prabhu by examining the original annotated and typed script, the sentence “It is best not to accept any disciples” has been correctly repositioned, as originally intended, thus changing the meaning to a diametrically opposed one, in the matter of accepting the service of Diksha Guru within ISKCON and in succession to Srila Prabhupada. As His Holiness Bhaktivikasa Swami points out, paraphrasing Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Maharaja:” NB: Srila Bhaktisiddhanta doesn’t state not to accept disciples, but the opposite: to give up the mentality by which one prefers not to accept disciples.”

Jai Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada!

Jai Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Swami Prabhupada!

All glories to the assembled devotees!

 

 

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