H H JAYADVAITA SWAMI

For perhaps the last ten or twenty years (subject to exact verification in our long-standing correspondence), I have suggested to HH Jayadvaita Swami that the pronoun “who”, when referring to the Supreme Personality of Godhead should be with capital letter as in “Who”. He has steadily resisted such suggestion, claiming that Srila Prabhupada demanded the “down style”, or as little capital letters as possible. It was a frustration and a disappointment for me, as common grammatical sense dictates “Who” with a capital letter, when it refers the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna.

Now in early April 2018, I discover that Srila Prabhupada Himself in the Original Transcript (OT) actually writes “Who” with capital, when the pronoun refers to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. For example, we find three instances of this in BGAII OT 4.23, purport; BGAII OT 5.13, purport and BGAII OT 5.17 purport as well. I am 100 per cent certain that HH Jayadvaita Swami is aware of this state of affairs. He could not have missed it.

Now out of respect for my God–brother, I shall refrain from speaking unkind words and scorn his character and mentality in this respect. I shall leave it to my reader’s imagination and judgment.

I may however say the following. There is Srimad Bhagavatam 1.5.11 as follows:

 

“tad-vaag-visargo janataagha-viplavo

yasmin prati-shlokam abaddhavaty api

naamaany anantasya yasho ‘nkitaani yat

shrinvanti gaayanti grinanti saadhavah

TRANSLATION

On the other hand, that literature which is full of descriptions of the transcendental glories of the name, fame, forms, pastimes, etc., of the unlimited Supreme Lord is a different creation, full of transcendental words directed toward bringing about a revolution in the impious lives of this world’s misdirected civilization. Such transcendental literatures, even though imperfectly composed, are heard, sung and accepted by purified men who are thoroughly honest.”

I am sorry to say this, but IMHO Maharaja simply does not seem to belong to this category of “purified men who are thoroughly honest.” The Sanskrit antecedent for “purified men who are thoroughly honest” is “saadhavah, simply put: a “sadhu” or “holy man” in the most honourable sense of the term. And if my analysis is correct, it will instantly, fully and finally disqualify him from further editing of Srila Prabhupada’s books. Please move out of the way Maharaja and please cease with your nasty attempts and habits to confuse, bewilder and mislead us in all things concerning Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of ISKCON and especially in matters regarding His presentation of Bhagavad-Gita As It Is!!! Please go and distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books instead! We do not see your name in the World Sankirtan Newsletter. It will be so nice to see your name in the lists of the World Sankirtan Newsletter…. please!

 

As a result of such madness–or should I perhaps use the speculated expression “affective hallucinations” as is wrongly current in BGAII V1 & V2, 4.10, purport– we have perplexing, contradictory and incoherent Bhagavad-gita As It Is passages such as

 

1) “Now, Lord Krishna was not an ordinary man but the Supreme Godhead Himself, who had descended to earth and was playing the role of a prince in a contemporary dynasty. (BGAII V2 only. Setting the scene.)

 

2) “The theory of reflection can be applied to the Supersoul, who is present in each and every individual body and is known as the Paramaatmaa. BGAII V1 & V2, 2.13, purport.

 

3) “”I worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Govinda [Krishna], who is the original person—absolute, infallible, without beginning. Although expanded into unlimited forms, He is still the same original, the oldest, and the person always appearing as a fresh youth. Such eternal, blissful, all-knowing forms of the Lord are usually not understood by even the best Vedic scholars, but they are always manifest to pure, unalloyed devotees.” BGAII V1 & V2, 4.5, purport.

4) “Paratattva means the Supreme Reality, who is understood by the knowers of the Supreme as Brahman, Paramaatmaa and Bhagavaan.” BGAII V1 5.17

“Para-tattva means the Supreme Reality, who is understood by the knowers of the Supreme as Brahman, Paramaatmaa and Bhagavaan.” BGAII V 2 5.17

“Paratattva means the Supreme Reality, Who is understood by the knowers of the Supreme as Brahman, Paramaatmaa and Bhagavaan.” BGAII OT 5.17

 

To illustrate my point, these are four examples only but the list goes on. It also means that the same disease of envy and ignorance of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is transmitted to whomever reads current versions one and two of Bhagavad-gita As It Is. What a betrayal of Srila Prabhupada and what a disservice to humanity this anomaly represents!

 

There is no need of a great amount of intelligence in order to understand my point. It is common sense really! To positively refuse to apply a capital letter to pronouns or possessives relating to the Supreme Personality of Godhead is a sign of an offensive mentality. To positively decline to offer proper respect to the Supreme Personality of Godhead is in all circumstances, a sign of an envious mentality toward Him. No one likes envious people. They are a mischievous disturbance. Neither does Krishna like envious people, as He demonstrated with the washerman on the occasion of His entry to Mathura 5000 years ago. But being kind to all living entities, He equally extended His mercy to the washerman as well.

“The word bhajate is significant here. Bhajate has its root in the verb bhaj, which is used when there is need of service. The English word “worship” cannot be used in the same sense as bhaj. Worship means to adore, or to show respect and honor to the worthy one. But service with love and faith is especially meant for the Supreme Personality of Godhead. One can avoid worshiping a respectable man or a demigod and may be called discourteous, but one cannot avoid serving the Supreme Lord without being thoroughly condemned.” Bhagavad-gita As It Is 6.47, purport.

A pure devotee does not envy the Supreme Personality of Godhead. On the contrary, a pure devotee loves the Supreme Personality of Godhead with all his heart and soul as described in Chapter 90 of Krishna Book titled “Summary description of Lord Krishna’s pastimes”:

“In this way, Lord Krishna used to enjoy the company of His sixteen thousand wives. Some devotees of the Lord who want to love the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the mellow of conjugal love are elevated to the position of becoming wives of Krishna, and Krishna keeps them always attached to Him by His kind behavior. Krishna’s behavior with His wives—His movements, His talking with them, His smiling, His embracing and similar other activities, which are just like those of a loving husband—kept them always very much attached to Him. That is the highest perfection of life. If someone remains always attached to Krishna, it is to be understood that he is liberated, and his life is successful. With any devotee who loves Krishna with his heart and soul, Krishna reciprocates in such a way that the devotee cannot but remain attached to Him. The reciprocal dealings of Krishna and His devotees are so attractive that a devotee cannot think of any subject matter other than Krishna.” © BBT International for all quotes. Thank you for reading me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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