People, there is a great bluff and hoax going on.
There are two different books calling themselves Bhagavad-gita As It Is.
But neither of them is really Bhagavad-gita As It Is.
That is the first illegality.
How can two different books carry the same name?
Just like there is only one Supreme Personality of Godhead, whether we call Him Allah, Jehovah or Krishna. He is ONE. Similarly, there can only be ONE Bhagavad-gita As It Is.
At best, at least one of them must be counterfeit. IMHO they both are!
The amount of disrespect and disdain, unfaithfulness, betrayal, falsity, breach of trust shown by the successive editors to the original author or translator His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is abysmal and millions of miles away of what could be categorized as innocent mistakes and may even denote a hidden personal agenda. This offensive attitude is magnified enormously by the actual position of Srila Prabupada, as an emissary of Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead and will not remain un-dealt with by Krishna Himself personally.
To this point of time I, myself, have been calling them Bhagavad-gita As It Is Version One and Bhagavad-gita As It Is Version Two.
That also is incorrect!
These are not Bhagavad-gita As It Is at all!
In all honesty, the first one should be called HAYAGRIVA BHAGAVAD GITA and the second one should be called JAYADVAITA BHAGAVAD GITA, as per the respective disciples-perhaps should I say so-called disciples- of Srila Prabhupada who edited them, the first so-called disciple being intermittently a drug addict, in short he was a drug addict and some say he was a homosexual as well.
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is supposed to be based on the Bhagavad-gita As It Is. Bhagavad-gita As It Is is their ABC teaching, the glorious Srimad Bhagavatam, being the next step. But no one will be honest enough to tell you about these things. It is all clad in total silence. It is a conspiracy of silence. The editor of the official Back to Godhead magazine, Nagaraja Dasa in USA, literally “The King of Snakes”, being a very first-class conspirator. Business must go on after all. And as per my experience, silence is, unfortunately, the preferred method of solving things at The International Society for Krishna Consciousness or ISKCON. But the great saint and teacher, Founder-Acarya of ISKCON, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada clearly writes in His publication The Nectar of Instruction, text one, purport: “SILENCE MAY APPEAR HELPFUL FOR SOME TIME, BUT ULTIMATELY IT PROVES A FAILURE.” So the question will be: ”Is ISKCON heading toward a spectacular failure at the current rate of management?”
There is no question at all to add the nomenclature AS IT IS to any of these two Bhagavad-gitas, because IT IS NOT Bhagavad-gita!
The appellation “BHAGAVAD GITA AS IT IS NOT” is, therefore, most appropriate.
So we have here in fact:
1) HAYAGRIVA BHAGAVAD-GITA AS IT IS NOT
2) JAYADVAITA BHAGAVAD-GITA AS IT IS NOT
Henceforward, let us please be honest and adopt these two true and appropriate designations.
Neither of them are Bhagavad-gita As It Is, even though they call themselves Bhagavad-gita As It Is.
Bhagavad-gita As It Is is a different production altogether by Srila Prabhupada Himself, the original translator and author. And the closest we get to BHAGAVAD-GITA AS IT IS is the Original Transcript of Bhagavad-gita (OT)!
The worst of all is that the followers of the two camps are antagonistically opposed to each other and each claims falsely to represent Bhagavad-gita As It Is! A mad situation really, as is the custom in the material world, where the black and the white, the democrats and the republicans, the day and the night, and Hayagriva Bhagavad-gita As It Is Not and Jayadvaita Bhagavad-gita As It Is Not always conflict.
Or is ISKCON perhaps progressively becoming a professional institution whose members AND leaders will accept any compromise whatsoever FOR THE MONEY AND ASSOCIATED MATERIAL ADVANTAGES. That also represents a flagrant failure!
Expert lawyers, if you read me, please tell me what are the possible technical names for this type of illegality. Falsification, breach of trust, etc … naturally come to mind. Thank you very much.
Let me just give one example only and I shall call it:
The epitome of stupidity and arrogance. BGAII 2.4
In the Original Transcript (OT), smart Srila Pabhupada ignored “ishubhih” or “with arrows” on purpose. He did not overlook it. But His two stupid disciples Hayagriva and Jayadvaita, proud of their little understanding of Sanskrit, arrogantly decide to correct their super-qualified Spiritual Master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and decided this counterproductive detail must be added. “Hey, Prabhupada is a bit of a senile old man and we are here to correct all mistakes He has committed in His senility.” It’s a bit like the deaf husband, who chastises his wife for being so-called deaf because he is unable to hear her replies to his calls.
Now the whole thing sounds so primitive! Just see!
“Why should we take lessons from people who fight with arrows? This Bhagavad-gita is so primitive hahahahahaha!” thinks the proud and ignorant modern person. And the editors are contributing to it by adding “with arrows.”
This is a psychological fact! We enjoy reading Bhagavad-gita As It Is but when we arrive at this passage our estimation for Bhagavad-gita drops several notched. We are abruptly lead to believe that this was a kind of stone age. No fancy, electronic airplanes and drones. No guns shooting around corners. No hydrogen and atomic bombs. Just arrows. How primitive they were at the time and why should we take lessons on life from them? This is the counterproductive result of this stupid addition by Hayagriva and Jayadvaita!
These single two words and mantra “with arrows” throw us abruptly into the antiquated mundane, while we have just been flying high in transcendence by studying the most fascinating book on the planet earth, the Bhagavad-gita. Srila Prabhupada carefully avoided this mistake but his two stupid disciples fall mechanically into the trap. That is the difference between Srila Prabhupada’s, the Guru’s tactfulness and foresight and Hayagriva and Jayadvaita thick headedness. The intelligent person, book distributor and preacher knows very well that everything we say is a mantra, that every word and sentence we vibrate is a mantra and immediately shapes things around us.
There is at least one other major instance, where I felt that my thinking was being perverted in association with ISKCON and I was risking becoming stupid and making stupid decisions as well. No need to mention the details again. As a consequence and to enable me to truly follow in Srila Prabhupada’s footsteps, I had no choice but to create my own organization, The Australian Society for Krishna Culture. ALL GLORIES TO SRILA PRABHUPADA!