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  Srila Prabhupada said:

"Srila Vyasadeva revealed these statements after perfect realization and therefore they are perfect, for liberated sages like Vyasadeva never commit errors in their rhetorical arrangements. Unless one accepts this fact, there is no use in trying to obtain help from the revealed scriptures."  -- CC Adi-Lila Chapter 2 text 86 purport.

"If you concoct, 'I am more intelligent than my Guru,' 'I can make additions and alterations,' then you are finished." -- Srila Prabhupada lecture July 12, 1975 Philadelphia Pa.

"We cannot water down the philosophy to make it more palatable. Our books must remain as they are." -- Srila Prabhupada letter to Lilavati devi dasi March 31, 1977.


  Notable Quotes:

Jasomatinandan prabhu:  " ... commonsense dictates that except for typographical mistakes such as "planet of the trees," no editions and subtractions should be done from 1972 edition."



"Make It Perfect - That Is Our Philosophy"
Author: Madhudvisa dasa
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"Make It Perfect - That Is Our Philosophy"

"Make It Perfect - That Is Our Philosophy" [Jayadvaita Swami R.P. P3]

Jayadvaita Swami has embarked on the Herculean task of "revising and enlarging" Srila Prabhupada's books to "make them perfect." He tries to do this by referring to the "original" manuscripts and the original Sanskrit and Bengali commentaries by the previous acaryas. In some cases he retranslates verses himself to make them "closer to the original Sanskrit" and he often adjusts Srila Prabhupada's purports by "correcting" Srila Prabhupada's work and adding in his "obvious omissions."

Jayadvaita Swami is COMPLETELY independent in this "service" and he is free to change ANYTHING at all in Srila Prabhupada's books. He is not required to justify any of the changes he makes nor does he require any authorization from any other person to make changes to Prabhupada's books. Jayadvaita clearly admits that his editing work not a very exact science and he is not even sure himself if he has made the correct choices in some cases and thinks he may well be condemned for his mistakes in the future:

"Editing is not an exact science. As an editor, you look at each word with a critical eye, and you make value judgments: Is this clear? Is this grammatical? Is this faithful to what the author wrote? And--especially when revising an already published text: Should this word change, or should I just let it stand as it is? This revision to 4.34 was a close choice. And the version chosen is not one I'd go to battle for. Perhaps for the choice in this verse, history will condemn me. I suspect not." [From the new ISKCON Book Changes website]

It is unique in the history of religon that any religious organization has given one person complete authority to change their scriptures in any way they see fit without even documenting the changes they make, and WITH NO SUPPORT OR BLESSINGS FROM THE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH!

I have received hundreds of letters from devotees in all positions inside and outside ISKCON and the common factor is they do not like or trust Jayadvaita's books, they like Srila Prabhupada's original books. The only supporters for the changing of Srila Prabhupada's books seem to be Jayadvaita and Dravida. Who else is prepared to let them loose on Srila Prabhupada's books?

Dravida says HIMSELF: "Srila Prabhupada had confidence in Jayadvaita Swami and Jayadvaita Swami has full confidence in Dravida. OTHERS MAY CHOOSE TO TRUST NEITHER. MAY THEY READ THE OLD EDITIONS—ERRORS AND ALL—AND BE HAPPY." ["R.P. P19] So they DO NOT CARE that they are replacing authoritative versions of Srila Prabhupada's books that EVERYONE TRUSTS with their own versions that NO ONE TRUSTS.

Of course the old editions are no longer available and the BBT are now busy making a "Third Edition" of the "Bhagavad-gita As It Is" to "correct some of Jayadvaita's errors from the second edition" [according to the Australian BBT]. Who knows what else they will change this time? I have written to Jayadvaita requesting that he re-publish Srila Prabhupada's "Bhagavad-gita As It Is" instead of his "Third Edition," however I have not received any reply.

Because the new BBT books contain thousands of changes by Dravida and Jayadvaita the authority of the books depends completely on Dravida and Jayadvaita being paramahamsas, pure devotees receiving direct dictation from Krishna. If they are not pure devotees on this platform the changes they have made destroy the authority of the books.

Srila Prabhupada's original books are 100% authorized and approved by Srila Prabhupada as he himself read them daily and completely approved of them and did not ask for any changes. It is also a proven fact that if one reads Srila Prabhupada's original books he will become a devotee of Krishna. The new books have no such authority nor has it been proven that reading them has the same potency as reading Srila Prabhupada's original books. All Dravida can do is reassure us: "I will ever believe that IF I COULD show Srila Prabhupada the following restorative changes I've made to his books, he would approve." [R.P. P6]

>From the letter Jayadvaita sent to "Senior ISKCON Devotees" in 1982 announcing his new Bhagavad-gita we can understand he expected his book and the changes to the philosophy it contains would become the basis of the future preaching in ISKCON:

"This NEW Gita (along with its translations in other languages) WILL BE THE MAIN BOOK OUR MOVEMENT WILL BE PREACHING FROM for whatever time we have left in this yuga. Now is the time to make sure we are presenting Srila Prabhupada's Bhagavad-gita As It Is in the most authoritative FULLY SATISFYING[?] way. And I invite you now to contribute whatever thoughts you have on this work."

In his endeavor to "make Srila Prabhupada's Bhagavad-gita perfect" Jayadvaita has changed more than 70% of the purports and 70% of the translations in the book Srila Prabhupada himself read and gave classes from almost daily and did not ever request anyone to change ANYTHING [except "cattle raising" to "cow protection"].

Jayadvaita's book, no matter what he says, presents a COMPLETELY different philosophy on many points than Srila Prabhupada's original book. It is a different book. Srila Prabhupada approved of and constantly read the original Gita and DID NOT ASK ANYONE TO CHANGE IT. Jayadvaita confirms this himself in his 1986 letter to Amogha Lila:

"First: To my knowledge, SRILA PRABHUPADA NEVER ASKED US TO RE-EDIT THE BOOK. As you know, and as we kept in mind while doing the work, SRILA PRABHUPADA STAUNCHLY OPPOSED NEEDLESS CHANGES."

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