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Teachings of Lord Chaitanya
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1968 - 72 Comparison to Present Edition

Teachings of Lord Chaitanya    

1968 - 72 Comparison to Present Edition

  A.C. BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA

Founder - Acarya of the
International Society for Krishna Consciousness

     All Glories To Srila Prabhupada, the 1968, 72 Editions of TLC are the same. After that (1974) many changes took place. Srila Prabhupada didnít really like those changes and wanted that the original TLC be printed again. That didnít happen and now we have over 1,108 or the whole TLC was re-written.

∑     Starting in 1969 Srila Prabhupada just wanted diacritic marks and Sanskrit added not that the books be completely changed.

∑     First of all I would like to mention that Iím comparing the 1968 TLC Edition with the 1984 Edition, British. The Revised Teachings of Lord Chaitanya are all the same, just different page numbers.

∑     Practically the whole TLC was re-written. All the changes are small ones. The problem is that there are so many of them and that they are not at all beneficial. I could have the article 1,108 changes. I just entered some of the points that were changed.

∑   First the Acknowledgements (Srila Prabhupada personally thanking some of the first devotees) were taken out.

∑   Chapter titles were put in a different order. BUT WHY? Even these two changes I donít consider a big deal.

Original

(The Order for the Chapter titles is different)

Chapter 18   The Conversation with Prakasananda

Chapter 19   The Goal of Vedanta Study

Chapter 20   The Mayavadi Philosophers are Converted

Chapter 21   Further Talks with Prakasananda

Chapter 28   Relationship with the Supreme

Chapter 29   The Transcendental Pastimes of Radha and Krishna

Chapter 30   Pure Love for Krishna

Chapter 31   The Supreme Perfection

 

Revised

Chapter 18   The Conversation with Prakasananda

Chapter 19   Further Talks with Prakasananda 

(The Goal of Vedanta Study Ė same chapter as 19 in the  Original but has a different Chapter Name) Actually Chapter 19 doesnít have very many changes in it just unnecessarily edited.

Chapter 20   The Goal of Vedanta Study

The Name of this chapter is really The Mayavadi Philosophers are Converted. Not much change. 4 paragraphs of the next chapter were merged into the last part of Chapter 20.

Chapter 21   The Mayavadi Philosophers are Converted

Chapter 28   Relationship with the Supreme

Chapter 29   Pure Love for Krishna

Chapter 30   The Transcendental Pastimes of Radha and Krishna

Chapter 31   The Supreme Perfection  

Lord Caytaniaís Mission  

Original

  exacting and consistent-due to the unbreakable system of disciplic succession-of any religious culture in the world.

Revised

  exacting and consistent-due to the system of disciplic succession.

 

Original

Yet Lord Chaitanya, in His youth widely renowned as a scholar, Himself left us only eight verses, called Sikshastaka, in which His mission and precepts are revealed. Here, rendered by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, are these eight supremely valuable prayers:

Revised

Although Lord Caitanya, was widely renowned as a scholar in His youth, He left us only eight verses, called Sikshastaka. These suprememly valuable prayers are translated herein.

 

Original

3.

  One can chant the Holy Name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking himself lower than the straw in the street, more tolerant  than the tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige, and ready to offer all respects to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the Holy Name of the Lord constantly

Revised

3.

  One should chant the Holy Name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking himself lower than the straw in the street; one should be more tolerant than the tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige, and ready to offer all respects to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the Holy Name of the Lord constantly

∑     The word should comes from the word shame as in shame on you. Too much prosecution in ISKCON already.

   

Original

6.

  O my Lord! when shall my eyes be decorated with tears of love, flowing constantly while I chant Your Holy Name? When will my words be choked up when uttering the Holy Name? And when will all the holes of hair on my body have eruptions by the recitation of Your Name?

Revised

6.

  O my Lord! when shall my eyes be decorated with tears of love, flowing constantly while I chant Your Holy Name? When will my voice choked, and when will  the  hairs of my body stand on end at the recitation of Your Name?

 

Beginning of Introduction

∑     Next, The nice story about flying from San Francisco to New York and being above the clouds seeing the sun was taken out.

(pg.2 Originalópg 2 1984 Version) There is a nice example of this: When I was flying from San Francisco, the plane was above the cloudy ocean. Above the cloud was the sun; and though we came down through the cloud and everything in New York was dim, still, above the cloud, the sun was shining. A cloud cannot cover the whole world; it can't even cover the whole United States, which is not more than a speck in the universe. From the sky the skyscrapers are very tiny, just as from God's position all this nonsense becomes insignificant. I, the living entity, am very insignificant, and my tendency is to come down; but God hasn't got this tendency. The Supreme Lord doesn't come down to Maya, any more than the sun comes under the cloud. But we have the tendency to be controlled by Maya. Māyāvadī, impersonalist philosophers, say that because we are under the control of Maya in this world, when God comes, He is also put under the control of Maya. This is the fallacy of their philosophy.

   

 

Original (pg. 3)

 He was a Brahmin, and not rich-but He took sannyasa, the renounced order, and didn't care for the Maya of wife and mother.

Revised (pg. 3)

 Although He was a brahmana and was not rich, He took sannyasa, the renounced order of life, and thus extricated Himself from family entanglement

  • I kind of see the whole spectrum, this is a politically correct move so that a sannyasa wouldn't look so bad after getting caught breaking the 4 regs. 

∑         This next part is an example of how everything is re-written.  I still feel that the best way to see the changes for yourself is to just compare the revised TLC and the original TLC books.  Take any two page and compare them. This part about Junior Haridas (a sannyasa) was shortened quite a bit.

Original (pg. 3 )

Junior Haridas, who was important for being a good Kirtan singer, glanced lustfully at a young woman, and he was at once rejected by Lord Chaitanya: "You are living with Me in the renounced order, and yet looking at a woman with lust." This Junior Haridas later committed suicide in despair over his separation from Chaitanya. Other devotees had approached Chaitanya and asked Him to forgive Junior Haridas, but Chaitanya replied, "You all go live with him and forgive him. I'll stay alone." And when the news of Junior Haridas' suicide reached Him, Lord Chaitanya, Who was aware of everything that was happening, said, "Very good, that is very good." A householder devotee of His pleased Chaitanya, and Chaitanya, on learning of the devotee's wife being pregnant, asked that the baby be given a certain auspicious name. So He approved of householders, having sex in a regulated way; but He was strict-like a thunderbolt-with those of the renounced order who cheated by the method known as "drinking water underwater while taking a bath on a fast day."

Revised (pg. 4)

He was very strict with those in the renounced order, and He even banished junior Haridasa for glancing lustfully at a young woman. The point is that one must take up a particular path and stick to it, obeying all the rules and regulations necessary for success in spiritual life. It was Lord Caitanya's mission that He teach the path of Krsna consciousness to all men and thereby enable them to partake of the immortality of spiritual life.

   

 

Original (pg. 12)

If you want to know that which is inconceivable, you must accept the disciple succession. Because the knowledge is coming down from the Supreme, down, down, down-it is perfect. Suppose a hundred generations before, there was something confidential that your forefather told his son, which has finally been passed down to you. Although you are not in touch with the direct personality, yet because it is coming through disciplic succession, the same truth is expressed.

Revised (pg. 16)

for that is the system. In this way the Lord sets the example for men. We should not think, however, that the Lord takes a spiritual master because He is in want of knowledge. He is simply stressing the importance of accepting the disciplic succession. The knowledge of that disciplic succession actually comes from the Lord Himself, and if the knowledge descends unbroken, it is perfect. Although we may not be in touch with the original personality who first imparted the knowledge, we may receive the same knowledge through this process of transmission.

 

∑         Next why was this part taken out?

∑         Is this something that has to do with women's lib?

 

Original (pg. 7)

In the Hindu Scripture, the chastity of woman is very much recommended. Why? Because if a woman becomes much addicted in love of her husband, at the time of death she will remember him, and in the next life she is promoted to a man's body. Man's life is better than woman's, because a man has better facility for understanding spiritual science.

  But Krishna Consciousness is so nice that it makes no distinction between man and woman. In the Bhagavad-gītā you will find: "If somebody, even if he is born in a low family, even a woman or a sudra or a vaishya, anyone who takes shelter of Me is sure to achieve My association." That is guaranteed. And Krishna says that if these people can achieve the highest perfection of life, then why not the real brāhmanas, devotees, and saintly kings? They are sure to achieve the highest perfection.

Chapter One

Teachings to Rupa Goswami

 

Original (pg. 22)

"My dear Rupa, please get up. The Lord informed Rupa Goswami about the causeless mercy of Krishna on him, because Krishna had delivered him from the materialistic way of life, which is based simply on pound-shilling-pence.

Revised (pg. 23)

and asked him to get up. The Lord then informed Rupa Goswami about the causeless mercy of Krishna upon him, for Krishna had just delivered him from a materialistic way of life, based simply on pound-shilling-pence.

 

 

Original (pg. 23)

Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu instructed Rupa Goswami continually for ten days, and He began His teaching as follows:

Revised (pg. 25)  

When Lord Caitanya began His instructions to Rupa Gosvami, He first told him

Original (pg. 26)

Of being engaged in devotional service,

Revised (pg. 28)

Living entityís constitutional position as a servant of Lord Krsna.

   

 

Original (pg. 26)

When the plant of devotional service grows, some animal may come and eat the whole thing or destroy the plant, just like the animal also destroys an ordinary plant. And when some animal takes the green leaves of the plant away, the plant generally dries up. So one has to take precaution about the plant of devotional service not being disturbed by other animals. An animal is used to refer to offenses unto the pure devotee of the Lord, which is called Vaishnava Aparadha. This offense unto the pure devotee is compared to a mad elephant:

Revised  (pg. 29)

After the plant has grown some bit, an animal may come and either eat or destroy it. When green leaves of a plant are taken by some animal, the plant generally dies. The most dangerous animal is considered a mad elephant, for if a mad elephant enters into a garden, it causes tremendous damage to plants and trees. An offense to a pure devotee of the Lord is called vaisnava aparadha, the mad elephant offense.

   

Original (pg. 27)

As a mad elephant, if it enters into the garden, causes tremendous loss to the plants and trees, so in the devotional discharge, if there is any offense unto the feet of the pure devotee, it creates havoc in the matter of advancing in devotional service. Therefore, one has to defend the plant by fencing it properly; one has to take care, while discharging devotional service, not to commit any offense to the pure devotees. If one is cautious in the matter of not committing offenses unto the pure devotees, then the plant of devotional service is properly protected.

   

Revised  (pg. 29)

In the discharge of devotional service, an offense to the feet of a pure devotee can create havoc. Thus one has to defend the plant of bhakti by tending it properly and taking care not to commit offenses. If one is cautious, the plant can properly thrive.

   

 

Original (pg. 27)

  Offenses are of ten kinds, and they are also known as offenses unto the Holy Name The first offense is to blaspheme great devotees who have tried to spread the Glories of the Holy Name all over the world. If one is unnecessarily envious of a devotee who is trying to spread the Holy Name all over the world, in execution of the order of his Spiritual Master, such a rascal is the greatest offender at the feet of the Holy Name. The Holy Name of Krishna is non-different from Krishna, and Lord Krishna cannot tolerate such offenses as to decry a pure devotee who is spreading His Holy Name all over the world. The second offense is to deny that Lord Vishnu is the Absolute Truth; There Is no difference between His name, quality, form, pastimes, and activities; but one who sees a difference in these different functions of the Supreme Lord is also an offender. In the same way, the Lord being supreme, nobody is equal to or greater than the Supreme Lord. Therefore, if anybody thinks that the Lord or His name is equal to the personality of some demigod, he is also an offender. Such a conception of equality between the Supreme Lord and the demigods is not very congenial to the performance of devotional service

Revised (pg. 29)

   There are ten principal offenses which can be committed against the holy name. The first is to blaspheme the great devotees who have tried to spread the glories of the holy name throughout the world. The holy name of Krsna is nondifferent from Krsna, and one who attempts to spread the holy names throughout the world is beloved of Him. Krsna Himself does not tolerate offenses against His pure devotees. The second offense is to deny that Lord Visnu is the Absolute Truth. There is no difference between His name, quality, form, pastimes and activities, and one who sees a difference is considered an offender. The Lord is Supreme, and no one is equal to or greater than Him. Consequently if one thinks that the Lord's names are nondifferent from the names of demigods, he offends. The Supreme Lord and the demigods should never be considered on the same level.

   

 

Original (pg. 28)

The third offense is to consider the bona fide Spiritual Master as one of the common men. The fourth offense is to blaspheme Vedic literature and the corollaries of Vedic literature, the Puranas.

  Revised (pg. 29)

 The third offense is to consider the bona fide spiritual master to be a common man. The fourth offense is to blaspheme Vedic literature and authorized scriptures like the Puranas.

∑         Authorized scriptures like the Puranas?

∑         The Vedac literature remained the same for millions of years it never did change. Srila Prabhupada didnít change the Puranas.

∑         Whatís the idea of using like the Puranas.

∑         It is the Puranas,  not its like Puranas.

 


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