What will your three minutes preaching do?
“If you sell a book to someone, that is better than your speaking to them, what will your three minutes’ preaching do? But if they read a book [Srila Prabhupada’s original books] it may turn their life.”
Srila Prabhupada Letter, November 3, 1972
How to associate with the Sampradaya Acharya, Srila Prabhupada.
Indian man: “...[we] like your company very much in Toronto and we feel like talk you so much, but we don’t have so much time to talk with you. You have so much mercy, so we have not...know much about Krsna from you.”
Srila Prabhupada: “So in my absence you read the books. What I talk, I have written in the books. That’s all.”
Indian man: “Personally we think more greater.”
Srila Prabhupada: “That’s all right. But still, you can associate with me by reading my books.”
Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, August 7, 1975, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Changing the Sacred Words and Purports of the Acharya.
Yasodanandan: “But sometimes to make better English, I think they were making philosophical mistakes also. There is not so much need of making so much better English. Your English is sufficient. It is very clear, very simple. We have caught over 125 changes. They’re changing so many things. We are wondering if this is necessary. I will show you today. I have kept the book.”
Srila Prabhupada: “I know that these rascals are doing. What can be done? How can they be relied on?”
Svarupa Damodara: “It’s not the responsibility of the BBT trustee, to see these things don’t change without Prabhupada’s sanction.”
Srila Prabhupada: “So how to check this? How to stop this?”
Tamala Krsna: “They should not make any changes without consulting Jayadvaita.”
Srila Prabhupada: “But they are doing without any authority.”
Svarupa Damodara: “I think we should make whole survey, all books already printed, before printing the next batch and check any mistakes so that it should be corrected. Otherwise, if the scholars find out that there are so many mistakes in the books, then the quality and the appreciation will be reduced....Yes, we find so far that they are appreciating so much within the scholarly circle, and we want to maintain that actually.”
Srila Prabhupada: “Very serious feature. It is not possible for me to check, and they are doing all nonsense, freedom.”
Devotee: “Jaya Srila Prabhupada.”
Srila Prabhupada: “What to do?”
Tamala Krsna: “I think Svarupa Damodara’s point, that all the books should be checked before they’re reprinted again... And they have to be checked not by some so-called learned Sanskrit man but by a learned devotee.”
Srila Prabhupada: “It is a very serious situation. R.... is in direct...
Svarupa Damodara: “I think they’re working too independently without consulting properly.”
Yasodanandan: “Sometimes they appeal that ‘We can make better English’, so they change like that, just like in the case of Isopanisad. There are over a hundred changes. So where is the need? Your words are sufficient. The potency is there. When they change, it is something else.”
Svarupa Damodara: “That’s actually a very dangerous mentality.”
Yasodanandan: “What is it going to be in five years? It’s going to be a different book.”
Srila Prabhupada: “So you...What are you going... it is a very serious situation. You write one letter that ‘Why you have made so many changes?’ And whom to write? Who will care? All rascals are there? Write to Satsvarupa that, ‘This is the position. They are doing anything and everything at their whim.’ The next printing should be again the original way.”
Srila Prabhupada Room Conversation, June 22, 1977, Vrindabana
Later on in the conversation Srila Prabhupada summarizes the whole mentality of changing his words.
Srila Prabhupada: “So you bring this to Satsvarupa. They cannot change anything...”
Srila Prabhupada Room Conversation, June 22, 1977, Vrindavana
The Result Of Changing The Acarya’s Books Is That The Authority Is Lost.
Paramahansa: “People... I’ve talked to professors who know the original Hebrew and the original tongues that the Bible was written in. They say that it has changed so much that you can hardly...”
Srila Prabhupada: “Yes, they are changing. Just like he said, ‘Thou shall not kill.’ They are now changing, ‘Thou shall not commit murder.’ They are doing that.”
Paramahamsa: “Yes. They have a modern Bible, using all modern terminology.”
Srila Prabhupada: “SO WHEN YOU CHANGE THEN THE AUTHORITY IS LOST. Just like in our society, sometimes they do something nonsense and they say, ‘Prabhupada said’... We know that it is deteriorated like that.”
Ganesa: “Srila Prabhupada, if the knowledge was handed down by the saintly kings, evam parampara praptam, how is it that the knowledge was lost?”
Srila Prabhupada: “When it was not handed down. Simply understood by speculation. Or if it is not handed down as it is. They might have made some changes. Or they did not hand it down. Suppose I handed it down to you, but if you do not do that, then it is lost. Now the Krishna Consciousness movement is going on in my presence. Now after my departure, if you do not do this, then it is lost. If you go as you are doing now, then it will go on. But if you stop...”
Srila Prabhupada Room Conversation, May 9, 1975, Perth
The vikara-vadis [change advocates] and its leading editors should take serious note of the above warnings by Srila Prabhupada. Changing the words of the acarya is a very serious offense with serious consequences.
Disobedience Of The Acarya’s Order?
It is important to note that as of the writing of this essay, the original corrections of several books have never been returned to the “original way”, as specifically ordered by His Divine Grace. This was the direct order of His Divine Grace. As such, the original editions of Isopanisad, Easy Journey to Other Planets, Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Srimad Bhagavatam, First Canto, Second Canto, etc. still remain in their unauthorized changed edited format. Further the Srila Prabhupada’s original 1972 Bhagavad-Gita As It Is was unauthorized edited and changed by the vikara-vadis, masked under the pretentious claim of alleged manuscript fidelity. It is also significant to note that Srila Prabhupada also told one Gurukula teacher in Vrindavana [Ed. Note: the 'teacher' referred to here is the author of this essay, Yasodanandan prabhu]:
“You can tell them [the GBC] that if they change one word from my books, it will spoil everything I have done.”
Srila Prabhupada Room Conversation, June 23, 1977, Vrindavana
Srila Prabhupada presented the transcendental knowledge of the parampara or preceptorial disciplic succession in his books. The proponents of on-going changes after the departure of the acharya (the vikara-vadis) have yet to present verifiable evidence from His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada himself where he specifically and directly authorized these post departure changes.
As of the compilation of this article, none of the vikara-vadis and their leading editors have shown evidence for their unauthorized post-departure changes.
Result of unauthorized changes.
“Therefore we are presenting Bhagavad Gita as it is. No change. Other they are interpreting in their own way. That is not Bhagavad-Gita. That is something else. In the words of God there is no question of changing. You cannot change. As soon as you make a change, immediately it is material; it has nothing to do with spiritual world.”
Srila Prabhupada Room Conversation, August 5, 1976
Result of reading Srila Prabhupada’s books
“We are therefore presenting Bhagavad-Gita as it is, no change. We do not change. Anybody serious reading our book, he will be liberated. There is no doubt….”
Srila Prabhupada Room Conversation, Bombay, India, April 31, 1977
You cannot change by your whim.
“Of course there should be no change. But, anything spoken by God, or His Son, or His representative; that cannot be changed. It is not that Christ said two thousand years ago, “Thou shalt not kill”, now it can be changed, that is rascaldom. They are doing that. If you do that as it said here, then it becomes lost. Then there is no meaning. If we take the instruction of God and His representative as temporary, then he is representative…. Whatever do God and His representative that is eternal. You cannot change by your whims….”
Srila Prabhupada Conversation, New Vrindavana, West Virginia, June 30, 1976
Param vijayate sri krsna sankirtanam
Om tat sat