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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."


 

 
 
 

Book changes Articles
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Who's Counting? 541 Verses Changed
Author: Krsna Krpa Dasi
Added: 10/24/2007
Type: Summary
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How many Bhagavad-gita As It Is verses were changed in the 1983 revised edition? Over three-fourths of them, 77% or 541 verses were changed out of 700 total.

Teachings of Lord Chaitanya
Author: Srimad Bhagavatam Das
Added: 10/20/2007
Type: Summary
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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.

Changes to Bhagavad-gita As It Is
Author: Krsna Dasa
Added: 09/18/2007
Type: Summary
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But the added problem as shown above is that not one change has been shown to be an improvement.

Book Changing Nonsense
Author: Shambhu Dasa
Added: 09/17/2007
Type: Summary
[ Not Rated Yet ]

It is beyond shameful and offensive, changing the thoughts and words of our beloved and great acharya, Srila Prabhupada’s books.

Changes to Srila Prabhupada's Book
Author: Sun Staff
Added: 10/26/2006
Type: Summary
[ Not Rated Yet ]

A comparative, side-by-side view of editorial changes to the book.

Reply to Jayadwaita Swami's Rationale
Author: Bala Das
Added: 05/06/2006
Type: Summary
[ Not Rated Yet ]

Now just the very fact that Srila Prabhupada called His Purports His Devotional Ecstasies, would make any diligent servant of his stop and think twice, or maybe three times, before even considering changing a purport.

BBT Editor’s Book Changes Rationale
Author: Staff Contributor
Added: 05/06/2006
Type: Summary
[ Not Rated Yet ]

"To my knowledge, Srila Prabhupada never asked us to re-edit the book. ... Srila Prabhupada staunchly opposed needless changes." - Jayadvaita Swami

On the "Changes" to Srila Prabhupada's Books
Author: Madhavananda Dasa
Added: 08/16/2005
Type: Review
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How can one preach a philosophy of ‘He's as good as God because he's extremely near & dear to God' and simultaneously by practical action (changing the wording of his books) perhaps be saying even louder; "Our interpretation of this verse and this purport is better than our Guru's".

The Case Against Changing Prabhupada’s Books
Author: Locanananda dasa
Added: 11/27/2004
Type: Review
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It is obvious, then, that the Bhagavad-gita As It Is published by MacMillan in 1972 was the actual revised and enlarged edition. The Gita that is currently sold by the BBT is the unauthorized, revised and reduced adulteration of Srila Prabhupada's original Gita.

Book Interpolations - The Hidden Agenda
Author: Madhusudana dasa
Added: 03/07/2003
Type: Review
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"This whole issue of book changing, serious as it is, is in my humble opinion not of paramount importance. It is like a diversion, a distraction from the really insidious issue of book interpolations. What I am referring to here is the additions to the books."

Why Change Bhagavad-gita Verse 4.34?
Author: Mahesh dasa
Added: 02/19/2003
Type: Review
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"The changes made are very significant because they change the entire meaning of the text. Diksa (transcendental Knowledge) is imparted by one self-realized person - the acarya (Srila Prabhupada). It is one singular person uttama-adhikari (Srila Prabhupada) that transmits diksa (see antya 4.192-4.194) into the madhyama-adhikaris heart."

In-Depth Examination Of Book Revisions by IRG
Author: Staff Contributor
Added: 12/11/1998
Type: Review
[ Not Rated Yet ]

"We already have the jewels - the original editions and translations of Srila Prabhupadas books; published, translated and edited under the best possible circumstances, from Vrndavana with love, with the invaluable acknowledgment and benediction of Srila Prabhupada himself. What necessity is there for a revision?"

108 Changes To Srila Prabhupada's Bhagavad Gita As It Is (2)
Author: Madhudvisa dasa
Added: 03/25/1999
Type: Review
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"Srila Prabhupada wanted the BBT editors to make sure the books were correct grammatically but he did not give anyone the authority to Revise and Enlarge his books or change his words or change the style!"

108 Changes To Srila Prabhupada's Bhagavad Gita As It Is
Author: Madhudvisa dasa
Added: 03/08/1999
Type: Review
[ Not Rated Yet ]

"To give some idea of the changes we have collected 108 of them. This is by no means a complete list. There are hundreds more similar changes that COMPLETELY alter the meaning of the text in Srila Prabhupada's book, but these 108 changes will give us a small insight as to how different Jayadvaita's Bhagavad-gita is from Srila Prabhupada's Bhagavad-gita As It Is."

"Make It Perfect - That Is Our Philosophy"
Author: Madhudvisa dasa
Added: 07/02/1999
Type: Review
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"Jayadvaita puts great store on the validity of his "original manuscript," however the editing of the Gita went on for many years and there were many, many manuscripts. Who knows which one Jayadvaita has? Srila Prabhupada himself may have made many changes and corrections by writing on later versions of the manuscript [which Jayadvaita does not have] or by giving personal directions to the original editors and answering their questions."

No Manuscript - No Problems!
Author: Madhudvisa dasa
Added: 07/03/1999
Type: Review
[ Not Rated Yet ]

"Most editors would have some difficulty in editing a book to "make it closer to the original" if they did not have the original to work from! But it's no problem for our BBT editors! They still managed to make hundreds of changes in these six chapters without any original material from Srila Prabhupada to work from at all."

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