WE HAVE TO STOP
THE SECOND POISONING
We are therefore presenting Bhagavad-gita as it is. We do not change. Why should you change? What right you have got to change? If Bhagavad-gita is a book of authority, and if I make my own interpretation, then where is the authority? Can you change the lawbook according to your interpretation? Then what is the meaning of that lawbook? That is not lawbook. You cannot change. Similarly, if you accept Bhagavad-gita as the book of authority, you cannot change the meaning. That is not allowed. What right? If you have got some opinion, if you have got some philosophy, you can write in your own book.
Why you are, I mean to say, killing others and yourself by interpreting Bhagavad-gita?
(B.G. Lec. 7.1 Hyderabad, 27th April, 1974)
Srila Prabhupada lives forever by his divine instructions, by changing his instructions he is been killed, in the sense that his merciful guidance is hidden from the fallen souls. These fallen souls will also be killed by falling deeper and deeper into the ignorance of this dark age of Kali, with no hope for deliverance.
The demoniac due to there grevious offence of changing Srila Prabhupada's books will sink down to the most abominable type of existence and in this way kill their self to such an extent that there will be no possibility of their liberation from this material entanglement.
SRILA PRABHUPADA ORDERS
HIS BOOKS TO REMAIN
AS THEY WERE !
So unless one is self-realized, there is practically no use writing about Krsna. This transcendental writing does not depend on material education. It depends on the spiritual realization. You'll find, therefore, in the comments of Bhagavatam by different acaryas, even there are some discrepancies, they are accepted as asat-patha. It should remain as it is.
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.5.23-24 Vrndavana, March 31, 1976)
Srila Prabhupada clearly orders that his books should remain as they were even there are some discrepancies. This is also confirmed by the Srimad Bhagavatam.
On the other hand, that literature which is full of descriptions of the transcendental glories of the name, fame, forms, pastimes, etc., of the unlimited Supreme Lord is a different creation, full of transcendental words directed toward bringing about a revolution in the impious lives of this world's misdirected civilization. Such transcendental literatures, even though imperfectly composed, are heard, sung and accepted by purified men who are thoroughly honest.
..... Our presenting this matter in adequate language, especially a foreign language, will certainly fail, and there will be so many literary discrepancies despite our honest attempt to present it in the proper way. But we are sure that with all our faults in this connection the seriousness of the subject matter will be taken into consideration, and the leaders of society will still accept this due to its being an honest attempt to glorify the Almighty God. When there is fire in a house, the inmates of the house go out to get help from the neighbors who may be foreigners, and yet without knowing the language the victims of the fire express themselves, and the neighbors understand the need, even though not expressed in the same language. The same spirit of cooperation is needed to broadcast this transcendental message of the Srimad-Bhagavatam throughout the polluted atmosphere of the world. After all, it is a technical science of spiritual values, and thus we are concerned with the techniques and not with the language. If the techniques of this great literature are understood by the people of the world, there will be success.
The next printing should be again
to the original way.
Yasoda-nandana: 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.
Yasoda-nandana: What is it going to be in five years? It's going to be a different book.
Prabhupada: So you... What you are going... It is 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 to the original way.
(S.P.Conversation, "Rascal Editors,"June 22, 1977, Vrndavana)
In the above quote Srila Prabhupada describes the changing of his books as a very serious situation and orders that the next printing should be again to the original way.This instruction has been disobeyed for over 20 years. As Srila Prabhupada says "all rascals are there" and "who will care."This impudence is a symptom of the demoniac nature.
Self-complacent and always impudent, deluded by wealth and false prestige, they sometimes perform sacrifices in name only without following any rules or regulations.
Thinking themselves all in all, not caring for any authority or scripture, the demoniac sometimes perform so-called religious or sacrificial rites. And since they do not believe in authority, they are very impudent. This is due to illusion caused by accumulating some wealth and false prestige. Sometimes such demons take up the role of preacher, mislead the people, and become known as religious reformers or as incarnations of God. They make a show of performing sacrifices, or they worship the demigods, or manufacture their own God. Common men advertise them as God and worship them, and by the foolish they are considered advanced in the principles of religion, or in the principles of spiritual knowledge. They take the dress of the renounced order of life and engage in all nonsense in that dress. Actually there are so many restrictions for one who has renounced this world. The demons, however, do not care for such restrictions. They think that whatever path one can create is one's own path; there is no such thing as a standard path one has to follow. The word avidhi-purvakam, meaning disregard for the rules and regulations, is especially stressed here. These things are always due to ignorance and illusion.
Bewildered by false ego, strength, pride, lust and anger, the demon becomes envious of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is situated in his own body and in the bodies of others, and blasphemes against the real religion.
A demoniac person, being always against God's supremacy, does not like to believe in the scriptures. He is envious of both the scriptures and of the existence of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This is caused by his so-called prestige and his accumulation of wealth and strength.
Full of false prestige, claiming themselves Srila Prabhupada's successors they are actually envious of the scriptures (Srila Prabhupada's books) Thinking themselves all in all they don't care for Srila Prabhupada's authority and continue to change his books, in this way they blaspheme against the real religion.
Below Srila Prabhupada describes more clearly about the serious situation of changing his books.
Distort the knowledge then it is lost.
But some way or other, if it is distorted at a certain point, then the knowledge is lost. As soon as any of the disciples in the succession distort the knowledge, then it is lost. That is being explained. Sa kalena mahata. The time is very powerful. It changes. That is the... Time means it changes, kills the original position. You have got experience. You purchase one anything. It is very fresh, new. But time will kill it. It will become shabby. It will be useless at a time, in due course of time. So time is fighting. This material time, it is called kala. Kala means death. Or kala means the black snake. So black snake destroys. As soon as touches anything, it is destroyed. Similarly, kala... This kala is also another form of Krsna. So kalena mahata. Therefore it is called mahata. It is very powerful. It is not ordinary thing. Mahata. Its business is to destroy. Sa kalena iha nasta. So by due course of time... Because how the kala can destroy? As soon as kala sees that you are distorting, then it will be lost. So don't try to understand Bhagavad-gita from persons who are under the influence of kala--past, present, future. Don't try to understand Bhagavad-gita from so-called rascal philosophers, commentators, and... They will write Bhagavad-gita in a distorted way. Somebody will say, "There was no Krsna."
(B.G. Lec., 4.2., Bombay, 22nd March, 1974)
Ganesa: Srila Prabhupada, if the knowledge was handed down by the saintly kings, evam parampara-praptam, how is it that the knowledge was lost?
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 Krsna consciousness movement is going on in my presence. Now after my deparature, if you do not do this, then it is lost. If you go on as you are doing now, then it will go on. But if you stop... (end)
( S.P.Room Conversation with Carol Cameron May 9, 1975, Perth)
In the following conversation Srila Prabhupada reveals his concerns about his society after his departure.
( NOTE: This was spoken just before his passing away a few months after the "The next printing should be again to the original way" conversation)
"such a big society,
the aims and object
may be dismantled"
Bhavananda: ...we have to appraise that if Your Divine Grace leaves us, what will be the result both to ISKCON society, to each of you disciples individually, and to the entire planet.
Prabhupada: That I am thinking, that such a big society, the aims and object may be dismantled. I am thinking from that vision.
(S.P. Room Conversation October 26, 1977, Vrndavana)
ISKCON aims and objectives
The changing of Srila Prabhupada's original trancendental books is completely unauthorised and the most grevious offence at his lotus feet. His books are the basis of our movement and without them our preaching will have no effect. The seven aims and objectives listed above cannot be executed without these books. Therefore these unauthorised and offensive changes will result in the Sankirtana mission been completely dismantled.
My first concern is that my books shall be published and distributed profusely all over the world. Practically, books are the basis of our Movement. Without our books, our preaching will have no effect.
( Letter to: Mandali Bhadra 20 January, 1972)
Whatever progress we have made, it is simply to distributing these books. So
go on, and do not divert your mind for a moment from this.
(S.P.L. to Ramesvara dasa 11/10/74)
It is our duty to stop the second poisoning of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada by reprinting and distributing his original transcendental books. In this way we can preserve the aims and objectives of his mission. We are completely authorised and protected by the Lord in this most essential service of keeping Srila Prabhupada's merciful shelter available to all the fallen souls of this dark age of Kali.
To spread the Krsna consciousness movement, devotees have to face many dangers and impediments all over the world, but a faithful servant who preaches with great devotion to the Lord must know that Lord Nrsimhadeva is always his protector.
If any devotees are interested in helping with reprinting Srila Prabhupada's original books please contact us
Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the father and inaugurator of the sankirtana movement. One who worships Him by sacrificing his life, money, intelligence and words for the sankirtana movement is recognized by the Lord and endowed with His blessings. All others may be said to be foolish, for of all sacrifices in which a man may apply his energy,
a sacrifice made for the sankirtana movement is the most glorious.
(C.C. Adi 3.78)