Book Changes

Published on January 13th, 2024 | by Madhudvisa dasa


More Accurate Sri Caitanya-caritamrta List of Changes

A complete comparison of the 1975 original edition of Srila Prabhupada’s Sri Caitanya-caritamrta with the new ISKCON/BBT revised edition highlighting all the changes.

We have updated our comparison of Srila Prabhupada’s original Sri Caitanya-caritamrta and the revised edition currently printed by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. BBT have also made MANY more changes which appear in the current version [2014.1] of the Bhaktivedanta Archives Vedabase.

The “Original Caitanya-caritamrta” as found in the Bhaktivedanta Archives Folio 2003 on close inspection includes many changes, it is not really the original Caitanya-caritamrta. So we have updated this comparison using a verified version of Srila Prabhupada’s original 1975 Sri Caiatnya-caritamrta. While we can not guarantee everything completely 100% it is much closer to the original printed books than what we had before.

We have also done a comparison from the Caitanya-caritamrta found in the 2003 Vedabase [which is hopefully close to the current 9 Volume BBT printed Sri Caitanya-caritamrta] and the version of Caitanya-caritamrta found in the 2014.1 Vedabase. From this you can see that the BBT are constantly editing Prabhupada’s books and the next printing of Caitanya-caritamrta will again be different.

This is taken from

Comparison of Original Sri Caitanya-caritamrta with BBT 9 Volume Edition and Vedabase 2014.1 Edition

Introduction: Introduction (2003-2014)

Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Adi-lila

Adi 1: The Spiritual Masters (2003-2014)
Adi 2: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu Is the Supreme Personality of Godhead (2003-2014)
Adi 3: The External Reasons for Lord Caitanya’s Appearance (2003-2014)
Adi 4: The Confidential Reasons for Lord Caitanya’s Appearance (2003-2014)
Adi 5: The Glories of Lord Nityananda Balarama (2003-2014)
Adi 6: The Glories of Sri Advaita Acarya (2003-2014)
Adi 7: Lord Caitanya in Five Features (2003-2014)
Adi 8: The Author Receives the Orders of Krsna and Guru (2003-2014)
Adi 9: The Tree of Devotional Service (2003-2014)
Adi 10: The Trunk, Branches and Subbranches of the Caitanya Tree (2003-2014)
Adi 11: The Expansions of Lord Nityananda (2003-2014)
Adi 12: The Expansions of Advaita Acarya and Gadadhara Pandita (2003-2014)
Adi 13: The Advent of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu (2003-2014 [same])
Adi 14: Lord Caitanya’s Childhood Pastimes (2003-2014)
Adi 15: The Lord’s Pauganda-lila (2003-2014 [same])
Adi 16: The Pastimes of the Lord in His Childhood and Youth (2003-2014)
Adi 17: The Pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu in His Youth (2003-2014)

Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila

Madhya 1: The Later Pastimes of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu (2003-2014)
Madhya 2: The Ecstatic Manifestations of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu (2003-2014)
Madhya 3: Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s Stay at the House of Advaita Acarya (2003-2014)
Madhya 4: Sri Madhavendra Puri’s Devotional Service (2003-2014)
Madhya 5: The Activities of Saksi-gopala (2003-2014)
Madhya 6: The Liberation of Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya (2003-2014)
Madhya 7: The Lord’s Tour of South India (2003-2014)
Madhya 8: Talks Between Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Ramananda Raya (2003-2014)
Madhya 9: Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s Travels to the Holy Places (2003-2014)
Madhya 10: The Lord’s Return to Jagannatha Puri (2003-2014)
Madhya 11: The Beda-kirtana Pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu (2003-2014)
Madhya 12: The Cleansing of the Gundica Temple (2003-2014)
Madhya 13: The Ecstatic Dancing of the Lord at Ratha-yatra (2003-2014)
Madhya 14: Performance of the Vrndavana Pastimes (2003-2014)
Madhya 15: The Lord Accepts Prasada at the House of Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya (2003-2014)
Madhya 16: The Lord’s Attempt to Go to Vrndavana (2003-2014)
Madhya 17: The Lord Travels to Vrndavana (2003-2014)
Madhya 18: Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s Visit to Sri Vrndavana (2003-2014)
Madhya 19: Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu Instructs Srila Rupa Gosvami (2003-2014)
Madhya 20: Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu Instructs Sanatana Gosvami in the Science (2003-2014)
Madhya 21: The Opulence and Sweetness of Lord Sri Krsna (2003-2014)
Madhya 22: The Process of Devotional Service (2003-2014)
Madhya 23: Life’s Ultimate Goal–Love of Godhead (2003-2014)
Madhya 24: The Sixty-One Explanations of the Atmarama Verse (2003-2014)
Madhya 25: How All the Residents of Varanasi Became Vaisnavas (2003-2014)

Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila

Antya 1: Srila Rupa Gosvami’s Second Meeting With the Lord (2003-2014)
Antya 2: The Chastisement of Junior Haridasa (2003-2014)
Antya 3: The Glories of Srila Haridasa Thakura (2003-2014)
Antya 4: Sanatana Gosvami Visits the Lord at Jagannatha Puri (2003-2014)
Antya 5: How Pradyumna Misra Received Instructions from Ramananda Raya (2003-2014)
Antya 6: The Meeting of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Raghunatha dasa Gosvami (2003-2014)
Antya 7: The Meeting of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Vallabha Bhatta (2003-2014)
Antya 8: Ramacandra Puri Criticizes the Lord (2003-2014 [same])
Antya 9: The Deliverance of Gopinatha Pattanayaka (2003-2014)
Antya 10: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu Accepts Prasada from the Devotees (2003-2014)
Antya 11: The Passing of Haridasa Thakura (2003-2014)
Antya 12: The Loving Dealings Between Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Jagadananda (2003-2014)
Antya 13: Pastimes with Jagadananda Pandita and Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami (2003-2014)
Antya 14: Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s Feelings of Separation from Krsna (2003-2014 [same])
Antya 15: The Transcendental Madness of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu (2003-2014)
Antya 16: Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu Tastes Nectar from the Lips of Lord Sri Krsna (2003-2014)
Antya 17: The Bodily Transformations of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu (2003-2014 [same])
Antya 18: Rescuing the Lord from the Sea (2003-2014 [same])
Antya 19: The Inconceivable Behavior of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu (2003-2014)
Antya 20: The Siksastaka Prayers (2003-2014)


About the Author

My first contact with a Hare Krishna was a most merciful Mataji in Oxford Street, London who sold me a "Higher Taste" cook book in 1984 while I was on holidays there. I started seriously reading Srila Prabhupada's books in Australia 1985 and by 1986 Srila Prabhupada had convinced me "Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead" and "we should surrender to Krishna." I joined the Hare Krishnas in Perth, Western Australia in 1986. Since then I have been chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, reading and distributing Srila Prabhupada's books and preaching as much as I can. That's my life and full-time occupation now really. I like it more than anything I've ever experienced before. Srila Prabhupada's books are so amazing... Even after reading them all many times they're still fresh and new. They are truly transcendental! That's it really. Now I'm just hankering to once again see the world chant Hare Krishna, dance and feast and float away in the ecstasy of Lord Caitanya's Sankirtana movement as it did in Srila Prabhupada's physical presence. Let the whole world drown in the ecstatic flood of love of Krishna!

4 Responses to More Accurate Sri Caitanya-caritamrta List of Changes

  1. ananya says:

    pranam prabhuji
    all glories to his divine grace A.C BHAKTIBEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA
    father i have one question should we read the books by previous acharya only after reading all of srila prahupada books ??

    • Hare Krishna

      No. There is no need to read any books other than Srila Prabhupada’s books. That will not be possible for us. Srila Prabhupada has included all the teachings of the previous acharyas in his books in a way in which they are particularly accessible for us. We do not have so much time for studying the books and there is more than a lifetimes worth of study in Srila Prabhupada’s books.

      So you need to get the faith that Srila Prabhupada has given us everything in his books and there is no need to go anywhere else for Krishna consciousness. So after reading all of Srila Prabhupada’s books we should start reading Srila Prabhupada’s books again. Prabhupada’s books are unlimited and it is not that we can appreciate them fully in just one reading. No. We have to read Srila Prabhupada’s books constantly, many, many times.

      You can read Srila Prabhupada’s entire Bhagavad-gita every day and every day find new inspiration and meaning in it.

      So it is maya to think that we have to go somewhere else other than Srila Prabhupada to find what we need to advance in Krishna consciousness. Prabhupada has given us everything and Prabhupada has given us all the books of the previous acaryas in his books. We do not need anything else except Prabhupada’s books.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • ananya says:


        FATHER AS YOU HAVE SAID it is enough for us to read the books of our sri gurudev ,father kindly tell me as to why did Srila Prabhupada demand translation of the books of previous acharyas??there is our great sanskrit scholar who day and night worked on the translations??
        And thank you father for clearing my doubts so far

        • Hare Krishna Ananya

          Srila Prabhupada did not demand the translation of the books of the previous acharyas??? He gave us the translations of the books of the previous acharyas himself. That is Srila Prabhupada’s wonderful gift to us. He has given us all the teachings of the previous acharyas in his books in such a wonderful and easy to understand way. That is what Prabhupada’s books are. The teachings of the previous acharyas…

          Vaisnava literature can not be translated or written by a great Sanskrit scholar. That is the problem. Only a pure devotee of Krishna can understand and translate Vaisnava literature. There are so many great sanskrit scholars, for example, who have produced translations of Bhagavad-gita. Thousands of them. But they are all useless. None of them have convinced anyone to surrender to Krishna. None of them have made anyone a pure devotee of Krishna. The only Bhagavad-gita that had done this is Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita As It Is. And that is because Srila Prabhupada is a pure devotee of Krishna, he also happens to be a great Sanskrit scholar. But that is not the main point. A great Sanskrit scholar can not understand the Vedic literature. Only a pure devotee of Krishna can understand.

          So this is a very important point that you have to learn. All these books translated by ‘great Sanskrit scholars’ who are not pure devotees of Krishna are worse than useless. They are poisonous. Because only a pure devotee of Krishna can understand it. Others will not understand it. So they are cheating. They are translating but not understanding. So the real message is not present in there translations.

          So Srila Prabhupada was not at all impressed by these ‘great Sanskrit scholars’ and he did not demand the translation of the books of the previous acharyas. He translated the books of the previous acharyas himself. And he did not encourage us to read many books. Not that we should be interested in reading so many books. If we simply thoroughly study and realize what Srila Prabhupada has given us in Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Nectar of Devotion, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Sri-Caitanya-caritamrta, etc, that is all we need. We do not need to study any other books. That is what Srila Prabhupada teaches us.

          So forget about all the other books and just study Srila Prabhupada’s books. There is no need to read any other books. All the teachings of the previous acharyas, you will find them in Prabhupada’s books. You do not need to go looking for them in some other place.

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

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