Book Changes Srila Prabhupada and Hansadutta on Morning Walk-2

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Hansadutta: “Prabhupada told me he has full faith in Hayagriva”

Even in the material world, if you tamper with the works of an author, musician, artist or kitchen chef you will find yourself the target of intense verbal, physical or legal reaction. How anyone could think himself qualified, or entitiled to tamper with the works of Srila Prabhupada is incomprehensible to me.

Dear Prabhus

Obeisances, all glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Even in the material world, if you tamper with the works of an author, musician, artist or kitchen chef you will find yourself the target of intense verbal, physical or legal reaction. How anyone could think himself qualified, or entitled to tamper with the works of Srila Prabhupada is incomprehensible to me. Therefore let the world wide Vaishnava community give their opinion, and supporting Vedic evidences in this highly controversial issue.

Simply respond with a yes in favor of editing Srila Prabhupada’s books, or a No , opposed to editing Srila Prabhupada’s books, PREFERABLY backed with reference to Vedic authority. No opinions, or speculations, everything based on quotations from shastras.

From my side I have already referred to what Srila Prabhupada said to me when I , As a BBT trustee, suggested that we revert back to his original Indian publication of Srimad Bhagavatam ” No, whatever Hayagriva has done is perfect, I have full faith in him as the editor of my books ” This is all I need to Know, who is a greater authority than Srila Prabhupada, about the books of Srila Prabhupada ? Jayadvaita?, Akruranath?, or anyone else?

Instead of an insignificant like myself taking up the challenge of Akruranath, I will defer to the Vaishnava community for a interactive world wide decision.

Your Humble servant,
Hansadutta das

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4 Responses to Hansadutta: “Prabhupada told me he has full faith in Hayagriva”

  1. Martin Bain says:

    Greetings and humble respects.
    On a personal level I do not like to think that any of Prabhupada’s writings are being altered. I personally would prefer to read un-tampered writings and have little interest in reading altered writing.
    But from an impartial, perspective, I have no concern about this issue. In reality Krishna is the ultimate controller. If the writing is being tampered with, then that is Krishna’s will. In fact all previous scriptural writing from many cultures have suffered in this way. Cancers grow on Krishna’s teaching no matter what culture the teaching is presented. It has to be this way for this is already prophesised. A slow decent away from the pure teaching is destined to happen. So I keep my thoughts away from whether this is right or wrong. Good or Bad. For the decline in religious principles is imminent. This is Krishna’s will. And it is our destiny. What is important is that devotees stay true to the pure teachings which are inscribed on our hearts. Lord Krishna should be first most on our minds. Let not your minds be disturbed by events that are always being controlled by Krishna. Krishna is controller, so do not worry about things that we cant control. We are at His mercy. Just surrender have faith and trust. Like a small child under the protection of his parent. This is the age of Kali. Moral decay is imminent.

    Respects Martin

    • Hare Krishna Martin

      You are not thinking clearly. Yes. It happens. After the disappearance of the Acharya the teachings are lost. But we as the followers of the Acharya have to protect and distribute his original teachings. That is our purpose as followers of Srila Prabhupada.

      The demons of course will try to dilute and destroy the teachings of Srila Prabhupada, but this is NOT Krishna’s will. It is not that everything that happens is Krishna’s will. You have not understood. We are all parts and parcels of Krishna. We have a little independence. We can work for Krishna or against Krishna. Of course on a higher level this working against Krishna is only an illusion, maya. But still we have the choice. It is our choice to work against Krishna and Krishna’s pure devotees. That is not Krishna’s choice.

      It is not that Krishna wants us to come here and suffer in the material world. That is our choice. We have rejected Krishna and want to become the controller ourselves. So Krishna has very mercifully created this material world for us. But Krishna comes Himself and sends His pure devotees like Srila Prabhupada to guide us, to show us the way back home back to Godhead.

      It is not Krishna’s will that this way be clouded. That is the will of the demons.

      So we have to fight to preserve and distribute the original teachings of Srila Prabhupada. That is our duty as followers of Srila Prabhupada.

      You write “I do not think any of Prabhupada’s writings are being altered.” That is your ignorance. Go to and you will see hundreds of examples where Srila Prabhupada’s writings have been substantially changed…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  2. eddie viray says:


    Please accept my respectful obeisances!

    For me, there is no need to correct any books of Srila Prabhupada’s original manuscripts. They should be printed as it is, so that the real meaning of what he wants to convey, is intact and complete in themselves. And besides that is the WILL of SRI KRISHNA, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That is my point.

    If I have said something incomprehensible in this subject matter, I apologize as I am still lowly and unqualified.

    Ys, Ikisvara das

  3. Saranga Thakur das says:

    Dear Hansadutta das babaji maharaj:

    I appreciate your remarks on this subject. For my part, I favor only correcting gross errors obvious to any intelligent reader of the original versions.

    As for Jayadvaita Swamis position that he is also correcting the English texts (SP purports) for errors in grammar, I challenge him to consider the fact that the old rules of grammer once thought sacrsanct are now thought of as arcane and not appropriate to modern usage of the American language as it is spoken, written and commonly understood by intelligent readers. This point is well acknowledged by leading academically qualified teachers of the English language in America. Many of the changes made by JS actually weaken the readability of the message communicated in SP’s purports. I’d be glad to explain this further if anyone cares to ask me about any specific book change.

    YS, Saranga Thakur das


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