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Published on July 21st, 2022 | by Madhudvisa dasa


BBT Manager Ramesvara dasa 1981 Interview

What follows is a very important unpublished interview with Ramesvara Prabhu (Swami at that time) and Baladev Vidyabusana Prabhu for the Lilamrita recorded sometime in 1981.

This interview covers a period of years when Ramesvara was traveling with Srila Prabhupada and when he was working as the Manager of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. What we read now after all these years would have helped solve some of the burning questions that have plagued our society. Recently this interview was uncovered by accident and leaked from the ‘top secret’ files buried in the archives.

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The following are direct instructions taken from Ramesvara’s original words from the direct scans of the interview transcript so there is no question of adulterations or manipulating when Srila Prabhupada gave those important instructions. Unfortunately the tapes were destroyed in Gita Nagari when many important documents were mysteriously burnt in a fire. Now all that information is gone for good; but fortunately this copy was made and buried in the archives with the title ‘DON’T DISTRIBUTE’. Many instructions were never entered into the Lilamrita because of their heavy and controversial content. Why didn’t these instructions make the Lilamrita? Many of these lost instructions concerning important topics like; initiation, diksa, changing the books and making alterations to what is sacred and absolute in Srila Prabhupada’s writings have never seen the light of day.

By an accidental fluke this interview is now seen here in spite of the cover-up by Ramesvara Prabhu. Please remember all the wonderful service done by this devotee who was the spirit and backbone of Srila Prabhupada’ s book distribution, Ramesvara’s glories will always be sung, but this cover-up cannot be tolerated. Why did Srila Prabhupada say; “DON’T CHANGE EVEN ONE COMA?”

Of course many of the devotees to be affected by this new discovery will try and invalidate this document and even Ramesvara Prabhu may try and do the same but the original scans are the actual pages of his interview — so where is the question of authenticity?

To all the devotees and followers of Srila Prabhupada let this information now reach across the world and never let there be another change in what is sacred and absolute. If Srila Prabhupada felt so strongly about his spiritual master’s writings the same etiquette and caution must be insured for all the writings and talks given by Srila Prabhupada. Without question the world is being dealt a great harm if these sacred texts are changed in anyway. Even Srila Prabhupada’s original three volumes are sweet and charming as Srila Prabhupada started to write in English. Why try and spoil the law-books for the next 10,000 years?

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

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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!

6 Responses to BBT Manager Ramesvara dasa 1981 Interview

  1. Gaurasindara Das says:

    Srila Prabhupada…”There is no need of new paintings.

    Whatever paintings we have, that is enough.

    There is no need of constantly making new variations on the same themes.

    So for the art department no more expenditure. ”

    Prabhupada letter to Ramesvara, 2nd April, 1977

  2. Aman Pandey says:

    Must read for all Srila Prabhupada’s followers! I have downloaded it!

  3. BhaktaRobin says:

    pamho AGTSP
    here the interview is listed at 1979:
    exactly same interview. Which date is correct?

  4. Srihari Govinda dasa says:

    I read two news letters that I received with in the last one week. I should say that both are very informative. These newsletters will benefit not only the novice devotees but also advanced devotees who wish to recharge themselves in spiritual knowledge. Haribol!

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