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Book Changes Controversy now on Wikipedia
The controversy about the editing in Srila Prabhupada's books are now to be found on Wikipedia. Did Jayadvaita Swami and the BBTI really think they could eternally hide the fact that they are editi...
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Paramananda Das this is the very important part: Book Publishing Controversy
According to many followers of Swami Bhaktivedanta and substantiated on the website http://bookchanges.com/, Bhagavad-Gītā As It Is (as well as other books by the author) have been changed (by the publishers, "The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust"), since the passing away of the author, fueling a significant controversy among his followers. While the BBT argue the book-edits are in line with the original Sanskrit origin of certain words, as well as English grammatical errors in the original "As It Is" version, many followers of the author insist that the edited nuances collectively give a totally different spin to the author's unique presentation and positioning of the philosophy of "Bhagavad Gita As It Is" in the original "As It Is" version. Among these are subtle nuances in the edits such as changing the word "Aether", in the philosophy's elemental construction of the Universe, into the words "sky" and "space" in various places—to name one of many. Followers argue that while some of these changes may align to the strict meaning in context with the original Sanskrit, the author's license to present his unique poetic and scientific presentation and positioning for his intended demographic audience, as well as the copyright, have been violated.
There are also examples of changes which are not subtle and which clearly alter the meaning of the original published text in Bhagavad-Gītā As It Is and are not justified by the meanings of Sanskrit words or grammatical errors in the original edition and not even justified by the text of the so-called "original manuscript" (http://bookchanges.com/bhagavad-gita-as-it-is-manuscript/) which the BBT claim is their justification for the changes.
The controversy over the book-changes and the argued philosophical digressions by "The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust" fueled a splintering of the original group of followers into various groups. In 2014, four decades after the "As It Is" controversy began, the "Bhaktivedanta Book Trust" continues to defend its claim to editorial rights on the Internet with apparent transparency and accountability for their editorial changes and nuances in strict, grammatical detail, at http://bbtedit.com/changes however they have generally only mentioned changes that were first reported at http://bookchanges.com ignoring many other similar changes.
Many of the followers of Swami Bhaktivedanta insist that "The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust" has no authority to change Swami Bhaktivedanta's books after his physical disappearance. It is not the correction of the few actual typographical errors found in the first-editions of the books that form the basis of the controversy. Bhaktivedanta Swami constantly presented the principle of "no changes", not only to his books but to all aspects of Krishna consciousness. "Gradually the Krishna Consciousness idea will evaporate: another change, another change, every day another change. Stop all this." (http://prabhupadabooks.com/.../november/05/1972/sudama). It is the total disregard of this basic principle of "no changes" by "Bhaktivedanta Book Trust" which forms the basis of this controversy.
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Paramananda Das It means the intellectual class are agreeing with us devotees that disagree with the BBT about the book changes
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Paramananda Das In ISKCON if some leaders have presented many bogus ideas ,concepts or changes to Srila Prabhupadas standards these things have often been defended even by the GBC in the past ,they will have to eventually change, at present many ISKCON leaders act as monarchs with imperial power and due to their power hunger they also change things to suit their own personal agendas, the same was seen in the Christian Church for hundreds of years :
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Paramananda Das it is due to the anartha that happens in organized religion as explained by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada in his article" Organized religion" the book changes are due to pseudo religion dictated by Kamsa
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