Jayadvaita Swami ignores Prabhupada’s instructions to avoid controversy

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Jayadvaita Swami finds himself as the main character in one of most controversial dramas in ISKCON, namely the posthumous editing of Prabhupada’s books.


Regarding Jayadvaita it is good for him to avoid controversy.” (Letter to Ramesvara, Bombay, 25 November, 1974)

And on a morning walk where Jayadvaita Swami and others were talking with Prabhupada about publishing matters that could cause controversy amongst devotees:

 “As soon as there is some controversy, avoid it.” (Morning Walk, April 10, 1976, Vrndavana)


Taking these instructions into consideration, the question arises:”Why is Jayadvaita Swami still deeply involved in this controversy?” He is actively debating the issue, writing articles, making videos, giving seminars and continuing his work of re-writing Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita As It Is.


2 thoughts on “Jayadvaita Swami ignores Prabhupada’s instructions to avoid controversy

  1. It would be nice if he would follow these direct instructions and avoid all these controversial issues and thus stop changing Srila Prabhupada’s books! How difficult are these simple instructions? 😛

  2. The instruction quoted above from the April 10, 1976 morning walk, to avoid controversy, was advice given directly to Jayadvaita Swami by Srila Prabhupada. He also said on that occasion that if something is controversial, “do not print it.” According to the principle of arsa prayoga, this instruction should have been applied to all of the proposed changes to Srila Prabhupada’s books which were made without his approval.

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