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Some statements by Prabhupada on his Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 1972 edition:
“In all countries all over the world the Bhagavad-gita is read by philosophers, psychologists, and religionists. We are also finding very good sales with our Bhagavad-gita As It Is. This is because the commodity is pure gold. There are many editions of the Bhagavad-gita, but they are not pure. Ours is selling more because we are presenting the Bhagavad-gita as it is.” (SSR 1c: A Definition of God)
“In either case, you should please try to introduce into every college and university our Bhagavad-gita As It Is. That will surely be a great service. The Bhagavad-gita is well read everywhere, and you need only to convince them that this is the best edition.” (Letter to Jayapataka, Los Angeles 30 January, 1969)
“Our Bhagavad-gita As It Is is so much important to the world for uplifting it from darkest condition of ignorance,…” (Letter to Jayadvaita, Calcutta 5 March, 1972)
Contrasted to this we find these shocking words from one of the Danish BBT(I) editors who is behind the new release of the Danish translation of the posthumously edited and therefore unauthorized 1983 edition of Bhagavad-gita As It Is (sent to me personally by e-mail):
“Even though I might be able to tolerate reading it (for everything from Prabhupada is of course ecstatic) it still contains too many mistakes for me to read it without curling my toes and become irritated” (Lalitanath Dasa, editor for BBT International, 08.23.2012)
We might note the self-contradictory nature of Lalitanath Dasa’s statement. He thinks it’s ecstatic, but he is curling his toes and becoming irritated. These are not signs of ecstasy. These are negative material emotions.
What did Prabhupada think of editors who saw mistakes in his books:
SP: That is his tendency, to correct. That’s very bad. He should not do that.
RVD: So I’ll just forget this, then.
SP: The system is: whatever authority has done, even there is mistake, it should be accepted.
SP: Arsa prayoga. That is ha… He should not become more learned than the authority. That is very bad habit.
RVD: He was always wondering how he should think. So I’ll tell him that. He thinks, “If I think I see a mistake, what should I think?” I’ll tell him what you just said.
SP: He cannot see mistake. He is mistake (laughter). That is being done by this rascal. I don’t want.
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