By Ajit Krishna Dasa
Srila Prabhupada frequently uses the terms “regulative principles” and “regulated principles” in his teachings.
But Jayadvaita Swami claims that “regulated principles” is a nonsense use of words. He calls it “obviously erroneous” and “a term that makes no sense” (Link).
He says it should always be “regulative principles”, and thus Jayadvaita Swami is in the process of changing all “regulated principles” into “regulative principles” in Srila Prabhupada’s books.
But there are two good reason to think Jayadvaita Swami is wrong:
Srila Prabhupada explains just how spiritual principles are regulated, namely by the spiritual master:
“In the neophyte stage of devotion one must follow all the principles, regulated by the authority of the spiritual master.”
So “regulated principles” means principles regulated by a superior authority.
I do not know why this makes no sense to Jayadvaita Swami. It seems so obvious!
Let us take a simple example:
Chanting is a principle. Srila Prabhupada regulated that principle: Minimum 16 rounds per day.
Simple for the simple.
“Regulated principles” is a quite common term. Just take a look at google:
And a few more:
Jayadvaita Swami’s “justifications” for changing “regulated principles” are just plain wrong.
Srila Prabhupada has regulated principles for the editing of his books. Jayadvaita Swami should learn them.