Franco Wells: "Dear senior devotees, how can some be so indiferent to the changes happening to Srila Prabhupada's original books? Don't turn your eyes the other way - like nothing is happening - like bob dylan said, how many times must a man turn his head and pretend that he just does not see? A karmi said this - many of you lived, ate, and chanted and served him and still act like everything is all right!
Anyone can write their version on the sastras, but they have to make it their own version, not over writing the original writer. His legecy belongs to all the human race and not to any group of persons. With all respect to Srila Bhaktivedanta, his devotional service given in these books should be allowed back to the streets again.
Any good devotee agrees with this but those in the system in control maybe dont want problems – and say that errors must be corrected, but as you anylize the original and the new version it has a different flavour of words, words he considerd nessary are missing for our understanding.
To obey the spiritual master is only for the neophyte ignorant begginers, or for all devotees? This is a bad example for new ones that listen to what he said clearly - stay with the originals - it is a good exercize to analize the changed and the original in case it seems proper gramaticly perhaps, but the point is the writers essence and rasa - I humble think and see many many Prabhupad s devotees want the original books reprinted again.
I AM NOT IN TO POLITICS - But this is not good for the movement Bhaktivedanta created. This creates divisions when the energy should be preaching lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu prophecy of sharing the holy name, its time retake the path - but as i see nothings gonna change the different views or interests on the table.
Someone most reprint them —-artificial impositions never are well taken. -Loyalty to Bhaktivedantas original holy books - for a better world.
-----Acchedya das PERMALINK March 25, 2011 IN HIS OWN WORDS Well said Locananada and Franco, they are both saying the right thing, why there must be this change to be done in Srila Prabhupada's books, it seems there most be more to it than only gramaticle short comings. Just imagine, here in germany we have a great poet his name is herman hesse, and his books are still the same since the time he wrote them, thats normal, and nobody would dare to change them, since thats the beauty of them, that we can read this peace of art, as the poet has laid them down for us.
In his own words we like to read Srila Prabhupada, just to smell the gentle
fragrance of Srila Prabhupada's own words. We liked it this way really,
since he is mutch more than only a good poet who wrote ” siddharta ” .
He is the real acarya of iskcon and his writings a the lawbooks for a long time. My hope is, that the real iskcon ” Srila Prabhupada’s iskcon ” will one day be united and the faithfull servants of truth will print the original books again. L"