Thursday, November 28, 2013

Srila Prabhupada Vani DVD (copies of microfiche)

[PADA: Sulochana das obtained  a microfiche copy of the letters in 1985 by bribing a person in the archives, and that is how we began to publish various letters. We went out and purchased two old microfiche readers and started to view the letters, and that is when we both said, "no wonder they want to suppress these letters"! No one else was posting or citing the letters in their writings at the time. This DVD above appears to be the complete copy of all the archived materials. And its available as a FREE DOWNLOAD (see below) or on DVD for only $4.95, what a deal! ys pd.]  


Hare Krishna Pratyatosa Prabhu

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

There are two possibilities here as I am sure you know Prabhu. One as you have mentioned, that the transcriber just invented "‘Oh, you are so nice, you have got so good quality.’ That is spiritual." because he thought that would have been a nice thing that Prabhupada should have said. But, at least to me, unless the transcriber was insane, that seems to be not very likely. Because the tape is there without Prabhupada saying this so if the transcriber was regularly inventing things like this then he is sure to be discovered sooner or later.

The other possibility is that on the tape the transcriber transcribed this from Srila Prabhupada did actually say "‘Oh, you are so nice, you have got so good quality.’ That is spiritual." and that has since been edited out of the tape. We know they have done a lot of tape editing and, of course I do not know, either thing could be correct, but to me it seems more likely that the tape has been edited than the transcriber inventing this.

Way back in around 1991 I was staying in an ISKCON temple in the US and there were a number of Archives devotees there also and they had a strange program of having a Prabhupada class directly after the Mangal Aroti and all the devotees were carefully checking the transcriptions of the classes and the reason was they were editing the transcriptions to match the classes... This was before the Bhaktivedanta Archives released their "New Tape Ministry" tapes. That is something more than 300 cassette tapes released in the early to mid 90's. The original tapes were 711 cassette tapes and they many of them go back to the times you know very well about at Golden Avatara, etc.

So I know that in the early 90's there was a project by BA to edit the transcriptions to match the [edited] tapes...

I don't know if you know about the Bhaktivedanta Archives "Vani Samadhi" project?

It was done in 1983, before the folio and it was microfiching all of the original transcriptions of Prabhupada's lectures and conversations. Many of these transcripts were done when Prabhupada was still present on the planet.

So in the 'Vani Vault' we should have unedited versions of these transcripts that BA edited in the early 90s. So it may be interesting to check these original transcripts also. Perhaps that may help clear up some of the mystery here...

It is available for free download as PDF files here:

All glories to your service.

Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

Your servant

Madhudvisa dasa

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