Rascal Editors-in Prabhupadas presence over 125 changes in one book!

January 30, 2020 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa


So Caitanya Mahāprabhu, when He was traveling in the southern part of India, south India, Ādikeśava Mandira, there was a temple. Still that temple is there. He found out this Brahma-saṁhitā in handwritten. Formerly, there was no printing press. So any important Vedic literature was being copied. Suppose you have got some copy. I want it, so I borrow from you the book, and I copy in my handwriting or I engage somebody who has got good handwriting. In this way, in Vṛndāvana, still there are so many handmade, handwritten literatures. They have opened one association, one society. They are collecting all this handwritten literature. So this handwritten literature, Brahma-saṁhitā, was collected by Caitanya Mahāprabhu from a temple in South India, and He delivered to His immediate disciples, that “This is Brahma-saṁhitā, written by Brahmā. It is the summary of the Bhāgavata, Śrīmad-Bhāgavata.”

So Caitanya Mahāprabhu gives reference of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam with Brahma-saṁhitā. That means Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam also is eternal. They are not man-made, manufactured books. The Vedic literature means, as it is stated in this verse, tene brahma hṛdā. Brahma means Vedic literature, śabda-brahma. So He distributed the… Vāsudeva, original person, Absolute Truth, He, I mean to say, transferred this Vedic knowledge. Tene brahma hṛdā. Brahmā was alone. He could not see Kṛṣṇa eye to eye, but īśvaraḥ sarva-bhūtānāṁ hṛd-deśe arjuna tiṣṭhati [Bg. 18.61]. Kṛṣṇa is everyone’s heart, so He taught him from within. Kṛṣṇa’s name is Caitya-guru, “guru, spiritual master from within.” So Kṛṣṇa is trying to help us from within, and He manifests again externally also as spiritual master, directly teaching. So from within, from without, He is trying to help us. Kṛṣṇa is so kind. From within and without. Tene brahma hṛdā ādi-kavaye [SB 1.1.1].

So this Brahma-saṁhitā was written by Lord Brahmā, and in Brahma-saṁhitā the name of Kṛṣṇa is there. Īśvaraḥ paramaḥ kṛṣṇaḥ [Bs. 5.1], beginning. That is the fifth chapter. There were hundred chapters. Only fifth chapter is available. So in the beginning of that fifth chapter, Brahmā says, īśvaraḥ paramaḥ kṛṣṇaḥ sac-cid-ānanda-vigrahaḥ [Bs. 5.1]. So how these rascals can conclude that Kṛṣṇa was liv…, some years, some hundred or five hundred years ago there was a beel boy, he was very powerful. So in this way, these rascal so-called scholars they are misleaded public. Therefore we call them simply rascals. They do not know what is the truth, and still, they write books, they write commentaries unauthorizedly and mislead public. This is going on. Kṛṣṇa is not manufactured. In the Brahma-saṁhitā there is complete description of Kṛṣṇa:

īśvaraḥ paramaḥ kṛṣṇaḥ
sac-cid-ānanda-vigrahaḥ
anādir ādir govindaḥ
sarva-kāraṇa-kāraṇam
[Bs. 5.1]

The cause of all causes. Janmādy asya yataḥ [SB 1.1.1]. Vedānta-sūtra says, “The Absolute Truth is that which is the origin, original cause.” Original cause. The scientists, they are trying to find out the original cause of creation, but they are creating their own imagination. “There was a chunk, and it burst out, and then planets came out.” Like that. (laughter) And wherefrom this chunk came, you nonsense? So this is going on.
Prabhupada’s lecture – Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.1.1 – London, August 6, 1971
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Comment-This is the Param Para system-from one self realized spiritual master to the next, this knowledge is handed down from time immemorial. Yet as Srila Prabhupada mentions above,  those rascal editors think they know MORE than their own spiritual master , so they , without authorization, begin changing things. 
 
Excerpt from Rascal editors conversations….
Yaśodā-nandana: In the Gurukula we were teaching Īśopaniṣad class to the children. So we took… [break] …Prabhupāda and the words which the recent edition of the Press is wrong. Many changes were brought. They were trying to make better English, but sometimes, to make better English, I think they were making philosophical mistakes also. There is no so much need of making so much better English. Your English is sufficient. It is very clear, very simple. We have caught over 125 changes. They’re changing so many things. We are wondering if this is necessary. I will show you today. I have kept the book.
Yaśodā-nandana: What is it going to be in five years? It’s going to be a different book
Ref. VedaBase => Conversation, “Rascal Editors,” and Morning Talk — June 22, 1977, Vṛndāvana

Sri Locana dasa Thakura tironhava tithi [disappearance – Friday, January 17, 2020 – [Mayapura, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi time]

January 24, 2020 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Srila Prabhupada glorifies Locana dasa Thakura
compiled by Yasoda nandana dasa
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Many devotees of Lord Caitanya like Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura, Śrī Locana dāsa Ṭhākura, Śrīla Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī, Śrī Kavikarṇapūra, Śrī Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī, Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī, Śrī Sanātana Gosvāmī, Śrī Raghunātha Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī, Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī, Śrī Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī, Śrī Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī and in this latter age within two hundred years, Śrī Viśvanātha Cakravartī, Śrī Baladeva Vidyābhūṣana, Śrī Śyāmānanda Gosvāmī, Śrī Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura, Śrī Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura and at last Śrī Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura (our spiritual master) and many other great and renowned scholars and devotees of the Lord have prepared voluminous books and literatures on the life and precepts of the Lord. Such literatures are all based on the śāstras like the Vedas, Purāṇas, Upaniṣads, Rāmāyaṇa, Mahābhārata and other histories and authentic literatures approved by the recognized ācāryas. They are unique in composition and unrivaled in presentation, and they are full of transcendental knowledge. Unfortunately, the people of the world are still ignorant of them, but when these literatures, which are mostly in Sanskrit and Bengali, come to light the world and when they are presented before thinking people, then India’s glory and the message of love will overflood this morbid world, which is vainly searching after peace and prosperity by various illusory methods not approved by the ācāryas in the chain of disciplic succession. Link to this page: https://prabhupadabooks.com/sb/1/introduction/sb_introduction

Authorized prayers of Sri Locana dasa Thakura

These prayers were not ordinary concocted prayers. Prayers must be approved by Vedic literature, as indicated in this verse by the words daivībhir gīrbhiḥ. In our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement we do not allow any song that has not been approved or sung by bona fide devotees. We cannot allow cinema songs to be sung in the temple. We generally sing two songs. One is śrīkṛṣṇacaitanya prabhu nityānanda śrīadvaita gadādhara śrīvāsādi-gaurabhaktavṛnda. This is bona fide. It is always mentioned in the Caitanyacaritāmṛta, and it is accepted by the ācāryas. The other, of course, is the mahāmantraHare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare. We may also sing the songs of Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura and Locana dāsa Ṭhākura, but these two songs—“śrī-kṛṣṇacaitanya” and the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahāmantra—are sufficient to please the Supreme Personality of Godhead, although we cannot see Him. Seeing the Lord is not as important as appreciating Him from the authentic literature or the authentic statements of authorized persons. Link to this page: https://prabhupadabooks.com/sb/8/5/25

Sri Locana dasa Thakura writes Caitanya-Mangala

ore mūḍha loka, śuna caitanya-maṅgala

caitanya-mahimā yāte jānibe sakala

SYNONYMS

ore—O all of you; mūḍha—foolish; loka—people; śuna—just hear; caitanyamaṅgala—the book of this name; caitanya—Lord Caitanya’s; mahimā—glories; yāte—in which; jānibe—you will know; sakala—all.

TRANSLATION

O fools, just read Śrī Caitanyamaṅgala! By reading this book you can understand all the glories of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.

PURPORT

Śrī Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura’s Caitanyabhāgavata was originally entitled Caitanyamaṅgala, but when Śrīla Locana dāsa Ṭhākura later wrote another book named Caitanyamaṅgala, Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura changed the name of his own book, which is now therefore known as Caitanyabhāgavata. The life of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is very elaborately described in the Caitanyabhāgavata, and Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī has already informed us that in his Śrī Caitanyacaritāmṛta he has described whatever Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura has not mentioned. This acceptance of Śrī Caitanyabhāgavata by Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī indicates his acceptance of the disciplic succession. A writer of transcendental literature never tries to surpass the previous ācāryas. Link to this page: https://prabhupadabooks.com/cc/adi/8/33

Locana dasa Thakura as disciple of Narahari Sarakara Thakura

Narahari dāsa Sarakāra was a very famous devotee. Locana dāsa Ṭhākura, the celebrated author of Śrī Caitanyamaṅgala, was his disciple. In the Caitanyamaṅgala it is stated that Śrī Gadādhara dāsa and Narahari Sarakāra were extremely dear to Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, but there is no specific statement regarding the inhabitants of the village of Śrīkhaṇḍa. Link to this page: https://prabhupadabooks.com/cc/adi/10/78-79

Locana dasa Thakura’s songs all authorized

Govinda Ghoṣa belonged to the kāyastha dynasty of the Uttara-rāḍhīya section, and he was known as Ghoṣa Ṭhākura. Even to the present day there is a place named Agradvīpa, near Katwa, where a fair takes place and is named after Ghoṣa Ṭhākura. As far as Vāsudeva Ghoṣa is concerned, he composed many nice songs about Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, and these are all authorized Vaiṣṇava songs, like the songs of Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, Locana dāsa Ṭhākura, Govinda dāsa Ṭhākura and other great Vaiṣṇavas. Link to this page: https://prabhupadabooks.com/cc/madhya/11/88

Śrīla Locana dāsa Ṭhākura has also sung, parama karuṇa, pahuṅ dui jana, nitāigauracandra: “The two brothers Nitāi and Gaura are so kind that no one can compare to them.” Similarly, Śrīla Narottama dāsa ṭhākura has sung:

vrajendra-nandana yei, śacī-suta haila sei,
balarāma haila nitāi,
dīna-hīna yata chila, hari-nāme uddhārila,
tā’ra sākṣī jagāi-mādhāi

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s special mission is the deliverance of all fallen souls in Kaliyuga. Devotees of Kṛṣṇa must persistently seek the favor and mercy of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu to become fit to return home, back to Godhead. Link to this page: https://prabhupadabooks.com/cc/madhya/14/16

Srila Prabhupada explains parama karuna

Srila Prabhupada: Parama koruṇa, pahū dui jana, nitāi gauracandra. This is a song by Locana dāsa Ṭhākura, a great devotee and ācārya of the Gauḍīyasampradāya. He is declaring that pahū dui jana. Pahū means lords. Dui jana means two. Who are the two lords? Nitai Gauracandra. One is Lord Nitāi, Nityānanda; another is Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. So, he says that “These two Lords are very merciful.” Parama koruṇa, pahū dui jana. Parama koruṇa means very merciful. Nitai Gauracandra. Saba avatāra, sāra śiromaṇi. Avatāra means incarnation, and saba means all. “They are the essence of all incarnations.” Saba avatāra, sāra śiromaṇi, kevala ānandakanda: “And the specific significance of these incarnations is that to prosecute their ways of self-realization is simply joyful,” ānandakanda. They introduced chanting and dancing. No other incarnation There are many incarnations, just like Lord Rāma. Even Kṛṣṇa, He taught Bhagavad-gītā. That requires knowledge, understanding. But here Lord Caitanya, Nityānanda, introduced some process which is simply joyful: simply chant and dance. Kevala ānandakanda. Saba avatāra, sāra śiromaṇi, kevala ānandakanda.

Therefore he requests everyone, bhajo bhajo bhāi, caitanya nitāi: “My dear brothers, I request you. Just you worship Lord Caitanya and Nityānanda.” Sudṛḍha biśwāsa kori’: “With firm conviction and faith.” Don’t think that this chanting and dancing will not lead you to the desired goal. It will because there is assurance of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu that you will get all perfection by this process. Therefore Locana dāsa Ṭhākura says that “You must have firm faith and conviction.” It will act. Bhajo bhajo bhāi, caitanya nitāi, sudṛḍha. Sudṛḍha means firm. Biśwāsa kori’, with faith and conviction. But what is the process? The process is viṣaya chāḍiyā, se rase majiyā. If you want to be Kṛṣṇa conscious under that process, then you have to give up your engagement of sense gratification. That is the only restriction. You cannot do that. Then it will be very nice. If you give up sense gratification and come to this stage, then it is sure that you will reach to the desired goal. Viṣaya chāḍiya, se rase majiyā, mukhe bolo hari hari: “And you have to simply chant Hare Kṛṣṇa, ‘Hari Hari,’ that’s all, without any motive of sense gratification.”

Dekho dekho bhāi, tribhuvane nāi. He says, “My dear brothers, you just try and examine that within these three worlds there is nobody like Lord Caitanya or Nityānanda Prabhu.” Because, paśu pākhī jhure, pāṣāṇa vidare: “Their mercy and qualities are so great that even birds and beasts, they are crying, what to speak of human being?” Actually, when Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu passed through the forest of Jhārigrāma, the tigers, the elephants, the snake, the deer, all joined Him in chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa. It is so nice. Anyone can join. Animals can join, what to speak of human being? Of course, it is not possible for ordinary man to enthuse animals to chant, but Caitanya Mahāprabhu did it actually. So even if we cannot enthuse animals, we can enthuse at least human being to this path of Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra chanting. Paśu pākhī jhure, pāṣāṇa vidare.

And it is so nice that even the most stonehearted men will be melted. Pāṣāṇa vidare. Pāṣāṇa means stone, and vidare. Pāṣāṇa, even stone, will melt. It is so nice. But he regrets that, viṣaya majiyā: “Being entrapped by sense gratification…” Viṣaya majiyā, rohili bhuliyā. He’s addressing himself, “My dear mind, you are entrapped in the sense gratification process and you have no attraction for chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa.”

Viṣaya bhuliyā, rohili majiyā, se pade nahilo āśa: “You have no attraction for the lotus feet of CaitanyaNityānanda. So, what can I say? It is only…” Āpana karama, bhuñjāya śamana: “I can simply think of my misfortune only that Yamaraja, the superintendent of death, he is punishing me in this way, that he is not allowing me to be attracted to this movement.” This is the statement of Kahoye locanadāsa: “This is the statement of Locana dāsa Ṭhākura.” (end)