What is the parampara system?-SP No one has the right to change it !

March 14, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

720624SB.LA                     Lectures
The parampara system means… Just like we claim parampara system from  Krsna. So whatever Krsna says or He said 5,000 years ago, we are repeating  the same thing. That is called parampara system. Not that “The world has changed. Scientific advancement is very great. Now we can interpret  in this way and that way.” This is all nonsense. All nonsense. You cannot  change a single alphabet. They are all unmistakable. They cannot be  changed. So that is niscayam atmanah.     If  you want to know positively, what is God, then we should take lesson from a  self-realized soul who has understood, who has seen. Jnaninas  tattva-darsinah. Just like here it is tattva-niscayam atmanah. So  tattvam, the truth, so one must have seen the truth, realized the  truth. Tad-vijnanartham sa gurum evabhigacchet. That is guru. Means  one who has seen the truth. How he has seen the truth? Through the  parampara system. Krsna said this, and then Brahma said the same thing,  then Narada said the same thing, Vyasadeva said the same thing, and then  disciplic succession, Madhvacarya, Madhavendra Puri, Isvara Puri, Lord  Caitanya, Sad-gosvami, Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami, Srinivasa Acarya,  Narottama dasa Thakura, Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura. In this way.  Jagannatha dasa Babaji, Gaura Kisora
dasa Babaji, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati. Then we are speaking. The same thing. Not that “Because we are modernized… Your modern  science has changed.” Nothing has changed.  It is all  foolishness.
 
Ok now contrast here what Srila Prabhupada says above, with what our  “modern science”
editors Jayadvaita and Dravida  from the BBT say on the exact same  topic of why they feel they can change the parampara  conclusions
“On the side of not changing the “initiated”  phrases we have the strong bias against changing the books unless absolutely  necessary and the fact that Srila Prabhupada did indeed say that  Jagannatha das Babaji initiated Bhaktivinode.” (BBT Editor, Dravida  Das)

Ok so now Dravida admits the Srila  Prabhupada DID say that Jagannatha das babaji did initiate Bhaktivinode  thakur .This admission on his part means he can read plain   english of an already published book written by Srila Prabhupada. So why  change the text by taking out the word “initiated”?

Dravida says-   Leaving  one or both “initiated”s will strongly  imply that the use of the phrases “direct disciple” and even  “accepted [as his disciple]” indicate formal initiationas we know it in ISKCON, which is far from  the truth.”  [bold font and underline emphasis is mine]  (BBT Editor, Dravida Das)  

For those who cant follow this, the full article, about  substantial book changes is listed here on our website. http://krishnaconsciousnessmovement.com/dontchange.html

But the gist of the whole matter is that both Jayadvaita  and Dravida took it upon themselves to substantially change the param para  conclusions of our Acarya Srila Prabhupada JUST because Prabhupadas conclusions  DIDNT fit with modern may iskcons system of management and how one should see a  guru who will initiate one into the param para. And foolishly they admit this  !! I mean who gives THEM this right? Certainly not Srila Prabhupada  !!

 

720420SB.TOK                    Lectures                  Prabhupada: Each mantra will purify you hundred yards daily.  Go forward. These mantras are very powerful, given by Vyasadeva  Gosvami, vibrated. And spoken by… Suka-mukhad drava-samyutamrtam. That  is explained in the beginning. Just like a ripened fruit in the tree  is already very sweet, and if it is touched by the beak of the parrot,  it becomes sweeter. These are natural course. If the parrot touches  the fruit, he cuts little by his beak, beak. Beak, you call beak? Then  it becomes still sweeter. Suka-mukhad drava-samyutam.  Similarly, Srimad-Bhagavatam is already sublime, transcendental. And  when it is spoken through the mouth of Sukadeva Gosvami, it becomes still  sweet, just like the fruit. The parrot is also called suka. It is  called suka-paksi, suka bird. So this comparison is given. As the  fruit becomes still sweeter by the touch of the beak of the  parrot, similarly, Sukadeva Gosvami, because it is already spoken  by Vyasadeva, ripened fruit, the experienced contribution of  Vyasadeva, all the Vedic literatures, but when it is spoken through the  parampara system of Sukadeva Gosvami, it becomes still  sweeter.

So now my dear readers, I humbly ask you-has the changed  versions of Srimad Bhagavatam and other books done by Jayadvaita and  Dravidabecome more sweet as a result of their touch? I dont think so-rather it  has only agitated the minds of the serious devotees who take the words of Srila  Prabhupada seriously.

Hare Krsna

Damaghosa das