Proof from Srila Prabhupada that Hayagriva Dasa DID NOT change the BG philosophy in any way in the Macmillan edition

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Proof from Srila Prabhupada that Hayagriva Dasa

DID NOT change the BG philosophy in any way in the Macmillan edition

Hare Krsna. All glories to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and his Original, Unadulterated, Macmillan 1972 Bhagavad Gita As It Is. All glories to all Vaisnavas. 

 The following letter proves that Hayagriva Das did not change the BG philosophy in any way. What more proof than this is required for us to accept the Macmillan edition? This shows there was no need to make 5000+ changes. 

 Letter to Hansadutta written from Honolulu

June 08, 1975

Bhaktivedanta Manor

My dear Hansadutta,

 Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated May 30, 1975 and have noted the contents. I don’t think that Hayagriva is at fault. He has not changed the meaning or the philosophy in any way. But if you like to use the original manuscript, then if it is possible, you can use it.

 I hope this meets you in good health.

 Your ever well-wisher,

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

This letter proves everything regarding the confusions that may be caused among some devotees. It is therefore COMPULSORY that we all must accept this statement because it was written by Srila Prabhupada who is not a conditioned soul, but a confidential associate of Krsna. 

 If anyone still hesitates to accept this, then that person is not sane and does not want to see the truth intentionally.  Therefore, some statements made earlier by ISKCON leaders are now presented which also confirm that Srila Prabhupada’s BG has been established and there is “no room for manipulation”. Now both the following proofs easily convince all that the only Authorized edition is the Macmillan 1972 print. Nothing else. 

 1.Jayadvaita Swami himself confirms that Bhagavad Gita is established, now what is the need to revise it

 A very important conversation where Jayadvaita Swami states that establishment of BG is done by Srila Prabhupada.

 Srila Prabhupāda: So, this is the position. The whole Vṛndāvana is full of Māyāvādīs. We have to be very, very cautious and careful. I was there. That Brahmānanda protested against that Aurobindo. And then “Don’t speak of Gītā.”

 Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Yes, that’s what they told him.

 Jayādvaita: They shouldn’t speak of Gītā. They should speak of whatever other thing they want.

 Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Then why call it Gītā-pratiṣṭhāna?

 Jayādvaita: That’s Prabhupāda’s promise. He’s establishing Bhagavad-gītā.

 Srila Prabhupāda: Eh?

 Jayādvaita: The actual establishment of Bhagavad-gītā is being done by Your Divine Grace. They should admit that, “We have our philosophy, but as far as Bhagavad-gītā goes, Śrīla Prabhupāda is establishing it all over the world. We have something else, our own idea.” They can say that.

Srila Prabhupāda: Now find out the way how to stop this class of men speaking in our halls.

[Room Conversation 1-VRNDAVAN – November 03, 1977]

This shows that the BG is already potent enough and its establishment is already done, so there is no need for its editing.   This is a solid proof that shows the editors themselves knew that the 1972 edition was the only original established edition. 

2. Gopala Krsna Goswami confirms that the Macmillan Edition has “No room for manipulation”

 In the conversation below, we see GKG saying that this BG has “no room for manipulation”, also in the same excerpt Srila Prabhupada repeats himself twice saying that he is presenting “AS IT IS”

 Gopāla Kṛṣṇa: Each śloka. Each chapter.

Guest (2): No, no. Not inside the book. Different volumes. Like eighteen chapters, but eighteen volumes.

Srila Prabhupāda: No, no

Gopāla Kṛṣṇa: No. It’s in one book. Twelve hundred pages.

Indian man (3): And the interpretation is by you yourself?

Srila Prabhupāda: Yes. Not interpretation. I am explaining as it is. You can read one.

Indian man (3): Have you tried to compare with Gītā written by Gyaneshvara, or by Vinoba Bhave or by somebody else?

Srila Prabhupāda:: According to Bhagavad-gītā, if you don’t follow the instruction of Bhagavad-gītā, you may be very learned scholar, whatever you write, it is lost. We follow that principle. As stated in the Bhagavad-gītā, evaṁ paramparā-prāptam imaṁ rājarṣayo viduḥ (BG 4.2). (aside) Find out this Fourth Chapter.

Indian man (2): Have these books been reviewed in foreign papers?

Srila Prabhupāda:: It is very widely read.

Gopāla Kṛṣṇa: For example, in the Fourth Chapter Lord Kṛṣṇa says:

evaṁ paramparā-prāptamimaṁ rājarṣayo viduḥsa kāleneha mahatāyogo naṣṭaḥ parantapa (BG 4.2)

Srila Prabhupāda:: Kṛṣṇa says that this Bhagavad-gītā has to be received by the disciplic succession. And sa kālena yogo naṣṭaḥ parantapa. Because that disciplic succession is now broken, that yoga system is now lost. So, all these interpreters, they are interpreting in their own way. herefore, it is lost. So, there is no use of consulting this lost version.

Indian man (3): So, you just give it as it is.

Srila Prabhupāda: That is . . . therefore my Bhagavad-gītā is named Bhagavad-gītā As It Is. No interpretation.

Gopāla Kṛṣṇa: Each verse is the original Sanskrit śloka, English transliteration, word-by-word meaning, so there’s no room for manipulation. There’s a translation and purport. Every book that Śrīla Prabhupāda has written has the same format, and each book is illustrated.

[Room conversation, December 29,1976, Bombay]

 Bhagavad Gita 1972 Edition Review by a scholar:

“The authorized edition of Bhagavad-gita will help to stop

the terrible cheating of ‘gurus’ and ‘yogis’ who are false and unauthorized.”

Letter to: Svarupa, Ranadhira

Mayapur-3 February, 1976

Los Angeles

My dear Svarupa and Ranadhira,

Please accept my blessings. I beg to thank you for your letter dated January 30th, 1976 with the important enclosures.

The membership pamphlet is very nicely done. That you have got $20,000 in 1975 from the members is certainly very noteworthy. Develop the program more if the results are so good. Also, along with the pamphlet and The K.C. Movement Is Authorized you can send our book catalog. Then the philanthropists will be able to purchase our books.

The reviews have very much encouraged me. Especially those of Prof. Bhatt and Prof. Vajpeye. I have personally written a letter of thanks to Dr. Bhatt, that he has so much encouraged me. Dr. Vajpeye’s review we are going to print and widely distribute, especially in Bombay and Madras, where there is so much propaganda from these bogus gurus and yogis. He has got practical experience of how they are cheating the innocent people in foreign countries and he has written; “The authorized edition of Bhagavad-gita will help to stop the terrible cheating of ‘gurus’ and ‘yogis’ who are false and unauthorized.