Which SB set is the best? Look at ALL the evidence from both sides of this issue

January 11, 2022 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Jan 15 1974 Hawaii

Prabhupāda: They are rascals. Therefore I always say, “Kick them on their face with your shoes, so-called scientists.” “Accident.” There is no question of accident. Mūḍha. Therefore they have been described in the Bhagavad-gītā as mūḍhāḥ, rascals, narādhama. Narādhama, the lowest of the mankind. Because they got this opportunity to appreciate the work of Kṛṣṇa, but they avoid it, they are narādhama. No, they are so big, big graduate, scientists, and…” māyayāpahṛta-jñānāḥ [Bg. 7.15]. Their real knowledge is taken away, simply childish proposing something, so-called scientists. Real knowledge is to see everywhere Kṛṣṇamayādhyakṣeṇa prakṛtiḥ sūyate sacarācaram [Bg. 9.10]. The supervision of Kṛṣṇa. That is real knowledge. Not only to appreciate, but to explain it also. Kaniṣṭhaadhikārī will appreciate, but cannot explain how it is being done. Madhyamaadhikārī will explain. That is preacher. And uttamaadhikārī, he thinks that everyone knows, everyone knows. He does not see that somebody knows, somebody does not know. He sees everyone knows. That is uttamaadhikārī. He does not make any distinction.

Some Conclusions–Srila Prabhupada mentions above one of the differences between kanistha and madhyama adhikari devotees. The materialistic devotee cannot explain in detail how things are going on but the madhyama can explain because he is more advanced in many ways, chiefly  in intelligence.

So when one investigates this book change issue, we have to see who has gone deeply into the problem and has shown the best and most convincing evidence. And  the best evidence comes from Srila Prabhupada himself in quoted statements.

Then we can make a logical and without  passion, or arrogance  or name calling —conclusion as to which version of the SB sets is the best.

We must be cool headed not hot headed. As Prabhupada often said, when you lose your temper and get angry, you lose the debate!

Hare Krsna

damaghosa das