Professor Doing Book Distribution on Campus?

Garuda Das Distributing Original Books

Professor Doing Book Distribution on Campus?
by Garuda Das

Carried over and lifted from

For more than thirty years, I have been teaching at the college and university levels of education. And during each one of those years, I have required students to purchase Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Bhagavad-gītā As It Is, and then read large portions of it for my courses. Well, during the pandemic, it is no exception. In the picture below, I have 100 books that I will be selling to students (at my cost, to make it easy), and for most of them, it will be the first time they will have encountered the authentic words of the Spiritual Master! Another 100 books will go out next semester as well.

Now, I may not measure up anywhere close to our glorious book distributors who go out and make themselve vulnerable to any and all goodness and levels of nastiness! These book distributors are extraordinary in the ways they sacrifice themselves for this book distribution sevā. I am in awe of them, always. However, I’m a bit spoiled. The persons to whom I sell these books are my students, who not only are required to purchase a copy, but must read deeply into the work and write about it! So, I get a different “high” than those who experience the magical encounter with strangers who take to Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books. But, in the end, book distribution is book distribution, no matter how its done or in what context it is done, as long as it is done with exemplary behavior and care. My attempt is to show great honor to Śrīla Prabhupāda’s book in the classroom as the writing by the world’s first ambassador from the Chaitanya Vaishnava school to the rest of the world, and by someone who lived and breathed the contents of this most beloved of all sacred texts in the East. [Read More…]


Srila Prabhupada and His Books

“They cannot change anything
The next printing should be again to the original way!”

Yasodanandan: Sometimes they appeal that “We can make better English,” so they change like that, just like in the case of Isopanisad. There are over a hundred changes. So where is the need? Your words are sufficient. The potency is there. When they change, it is something else.
Svarupa Damodara: That’s actually a very dangerous mentality.
Yasodanandan: What is it going to be in five years? It’s going to be a different book.
Srila Prabhupada: So you… What you are going… It is very serious situation. You write one letter that “Why you have made so many changes?” And whom to write? Who will care? All rascals are there. Write to Satsvarupa that “This is the position. They are doing anything and everything at their whim.” The next printing should be again to the original way…. So you bring this to Satsvarupada. They cannot change anything. (Srila Prabhupada conversation, June 22, 1977, Vrindaban)


From: Rob Horton <x@xxx.xx>
To: ‘mahasrnga dasa’ <xx@xxx.xx>
Subject: RE: Conversation regarding book changes

Hare Krsna Mahasrnga prabhu, Srila Prabhupada has been consistent over the years in his instructions on editing, that they should be, as he wrote in a letter to Rupanuga Prabhu in 1970: “Our editing is to correct grammatical and spelling errors only, without interpolation of style or philosophy” (Los Angeles: February 17, 1970).
Almost exactly two years later, Srila Prabhupada had his publishing contract with Macmillan Publishing Company modified under the revisions clause, no. V. to say that revisions were allowed only with the consent of the author, and he initialized this.

Even Garuda das’ group of intellectuals who were complaining to the BBT-I re changes, did not seem to GET this principle! After contacting Garuda das, Ajit Krishna das writes…

“…Garuda Prabhu first said he more or less agreed with me (on no changes). But a few days later he wrote this:

‘I’ve looked into every one of the changes in the BGAII with the help of an extremely competent devotee. My conclusion: I can accept up to 25% of the editing, and even some of it very good. But at least 75% of the editing was totally unnecessary, even intrusive. With just the 25% of valid editing, no second edition would have been necessary.’ (Garuda Dasa, Facebook post, May 2020)

Garuda says he can accept 25% of Jayadvaita Swami’s editing. And then he wants to do some editing himself. First we had Srila Prabhupada’s Gita, then we had Jayadvaita Swamis new edition, and now Garuda might take over Jayadvaita Swami’s role as a posthumous editor, and then we will have a third.

It should be obvious that Garuda Prabhu’s attempts will not settle the matter. Intelligent devotees are against all sorts of posthumous editing. Why? Well, first of all because of the above mentioned reasons. But also because no matter how well-articulated your reasons are for making a certain change you cannot get Srila Prabhupada’s approval. And that is certainly needed.

This affair can only be settled by reference to an absolute principle. We are fortunate to have this principle. It is called arsa-prayoga. It means that we cannot make any changes to the acaryas words (without explicit instructions from the acarya himself). This settles the matter. There is nothing further to discuss.

But as long as we have conditioned souls taking up roles as authorities on the editing of Srila Prabhupada’s books there will be disagreements as to what constitutes a good, or the best, editor, and what constitutes a good reason to change. One editor will reject the other editors, and new, differing editions of Srila Prabhupada’s books will be published.  [Read More…]


cattle theft for slaughter and beef production

Stealing In The Name of ‘Holy Cow’! Do Gau
Rakshaks Know, Hindus also involved in Cattle Theft?


Stealing In The Name of ‘Holy Cow! Do Gau Rakshaks Know, Hindus also involved in Cattle Theft? On July 27, 2018 that too after the group and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) staged a protest against illegal transportation of cows on Thursday, 26 July in Mangluru, and also forming ‘Gau Rakshak Dal’ {Cow Protectors}, police had arrested 48-year-old Shashi Kumar, a Bajrang Dal activist in cattle theft. And six days later, on 2 Aug when police had arrested four persons in illegal cattle trafficking, out of the persons, three were Hindus, identified as-Radhakrishnan, Subhash Shetty and Sathish Kumar; and fourth person, a Muslim by the name of Naeemuddin. How about that? Seems like “We Don’t Practice What We Preach”!

Illegal slaughterhouses and cattle theft

According to media reports, India has numerous illegal slaughterhouses. For example, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, the officials in 2013 reported over 3,000 illegal slaughterhouses. Cattle are traditionally left to freely roam streets and graze in India. These are easy prey to thieves, state Rosanna Masiola and Renato Tomei. According to The New York Times, the organized mafia gangs pick up the cattle they can find and sell them to these illegal slaughterhouses. These crimes are locally called “cattle rustling” or “cattle lifting”. In many cases, the cows belong to poor dairy farmers who lack the facility or infrastructure to feed and maintain the cows, and they don’t traditionally keep them penned. According to Masiola and Tomei, the increasing meat consumption has led to cows becoming a target for theft.

The theft of cattle for slaughter and beef production is economically attractive to the mafias in India. In 2013, states Gardiner Harris, a truck can fit 10 cows, each fetching about 5,000 rupees (about US$94 in 2013), or over US$900 per cattle stealing night operation. In a country where some 800 million people live on less than US$2 per day, such theft-based mafia operations are financially attractive. According to Andrew Buncombe, when smuggled across its border, the price per cattle is nearly threefold higher and the crime is financially more attractive. Many states have reported rising thefts of cattle and associated violence, according to The Indian Express. [Read More…]

Banu Swami Gives Contradictory Explanation of Diksha

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Banu Swami Gives Contradictory Explanation of Diksha

Banu Swami’s “Diksha” Explanation
Carried over and lifted from PADA

PADA: Banu Swami says that diksha means to help remove and absorb the sins (ksha in diksha). OK so far. Yet his GBC “diksha gurus” are falling down left, right and center into illicit affairs. That means their gurus are not free from sin themselves.

This begs the question:

How can persons (kanisthas or even falling people) who are sinful — absorb the sins of someone else — who is sinful?

Banu says we do not emphasize diksha but we emphasize the holy name. False, anyone who rejects the GBC’s illicit sex debauchee “diksha guru” program and / or their “parampara” process is not welcome in ISKCON. Basically, the Banu guru sampradaya contains on three types of gurus: (A) debauchees, sexual predators, homosexuals, porno swamis, child molesters etc., (B) the founder fathers, apologists, defenders, cover ups of the debauchee guru process and, (C) those “2/3 show of hands” voted into that parampara process. Where is this form of guru parampara found in shastra? [Read More…]

Srila Prabhupada’s Poisoning and Devotee’s “Cognitive Dissonance” Over Facts

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Srila Prabhupada’s Poisoning and Devotee’s “Cognitive Dissonance” Over Facts.
By Anuttama Devi Dasi

“I think that the biggest impediment in presenting evidence for the poisoning of Srila Prabhupada, is cognitive dissonance. When someone believes something to be true and then is confronted with evidence/data that contradicts that belief, one of the ways that they cope with the dissonance is to find evidence or an explanation that supports their original belief. In this case, apparently there was push back using the theory that elements in a hair sample aren’t proof of anything. This is a great counter to that excuse to cling to dissonance. I suppose you should also expect a degree of viciousness towards yourself and hope that you don’t find that too disturbing. The fact is that this subject is disturbing, but needs to be confronted if we are to expect any healing. You might remind Kill Guru Become Guru (Book One, Page 759) people that the only way to get rid of the dissonance is to analyze the evidence with an open heart.

The psychological reason that many devotees are unable to believe that Srila Prabhupada was poisoned:

It is impossible to have two contradictory beliefs without experiencing extreme emotional discomfort. When a person is confronted with facts that contradict a firmly held belief, he / she experience what psychologists call “cognitive dissonance.” That term describes the dissonance that occurs in a person’s sub-consciousness that makes him uneasy until he is able to resolve the matter by either: changing his beliefs, changing the value of the contradictory belief, getting new information that enables him to disallow the contradictory information or actually forgetting the contradictory information. [Read More…]


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