Srila Prabhupada After Rascal Editors Conversation (Memory By Yashoda Nandana das)

Yaśodā-nandana: Sometimes they feel that “We can make better English,” so they change like that, just like in the case of Īśopaniṣad. 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.

Svarūpa Dāmodara: That’s actually a very dangerous mentality.

Yaśodā-nandana: What is it going to be in five years? It’s going to be a different book.

Srila Prabhupāda: 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 Satsvarūpa that “This is the position. They are doing anything and everything at their whim.” The next printing should be again to the original way.

Rascal Editors conversation – June 22, 1977, Vrndavana


Memory by Yashoda Nandana das

On the same day as the Srila Prtabhupada “Rascal Editors Conversation,” June 22, 1977, after everyone had dispersed from Srila Prabhupada’s garden and his room, I was alone with Srila Prabhupada for a brief moment. Srila Prabhupada was upset about the unauthorized changes and editing to his books.  Just as I was to get up and leave, Srila Prabhupada took his paper weight and slammed it on his desk.  I was startled and froze for a moment. Srila Prabhupada then pointed his finger at me and said loudly: “You tell them, these GBCs and editors, if they change one word from my books, it will spoil everything I have done.”

I sensed that Srila Prabhupada was not just upset but angry.  He stated further:  “You write a letter to them and tell them they cannot change anything.  Now get out and write a letter.”

I paid my obeisances and informed the secretary about Srila Prabhupada’s desires. He said: “Write a letter and send it out to Satsvarupa.”

I wrote a letter to Satsvarupa and I never heard back from him.

Yours in Srila Prabhupada’s service

Yasoda nandana dasa

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