Srila Prabhupada: “I may say many things to you, but when I say something directly, “Do it”, your first duty is to do that. You cannot argue, “Sir, you said me like this before.” No, that is not your duty. What I say now, you do it. That is obedience.”
In reality, the editing of the books depended on Srila Prabhupada’s approval and participation and therefore it could not possibly be done in his physical absence.
On BBTedit.com, in defense of the book changes it is written:
“When Srila Prabhupada was present, he specifically approved of Jayadvaita Swami’s doing this [restoring text the first edition had lost or changed] for other books. And after Srila Prabhupada’s departure Jayadvaita Swami simply followed the same principle.”
This contains the whole point of the discussion; Srila Prabhupada was there to specifically approve of the editing. The BBT wants to have us believe that this specific approval and trust in Jayadvaita at one point, acts as some type of life-time authorization of Jayadvaita to continue editing the books. But this can’t be the case because the reality is that Srila Prabhupada was always there to supervise the editing. Srila Prabhupada invested trust in all of his editors, and if one editor was not doing a satisfactory job, Srila Prabhupada could correct the editor or even replace him. This is just not possible today.