Why there are some book changes in Prabhupada books?

Why there are some book changes in Prabhupada books?

A male devotee (Name hidden) asked like this:

“Dear Prabhuji (Please hide my name), recently I Purchased set of Srimad Bhagavatham from ISKCON . And I was reading an article in one website , it was said that in the new edition the purports were changed than that to the older ones ..Now I doubt whether I can read it or not .. Kindly please advice me.”


This is my personal view, not to be taken as official explanation.

Some devotees claim that ISKCON has made some changes in the original books of Srila Prabhupada.

Yes, some small changes have been done, but, it is natural in any publication.

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I know that.  Of course, it is true.

But, I feel that it is not wrong and common in the publishing industry. I know that as I too am a publisher.

See, Srila Prabhupada is free to write anything; His messages are true; No doubt.

Spiritual concepts are very sensitive and if right words are not used, the concepts may be misunderstood or they may cause some problems among some sections of people. The laws and trends in 2020’s are not the same as 1970s.

For example, a national and responsible newspaper (Eg: THE HINDU) can not post the same unverified messages posted in the social media because there are no regulators for social media. But, when a media likes to keep the environment very regulated, it will avoid some issues in future.

Same applies for the books of Srila Prabhupada.

Some messages are suitable for discussions, but, they may not be fully suitable to be printed.

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But, when it is printed, the publishers have to ensure that the contents do not violate the rues of those countries.

So, they may have to change a few sensitive words with soft words.

Some very sensitive messages to be moderated. If ISKCON changes the basic concept of the books of S.P. we can accuse them.  Moderation of contents are continuous process.

Since it is done with good intentions, it should be accepted.

See, even in our sites, there is moderation of comments. To ensure that that words and messages of the comments are not violative of the expected codes, before the comments appear, they are read and ensured that the comments are not violative. We, the site moderators do not change your commengts, but, just edit the messages if there is any unpermissible words and messages.

That is why, you can not read unhealthy contents in the comments of our site.

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Same type of moderation is done in any books published online and offline by any publication. When Srila Prabhupada’s books are published in almost all the languages, some moderations may become necessary to suit the laws of all the countries.  Or, some words may be sharp that may hurt someone. They have to be slightly moderated or softened.

I have heard that even when S.P was alive, some of his words have been replaced by some other words of similar meaning.

They have not changed the basic concepts.

That means, they have not changed as “Siva is Supreme”

Some small moderations have been done without making big changes in the meanings.

Even the last two cantos of Srimad Bhagavatham have been written by the disciples of S.P as he had left the world by then.

Book changes are actually moderations.

It is a natural process in any publication.

Since the basic concept has not been changed, you can read the books sold by ISKCON withot any hesitation.

See, those who do such moderations are the senior vaishnavas and they do after many discussions with the concerned forums/ authorities in the ISKCON. They are not irresponsible people.

So, S.P himself may know the motive behind some changes.

Read Prabhupada’s Books; Go close to Krishna.

Hope this reply has clarified about book changes in Prabhupada books.

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Author: RAJAN

RAJAN from Tamil Nadu, India, a Life Patron and an Initiated Devotee being in ISKCON for nearly three decades, serves anonymously to avoid Prominence and crowd as an insignificant, Humble and Neutral Servant for all the devotees of Krishna! He promotes Social media forums and this blog-website as e-satsangha (e-forums) blessed with Lakhs of followers, to give Spiritual Solutions for all the Material Problems of the devotees since 2011! He writes friendly and practical tips to practice devotion (i) without hurting the followers of other paths, (ii) without affecting the personal and career life, and (iii) without the blind, superstitious and ritualistic approach! He dedicates all the glories and credits to his Guru and Krishna.

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