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"As It Is" - With a Few Caveats

by Nrsimhananda das

Posted May 12, 2008

"He really means..." is perhaps a well-intentioned, but ultimately dangerous new effort to interpret Srila Prabhupada's vani by the GBC. Prabhupada's own words written in the Bhagavatam are not enough, it seems. Now, we, the conditioned souls - or, to be correct, an elite appointed few - will annotate and comment on their meaning in future editions of Prabhupada's books. There will be no editions without these "authorized" commentaries. Gosh, how did I or any other devotee, male or female, get past these declarations below without annotations? Could it be that the understanding of Krsna consciousness is imparted in the heart, not in the mind? Is it possible that the pure devotee gives his mercy to the conditioned soul without the need of filtration. "The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth." BG4.34 Check it out the latest:

311. End Notes or Appendices in Srila Prabhupada's Books

Whereas some of Srila Prabhupada's books contain sentences such as the following, which when taken in isolation may be considered derogatory to and offensive against women:

Although rape is not legally allowed, it is a fact that a woman likes a man who is very expert at rape. (SB 4.25.41, p.)

When a husbandless woman is attacked by an aggressive man, she takes his action to be mercy. (SB 4.25.42, p.)

Generally, when a woman is attacked by a man -- whether her husband or some other man -- she enjoys the attack, being too lusty. (SB 4.26.26, p.)

Whereas some ISKCON devotees may have used these statements out of context as an excuse to offend, neglect and abuse women;

Whereas some people who read such statements may consider them to be derogatory or offensive, may misunderstand what Srila Prabhupada actually means, and may not want to further read those books, notwithstanding the many other beneficial statements in them;

RESOLVED: That the GBC Body recommends to the BBT Trustees that the above quotes, and other such statements as determined by the BBT, be explained in endnotes or in appendices.