U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard “Well Aware” Of Book Changes Issue With ISKCON
Vidura Mahatma das
6 November, 2015
In a recent and brief exchange with U.S. congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (serving Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district) initiated through her official voting page, the congresswoman told staff from Harekrsna.org that she was “well aware” of the book change issue:
“I am well aware of the issue you are raising with regard to the pre-1978 version of the Bhagavad Gita As It Is…” (Electronic mail – November, 2015)
The issue of whether the founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s books can be changed or edited after his disappearance from our vision is perhaps one of the most debated issues within the Hare Krishna movement. Today, changes continue to be made to his books although many devotees opt for the original, unchanged versions (pre-1978), which are also available.
We reached out to the congresswoman of Hawaii as a follow-up to a video she released wherein she eloquently and accurately presented the philosophy of Krishna consciousness, quoting Lord Krishna’s words to Arjuna in the Bhagavad-gita exclusively from Srila Prabhupada’s original, unedited pre-1978 version of Bhagavad-gita As It Is.
In her video, Tulsi Gabbard took preference to the original translation of the Bg 4.35 verse over the revised and edited version:
The revised and edited (changed) version reads:
“Having obtained real knowledge from a self-realized soul, you will never fall again into such illusion, for by this knowledge you will see that all living beings are but part of the Supreme, or, in other words, that they are Mine.”
When asked about her use of the original version of Bhagavad-gita As It Is, the congresswoman put it simply:
“…my choice of quotes has been a conscious decision.” (Electronic mail – November, 2015)
In concluding her Janmashtami video presentation Tulsi Gabbard dedicated a sincere moment to thank His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder and acharya of the Krishna consciousness movement:
“I’d like to take this opportunity to offer my deepest respects and gratitude to Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who, 50 years ago, made the arduous journey from India to United States to share Krishna with the western world. Without him, I and millions of others would never have known about the all-attractive supremely lovable Lord Krishna. Jai Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada! Jai Sri Krishna!”