Changed books in Vedabase and Vanipedia

“If one is too big, there is no mistake. ‘Arsa prayoga’ means there may be discrepancies but it is all right. Just like Shakespeare, sometimes there are odd usages of language, but he is accepted as autority. I have explained all these things in my preface to First Canto.”

(Letter to Mandali Bhadra dated 1-20-72)

Can we trust sources like Vedabase and Vanipedia completely? Unfortunately not, I found a deliberate change in the Chaitanya Caritamrta:

https://www.vedabase.com/en/cc/madhya/19/157

” […] Even if one thinks that there are many pseudo devotees or nondevotees in the Kṛṣṇa Consciousness Society, still one should stick to the Society; if one thinks the Society’s members are not pure devotees, one can keep direct company with the spiritual master, and if there is any doubt, one should consult the spiritual master.[…]”

https://vanisource.org/wiki/CC_Madhya_19.157?t=hl#terms=follows%20the%20spiritual%20master

And also:

http://www.harekrsna.com/sun/features/01-11/features1984.htm

Original version without added words in the sentence:

https://iskconpress.com/books/cc/madhya/19/157

“[…] If one thinks that there are many pseudo devotees or nondevotees in the Kṛṣṇa Consciousness Society, one can keep direct company with the spiritual master, and if there is any doubt, one should consult the spiritual master. […]”

Here we see that the marked section was added, in the original purport it doesn’t even exist.

So with this in mind we can see that these internet sources are not reliable. They contain the changed book versions even if they claim that they are original and editing was before of the era of BBTI and before 1978.

“We have to do things now very dexterously, simply we have to see that in our book there is no spelling or grammatical mistake. We do not mind for any good style, our style is Hare Krishna, but still, we should not present a shabby thing. Although Krishna literatures are so nice that, even if they are presented in broken and irregular ways, such literatures are welcomed, read and respected by bona fide devotees.”

(Letter to Satsvarupa dated 1-9-70)

More to know about the book changes:

https://theharekrishnamovement.org/category/book-changes/

https://krishna.org/arsha-prayoga-part-one/

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