Tuesday, August 23, 2016


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No one should change anything in Srila Prabhupada's books. If there are a few misprints or "errors" it is no big deal.

There is a Greek legend about the sculptor who has made the perfect statue of the form of a woman,. It was gorgeous, proportions, shape expression everything...absolutely perfect figure. Except for one thing.. there was a tiny speck of stone under her chin that had not been carved away. It was very, very small, really hardly noticeable all. But the sculptor insisted on chipping away at it and the entire statue crumbled. 

Do not change even one word..................

Here is a practical example why I say like this.,..
Every now and then I come across a word usage that I've never seen before. At first I think, "Is this an editorial error?" Other words seem like that they would be better to use in context of the sentence. Then I go to the dictionary and find there is a meaning of the word that fits the sentence. Sometimes it is way down on the list but it fits very nicely and uniquely. Poetically. This happened this morning with the word "comprehends" in this purport...

"Seventy-five percent of the expansive radiation of the Lord is manifested in the spiritual sky (tripad-vibhuti), and twenty-five percent of His personal radiation comprehends the entire expansion of the material universes." SB 2.6.17 purport

Definition #2 of comprehend... include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory.

This word is especially nice because of it's other usages like definition #1... to get the meaning of something, understand..

By using the word "comprehend" Srila Prabhupada keeps us in the realm of consciousness rather than use a word like "contains" which brings in subtle connections to gross material forms...boxes, cartons, storage units etc.

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