UNSCRUPULOUS ISKCON EDITORS
Vaishnava Kantha-Hara was removed years ago from our website because of the unscrupulous ISKCON editors who were trusted to proofread and then publish this book. At the time of publishing they decided on their own to make severe changes to the text prior to printing without informing the author of this otherwise wonderful book. This book was published at a time when editing and publishing decisions were not entirely secure and was open to this type of unauthorized editing to occur. It is not surprising that the same occurred to the books of our Paramguru His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada while he was still physically present, and that later as well his books continued to be changed by ISKCON after he departed from this world.
After Vaishnava Kantha-Hara book was printed, Sri Krsna Balaram Swami wrote his now famous book entitled Guru Nirnaya Dipika (The Scriptural Decision on Who Can Become Guru and Who Cannot), which puts to rest any doubts about the subject, this being one of the subjects purposefully changed in Vaishnava Kantha-Hara by the editors. Unfortunately the book was printed in this way and the changes were only found out after the book had been already printed. Therefore this book is not available for distribution.
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SCHOLARS PRAISE VAISHNAVA KANTHA-HARA
“Vaishnava Kanta-Hara: A Necklace for the Surrendered Soul by Krishna Balaram Swami, presents an interesting and informative study by Gaudiya Vaisnava spirituality in its many facets, and upon which that of the Hare Krishna Movement is based. To a very large extent the work relies on original texts and the translations of the other rare but authentic sources for this tradition.
Althought the book has a purpose to strengthen the spiritual discipline of devotees in the Hare Krishna movement, which A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada established, it should also be of importance to all in Gaudiya Vaishnavism, on of India’s important religions, and the parent of the Hare Krishna movement in the United States, and now in many other countries as well.”
Professor of the History of Religions
Emeritus of the Pacific School of Religion and Graduate Theological Union
“Vaishnava Kantha Hara of Krishna Balaram Swami is a faithful guide to vaishnava life and literature as revealed in the works of his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Keeping himself in the background, the author lucidly and ably presents the devotional philosophy and practice of Chaitanya Vaisnavism. The work deserves attention both from scholars and devotees.”
K.L. Seshagiri Rao
Professor of Religious Studies
University of Virginia