ISKCON’s zonal book marketsHanuman das
Book banning in the 21st century. This is the third article on this subject.
4 days go, we published our first report on how ISKCON, which is supposed to be the religion of the intelligent people, is actually governed by a bunch of Gestapo maniacs. They banned sales of Srila Prabhupada’s books within Srila Prabhupada’s movement, just because books where older editions.
Then, an amazing thing happened. One devotee mustered enough courage to actually ask the question about the logic of this banned. Gestapo officer Pancharatna gave a short response, and this was the topic of our second article.
But the questions didn’t stop. And thus, at least one soul used an opportunity to become a defender of Srila Prabhupada’s legacy:
On Wed, Jan 1, 2020 at 8:25 PM Jgcarandas <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I am sure I’m risking myself being banned from Mayapur forum, but I consider preposterous and outrageous that pre 1978 editions of Srila Prabhupada’s books are in controversion of ISKCON’S policy and can’t be sold within Prabhupada’s property. Then why BBT doesn’t print those editions. Why are edited versions being forced upon us. So those who prefere to read pre 1978 editions are commiting an offense? It rises more questions; can we lecture on SB or CC or Bg by using a pre 1978 edition?
And as he is asking the question, he is already aware that a ban is looming over his head, just because he asked a question. This email is perfect exposition of dark ages that ISKCON is going through. Asking a question and having a different opinion is the reason for a ban? Free speech anybody? In the brahminical society Srila Prabhupada hoped to establish, first freedom guaranteed to everybody is is the freedom to think, freedom to express an opinion, freedom to ask a question. But, not in ISKCON, Freedom to think, freedom to ask questions, freedom to debate, this is all not welcome. In ISKCON, free speech is called “challenging authorities”, and the hordes of pure retards who live in such a Gestapo society think that they will be soon joining Krishna’s pastimes and relocate themselves to Goloka Vrindavana. If you a member of a Gestapo cult, if you think it is normal that you can’t ask a question and express your opinion, then your future birth is either in North Korea or China. Because our future destination after this life is determined by the mentality that we developed during this life. And ISKCON is an oppressive organization where you are either beaten into brainless submission or kicked out.
Now, let’s see the reply of the Gestapo officer Herr Pancharanatna and blast his crooked arguments.
On Thu, 2 Jan 2020, 08:20 Pancharatna das, <email@example.com> wrote:
I believe that your email below was sent to me rather than posted on the forum. I will try to answer your questions.
The restriction on sale of non-BBT editions of Srila Prabhupada’s books on ISKCON property follows from the agreement that led to the formation of KBI, the publisher of the books in question.
Perhaps you are familiar with this agreement. Part of the agreement is that KBI books will be available for sale in markets where they won’t directly compete with distribution by the BBT and by ISKCON temples. This is the basis for the policy.
What is a market anyway? How can we delineate markets? Is it a country, or a city? If ISKCON BBT distributors distribute their books in a city and then leave, that city is BBT market, so for how long KBI guys have to wait before they can distribute books there?
🤣🤣🤣 So, Herr Pancharatna says: “KBI books will be available for sale in markets where they won’t directly compete with distribution by the BBT and by ISKCON temples.” 🤣🤣🤣 This reminds me of the zonal acarya era, where you had to accept a certain guru, just because you are living in Europe. If you wanted another guru, you had to relocate to America or Asia. 🤣🤣🤣 Similarly, according to the retarded deal between BBT and KBI, if you are living a country which a “BBT market”, you are out of luck. If you want to read Srila Prabhupada’s original books, you have to move to some country where there is no BBT and ISKCON temple. 🤣🤣🤣 This is hilarious.
So, if you want to read original Srila Prabhupada’s books, you will be able to read them peacefully if you relocate to Papua New Guinea. And before you to move to Papua New Guinea, I would definitely recommend for you to hear their national anthem:
Joking aside, my key point here is that in a brahminical movement, members will be inspired by leaders to read any version of the book that they like. Intelligent people might want to read a different version of the same book for comparison, or out of curiosity, or just because they think it’s cool. But in the corporate movement of blind followers, you will “be told” what version of the book you are supposed to read. And when we boil this thing to the very essence, Pancharatna is supporting the BBT version, because his company, the BBT, will make more money. That’s all there is to it. And if you are not interested to read Jayadvaita Swami’s poetical ecstasies, you are out of luck.
In regards your question about why the BBT does not print the pre-1078 editions, my understanding is that the market for these is primarily amongst disaffected ISKCON members and not for mass distribution. Therefore, the BBT cannot justify the cost of printing and stocking these additions.
🤣🤣🤣 Another jewel typical of Gestapo society. What Pancharanta is telling us here, basically, if you want to read 1972 versions of the books, that means you are “disaffected ISKCON member”. You are unhappy. You are not happy with ISKCON management. Therefore, you are reading old books. You know, every movement has a few cringe grandpa’s who are constantly bickering about everything. Yea, these old books are for them. 🤣🤣🤣
Well, well, if 1972 books are for a small minority of “disaffected ISKCON members” who are insignificant in number, then why is BBT so worried that KBI should not “enter their market”, it doesn’t make any sense.
The KBI does not follow Srila Prabhupada’s formula for marking up the wholesale price to provide for 50% going to the construction fund and the other 50% to expand the publications. Thus, those who are not following ISKCON’s policies purchase books from them at a much reduced cost. At least, that is what I have heard.
This is the pinnacle of hypocrisy, Pancaratna is accusing KBI of not raising the wholesale price and giving 50% of their income to construction fund. 🤣🤣🤣 Sure, KBI should give 50% for the construction of new ISKCON Gestapo temples which will ban sales of their books. It is exactly what we need. More ISKCON Gestapo temples who are banning free speech, where you are not able to ask a question or express a different opinion without the fear of being banned.
Please note Srila Prabhupada’s letter attached where he specifically warns against the consequences of independent printing of his books.
One more crazy twist, if Srila Prabhupada didn’t want to independent printing of the books, then why BBT gave KBI permission to print? 🤣🤣🤣
No one is saying that it is an offense to read the earlier editions, or to purchase them. They are readily available online.
🤣🤣🤣 “No one is saying”. 🤣🤣🤣 When Gestapo officer needs to tell his sheep followers that it is not offensive to read the previous version of the book, you know you are living in a Gestapo society. Then remind me, why are these books banned if it is not offensive to read them?
In regards your last question about speaking from the earlier editions, I would assume that ISKCON officials would not want this, simply to avoid controversy. As you may know, the debate regarding the revised editing is still going on in many people’s minds and, unfortunately, we often see that devotees opposed to the current BBT editions use language which is offensive to the Vaishnavas who support the BBT. Purposefully using the earlier editions in an ISKCON lecture, would unnecessarily focus on this issue, instead of the verse being spoken on. It is, in my opinion, making a political statement of opposition to ISKCON policy. If a devotee is uncomfortable speaking from the current BBT editions, they should refrain from speaking on ISKCON platforms.
🤣🤣🤣 Most amazing, BBT versions of the books will be used for ISKCON lectures exclusively because those who are opposed use language which “offensive”. 🤣🤣🤣 So, reading 1972 versions of the books is not offensive, but if you read them, you might start using offensive language and you will become offensive. 🤣🤣🤣
I hope this answers your questions.
Your servant, Pancharatna dasa
I haven’t read such a funny Gestapo email for a very, very long time. We are very thankful to Herr Pancharatna for giving us a vivid picture of slave life in ISKCON’s mental prison. We are will continue to read 1972 original books in a non-offensive way.