Stop Publishing Other Authors
20. The BBT Trustees are not to publish any book other than those
written by Srila Prabhupada. BBT is not a "publishing house for Gaudiya
Vaisnava books" as they write on Krishna.com. Instead this Trust was
made by Srila Prabhupada specifically to hold and print his own books.
"The properties which shall constitute the Trust Fund include all books
and manuscripts and other documents written by me or translated by me,
including the following hereinafter listed, and all those written by me
in the future, including all copyrights and publication rights
incidental thereto:" (BBT Trust Agreement document dated May 29, 1972.
, Section 1 Trust Fund)
21. Srila Prabhupada may have himself authorized some books by some
of his disciples to be printed by the BBT, but he himself could do so
as it is his own Trust. But he has not left any specific instructions
or policy for the Trustees for including other author’s books. His
desires to the contrary are “Our translation must be documents. They
are not ordinary... One cannot become unless one is very realized. It
is not A-B-C-D translation”. (Conversation May 28, 1977). But the
current Trustees have made their own policy. They have copyrighted and
published many books from other authors in the BBT. These books are of
questionable credibility and authenticity compared to the high standard
of the intended books in the BBT- Srila Prabhupada’s. This is unethical
and not sanctioned by the setlor or the Trust Instrument.
22. The mixing of completely pure books, words of God, with books of
questionable purity may make the authority, authenticity, and respect
of Srila Prabhupada's books and of his BBT to go down eventually in
tandem. As we cannot sit on the Vyasasana of Srila Prabhupada,
similarly we cannot put our books with Srila Prabhupada's books on an
equal stature, unless he personally asked us to do so. Another official
ISKCON publishing house can be made to print books by other authors and
other official publications, but BBT should be left alone.
23. BBT funds, trademark & logo are not to be used for any books
other than that of Srila Prabhupada's works. Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
is A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami's exclusively. It is his personal vehicle
to reach out to the whole world and teach them the Science of God,
Krishna. It is not a publisher of any or all books on 'Bhakti' and
'Vedanta' as the BBT trustees are apt to present BBT in an impersonal
24. All solicitation of new manuscripts from other authors for printing under the Logo of BBT shall be immediately stopped.
Examples of some books printed by Srila Prabhupada of a few disciples. Now the reasons why/why not to continue? WHat instructions if wish to print others books from BBT? What should be done with the current books not of Srila Prabhupada printed under BBT logo.