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All ISKCON temples should purchase the books of His Divine Grace from the BBT exclusively

Sunday, 12 January 2014 / Published in Editorial, GBC / 4,296 views


To All Temples
Dear Devotees,
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

It has come to our attention that there is some confusion regarding the purchase of Srila Prabhupada’s books for mass distribution. It is the policy of ISKCON, clarified by Srila Prabhupada in the accompanying letter, that all ISKCON temples purchase the books of His Divine Grace from the BBT exclusively.

Recently a pocket Bhagavad-gita As It Is was printed in large quantities, and sales agents for this printing have been actively engaged in attempting to sell these books to temples and temple devotees for mass distribution.

These books are not authorized by the BBT and do not meet the criteria outlined in the BBT agreement with Krishna Books Inc for the printing of the pre-1978 works of Srila Prabhupada. Any argument to the contrary is false.

As pointed out in Srila Prabhupada’s letter:

“If temples print independently it will be at the cost of the books I am myself printing, and could eventually cause the financial ruin of the BBT, meaning I could not order new books from the printer or have sufficient funds for construction of temple projects.
“I trust this is now clear and you will all do the needful. If you have any questions in this matter you can write me directly or consult with the GBC representative.”

Please do not be unsure or confused in this regard. These books are not authorized by the BBT. For ISKCON temples to distribute them would be contrary to Srila Prabhupada’s direct instructions.

Your servants,
Tamohara Das,
GBC executive committee chairman

On behalf of
The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
Svavasa Das, Trustee

Letter to: All ISKCON Centers
Vrindaban
14 March, 1974
74-03-14
Memorandum to All ISKCON Centers
My dear disciples,
Please accept my blessings. Now that our ISKCON is growing into a huge, world wide organization, it has come to my attention that sometimes centers are printing my literature, taking collection and spending all outside the jurisdiction of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. This must not go on.
I specifically formed the BBT to invest in it exclusive rights for the printing of all literature containing my teachings, writings and lectures. In this way the collections are to be divided fifty percent for printing new books and fifty percent for construction of temples.
The BBT can authorize a center to print, as in the case of foreign translations, with the agreement that when the foreign printing becomes financially solvent they will pay royalties to the BBT. But all printing of ISKCON literature must be by the BBT or under their sanction and approval.
If temples print independently it will be at the cost of the books I am myself printing, and could eventually cause the financial ruin of the BBT, meaning I could not order new books from the printer or have sufficient funds for construction of temple projects.
I trust this is now clear and you will all do the needful. If you have any questions in this matter you can write me directly or consult with the GBC representative.
Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
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