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Segment 40
BBT and its Shadow BBTI.

If you somehow or another did not read Segment 33, the following will blow your mind, so to speak; you will discover what the GBC did with Srila Prabhupada’s institution.  The GBC actually abandoned ISKCON, and in 2009 reconstituted an independent corporation based in West Bengal India. Moreover, the bylaws, of this bogus corporation, declare the GBC to be the ultimate Ecclesiastical authority, and that all of ISKCON’S assets belong to the GBC.   (See Heading “Segment 33: Illegal GBC Bylaws Give the GBC Dictatorial Power.)

Adding insult to injury, and even more sinister, the GBC also discarded Srila Prabhupada’s Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, (BBT).  It has been reconstituted as the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International, (BBTI).

BBT and its Shadow, the BBTI, by Maha Purusha Dasa:

[Comment: This article was written by Purusha Dasa, possibly 10 years ago, around the year 2010.  I have made only some grammatical, punctuation, and formatting editing.]

Currently in ISKCON, and in the last decade, we have not seen a significant increase of book distribution. There may be isolated exceptions, but on the whole we have not seen the results of the 1970’s and early 80’s. This should raise many questions in the minds of those who wish to see HDG Srila Prabhupada’s desires fulfilled.

Srimad-bhagavatam 7.13.34 Purport by Srila Prabhupada:

“A sannyasi should have an institution meant to preach Krsna consciousness; he need not accumulate money for himself. We recommend that as soon as money accumulates in our Krsna consciousness movement, fifty per cent of it should be invested in printing books, and fifty per cent for expenditures, especially in establishing centers all over the world. The managers of the Krsna consciousness movement should be extremely cautious in regard to this point. Otherwise, money will be the cause of lamentation, illusion, fear, anger, material attachment, material poverty, and unnecessary hard work. When I was alone in Vrindavana, I never attempted to construct mathas or temples; rather, I was fully satisfied with the small amount of money I could gather by selling Back to Godhead, and thus I would provide for myself and also print the literature. When I went to foreign countries, I lived according to the same principle, but when Europeans and Americans began to give money profusely, I started temples and Deity worship. The same principle should still be followed. Whatever money is collected should be spent for Krsna, and not a farthing for sense gratification. This is the Bhagavata principle.”

Unfortunately, this principle of 50/50 is not being followed. In fact, when we get an ‘inside’ perspective on what’s actually happening with the BBT, we see gross negligence with respect to Srila Prabhupada directives. How is this? In regards to the monetary aspect, the BBT does not even have an account opened, (in its name, BBT), to deposit the proceeds that come from book distribution. So, this begs another question,

“Where IS the money going?”

In 1986, the ‘GBC’ formed the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International, (notice the name is almost exactly the same, only the ‘International’ has been added), and the Bhaktivedanta Book Publishing. It was to these two unauthorized* ‘shadow’ corporations, that Srila Prabhupada’s BBT, had its copyrights transferred to, and the money that was generated from book sales. Please see spbbt.org for documentation on these statements.

Members of the ‘GBC’ met in 1986 and conspired to take illegal control of the BBT, by transferring all copyrights into the BBTI. Since Srila Prabhupada’s departure in 1977, the members of the ‘GBC’ have given the impression to the devotees of ISKCON, that they had ‘absolute’ control in decision making. This ongoing illusion has continued for over 44years, partly due to not implementing the DOM (Direction of Management), although it was ordered by Srila Prabhupada back in 1970.

Letter to Giriraja, August 12, 1971:

“GBC does not mean to control a center. GBC means to see that the activities of a center go on nicely. I do not know why Tamala is exercising his absolute authority. That is not the business of GBC. The president, treasurer and secretary are responsible for managing the center. GBC is to see that things are going nicely but not to exert absolute authority. That is not in the power of GBC. Tamala should not do like that. The GBC men cannot impose anything on the men of a center without consulting all of the GBC members first. A GBC member cannot go beyond the jurisdiction of his power.”

Room Conversation, Vrindavan, November 3, 1977:

Rupanuga:

“But now, we discussed this… We discussed this before, Srila Prabhupada. You said that you didn’t… You wanted to make some more BBT members.”

Prabhupada:

“If I require, I can make.”

Tamala Krsna:

“The reason I’m bringing this up is because, heretofore, the BBT has been managed by one or two trustees, and the point is that maybe it is best that it be managed by the GBC.”

Prabhupada:

“So that… First of all, manage these things. Then you will, it will be included in the trustees. First of all, show your capacity that you have managed these things very nicely, these two things. Why there should be complaint? How you can solve it? And why the temples should be maintained by collection of the BBT? It is meant for printing and constructing temples. Why should (we) violate the purpose of the Trust? So first of all, you manage these two things. Then, if you want, you can come. If the problem remains the same, then what is the use of increasing heads?”

It should be noted that the copyrights that were transferred from Srila Prabhupada’s BBT to the BBTI, were transferred without ANY authorization from the BBT Trust. After this insidious hijacking, the books that were produced and distributed, were still done in the name of the BBT! This, of course, helped conceal what had taken place, keeping the general community of devotees in the dark, meaning, who would protest to something unknown?!

Tamala Krsna:

“Krishna’s giving us… I figured out, Srila Prabhupada, that if we… Just like we did in September, I multiplied times twelve to see how much money in a year your books are selling. And the BBT, in one year, can expect to make, around the world, about $8,100,000. In rupees that comes out to seven crores, seventy thousand rupees. Seven crores, seventy thousand rupees.”

Prabhupada:

“What karmi can earn so much!”

Tamala Krsna:

“What karmi can earn so much. For the temples, that means that by selling your books, the temples will collect about sixteen million dollars in one year. Or in other words, fourteen cores, nine lakhs, forty thousand rupees.”

Prabhupada:

“They’ll believe?”

Tamala Krsna:

“Well, believe it or not, it’s a fact.
Prabhupada: Fact, yes.” 

This is a lot of money that the BBT generated; even post-departure of Srila Prabhupada, there has been plenty of money generated through BBT book sales. Since 1965, there has been around 750 million books printed and distributed.  Even if each book sold for 50 USA cents, that would calculate to $375 million dollars in sales.

Where has all this money gone?

We can see from our spotted history (post-HDG’s departure) that temples and temple properties were not going up, but factually were either sold or reduced to barely running. Many, many devotees have experienced this firsthand. So, who is responsible for this?

Hopefully the wheels will begin to turn in the minds of those devotees who actually care about what has happened, and what is happening currently with the Srila Prabhupada’s BBT and the society in general.

It also should be noted that since the copyrights were transferred from the BBT to the BBTI, Srila Prabhupada, from a legal standpoint, went from being the sole author of his books, to merely being an ‘author for hire’! An AUTHOR FOR HIRE?!?!?! This is indeed a great offense to not only HDG Srila Prabhupada, but to the parampara he is representing!

As devotees of Srila Prabhupada, we should not stand idle, and let these misdirected people in the ‘GBC’, and the so-called currently authorized BBT trustees, continue their efforts to control the BBT, while committing offenses to Srila Prabhupada which keep the growth of our society stunted.

Stolen Copyright Record.

Copyright records are submitted and are stored with US Copyright Office in DC. This is where authors generally register a copyright to protect their works from being used unauthorizedly. This record acts as an ownership proof. Srila Prabhupada’s books were being copyrighted here since 1968. Copyrights are governed by US Federal Laws.

Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-Gita As It Is was first registered in 1968, the paperback version. The McMillan edition was registered here in 1972. Later when BBT editors unauthorizedly modified the Gita, that was also registered here.

All the while, the owner of the copyright, one who owns the book, was BBT.

And the author was listed as His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

In1995 it was all changed. BBTI, another legal entity only formed in 1988 with no connection to BBT, stole these copyrights through a fake transfer of copyright to it. The new copyright record of Bhagavad-gita As It Is, that you see on the next page, was registered in 1995. You can click on View page one & page two to see the full record.

Below you will find a copy of the 1st page, of the illegitimate copyright transfer of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, from the BBT to the BBTI.

Question: Please find the name of Srila Prabhupada in the copyright record!

Answer: You cannot! Author has been replaced by BBT (Section 2 a), and this work was made by “Worker for Hire” (ticked “yes” box below the Author line).

In effect what this copyright record signifies is that Bhagavad Gita As It Is was authored by the BBT, which hired Srila Prabhupada as its worker!

Would you like to do something about this insult to Srila Prabhupada? Would you like to do something about this Great Theft?

Yes, there is a movement now underway to force BBTI to give these stolen copyrights back to Srila Prabhupada’s BBT where Srila Prabhupada will be acknowledged and revered as its author.

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