The following comment, was placed on the post titled
“His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktipada?!”
(the comment questions the use of this name in the article)
Thank you for pointing this out.
Some of these articles were written in the late 1970s and 80s.
That was his ISKCON approved name at the time. While it is no longer acceptable to use this name, it was when the article was written.
It would be Orwellian (please read “1984″ if you haven’t already) to change historical documents to reflect current political correctness.
This does create a quandary when reproducing documents. We can only hope that readers read with an open mind, and take gold even from an unclean place.
While the problems of NV and Kirtanananda Swami (previously AKA Bhaktipada) have been widely distributed, the nectar has been under appreciated and mostly unheard.
Without understanding that NV had many positive aspects, it is impossible to truly understand how and why things transpired as they did.
As of March 28, 2008, references in historical documents to Bhaktipada will be changed to (current guru) to make it easier for the reader to understand where the author is coming from. In the Vaisnava tradition, the guru is One and treated with respect. This is protocol. When the name Bhaktipada is mentioned, a lot of baggage gets evoked, and the spirit of article can lose context and be under appreciated. To help the reader, the reference will be made [ then current guru].