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The less capitals, the better?

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Conversations and Morning Walks

1969 Conversations and Morning Walks

Yes. I think. What do you think?... Especially for Kṛṣṇa, you can.
Discussion with BTG Staff -- December 24, 1969, Boston:

Satsvarūpa: Prabhupāda, in editing, there are two different policies about using capitals. One is to use as few capitals as possible or to use many capitals, in grammar capitalized, or to use few. So sometimes your Nectar of Devotion has got very few capitals. When Balarāma is referred to as "he," there is no capital. But the other policy is to always put... Kṛṣṇa's Hands, capital H, Kṛṣṇa's Feet, capital F, Kṛṣṇa Who, capital W. Which is...

Prabhupāda: No, no, no. Don't follow that policy. That will not be very... Then...

Satsvarūpa: The less capitals, the better?

Prabhupāda: Yes. I think. What do you think?

Hayagrīva: Well, I think, when referring to Kṛṣṇa, we should always have a capital "H."

Prabhupāda: Especially. Yes. Especially for Kṛṣṇa, you can.

Hayagrīva: And if we want to, for Rādhā, capital "S."

Prabhupāda: But Balarāma is not different from Kṛṣṇa.

Satsvarūpa: So He is capital "H."

Hayagrīva: So He is capital "H." But then here we go. (laughter)

Prabhupāda: No, no. You limit to these three. That will do.

Hayagrīva: Limit to those three.

Prabhupāda: Or Viṣṇu. Yes. Viṣṇu.

Hayagrīva: What about avatāras, in reference to Christ or Buddha?

Prabhupāda: Buddha is capital used. Jesus Christ is capital used.

Satsvarūpa: Yes. But he... Like "He." He means Buddha, "Who."

Hayagrīva: No, "He."

Prabhupāda: No. That you can use...

Satsvarūpa: Small.

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Satsvarūpa: Then words like Kṛṣṇa's "pastimes," "entourage," His "will."

Prabhupāda: No, small.

Satsvarūpa: Small.

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Hayagrīva: The possessions of Kṛṣṇa, small.

Prabhupāda: Small.

Satsvarūpa: His hands and feet, small.

Brahmānanda: Lotus feet?

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Satsvarūpa: Lotus flower?

Prabhupāda: Yes. All small. Simply name. Stick to name.

Hayagrīva: The pronoun, Kṛṣṇa, "who." The pronoun "who," that's not...

Prabhupāda: No, no. Use small.

Hayagrīva: Thank you. There's so many... That causes a headache for everyone.

Prabhupāda: No. It is better to make everything sound but slow. We want to create this position of Back to Godhead as very authorized representation of the science of God. In future people may refer to it, so we should very cautiously and very nicely do it. It is very important thing, Back to Godhead. If our movement is going to be recognized as scientific, God consciousness movement, then this Back to Godhead will be referred as authorized scripture. So therefore we have to prepare in such a way, nothing non-conclusive can be introduced in this. That should be our policy. And actually it is the position of Back to Godhead.

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