“Gita changes” for chapter eight an eye-opener, now online

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BBT press release

The BBT is pleased to announce the release of the annotated scans for chapter eight of Bhagavad-gita As It Is. They are now online at www.BBTedit.com/changes.

In this chapter, the revisions made are extensive. In fact, so much of what Srila Prabhupada originally wrote has been restored – and this so enriches the chapter – that lovers of Srila Prabhupada’s words may well ask themselves, “How could we not want this in?”

You’ll see:

  • extensive lost text recovered — including significant explanations by Srila Prabhupada
  • four instances where the old edition said only “Hare Krishna” and the new edition restores what Srila Prabhupada originally dictated — the entire maha-mantra: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare
  • many Sanskrit quotations recovered
  • text included in the 1968 abridged edition – but left out of the 1972 unabridged – now once again included
  • the skipping of text 18 (For text 18 the first edition uses Srila Prabhupada’s translation and purport for text 19, and for text 19 it comes up with a new translation. In the second edition you’ll see this all set straight.)
  • restored at the end of the chapter, a more detailed description of how one may progress from sraddha to prema
  • and much more

See Srila Prabhupada’s original words

In several places the revisions and restorations are so extensive that the scans include attached tables to show you the old and new versions side by side with the original transcription of Srila Prabhupada’s words.

You’ll see all the revisions done for the purports, along with explanatory notes. And for nearly all the changes you’ll see images from the earliest manuscripts in the BBT’s files.

Apart from images for specific changes, also included are six complete sample pages from the transcriptions of Srila Prabhupada’s original tapes.

See for yourself

Whether you’re for “the changes,” against them, or neutral, here’s another opportunity to see what the changes actually are.

See for yourself in the annotated scans for chapter eight, now online at www.BBTedit.com/changes.

The changes for the Preface, the Introduction, and the previous chapters are already online. See them all at www.BBTedit.com/changes.

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1 Akruranatha

The very first sentence in the Purport of 8.2 in the 1972 edition is gibberish: “The Lord of sacrifice accepts Indra and Visnu.” What the heck is that supposed to mean?

The Second Edition published in 1983 restores Srila Prabhupada’s actual intention: “‘Lord of sacrifice’ may refer to either Indra or Visnu.” The rest of the paragraph now makes sense.

The Second Edition in so many ways brings the text closer to Srila Prabhupada’s authorship and corrects mistakes missed by inexperienced editors. Learned, scholarly devotees who have studied the editing closely and compared the two unabridged editions to the original archival materials (manuscripts and transcripts), as critical scholars do, can easily see what a great debt we owe to Jayadvaita Swami for restoring so much of Srila Prabhupada’s original authorship by completing the job of editing that had been mistaken in so many places in the First Edition.

Srila Prabhupada definitely did not want his books to contain so many editors’ mistakes. On numerous occasions he instructed that editing had to be done very meticulously and that all mistakes should be corrected before going to print. Pradyumna records in one letter how Srila Prabhupada told him that a single mistake will “murder” the book.

I am glad the BBT is publishing these annotated scans that permit us to go through each change one by one. When we do, we see how much closer to Srila Prabhupada’s intention is the text of the Second Edition of Bhagavad-gita As It Is.

Comment posted by Akruranatha on July 29th, 2013

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