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Submitted by jswami on October 13, 2013 - 2:30am
According to what I hear, the second edition of Bhagavad-gita As It Is has five thousand changes. Here’s one that came up in a Gita class a few nights ago:
17.28 (first edition)
asraddhaya hutam dattam
tapas taptam krtam ca yat
asad ity ucyate partha
na ca tat pretya no iha
asraddhaya — without faith; hutam — performed; dattam — given; tapah — penance; taptam — executed; krtam — performed; ca — also; yat — that which; asat — falls; iti — thus; ucyate — is said to be; partha — O son of Prtha; na — never; ca — also; tat — that; pretya — after death; no — nor; iha — in this life.
But sacrifices, austerities and charities performed without faith in the Supreme are nonpermanent, O son of Partha, regardless of whatever rites are performed. They are called asat and are useless both in this life and the next.
Asat, of course, means “impermanent,” “temporary,” or false. The second edition has it right.
Submitted by jswami on July 26, 2013 - 8:31am
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?”
Submitted by jswami on June 13, 2013 - 6:07am
This letter was sent to me and Dravida Dasa, the chief editor at the North American BBT.
Respected Maharaj and Prabhu, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I request to read the following purport of SB 9.10.29 “After giving up the body, one is transferred to another body, but sometimes, if one is too sinful, he is checked from transmigrating to another body, and thus he becomes a ghost. To save a diseased person from ghostly life, the funeral ceremony, or sraddha ceremony, as prescribed in authorized sastra, must be performed. Ravana was killed by Lord Ramacandra and was destined for hellish life, but by Lord Ramacandra’s advice, Vibhisana, Ravana’s brother, performed all the duties prescribed in relation to the dead. Thus Lord Ramacandra was kind to Ravana even after Ravana’s death.” Shouldn’t the word “diseased” be “deceased”? Your servant, Anuj Agrawal Banswara Rajasthan, IndiaYes, it certainly should! (This will be fixed in the next printing.)
Submitted by jswami on June 10, 2013 - 6:19am
Here is the most recent version of the BBT Style Sheet. You can have it either of two ways:
- The BBT Style Sheet (June 2013) (Word file) (392 KB)
- The BBT Style Sheet (June 2013) (PDF file) (753 KB)
Submitted by jswami on January 24, 2013 - 1:14am
“There is also a planet of trees presided over by Aryama, who represents Krsna.”Turning many heads at last year’s Ratha-yatra festival in Los Angeles was a colorful sight: a man on stilts and dressed as a tree, lushly adorned with leaves and branches. Apparently he is a well-known figure at Venice Beach. Spotting him, my godbrother Svavasa Prabhu, the president of the Los Angeles ISKCON temple, called out to me, “Look! The planet of the trees!” I was too late to snap a picture of the tree-man. But I picked up pictures of him and other “tree people” from the internet. Once, a few years before, in Long Island, I’d had a — well, I guess you could call it a chat — with a bold young fellow from Bangalore who proudly declared that since “the planet of the trees” was in the original edition of Bhagavad-gita As It Is, the edition Srila Prabhupada had personally approved, at least he (that bold young fellow from Bangalore) had full faith that there really is such a place. So for those who would accord a special sacred status to “planet of the trees” and other such editorial errors (and for anyone else who might find such curious matters interesting), here you have them: images from… … . The Planet of the Trees! Please don’t get me wrong. The first edition of Bhagavad-gita As It Is is a marvelous transcendental book, full of spiritual potency. So if that’s the edition you prefer, fine. In that case — if you’re sincere and honest about wanting to follow Srila Prabhupada’s instructions — please buy it from the BBT. Hare Krishna.
—Bhagavad-gita As It Is, first edition, purport to 10.29
Submitted by jswami on January 2, 2012 - 6:21am
BBT press release
The BBT is pleased to announce the release of the annotated scans for chapter seven of Bhagavad-gita As It Is. They are now online at www.BBTedit.com/changes.
This is a historic chapter because here is where Srila Prabhupada switched from typing manuscripts himself to using a dictaphone.
What sort of difference did that make? Included with the scans are twelve sample pages from the manuscript, including both typed and dictated portions. So you can see for yourself.
A statement from the BBT The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust publishes books about Krishna and devotional service to Krishna. In all our publishing efforts, we strive to follow the guidelines and instructions given by our Founder-Acharya, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. We take great care to ensure that whatever we publish is in accord with the conclusions of the Vedic scriptures, as understood through the Gaudiya-Vaishnava tradition.
Submitted by jswami on July 4, 2011 - 10:14am
BBT press release A sentence handwritten by Srila Prabhupada for a purport of Bhagavad-gita As It Is but never included in any edition of the book has come to light at the Bhaktivedanta Archives. The sentence, written on a newly discovered transcribed page for Chapter 10, text 36, disparages “the unfortunate commentator who wants to cheat Krsna and the public by saying that there is something greater than Krsna.” A letter from Jayadvaita Swami discusses the question, What should the BBT do with the newly discovered sentence? You can see the page and the letter.
Submitted by jswami on April 10, 2011 - 4:43am
Submitted by jswami on October 26, 2010 - 10:37pm
It’s a persistent image: Srila Prabhupada in Los Angeles in December of 1968, working side by side with Hayagriva Prabhu, carefully putting the finishing touches on Bhagavad-gita As It Is.
Govinda Dasi was personally serving Srila Prabhupada in Los Angeles at the time, and she is sure this is what she saw. And even if Srila Prabhupada wrote two weeks later that what he was working on with Hayagriva was the Bhagavatam, then they must have been working on both books—the Bhagavatam and the Gita.
But a careful look at the history shows that this is out of the question.
Why? Because even though Hayagriva worked on the Gita manuscript until October of 1967, by November of ’67 he was off the job and Srila Prabhupada handed over the task of finishing the Gita to another editor, Rayarama Dasa (Raymond Marais). When Hayagriva came to Los Angeles in December of 1968, that first Gita—the abridged Macmillan edition—had already been published. And work on the next edition—the unabridged—didn’t begin until 1970.
What Hayagriva was editing in December of 1968 was Srimad-Bhagavatam.
And so the image of Srila Prabhupada sitting with Hayagriva in December of 1968 carefully going over every verse of Bhagavad-gita As It Is, seeing to the finishing touches, is a persistent image of something that never took place.
That’s the truth. Here’s the timeline. See for yourself.
Submitted by jswami on September 25, 2010 - 12:50am
“Rascal editors!” Srila Prabhupada said. He had come upon an editorial mistake in a verse of Srimad-Bhagavatam, and so he strongly denounced “rascal editors” who make unauthorized editorial changes. This incident, which took place in Vrindavan on June 22, 1977, has been known to Hare Krishna devotees for more than thirty years. And for more than thirty years, most devotees have been wrong about what mistake he had found. This makes no difference to Srila Prabhupada’s point. Rascal editors are rascal editors. Still, we might as well get straight what the editorial error was.
Submitted by jswami on August 26, 2009 - 7:46am
BBT press release: The BBT has launched a new website, BBTedit.com, full of information about the editing of Srila Prabhupada’s books. Among the features:
- More than 80 video clips: BBT editors and other senior devotees offer facts and perspectives on editorial history, myths, and controversies.
- A collection of Srila Prabhupada’s instructions about editing.
- First time ever: Annotated scans of Jayadvaita Swami’s copy of the 1972 Gita show his editing for the second edition.
Submitted by jswami on August 17, 2009 - 9:06am
On Janmastami I had the pleasure of reading with other devotees from Srila Prabhupada’s “Krishna Book” about Lord Krishna’s advent in this world. In the course of reading, we heard that when the goddess Durga appeared before Kamsa, “in her eight hands she held a bow, lancet, arrows, bell, conchshell, disc, club and shield.” Wait a second. Lancet? Surely that couldn’t be right.
Submitted by jswami on March 2, 2009 - 1:21am
(Exclusive to the“At first I couldn’t believe it,” said Rijidatma Dasa. “The books, yes. But who would ever think the BBT would start monkeying with the Vaishnava Calendar?”
Submitted by jswami on June 19, 2008 - 11:35pm
Today the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust released this statement.
The ISKCON Governing Body Commission has recommended to the BBT trustees that we insert endnotes or appendices into Srila Prabhupada’s books to explain statements Srila Prabhupada makes in Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.25.41, 4.25.42, and 4.26.26 concerning a woman’s attitude towards the aggressive advances of a man who is “expert at rape.” The GBC has also recommended that the endnotes or appendices explain “other such statements.”
The BBT directors, at their annual meeting in June of 2008, considered these recommendations and decided to turn them down.