Chakra Discussions

Faithful To Srila Prabhupada’s Words

by Jayadvaita Swami

Posted March 11, 2006

Thank you to Vyapaka Prabhu (and internet news sites) for highlighting two excellent examples of how the older editions of Srila Prabhupada’s books differ from the newer, more carefully edited ones.

Here are those examples again (this time followed by the original text from which they came):

Bhagavad-gita As It Is

Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya 19.157:

As you can plainly see, in both cases the later edition sticks more closely to Srila Prabhupada’s originally recorded words.

For both examples, the originals are stored at the Bhaktivedanta Archives. If Ranjit Prabhu is willing to take time out from his other work to scan and post them, that might help ease the doubts of those for whom my mere word on the matter would not be enough.

Of course, this is all old news. The example from the Gita has been on the Gita Revisions Explained website (Part 2) for several years. The example from Caitanya-caritamrta appeared in the BBT's booklet Responsible Publishing, which came out in 1998.

But it’s good that Vyapaka Prabhu has brought the examples up again, because they drive home the main advantage of the later editions: closer fidelity to Srila Prabhupada’s original words.

If you’d like to see well over 200 examples more—with the first edition, second edition, and original manuscript side by side (followed by explanatory comments)—you can turn to this page: Click Here. And you’ll find still more at www.jswami.info/editing.

Hare Krishna.

Jayadvaita Swami
www.jswami.info