Why is the edited BBT Gita different from Prabhupada’s unedited original Gita?
This is a very old and unnecessary controversy, all the points of which have been thoroughly dealt with on the site bbtedit.com
|2.8: Consult Krsna through the bona fide representative|
|PUBLISHED EDITIONS||ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT|
|[Purport (last line of paragraph 4)]…they can achieve real happiness only if they consult Krsna, or the Bhagavad-gita andSrimad-
||. . . they can achieve real happiness if they prefee to consult Krsna or the Bhaga vat Geeta or Srimad Bhagwatam which are science of Krsna from the bonafide representative of Krsna or the man in Krsna consciousness.|
|BY A CRITIC:It’s only one word changed, but what a difference! In Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita we can understand Krsna by reading the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam, after all the books are not different from Krsna!! But Jayadvaita has adjusted everything for us…[The critic ends here.]|
|BY JAYADVAITA SWAMI:The critic is right: That one word does make a difference.
In Srila Prabhupada’s original manuscript, one is advised to consult Krsna or the scripturesfrom Krsna’s representative—that is, through him, or with his help. As Srila Prabhupada writes in the purport to Chapter One, text 1, “one should read Bhagavad-gita very scrutinizingly with the help of a person who is a devotee of Sri Krsna. . . “
In the First Edition one is advised to consult Krsna and the scriptures or Krsna’s representative—an either/or proposition.
I leave it to you decide which advice better matches Srila Prabhupada’s original manuscript and better gets across his intended meaning.