Gita Revisions Explained: The CD


Hare Krishna.

This CD includes several items that may interest you if you wish to know more about the editorial standards followed by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. In particular, it answers questions you may have about why and how the BBT has come out with revised versions for books by our Founder-Acarya, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

The BBT owns the copyrights to the contents of this CD. But you are welcome to make copies, provided that you keep the contents intact: no adding, no subtracting, no changing. And you are welcome to share your copies freely.


Here’s what’s on the CD:

1.    The concluding portion of Srila Prabhupada’s Introduction to Bhagavad-gita As It Is. 

Here you’ll see the text of the First Edition and the Second Edition in an easy-to-compare format. And you’ll find an audio file with the same concluding portion, spoken by Srila Prabhupada himself. So you can easily compare all three. 

The Introduction is the only portion of Bhagavad-gita As It Is for which an audio version of Srila Prabhupada’s unedited words, spoken by Srila Prabhupada himself, is still extant. (The complete spoken Introduction is available from the Bhaktivedanta Archives.)

For your convenience, we also include the written document and the audio file separately.


2.    All the texts from the e-mail conference “Gita Revisions Explained.”

This is a conference in which Jayadvaita Swami presents and discusses some of the more interesting, instructive, and controversial revisions made for the Second Edition of Bhagavad-gita As It Is.

You’ll find the texts from this conference in two formats: as a regular document and as a WinCOM filing cabinet. The regular document you can read with MS Word.  If you have the WinCOM e-mail reader, the filing cabinet lets you read the same texts in a more convenient format. For instructions on how to use the filing cabinet, please see the end of this file.


3.    A written exchange between Madan Mohan Dasa and Jayadvaita Swami concerning Bhagavad-gita 8.28.

 Madan Mohan’s text appeared in December 2000 as an editorial on the website VNN. Jayadvaita Swami sent his reply both to VNN and to Madan Mohan. VNN never published the reply, and Madan Mohan sent no further response.


4.    The full text of the booklet Responsible Publishing.

If you’d like a copy of the printed booklet, please write to the BBT.


We hope you find the contents of this CD worthwhile.


Hare Krishna.


                              Your servant,

                              Arcita Dasa

                              Production Manager

                              The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, Los Angeles



How to use the Gita Revisions Explained WinCOM filing cabinet


   On this CD, locate the file called GITAREVS.CAB.

Copy it to the directory, on your computer, where WinCOM keeps your regular filing cabinet file (a file usually called FCABINET.CAB). For example: If your username is Rama, the directory might likely be named C:\WINCOM\USERS\RAMA.

Start your WinCOM program as usual, and at the bottom you’ll see the filing cabinet: GITAREVS.CAB. Just place your highlight over it and press enter, and you’ll see the texts for the conference, conveniently available, one by one.

To go back to your regular filing cabinet, just scroll to the bottom, find the filing cabinet FCABINET.CAB, and press enter. You’ll be back where you began.


Published by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International

Founder-Acarya: His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


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