Śrīla Prabhupāda’s voice and style

As one critic of the second edition eloquently wrote about Śrīla Prabhupāda’s writings, “His words, style, and presentation are all impeccable in the eyes of his disciples; and any change causes pain to their hearts. That is the real issue; and it cannot be avoided. It will not go away. And truly, until this correction is made, that is, the reversion to the original vani of Śrīla Prabhupāda, I do not think peace will come. Those who, by God’s grace, have been placed in a position to make these corrections and do not do so will never be peaceful or find pleasure in their spiritual connection because everything in our spiritual life depends on the grace-filled glance of Śrīla Prabhupāda.”

Amen! That’s why, throughout the second edition, a person “placed in a position to make these corrections” so often restored Śrīla Prabhupāda’s original words.

For example, in 6.18 the first edition said that the yogi attains perfect happiness “in touch with the Supreme Consciousness.” The second edition restores Śrīla Prabhupāda’s original undiluted message: The yogi attains perfect happiness “in transcendental loving service to the Lord.”

Those who truly cherish Śrīla Prabhupāda’s words, style, and presentation will find them extensively restored in the second edition of Bhagavad-gita As It Is.


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