Garuda Dasa (ACBSP): The only edition for the classroom

 

I comment as one who has been reading the Bhagavad-gita since 1967, conducting his personal practice of bhakti since 1972, and teaching in a university setting for over eighteen years. I should also mention that I have used Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita in the classroom for well over a decade, giving reading assignments, having discussions with students, and exposing thousands of students over the years to the BBT Gita.

With all this said, I must state emphatically that the second edition of the Bhagavad-gita is the only one I can use without hesitation, without worry that critical readers in the classroom setting would point out obvious textual inconsistencies.

I would not be able to use the first edition in any serious academic fashion because of its problems, and therefore I am thankful to Jayadvaita Swami for the work he has done to make the BBT edition of the Bhagavad-gita presentable in the intellectual arena without embarrassment.

Srila Prabhupada’s presentation has an extraordinarily rich tradition to offer in the educational arena, and it would be a shame to have textual mistakes and even philosophical errors distract from this contribution.  

So, again, I am grateful for the second edition. Again, I could not present the BBT Gita without it.

[Garuda Dasa (Dr. Graham M. Schweig) serves as Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Director of the Indic Studies Program at Christopher Newport University, and Visiting Associate Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several books, with two more forthcoming from Columbia University Press.]