"Srila Vyasadeva revealed these statements after perfect realization and therefore they are perfect, for liberated sages like Vyasadeva never commit errors in their rhetorical arrangements. Unless one accepts this fact, there is no use in trying to obtain help from the revealed scriptures." -- CC Adi-Lila Chapter 2 text 86 purport.
"If you concoct, 'I am more intelligent than my Guru,' 'I can make additions and alterations,' then you are finished." -- Srila Prabhupada lecture July 12, 1975 Philadelphia Pa.
"We cannot water down the philosophy to make it more palatable. Our books must remain as they are." -- Srila Prabhupada letter to Lilavati devi dasi March 31, 1977.
Jasomatinandan prabhu: " ... commonsense dictates that except for typographical mistakes such as "planet of the trees," no editions and subtractions should be done from 1972 edition."
See the table below for the number changed in each chapter.
How many Bhagavad-gita As It Is verses were changed in the 1983 revised edition?Over three-fourths of them, 77% or 541 verses were changed out of 700 total.
Srila Prabhupada's 1972 Bhagavad-gita As It Is, published by Macmillan Company, was compared with the BBT revision, first published in 1983.Only the verses were examined.
In 21 verses (3%), only the spelling, punctuation or capitalization was changed, and the words were left intact.In 520 verses (74%), words were removed, rearranged, or inserted.In Chapter 17,93% of the verses were changed.See the table below for the number changed in each chapter.
Bhagavad-gita As It Is Verses Changed in the BBT 1983 Revised Edition
Chapters 1 - 18:541 verses out of 700 = 77% changed
Number of Verses Changed Per Chapter
Ch out of 46 = 76% changed;
Ch out of 72 = 68% changed;
Ch out of 43 = 77% changed;
Ch out of 42 = 55% changed;
Ch out of 29 = 66% changed;
Ch out of 47 = 91% changed;
Ch out of 30 = 73% changed;
Ch out of 28 = 75% changed;
Ch out of 34 = 71% changed;
Ch out of 42 = 86% changed;
Ch out of 55 = 91% changed;
Ch out of 20 = 80% changed;
Ch out of 35 = 69% changed;
Ch out of 27 = 89% changed;
Ch out of 20 = 75% changed;
Ch out of 24 = 83% changed;
Ch 17:26 out of 28 = 93% changed;
Ch 18:61 out of 78 = 78% changed
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