Proofs that Srila Prabhupada was satisfied with Macmillan 1972 edition

October 13, 2020 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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Some proofs from Srila Prabhupada that the  Macmillan 1972 edition is the “only original” edition
Therefore we are presenting Bhagavad-gītā as it is. We do not change. We have no power to change. Then where is the authority of Bhagavad-gītā? I am a third-class man, and if I change the statements in the Bhagavad-gītā, then where is the authority of Bhagavad-gītā? That is going on. Therefore it is practically . . . you have got experience that there are hundreds of Bhagavad-gītā edition in the Western countries, but because we are presenting Bhagavad-gītā as it is, our sale is better than all others.

There is the report from the trade manager of Macmillan Company. He says: “While other editions are dwindling, going down, this edition is coming up.” They published our this present enlarged edition of Bhagavad-gītā, fifty thousand in the month of August. They are going to print again, second edition, August, September, October. So the reason is that if we present things as they are, it will be accepted. Without any adulteration.

Sometimes, you know, people say that I have done miracles. They say everywhere. But I do not know anything miracles or magic. If there is any miracle, that miracle is that we present things as they are, that’s all, without any adulteration. So that should be the principle. Present as it is: it will be accepted.  [Lecture SB 01.02.11 – Vrndavana,October 22, 1972]

“Now, now let us report. This morning one of our devotee has come from . . . Śyāmasundara, from London. Now our this Bhagavad-gītā As It Is is the topmost selling book in London. All the booksellers, Bhagavad-gītā As It Is. So Macmillan Company is our publisher, and within one year they have published three editions, fifty thousand each. So real thing will have real value. One professor of religion from London University came to see me. He said: “Now we have rejected Dr. Radhakrishnan’s Bhagavad-gītā.” He said.”  [Lecture BG 13.08-12, BOMBAY – September 30, 1973]

They even rejected Radhakrishnan’s Gita, which shows that this is the original edition that Srila Prabhupada wants. He also says “real thing will have real value”, so we know that the 1972 edition is the real copy.
Prabhupāda: Yes, let me finish, that . . . We are presenting Bhagavad-gītā as it is, and it is being accepted all over the world. People are very much, those who are scholars, they say that even Radhakrishnan and Aurobindo, they presented Bhagavad-gītā, making some compromise with the Western ideas. But here is presentation of Bhagavad-gītā in India’s original, traditional way. So they welcome it. And this is our, I mean to say, object also, that we cannot allow Bhagavad-gītā to be understood by anyone’s imagination. No. That is not possible. And that is not allowed in the Bhagavad-gītā by the author. Kṛṣṇa says in the Fourth Chapter that as soon as the paramparā system of understanding is lost, then the whole thing is lost. In the Fourth Chapter it is said. (aside:) Find out Fourth Chapter.   [Interview-CHANDIGARH – October 16, 1976]