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6 years ago  ::  Jul 13, 2008 - 12:00PM #1
Agnes
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How does Prabhupada's interpretation of the Gita differ from other versions?  I have read three  versions and found very little difference, other than a slight variation in wording which did not effect  the overall meaning.  I have not read the ISKON version.  Why did he rename it by adding the words As It Is?
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6 years ago  ::  Jul 14, 2008 - 1:47AM #2
Jm8
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Agnes,

Prabhupada's BGAII is the most widely available BG following commentaries of previous Vaishnava acharyas:

http://www.veda.harekrsna.cz/encyclopedia/spbooks.htm

Since BG is a Vaishnava sastra, this is "as it is" (i.e. straight) rendition. Advaitist and other interpretations try to graft their views on Krishna's words.

Here are four Gita translations compared:

http://www.veda.harekrsna.cz/library/Co … _Gitas.zip

(Radhakrishnan's and Gambhirananda's are advaitist versions, Prasad's is quite close to BGAII.)

Hare Krishna

ys Jan
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6 years ago  ::  Jan 09, 2009 - 3:49PM #3
Jah1
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The main difference is that Prabhupada clearly states that there is a distinction between the individual soul and God. Many interpretations suggest that we are all God and that there is not necessarily a Divine Being--God. Prabhupada talks about the distinction, which allows for relationships. Without individuality where is the opportunity for loving exchange?
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6 years ago  ::  Jan 10, 2009 - 2:28AM #4
Jm8
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Yes, and this distinction is widely supported by sastras. E.g. Arjuna forgets his previous lives while Krishna remembers them (BG 4.5). Adi Shankara doesn't contradict it in his Gitabhashya (just as he doesn't contradict Vedanta sutras on dictinction) since he's a hidden devotee, Shiva himself, as per Padma Purana.

ys Jan
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