See the Changes

See the Changes

Want to see the actual revisions made for Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Srimad-Bhagavatam, and Teachings of Lord Caitanya? You've come to the right place.


Annotated Scans

When Jayadvaita Swami made his revisions for the second edition of Bhagavad-gita As It Is, he did them directly on a copy of the book--that is, a copy of the first edition. After the second edition was published, for many years his first-edition copy was lost. But back in roughly 2006, Dravida Dasa found it in a trunk in San Diego. More recently, that copy has been scanned and digitized. And now the BBT is putting it here online.

The files are PDF files. Some include attached images or audio clips, which not every PDF reader can open. The files work well with Adobe Acrobat Reader. (You can find the latest version here.)

More to come soon.

                     (Here are two sample pages.)


On this copy, you’ll be able to see all the changes made to the purports and the word-for-word meanings. (The translations were done separately, not in the book itself.)

In addition, Jayadvaita Swami has added comments, sometimes briefly explaining the reasons for the changes but mainly giving the text of the original typescripts from which the first edition was made.

Matsya Avatara Dasa, a devotee scholar from Gopiparanadhana Prabhu’s Sanskrit school in Govardhana, has added comments to explain some of the changes made to the word-for-word meanings.

Some devotees have recommended that the BBT publish a version of the second edition with a footnote to document each revision made. The annotated scans found here take the place of such a footnoted version. Apart from being vastly easier to produce, the scanned version is of greater historical value, in that it shows the original edited document. The annotations provide more ample explanations than we might expect from a footnoted version. And the scanned version makes it easier for you to see the revisions, right in place, instead of making you go back and forth between text and footnote.

Because adding the notes and doublechecking them takes time, the scanned and annotated book will be published in installments, chapter by chapter.

Bhagavad-gita Revisions

“Gita Revisions Explained” examines some of the more interesting and instructive examples of revisions done for the second edition of Bhagavad-gita As It Is. How many examples? More than two hundred. This includes nearly every revision called into question on the internet--plus lots of revisions critics don't seem eager to talk about.

Here, for each example, you’ll see the text of the first and second editions. But you'll also see something else: the text of the original manuscript.

Srimad Bhagavatam Revisions

In 1976--during Srila Prabhupada's presence--Jayadvaita Swami, with Srila Prabhupada's approval, did a considerable amount of re-editing for the first two chapters of Srimad-Bhagavatam, First Canto, which had first been published in America in 1972.

This re-editing for the Bhagavatam resembles the work later done for Bhagavad-gita As It Is in many strikingly relevant ways. If you're concerned about the editing of Srila Prabhupada's books, "Bhagavatam Revisions Examined" is definitely worth a look.

Here it is :

Teachings of Lord Caitanya Revisions

Brief history

Two editions of Teachings of Lord Caitanya were published during Srila Prabhupada’s lifetime. Both received his approval. For the first edition, published in 1968, Satsvarupa Maharaja was the transcriber and first editor, Rayarama Dasa the final editor.