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Re: REQUEST : Bhagavad Gita commentary

Posted By Randy Leighton (leighton@hsc.usc.edu)
Fri, 10 Jan 1997 21:40:15 GMT

"Rajan P. Parrikar" <parrikar@spot.Colorado.EDU> wrote:

>mpt0002@jove.acs.unt.edu (Michael Tandy) writes:

>>In article <ghenE3LwHz.F3v@netcom.com>, kenrickm@worldnet.att.net says...
>>>
>>>Can anyone tell me if there are any Bhagavad gita English commentaries
>>>other than by Swami Prabhupada ?
>> Frankly, I have found that, almost without exception, other Gita
>> commentaries introduce ideas that are dubiously supported by or even
>> explicitly rejected by the text of Gita itself. It's therefore hard
>> for me to recommend these commentaries as authoritative or
>> authentic. I just thought I'd mention it.

>I also just thought I'd mention that this sounds very similar
>to the standard ISKCON blather I've often encountered. Over 3 years I
>heard the same in their Boulder ashram and whenever I'd confront them
>with "Which other version have YOU read," the response would be "Uhhh,
>ahemmmmm, ohhhhh, Prabhu have some more halva please."
>The halva was always top-notch, a solid A effort, although I could see
>that a more modest use of ghee would significantly improve the health
>benefits.

>Hari bol,

>r

I'd read several translations of the Gita (Edgerton, LaFolet (or
something like that), Hanumanprasad Podar and Sridhar Swami, just to
name a few. None of them are logically consistent from start to
finish, and none of them presents the Gita literally. They all try to
'improve' upon the Bhagavad Gita, altering meanings, so that it
corresponds to their own understanding of reality. This is not the
case with A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami's translation and commentaries.

Understand, if we liked the truth, we'd know it. The reason we're in
this materially conditioned state is that we don't like everything
about the truth. Srila Prabhupada presents the Gita truthfully,
without changing or adding to it's meaning. One may not like what
Srila Prabhupada says, but it is the truth.

The first edition I read was Frank Edgerton's version, which strives
to maintain the Gita's poetic genre. That was in 1967. I first read
Srila Prabhupada's Bhagavad Gita As It Is in 1970. I have read Gita
more times than I can count since then. Srila Prabhupada's is, hands
down, the best.

Randy

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