Mass online distribution of Srila Prabhupada’s Original 1972 Macmillan Bhagavad Gita As It Is
Hare Krsna. All glories to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanata Swami Prabhupada. The following link contains the Pdf for the 1972 Bhagavad Gita As It Is edition. We request all devotees to distribute the link everywhere on account of Gita Jayanti.
Srila Prabhupada gives PROVEN RESULT on Original Macmillan Bhagavad Gita As It Is: “The proven result I would like to share with you.”
However, if we do not want to understand, concoct our own meaning, destroy the Bhagavad-gītā and give it to people. Neither are the people going to understand, nor will you. You perhaps know, that the Bhagavad-gītā we distribute and preach is called Bhagavad-gītā As It Is. There is no need to distort the meaning, we have to present it exactly the waythe Supreme Person has spoken.
The proven result I would like to share with you. Our Bhagavad-gītā As It Is, is being published by the MacMillan company. They are printing 50,000 copies every year. This started in 1968. ’68, ’69, ’70, ’71 – there are four editions. Now it is the fifth edition. People in America and England are eagerly accepting it. Even though there are many English editions, written by reputed scholars from India, as well as scholars of other countries.
[Lecture Bengali RV – Calcutta – – March 12, 1973]
You all will be relieved to learn that our Bhagavad-gītā As It Is, is selling in large numbers. We have just had the first edition printed. Earlier, the abridged edition was printed. Last August, the un-abridged edition was printed. So, August, September, October, November, December, January, February, and now it is March . . . in these seven or eight months, one lakh books have been sold . . . in seven or eight months. The McMillan Company (publisher) has said that we have to wait until July for the next supply because there is no stock. The McMillan company’s trade manager has himself written that the sale of our Bhagavad-gītā As It Is constantly increasing, and the other editions are decreasing.
This is reality, and this is our success because we do not concoct. This is what I have taught them (my disciples) . . . you heard them speak . . . they only repeat what they have heard through the disciplic succession, and through this they are experiencing love for devotional service. Have you noticed this about them (my disciples)? They are all very young girls. Four year back, they were indulging in all kinds of wild activities that would not be appropriate to mention here. This girl, Kauśalyā, I brought her from Honolulu. The poor girl used to offer her obeisances to me. She had a dehydrated face and would roam the streets alone. I told her, “You come along with us.” I gave her initiation, and got her married. Now she worships the deities very nicely.
imaṁ vivasvate yogaṁproktavān aham avyayamvivasvān manave prāhamanur ikṣvākave ‘bravīt(BG 4.1)evaṁ paramparā-prāptamimaṁ rājarṣayo viduḥ . . .(BG 4.2)
Kṛṣṇa says: “Long, long ago, many millions and millions of years ago, first I spoke this philosophy to the sun-god. And the sun-god, he explained this philosophy to his son, Manu. And Manu explained to his son, Ikṣvāku.” In this way there is the param . . . disciplic succession. Disciplic succession means the original lessons which was given by Kṛṣṇa, that should be transmitted from the original person to his disciple. So our, this Bhagavad-gītā, we have named it Bhagavad-gītā As It Is. As it is. And here, Professor Dimmock, he has also written, “The definitive English edition of Bhagavad-gītā.” So we are presenting Bhagavad-gītā as it is. This is called disciplic succession. We don’t say—not like the rascals—we interpret. No. No interpretation. The rascals, they interpret. He is a rascal, as if Kṛṣṇa left Bhagavad-gītā for this rascal’s interpretation. How much rascaldom it is. It is not . . . (indistinct) . . . Bhagavad-gītā as it is. Kṛṣṇa, as He says . . . Kṛṣṇa says:
mattaḥ parataraṁ nānyatkiñcid asti dhanañjaya(BG 7.7)
“My dear Arjuna, I am the Supreme. There is no more better authority than Me.” So we are presenting this, that Kṛṣṇa is the original authority. So this is paramparā system. We are not changing, that “Kṛṣṇa means this; Kṛṣṇa means that.” We don’t commit such rascaldom. Kṛṣṇa is the supreme authority. And . . . (aside) What is that?[Lecture BG 09.01-2 – Melbourne- June 30,1974]
Devotee (2): Many people are very anxious for the French Bhagavad-gītā. We’ve already received many letters in the mail asking for copies of it.
Umāpati: One advanced order for Bhagavad-gītā, eighty copies from a bookshop.
Umāpati: In Africa.
Prabhupāda: You can advertise in paper here. You will get good orders.
Bhagavān: They have said that this Aurobindo copy, this is almost out of print now.
Umāpati: There is no edition of Bhagavad-gītā like your edition ever in France. This is the first time.
Prabhupāda: Aurobindo is hodgepodge. It is simply vocabulary. No concrete contribution. Simply words. Tad-vijñānārthaṁ sa gurum evābhigacchet (MU 1.2.12). In order to learn the science, one must go to the bona fide guru. Otherwise it is not possible. In the Bhagavad-gītā: find this verse:
tad viddhi praṇipātenaparipraśnena sevayāupadekṣyanti te jñānaṁjñāninas tattva-darśinaḥ(BG 4.34)[Conversation – Paris-August 12,1975]