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Which edition of Bhagvad Gita should one read?

Which edition of the Bhagvad Gita should a newcomer to the faith read first? I have acquired both the A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada version (which is very complicatedly designed) and the Shri Purohit Swami edition. Is the Purohit edition very flawed? Can I start with this and continue with Prabhupada version?


He uses several times the phrase "becomes one" (with Krsna), which is typical for advaitists (monists) who don't recognize eternal individuality of jiva and Krsna. Purohit Swami's Wiki page doesn't mention that he was a Vaisnava. That's the prerequisite to understand Bhagavadgita. When one understand it, one become devotee of Krsna. Judging by this criteria, Prabhupada's BGAII is unrivalled.
What do you mean by "complicatedly designed"?

Hari Hari
ys Jan

Thanks! Could you elaborate

Thanks! Could you elaborate on how Vaisnava is contradictory to ISKCON?

Complicated because: The Purohit's version is written like a regular text, while Prabhupada's has 1. The original text 2. The translation 3. An explanation.

I just feel it would be easier to read the entire text first, THEN read the commentary... It gets very confusing otherwise...

i started just reading the

i started just reading the text and purport, learning the sanskrit is a little beyond me as i have trouble understanding the english.

ISKCON is a Vaisnava group so

ISKCON is a Vaisnava group so no contradiction.
Yes, Prabhupada's version is more comprehensive. No one can stop you from reading only translations first and commentaries later. But my view is that one can get more easily confused in _this_ way, esp. if one is new to BG and Vedic culture.

The following is a letter sent to Ganapati Swami who has been distributing
books at the colleges in the USA for four decades and is one of my siksa
sankirtan gurus, a great soul.

Vijaya das


Hi, I'm Pierre, I'm a french guy. I just found your email address in one of my pants pockets printed on a small card. I'm sure you don't remember me, but I do remember you. Last summer in August I met you at the Grand Canyon, there you gave me a beautiful book, the BHAGAVAD GITA.
I just wanted to thank you for the great gift you've given to me. Today I'm a new man, my life has changed. I've not finished the book yet, I'm reading it slow because I appreciate each word, and I hope that I'll never finish it.

Thank you.

Hari Hari
ys Jan