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Bhaktisiddhānta’s Commentary to Brahma Saṁhita (12/31/02)

Brahma Saṁhitā was first commented on by Jīva Gosvāmī. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura translated the work of Jīva and wrote a commentary of his own.

Then, Sarasvatī Ṭhākura’s disciples translated the work of Bhaktivinoda and put the name of Sarasvatī Ṭhākura (the senior editor) on the cover. That was the style in those days.

Sarasvatī Ṭhākura never wrote a commentary on Brahma Saṁhitā. I have the original book here at the āśrama.

The edition that you have by the BBT is the same as that which the Gauḍīya Maṭha published in 1974. It Is slightly different from the original English edition published by Gauḍīya Maṭha in 1933. I have the original English edition here also.

In the 1974 and BBT editions, there were changes in the introduction and the information on who translated the book from the work of Bhaktivinoda was taken out. That was due to Gauḍīya Maṭha politics at the time.

The most recent English translation is cent per cent true to the original work of Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura and it is much easier to understand. It was published from Sri Caitanya Saraswat Math in Navadvīpa and you can purchase copies from there.

Looking forward to seeing you on your next trip.


Swami B.G. Narasiṅgha

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