He undertook the daring task of enlightening the materialist westerners, the advanced philosophers and theologians, in order to help them to overcome the perils and loneliness of impersonalism and the philosophy of emptiness. A., Sâstrî (from the Gîtâ Press, Gorakhpur), the paramparâ [disciplic succession] version of S'rîla Vishvanâtha Cakravarti Thhâkura and the later version of this book by Swami Prabhupâda.
These scriptures are the Bhagavad Gîtâ and this Bhâgavata Purâna from which all the Vaishnava âcâryas derived their wisdom for the purpose of instruction and the shaping of their devotion.
The word for word translations as also the full text and commentaries of this book were studied within and without the Hare temples where the teaching of this culture takes place in India, Europe and America.
The purpose of the translation is first of all to make this glorious text available to a wider audience over the Internet.
Since the Bible, the Koran and numerous other holy texts are readily available, the author meant that this book could not stay behind on the shelf of his own bookcase as a token of material possessiveness.
When we started with this endeavor in the year 2000 there was no proper web presentation of this book.
Knowledge not shared is knowledge lost, and certainly this type of knowledge which stresses the yoga of non-possessiveness and devotion as one of its main values could not be left out.
The version of Swami Prabhupâda is very extensive covering some 2400 pages of plain fine printed text including his commentaries. The remaining two Cantos were posthumously published by his pupils in the full of his spirit.
I thus was faced with two daring challenges: one was to concatenate the text or make a readable running narrative of the book that had been dissected to the single word and the second challenge was to put it into a language that would befit the 21st century with all its modern and postmodern experience and digital progress of the present cultural order of the world, without losing anything of its original verses.
'bible' [in Sanskrit called a samhitâ] of the Hindu universe.
The Bhagavad Gîtâ relates to this book like the sermon on the mountain by Lord Jesus relates to the full Bible.
It has about 18.000 verses contained in 335 chapters and consists of 12 subdivisons of books that are called Cantos.