Published on November 15th, 2008 | by Madhudvisa dasa


Bhagavad Gita As It Is 1968 Edition Available


A reprint of the first ever edition of Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad Gita As It Is, as published by the Collier Macmillan Company in 1968, is now available. It includes “Who is Krishna” by George Harrison and appreciations by Allen Ginsberg and Thomas Merton.

Please click on the link below to open the linked website:

Bhagavad Gita As It Is 1968 Edition Available

About the Author

My first contact with a Hare Krishna was a most merciful Mataji in Oxford Street, London who sold me a "Higher Taste" cook book in 1984 while I was on holidays there. I started seriously reading Srila Prabhupada's books in Australia 1985 and by 1986 Srila Prabhupada had convinced me "Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead" and "we should surrender to Krishna." I joined the Hare Krishnas in Perth, Western Australia in 1986. Since then I have been chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, reading and distributing Srila Prabhupada's books and preaching as much as I can. That's my life and full-time occupation now really. I like it more than anything I've ever experienced before. Srila Prabhupada's books are so amazing... Even after reading them all many times they're still fresh and new. They are truly transcendental! That's it really. Now I'm just hankering to once again see the world chant Hare Krishna, dance and feast and float away in the ecstasy of Lord Caitanya's Sankirtana movement as it did in Srila Prabhupada's physical presence. Let the whole world drown in the ecstatic flood of love of Krishna!

17 Responses to Bhagavad Gita As It Is 1968 Edition Available

  1. I bought a copy of the 1st edition, purple cover, Collier Publishing 1968 from a bookstore I used to work in, in the West Village in 1969. I just learned that a friend in New York still has that exact copy of the book and it is in pristine condition. I left the book with her mother when I left NY in 1969 and it has been on her bookshelf ever since.

  2. Colin Devine says:

    can we still get copies of this edition ??



    • No. There is no point in this edition. It is incomplete. Please get the complete edition at:

      That is what you are looking for.

      If for some reason you want the abridged 1968 edition, that only has 400 of the 1000 pages, you can search for it on the second hand book sites and you will be able to find a copy there, but there are no new copies available and it is unlikely it will ever be reprinted because Prabhupada did not like this edition, because it is missing most of his transcendental Bhaktivedanta purports.

  3. o. says:

    I have tried repeatedly to buy one copy of Swami Prabhupada’s first-ever publication in English of his Bhagavad Gita in 1968, the so-called abridged McMillan book. I sent some website the money and the website with due honesty refunded my money because their book was not available. So why didn’t they update their website??? At any rate, Do YOU have a new copy of the purple 1968 Bhagavad Gita available, yes or no? And if yes, then let me know how I can buy it. thank you.

    • Abridged edition of Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita As It Is is out of print. The only way you can get it is by purchasing from a second-hand book store. But there is no point really. Srila Prabhupada did not like it because it is missing most of his transcendental Bhaktivedanta Purports. He had to cut his 1000 page manuscript down to 400 pages because that is the maximum size of the book Macmillan company were prepared to print at the time. So later on, in 1972, when the demand for Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita As It Is grew, Macmillan company agreed to print the full manuscript. That is what Srila Prabhupada wanted to print from the beginning. So it will be better for you to get the Complete Edition, 1972 edition.

  4. Phill says:

    I am requesting again please for a proper link in order to download the scanned 1968 edition of Bhagavad Gita in pdf format. Its good to have it as form of reference. Please post a reply when you can.

    • It is good to refer to the Bhagavad-gita As It Is Complete Edition. That is the one that Prabhupada likes. If you want the abridged edition you can purchase it on the second-hand book websites and scan it. We do not have a PDF file of that but if you make one we can make it available for download.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  5. Phil says:

    I’ve clicked on the link repeatedly to get the pdf for 1968 edition but its not working. Could you please look into it as it appears to be a faulty URL. Many thanks. Phil

    • Hare Krishna Bhakta Phillip

      There is no PDF file to download. This is an old article that was published when the Abridged Gita was in print. But it is not in print any more. The link was to to purchase the book. But it is now not available. There is no point really in reading this abridged Bhagavad-gita anyhow. It is Prabhupada’s Complete Edition [1000 pages] cut down to only 400 pages by removing a very large percentage of Srila Prabhupada’s “Bhaktivedanta Purports.” Prabhupada did not like this, reducing the Gita down to 400 pages, he did not approve of it, it was done by Macmillan because they were not prepared to print Prabhupada’s 1000 page Gita.

      So please read Srila Prabhupada’s ‘Complete Edition’ Bhagavad-gita As It Is:

  6. Caitanya dasa says:

    prabhu please give a link to the full size cover Lord Vishnu pic file.

  7. paramesvari dasa says:

    dear prabhu
    i very much like your web site and service of books for sale …..
    i am trying to find out how to buy some cases of the 1968 commemortive gita on your page…..
    can not figure out how to do it
    please help…
    paramesvri dasa

    • 1968 commemorative gita is no longer in stock. Please purchase the complete edition instead. Srila Prabhuapda did not like the 1968 commemorative edition because it is only 400 pages of his 1000 page book. Prabhupada likes the complete edition. That is what he wrote. He did not write a 400 page gita. You can order cases of the complete edition here:

      • Torben Nielsen says:

        Yes, Srila Prabhupada wanted the full-size Bhagavad-gita As It Is, but we should remember that the 1968 edition is STILL bona fide. It is authorized. The cutdown of the pages were not to his liking, but still he sanctioned for practical reasons.
        ys. Bhakta Torben.

        • Hare Krishna Bhakta Torben

          Srila Prabhupada was NEVER happy with the abridged Bhagavad-gita As It Is. They cut out most of his transcendental Bhaktivedanta Purports. How could he be happy with it. He never approved of it. He never liked it. But something is better than nothing.

          So now when we have the complete edition there is no place for the abridged edition. What is the point reading a book that is missing most of Prabhupada’s transcendental Bhaktivedanta purports?

          At the time, for this reason, I was not encouraging the reprinting of this.

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

          • Rasananda das says:

            Dear Madhudvisa Prabhu

            PAMHO. AGTSP. AGTSG.

            In the 1968 edition there is whole paragraph in the 9.26 purport which was not included in the Macmillan edition. Do you know why it wasn’t included?

            In the editions after 1978 it was included, which I can appriciate, otherwise this necterian paragraph would be lost for the future readers.

            Could you please comment on that? Thank you.

            Hare Krishna
            ys Rasananda das

          • What is that paragraph?

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