BGAII OT 4.40 reads:
Fools, faithless and doubtful persons in revealed scriptures fall down from the knowledge of Krsna consciousness and for them there is no good in this world nor in the next neither there is any happiness for them.
BGAII V1 4.40 reads:
But ignorant and faithless persons who doubt the revealed scriptures do not attain God consciousness. For the doubting soul there is happiness neither in this world nor in the next.
BGAII V2 4.40 reads:
“But ignorant and faithless persons who doubt the revealed scriptures do not attain God consciousness; they fall down. For the doubting soul there is happiness neither in this world nor in the next.”
BGAII proposed V3 reads:
Fools, faithless persons and persons who doubt the revealed scriptures fall down from the knowledge of Krishna consciousness. For them there is neither good nor happiness in this world or in the next.
BGAII 4.40 V1 & V2 differ from each other but both present the same defect.
“KRISHNA” is missing,
whereas in BGAII OT Srila Prabhupada uses the expression “the knowledge of Krishna consciousness.”
The same would have to apply to BGAII 5.12 where OT reads:
“The unflinching Krsna conscious person attains unadulterated peace because he gives up the results of all activities to Krsna, while a person who is not in Krsna consciousness, being greedy for the result of his work becomes entangled in that.”
whereas both versions 1 & 2 read:
“The steadily devoted soul attains unadulterated peace because he offers the result of all activities to Me; whereas a person who is not in union with the Divine, who is greedy for the fruits of his labor, becomes entangled.”
While “Krishna” is mentioned three times in OT, “Krishna” is conspicuous by His absence in version 1 & 2!!!
This is unacceptable!
We know that Bhaktisiddhanta Maharaja used to judge the quality of a lecture by the number of times the word “KRISHNA” was vibrated.
And above all we know the story of the incorporation of ISKCON in New York in 1966. When it was suggested to Srila Prabhupada that he name his society the International Society for GOD consciousness. Srila Prabhupada emphatically declined. “Krishna consciousness” it was to be.
“We shall call our society ISKCON.” Prabhupäda had laughed playfully when he first coined the acronym.
He had initiated the legal work of incorporation that spring, while still living on the Bowery. But even before its legal beginning, he had been talking about his “International Society for Krishna Consciousness,” and so it had appeared in letters to India and in The Village Voice. A friend had suggested a title that would sound more familiar to Westerners, “International Society for God Consciousness,” but Prabhupäda had insisted: “Krishna Consciousness.” “God” was a vague term, whereas “Krishna” was exact and scientific; “God consciousness” was spiritually weaker, less personal. And if Westerners didn’t know that Krishna was God, then the International Society for Krishna Consciousness would tell them, by spreading His glories in every town and village
Krishna consciousness” was Prabhupaada’s own rendering of a phrase from Srila Ruupa Gosvaami’s Padyaavali, written in the sixteenth century. Krishna-bhakti-rasa-bhavita: to be absorbed in the mellow taste of executing devotional service to Krishna.”
Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita by Satsvarupa Das Goswami. Volume two. Chapter “Breaking Ground.”
We estimate that BGAII 4.40 proposed V3 has good chance to be approved by Srila Prabhupada Himself and His representative authority the Governing Body Commission of ISKCON. We expect the other 699 verses of BGAII to undergo the same procedure. As the Chinese proverb goes:” The longest journeys start with one small step.”