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Build your Second Brain

(the analog way)

About the Book

The Analog Second Brain provides you with indispensable capabilities, like transforming abstract ideas into tangible concepts, illuminating novel connections between concepts, nurturing your ideas over time, and refining your distinct viewpoints.

About the Author

Juan Manuel Ferrera Díaz
Juan M. Ferrera

While exploring organization methods that could tackle my intrincate Vedic studies, a friend pointed me to Sönke Ahrens' book "How to Take Smart Notes", which introduced me to the Zettlekasten method. Initially, I experimented with various software options such as Obsidian, Logseq, and The Archive, but later decided to explore the original author's analog approach. 

With the online help of Scott Scheper, an entrepreneur and analog Zettlekasten mentor I setup my personal box and called it "My Analog Brain".

As I practiced the method, it piqued the interest of many fellow individuals who wanted to learn more from me. Over time, I gathered a wealth of experience, along with questions and answers, which gradually evolved into this book.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Arsa Prayoga
    • What is arsa prayoga?
    • Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu
    • Srila Prabhupada’s definition
    • “You must read my books everyday!”
  • Srila Prabhupada’s explicit desire
    • How the editing should be done
    • “Our style is Hare Krishna!”
    • Srila Prabhupada’s total control of his books
    • Srila Prabhupada’s involvement
  • Authorization
    • Every line is perfect
    • Resistance to change
    • Planet of the trees
    • Cattle raising
    • “Don’t do anything without consulting me”
    • On BBTI credentials to edit the books
    • Galley proofs
    • Whose “revised and enlarged edition”?
    • Gita, definitive edition
    • Arsa prayoga and BBTI
    • Hayagriva’s editing approved
    • Defeating the arguments for revision
    • Ramesvara dasa reveals discrepancies
    • Copyright and “worker for hire”
    • Praises for Bhagavad-gita (Macmillan, 1972)
    • Conclusion
  • Proper editing procedures
    • What is a draft?
    • The real issue underlying the book editing
    • Historians will not acknowledge the BBTI editions
    • Universities’ acceptance
    • Editors’ qualification
    • One sided paper
    • Sanskrit editors, now “accomplished” scholars?
    • Editorial chaos
    • The meaning of revised
    • When will the editing end?
    • Edit ad infinitum
    • Examples of books’ revisions
    • Conclusion
  • Changes
    • The changes are not justified
    • BBTI has not followed proper protocols
    • Work redone from the drafts
    • What could be changed?
    • No precedent in our sampradaya
    • Protect Prabhupada’s books
    • Post-samadhi editing
    • The prerogative of the author is taken away
    • Bowdlerizing
    • Srila Prabhupada approved the galley proofs
    • Definition of galley proof
    • 4984 or 94 mistakes?
    • Qualifications and abilities of an editor
    • Intended meaning
    • The editor should be named
    • For life power of attorney
    • Srila Prabhupada’s final approval
    • Universities’ and experts’ feedback
    • Changes to Bhagavad-gita
    • Bhagavad-gita verses comparison
    • Gita purports have been altered
    • Changes to Srimad Bhagavatam
    • Changes to Caitanya-caritamrta
    • Changes to Krishna Book
    • Changes to other books
    • Siddhanta deviation
    • Conclusion
  • Disciples speak out
    • Protocols
    • When Lord Krishna garlanded Prabhupada
    • It’s not an accident
    • The unrivalled perfection of a masterful translation
    • Editing Prabhupada’s books is the most serious issue
    • Hidden co-authors
    • Arsa prayoga and Shakespeare
    • “There is no mistake, he is mistake”
    • Editing instructions are in his own books
    • Where angels fear to tread
  • Conclusion and call for action
  • Appendix

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