July 28, 2012 by Madhudvisa dasa, Krishna.org: Once it was possible to find copies of original editions of Srila Prabhupada’s Srimad-Bhagavatams in second-hand book stores and on internet book websites but now the original editions of Srimad-Bhagavatam have become very difficult to find anywhere. So there is an urgent need to preserve these valuable books for future generations.
We see the BBT making thousands of unauthorized changes to so many of Srila Prabhupada’s books in this way completely destroying the authority of the books. Srila Prabhupada’s Srimad-Bhagavatam has remained relatively free from such changes for many years but now, with the release of the BBT Folio 2012 edition, we see the BBT have now produced a new and “updated” version of Srila Prabhupada’s Srimad-Bhagavatam complete with thousands of unauthorized changes and what the BBT consider are ‘improvements…’ Now they are even changing Prabhupada’s words in the Folio to what they think Prabhupada should have said…
The BBT are determined to change Prabhupada’s books. They have not heard the outcry from the devotees about their unauthorized changes to Bhagavad-gita, Krsna Book and Sri Caitanya-caritamrta. They have not leaned from their mistakes, on the contrary according to one of the main BBT editors in recent years they have given us new, “improved”, revised editions of Srila Prabhupada’s Nectar of Instruction, Beyond Birth and Death and Perfection of Yoga and now they also have a new version of Srimad-Bhagavatam. I do not know if they have actually printed this new unauthorized edition of Srimad-Bhagavatam but it is included in the 2012 release of the Folio Infobase.
It is essential that we at least preserve the original teachings of Srila Prabhupada for future generations so as followers of Srila Prabhupada we all have to take this responsibility very seriously. At least we can not fail in handing on in tact and unchanged the original teachings of Srila Prabhupada to future generations. That is the least we can do for Srila Prabhupada.
You will find links below to PDF files that contain actual scans of original editions of Srila Prabhupada’s Srimad-Bhagavatam. Some covers are missing and they will be added when they are available, but otherwise you will find the complete book including all the original color plates. These are large files (500 – 1000 megabytes) because they contain actual scans of the original book pages. So it is an exact electronic copy of the original volumes of Srila Prabhupada’s Srimad-Bhagavatam.
So if your internet connection allows you please download these PDF files so you have the original first-edition of Srila Prabhupada’s Srimad-Bhagavatam, at least in electronic format.
Srimad-Bhagavatam Second Canto Volumes 1 & 2?? (1972) [1,100 MB]
Srimad-Bhagavatam Third Canto Volume 1 (1972) [581 MB]
Srimad-Bhagavatam Third Canto Volume 2 (1974) [609 MB]
Srimad-Bhagavatam Third Canto Volume 3 (1974) [579 MB]
Srimad-Bhagavatam Third Canto Volume 4 (1974) [708 MB]
Srimad-Bhagavatam Forth Canto Volume 1 (1972) [587 MB]
Srimad-Bhagavatam Forth Canto Volume 2 (1972) [650 MB]
Srimad-Bhagavatam Forth Canto Volume 3 (1972) [555 MB]
Srimad-Bhagavatam Forth Canto Volume 4 (1972) [497 MB]