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Srila Prabhupada's Original Delhi Bhagavatam Set

Rare Collectors Edition. Almost out of print. Please get these important books before they are unavailable. Srila Prabhupada came to the United States in 1965 with very little. His luggage basically consisted of cases of the three volumes of the First Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam he had personally translated and published just prior to his departure to the United States on the Jaladuta. Prabhupada's Delhi Bhagavatam is now available again in a limited collectors edition.


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Author: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Format: Hard Cover, 3 volumes, with dust-jackets
Pages: 1200
ISBN: 0-912776-27-7
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Srila Prabhupada's Original Delhi Bhagavatam Set


These Srimad Bhagwatams are among the most valuable memorabilia one can have of Srila Prabhupada. The timing of their publication coincides directly with Srila Prabhupada's departure for the Western world. He left India a very short time after the last volume was printed, and it seems obvious that the completion of this task signaled the time for his departure.

When one reads these original Bhagwatams, perhaps more than any of Srila Prabhupada's other writings, you can feel the Vrindaban mood. Srila Prabhupada was there alone writing his purports, whereas the other Bhagavatams were translated and written while he was surrounded by many followers and his ISKCON movement was rapidly growing. This was quite a contrast to the circumstances surrounding his first books. Although these books were not edited as the later ones were, and thus contain some typos and English imperfections, there is absolutely no less spiritual potency. In fact, whether its sentiment or realization, to my mind these early editions are preferable, and represent one of the strongest arguments for not making any changes or 'improvements' to the Sampradaya Acarya's books after his departure.

I feel that every newcomer to Krsna Consciousness should have the opportunity to read these original Bhagwatams so they can get to know Srila Prabhupada in a more intimate way.

Srila Prabhupada with his Bhagavatams in DelhiThis image shows Srila Prabhupada in Delhi with his Bhagavatams before departing for the US. After obtaining his passport and visa, Srila Prabhupada boarded the Jaladuta steamship in Calcutta, on August 13th, 1965. Several trunks containing 200 sets of his 3-volume Srimad-Bhagwatams were loaded aboard en route.

In this entry from Srila Prabhupada's Jaladuta Dairy, August 22, 1965, he wrote:

"At about 10 a.m. we are now in the dockyard of Cochin. The dock is peculiar because it is by nature full of small islands. Some of the islands are full with nice hutments formerly known as British Island. I saw my books from Bombay arrived in five cases and the agents loaded them on the ship at 4 p.m. on 22/8/65."

In his letter to Hanuman Prasad Poddar, written 2-05-70 in Los Angeles, Srila Prabhupada tells some of the history of his Srimad Bhagwatams:

".... In 1936, my Spiritual Master left this world leaving a message for me that it would be better for me to preach in English language. So I was thinking very seriously, and then, as late as 1944 I started my paper, "Back to Godhead." Gradually, in 1954, I retired from my family life and began to live alone in Mathura Vrindaban. In 1959, I was awarded Sannyas by one of my Godbrothers, His Holiness B.P. Kesava Maharaja.

Then I began translating Srimad-Bhagavatam in 1960; and, perhaps in 1961, I was your guest in the Gita Bagicha. You were very kind to help me partially for publishing my first volume of Srimad-Bhagavatam through the Dalmia Charitable Trust. With great difficulty, I then published the second and third volumes of Srimad-Bhagavatam until 1965, when I prepared myself to come to this country with some books.

With great difficulty, I was able to get the "P" Form passed by the Controller of Foreign Exchange, and, someway or other, I reached Boston on 17th September, 1965. I was thinking, while on board the ship "Jaladuta," why Krishna had brought me to this country. I knew that Western people are too much addicted to so many forbidden things according to our Vedic conception of life. So out of sentiment I wrote a long poetry addressing Lord Krishna as to what was His purpose in bringing me to this country.

Srila Prabhupada with Bhagavatams in ButlerAt that time, I was sponsored by a friend's son, Gopala Agarwal, who is settled up in this country by marrying an American girl, Sally. I was their guest, and I feel very much obliged to Gopala and his wife Sally for their nice treatment and reception. I was with them for three weeks in Butler, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and then I came to New York. I was getting some money by selling my Srimad-Bhagavatam, thus I was maintaining myself in New York. After some time, I rented one apartment at number 100 71st Street West, but after a few months, all my things--typewriter, tape recorder, books--were stolen. Then for some time one of my students gave me shelter at Bowery Street.

I then rented one store-front and an apartment at 26 Second Avenue for $200 per month, but without any source of income. I started my classes and sometimes, on Sundays, I used to chant Hare Krishna Mantra in Tomkins Square Park from three to 5 P.M. During this time, all the young boys and girls used to gather around me, sometimes poet Ginsberg would come to see me, and sometimes a reporter from the New York Times came to see me. In this way, the Hare Krishna Mantra chanting became very popular on the Lower East Side."

(Rocana dasa)

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 5 of 5 Stars!   
By Sudhir Babu on May 26, 2006 
Hare Krishna, Great to know that the Original Bhagavatam Set which Prabhupada personally published are now available. I always wanted to atleast have a look at those. Its great to know that now I can ... Read more Hare Krishna, Great to know that the Original Bhagavatam Set which Prabhupada personally published are now available. I always wanted to atleast have a look at those. Its great to know that now I can own a copy. Thank you Very Very much, Your Servant, Sudhir Read less

     

 5 of 5 Stars!   
By carmen kaufbusch on December 20, 2014 
I order the original Delhi Bhagavatam set, they came on time and in very good condition. Will order again. carmen kaufbuschI order the original Delhi Bhagavatam set, they came on time and in very good condition. Will order again. carmen kaufbusch Read less

     

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  By warren wright on November 05, 2014 
When first opened to read, I could percieve Srila Prabhupada's voice whilst reading....Although it apparently has mistakes (spelling and typo) it was written with first class Devotional ink.. Which ... Read more When first opened to read, I could percieve Srila Prabhupada's voice whilst reading....Although it apparently has mistakes (spelling and typo) it was written with first class Devotional ink.. Which is better than the mistake of perfect grammar, academia and edits made with inferior quality devotional ink.. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I rekomend this bhook Read less


     

 5 of 5 Stars!   
By Phillip Davies on November 05, 2014 
Srila Prabhupada's use of English in the written form is some thing that I had forgotten, and even these particular copies were not common in the NY temples of the 70's although there were some. Gett... Read more Srila Prabhupada's use of English in the written form is some thing that I had forgotten, and even these particular copies were not common in the NY temples of the 70's although there were some. Getting these copies and realizing the particular idiom of Srila Prabhupada, has once again brought to life the sounds and smells and the devotees of the old 55th st temple. while reading I have to have the online copy open as well just to cross refer and I always find myself reading out loud. I am so pleased to now have them. Jai Srila Prabhupada, thank you Krishnastore Pradyumna Das Read less

     

 5 of 5 Stars!   
By charles trauth on September 09, 2013 
The ultimate, no home should be without these three books and the gItA!The ultimate, no home should be without these three books and the gItA! Read less

     

 5 of 5 Stars!   
By debbie yarber on June 24, 2013 
These precious books are illuminated with the sweet essence of Srila Prabhupada's pure unalloyed devotion. Thank you so much for my first replica set from you. I have been waiting for years and decade... Read more These precious books are illuminated with the sweet essence of Srila Prabhupada's pure unalloyed devotion. Thank you so much for my first replica set from you. I have been waiting for years and decades to see these replicas available to all. Do you sell Them by the case? if so I will be ordering a case of each volume asap...I will be distributing Them with deep appreciation for your efforts and all those involved in Their reprinting without change. The heart of Prabhupada to us in his books. sincerely yours in service, Dhanistha dasi (ACBSP) Read less

     

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By MANFRED MICHALSKI on March 08, 2013 
EXELENT BOOKS YOU CAN FEEL THAT SRILA PRABHUPA IS STILL ALIVEEXELENT BOOKS YOU CAN FEEL THAT SRILA PRABHUPA IS STILL ALIVE Read less

     

 5 of 5 Stars!   
By Thomas Prasek on February 23, 2013 
Fast, and well protected delivery. The books themselves are exactly what I would expect from His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada....Perfect knowledge from the perfect teacher! Hari Bol... Read more Fast, and well protected delivery. The books themselves are exactly what I would expect from His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada....Perfect knowledge from the perfect teacher! Hari Bol! Read less

     

 5 of 5 Stars!   
By Thomas Prasek on February 04, 2013 
Hari KRSNA! I recently received my copies of this most transcendental subject matter. I am full of gratitude and in complete awe of the determination and pure devotion of our most beloved friend and S... Read more Hari KRSNA! I recently received my copies of this most transcendental subject matter. I am full of gratitude and in complete awe of the determination and pure devotion of our most beloved friend and Spiritual Master Srila Prabhupada! Srila Prabhupada ki jaya!! The books arrived safely packed, and very timely. Thank you all for your hard work in continuing Srila Prabhupada's mission, and helping such a lowly fallen soul such as myself. Read less

     

 5 of 5 Stars!   
By John Davis on September 07, 2012 
This three volume first canto Bhagavatam set is indeed the original set of books written by Srila Prapupada before he left Vrndavan for North America. While reading the first volume of this canto my e... Read more This three volume first canto Bhagavatam set is indeed the original set of books written by Srila Prapupada before he left Vrndavan for North America. While reading the first volume of this canto my experience was one of hearing the actual voice of Srila Prapupada. Perhaps because of the phonetic spelling that he sometimes employs in these translations, the very mood of what he is describing becomes most evident to the reader. Jai Srila Prabupada! Read less

     

 5 of 5 Stars!   
By philip brett on November 05, 2011 
I have the Srimad Bhagavatam but this edition seems more home spun and intimate. I'm really enjoying reading it.I have the Srimad Bhagavatam but this edition seems more home spun and intimate. I'm really enjoying reading it. Read less

     

 5 of 5 Stars!   
By Parker Williams on January 30, 2011 
It's great to have something original and pure. Although it's harder to read, somehow the nectar flows more easily from its pages.It's great to have something original and pure. Although it's harder to read, somehow the nectar flows more easily from its pages. Read less

     

 5 of 5 Stars!   
By Sydney Hoffman on March 19, 2015 
What a joy it is to have Prabhupada's three-volume set of the first Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam! He translated this set while he was living in the Temple in India- before he left for America for the fi... Read more What a joy it is to have Prabhupada's three-volume set of the first Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam! He translated this set while he was living in the Temple in India- before he left for America for the first time. They are so holy, so pure, so powerful, so priceless! Read less

     

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