This complete Srimad-Bhagavatam, the Bengali edition, is the most complete and authoritative exposition of Vedic knowledge-covering everything from the nature of the self to the origin of the universe. Its the most complete work of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada is a dear devotee of Lord Krishna. He was a personification of Bhagavat. There is the book Bhagavat, and there is the person Bhagavat. The combination of the two is what reveals Lord Krishna to a sincere spiritual aspirant.
The edition is complete in 18 volumes consisting of the original Sanskrit, Bengali anuvada and tatparya. This is the original presentation by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT).
From the Preface (English Edition):
Human society, at the present moment, is not in the darkness of oblivion. It has made rapid progress in the field of material comforts, education and economic development throughout the entire world. But there is a pinprick somewhere in the social body at large, and therefore there are large-scale quarrels, even over less important issues. There is need of a clue as to how humanity can become one in peace, friendship and prosperity with a common cause.
Srimad-Bhagavatam will fill this need, for it is a cultural presentation for the re-spiritualization of the entire human society.”
Material science has tried to find the ultimate source of creation very insufficiently, but it is a fact that there is one ultimate source of everything that be. This ultimate source is explained rationally and authoritatively in the beautiful Bhagavatam or Srimad-Bhagavatam.
Srimad-Bhagavatam is the transcendental science not only for knowing the ultimate source of everything but also for knowing our relation with Him and our duty towards perfection of the human society on the basis of this perfect knowledge.
It is powerful reading matter in the Sanskrit language, and is now rendered into English elaborately so that simply by a careful reading one will know God perfectly well, so much so that the reader will be sufficiently educated to defend himself from the onslaught of atheists. Over and above this the reader will be able to convert others to accept God as a concrete principle.
Srimad-Bhagavatam begins with the definition of the ultimate source. It is a bona fide commentary on the Vedanta-sutra by the same author, Srila Vyasadeva, and gradually it develops in nine cantos up to the highest state of God realisation.
The only qualification one needs to study this great book of transcendental knowledge is to proceed step by step cautiously and not jump forward haphazardly like with an ordinary book. It should be gone through chapter by chapter, one after another.
The reading matter is so arranged that with its original Sanskrit text, its English transliteration, synonyms, translation and purports so that one is sure to become a realised soul at the end of finishing the first nine cantos.
The Tenth Canto is distinct from the first nine cantos, because it deals directly with the transcendental activities of the Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. One will be unable to capture the effects of the Tenth Canto without going through the first nine cantos.
I must admit my frailties in presenting Srimad-Bhagavatam, but still I am hopeful of its good reception by the thinkers and leaders of society on the strength of the following statement of Srimad-Bhagavatam:
“That literature which is full with descriptions of the transcendental glories of the name, fame, form and pastimes of the unlimited Supreme Lord is a transcendental creation meant to bring about a revolution in the impious life of a misdirected civilization. Such transcendental literatures, even though irregularly composed, are heard, sung and accepted by purified men who are thoroughly honest.”
Om Tat Sat
His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada