This Vedabase free download of the Bhaktivedanta Vedabase folio program is a collection of all Srila Prabhupada’s original books, articles, transcribed lectures and more!
The Folio Views software is a powerful integrated tool for viewing and searching all the recorded written and spoken unchanged words of our master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.
Any devotee will find that this software will become an indispensable tool and a integral part of their spiritual life for personal study or research into the vast transcendental teachings left to us by Srila Prabhupada.
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You may need Balarama fonts
After you install the Balarama fonts to your font book and install the Vedabase, If the fonts are not automatically displayed correctly then on the top of the page click the “tools” tab. On the drop-down menu select “options”. On the pop-up window that will appear look in the “general” tab you will see “Infobase view font” and then scroll down and select “ScaGoudy” then click “OK”. Voila! There you have it. All your fonts and diacritical marks are displayed properly! ;o)
Free Vedabase download for Windows users
NOTE: To install corectly on Windows 7 you may need to right-click on VIEWS.EXE (the Program you just downloaded), then going to Properties -> Compatibility -> and selecting “Run this program in compatibility mode” for “Windows XP (Service Pack 2)” Then click OK and open the file.
Free Vedabase download for Mac OSX users
NOTE: the first time you open this application it may take about 30 seconds or so to open, but it will open.
NOTE: As of now the only 100% original pre 1978 text versions of Srila Prabhupada’s books are the scans and eBooks that have been produced by and are available from this KrishnaPath.org websites digitization Project. Click here to read more!
The digital text versions such as what are found in this Vedabase are not exactly perfect replicas of the books that were printed during Srila Prabhupada’s presence. There are no digitized versions of these books available anywhere as of now outside the original book SCANS available on this site krishnapath.org for free download.
We call this vedabase an “Original Book Vedabase” because although it is not the current heavily intentionally changed Vedabase being distributed by The Bhaktivedanta Archives it is all we currently have outside of the scans. The Bhaktivedanta Archives Vedabase has been intentionally changed on a incomparably large level by conditioned souls like Jayadvaita Swami and Dravida Prabhu and company who feel that Prabhupada’s official and blessed books “doesn’t make a damn bit of sense” (yes, that is a direct quote from Jayadvaita Swami, the head editor of the BBTI). They are working day after day, year after year to change Prabhupada’s books to their liking, changing the whole philosophy of Krishna consciousness and the Vedic teachings. But even according to the head of the BBT, at the time Srila Prabhupada instructed his BBT staff:
“on principle Prabhupada would not allow changes even if the change was an improvement. Just to teach that principle of don’t change.”
“I’ve had many experiences with Prabhupada literally drilling me, pounding it into my head that you’re never allowed to change anything in his books. He trained me so intensely on this point. Even when the changes make sense he wouldn’t let me change. Just to train me.” – Ramesvara (Head of the BBT at the time of Srila Prabhupada’s personal presence).
Srila Prabhupada Instructed his BBT staff:
Radha-vallabha: So we should just leave it exactly.
Prabhupada: Oh, yes. You should not be more educated.
Radha-vallabha: He wasn’t changing any of the words. He was just…
Prabhupada: Nothing of the… This should be strictly forbidden.
Radha-vallabha: So no corrections. That makes it simple.
Prabhupada: They can divide the synonyms. That’s all.
Radha-vallabha: Synonyms. So even…
Prabhupada: That is his tendency, to correct. That’s very bad. He should not do that.
Radha-vallabha: So I’ll just forget this, then.
Prabhupada: The system is: whatever authority has done, even there is mistake, it should be accepted.
Prabhupada: Arsha prayoga That is ha… He should not become more learned than the authority. That is very bad habit….
Prabhupada: Why finish it? Whatever is done is done. No more….
Radha-vallabha: Well, now that this system of no corrections anywhere, that makes it very simple. Then he can’t do anything. I don’t think he wants to, either. It makes it more simple for him. It makes him very uncomfortable.
Prabhupada: NO CORRECTIONS!
Important note about the original books:
As of now the only 100% original and approved (pre 1978) text versions of Srila Prabhupada’s books are the scans available on this website Krishnapath.org
The digital text versions, such as what are found in the Vedabase, are not perfect replicas of the books that were printed during Srila Prabhupada’s presence. There are no digitized versions of these books available anywhere as of now, except the original book SCANS available on this site krishnapath.org for free download.
We are working hard to preserve and distribute the original, authorized and blessed books of Srila Prabhupada and to eventually have digitized versions of all his original works.
So far the Krishnapath.org volunteers have completed the very first laborious task of manually scanning every page of all those texts and making them available on this site for you to download for free simply as raw book scans. The “Original Book Vedabase” is the closest thing available in digital text format and is an early step of the preservation process although not identical to the actual books that were printed during Srila Prabhupada’s manifest presence.
The next step that we are actively working on is to manually go through all the scans and word by word, comma by comma reproduce them into fully functioning digitized text files that are compatible with all computers, smartphones, and tablets. Everything will be 100% the original way, as Srila Prabhupada has clearly instructed us “The next printing should be again to the original way.” We currently have the original book scans available for free download on this page.
It is a huge laborious task to produce/digitizing thousands of pages of text from the original book scans identical to the original material as Srila Prabhupada personally approved and blessed it including all the original cover art and color plates (all original paintings in the books) with copy and pastable text and even active clickable chapter hyperlinks. But by the mercy of Krishna and Srila Prabhupada someone has stepped forward to do this huge task. Upon completion those texts will be immediately available for free download on the KrishnaPath.org website in all digital formats such as PDF, ePub, Kindle etc.
As mentioned, upon completion, the files will be available on the KrishnaPath.org website for free download to the world in all major formats!
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