The new VedaBase 2011.1 of the Bhaktivedanta Archives!
(completely useless due to the removal of Prabhupadas Pre-1978 books)
The Bhaktivedanta VedaBase 2011.1 update, which is freely distributed by the BA, is an update to the contents only, not an upgrade to the outdated old software.
This content Update has finally removed all of Srila Prabhupadas original books (except for the BG.) Therefore this new vedabase 2011.1 ist totally useless for any sincere Prabhupada follower. In the introduction to the new Vedabase 2011.1 it says: “Removed from 2011.1: Pre-1978 books, except Bhagavad-gita. (Removed due to vexing double hits.)”
Perhaps the Archives devotees have removed Prabhupadas original Pre-1978 books due to pressure from Iskcons bogus GBC. We therefore like to warn all sincere devotees not to get entangled with this unauthorized new Version and useless edition.
We should encourage all the devotees to download the VedaBase containig the original Pre-1978 books for free instead of purchasing it from the Archives for hundreds of dollars! It only takes a few minutes to download, and then they would get a version free of the very annoying, very cumbersome copy-protection and bogus translations.
Unfortunately there is NO ONE Vedabase containing all the original Pre-1978 books as well as all the lectures of Srila Prabhupada, WITHOUT the bogus BBTI books. Most of the different VedaBase versions is a hodge-podge mixture of original Prabhupada books, new BBT changed Prabhuapda books plus many other books by Prabhupada’s disciples and bogus gurus. It has a lot of useful information mixed up with a lot of useless things written by people who are not liberated souls.
However, there are two versions of VedaBase, which contain the Pre-1978 books in one edition and all the lectures in the other edition, free for download.
The “Pre-1978_Books_Only.rar” contains Srila Prabhupada’s unchanged books.
The “Vedabase2003.rar” contains all the Lectures but NOT the original books.
The “VedabaseFonts.rar” contains all the Windows Fonts needed for reading the Vedabase.
Bei downloading both of the RAR-Files you have the complete works of Srila Prabhupada, no need to get the new update which has removed the Pre-1978 Books. They can be downloaded for free, either from http://p.esotericteaching.org/ or from this site. (download, uncompress with ‘WinRar’ or ‘WinZip’, install and enjoy
Instructions for files downloaded from <http://p.esotericteaching.org/>:
1. Use WinRAR to uncompress the .rar files.
2. Both versions contain the unchanged books.
3. Pre-1978_Books_Only.rar contains only the unchanged books.
4. Vedabase2003.rar contains both plus letters, transcriptions and lots of other stuff.
5. Vedabase2003.rar installs from anywhere.
6. Pre-1978_Books_Only.rar assumes that it’s in the root directory, so you have to copy the uncompressed files to a newly formatted USB flash drive in order to install it.
7. VedabaseFonts.rar is only needed if you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7. When installing using Vista or 7, use Windows XP Compatibility Mode. After installing the VedaBase, copy the fonts to C:\Windows\Fonts.
8. After installing using Vista or 7, run the VedaBase and click “Tools / Options…” Then enter “ScaHelvetica” as the “Infobase view font / Name:”.
Online-Reading of Srila Prabhupadas original books in HTML-Format
If you prefer Online-Reading in HTML-Format, there are three dedicated sites you can read Srila Prabhupadas original books:
Different ways of installing the VedaBase under Windows 7
1. If you have Windows 7 Home Basic or Home Premium, you must upgrade to Windows 7 Professional, Business or Ultimate.
2. Download and install two free programs from Microsoft: *Windows XP Mode * and*Windows Virtual PC*
3. With *Windows XP Mode* running under *Windows Virtual PC* you get a window which looks exactly like a Windows XP desktop.
4. With the Windows XP Virtual Desktop active, install the VedaBase<http://p.esotericteaching.org/>as usual.
5. Once it’s installed, you no longer have to run* Windows XP Mode* / *Windows Virtual PC *separately. They are automatically loaded whenever you load the VedaBase!
The VedaBase can be installed on win7 quite easily without compatibility mode or whatever. just install with right mouse click (as administrator), ignore all error windows, and after installing copy the “Pre-78 book materials.nfo” into C:\Pre 1978 BBT Books\Infobases… that’s all. and then start with directly doubleclicking that nfo-file. ..
Windows 7 user face sometimes problems, always install with right mouse click “as Administrator”, for “Pre-1978-Books-Only” install also with right mouse, then ignore the following Dozens of error-windows, choose “Complete”, finish installation and then copy the “Pre-78 book materials.nfo” (in “Infobases”) to C:\Pre 1978 BBT Books\Infobases (if it is not there already). When you open the “Folio Views” and it is empty, go to File–Open—the aforementioned nfo-file
VedaBase 2003 Secrets
It’s easy to extract MP3s from the VedaBase in the *Bhagavad-gita* or *Songs of the Vaisnava Acaryas* sections. Simply click on the “Audio” button, and the corresponding MP3 file magically appears in “C:\Bhaktivedanta VedaBase 2003\Cache.”
Please also see:
“Let’s Boycott the Bhaktivedanta Archives!”