Letters to the Prison Ministry
Posted August 16, 2007
We receive over 300-400 letters per month writing us for inspiration and for materials to be sent into the prisons. It is a very enlivening service and we appreciate the opportunity to serve and connect with these souls. Here are some examples:
Greetings of Love, Joy and Peace. Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada! Thanks for the nice letter and the story from the Krishna Book. (Mother Yasoda binds Lord Krishna) I really consider you to be a divine inspiration for me as I continue forward on my journey of self realization.
I have received a nice study course on the Bhagavad-Gita and japa mala beads. I have been chanting Hare Krsna on rosary beads. I enjoy chanting and I chant everyday. Chanting definitely connects me to the eternal source of enlightenment and bliss. This source is Krishna. Krishna is the supreme personality of Godhead. The essence and total foundation of all religion is to be found in Krsna consciousness. Krsna consciousness uplifts humanity and generations, true peace for everyone that becomes a part of it.
If a person walks with Krishna, that person will never experience anxiety or turmoil. The inner peace that results from worshipping Krishna is spirituality at its highest point. Vegetarianism is the natural outgrowth of a genuine and humane spirituality. Killing innocent animals can never be justified. Gambling, gossiping, speaking profanity, eating meat or doing alcohol/cigarettes/drugs can never be justified. Things which impede and retard spiritual realization should be avoided in all situations. In this age of Kali (Age of Quarrel and Confusion), a practicing Hare Krishna has the good fortune of being able to help deliver peace to the world. The overall love of Krishna embraces a beautiful philosophy that allows a person to see beyond the concept of separation. All of the violence, wars, hate, racism, etc. can be traced to a person's detachment from their spiritual source (Krishna). I definitely know that Krishna consciousness is the true spiritual path because of the pure happiness that I have received by chanting the maha mantra.
Bhakta Robert, Brunswick NC
We have recently received a letter from the Christian chaplain asking us to send books into the Santo Rosa Prison in Milton, Florida. He says that he was given our name and address from one inmate there and they would be happy to receive a gift of books to help the inmates there who are interested in such topics. We are sending books next week. Many people are appreciating our books. So we continue to seek ways of getting more books into prisons.
For more information on the Prison preaching please contact the following:
Vaisnava Outreach, Inc and ISKCON Prison Ministry
Shyama Priya Devi Dasi
PO Box 2676
Alachua, FL 32616
ISKCON Prison Ministry
1400 Cherry St.
Denver, CO 80220
ISKCON Prison Ministry
Bhaktin Heather Hovey
PO Box 42424
Tucson, AZ 85733