Chakra Announcements

New Vrindavana Prison Preaching

by Larry Burstein

Posted February 24, 2007


Photo: Mukta prabhu in his book distribution and prison preaching office.

The New Vrndavana prison ministry program is successful and dynamic. Headed by Mukta Kesa das, a Prabhupada disciple, this ministry mails out 500 of Srila Prabhupada's books every month to various prison inmates. There are over 1,600 interested prisoners in the ministry's database. It guides and encourages hundreds of inmates with personal letters. Inmates eagerly study their choice of 12 different sastra courses and respond in essay form, taking weekly quizzes on several of Srila Prabhupada's books.

Prison is a dungeon of concrete and steel for those who are convicted of misdeeds. Many who enter abandon hope as barbed-wire fences and guards with shotguns are a constant reminder of their inability to escape their fate. Deprived of daily contact with children, wives, brothers, parents and friends, most have resigned themselves to a life of suffering and sorrow.Prison can e a dark, dangerous and frightening place.

Nonetheless, Lord Chaitanya's mission is to deliver the most fallen. By the grace of Krsna and his pure devotees, the forsaken, fallen souls of Kali-yuga are being introduced to the beautiful lessons of spirituality and devotional service as presentedinthe books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami.

In this way, the most unfortunate are becoming the most fortunate.By studying Srila Prabhupada's books,inmates are finding hope anda guidinglight where there was none. Our bhakta inmates are learning to chant and embrace Krsna, beginning their journey back home, Back to Godhead. For three years this prison ministry has expanded. New inmates are constantly learning about us and writing, asking for ourliterature and association.

Previously all of our postage and costs for books has been donated by a kind devotee who had been successful in business. After many years of supporting devotees in their preaching, our benefactor's businesses are struggling and he is no longer able to continue supporting us. We needhelp.

It is imperative that we continue this preaching program. There is really no limit to the scope for the future of this endeavor if we can find the resources.Books should be sent to every prison library in America, with our prison ministry stamp on the inside covers, encouraging inmates to write to us to learn more. Unfortunately, this prison preaching program receives no funding from temples and is completely self-sufficient.

We ask that devotees step forward and help us as much as possible. Book distribution and this preaching of Krsna consciousness is the highest activity.Many of us have jobs and families and cannot go to the streets to preach the glories of guru and sastra; the offering offinancial support,providing mercy to the very fallen of Kali-yuga,is another certainway to please Lord Chaitanya, to assist in His mission, andto become eligible for a drop of His mercy.

We ask that devotees attentively remember us and regularly send donations to support this worthy project.

Make cheques payable to New Vrindavan Prison Ministry, and mail them to Mukta Kesa das, c/o New Vrindavana Prison Ministry, RD1 Box 319, Moundsville, West Virginia, USA 26041

We also invite devotees to visit us at New Vrndavana, especially when the weather improves, and when joining us for festivals or just for a friendly visit, to stop into our Prison Ministry Office, so we can give you a prsonal tour and show you how your contributions are being used.