By Lokavarnotamma dasa
PREACHING TO A CAPTIVE AUDIENCE
Unbeknownst to the general community of devotees, the New Vrndavana Prison Ministry program is the most successful and dynamic worldwide. Headed by Mukta Kesa Prabhu, a Prabhupada disciple, this ministry mails out no less than five hundred of Srila Prabhupada’s books every month to its data base of over 1600 bhakta inmates, provides personal letters for guidance and encouragement for hundreds of inmates, has no less than 12 different sastric courses which inmates eagerly study and respond to in essay form, and monitors weekly quizzes for several of Srila Prabhupada’s books.
Prison is a dungeon of concrete and steel, where those who are condemned due to past misdeeds, unceremoniously find themselves. Many who enter abandon all hope, as barbed wire fences and guards with shotguns are a constant reminder of their inability to escape their fate. Their children, wives, brothers, parents and friends have been forcibly ripped away from them. And most have resigned themselves to a life of great suffering and sorrow. Prison can most certainly be a dark, dangerous and frightening place.
Nonetheless, Lord Chaitanya’s mission is to deliver the most fallen. And by the grace of Krsna’s pure devotee the forgotten and forsaken fallen souls of Kali yuga are being introduced to the beautiful lessons of spirituality and devotional service as presented in the books of His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami, Srila Prabhupada.
In this way, the most unfortunate are becoming the most fortunate. By virtue of Srila Prabhupada’s books, inmates are now finding hope where there is no hope, and a guiding light. Our bhata inmates are learning to chant and embrace Krsna, beginning their journey back home, Back to Godhead.
We need help. For three years this prison ministry has expanded. New inmates are constantly learning about us and writing, asking for our literature and association.
Previously all of our postage and costs for books has been donated by one kind devotee, who had been successful in business. Now 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.
But, 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 our temples and is completely self-sufficient.
So, we must 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. So the offering of financial support, providing mercy to the very fallen of Kali Yuga, is another certain way to please Lord Chaitanya; assist in His mission, and to become eligible for a drop of His mercy.
It will be difficult to continually post appeals like this online, so we ask that devotees attentively remember us and continually send donations as follows to support this worthy project.
Make checks payable to: New Vrindavan Prison Ministry
And mail them to: Mukta Kesa dasa
c/o New Vrindavana Prison Ministry
RD1 Box 319
Moundsville, WV 26041
We invite devotees to please come 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.
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada
All Glories to the Assembled Vaisnava Devotees of the Lord