Iskcon Prison Ministry – From the Mouth of Inmates
By Bhakti-lata Gauthier
Hare Krsna! Here is some more nectar I want to share with all of the devotees. Letter after letter arrive every day, bearing witness to Lord Caitanya’s infinite mercy. The power of Prabhupada’s books and of the holy name does change lives of countless souls, even in prison.
“Well I wanted to say thank you so very much for all of the books and magazines that you have sent to me. They were appreciated more than you can ever know.
I also wanted to let you know that I’m going to keep following the path of Krsna Consciousness and do everything I can to spread the path of Krsna once I am released.
To tell you the truth I was wondering in what way I would be able to help out ISKCON or IPM once I am out.
Once I am out, I plan on finding a job asap and hopefully going back to school. After I’ve got my bearings back, I hope to find a good Krsna lady, and raise a family in Krsna Consciousness.
“I have been engaging in giving the holy name to several inmates that they too may come to relish their eternal love for Krsna. One particular fellow almost began to cry upon hearing me chanting the holy name. I was surprised that he manifested such an experience…I am always desiring to spread the message of Lord Caitanya, by the mercy of other kind devotees as yourself, who are willing to help us fallen prisoners come to know what actual freedom really is, freedom to surrender to the lotus feet of Sri Krsna.”
“I have begun my first giant size drawing of Lord Caitanya on my wall. I love drawing His image – it gives me such joy. Tonight I am immersed in KC ecstasy. I can’t tell you how wonderful it feels. It nearly brings tears to my eyes. I have made an altar with the 3 holy images you sent me and have begun offering food and water on the altar. It’s so wonderful. I realized that eating fruit offered to Krsna makes the fruit sweeter. I want to cry and thank His Grace for letting me eat His leftovers. Oh Krsna! Oh Prabhupada! All glories, all glories! This is the most wonderful bliss. Thank you! I get these waves of bliss where I just start spontaneously chanting and it feels so wonderful!!
You know what I really find fascinating? It seems that on days I don’t chant it’s as if things are just more difficult. But when I chant to Krsna, I feel – literally feel — His love like He’s my best friend, my big brother, my dad. No judgment, no aloofness, no anger – just love. Every time I chant something good happens to me – always without fail. I love Him so much! I chant one little round of Mahamantra and I’m rewarded tenfold. Chant Hare Krsna and your life will be sublime! Boy, do I get it!!
I don’t have flowers for my altar, so I bring in blades of grass and its like Krsna preserves them and they stay green for so long – it’s amazing. And I went for so long without an altar! All I can say is thank you Mataji – thank you, thank you, thank you!
Recently the guards took my homemade japa beads so I spent the day making a new one. I think this must be the 7th or 8th time I’ve had to remake japa beads but it’s ok – I make it a spiritual experience.
In closing, I want to say this devotee truly cherishes you and so dearly values your kindness, your teaching and lessons, your advice, your humor, and your love in Krsna Consciousness. Anyway I can be of service to you – just say the word!”
In Prabhupada’s service, your servant, Bhakta Rich
Bhakta Richard Chase
San Bernadino, CA
IPM Book Report !
Big Hard: 5
Big Soft: 27
BOOKS written by devotees other than Prabhupada: 18
29 flyers; 81 Freedom Newsletter; Japa mala and Bead bag; 3 calendars; 1 neckbead; 3 CDs
Want to help?
BOOKS! We need books! At this moment, we really need some Krsna Book, Nectar of Devotion, Science of Self-Realization, Srimad-Bhagavatam, and Caitanya Caritamrita.
You can sponsor these books; you may even have some lying around your house! Please help!
Donations are always needed or course; we need laksmi to mail books and BTGs, and to buy ink and envelopes!
Ever thought of becoming a pen-pal preacher? You can give Krsna consciousness from the comfort of your home! Please contact us if you feel an interest.
Give the gift of transcendental sound by donating CDs and DVDs, and help the inmates look through windows to the spiritual world by donating pictures!
If you are inspired by this preaching program and desire to help, please contact Mukunda or Bhakti-lata at:
ISKCON Prison Ministry
PO Box 2676, Alachua, FL 32616-2676