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Dear Yugala Kishor dasa,
Hare Krsna! Please accept my humble obiesances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
What are you are talking about is using discretion. Just because IPM preaches to inmates does not mean we are not using discretion.
I am a former inmate myself who met a disciple of Srila Prabhupada who was also in prison. He told me about KC and that same day I was chanting. KC is the only solution for prisoners because it changes their hearts.
I was released two years ago and spent my time between my family and the Chicago temple. When the temple authorities saw I was serious and sincere I was allowed to move in. They used discretion.
I do IPM seva today and, although I want to spread the mercy of Mahaprabhu to everyone, I have had to stop writing a few inmates due to inappropriate things. I used discretion.
It is predicted that in Kali yuga more and more people will become incarcerated. That doesn’t mean more and more crimes are being commited but that they are locking people up for “new crimes.” I can personally attest that most people in prison are harmless even if they are guilty of a crime. They usually make poor choices while intoxicated. Twenty years ago the cops would have smacked you a few times and put you in a holding cell for a night but today they get 2 to 5 years in prison. That is called advancement of civilization.
They still deserve the mercy of Mahaprabhu which means we, ISKCON, have the duty to give it to them.
Regarding your questions, I don’t think we have to worry about an inmate taking position within ISKCON. Let’s first get them to start chanting and learning the philosophy. Then we need to get them out of jail and in the association of devotees, whether that is a temple or just talking with devotees.
Comment Posted By bhaktajerry On 05.12.2007 @ 14:46