Inmate Letter Excerpts

I was convicted and sentenced to ‘life plus 60 years in prison! I never stopped chanting the entire time I was there, I was strong in Kṛṣṇa Consciousness up until I heard them say ‘guilty’ and sentence me, then my entire mind, thoughts, actions ‘FROZE UP.’ Although I knew that the ENTIRE trial process was UNLAWFUL. I couldn’t chant, eat, or sleep for days. It took some Christian guy to remind me of the story of Job in the Bible to bring me back to reality. I accept Kṛṣṇa as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but you know, a lot of people see me chanting etc. and assume it’s witchcraft because it’s ‘DIFFERENT’ from their belief. Recalling the story of Job was all I needed to remind me of KRSNA’s omnipotence. Now I’m sure I will find stories similar to Job in ‘KRSNA BOOK’ you sent (THANKS) which definitely predate Biblical stories.
I am now back to Devotional Service and done thinking that KRSNA has rejected me as His servant. I met another Bhakta, actually, he is the 1st Bhakta I’ve ever met in person, named ‘Fernando’. He knows you and told me to tell you we met. He is here with me, but in another dorm. I had the Kṛṣṇa book in my hand and he saw it and came over to me and said “Prabhupada’. I smiled ear to ear, amazed to finally meet someone who not only was familiar, but also a devotee.
Mario S.
Pelham, Georgia

I have received all the books. I have been so eager to devour the knowledge within them. I have been reading constantly for the past two days. I was so happy to receive them. Thank you so very much. I grew up studying mysticism and esoteric topics. So a couple years ago when I ran across the teachings of Kṛṣṇa I was naturally drawn. I’ve recently finished my full memorization of the Bhagavad-gita in English. I can’t easily pronounce the Sanskrit, though I hope to one day.
Dale S.D.
Oglethorpe, Georgia

Dear Devotees,
Please accept our humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

We are in receipt of your blessing and exceedingly humbled by your spirit of generosity. Thank you for exhibiting the mercy of Lord Kṛṣṇa in the contribution of the Sri Caitanya-caritamrta book set; the greatest literary gem of India. This Sri Caitanya-caritamrta set is now the crown jewel addition to our Eastern Religion library. We are aspiring devotees and your gift of the Sri Caitanya-caritamrta with its instructive value will enrich our practice and assist us in our service. You have set the perfect example in following Srila Prabhupada’s foremost decree, “distribute my books.” By faithfully following Srila Prabhupada’s instructions, you are helping in the spreading of Kṛṣṇa consciousness to those who are the most misfortunate and in great need of this spiritual science. Srila Prabhupada must be very proud of you and more than pleased with your commitment to service. Our sincere appreciation and we thank you for the gift of the Sri Caitanya-caritamrta book set. We offer our prayers for the continued blessings and mercy of Srila Prabhupada and Lord Kṛṣṇa to be upon this ministry and upon every devotee dedicated to the sankirtan mission-JAYA!
In His service,
Your humble servants, the Devotees of the Eastern Religion Service
Bhakta Daniel,
Bhakta Charlee,
Bhakta Brian,
Bhakta Rolan,
—Tennessee Colony, Texas

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