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  • ISKCON Prison Ministry's picture
    Posted: 1 week 5 days ago
    Author: Sarnga Thakur Dasa
    We go through three sliding doors (vertical bars) and two locked gates to enter the reception area. When we get to the classroom building, we have to ask the guard in the control room to announce the Hare Krishna Class so that all the different areas can get notified. There are often new guards there and it can take a few times before they pronounce the Holy Names properly. This guard then announces to all the guards in all the cell blocks that the Hare Krishna Class is starting. These guards...
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  • ISKCON Prison Ministry's picture
    Posted: 8 weeks 2 days ago
    Author: Bhakti-lata Dasi
    For the last five years I have been meditating on giving Kṛṣṇa consciousness to female inmates. Ever since I took the reins of the prison ministry, back in 2009, ninety percent of all inmates who write us are male. I tried repeatedly to reach chaplains from female institutions—to obtain their permission to place books in their chapel libraries—but unfortunately, chaplains are very hard to reach and my time is always very limited, so I never went far with this project. Over the years, at...
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  • Karnamrita's picture
    Posted: 9 weeks 3 days ago
    Author: Karnamrita Das
    (this blog is recorded on the full page: quick time player needed) [This blog was originally written on Saturday May 5, 2012. This year this appearance/disappearance day was May 18th in India and May 17th in the USA] I am only half kidding with today’s blog title, yet I am trying to make a point, as you will see. Specifically, this is the day we celebrate the devotion of Prahlad, his constant remembrance of Krishna, and Krishna’s assuming the fearsome, though ecstatic, form of Lord...
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    Posted: 10 weeks 5 hours ago
    Author: Karnamrita Das
    [revised to reflect my current situation in India--reposted from7-20-18 ] Sometimes, in spite of our best efforts we’re just stuck in our old patterns. Even we say we don’t like them but they’re habitual, a natural groove— such a strange aspect of life how we empower our personal rut while screaming our whine against it! The essence of trying to go forward is that change doesn’t come easy unless we make a total commitment and there is more pain in stagnation then in changing for the better— we...
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    Posted: 10 weeks 2 days ago
    Author: Karnamrita Das
    ENDEAVOR AND GRACE—A HUMBLE ATTEMPT TO SHARE MY PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE TO A FRIEND I HAVE ENDEAVORED TO BE AN ENCOURAGING CHEER LEADER TO FOR SOME YEARS, AS HE SORTS OUT HIS LIFE: What follows is part of a discussion I had with a him where I shared part of my philosophy of life in a nutshell: What prompted this was a quote he sent me: उद्यमेन विना राजन्न सिध्यन्ति मनोरथा:। कातरा इति जल्पन्ति यद्भाव्यं तद्भविष्यति।। (पञ्चतन्त्रे) O King, one can never achieve without hard work; only cowards say, “...
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