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Deep, Meaningful Realizations

As year 2012 is coming to a close, I am reflecting on all the service rendered to Lord Krsna by the prison ministry, and I feel very grateful to all who have been involved in pleasing the Lord in this way.
In preparing more excerpts from inmates’ letters to share with the devotee community, I had to go over the ones that haven’t been published yet. Although a majority of them are from letters I have received in the course of the year, reading them again was as refreshing and inspiring to read as the first time around. I felt the same eagerness to drink this very unique nectar.

Prison Preaching in Pula and Valtura, Croatia, October 2012

Zagreb and Lepoglava, Croatia--July/August 2012

Dear Maharaja
Please accept my respectful obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Al glories to you!

Please let me inform you about the latest news regarding the donation of Srila Prabhupada's books in the prison libraries of the Republic of Croatia.

IPM Volunteer Leaves His Body in August 2012

Dear Devotees,

On August 24, 2012, long time IPM volunteer, Bhakta Jerry, left his body in Chicago. IPM is nothing without his volunteers and supporters, and Bhakta Jerry was very attached to this service, despite his personal challenges. For many years he was putting together and mailing the monthly Freedom Newsletter for the inmates. He was also corresponding with and sending books to many inmates. Below is an article that Bhakta Jerry wrote about how he came to Krsna consciousness. Following his article, you can follow a link to read about his passing away and the positive impact he had in his short life.

Hare Krsna dear devotees,

PRISON PROGRAMS OUTSIDE USA

Hare Krsna dear devotees!

It's my great pleasure to present a new addition to the IPM website; article about prison preaching programs outside USA!

Here is the link you can follow to read the 3 articles just added: http://www.iskconprisonministry.us/taxonomy/term/68

Be sure to click on the titles or on "read more" so you can see all the pictures included.

Thank you all for your amazing support!

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More Artwork, and Words of Wisdom and Gratitude from the Inmates

Hare Krsna, dear devotees!

New Inmate Artwork

Hare Krsna, dear devotees!

Finding Krsna in the Darkest Place

Dear devotees, nectar keep pouring in and I want to share with you some more nectar.
Today I was reading another letter of an inmate reaching out to Krsna and His devotees for guidance and inspiration. I wanted to share this with you all. I am always awed and touched how Krsna arranges for sincere souls to be connected with Him. Sometimes an inmate finds a book, or is guided to the prison ministry by another inmate. Sometimes they find our address in a resource list provided by the institution. Somehow they come to Krsna's feet.Here is the letter:

Free and Happy Within Prison Walls

"Where is your tilak?“ Candramauli Swami asked us as we gathered in front of Karlovac vege restaurant club, managed by local devotees, preparing to go for a preaching progam in a nearby prison. Quickly running to refresh my already invisible vaisnava marking, I overheard Maharaja quoting Prabhupada on the importance of wearing tilak and vaisnava clothes and remembered Sridhar Maharaja's instruction, "If you are unable to preach by explaining philosophy, just dress as a Vaisnava and go out. You will be a walking advertisment for Krsna consciousness.“

It Doesn’t Matter Who, Where, or When You Are

Hare Krsna!

The year is coming to a close, but the activities of ISKCON Prison Ministry are not slowing down in the least. As always, inmate letters keep pouring in, some from newcomers to Krsna consciousness, asking for help and guidance; others, familiar or even veteran of devotional service, seeking continued support and association. Each letter is precious and represent one of Krsna's child, fallen to a very miserable material condition and somehow, answering Lord Caitanya's call.

Here is an extraordinary letter from inmate Bhakta Dan Green,about how he came to Krsna consciousness.

“My life was crazy, something out of a Hunter S. Thompson book. Chaos is a word barely suitable but the closest of one word descriptions. In every aspect of my life action brimmed to its fullest. Work, friendships, girlfriends, even leisure was a fireball of activity in a constant state of flux. I told myself I worked better under pressure, with as many pokers in the fire as I could grasp…and then a few. Add to this hectic lifestyle a strong pursuit of carnal pleasures and mind-altering substances and my life was a ticking time bomb; WAY out of control, but not a minute out of character.

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