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I S KC O N P r i s o n M i n i s t r i e s

F r e e d o m N ew s l e t t e r
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Founder Acarya of the International Society
for Krsna Consciousness

July, August, September 2008 bhakti te mukti—Devotion is real freedom

Yes to Krsna, No to Illusion... As Kåñëa says in the Bhagavad-gétä

by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada bhogaiçvarya-prasaktänäà tayäpahåta-
By rendering devotional service unto the Personality of Godhead, Çré Kåñëa, one im- vyavasäyätmikä buddhiù samädhau na
mediately acquires causeless knowledge and detachment from the world. vidhéyate
—Çrémad-Bhägavatam 1.2.7 Those who are too much attached to
material enjoyment and opulence can-
...Continued from last issue… There are various types of yoga, but the su- not attain samädhi, absorption in
preme yoga is described in the Bhagavad-gétä Kåñëa consciousness. They are think-
If you hear about Kåñëa, if you chant
(6.47) by Kåñëa as follows: ing that material enjoyment and opu-
about Kåñëa, if you think about Kåñëa, if
you worship Kåñëa, if you render some yoginäm api sarveñäà mad-gatenäntar-ätmanä lence will make them happy, and so
service to Kåñëa, if you offer everything they are called apahåta-cetasäm, bewil-
çraddhävän bhajate yo mäà sa me yuktatamo dered. But if you practice bhakti-yoga,
to Kåñëa, you'll see Kåñëa always, twenty-
mataù detachment will automatically come,
four hours a day. This is bhakti-yoga. My
students in the Kåñëa consciousness soci- and absorption in Kåñëa consciousness
ety are following these principles: They “My students in the Kåñëa con- will follow.
are cooking for Kåñëa, dancing for Kåñëa, sciousness society are following The whole Kåñëa consciousness move-
singing for Kåñëa, talking for Kåñëa, go- ment is based on the principles of
ing around the world for Kåñëa— these principles: They are cooking knowledge and detachment. Now we
everything for Kåñëa. Anyone can adopt for Kåñëa, dancing for Kåñëa, sing- are in ignorance, thinking, "I am this
these principles. Where is the difficulty? body, and I am attached to my bodily
Väsudeve bhagavati bhakti-yogaù prayoji- ing for Kåñëa, talking for Kåñëa, expansions—my wife, children, grand-
taù [SB 1.2.7]. And if you practice Kåñëa going around the world for children, daughters-in-law, sons-in-
consciousness in this way, the result will law, and so on." In this way we gather
be janayaty äçu vairägyaà jïänaà ca yad
Kåñëa—everything for Kåñëa. Any-
our attachments around us. These at-
ahaitukam: Very soon you will automati- one can adopt these principles. tachments should not be rejected at
cally attain knowledge and detachment. Where is the difficulty?” once, but they should be dovetailed in
The mystic yogés are trying very hard to Kåñëa consciousness. This principle
"And of all yogis, the one with great faith who has been enunciated by Çréla Rüpa
become detached from this material
always abides in Me, thinks of Me within him- Gosvämé:
world by the processes of yama
self, and renders transcendental loving service to
(proscriptions), niyama (prescribed du- anäsaktasya viñayän yathärham upa-
Me—he is the most intimately united with Me in
ties), äsana (sitting postures), präëäyäma yuïjataù
yoga and is the highest of all. That is My opin-
(breath control), pratyähära (withdrawal
ion." So the first-class yogi is he who is always nirbandhaù kåñëa-sambandhe yuktaà
of the senses), dhäraëä (concentration),
thinking of Kåñëa, and the easiest and sim- vairägyam ucyate
dhyäna (meditation), and samädhi
plest way to think of Kåñëa is to chant Hare
(trance). This is the eightfold mystic A man and a woman should live to-
Kåñëa, Hare Kåñëa, Kåñëa Kåñëa, Hare Hare/
yogic system. And what is the goal? De- gether as householders in relationship
Hare Räma, Hare Räma, Räma Räma, Hare
tachment from the material world. with Kåñëa, only for the purpose of
Hare. By this process your tongue, voice, and discharging duties in the service of
Nowadays people take the goal of yoga to
hearing process are all fixed on Kåñëa. That is Kåñëa. The husband, wife, and chil-
be health. But yoga is not actually meant
samädhi, absorption in thought of Kåñëa. dren should all be engaged in Kåñëa
for that purpose. Yoga is meant to detach
us from matter and connect us with the This absorption in Kåñëa, however, can come conscious duties, and then all these
Supreme. That is yoga. only if we are detached from the sense objects. (Continued on page 2)
(Continued from page 1) mass of poor people." Rüpa Gosvämé and situated in your heart, Kåñëa knows what
Sanätana Gosvämé saw that the people were you are. You cannot cheat Him. When He
bodily or material attachments will disap- very poor because they did not know the understands that you are serious about
pear. Every family can worship Väsudeva, or aim of life or the means for achieving it. knowing Him, He supplies the knowledge by
Kåñëa. You can install a small Deity or a One is actually poor who is poor in tran- which you can go to Him. That knowledge is
picture of Kåñëa in your house and perform scendental knowledge. Material poverty is the process of bhakti-yoga, as Kåñëa clearly
worship. For instance, everyone has to cook no consideration. That may come or go, and says in the Eighteenth Chapter of the Bha-
food to eat. So, cook nice vegetarian foods one has to tolerate: täàs titikñasva bhärata. gavad-gétä (18.55):
for Kåñëa, offer them to the Deity form or a And even if you have enough money, you bhaktyä mäm abhijänäti yävän yaç cäsmi tatt-
picture of Kåñëa, and then partake of the will still be unhappy if you are poor in tran- vataù
prasädam, or remnants. This is bhakti-yoga. scendental knowledge. Therefore transcen-
It is not that the Deity should be installed dental knowledge is real wealth. That is why tato mäà tattvato jïätvä viçate tad-
only in the temple. Why not in your home? in India, the brähmaëas—those who were anantaram
Although Kåñëa is the viräö-puruña, with a rich in knowledge because they understood "One can understand Me as I am, as the Su-
form as big as the universe, He can also the Supreme Brahman, Kåñëa—were tradi- preme Personality of Godhead, only by devo-
come within your room as a small Deity. tionally respected even by kings. tional service. And when one is in full con-
Aëor aëéyän mahato mahéyän: God is bigger sciousness of Me by such devotion, he can
So we must become rich in knowledge and
than the biggest and smaller than the small- enter into the kingdom of God."
detachment. For so long we have been en-
est. That is His greatness.
tangled in the materialistic way of life be- So, you do not need to make any separate
So everyone can practice bhakti-yoga under cause of attachment. We live our life in endeavor to acquire knowledge. As stated in
the guidance of a bona fide spiritual master, ignorance, and after death we get another the present verse of Çrémad-Bhägavatam,
one who knows the science of Kåñëa. Don't life, another body. Then another chapter janayaty äçu vairägyaà jïänaà ca yad ahai-
lose this opportunity of human life. Practice begins. In this way our life is going on. tukam: [SB 1.2.7] "By serving Vasudeva, one
bhakti-yoga, be Kåñëa conscious, and make Therefore we must attain detachment from acquires causes knowledge and detachment."
your life successful. Our mission is to teach this materialistic way of life so that we can Thus a sincere devotee is perfect in knowl-
this science. It is not a business—"Give me end this changing from one body to another. edge because he is enlightened from within
some money, and I will teach you." The by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. As
Unfortunately, people are so ignorant that
knowledge is free. We are simply encourag- stated in the beginning of Çrémad-
they do not take this process of transmigra-
ing everyone, "Chant the Hare Kåñëa man- Bhägavatam (1.1.1), tene brahma hådä ädi-
tion very seriously. They think, "Let us go on
tra." What is the difficulty? Simply chant kavaye: "From within the heart, Kåñëa gave
as we are. We don't mind getting another
Hare Kåñëa and dance. Why go to some club Lord Brahmä the intelligence to create the
body. Whatever happens, happens." That is
to dance? The whole family can chant and universe." Similarly, He will also give you
not very intelligent. You must have knowl-
dance at home. You will be happy. Then you intelligence if you become His sincere ser-
edge. This knowledge is imparted at the very
will understand your constitutional position vant.
beginning of Kåñëa's teachings in the Bhaga-
as servants of Kåñëa.
vad-gétä (2.11): açocyän anvaçocas tvaà pra- As soon as you acquire this knowledge, you
This is the main mission of human life: to jïä-vädäàç ca bhäñase. "Arjuna, you are talk- will naturally be reluctant to pursue mate-
understand our position as servants of the ing like a big paëòita, but all your talk con- rial sense enjoyment. In the material world
Lord. This understanding naturally results in cerns this body, which no one should be overly everyone is working in ignorance, trying to
vairägya, detachment. Two good examples concerned about." Gatäsün agatäsüàç ca increase his own sense enjoyment, but in
are Sanätana Gosvämé and Rüpa Gosvämé, nänuçocanti paëòitäù: "Real paëòitas are not the spiritual world everyone is working in
the foremost disciples of Çré Caitanya Ma- very much concerned with this body, but fools knowledge, trying to increase sense enjoy-
häprabhu. Before meeting Lord Caitanya and rascals are simply involved with bodily ment of the Supreme Personality of God-
they were the chief ministers of a king, problems." This is jïäna, knowledge. head. In two lines the Caitanya-caritämåta
Nawab Hussein Shah. They associated with (Ädi-lélä 4.165) very nicely explains the dif-
One can achieve this jïäna very easily.
highly aristocratic men. But after they met ference between material and spiritual moti-
How? Kåñëa explains in the Bhagavad-gétä
Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu they decided to vation:
retire from the king's service and join Lord
Caitanya's Kåñëa consciousness movement. teñäà satata-yuktänäà bhajatäà préti- ätmendriya-préti-väïchä—täre bali 'käma'
About them it is said, tyaktvä türëam açeña- pürvakam kåñëendriya-préti-icchä dhare 'prema' näma
maëòala-pati-çreëéà sadä tuccha-vat: Al-
dadämi buddhi-yogaà taà yena mäm "Wanting to satisfy the desires of one's own
though they were big leaders of society, they
upayänti te senses is called käma, lust, and wanting to
quickly gave it all up as very insignificant.
If you engage in the devotional service of satisfy Kåñëa's senses is called prema, pure
Then what did they do? Bhütvä déna-
the Supreme Personality of Godhead— loving devotion."
gaëeçakau karuëayä kaupéna-kanthäçritau:
For the benefit of the whole human society, Kåñëa, or Väsudeva—then Kåñëa, who is We see the contrast between käma and
they became renounced mendicants and within your heart, will impart knowledge to prema in the behavior of Arjuna. At first he
taught Kåñëa consciousness. you. But that service must be rendered with wanted to satisfy his own senses: "My dear
love and faith, as we are teaching in the
Here the words déna-gaëa mean "the general (Continued on page 6)
Kåñëa consciousness movement. Since He is
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The Mahä-prasädam Thief
Names have been changed to protect the innocent and the guilty

“…Lord Caitanya Mahäprabhu made this couldn’t imagine how anyone, especially ple just in time for the Feast. I don’t
process very easy: He asked people simply a devotee, could leave them in a fridge know how, but we both honored a big
to chant Hare Kåñëa, Hare Kåñëa, Kåñëa over night. So we began to hit the place plate of prasädam. I became very con-
Kåñëa, Hare Hare / Hare Räma, Hare about every couple of weeks. We felt not cerned that there would not be enough
Räma, Räma Räma, Hare Hare and to en- to would be offensive! sweet rice to go around, but once the
gage in the devotional service of the Lord feast was over, we were glad to see a
Then one night we snuck to the kitchen,
and eat the remnants of foodstuff offered to half a bucket left over. We stole that
but found bars on the window. I felt bad
the Deity. One who is directly engaged in too! Every day for a while, we hon-
because we had found the window
all these devotional activities is to be under- ored the sweet rice prasädam, until we
locked a few nights earlier and acciden-
stood as having studied all Vedic litera- couldn’t hold another drop. Now you
tally broke it--just a little--in our attempt
ture….” (Bhagavad-gita 16.24, Srila might be thinking, “What rascals”--
to get the lock undone. But since we
Prabhupada’s purport) who’s to blame you?
found the window barred, we had to go
“…I would always sit up toward the front, through the door, which turned out to If you have ever had a sweet rice, made
near Prabhupäda, anxious to receive some be easy too. The mahä tasted especially from whole milk by the best cooks in
remnants from his plate. Once I was lucky
enough to get a sweetball, which I saved on
the corner of my plate to relish at the end of
my meal. But my Godbrother Jaya Gopäla
had also been eyeing the sweetball. Sud-
denly he reached over and stole it, plopping
it into his mouth in one swift action. I be-
came furious, and because he had no rem-
nants for me to steal in return, I began to
twist his arm in anger, completely forget-
ting that Prabhupäda was siting right in
front of us. Prabhupäda asked, "What is
going on?" "Jaya Gopäla just stole my
sweetball!" Prabhupäda replied, "Very
good, he has just made great advance-
ment." Everyone laughed. Then all the
devotees began stealing each other's
(From Servant of the Servant by HH Ta-
mal Krsna Gosvami)
"When mahä-prasäda is not available,
there must be fasting, but when the Su-
preme Personality of Godhead directly
The original prasadam thieves, Lord Krsna and His brother Balarama
orders one to take prasäda, neglecting such good that morning, and I remember the ISKCON, you’d of stolen it too! We
an opportunity is offensive.” (Cc Madhya bliss I felt having stolen the sweets. We did have a problem since we had two
2.114) kept hitting the place once or twice a five-gallon buckets and a lid. If anyone
Many years ago, I was on a Hare Kåñëa week, then giving it a few weeks for saw us with these, they’d know we had
farm. One day, while working in Kåñëa’s things to cool down. stolen them. So we buried them down
kitchen, I learned that there were mahä by the creek.
One night, we got into the kitchen al-
sweets kept in the big fridge over night. right, but we found a small chain and One night, we went to the kitchen to
The next day, I told my friend and God- padlock around the fridge. We about fell do a caper. We had a little white pick
brother about this and we began to plan over laughing! It was every easy to up truck and drove it down to the
a caper. It was so easy—we simply went break and repair. kitchen. The kitchen was kind of down
down to the kitchen about 2 am and slid a hill, pretty far away from the other
Once after a Sunday feast, we found six
open the window on the side of the buildings and pretty much hidden by
five-gallon buckets of sweet rice. Since
building. We went inside and grabbed the woods. That morning, we got
they had already been offered to Kåñëa,
the sweets out of the fridge. Oh, if you’ve through the door ok, but found a huge
we stole one when no one was looking
ever had milk sweets made from Kåñëa’s chain around the fridge, with a huge
and tried to honor the whole five gallons
whole milk that were offered with love padlock. We had to drive up to the
in one sitting. Eventually, we gave up
then you may understand. If not, I can equipment building to get the acety-
and put the remainder in the creek to
only tell you they are wonderful! We
keep cool. Then we returned to the Tem- (Continued on page 5)

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(Continued from page 4) was you two this whole time?. Stop
pointing that gun and untie them,” the
lene torch. We had no problem finding it, guru told our captors, “Why haven’t you by Bhakta Justin Brown,
and we were back at the kitchen in mo- devotees tried to steal the mahä? What
South Kortright, NY
ments, cutting that huge chain and retriev- gives you the right to tie these two up?”
ing a large plate of the most tasty mahä He turned his attention to us, “You two
milk sweets for our reward. They were are the most advanced bhaktas I’ve ever
Dearest Lord Sri Krsna,
much bigger than usual. met. You work all day doing service and
hard at night stealing mahä. But—now
We always tried to make it look like no
you’ve been caught. No more stealing the
one had been there, even the broken win- O Lord, Supreme Controller,
dow could be explained away, we thought. how fortunate I am to have your mercy.
But, now we had crossed a line. Now on it, We were set free and the matter was to be I bow before You, unworthy and igno-
would be ‘do or die’. We hurried to put the forgotten. We paid our obeisances to our rant. Your love is so great, that You let
torch back and drove to a high hill over- guru and went to mangala-arati. I felt that me remember You, for I knew You
looking Kåñëa’s Temple. getting caught was somehow blissful. before. In my attempt to be the lord of
That Friday morning, I was told to report this nature, I turned away and forgot
It was so blissful that morning, sharing
to the guru’s house at 5:00 pm. All day, I
scriptures about prasädam and talking You though. All I ask is that I never be
worried about what kind of punishment
about how this kind of greed was good for so unfortunate to forget You again.
was in store for me? When I got there
us. I felt that one would have to be a fool Use me as You deem fit, dear Krsna.
and saw my partner-in-crime, I really
not to steal this mahä. It had become my Help others to become aware of You
thought we were in for it. We were di-
greatest addiction. once more, by using me in Your awak-
rected to the hall and were told to sit
A few weeks later, we just had to do it down. The hall was large and used for ening. Not so I may gain pride, but so
again. So we carefully planned it all out, honoring prasäda at noon by the working that no one has to live another moment
picking up an acetylene torch before we crews. The guru entered and we paid our in misery. May Your love pour down
went down there. When we got there, we obeisances. When we sat back down, he upon all of existence and may it wash
found a metal door guarding the wooden had a big smile. Then this mataji entered the eyes of everyone, so we may see
kitchen door. I think I remember my part- the hall carrying a whole offering of You. You are behind everything; may
ner-in-crime had helped install it. Anyway, mahä-prasädam. She gave us plates and the curtain of sin be lifted so we may
it was just for looks and the door easily filled each with maha. I asked our guru, pay our respects and worship You
came off. Afterward, we replaced every- “Aren’t you going to have some?” “No, I wholeheartedly.
thing. Everywhere I went the devotees just want to watch you relish this. You
were talking about the “Maha-prasäda two bhaktas must have maha or you’ll go
Thieves”. We decided to lay low for a crazy.” He joined us after persistent re- My savior, may we fulfill our
while—we even swore off doing it. But quests. We were instructed to come every purpose so you can enjoy and we may
within a few weeks our desire became too Friday at 5:00 pm. Around the end of our be enjoyed. How foolish I was until
big for us. We found ourselves back at the meal, the guru rose to go back upstairs. You allowed the dust to be swept from
kitchen’s metal door, but to our amaze- We paid our obeisances and the mataji my heart. May I utilize my time in this
ment, the hinges were welded. What to gave us mahä-mahä-prasädam from the body to learn of Your plan and execute
do? We decided to use our truck and guru’s own plate. We could not believe it thoroughly. If needed, may I use my
push the door enough to pop it open. our great fortune. All the mahä-sweets we
next body in the same manner, and
Well, we bent the metal door and the door could eat every Friday—and personal
behind it! Nonetheless, we finished our please be so kind as to not allow me to
association with the guru. This was bliss
quest and made off with the mahä. That beyond words. We returned every Friday
forget You for a moment. I have
morning I felt bad and even helped fix the for years. I’m sad, but also happy to say, enough control of the senses to not be
doors. I felt bad too because the head cook that as I moved around ISKCON, I stole drawn down by sense gratifying ac-
was in such anxiety. All the devotees were mahä-prasädam many times. It seems to tions. Use me as a mirror of You in
cursing the thieves, but I managed to keep be my heart and soul. Now in prison, I every aspect, so that others may be-
a look of innocence and even managed a dream of it. Guess, I’ll always be the come devotees too. Please, grant me
smile. I felt terrible! But, I also knew that Mahä-prasädam Thief! the boon of steadiness of mind, so I
I could not stop. may meditate upon You for each mo-
“When taking mahä-prasädam, one should
One morning, our desire for sweets got the not consider the food ordinary prepara-
ment of my imprisonment in material
best of us once again. We got everything tions. Prasäda means favor. One should nature without wavering.
and drove down to Kåñëa’s kitchen. To our consider mahä-prasädam a favor of
surprise, we found the doors ajar. We Kåñëa… Kåñëa eats many nice varieties of
found the chain around the fridge and food and offers the food back to the devo- Thank you O Supreme One,
when I turned for the torch, we were tees, so that not only are one’s demands for for creating Your inferior energy so
jumped by five devotees. One had a shot- various tastes satisfied, but by eating that we may have a ladder back to God-
gun. We were tied up and forced to chant prasädam one makes advancement in spiri- head. May I never lose my voice, so
Hare Kåñëa at the top of our lungs until tual life.” that I may chant Your holy names eter-
the guru woke at 3:30 am. We were taken nally. So be it. Page 5
(Cc Antya 11.20 Purport)
before his lotus feet. The guru said, “So, it
(Continued from page 2)
My Dreams Come True
Kåñëa, I cannot possibly kill my cousin-
brothers, my grandfather, or my teacher by bhakta Carl
Droëäcärya." But after Kåñëa had im-
parted the instructions of the Bhagavad- I’ll make Them the center, of my love and life
gétä to Arjuna and then asked him, "Now
what is your decision?" Arjuna replied, I’ll give Them my service, I’ll give up my strive
nañöo mohaù småtir labdhä tvat-prasädän I’ll take on Their wishes, I’ll follow Their plan
sthito 'smi gata-sandehaù kariñye vacanaà I’ll give up my ego, I sure hope I can
I’ll keep my mind focused, and I’ll persevere
[Bg. 18.73]
"My dear Kåñëa, by Your grace all my illu- Through good time and bad times, They’ll see I’m sincere
sion is now gone and I have regained my
original Kåñëa consciousness." And what is
I’ll pray for Their mercy, and humbly I’ll fall
his conclusion? "My duty is to satisfy You,
not my senses." In this way Arjuna again
I’ll beg for forgiveness, I’ll give Them my all
came to his position as Kåñëa's devotee I’ll always remember, I’ll call out Their names
and fought the Battle of Kurukñetra.
Kåñëa consciousness, pure love of God, is I’ll recall Their glories, Their pastimes, Their fame
not something artificial. In the beginning
you must follow the regulative principles Sri Sri RADHA KRSNA, They’re never apart
of bhakti-yoga. Then after some time you
will naturally get spontaneous love of I’ll never forget how They’re bound at the heart
God. As Lord Caitanya explains to
Sanätana Gosvämé in the Caitanya-
Their smiles, their laughter, Their eternal bliss
caritämåta (Madhya-lélä 22.107),
Their love is the source of all true happiness
nitya-siddha kåñëa-prema 'sädhya' kabhu
naya Sri Sri RADHA KRNSA, though one They are two
çravaëädi-çuddha-citte karaye udaya
If They will accept me, my dreams will come true
"Pure love for Kåñëa is eternally established
in the hearts of all living entities. It is not
something to be gained from another
source. When the heart is purified by hear-
ing and chanting about Kåñëa, that love
naturally awakens."
So, love for God is already there within
each of us because we are part and parcel
of Him, but that love is now covered by
lust due to material association. When a
mirror is covered by dust, you cannot see
yourself reflected in it, but after you pol-
ish it you see your face clearly. Similarly,
the process of bhakti-yoga polishes the
mirror of your heart, and when it is nicely
polished, you will see what you are and
how you should work so that you will be
happy. Everything will be revealed.
Therefore, our request is that you take
this Kåñëa consciousness movement very
seriously and try to apply yourself in the
service of Kåñëa.

The Divine Couple, Sri Sri Radha and Krsna Page 6

Know Your Gita
Answers to last issue’s questions (chapter 12):

• What does Krsna say in response to Arjuna's inquiry about the relative positions of
the devotee engaged in Krnsa's service (bhakti) and those who worship Brahman, the
impersonal form of Krsna?

Krsna replies to Arjuna, "He whose mind is fixed on My personal form, always engaged
in worshiping Me with great and transcendental faith, is considered by Me to be most
perfect." But "for those whose minds are attached to the unmanifested, impersonal fea-
ture of the Supreme, advancement is very troublesome." Although the "impersonalists"
eventually achieve Him, their path, being indirect, is more difficult. For the devotee
who has fixed his mind upon Krsna, however, worshiping Him in devotional love and
service, Krsna is "the swift deliverer from the ocean of birth and death." (12.1-8)

• How does Krsna describe the devotee who is "very dear" to Him?

The devotee is free from material desires, material dualities and possessiveness, false
ego, anxiety and envy. He is "a kindly friend to all creatures," "equal to both friends and
enemies," and "equal in both happiness and distress," and he engages in devotional ser-
vice with determination, with mind and intelligence fixed on Krsna. (12.13-20)

Questions for the next issue (Chapter 13):

• What are the three subjects discussed in this chapter? What is their relationship?

• What is the result of understanding these three items and their relationship ?

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chant and to spread His transcendental
Letters ate measure. It’s a very severe form of war-
fare only to be used with the greatest respect. information to others. I was distressed
What happens exactly? about my situation with my wife (not writ-
Dear Mother Shyama Priya, ing me letters) but now I have decided to
Our Spiritual Master uses a cook- request a divorce pro se package from the
Hare Krsna… ing technique to explain the process of puri- law school. I intend to file for a divorce
Hearing, chanting and remember- fication the mind goes through. Srila from her and concentrate on my devo-
ing, the first three processes of devotional Prabhupada likened it to making ghee - puri- tional practice…By not having contact with
service are easily performed. It is supposed to fied butter. The procedure is simple. Four her I have realized more and more that I do
be a simple process. Right! The truth is be- pounds of butter go into a 4-gallon pot with not need her to function in life and that
fore we can chant there is a whole lot of a low flame underneath for a few hours. what I thought of as love was actually a
attitude that has to…. well, wherever attitude What happens is the butter gently separates, hindrance to my bhakti. I cannot be in
goes, it has to get there! That never was a golden ghee divides itself from the heart- bhakti if my mind is distracted by material
problem until I entered into the Federal clogging cholesterol which falls to the bot- desires for the body. As Chandrasekarha
Prison System. Now it’s an entirely different tom and a crusty brown foam slowly hardens told me…if it is meant for me to pursue
story. Of course, I had been living in temple on the top - no stirring allowed. When you family I can find happiness with a Krishna
situations for probably 22 years. And, al- can crack off the top crust and remove it consciousness girl down the road. This is
though my main occupation with five chil- with a slotted spoon in pieces, revealing clear not a worry to me now. I am concerned
dren and a contrary husband to chase after golden ghee all the way to the bottom of the with building up my rounds to 16 a day,
was mostly diapers, laundry and cooking, I pot, it is done. Purified non-burning butter the study of Srila Prabhupada’s books and
can honestly say 16 rounds or 1-½ hours of oil! having association with the devotees.
chanting fit in somewhere every day. It
So similarly our mind bubbles up Hare Krsna
might have been at 11pm, but it happened.
all the bad stuff that has been hiding there
Of course, my no gossip zone rule in the Bhakta Kevin,
and it hits the system, our consciousness, so
house went a long way towards preserving
to speak. As anger, malice, violent thoughts, Plymouth, WI
the devotional atmosphere. Then my ex and
depression, etc. become apparent - let them
I went to war and I lost, not that unusual of
go. Pray to the Lord to help you over the
a story. A few years after that, chanting went
hump. After only a short while of suffering ISKCON Prison Ministries,
by the wayside and here I am in a
the realization of our inner toxic waste
“situation”. I really cannot complain, like
dump, with daily chanting - it is gone. We wish to express our gratitude for the
the Muslims say, “The weather comes from
God, so we are not going to complain about it.” This chanting is amazing; actually frying the donation you made to our chapel.
seeds of our future bad karma, nullifying We had so few ISKCON books until you
My first introduction to the fact them. As we attempt to follow Lord sent the packages, and the inmates here
that this chanting thing might not be so cool Chaitanya’s peaceful tolerance method, Lord have already been taking advantage of the
in prison was with my roommate in the Jesus Christ’s forgiveness and turn the other books and tapes/CD's you sent us and are
SHU (Special Housing Unit for the non- cheek and love one another policy, and put finding them very helpful. There were a few
prison initiated) where they lock us bad little up with Officers Dumb and Dumber, who inmates that were especially happy to see
girls behind three metal doors and slide the couldn’t get count right the first time if their the material.
food in the slot in the door three times a very lives depended on it, we are making
day. I was just a visitor, hold-over status, not The inmates' options in prison are quite
some powerful progress. The goal, attaining
sentenced yet, but still. Two months of this, limited and it is through people/
pure love of God and direct face-to-face asso-
officers only checking to see if I was alive, is organizations like yours that help them to
ciation with Lord Sri Krsna, is easily at-
pretty intense - and then my roommate. It better themselves while in prison. It also
tained. helps to remind them that even though
was all fine to start with except when the
captain came in and shook us down while Warning: Daily application will they are in prison for whatever they have
she yelled at him. I should have known then, dissolve the material covering. Proceed at done, not everyone in society has given up
but this was my first time, silly me. I realized your own risk. Srila Prbhupad says don’t on them. It reminds them there are still
after she freaked out on me that I mostly change anything, just had chanting. compassionate people in the world that are
had chanted while she was asleep. At about willing to give of themselves to help those
Krsna Krsna
2pm on Day 5, after an hour straight of japa who are less fortunate.
chanting, you know, Hare Krsna Hare Mother Chandra
Thank you very much from both the in-
Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare mates and myself.
Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Dear bhakta Jerry, Dave Sherman, SOU Chaplain
Hare, she lost it. She went cr-azy and had a
big fit, banging on the door and ranting like You asked about some realizations I have Monroe Correctional Complex
a mad woman. She was moved within min- had. I think one is the fact that my being in Monroe, Washington
utes to an empty room. No biggy, I kind of this current situation is not a mistake. I was
liked being alone, I realized. Since then I asking Krishna in my “supposed freedom” to
have pulled the drive-my-roommate-crazy-by- help me find the time for Him again in my
chanting-incessantly routine only as a desper- life. Now I’ve got plenty of time to read,

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Ekadasi Bala Gopal & Lalita 33 Devotional
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Sundari Cassettes
13 Ekadasi
Vishvamtra Das Case of Teachings
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Inmate Jason Mathews Stamps & Paper
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Aug. Acceptance of sannyasa
by Srila Prabhupada
12 Ekadasi 11 Sri Vamana Dvadasi: Ap-
Radha Govinda Jhulana pearance of Lord 21 Srila Prabhupada's ar-
Yatra begins Vamanadeva (fast till rival in the USA
noon on the Ekadasi,
13 Srila Rupa Gosvami & feast today
Sri Gauridasa Pandi 25 Ekadasi
Srila Jiva Gosvami
16 Jhulana Yatra ends
Lord Balarama Appear- 12 Srila Bhaktivinoda Tha-
ance(fast till noon) kura Appearance

Srila Prabhupada's de- (fast till noon)

parture for the USA
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Srimad-Bhagavatam Canto 4, Chapter 6, Text 49
Translation and purport by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
bhaväàs tu puàsaù paramasya mäyayä
durantayäspåñöa-matiù samasta-dåk
tayä hatätmasv anukarma-cetaùsv
anugrahaà kartum ihärhasi prabho
My dear lord, you are never bewildered by the formidable influence of the illusory energy of the Supreme Personality of God-
head. Therefore you are omniscient and should be merciful and compassionate toward those who are bewildered by the same
illusory energy and are very much attached to fruitive activities.
A Vaiñëava is never bewildered by the influence of the external energy because he is engaged in the transcendental loving
service of the Lord. The Lord states in Bhagavad-gétä (7.14):
daivé hy eñä guëa-mayé
mama mäyä duratyayä
mäm eva ye prapadyante
mäyäm etäà taranti te
"My divine energy consisting of the three modes of material nature is difficult to overcome. But those who have surrendered
unto Me can easily cross beyond it." A Vaiñëava should take care of those who are bewildered by this mäyä instead of becom-
ing angry with them, because without a Vaiñëava's mercy they have no way to get out of the clutches of mäyä. Those who
have been condemned by mäyä are rescued by the mercy of devotees...


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