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Prison Programs

Hare Krsna Concert in Zenica, Bosnia---January 16, 2013

By : 
Dhira-prasanta das


     On this occasion our transcendental rock band, which we named "Mantra Band," held a concert for inmates and employees at the prison in Zenica. The members of this band are: Daksa Prabhu (bass guitar), Yajna-nemi Prabhu (lead guitar), bhakta Halid (drums) and myself (rhythm guitar).

     We performed six rock bhajans, all with just Maha Mantra as lyrics, to the satisfaction of some 150 prisoners and nearly 50 employees (security guards).

Fifth Program in Pula, Croatia---February 28, 2013

By : 
Bhaktin Lara


     Unlike previous programs, we were only four (Misra Purandara , Sivanada Sena , Namacarya and me,.Lara). After we went through the  routine checks we proceded into our now standard room for programs.

Third Program in Pula, Croatia---December 13, 2013

By : 
Bhaktin Lara

     The third program in the Pula prison (Croatia), held on December 13th, was somewhat different. Again, the visiting group was Namacarya das, Sivananda Sena das, Misra Purandara das, Malati Mala dasi, Nadya Nimai das and me. This time, only one inmate attended– the inmate librarian. He was quite happy to be alone sitting on a chair in the middle of the hall. This scene would make a very good picture, I thought.

Snake River Correctional Institution, Ontario, Oregon---December 21, 2012

By : 
Shri Hari Dasa, from Boise, Idaho


Moundsville, West Virginia---November 2011

By : 
Gaura Nataraj Dasa


Hare Krishna, dear Chandramauli Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

HH Candramauli Swami Visits the Largest Slovenian Prison for the Third Consecutive Year

By : 
Vikalotkarsini Dasi

     On 24 May, 2012 we visited the largest men’s prison in Slovenia for the third year in a row. The officials replied to my offer about visiting with the words: “We’re looking forward to you visit.”

You can be Free and Happy Within Prison Walls

By : 
Mother Vinata, from Rejika Croatia

"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.“

Pula and Valtura, Croatia, October 2012

By : 
Lara Orlic

On October 10th,ISKCON had its first program in Pula Prison. Eight devotees were present. HH Candramauli Swami gave the lecture. A very special person was also with us, Candra Prabhu from the U.S., who is employed in Oregon state jail as a counsellor, and also volunteers as a religious counselor. Mother Saci Mata did the translating, Divya Prabhanda Prabhu played harmonium and lead kirtan, Namacarya Prabhu played mridanga. Organizers of the program and also the karatal players were Nadia Nimai Prabhu and his wife Mother Malati Mala.And me, with the special task of writing a report on the event.

Zagreb and Lepoglava, Croatia--July/August 2012

By : 
Mahasimha dasa

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.

Two days after you've delivered a lecture at the prison in Rijeka, I sent a
request to Department of Justice for consent to distribute books in prisons
of Zagreb and Lepoglava. After two weeks we have received approval from the
Ministry and on Jun 14th I and Sraddha dd have personally
delivered books

Chilean Devotees Inspire 300 Prisoners, 2012

By : 
Community Development in Mayapur
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Twenty eight devotees from the Santiago Yatra, along with 250 books of Srila Prabhupada, made their way to one of the most famous prisons in Chile called “Santiago 1”.
There, they faced an endless ocean of grim, impenetrable seriousness and an attitude of distrust which reeked from the defendants, many who had been charged with serious crimes.
A brief talk and explanation of the maha-mantra helped break the ice and the devotees began to sing. Several minutes later, the inmates joined in and began dancing joyfully. All glories to the Sankirtan movement!

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