The means which I have adopted is spiritual and it works quicker than any material means. If you give me chance to speak to all the members in jail, it is quite possible for me to turn them into ideal characters.
~Srila Prabhupada, Letter to Sri Puri, 1962
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada established the ISKCON movement to spread the process of bhakti-yoga (love and devotion to God) to the entire world. ISKCON desires to make this transcendental process available even to the inmates of the world, giving them the chance to go back to Godhead. In continuation with its mission to spread Lord Chaitanya’s mercy to the fallen souls of Kali-yuga who find themselves within a prison of the prison house of the material world, ISKCON conducts spiritual programs in prisons to preach the philosophy of Bhagavad-gita to inmates to develop spiritual knowledge. This is accomplished by:
- meeting inmates and establishing spiritual relationships,
- distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books to inmates and prison libraries,
- providing inmates with Back to Godhead magazines, japa beads, and other devotional items,
- assisting inmate in securing vegetarian diets, and
· providing devotee association by visiting inmates in the prisons.
International society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Chandigarh is conducting spiritual programs in the Jails of Punjab, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh for the enlightenment of inmates. With the goal to bring spiritual awareness among prison inmates, H.G. Tirathraj Prabhu, H.G. Akinchan Priya Das, H.G. Akruranand Prabhu, H.G. Antaryami Chaitanya Prabhu from ISKCON Chandigarh visited the Central Jail of Chandigarh (UT) today and distributed copies of Bhagwad-gita (As-it-is) to the inmates and officers. Spiritual discourses on the importance of following Vedic principles in day to day life were also organized to bring a life-transforming difference in all the people working in, or incarcerated within, the criminal justice system.