Five of us did the eighth consecutive Pula Prison program : Misra Purandara Nadiya Nimai ,Malati Mala dasi and Ajitendra joining us for the first time.While waiting in front of the prison gate, a police car appeared with two guards who we’ve never saw before. One of them with folded hands said “Hare Krishna!”.
The program began with seven inmates: three inmates who come regularly, three from time to time, and one for the first time. We began with bhajans “Jaya Sri Krishna Chaitanya ….” we explained is necessary to recite this prayer before chanting Hare Krishna Maha Mantra. Two of the inmates talked all the time, the other five listened carefully. Two of them said they chant one round every day ,but it is very difficult to do as there are eight inmates together in one room … They can chant only in the mind because of the others in the room. and asked if we brought beads for them? We gave beads to the guard to check . After checking the guard gave them back ,one by one to Nadiya Nimai to distribute them to the inmates. Nadiya Nimai was very happy to do such nice service on his birthday.
Three of the inmates were happy to receive beads We showed them how to hold the beads and how to chant. We chanted japa together like last time. Ajitendra suggested they write every change they experience while chanting and after one or two years they will see how much changes they making in life by chanting Hare Krishna Maha Mantra.
One of the inmates addressed Malati Mala and said he has applied what she advised in the last prison program (if you are in a difficult situation turn to and please Krishna and Krishna will help you). He said that he really saw how it started to improve, but for now he still checks to see if it is for real .
Three inmates who get beads said they are reading Srila Prabhupada’s books . He then quoted some parts of the Bhagavad Gita One of them told us that it was difficult for him to read Bhagavad Gita, Another one said he likes only Srila Prabhupada books. We brought eight of Srila Prabhupada’s books for the prison library Sri Isopanisada among others. One inmate was very pleased to see it because he wanted to read but it was currently out of prison library. One hour passed very quickly and inmates tried to convince the guards to allow us to stay a little longer. This prison program was not like others, it was likea Bhakti sanga. With a hearty handshake we said goodbye and Hare Krishna until next time.