Osejik Prison, Croatia July 2014

Somewhere in the middle of the lecture Smita Krsna Maharaj called the inmate’s attention to the fact that they could contact us about spirituality and that we could visit them again if they would like that. I think that almost everyone present exclaimed unexpectedly and with joy that they would. Their caretaker, Mrs.  Danira, got up, stood in the middle, in front of Maharaj, facing us and, with great enthusiasm and  smile, confirmed that this would be desirable and nice.

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Zadar Prison June 10th, 2014. First program

We arrived at the prison according to plan. H.H. Smita Krishna Maharaja, Sudevi dasi Marunda dasi and I (Yours truly Vrsabha das). The first thrill was at the reception when the doorwoman complimented our ladies for being wonderfully and elegantly dressed. On the third floor we were welcomed by another doorman who was thrilled by our visit. He told us that he had to stay at the reception desk, but he wanted some contact info because he liked what we talked about. He received my web page and thanked us.

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Program/Remand Prison Varaždin, Croatia- Wed. Nov 13th 2013

In Varaždin prison the inmates mainly come from the Gipsy community. It was the Ekadasi in the Kartik month. When Mahatma and myself arrived, there were three inmates waiting for us, one of them had attended our programs before. A bit stiff, the new ones needed some time to relax. We attempted to involve them in bhajans, with moderate success. The philosophy part was also quite challenging – a simplified story of hunter Mrigari was something they could relate to, I then followed with the story of the life of Maharaja Bharata. We managed to connect with the inmate that came to the programs before, but the others were a bit withdrawn.

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Program/ Lepoglava Penitentiary, Croatia Wednesday Oct. 30 2013

Attendance: 10 inmates + 1 guard

Shortly after an unexpected and very serious surgery, our main man, Mahasimha Prabhu, the organizer, was back in his seva, (devotees ardently prayed for his well-being) therefore we got the chance for another program in Lepoglava, ,the Croatian- Mecca of prison preaching. With joy and zest I was prepared for another encounter with the inmates. Mahatma Prabhu drove us to the prison on time, but the guards were late as usual. To our surprise this time they took us to a lot smaller room but it turned out to be our Krishna’s mercy as the arrangement brought us closer to one another.

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