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  • ISKCON Prison Ministry's picture
    Posted: 1 year 5 weeks ago
    I was convicted and sentenced to ‘life plus 60 years in prison! I never stopped chanting the entire time I was there, I was strong in Kṛṣṇa Consciousness up until I heard them say ‘guilty’ and sentence me, then my entire mind, thoughts, actions ‘FROZE UP.’ Although I knew that the ENTIRE trial process was UNLAWFUL. I couldn’t chant, eat, or sleep for days. It took some Christian guy to remind me of the story of Job in the Bible to bring me back to reality. I accept Kṛṣṇa as the Supreme...
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  • Karnamrita's picture
    Posted: 1 year 23 weeks ago
    Author: Karnamrita Das
    I have been a late bloomer my whole life, and yet time sometimes comes to my aid to teach me lessons that only are understood years later. A 19 ½ as a young brahmacari, we learned that “sleep was death” and was a waste of time, so if Prabhupada recommended 6 hours for those in the mood of goodness, then surely we should lessen that. Thus, we experimented pushing the envelope back to 5½ to 5 hours etc. For a while, when I was a pujari in the old San Francisco, Valentia Street, temple, in the...
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    Posted: 1 year 25 weeks ago
    Author: Karnamrita Das
    The irony doesn’t escape me that I couldn’t leave Vrindavana even if I wanted to. I ponder my life. So many devotees want to visit and here I’m on an extended stay first for 11 months and now 5 more. I know it is special mercy for me yet, it is the toughest love ever though I can still smile at my plight. I am externally “in” Vrindavana though far from eternal lila here and the self-forgetfulness of love. As usual I have to face my shortcomings and yet also see my good fortune with some...
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  • Karnamrita's picture
    Posted: 1 year 26 weeks ago
    Author: Karnamrita Das
    As some of you know I have mainly been recycling older blogs and slightly modifying them to represent some of my current struggles in my treatment protocols. With this offering I am writing afresh, having to discontinue my treatment due to the lockdown here in Vrindavana, though I present similar themes to what I teach as a result of facing possible death for the last 4 ½ years as well as intense headaches and other pains for the last year. I still consider personal or horizontal growth work...
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  • ISKCON Prison Ministry's picture
    Posted: 1 year 26 weeks ago
    Author: ISKCON PRISON MINISTRY
    By Candramauli Swami After a weekend filled with programs I left Charlotte NC by car for Apex NC for a quick visit to the home of Karuna Sindhu and his good wife Arcana Siddhi. It was the last days of the Kartik month and so my hosts decided to invite many of the local devotees for an evening of singing the Damodarastakam prayer. Naturally in association with the devotees the gathering transformed into a full program of Kirtan and a talk. I had planned an early rest but was now speaking the...
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