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I would love to have a copy of the Gita. I have read half of the Gita, and I feel like a starving man with his half-eaten meal taken away. The Bhagavad-gita expands upon things of Islam and it even sheds light on things that my soul was always in agreement with ever since I was a little boy.
I am reaching a higher spiritual platform as I have increased my chanting to two hours each day. The chanting relaxes me and allows me to express devotion to Krishna. I am very happy that I have found perfection of all religion. The essence and total foundation of all religion is to be found in Krishna consciousness. Krishna consciousness uplifts humanity and generates true peace for everyone that becomes a part of it.
I was strung out on different chemicals, thinking it was the way to cope with life and it would bring peace and joy, but I found out that it only gave me peace and happiness on a temporary level. The more I used, the more I wanted. I was never satisfied. I tried booze, sleeping around, partying and doing risky behavior. I found out that I was happy on the outside, but deep down in my inner soul something was missing.
I am chanting 16 rounds daily now; I follow regulative principles given by Srila Prabhupada. As of May 11, 2008, I am back in the general prison population and trying to spread Krishna consciousness to other inmates whenever possible. I am trying for a prison job, to be able to buy Prabhupada's books to fill the chapel library here.
Prabhupada's books and my chanting of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra have helped me on the path of self-realization by realizing the method of being attached to the Supreme Being, Krishna. Prabhupada has helped me to realize that principles of knowledge and detachment are two important factors on the path of this subtle transcendental path Back to Godhead.
Maya has a strong grip on the prison population. I try my best to stay focused on Shri Shri Radha Shyam; chanting the holy names really helps out; just from chanting I know that I am getting purified. Through the mercy of Srila Prabhupada I was pulled out of bondage that I thought was life.