Love Is The Limiter of Freedom – And Its Fulfiller Too
We’ve seemingly lost our freedom. But when ‘freedom’ means that everything is so available that we become complacent, what’s the benefit? If ‘restriction’ generates an appreciation and gratitude of what we’ve taken for granted all these years, where’s the loss?
Protest and Reconciliation: In the Footsteps of a 15th Century Freedom Fighter
We long to be free. And we long for love. Yet love and freedom don’t seem to go together.
Does Surrender Mean to Become Dependent or Independent, Or …?
Tens and thousands of people were out on the streets in the night carrying torches in their hands ready to be part of an extraordinary movement. If they remain silent, lock themselves in their houses and give in to the draconian dictum, they would become like slaves without shackles.
Religious Restrictions Among the World’s Most Populous Countries
We are instructed to “surrender”; and at the same time, Srila Prabhupada encourages us to achieve apparently impossible tasks, like “Krishna-izing” the whole world, becoming pure devotees, and unalloyed, fully qualified spiritual masters in our own right. Are these ideas contradictory?
ISKCON Prison Ministry Turns Lives Around
Levels of religious restrictions and hostilities among the world’s 25 most populous countries vary tremendously.
Inmate Establishes Worship of Tulasi Devi in Prison
Prison inmates, who have hit rock bottom in their pursuit of material happiness and have plenty of time to think about their choices and the real purpose of life, are one of the most receptive and enthusiastic audiences to Krishna consciousness. Since relaunching in 2009 under director and full-time volunteer Bhakti-lata Dasi, the U.S. branch of ISKCON Prison Ministry has been reaching more and more of this audience throughout the country’s correctional system.
The Greatest Threat to Individual Freedom Is the Individual
Bhakta Tim, a former inmate, was recently released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Rochester, Minnesota -- but not before planting over thirty Tulasis and establishing worship of the sacred plant there.
New Report Finds that Arab Spring Adds to Global Restrictions on Religion
Few things raise people's guard as much as threats to their freedom from totalitarian governments.
Sarva-drik Das Brings Krishna to Virginia Prison Inmates
A new study by the Pew Research Center finds that the already high level of restrictions on religion in the Middle East and North Africa – whether resulting from government policies or from social hostilities – continued to increase in 2011, when most of the political uprisings known as the Arab Spring occurred.
Believing that every soul has the potential to do good, and to gain the mercy of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, ISKCON Prison Ministry corresponds with inmates all over the US under the direction of full-time volunteer Bhakti-lata Dasi.
Survey: Religion in US Prisons
It seems that a humble disposition is the key to opening up the treasure house of spiritual experience. It brings freedom and joy, and helps us to live life the way it should be lived. Being humble is actually incredibly liberating.
From the perspective of the nation’s professional prison chaplains, America’s state penitentiaries are a bustle of religious activity. Overwhelmingly, state prison chaplains consider religious counseling and other religion-based programming an important aspect of rehabilitating prisoners.
Who Should Be Free to Speak?
“It is by the goodness of God that we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practise either of them,” wrote Mark Twain. Wise words from the esteemed author, although it seems that some of us may well doubt their wisdom.
Rising Restrictions on Religion
More than 2.2 billion people, nearly a third (32%) of the world’s total population of 6.9 billion, live in countries where either government restrictions on religion or social hostilities involving religion rose substantially between mid-2006 and mid-2009.
ISKCON Prison Ministry Gives Inmates the Key to Freedom
Bhakti-lata Dasi is typing away busily at her laptop, absorbed in composing one of the 15 to 40 letters she writes to inmates at prisons across the US every month. But she looks up, smiling, happy to talk to ISKCON News about the service she’s been dedicating the bulk of her time to in the past two years.
Nasty Rebels and Nice Revolutionaries
When young minds get crammed with religious bigotry or extreme ideology interpreted to induce hatred in others, whom they see as hell-bound heathens, pagans and infidels, even though it may be cordially disguised with social niceties, does this not have the potential to desensitize? Indeed, it can whip up frenzied protests and create fiery intolerance!
US Supreme Court Hears Pivotal Religious Discrimination Case
On April 19, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, a case that will determine whether a public institution can refuse to officially recognize a religiously based organization that prevents those who do not share its religious and moral values from becoming voting members.