Prisoners are offered a free copy of the Bhagavad-Gita and accompanying correspondence course, with personal help and guidance from Dr. Ramanand Prasad, director of the American Gita Society. The hard-cover edition of the Gita is available free to prison libraries.
“Who you are is and always will be free. Freedom is not something that can be learned or earned or lost. It is the truth of who you are.”
The Gangaji Foundation Prison Program is a source of inspiration for all-inside or out. Together, prisoners, volunteers and donors have made this program flourish since it began in 1994. The Prison Program sponsors in-prison visits, a correspondence program and provides books, audios and videos free of charge to prisoners across the country.
Prisons Served: FCI Florence, FCI Sheridan, Englewood Camp, Folsom State Prison, Stockton Women’s Facility
The Human Kindness Foundation, founded by Bo and Sita Lozoff, is a non-profit organization which stresses a way of life based upon three common principles taught by the great sages of all religions: Simple living, a dedication to service, and a commitment to personal spiritual practice. The Foundation operates the Prison-Ashram Project, which sends free interfaith spiritual books to people who are incarcerated. Their best-known book, We’re All Doing Time, has been sent to over 400,000 people since its publication in 1985. HKF also publishes a newsletter three times per year, which currently goes to over 40,000 subscribers.
Human Kindness Foundation
PO Box 61619
Durham, NC 27715
Since 1979 the Prison Project has provided the Siddha Yoga© Home Study Course free of charge to all inmates who request it. These lessons link the inmates dynamically to the transformational wisdom of the Siddha Yoga teachings and to the grace of the lineage of the Siddha Yoga masters. Lessons are received monthly and, on request, are available in Spanish translation. Currently enrolled in the course are some six thousand inmates in fifteen hundred prisons in North America, Europe, and Australia. The Prison Project is dedicated to making the teachings, practices and experience of the Siddha Yoga path available to incarcerated seekers.
In prisons on six continents, the message of Prem Rawat, known also by the honorary title of Maharaji, is being watched by prison inmates, with life-changing results noticed by prison administrators. Starting in December 2003, in the largest prison in Asia, located in New Delhi, the program is now also spreading to the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the United States, South America, Africa, and Mexico.
While it varies from place to place, the program consists of a combination of regular showings of a DVD series called Words of Peace, featuring the international addresses of Prem Rawat and printed materials.