International Pure Bhakti Yoga Society Prison Program

We freely distributes the transcendental writings of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja

We would like to give a short insight into who we are and how we got started.

The International Pure Bhakti Yoga Society Prison Program seemed to create itself in a very organic manner. We can only conclude, that it was inspired by Srila Gurudeva himself and that he is continuing to make all arrangements.

A few years ago, an organization called Books Behind Bars wrote us a letter asking us to donate some of Srila Gurudeva's transcendental literatures, to be given to any inmates who request spiritual books. We gladly sent a full set to them.

A few months after that, Vasanti dasi was up late one night in her room in Vrndavana, thinking that if this organization requested books, then there must be more organizations like this that would also like to receive them. She spent some time googlesearching it and finally came across a Resource Directory for Prisons of religious/spiritual groups. She added the IPBYS contact information and explained the process of receiving a donation of Srila Gurudeva's books for those prisons and inmates who were interested.

Time went by and slowly but surely, inmates sent letters requesting information about bhakti-yoga and spirituality.

Gopika dasi kindly volunteered to send books and letters to inmates until it became too big of a seva for her to handle balance with her studies and other seva.

Radhika dasi then took over and became a penpal to many inmates. She began sending out a quarterly newsletter, which includes a personal letter from her and a lecture of Srila Gurudeva.

Kesava prabhu also became a steady penpal.

Mahabuddhi Prabhu is steadily connecting with Prison Chaplains throughout America, giving them the golden opportunity of receiving a set of Srila Gurudeva's books for their prison libraries. He has said that they are accepting this offer with great joy.

The program gradually expanded to needing the assistance of more volunteers and Srila Gurudeva magically sent Bhagavati-kanta prabhu and his team in North Carolina. They are so organized that they are keeping track of all letters and books being sent. Now they have even created this Prisonseva website for the pleasure of Srila Gurudeva and our Guru-varga, who bestow their mercy on all, regardless of any qualification.

We pray that this site will be informative and inspiring to all and that many more volunteers can join in, in any capacity, by becoming a penpal by helping with mass mailings, by learning how to do programs in the prisons, or by giving donations for books and postage.

Please also feel free to write to Vasanti dasi, IPBYS Prison Program's coordinator, with any questions or comments

Contact By Email

Prison Seva Program:
Web Support:

Our Postal Address
IPBYS Prison Seva
c/o Gokul Bhajan & Vedic Studies
P O Box 52724
Durham, NC 2771

Thank you for visiting our website.

Our Needs

Penpals and donations. We need devotees who would be interested in becoming a penpal to an inmate, or more than one if you like. That service would entail writing letters, sharing the philosophy, sending books, printed-out lectures, prasadam if possible,

How You can Participate

sharing the philosophy

Journey to Prema - bhakti-yoga course for Inmates

Photos of North Carolina sanga preparing the mailout of Journey to Prema.


Last January, Srila Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, the founder/acarya of the International Pure Bhakti-yoga Society, was in South Africa and he was interviewed by Charles Pillay for a television show called Dharma Moments. Charles' questions and Srila Maharaja's answers were so pertinent to the situation of the world today and relevant to this new Prison Program. Below is an excerpt of that interview:


For some time there had been talk of preaching in prisons. In Delhi there is a world famous prison called 'Tihar Jail,' a stones throw away from our temple! Syamarani didi was very supportive and encouraging of me (Akhilesh das) beginning this project.

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Created: Feb 14 2013