IPBYS (International Pure Bhakti Yoga Society) Outreach is a non-profit organization dedicated to the spiritual and personal development of inmates, delivered through an interactive educational program on Gaudiya Vaisnava philosophy and its meditation practices. We aim to assist inmates with healing and personal transformation through the practice of bhakti-yoga (a spiritual discipline which connects us with God through love-driven service), kirtan (singing of the Lord’s holy names) and a transcendental philosophy that focuses on compassion.
Contemplations From Inside
Patience – A Wholesome Journey
by Bhakti Kerion bhai Webber
Once a Muslim cleric told me that the one who has patience is the one who has trained himself to handle difficulties, and also it meant to keep close to God and accept calmly the trials HE sends, without complaining or feeling sad.
Being incarcerated for over 20 years, I’ve had to learn how to be patient. At certain times I was willingly patient, at other times patience was forced upon me. Either way, sometimes it was easy, sometimes it was hard. Eventually, I found that by practicing patience, I begin to develop good human characteristics. I also started gaining a positive psychological attitude, by virtue of which I refrained from doing that which comes so easily within a violent environment such as prison, e.g., bring involved with homosexuality, drugging, drinking, gambling on fighting, stabbing and killing other inmates. You name it, and if it was self-destructive, it was happening within these walls.
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