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School for Scoundrels: Doing Time in Prison Prep School

Wall Street Journal – MICHAEL ROTHFELD – Mar 27, 2012

Advising panicky white-collar criminals on what life is like behind bars is a bull-market business, what with all the arrests on Wall Street for insider trading.

As America’s lockups have become more crowded, so has the prison-prep industry, a field built for white-collar criminals with the means to pay for lessons on coping with strip searches and with getting along with a tattooed cellmate named Bubba. Go to story


excerpt from lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.24, Los Angeles, September 29, 1972:

Our problem is that we have entered this material world out of our own will. Iccha-dvesha samutthena [Bhagavad-gita 7.27]. No one… Krishna has not pushed us. You wanted something for your enjoyment, so-called enjoyment. Krishna has provided you. Just like you want to enter into the prison life, therefore government creates a prison house. Government does not like that there should be prison house, and government has to make a department, criminal department, and spend millions of dollars for nothing, for maintaining the prison house. Government has no such thing, plan. But because you want to enter into the prison house, therefore, before your entering, government is prepared, “Here is your house. Please come.” So that is the way of material creation. There was no need of this material creation. Some rascals questioned that “Why God has created this miserable world?” But you wanted, therefore God has given you. Ye yatha mam prapadyante tams tathaiva bhajamy aham [Bg. 4.11]. Krishna says. Krishna is very kind. You wanted such a thing. The same example, the prison house. The prison house, government is not canvassing, “Please, you all gentlemen and ladies, come here.” No. You are going. You are going. Similarly, this material world is created for you because you wanted it. And here you cannot expect…, as you cannot expect in the prison house to live very comfortably… Because after all, it is prison house. There must be tribulation so that you may not come again. You cannot expect that prison house will be very comfortable and you live forever.

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