The Prison Gift Project has allowed the Foundation to send as many as 50 Paul Brunton Books a week, free of charge, to incarcerated men and women at their request. Eagerness for these books is high and increasing, with literally thousands of prisoners participating.
From a modest beginning, this program has grown rapidly in response to real need—more than 30,000 books have been given so far.
For example, we’ve placed two or three copies of What is Karma? in each of New York’s 71 correctional facilities and are aiming to do the same for every state. We’ve supplied multiple copies of this same title to anger management and other prisoner rehab programs throughout the U.S. We’ve responded to tens of thousands of personal requests for What is Karma? from prisoners all over the country. Word-of-mouth and notices in prison newsletters stimulate steadily growing interest. We also provide follow-ups with Perspectives, Meditations for People in Crisis, and other Notebooks volumes as we can, as well as some works by Anthony Damiani for those who are interested.
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Review:Paul Brunton’s book What is Karma? teaches prisoners to stop blaming others and take responsibility for their lives and for their karma. Because karma accumulates not only from past action but from their anger last week and their impulse a minute ago, they learn to monitor thoughts, words, and actions. They learn the power of grace and the joy of freedom. In short, there is no more positive far-reaching influence on prisoners than that provided by this one precious book.
-Doret Kollerer, Editor and Publisher, The Justice Xpress
Letters:Grateful inmates, prison counselors, and donors have all spoken about the power and importance of this project and its need for your support. Below is a small sample of their writings; many more are available upon request.
Letter from a Chaplain:
Because of the nature of people’s journey, at the point of incarceration or detention an opening appears to tend toward the spiritual, to search deeper and go beyond ordinary religious material into a broader, deeper discovery. Larson Publications’ books reflect the journey into the spiritual, as opposed to the sectarian or denominational, and provide prisoners with a welcome and needed source of spiritual inspiration. Keep them coming!
This brings the whole thing to life! You can donate to hundred of things and get a tax receipt—but seeing my gift give hope to someone who had none, that’s something! My money actually got somewhere that matters, and I’m not just a name on someone’s donor list.
Wow! It’s so gratifying to see the awakening to the spiritual life in these prisoners, once they get their hands on Paul Brunton’s books. I can hardly imagine a more direct way to bring real spiritual opportunity to people who are acutely hungry for it than by giving OB to people incarcerated in jails. Just looking at their grateful letters—testaments of true change that can ramify out into the larger social framework—moves me deeply.
Being part of this program is a gift of Grace for me…. to be of service, in some small way, sharing ideas and ideals that have transformed my life.
Seeing grace touch these people’s hearts, at a point where they could turn around or go off the edge to who knows where, stirs my own deeply. It makes me so grateful to be able to be part of this.
Thank you very much for your efforts to help those of us who really want to change!
Thank you very much for sending me the two books… As I read them I feel peace. I’m learning that I don’t have to suffer. You are truly a blessing.
What is Karma? was the most inspiring book I have read in a long, long time – it made me feel alive once again.
I have been told about What is Karma? by a friend I met here... He told me he was a lot like me. He was very angry, unforgiving, and just did not care… He said he loves the book and he has been talking to a lot of men here… I want to change my ways too. I have been checked and I can receive the book.
I have recently read Perspectives… and just received Meditations for People in Crisis and What is Karma? These publications are tremendously helpful and have been incorporated into my everyday life. I plan to use his teachings throughout my life and instill them into my children.
There are not too many people that will take the time for those that are incarcerated and to see us as people and not animals. We are paying for our mistakes to society by being put in prison. But as I see in you people you put all that to the side and give positive attitude towards our esteem and thank you again.
I am a Native American (Navajo)… I would love to obtain most or all of [PB’s] works, for my desire is to introduce the Wisdom to my people. Your help will not only help me but the Navajo people as well.
Recently, my girlfriend and I were introduced to a few passages from your book What is Karma? I can’t describe how the wisdom was so to the point. As young women addressing life’s adversities, it’s a blessing to receive altruistic knowledge, wisdom and direction.
When I first wrote to you I was seeking knowledge on how I could overcome my desire for using drugs… I now see the problem I had from a different perspective, and because of this I now have a renewed faith in myself and humanity.
What is Karma?... is one of the most insightful and on time books of my life… I shall pass along the knowledge to others.
I thank you from my very core and I wish that you may feel the peace that your gift gave me. P.S. I will keep this book always as a guide and also as a reminder of how powerful karma truly is.
What is Karma? [is] very inspiriting. Each day I read a saving proverb of thought for the day and believe me my brothers, I receive great strength.
I received [What is Karma?] a couple of weeks ago and have read it through more than seven times. I had to because it was very deep. I don’t want to make this too long but I felt compelling to write you and extend my appreciation. Thank you very much.
Thank you very much for the books… I have never read anything like them that has opened my mind, my heart and also my soul as much as they have.
I am currently incarcerated in the state of Virginia. Before my cellmate was transferred we used to talk at night using What is Karma?... Your book has opened my inner journey through life up. It’s a must have… You have no idea of how much I am looking forward to continuing reading the book.
I have recently received the book What is Karma? The book has changed my perspective, attitude, and actions and a completely full spectrum. Thank you!
I have been sharing my edition of What is Karma? with other inmates around me… I have found that people are made more readily able to learn, or explore their curiosity without some of the usual hesitation… Thank you for all this.
What is Karma? is so very wonderful!! Words could not say or tell the way that it has truly opened my eyes to something that I didn’t know…
A lot of us don’t have people out there, so without you and people like you, knowledge and understanding, not to mention wisdom, would be unattainable.
Paul Brunton was a great man and his writings have touched my soul. Please thank all the good people that donated.
I have been diligently studying and practicing these teachings… I also have a 4 year old son who I hope to share my knowledge with as soon as I’ve completed my tenure for mistakes and bad decisions.
…This book helped me to understand what karma is, how it works, its relation to forgiveness, freedom, and enlightenment.
I regard all human life as an opportunity for achieving something worthwhile. Two years ago I had the experience of reading The Hidden Teaching Beyond Yoga by Paul Brunton, and was blown away by what this man was saying… I cannot afford to squander time on vain useless efforts which conclude disappointingly in penitentiary again… It saddens me that the one time in my life, when I really need money to buy something extraordinary, I don’t have any, yet should you send me the volumes, they will remain with me the rest of my life.
After reading the first chapter of Perspectives [and realizing] how very insightful and influential this book is, I also find the Notebooks of Paul Brunton need to be read over and over and meditated on and practiced to get the full effect of what the writer was trying to put out… His work is not something you read through and sit down, it needs to be studied over and over and learned… Being instilled with the things of books like this creates compassion and patience. I only wish more people dedicated their time and efforts to such learning. It’s not what a man can do but what one does do what matters.
I have come to question the concept of “organized” religion with its inclination to fall back on an “only right” dogma. Yet I feel we may, or I may need a structured community to support our growth, our consistent awareness and to provide celebrations for the different events in our lives as well as reminders and plain opportunities to be joy, as well as being peace. The challenge is balance, and maintaining awareness of true presence.
The book mentions the importance of prayer. To whom? Or, is the “whom” a hangover I have from “organized” training? Perhaps, it is mind training, mindfulness of our thoughts, their origin, their appropriateness and truth, challenging unskillful, habitual thinking, and choosing in growing wisdom. Thus, prayer is more an awareness? Leading the more consistent loving and non-harmful decisions and action.
May we continue to grow,
Current Prison Project VolunteersPeggy Fry Keating Marie Holmes Randy Cash Cindy Stillman