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Every step is a dance – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Every step is a dance – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Indradyumna Swami and his team of Polish tour Devotees have now completed their Summer tour in Poland. Very soon, he will be off on his American tour with a subset of the Polish Festival tour team (75 devotees). In the meantime, they have been packing and sending 60 tons of equipment in five big trucks to Warsaw for storage. In America, the Devotees will visit over 20 universities in seven weeks. The Devotees ended their two-month tour in Poland with ecstatic kirtans that had the Polish people up and dancing.

 Indradyumna Swami wrote in a Facebook post last week:

Our yearly Festival of India in Poland allows people to experience the wonderful world of Krsna consciousness in a variety of ways. Through music, dance, theater, prasadam, seminars and more, our guests are introduced to a culture that exists eternally in the spiritual sky. A culture where every step is a dance, every word is a song and blissful festivals are a daily affair.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit the Swami’s facebook page and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from the Sadhu Sanga Retreat, his recent Russian tour, etc.

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First impressions: Sankirtan in Poland – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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First impressions: Sankirtan in Poland – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Indradyumna Swami and his team of Polish tour Devotees have really refined their festivals over the last almost thirty years of operation. In this time, they’ve learned how best to attract people to the lively and ecstatic movement of Lord Caitanya.

Indradyumna Swami wrote in a Facebook post about a video that Ananta Vrindavan das created that showcases the festival programs and the participation of the local Polish people.

The title of this short video is, “First Impressions.” There is a saying that “first impressions are the most important.” A well organised, colorful, musical, devotional and blissful harinam is a great way to introduce people to Krsna consciousness for the first time. It creates a very favorable impact that encourages people to inquire further. It is said that Lord Caitanya’s samkirtan movement will continue to grow for 10,000 years. No doubt, much of that will be due to the original formula of taking the chanting of the holy names to the streets.

For Indradyumna Swami, these festival programs of large-scale preaching are his life and soul. In the video, Indradyumna Swami says that when people see the Devotees performing kirtan, they smile and it’s a sort of spiritual awakening for them. When they see the Devotees so happy, he says, “It’s infectious in a transcendental way.” He describes how the Polish people love to dance. You don’t have to encourage them and explain to them the benefits of dancing in kirtan. He says that as soon as the Devotees start singing kirtan, the Polish people join in.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit the Swami’s facebook page and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from the Sadhu Sanga Retreat, his recent Russian tour, etc.

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Everyone Dances to the Holy Names! – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Everyone Dances to the Holy Names! – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Anyone who knows His Holiness Indradyumna Swami knows that preaching Srila Prabhupada’s message around the world is his life and soul. For almost three decades now, he has been dedicated to the large-scale preaching program in Poland.

Indradyumna Swami and the Polish festival team are wrapping up a summer of festivals along the Baltic Coast in Poland with wonderful programs and unprecedented results! More people than ever before are dancing to the Holy Names during the kirtans at the festival programs. Indradyumna Swami wrote in a Facebook post about a guest who attended the festival a few days ago and walked off with twelve of Srila Prabhupada’s books.

This is a guest who came to our festival yesterday. His name is Patrick. He came a little late and only caught one minute of my lecture from the stage. But somehow the philosophy of Bhavagad Gita had a profound affect on him. He immediately went to the book table and purchased 12 books. When I met him there I said, “You must be an avid reader!” He replied, “Actually, no. In my entire life I’ve only read 3 or 4 books. But what you shared with us from the stage really touched me. I promise you I will read all 12 of these books within no time!” Jaya Srila Prabhupada!

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A few days before, Indradyumna Swami had posted on Facebook:

“In a variety of ways, the inauspiciousness of the earth is destroyed by the feet, the inauspiciousness of the directions is destroyed by the eye glances and the inauspiciousness of the heavens is destroyed by the arms of a Visnu-bhakta dancing out of joy.” [ Hari-bhakti-vilasa 8.288 ]

The Polish tour Devotees have been dancing along the coastline and in kirtans at the festival and the amazing part of this all is that the Polish people join in with great enthusiasm and joy.

Today, Indradyumna Swami posted an update that mentioned:

When inaugurating the samkirtan movement 500 years ago Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu introduced chanting the holy names and dancing in ecstasy. His followers have continued with the same formula down to the present day. The potency of such kirtan is that often those who have never seen devotees before immediately join in and sing and dance in great happiness. All glories to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu!

He links to a beautifully recorded video that Ananta Vrindavan das put together to illustrate how the Polish people are joining the Devotees in chanting the names of the Lord in kirtan.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit the Swami’s facebook page and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from the Sadhu Sanga Retreat, his recent Russian tour, etc.

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A Newsletter from His Holiness Sivarama Swami

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A Newsletter from His Holiness Sivarama Swami – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

In his most recent August newsletter, His Holiness Sivarama Swami tells of a beautiful exchange between His Holiness Indradyumna Swami and himself:

Jaya Radha-Syama!

In a recent text exchange with Indradyumna Maharaja, he wrote, “I am ever grateful to Srila Prabhupada … and the association of godbrothers like yourself. Regarding your writing – if I may – I would say your writing is the most important of all your sevas. It’s what we leave behind. It stays and guides our followers and many others as well once we depart. And writing requires solitude and focus. ‘What is not well written is not well read.’  I hope you can arrange your time in that way. Your Nava Vraja-mahima is your magnum opus (and still requires a mass marketing scheme) but it is not your ‘swan song.’  Please somehow or other make writing your priority.  I will say in all humility that Nava Vraja-mahima is my constant companion and my life and soul.  Thank you for everything you do … thank you for who you are.  Your’s always, Indradyumna Swami.”

I replied, “Your message is an eye-opener and a wakeup call. Yes, I shouldn’t sacrifice my writing time. Right now I have my hands in 3 books, but I’m still GBC, guru, doing outreach, and getting old. It’s probably the latter that’s knocking me out the most. But I take to heart what you wrote and thank you very much for it. Amongst god-brothers you are the one encouraging me most for writing. I need the encouragement. It’s what keeps me going. Thank you for that. I’m trying to make appropriate changes to facilitate your advice.”

Indradyumna Maharaja’s letter brought to the fore my service priority – writing. The result of the efforts I invest into other projects may dwindle in time. It’s the sad reality. But books and their message are permanent. Srila Prabhupada’s movement has transformed greatly in the 40 years after his departure. But his books remain unchanged, and as they did 50 years ago, they continue to transform the lives of those who come in touch with them. I too must organise the last part of my life to do outreach preaching and to write. I see those two as my calling. It will be painful to let go of other services, but, c’est la vie. I know how productive I can be when I have quality time to write.

I remember while writing Volume 4 of Nava Vraja-mahima, I first included the text of Vilap Kusumanjali as an appendix. Then I thought, “It would be so much better if there was a commentary to the text.” However I worried that if I did that, I would get distracted from the main composition, NVM. So I put the thought aside. But it kept haunting me and so one evening I vowed, “Give me one month to do Vilap, and then I will return to NVM.” And in less than one month I did the commentary to Vilap Kusumanjali—250 pages. I feel that there are many other books that I could write, given the time to do so. It’s up to me to make the time and as inspiration to do so, I keep in mind Indradyumna Maharaja’s words “I hope you can arrange your time in that way,” and “Please somehow or other make writing your priority.”

Yours in Krishna’s service,
Sivarama Swami

His Holiness Sivarama Swami ki jai! His Holiness Indradyumna Swami ki jai!

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For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit the Swami’s facebook page and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from the Sadhu Sanga Retreat, his recent Russian tour, etc.

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The Lord Protects His Devotees – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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The Lord Protects His Devotees  – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

To keep the Devotees inspired, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami has been giving Srimad Bhagavatam classes in the morning for the Devotees serving on the Polish Festival tour. Last week, he spoke on a nice verse about conquering fear: Srimad Bhagavatam 7.9.15:

My Lord, who are never conquered by anyone, I am certainly not afraid of Your ferocious mouth and tongue, Your eyes bright like the sun or Your frowning eyebrows. I do not fear Your sharp, pinching teeth, Your garland of intestines, Your mane soaked with blood, or Your high, wedgelike ears. Nor do I fear Your tumultuous roaring, which makes elephants flee to distant places, or Your nails, which are meant to kill Your enemies.

Indradyumna Swami read Srila Prabhupada’s purport aloud to the assembled Devotees, which included:

Lord Nṛsiṁhadeva’s fierce appearance was certainly most dangerous for the nondevotees, but for Prahlāda Mahārāja such a fearful appearance was not at all disturbing. The lion is very fearsome for other animals, but its cubs are not at all afraid of the lion.

In the lecture, Indradyumna Swami describes about how experience is a good teacher. In fact, personal experience is also accepted as evidence in Vedic culture. From four types of evidence: Vedic knowledge, direct experience, traditional wisdom, and logical induction one can understand the temporary, insubstantial situation of the material world, as a result of which one becomes detached from the duality of this world (Srimad Bhagavatam, 11.19.17). Sometimes you experience something, and then it hits you: “Oh, now I understand.” But the first-class student learns by hearing and does not need to experience difficulties in order to understand that they are troublesome.

Prahlada Maharaja is fearless because he was put in the most danger and yet every time, Krishna saved him. He knew that he did not need to be fearful. His father threw Prahlada off a cliff, and Krishna appeared halfway down and caught him in his arms. His father also threw him in a pit of snakes, tried to have him crushed under the feet of elephants, had his servants try to attack him with all manner of weapons, but Krishna always protected His devotee, Prahlada.

In this connection, Indradyumna Swami quoted from Bhagavad Gita 9.31: “O son of Kunti, declare it boldly that My devotee never perishes.”

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit the Swami’s facebook page and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from the Sadhu Sanga Retreat, his recent Russian tour, etc.

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Conquering Fear – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Conquering Fear  – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami has been giving classes in the morning for the Devotees who are serving on the Polish Festival tour. Last week, he spoke on a nice verse about conquering fear: Srimad Bhagavatam 7.9.15:

My Lord, who are never conquered by anyone, I am certainly not afraid of Your ferocious mouth and tongue, Your eyes bright like the sun or Your frowning eyebrows. I do not fear Your sharp, pinching teeth, Your garland of intestines, Your mane soaked with blood, or Your high, wedgelike ears. Nor do I fear Your tumultuous roaring, which makes elephants flee to distant places, or Your nails, which are meant to kill Your enemies.

Indradyumna Swami read Srila Prabhupada’s purport aloud to the assembled Devotees, which included:

The water of the sea is certainly dreadful for all living entities on the land, but within the sea even the small fish is unafraid. Why? Because the small fish has taken shelter of the big ocean.

In the lecture, Indradyumna Swami went on to describe that fearing is one of the principal activities of material, conditioned life. Whether people want to admit it or not, everyone is full of fear. They can put on a big smile, but deep in their hearts, he mentioned, everyone is full of fear in this world. Whether they will accept it or not, this world is a very dangerous place. “Anything can happen at any time,” Srila Prabhupada would say.

In the lecture, Indradyumna Swami recounts a pastime in which Srila Prabhupada had mentioned that he [Prabhupada] did not wish to come down to this horrible place [the material world]. However, he said, “Krsna told me, ‘You just go down [to the material world] and preach Krsna Consciousness, and I’ll take care of everything else.'” Only the most foolish person is not afraid in this world. Srila Prabhupada mentioned that only two people are not afraid of death: the pure devotee of the Lord and the fool. A nice, sobering point!

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit the Swami’s facebook page and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from the Sadhu Sanga Retreat, his recent Russian tour, etc.

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Preparing for Polish Woodstock – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Preparing for Polish Woodstock  – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami and the Polish festival team have been preparing for the upcoming Woodstock Festival for the past week now. The preparation efforts for Woodstock are rigorous for setting up “Krishna’s Village of Peace”. Indradyumna Swami wrote in a Facebook post:

Polish Woodstock 2018 [ Now Pol’and’Rock ] is still one week away. But our boys are already on the field setting up ‘Krsna’s Village of Peace.’ Over 1 million people are expected at the event. We plan to distribute over 150,000 full plates of prasadam [ 40 tons of foodstuffs ] and have Ratha Yatra 4 days in a row through the masses of people. Srila Prabhupada, please shower your mercy upon us that we may successfully achieve our goals to please you! We live only to serve you.

Indradyumna Swami describes about how people are beginning to trickle in and set up their tents at the event, which is free. The festival team takes the opportunity to try to serve the attendees and give them a taste for the bliss of spiritual life and of service to the Supreme. In another post, Indradyumna Swami wrote, “As our men continued setting up our ‘village’ I took the opportunity to walk around and meet some of the people who had arrived early.”

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit the Swami’s facebook page and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from the Sadhu Sanga Retreat, his recent Russian tour, etc.

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Bringing the Ramayana to Poland – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Bringing the Ramayana to Poland  – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami and the Polish festival team have been preparing for the upcoming Woodstock Festival. In the meantime, the Devotees have been continuing with their daily festival programs and have bee noting how much the people are affected by the performing arts centered on the pastimes of the Supreme. The Polish people have been so touched by the performances of the devotees this year, and Indradyumna Swami wrote in a Facebook post:

Yesterday during our performance of the Ramayana at our festival in Poland a number of people could be seen crying. Observing this my heart became completely satisfied. I saw their tears as the perfection of all our efforts to bring people into contact with Krsna consciousness through the performing arts. I remembered a similar experience Srila Prabhupada had when he played the part of Advaita Acarya in a theatrical production when he was in college:

“For more than a year, Abhay and the others rehearsed the Caitanya play, until finally their director allowed them to stage a public performance. Abhay, playing the part of Advaita Acarya, noticed that many people in the audience were crying. At first he could not understand why, but then he realized that because the players had been well trained and because they were sincere, the audience was moved.”

[ Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita, Volume One ]

Srila Prabhupada, we are eager to take our festival everywhere throughout the 14 worlds for your pleasure!

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All glories to the Devotees spreading Mahaprabhu’s mercy in Poland! All glories to Srila Gurudeva! All glories to Ananta Vrindavan das and his seva rendered at the lotus feet of Srila Gurudeva!

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit the Swami’s facebook page and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from the Sadhu Sanga Retreat, his recent Russian tour, etc.

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Srila Prabhupada’s books in Poland – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Srila Prabhupada’s books in Poland – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

The Polish Festival of India with His Holiness Indradyumna Swami has been going better than ever this year! Indradyumna Swami keeps disciples and the larger devotee community up to date through his Facebook posts which tell the news of more Polish people attending the festivals than ever before (rain or shine), especially of sankirtan and book distribution, which is always one of the main themes of the tour.

In fact, just a few days ago, Indradyumna Swami wrote in a Facebook post:

Srila Prabhupada’s request that his books be distributed is one of the main themes of our summer festival tour here in Poland. Each day on harinam as we advertise our event several book distributors follow behind us selling Srila Prabhupada’s literatures. During my 45 minute talk from the stage at the festival I encourage people to purchase Bhagavad Gita and offer to sign the books with a dedication afterwards. As soon as I get down from the stage there is always a line of people waiting with books. I can’t think of anything that satisfies me more than giving that talk each day and signing books afterwards, for I know that by doing so my spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, is pleased.

As the tour goes on, there are more and more heartwarming stories of how the Tour is impacting the local Polish people. In a touching Facebook post, Indradyumna Swami writes about this family:

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He writes:

This is a family that has been visiting our festival in Poland every summer for 12 years. They plan their vacation around our event. After our program this evening they decided to go deeper into Krsna consciousness and bought 10 books; one copy each of Srila Prabhupada’s large size Bhagavad Gita and one copy each of a smaller version of the Gita. They also purchased 4 other books on the science of self realization. “We have plenty of time to read them now on our vacation,” the gentleman said as they left. Srila Prabhupada must be so pleased!

All glories to the Devotees spreading Mahaprabhu’s mercy in Poland! All glories to Srila Gurudeva! All glories to Ananta Vrindavan das and his seva rendered at the lotus feet of Srila Gurudeva!

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit the Swami’s facebook page and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from the Sadhu Sanga Retreat, his recent Russian tour, etc.

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Festival of India: Spreading Hare Krishna along the Baltic Coast

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In 1996, according to a Polish poll, the three most popular people in the country were Pope John Paul II, Mr. Jurek Owsiak, and then-Polish-president Mr. Kwasniewski.

Who is this Jurek Owsiak? At the time, Owsiak was the director and founder of Poland’s biggest charity, the Great Orchestra of Christmas Help. Every year during the Christmas period, the charity would put on television benefit programs, during which the public phone in pledges to buy medical equipment for children’s hospitals. In 1995, the Orchestra raised one million dollars, no small amount for an Eastern European country.

In the mid-1990s, Owsiak had also arranged a folk-rock festival in the summer, called Woodstock. The festival, which is based on the concepts of the original Woodstock in America, is attended by tens of thousands of young people. His original reasoning behind organizing the festival was “so that all of the people who took part in the winter fundraising can come together for a summer meeting of love, peace, and music.”

But what is love? And how can peace be attained? And what kind of music will facilitate that?

When he met the ISKCON Sannyasa-Guru, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami Maharaja, and the 230 devotees of the Laksmi Nrsimha Traveling Festival, Owsiak decided to invite the Hare Krishna Devotees to his pre-planned Woodstock Festival. He knew that Indradyumna Swami would be facilitating 15 festivals along the Baltic Coast of Poland that very Summer and he knew how much these festivals had positively affected the youth, the children, the Polish men and women. He wanted the Devotees to bring their uplifting personalities, their colors and their vibrancy–but also the very serious message of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition that they represented–the same message that A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada had introduced to the West in 1965.

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In his lectures during the festival programs, Indradyumna Swami delivers the philosophy contained within the Bhagavad Gita, basing his lectures on Srila Prabhupada’s own classes, and he strategically attracts all to this ancient spiritual philosophy through the musical performances and theatrical presentations based on Vedic texts, graphic exhibits, stalls with books and handicrafts, and prasadam (sanctified vegetarian food) that the festivals include. Walking down the beaches of the Baltic Coast, Indradyumna Swami leads the harinam sankirtan party of Devotees, as they chant the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra, giving the Holy Name of Lord Krishna to the young men, women, and children who were otherwise having an ordinary Summer day. Indradyumna Swami writes updates on the progress of the festival on his Facebook page.

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The Vedic literatures and saintly teachers following them attest that the Lord is present in the sound of His Holy Name. When Indradyumna Swami delivers his lectures at the Polish festival programs and at the Woodstock festival, he discusses how actual peace can be obtained when we recognize that we are all God’s children; how love for the Supreme, Krishna, will enable us to rise above the duality and suffering we encounter in this world, and how chanting the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra can give us happiness—now—since it connects us to our spiritual source. “Associate with God, and you will also become happy,” Indradyumna Swami reiterates in his festival lectures.

As the festivals progress throughout the Summer, enlivening especially the youth and children of Poland, Ananta Vrindavan das, one of Indradyumna Swami’s disciples, is behind his camera, practicing his art of capturing stunning photographs of all the countless, blissful people participating in the kirtans and other festival activities. Ananta Vrindavan das, though humble, has refined his photography skills over the years, and especially concentrates on photographing devotee and other ISKCON events. Following his beloved Guru throughout the year, Ananta Vrindavan das takes photographs and creates beautiful Facebook albums, posted to Indradyumna Swami’s personal Facebook page, so that the Devotees can savor the memories for a lifetime.

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And the most joyous memories of the Baltic Coast festivals, for Indradyumna Swami, are the Polish people themselves and their personal accounts of how receiving a Bhagavad Gita, or hearing the Hare Krishna mantra sung on the beachfront, or trying delicious vegetarian prasadam, or joining the harinam and chanting and dancing next to Indradyumna Swami and the Devotees—had brought a joy to their lives not otherwise encountered. It was the missing puzzle piece in their lives.

In fact, every year, Indradyumna Swami meets someone who tells him that their journey in Krishna Consciousness, in Bhakti Yoga, began as a child, a young Polish girl or boy, who attended a festival program that changed the course of their lives. Indradyumna Swami meets with such people, the men and the women of Poland, hears and records their stories in his well-known “Diary of a Traveling Monk” and finds ways to then involve them in devotional service, so that their inner bliss, the very nascent beginning of their spiritual lives, doesn’t simply end when the festival ends.

This year, he met Kasia, a woman who told him that she’d first come to the festival with her parents when she was 11 years old. She returned this year, some 20 years later, with her own daughter. “I wanted her to have the same wonderful experience I had at your festival when I was young,” she said. “And most important I wanted to buy the book I remember you spoke on during my first visit years ago.” The book is Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad Gita As It Is. Indradyumna Swami wrote of this experience on his Facebook page.

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The women are given the opportunity to meet with the female disciples of Indradyumna Swami, and they are given saris, chant and dance with the devotees during the festival programs, and learn the basic tenets of the Gaudiya Vaishnava philosophy by interacting with the Devotees and by attending question and answer sessions held during the festival programs. Similarly, the men meet with the male disciples of Indradyumna Swami, chant and dance during the festival kirtans, and also learn the philosophy of Bhakti Yoga as presented in the Bhagavad Gita. Look at the photos contained within the Summer albums on Indradyumna Swami’s Facebook page and you’ll see it: the smiles and happiness adorning the faces of those who are uplifted by the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra and the philosophy of Bhakti Yoga.

When Owsiak invited Indradyumna Swami to that very first Woodstock Festival so many years ago, he didn’t know that he would be facilitating millions of people, over the course of the next 22 years, to participate in the blissful chanting of Lord Krishna’s Holy Names; he didn’t know that he would be giving the boys and girls of Poland a chance to find lasting happiness by learning about Vedic culture and the message of the Bhagavad Gita; he didn’t know that he was inviting men and women of all ages and creeds to “Krishna’s Village of Peace,” a place where they could experience a “different, better world” of equality that rises above the bodily platform—and not just for three days—but for as long as they wished; and finally, he didn’t know that he had connected them to the transcendental message that A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada brought to the West over 50 years ago now—through the dedicated service of a dedicated disciple, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami.

After the first Woodstock Festival, Owsiak wrote a stunningly heartfelt letter to Indradyumna Swami and the Polish Tour Devotees, which summed up the entire objective and purpose of the Baltic Coast festivals:

Dear Friends,

We will remember your being with us at the Woodstock Stop ‘96 forever. The peaceful Krsna village contributed extraordinary color and became one with the main stage, from which you gave your message of love, friendship, and peace to the young. Your efficient activities were praised by everyone who came to the festival. Your food and your meetings with the people will stay in our memory for a long time, together with the message of your philosophy, words, rites, and manners. All this gave us a three-day experience of a different, better world, and your music came to the hearts of everyone.

On behalf of my foundation, I’d especially like to thank Indradyumna Swami for being with us with his spirit, body, and work. Thank you for the delicious meals, smiles, and for everything.

Jurek Owsiak,

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With Srila Prabhupada’s mercy and guidance, may His Holiness Indradyumna Swami Maharaja and the Devotees continue to enliven and uplift the Polish people through their lively and vibrant presentation of Vedic culture for 28+ more years.

ABOUT INDRADYUMNA SWAMI

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami is a disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krsna Consciousness, who brought Bhakti Yoga to the western world in 1965. Indradyumna Swami is a spiritual leader, traveling monk, public speaker, writer, photographer, and Kirtan leader. He has been traveling the world spreading the peaceful teachings of Bhakti Yoga and running large-scale festival programs which feature kirtan (mantra meditation set to music), theatrical presentations of Vedic texts, and prasadam (vegetarian food that has been offered to the Lord).

Indradyumna Swami is well-known for narrating his experiences and documenting his festival programs in his Diary of a Traveling Monk series. Among the community of Gaudiya-Vaisnava devotees, he is also known for leading a 300-person pilgrimage to the holy city of Vrindavan during the auspicious month of Kartik and for coordinating a 2,000-person kirtan retreat in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains every Summer.

For updates on his travels and activities, follow Indradyumna Swami on his Facebook and Twitter pages, and listen to his kirtans and lectures on his official Youtube channel and on his lecture archive website, Narottam.