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Polish Woodstock Takes a New Direction

By: for Bhaktivedanta Manor Newsletter on Oct. 11, 2008

This year’s Woodstock in Poland was billed as Europe’s largest open-air music event with 52 rock bands plus Warsaw’s Philharmonic Orchestra, to add a touch of culture. The fields are filled to capacity with an ocean of tents and more than 300,000 young people and, under the leadership of Indradyumna Swami, ISKCON had a large presence.


This year Jurek Owsiak, the main
organizer of the event, decided to
take the festival in a new direction
in order to encourage the youth to
achieve positive goals. Devotees were
scheduled to speak about spiritual
science, ayurvedic medicine, devotional
yoga, and solutions to environmental
problems.


When the Indian Ambassador to
Poland, His Excellency Chandra Mohan
Bhandari, heard about the new direction
Woodstock was taking, he expressed
his eagerness to promote India’s culture
among the youth of Poland. The
Ambassador decided to spend the entire
three days of Woodstock participating
in ISKCON’s Village of Peace.


At the opening ceremony on the
main stage before a bustling crowd of
150,000, Jurek invited Indradyumna
Swami and the Ambassador to the front
of the stage as the crowd cheered.


That
evening the Ratha-yatra parade was
featured on Poland’s main television
news channel. Viewers saw the Lord’s
smiling face and enthusiastic devotees
loudly chanting His holy names.


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