Ratha Yatra is integral to our presence at this year’s Polish Woodstock festival, or “Pol’and’Rock.” There’s a large avenue that cuts through the entire event of 2.2 million people and we go up and down that road for 4 hours a day, every day for 4 days. Everyone sees us and most important Lord Jagannath sees everyone as well. That is the true spirit of Ratha Yatra. The people love the chariot parade as seen in these photos. A constant flood of mercy by Srila Prabhupada’s grace. It was he who brought this all-auspicious event to the western world!
Our Ratha Yatra parade at this year’s Pol’and’Rock Festival goes up and down the main road of the event for 4 hours each day. Everyone sees us and most important Lord Jagannath sees everyone. That is the true spirit of Ratha Yatra. The crowds love the chariot parade as witnessed by the hundreds of people who join in each time. A constant flood of mercy here in Poland by Srila Prabhupada’s grace. It was he who brought this all-auspicious event to the western world. Jaya Jagannath!
The success of our Krsna’s Village Of Peace was far beyond our expectations this year at Polish Woodstock, or Pol’and’Rock. We made big plans, but it seems Krsna had even bigger plans. More people came to our village than we ever expected, more people took prasadam than we dreamed would and it was impossible to count the number of people who chanted with us on our 4 Ratha Yatra parades through the masses and in our Mantra Yoga tent. Only Krsna knows all the details. And we pray He was pleased!
It is said that Lord Caitanya’s secret weapon is prasadam, or vegetarian food offered to the Supreme Lord. It’s no longer a secret in Poland, however, as we distributed 160,000 plates of prasadam in Krsna’s Village of Peace at the recent Woodstock festival, now known as the Pol’and’Rock festival. We cooked, offered and distributed all that prasadam in 5 days to the people attending the event. We prepared over 50 tons of foodstuffs! Two hundred devotees worked in shifts around the clock in 7 different large kitchens. Prasadam is tasty, nourishing and purifying. Our hearts were completely satisfied introducing the wonderful world of Krsna consciousness to the people in this way.
The heart of Krsna’s Village Of Peace at the Polish Woodstock festival this year was our Mantra Yoga tent. There, the chanting of the Hare Krsna mantra pulsated for 18 hours a day. The special nature of those kirtans was the fact that the audience was overwhelmingly festival goers. Devotees were there, of course, but for the express purpose of facilitating the people’s experience of joy in chanting the holy names. We all wished those kirtans would go on forever. And one day they will, when we are back home in the spiritual sky!
August 9, 2019: Lecture- Don’t Stop When You’re Tired. Stop When You’re Done
Dear disciples: A new class is up on narottam.com. “Don’t Stop When You’re Tired. Stop When You’re Done.”
This year’s Krsna’s Village Of Peace at Polish Woodstock [ Pol’ And ‘Rock ] was successful beyond our wildest imagination. Literally tens of thousands of people got a first hand experience of Krsna consciousness through daily Ratha Yatras, prasadam and the chanting of the holy names. It was an historic few days in the history of our ISKCON movement.
Dear disciples: A new class is up on www.narottam.com. It is called, “Sitting On The Corner Watching All The Girls Go By”. It’s based on Srila Prabhupada’s purport about the perils of youth and how not to get distracted from the real goal of life.
We’re back from Woodstock, holding our festivals in towns and villages along the Baltic Sea coast here in Poland. The weather is better, there are more tourists on the coast and our festivals are as popular as ever. We’re a bit tired, but that’s to be expected after a blistering pace the first half of the summer and Woodstock on top of that. But nothing can deter us as we share the wonders of Krsna conscious with everyone we meet!