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Indradyumna Swami, Poland 2007

Indradyumna Swami is a Vaishnava swami[1] and a religious leader for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).[2] He is a disciple of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada[3][2] and is known for his traveling and preaching activities around the world,[3] especially in Poland.[3] Indradyumna Swami shares his experiences and realizations as a traveling preacher in his journal The Diary of a Traveling Preacher.[4]

Born as Brian Tibbitts on May 20, 1949 in Palo Alto, California.[4][5] He eventually joined the US Marines to stop the spread of communism in Vietnam; but a year later he was discharged as a conscientious objector.[4] In December 1971 he was initiated by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and given the name Indradyumna Dasa.[6]

Indradyumna left the USA in 1972 journeying to Europe where he helped open new centers in France[7]. In 1979 when he was 29, he took a vow of lifelong dedication to missionary activities as a celibate monk, engtering the renounced order of sannyasa as Indradyumna Swami.[4] In the early 1980s he served as the temple president at the New Mayapur château temple and farm near Chateauroux in France.

Among other international destinations in 2001 he headed up Food for Life's international relief effort to provide hot meals to 250,000[8] tsunami survivors in Sri Lanka[9].

Indradyumna Swami has been involved in coordinating the annual Festival of India tour in Poland since 1990. The festivals seek to introduce people to India's ancient cultural traditions through a feast of entertainment and education involving:[10] classical Indian dance performances, theatre with larger-than-life puppets, presentations on Hindu texts such as Bhagavad-gita, musical performances, graphic exhibits, stalls with books and handicrafts, vegetarian food. The events are attended by between 5,000 to 10,000 people at a time.

Since 1996 Indradyumna Swami and the Polish Festival of India team have participated in the Przystanek Woodstock free music festival organized over the first weekend in August each year by Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity. Dubbed Europe's largest annual open air event, Przystanek Woodstock is attended by over 300,000 people each year. Within the mayhem of this setting Indradyumna Swami and the Festival of India team of more than 500 volunteers set up a spiritual sanctuary called "Krishna's Village of Peace"[11].

Footnotes

  1. ^ List of Sannyasis in ISKCON April 2008 ISKCON Sannyasa Ministry, Retrieved on 2008-05-05
  2. ^ a b Pałubicki 1998, p. 95
  3. ^ a b c Dwyer & Cole 2007, p. 25
  4. ^ a b c d Biography of Indradyumna Swami
  5. ^ Swami, I. (1993). Shelter beyond duality. Back to Godhead, 27(5).
  6. ^ Prabhupada, A. C. B. S. (2003). 1971 Correspondence. In Bhaktivedanta VedaBase. Los Angeles, Ca: Bhaktivedant Book Trust International.
  7. ^ Swami, I. (1997). Vysa-puja homages from Sannyasis - Indradyumna Swami. In Sri Vyasa-puja 1997. Los Angeles, CA: Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International.
  8. ^ ISKCON serves 250,000 freshly cooked meals to survivors. (2005, February 14). Colombo Daily News.
  9. ^ Packree, S., & Sookha, B. (2005, January 12). Opening hearts, wallets for disaster relief funds. Daily News.
  10. ^ Prahlada, S. (2000). Bharata culture on the Baltic coast. Back To Godhead, 34(4).
  11. ^ Das, K.-k. (2003). Krishna's village of peace. Back To Godhead, 37(1).

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