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I Tried to Find Spiritual Enlightenment at a Music Festival

In August 1969, Sridhar Silberfein stood onstage at Woodstock and received a divine transmission. His guru, Swami Satchidananda, had just offered a spiritual invocation to the 400,000 assembled hippies—”I am overwhelmed with joy to see the entire youth of America gathered here in the name of the fine art of music”—and then turned to gaze out upon the crowd with his young student.

Silberfein told Swami Satchidananda that someday they’d have the same number of people chanting the names of God. Satchidananda said he hoped so. In 2008, six years after Satchidananda’s death, Silberfein kept the promise by helping launch the first Bhakti Fest, featuring enlightened masters instead of rock stars and love as the drug. …

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