A little after midnight, Sundar Ananda Prabhu and Madhava Krishna Prabhu drives Avadhut Maharaj and I to Moscow's Ladozhsky railway station to get 1:05 a.m. train to Saint Petersburg. We arrive at the Moskovsky railway station in Saint Petersburg just before ten, and are met by the two Amritas — Krishna and Mayi.
As we walk along the platform to the exit, past shrewd taxi drivers touting for fares, a particularly enterprising individual, in a testament to Avadhut Maharaj's prolific preaching efforts in Saint Petersburg, shouts: "Taksi! Krishna!"
I have hailed many taxis in Russia, but this is the first time I have been hailed — as a Krishna! I don't know why I am so surprised. It is a fitting tribute to the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's preaching mission, especially here in Saint Petersburg.
Are we not, at this moment, carrying 10,000 full-color flyers inviting the Saint Petersburg residents to not one, but two huge public festivals at Drugoy Mir (Another World) to celebrate the 74th anniversary of Srila Govinda Maharaj's appearance?
With such dynamic preaching — from one end of Russia, Saint Petersburg, to the other, Khabarovsk, near the Chinese border — it is certainly not surprising that Russians know who the Krishna's are!