After the lectures at the Dialog Cafe on the previous two evenings, we invited the members of the audience to come over to the apartment that we are staying at if they have any further questions. We have had a steady stream of devotees and guests stop by yesterday and today.
One gentleman in particular, Oleg, a 28-year old who has attended both the evening lectures arrives early on both days, asks many questions and stays for lunch. I give him a copy of Srila Guru Maharaj's Sri Guru and His Grace.
At the third and final evening lecture at the Dialog Cafe on "Vedic Culture in the Modern Age," I feel like I know everybody. We have had a good turnout of about fifty people on all three nights, and many of the faces are now familiar.
On the first evening I gave a general conception of Vedic culture, on the second evening I tried to show the scientific basis of Krishna consciousness, and on my final night I explain the absolute necessity of Sri Guru in our search for Sri Krishna.
After the program I talk to Oleg and two teenagers, Gleb and Vladimir. They have attended the lectures on all three nights, and are very interested in Krishna consciousness. (Gleb and Vladimir had to brave the teasing of their friends to attend, but now even the friends are here, chatting amiably.)
We exchange email addresses and I give them all the latest copy of the Russian Sadhu Sangha magazine (with addresses and contacts of the Russian mission) and a copy of Sri Guru and His Grace. It has been a pleasant three days here in Balakovo, and I have met many sincere seekers.