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Seeing me in my saffron-colored robes, the driver shouts: "Taksi! Hare Krishna! Hare Rama!"

Tuesday, December 9th, 2003

Saint Petersburg, Russia

New Greeting

"Taksi! Hare Krishna! Hare Rama!"

Yesterday, after almost two weeks on the road — traveling by car from Moscow to Tambov, Saratov, Balakovo, Tolyatti, and Izhevsk — I flew from the Izhavia airport in Izhevsk, back to the Pulkovo airport in Saint Petersburg on a tiny Izhavia State Air-Enterprise airplane.

Once again, Amrita Krishna Prabhu and his wife, Amrita Mayi Devi Dasi, were there to meet me. And once again — a clear sign of the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's growing presence here in Saint Petersburg — as we walked through the arrival hall to the exit, another shrewd taxi driver, seeing me in my saffron-colored sannyas robes, shouted: "Taksi! Hare Krishna! Hare Rama!"

Last month this greeting was a novelty; now I am getting used to it; next month I will be expecting it.

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