At ten o' clock in the morning, Avadhut Maharaj arrives from the Moscow temple with four other devotees: Yadhu Krishna Prabhu, Madhava Krishna Prabhu, Ashutosha Krishna Prabhu, and Achutya Priya Prabhu.
Avadhut Maharaj, who had the beginnings of a cold when I last saw him in Moscow on Sunday, now has the full-blown symptoms of the flu. He spends most of the afternoon recuperating in bed.
I have not seen Ashutosha Krishna Prabhu since we parted company in Izhevsk. When I returned to Saint Petersburg at the end of a five-city lecture tour of Western Russia, Ashutosha Krishna Prabhu flew to Krasnoyarsk to meet and continue his service as the tour translator for Srutasrava Prabhu, who was then just beginning his one-week lecture tour of Siberia.
Achutya Krishna Prabhu, a bright young university student living here at the temple, has been away for the past week, visiting his aged parents who live in Miass, a city in west central Russia, for the New Year. He will be good company for Swarupananda Prabhu, another young university student who has come from Zaporizhzhya in the Ukraine, to spend ten days of his vacation here in the temple.