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I have been here at the temple in Lakhta, on and off, for over
three months.

Wednesday, January 14th, 2004

Saint Petersburg, Russia

To Moscow

Last day in Saint Petersburg

This is my last day in Saint Petersburg: I leave this afternoon for the temple in Moscow. Tomorrow, I begin a ten-day, four-city lecture tour of the Ukraine. I will visit Zaporizhzhya, Kiev, Odessa, and Kharkiv, return to Moscow on the 25th, and fly to Delhi and Kolkata a day or two later.

I have been here at the temple in Lakhta, on and off, for a little over three months — since just before the Baltic Sea froze for the winter. It has been a pleasant stay. With the no-nonsense Vijay Raman Prabhu in charge, everybody knows what they have to do, and everything gets done right.

I like Vijay Raman Prabhu; everybody does. Despite his sometimes bluff manner, everybody knows that he cares for the devotees and that he always has their best interests at heart. I have a long talk with him, appreciating his hospitality and service.

Many devotees gather to see me off — Ananda Vardana, Makhanchora, Yasoda Nanadana, Joytir Moy, Divya Sundar, Ragalekha, Nava Gopi, and Urmilla — and I thank them all and appreciate their dedication and service to the mission.

Amrita Krishna Prabhu drives Ashutosha Krishna Prabhu and me to the Moskovsky railway station. It is a warm day (2°C) so the roads and sidewalks are full of slush. The train pulls out of the station at four o' clock.

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