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I thank Avadhut Maharaj for giving me the opportunity to help him with his service here.

Friday, January 23rd, 2004

Moscow, Russia

Brief Reunion

Imminent departure

I will be returning to India tomorrow. I was scheduled to return on Tuesday but since my Ukrainian lecture tour was cut short, I can leave a little earlier; I was able to confirm the airline ticket change this morning.

Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj is here at the temple in Moscow; he arrived six days ago to begin a three-week tour of Russia and Siberia. We spend the day together, and I give him a brief report on some of my activities.

Goswami Maharaj will spend next week at the temple in Saint Petersburg and begin a one-week lecture tour of Siberia the following week. The last time we were together preaching in Russia was in April last year, right after I took sannyas, when we toured Siberia together for six days.

My life has become so auspicious by the grace of Goswami Maharaj. From the earliest days in the jungles of Africa to the sub-continent of India, from the temple in San Jose and the tours here in Russia, Goswami Maharaj has always been there to guide and advise me. I will be sorry to leave his association so soon.

I have been here in Russia for almost four months and it has been great. I have learned do much from the wonderful service attitude of all sincere devotees here and in the Ukraine.

I thank Avadhut Maharaj for giving me the opportunity to help him with his service here in the Russian Mission of the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math before he leaves to get the overnight train to Saint Petersburg to conduct the public program at the temple there tomorrow.

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