In this issue we learn about the plight of homeless cows in Vrindavana, the holy city connected with Lord Krishna, and efforts by a group of Hare Krishna devotees to rescue and shelter them. Though people in the West scoff at the idea of venerating cows and bulls, devotees of Krishna know of the special place these peaceful creatures hold both in the traditionally agrarian culture of India and in Lord Krishna’s heart.
Compassion for the cow is a natural emotion for godly souls and one of the many attractive qualities that Lord Krishna lists as pleasing to Him and essential for human culture. In this issue, Amala-bhakta Dasa completes his three-part series on Krishna’s list of “Godly Qualities for God Realization.” In “The Government’s Duty: To Teach Krishna Consciousness,” Chandrashekhara Acharya Dasa, publishing his first article in this magazine, explains that God realization should be the quest of every citizen, nurtured by a God-conscious government.
During the time of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, around five hundred years ago, God consciousness (Krishna consciousness) flourished in Bengal, and Parama Seva Dasa, also appearing in these pages for the first time, guides us on a tour of a unique holy site on the bank of the Ganges.
Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor