In this issue we continue with Amala Bhakta Dasa’s three-part series on essential qualities for God-realization, the list under discussion having been given by Lord Krishna Himself. It includes such entries as freedom from possessiveness, moderation in eating, and dependence on God.
In “Thank God,” Arcana Siddhi Devi Dasi writes about another important quality: gratitude. Without it, we won’t get far in our spiritual pursuits. In “An Encounter with Srila Prabhupada,” Ramakar expresses his gratitude for a life-changing event that took place more than thirty years ago.
We devotees in the Hare Krishna movement know we owe a debt of gratitude to all the previous spiritual masters in our line. In “Origins of Disciplic Succession,” Satyaraja Dasa explains how the lineage of those spiritual teachers stretches back to the beginning of creation. The theme of creation plays a big role in “Time, the Winkless God,” by Mathuresha Dasa, where we learn how the Vedic description of creation sheds light on the philosophically challenging concept of time.
One consideration of time is how much of it we waste. In “Remember God?” Bhakti-lata Devi Dasi tells how she decided to stop wasting time and renew her relationship with God.
Hare Krishna.— Nagaraja Dasa, Editor