Save the Holy Cows, Stop Killing them!!
“Gaavo Vishwasya Maatarah”. Cow is the mother of the world not of any one person or country. After Mother Earth, Mother Cow is the greatest giver on planet earth. In Sanskrit the word ‘Goushala’ literally means cow protection or the place where cows are sheltered. Other Sanskrit names for the cow are Gou-mata (mother cow), Kamadhenu (wish fulfilling cow), and Aghnya (never to be killed). This cow-killing is the most sinful activity and who does that will suffer in many ways.
The Vedic literatures (Hindu scriptures) state that protection must be given to weak and helpless living entities by the stronger members of society. It is the duty of a householder to protect and provide not only for one’s family but even for the ants that live within one’s house; what to speak of higher living entities like the cow, who are at the mercy of their owners. The scriptures state that the cow is our mother. We drink the milk from the cow, therefore we must accept her as our mother and protect her. As such how can a civilized society allow violence to come to such helpless living entities, who sustain us all with their milk.”
In Hinduism the cow is held sacred due to the fact that it is very dear to Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This is explained in the Hindu scriptures as follows:
govindaya namo namah
[Vishnu Purana 1.19.65]
“I offer repeated obeisances unto Lord Krishna, who is the protector and well-wisher of the cows and the brahmanas. He is also the protector of the entire society. Unto that Lord, who is always satisfying the senses of the cows, I offer my obeisance’s again and again.”
The words go-brahmana-hitaya indicates that the Supreme Lord is especially concerned with the welfare of the cows and the qualified brahmanas (spiritual teachers). The Lord is concerned with everyone’s welfare, but the cows are especially dear to Him. The brahmanas (spiritual teachers) are dear to the Lord because they worship him, as indicated by the words brahmanya-devaya (the Lord of the brahmanas).
When Lord Krishna appeared on this planet 5,000 years ago, he appeared as a cowherd boy. This was due to his great love for the cows. Even in the spiritual realm, the Lord is engaged in herding the spiritual cows, as stated in the Hindu scriptures:
lakshavrteshu surabhir abhipaalayantam
govindam aadi-purusham tam aham bhajami
“Lord Krishna is situated in a spiritual abode made of transcendental gems. In that abode he is surrounded by millions of desire fulfilling trees (kalpa-vriksha), and he takes pleasure in tending the divine cows. He is always being served with great reverence and affection by hundreds of thousands of devotees. To that Supreme Lord, who is always trying to satisfy the senses of the cows, and who is the original person, I offer my worship.”
The great Hindu saint, Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati, while commenting on this verse states: “Kama-dhenus (cows yielding the fulfillment of all desire) give milk when they are milked; but the kama-dhenus of the spiritual world pour forth oceans of milk in the shape of the fountain of love showering transcendental bliss that does away with the hunger and thirst of all pure devotees.”
The cows of this world are the material reflections of the divine cows of the spiritual realm. As such, the Lord blesses them by basing the entire Hindu (Vedic) culture on their protection.
The very word Govinda, which is a famous name of Lord Krishna, means “one who brings satisfaction to the cows”. And Lord Krishna has many such transcendental names which reflect His relationship to the cows. Gopala means “the protector of the cows”, and Krishna is famous throughout India as bala-gopala, “the child who protects the cows”.
All these rules and regulations in the scriptures are given by the Lord for the protection of the cows. When these rules are not followed, and when the world turns away from the injunctions of the scriptures by violating the rights of the helpless, at that time the Lord descends to reestablish the principles of religion, to punish the miscreants and to protect his devotees.
Thus, according to Hindu scriptures, a civilization where there is no respect for the cow is condemned. The cows which Lord Krishna personally tends and protects are not the mundane cows of this material world. They are the surabhi cows of the spiritual realm of Vaikuntha:
“lakshavriteshu surabhir abhipalayantam ”
The supreme transcendental realm is called ‘Goloka’ because it is the abode of ‘go’, transcendental cows, and ‘gopa’, transcendental cowherds. These transcendental cows are the greatest devotees of the Lord.
Krishna also provides protection to the mundane cows of this world, but in an indirect way. For their protection he establishes the principles of religion and the Vedic culture. Krishna is the protector of dharma (religion), but in order to accomodate the free will of the living entities, sometimes He allows dharma to become degraded, and as a result the cows (and the entire world) are mistreated. At such a time, the Lord will incarnate to reestablish the principles of religion. Of course the true protection the Lord gives his devotees goes much beyond this. He does not protect us from death, He actually protects us from life – life in this material existence. People with a very limited vision of existence think death is our enemy, and we must prolong this life as much as possible. But those with a spiritual vision understand that the soul is eternal, and he will continue his journey in his next body. As such, our need no longer becomes protection from death, as death is nothing more than a passing phase of one body. We actually need to be protected from this life and attachment to its false bodily possessions.
The Lord’s protection is absolute. He is protecting each and every one of us. Some people he protects from death, other’s he protects from life. In both cases He is protecting them, because he is seeing to the protection of their eternal soul, and not just their external body. The entire material creation is for the protection of the living entities. Krishna is drawing us back towards His spiritual abode. From the perspective of eternal time, one life span, or even a thousand life spans, are not very significant. The actual purpose of the Lord’s incarnations is to reclaim the fallen conditioned souls through His transcendental association. This is the Lord’s true protection, which he gives very freely to the cows of Vrindavana.
The Vedic culture is centered on sacrifice, and for sacrifice one requires ghee (clarified butter). Thus it is the cows which allow man to worship the Lord through sacrifice. The cows provide man with milk, ghee, and curds, all of which were essential in the worship of the Lord. Now due to the influence of the present age of Kali (“the period of darkness”), sacrifice to the Lord has stopped, and as a result the cows are neglected, despite the immense service they perform for society.
“Sarve Devaah Sthitha Dehe Sarva Devamyaahi Gou”
The above sloka means that all the deities dwell in the body of a cow. Kamadhenu she is a miraculous “cow of plenty” who provides her owner whatever he desires .
The place where a cow resides with happiness and joy, becomes as sacred as the holiest of a pilgrimage, and even the dust of that place becomes pure.The host who is supposed to perform the ‘Yagya’ has to purify himself by drinking PANCHAGAVYA, which is a mixture of milk, curd, ghee, urine of the cow, and the Cow dung all acquired from the cow.The rice that is cooked in milk with sugar is called Kheer, which has been called PARAMANNA (the supreme food) in Sanskrit language. Ghee is supposed to increase vitality and the life span of the man and without it’s use the food preparation is even is considered impure.Those people who serve the cows with great dedication receive rarest of boons from them.
Cow Protection Benefits:
Human Benifits: Cow protection brings happiness and perfection in life. Cow protection is the most important business of human society. Cow killing is the only reason of wide spread terrorism. Perfect way to give some relief to this world by following the path of serving humanity shown by God. Because of innumerable benefits of cow products i.e. the milk, curds, ghee and even the urine and dung which have medical, agricultural and industrial application the whole humanity is benefited.
Medical Benifts: Cow urine & dung provide the right solutions for most of the diseases, that are considered incurable. Cow urine has natural disinfectant and antiseptic qualities. It helps in curing Cancer, AIDS, Asthma, Diabetes, Psoriasis, Eczema, Heart Diseases, Hypertension, Piles, Prostate, Liver, Kidney, Female Diseases, Hepatitis, Acidity, Fits, Ulcer, Spleen, Ear, Sexual Disorders, Nose, Eye, Cough & Cold, Migraine, Headache, Gout, Sodalities, Sciatica and other chronic ailments.
Ecolgical Benefits : Allows us to lead a simple & pollution free life. Manures from cow urine & dung, makes the soil fertile, for yielding more nutrient fruits & Vegetables for healthy life. Helps in overcoming the negatives of Chemical fertilizers.Helps in maintaining the quality of underground water Usage of Cow Panch-gavya products is the more simple and Practical approach to serve the Cows. Panchgavya can be used in energy productions such as BIOGAS AND ELECTRICITY, which surpasses the harmful effects of production of energy through conventional sources like burning of fossil fuels and nuclear fuel.
Spritual Benifits: The Supreme Personality of God head Lord Krishna advises Go-raksha, which means cow protection in His instructions of Bhagavad gitä Cows are dear to Lord Krishna. That is why Krishna is also called Gopal that is saviour of the cows. It releases from past sinful reaction, protection from both moral and spiritual degradation.The cow products (panchgavya)are used to perform yagna sacrifieces, the prescribed duties of humans described in Vedas.
“If the cows are protected by Lord Krishna [God], then no force on this world should be able to harm the cows. Why then is there so much slaughtering of cows going on in this world?”
“How can one who has ever drunk cows milk justify the killing and eating of such a mother as the sacred cow ?”
“Till cows are slaughtered, no religious or social function can bring its fruit.Since the cruel killing of cows and other animal have commenced, I have anxiety for the future generation”- Lala Lajpat Rai
“Cow’s milk is tonic, its ghee is ambrosia and its meat is disease”.- Prophet Mohammed
Well, all of us are busy in our own work but please take sometime to read this.Together we can change the world, one good deed at a time. Nothing is IMPOSSIBLE. In the word IMPOSSIBLE there is “I” “M” am “POSSIBLE”. Together we shall spread this message and motive people to SAVE THE HOLY COW and make a difference. We shall be the voice of this innocent COW. Please share this inormation with your friends and spread the word ”Save the Cow, Save the Nation and Save the World”
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