Cows are Sacred
The Harivamsha depicts Krishna as a cowherd. He is often described as Bala Gopala, ‘the child who protects the cows’. Another of Krishna’s names Govinda, means “one who brings satisfaction to the cows.”Other scriptures identify the cow as the ‘Mother’ of all civilization, its milk nurturing the population. The gift of a cow is applauded as the highest kind of gift.
The milk of a cow is believed to promote sattvic (purifying) qualities. The ghee (clarified butter) from the milk of a cow is used in ceremonies and in preparing religious food. Cow dung is used as fertilizer, as a fuel and as a disinfectant in homes. Modern science acknowledges that the smoke from cow dung is a powerful disinfectant and an anti-pollutant. Its urine is also used for religious rituals as well as medicinal purposes. The supreme purificatory material, panchagavya, was a mixture of five products of the cow, namely milk, curd, ghee, urine and dung. The most common word for cow is GHO, cognate with the English COW and Latin BOS, the Sanskrit word for cattle is PASU.
Cows are the foremost of all living things. Themselves sacred, they are the best of cleansers and sanctifiers. People should cherish cows for obtaining prosperity and even peace. Cows are said to represent the highest energy both in this world and the world that is above. There is nothing that is more sacred or sanctifying than cows.
Mohandas Gandhi once said,’The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated’. One of the foremost political and spiritual leaders of the last century, Gandhi, Father of our Nation, was a model of moral strength for Ahimsa. But why do we children have greater cruelty for animals ?
Of all kinds of animal killing, the killing of cows is most vicious because the cow gives us all kinds of pleasure by supplying milk. Cow slaughter is an act of the grossest type of ignorance. It is such an ungratefulness , that one who being fully satisfied by milk, is desirous of killing the cow. The cows should be allowed to die of natural causes. Under no circumstances may a cow be killed. Every hour in India one million animals are killed for human consumption. If each one of us cut back on our animal consumption imagine how many lives will be spared. More federal laws must arise to protect animals from cruelty.
Each one of us can help prevent animals from suffering simply by choosing vegetarian options been easier to replace animal products with readily a vegetarian alternatives. ‘Vegetarian diets can meet all the recommendation for nutrients’.