domingo, 21 de marzo de 2010

Importance of Cows

The Lord is the protector of cows & the brahminical culture. A society devoid of cow protection & brahminical culture is not under the direct protection of the Lord, just as the prisoners in the jails are not under the protection of the king but under the protection of a severe agent of the king.

Srimad Bhagavatam 1.14.34 purport

Without cow protection and cultivation of the brahminical qualities in human society, at least for a section of the members of society, no human civilization can prosper at any length.

The cow is our MOTHER. Vedic philosophy teaches there are 7 mothers:

1) the birth mother,
2) the nurse,
3) the wife of the brahmana,
4) the wife of the king,
5) the wife of the spiritual master,
6) the earth, and
7) the cow.

To teach by example, Sri Krishna and Lord Balaram show us when They descend into this world, how important it is to protect, love and serve Cows and Bulls.
Krishna is known as Gopala (protector of the Cows) or Govinda (one who gives pleasure to the Cows). Lord Balaram represents plowing the land for agriculture and therefore always carries a plow in His hand, whereas Krishna tends Cows and therefore carries a flute in His hand. Thus the two brothers represent krisi-raksha (protecting Bulls by engaging them in farming) and go-raksha (protecting the Cows). Srimad Bhagavatam 10.5.20 Purport

Lord Krishna says in Srimad Bhagavatam, "
I can be worshiped within the Cows by offerings of grass and other suitable grains and paraphernalia for the pleasure and health of the Cows, and one may worship Me within the Vaishnavas by offering loving friendship to them and honoring them in all respects."

, the sacred cow which grants all wishes and desires and lives in swargalok (heaven), emerged from the ocean of milk (ksheerasagar) at the time of samudramanthan (the great churning of the ocean by the demigods (suras) and demons (asuras). It was presented to the seven sages by the demigods, and in course of time came into the possession of Sage Vasishta.

Kamadhenu's complexion is like the white clouds. Every part of cow's body has a religious significance. Its four legs symbolize the four Vedas, and its teats the four Purusharthas. Its horns symbolize the gods, its face symbolizes the sun and the moon, its shoulders Agni (the god of fire), and its legs the Himalayas.

Kamadhenu is also well-known through its other five forms: Nanda, Sunanda, Surabhi, Susheela and Sumana.

The cow symbolizes the dharma itself. It is said to have stood steadily upon the earth with its four feet during the Satyug, upon three feet during the Tretayug, upon two feet during the Dwaparyug and only on one leg (truthfulness) during Kaliyug.

There is no wealth equal to cows. To talk about cows, to hear others speak about cows, to offer gifts of cows to worthy people and to see cows are all auspicious activities. There is never any inauspiciousness in cows.

That country or nation where cows are protected and live without fear of slaughter becomes exalted and the sins of that country are evaporated.

Cows constitute the stairs that lead to heaven. Cows are adored in heaven. Cows are goddesses competent to grant every righteous wish and desire.Verily there is nothing in the worlds more elevated or superior to cows.

The Surabhi cow descended from the spiritual world and manifested herself in the heavenly spheres from the aroma of celestial nectar for the benefit of all created beings.
The direct descendants of the Surabhi cows are the sacred cows from the continent India which are uniquely similar to the Surabhi cows owing to the beautiful hump on their backs & the wonderfully soft folds of skin under their necks.

Since all cows in the world today are descendants of the sacred Surabhi cows of India, they are all holy and should always be lovingly cared for & protected with the highest esteem & greatest respect.
One should never cause harm to cows in any way even in dreams & one should never ever even think of eating the flesh of cows as there is no action more sinful in all of creation than cow killing.

Anusasana Parva, Mahabharat


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