Topic: Cows and cow protection

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Krishna is also known as Govinda, 'He who gives pleasure to the cows' Cows and Krishna have always been together. In His original form in the spiritual world, Krishna is a cowherd boy in the agricultural community of Goloka ("cow planet") Vrindavan, where He keeps unlimited, transcendental surabhi cows. When He descends to earth, Krishna brings a replica of Vrindavan with Him, and He spends...
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We can learn a lot about history and the people writing it by keeping tuned to what is not being said. Applying this principle, we can see why Westerners have such trouble understanding the significance of cow protection—especially protection of the bull or ox. Because of what is routinely suppressed or overlooked in history books, it’s hard for people to understand when Prabhupada says,...
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Srila Prabhupada writes in a purport to the Srimad- Bhagavatam (10.8.16), “[Krishna’s] first business is to give all comfort to the cows and the brahmanas. In fact, comfort for the brahmanas is secondary, and comfort for the cows is His first concern.” Because Krishna loves the cows, His devotees not only protect them but also see to their comfort, a practice that has spiritual, psychological,...
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Bir Krishna the calf loves coconut fudge, and Sita the teamstress knows it. Her pockets bulge with the sweet as she and Bir walk to the training ring. Today the calf will learn his first call: “Get up!” The earth is soft from the recent rain. Sita carries a lash and leads Bir with a rope tied to a blue halter. The calf bounds through a cluster of gnats, then slows as they come to the ring. What’s...
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In a how-to book on raising a beef calf at home, a rancher presents her tips on how to make the process psychologically easier: “I don’t see how you’ll ever be able to eat that little brown-eyed baby after you raise him.” You’ll hear this—maybe from some members of your family—or you may have said it yourself … [But] remember that the little brown- eyed baby will no longer be a pet by the...
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Milking our cow Hari Priya on a two-family farm in the South Konkan belt of Maharashtra, India, is quite different from milking cows on a big farm in the U.S. Hari Priya is a small deshi, or native, cow who gives only two liters daily—just enough for some milksweets, such as rasagullas or mango or chikoobarfi, and a cup of hot milk for four or five people. Still, we feel great satisfaction taking...
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The bull is the emblem of the moral principle, and the cow is the representative of the earth. When the bull and the cow are in a joyful mood, it is to be understood that the people of the world are also in a joyful mood. (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.16.18, purport) Government policies often drive farmers off the land. One important exception came in the early days of American settlement. In...
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Starting around 1840, American farming became increasingly centralized. Replacing oxen with horses freed people to move to the cities to work in factories. And the new city dwellers became consumers for the products they’d once grown. The village miller with his ox-powered grist mill gave way to automated mills in large Midwestern cities. As the mills of the Midwest began selling wastes back to...
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Milk has been famous as a storehouse of nutrients since forever. Didn't your mother tell you that the minerals in milk help build strong bones and teeth? In recent years, milk's status as a healthful beverage has been fortified, as more information about the value of its constituents has become known. That ubiquitous drink contains protein, carbohydrates, vitamins A, D, E, and K, calcium, niacin...
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IF MILK IS SO BENEFICIAL, WHY IS there so much controversy about it? The controversy on milk dates back to the 1950s through the 1970s. During that time, international relief agencies gave out millions of tons of surplus milk at home and abroad. They received many complaints that people who drank the milk suffered severe gas pains, cramps, and diarrhea. Was the powdered milk poisoned? Was it...
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Shyamasundara Dasa is the farm manager of New Gokul, at Bhaktivedanta Manor near London, England. The question is often asked whether we should be drinking milk, because the modern system of milk production includes the killing of all the cows and bulls. Are we implicated in the slaughter and what should we be doing about it? This is the likely scenario of a cow from a dairy herd: Cows are fed...
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Krishna consciousness is practical. For spiritual advancement, you don’t have to renounce everything, go to the forest, and simply chant Hare Krishna all day long. In the Bhagavad-gita Krishna explains that all of us should continue to perform our duties according to our nature, but we should work with love and devotion as an offering to Him. Thereby every one of us can attain spiritual...