Actually, the cow is one of the seven mothers, for she nourishes us with her milk, the miracle of aggregate food values, and other milk products. Many mothers who cannot nurse their babies, turn to cow’s milk. In the same way as a father supplies food for the family, the bull is meant to help in the production of grains and vegetables by plowing the fields.
Cows have always been regarded as a holy being and Goddess in our tradition. In our own houses, not far beyond a generation or so, every home owned cows to procure milk for daily Abhishekam for Gods at home and for our household needs. As our lives became busier and more and more people moved to cities for occupation, having cows at our homes have become far from reality now-a-days.
“Wherever the thirsty cow drinks water from, that body of water is as good as the Ganga, Yamuna, Sindhu, or Sarasvati. In the body of the cows, all holy places and rivers are present. Lakshmidevi resides in cow dung. Simply by the cow’s touch and sight, she purifies all living entities. Among all purified objects, she is most pure, and among all auspicious objects, she is the most auspicious.”.
namo brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana-hitaya ca
jagad-dhitaya krishnaya govindaya namo namah
“My Lord, You are the well-wisher of the cows and the brahmanas, and You are the well-wisher of the entire human society and the world.” (Vishnu Purana 1.19.65)
In the Brihat Parasara-smriti, it is written:
“Simply by eating grass, the cows give us milk. From milk, ghee is produced by which demigods become satisfied. So how can one neglect the cow ? Simply by her association, a person becomes purified. By serving her, one achieves unlimited wealth, and by donating cows, one can transfer himself to heaven. There is no wealth superior to the cow. All the demigods reside in different parts of her body. By serving the cow with devotion, Lord Hari becomes pleased. Her milk nourishes human beings. How can such a cow not be worshipable.”
In the Agni Purana, Dhanvantari said to Acharya Susruta:
“To caress and to bathe the cow is like cleansing ones sinful reactions.”
“One should see, offer obeisances to, and circumambulate the cow. By doing so, one is supposed to have circumambulated the entire earth with its seven islands. The cow is the mother of all. She gives happiness to everyone. People who desire prosperity should daily circumambulate the cow.”
For those interested in spiritual and devotional advancement, milk is said to be religious principles in liquid form. In the Mahabharata it is written:
“Oh Bharata, nothing is rare for a devotee of the cow. Whatever such devotees desire, they achieve. A lady who is devoted to the cow can have her desires fulfilled by the cow’s mercy. One who desires a son or a daughter, who desires wealth, one who desires piety, or knowledge — all can get their desires fulfilled by the mercy of the cow.”
In Sanskrit the word 'Goshala' literally means cow protection, or the place where cows are sheltered. Other Sanskrit names for the cow are Go-mata (mother cow),
Kamadhenu (wish fulfilling), and Aghnya (never to be killed).
The cow is of tremendous importance for all the humanity.
Attributes of desi cow milk:
Calcium found in desi cow milk protects the colon cells from chemicals
which lead to cancer.
1. Helps in reducing PMS symptoms and also prevents
2. Prevents obesity in children and also helps adults to lose weight, especially around the midsection.
3. Calcium effectively fights breast cancer, while playing an integral role in muscle contraction, blood clotting, and regulation of blood pressure and function of cell membrane.
4. With the introduction of new varieties of cattle into our country on a commercial scale, our own pure Indian breeds are in danger.
5. Indian milk planners should focus on producing A2 milk by promoting Desi Cow breeds.
6. This is the time to rethink what is best for overall good health and to take into
account the natural, commercial and social advantages related to the milk of the Indian breed of cows.
7. Since its recent inception, Charaka Dairy has actively upheld the return to
traditional health values through the production and promotion of the Desi
Cow Milk, by offering healthy and safe dairy products of the highest quality.
- Dr. B.L.N. Sastry
दानानामपि सर्वेषां गवां दानं प्रशस्यते ।
गावः श्रेष्ठाः पवित्राश्च पावनं ह्येतदुत्तमम् ॥
(Mahabharata, Anushasana Parva 83-3)
Donation of cows is superior to all others. Cows are supreme and sacred.
The Goshala is a purely a voluntary and contributory effort. The shelter has NO revenues or any source of income. With close to 15 cows in this Goshala, the cost of food and other maintenance has been on the rise.
Bhakthas can contribute towards the noble cause by participating on the different seva schemes available. Bhakthas can also earmark their birthdays, anniversaries, remembrance days of their forefathers or any other special day and make them auspicious by participating in the specific day’s GowSamrakshanam for all these cows.
* You can help in Goshala maintaince
* You can do fund raising for Go-shala
* You can help in generating
* You can help us in Go-Danam
* You can help us in acquiring pulses
like Chanadal, jawar, wheat..