Historically India has primarily been an agrarian society. Even today when agriculture forms a much smaller percentage of GDP, in terms of employment especially in rural India, agriculture is the backbone of the society and the contribution of cows is center stage in this respect.
Cow has been addressed as mother in Indian context because it provides for the basic needs of its people. Its milk is used in many forms for consumption and excretory products are used for farming as well as fuel. Observing its peaceful and benevolent nature has a mirror effect on our personality and attitude and generates a positive mindset. This is not some mythological story but a fact laden truth.
“Maharaj shri says that just like physically apes are our ancestors similarly in terms of soul development cows are our immediate ancestors. Cows have been said to be the limbs of sacrifice. They represent sacrifice itself. It is from the cows that the means have flowed of the sustenance of all the worlds. They yield Soma (nectar) in the form of milk. Cows are auspicious and sacred, grantor of every wish and givers of life. Of all kinds of gifts, the gift of cows is applauded as the highest. Cows are the foremost of all 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.Cows constitute the great source of blessing unto all. (Swastayana is a ceremony of propitiation, productive of blessing and destructive of misery of every kind). Cows are the source of eternal growth.”
If we observe other animals we will find that they are always in a state of fear and self preservation. However strangely enough you won’t find this behavior in a cow.
In today’s materialistic world where every aspect of life boils down to a zero sum relationship, cows have lost their position which they had occupied in the yesteryears of Indian cultural heritage. If we want the situation to reverse then we will have to prove the benefit of cows in society from a scientific viewpoint keeping an eye on the profit-loss relationship as an indication of current mindset.
“Cow is the only divine living being that has a surya ketu nadi (vein connected to sun) passing through her backbone. Therefore the cow’s milk, butter and ghee has golden hue. This is because Surya ketu Vein, on interaction with solar rays produces gold salts in her blood. These salts are present in the cow’s milk and cow’s other bodily fluids.”
Milk, Ghee, Curd, Urine and Dung together are known as ‘Panchgavya’ (Cowpathy) in Ayurveda and have been found to cure many ailments of human beings and animals. However, due to dominance of western culture on our minds, our precious ancient treasure of knowledge has not received its due attention.
Cow’s milk is a complete food in itself and the antibodies found in its milk enhances the immune system. Today when 70% of diseases have their basis in high cholesterol levels, it has been proven that cow milk fat has HDL cholesterol which is beneficial and reduces the bad cholesterol levels in the body.
Secondly the excretory products of cows like dung and urine act as naturally producing manure, pesticides and insecticides which are required by all plants and crops. Chemicals that are used today for crop cultivation are causing major health problems as well as diminish soil quality whereas a cow’s excretory product not only improves crop productivity but acts as organic pesticides as well. Cow dung is also used as fuel in the form of biogas as an alternative energy source to petroleum products. Another major usage of cow urine has been found in treating diseases like of mental and physical disorders and many more.
What is surprising is that even after so many uniquely positive characteristics; cows today are in a pathetic state. The moment cows stop producing milk they are left at the mercy of butchers. Our gurudev Devraha Baba had stated that if we want India to regain its prime position in the world stage then we will have to preserve cows and realize their significance in our existence. Laws alone cannot help protect the cows unless we as individuals make an effort to make this change happen.