Feeding Cows

Here are some proofs from scriptures of different faiths which lay testimony to the Sanctity of Cows. Even Science & Scientists accepts the benefits of serving cows & consuming cow related products.
As all rivers originating from the hills lead to the oceans … similarly all present day religions ( originating from the Sanatan ~ the eternal one ) reach out to the same Lord & preach the same philosophy .
Sanatan Dharma (सनातन धर्मं) is a divine code of conduct established by Parmatma. In it there are various Shrutis ~ Smritis ~ Dharma Shastras that glorify the divinity of cows & fruits of serving them. Cows (गऊ माता ), are a symbol of abundance & all sanctity of life on earth, that serves the beings like a mother without asking much in return. It is a part of Ancient traditions to avoid/ reject consumption of beef.
Hinduism is based on the concept of Omnipresence of the Divine, and the presence of a soul in all creatures, including Cows and Creatures. Thus, by that definition, killing any animal would be a sin: one would be obstructing the natural cycle of birth and death of that creature, and the creature would have to be reborn in that same form because of its unnatural death. Historically, even Shree Krushna, one of the most revered / potent forms of the Divine incarnations tended cows.
Cow is said to be the abode of all the Gods. Every atom in cow’s body is abode of the 33 crore Gods. All the 14 mythical worlds exist in the limbs of cow.
Brahma and Vishnu on the root of two horns.
All the sacred reservoirs and Vedavyasa on the tips of the horns.
Shiv Shankar on the centre head.
Parvati on the edge of head.
Kartikeya on the nose, Kambala and Ashwatara Devas on the nostrils.
Ashwini Kumars on the ears.
Sun and Moon in the eyes.
Vayu in dental range and Varuna on the tongue.
Saraswati in the sound of cow.
Sandhya goddesses on the lips and Indra on the neck.
Raksha Ganas on the hanging under the neck.
Sadhya Devas in the heart.
Dharma on the thigh.
Gandharvas in the gap of hoofs, Pannaga at the tips, Apsaras on the sides.
Eleven Rudras and Yama on the back, Ashtavasus in the crevices.
Pitru Devas on the ides of umbilical joint, 12 Adityas on the stomach area.
Soma on the tail, Sun rays on the hair, Ganga in its urine, Lakshmi and Yamuna in the dung, Saraswati in milk, Narmada in curd, and Agni in ghee.
33 crore Gods in the hair.
Prithwi in stomach, oceans in the udder, Kamadhenu in the whole body
Three Gunas in the root of the brows, Rishis in the pores of hair, and all the sacred lakes in the breathe.
Chandika on the lips and Prajapathi Brahma on the skin.
Fragrant flowers on nostrils.
Sadhya Devas on the arm-pit.
Six parts of Vedas on the face, four Vedas on the feet, Yama on the top of the hoofs, Kubera and Garuda on the right, Yakshas on the left and Gandharvas inside
Khecharas in the fore of the foot, Narayana in intestine, mountains in the bones, Artha, Dharma, Kama and Moksha in the feet.
Four Vedas in the Hoom… sound !
There are 7 mothers listed in scriptures. They are…
‘adau mata guru-patni, brahmani raja-patnika dhenur dhatri tatha prthvi saptaita matarah’
Real mother & Guru-patni, the wife of spiritual master . Brahmani, the wife of a brahmana, and Raja-patnika, the queen. Dhenu, the cow, Dhatri, nurse, as well as the Earth. Earth is mother because she gives us so many things like fruits, flowers, grains for our eating. Mother gives milk & food for eating. Cow gives us milk. So cow is also one of our Mothers.
Dhenunam asmi kamadhuk — Among cows I am the wish fulfilling (Kamdhenu or Surabhi) cow. (Verse 10.28).
2) SRI CHAITANYA CHARITAMRITA, Adilila, Chapter 17, verse 166,
Caitanya Mahaprabhu confirms:
o-ange yata loma tata sahasra vatsara go-vadhi raurava-madhye pace nirantar
Cow killers and cow eaters are condemned to rot in hell for as many thousands of years as there are for each hair on the body of every cow they eat from.
It is further written – Those who fail to give cows reverence and protection and choose to foolishly oppose and whimsically ignore the injunctions of the Vedic scriptures by selling a cow for slaughter, by killing a cow, by eating cows flesh and by permittings the slaughter of cows will all rot in the darkest regions of hell for as many thousands of years as there are hairs on the body of each cow slain. There is no atonement for the killing of a cow.
3) MANU SAMHITA, chapter 4, verse 162 :
A guru, a teacher, a father, a mother, a brahmana, a cow and a yogi all should never be killed.
धर्मो रक्षति रक्षितः – मनु कहते हैं- जो धर्म की रक्षा करता है धर्म उसकी रक्षा करता है । सत्य से धर्म की रक्षा होती है ।
4) Shri Brahm Samhita 5.29 :
cintāmaṇi-prakara-sadmasu kalpa-vṛkṣa- lakṣāvṛteṣu surabhir abhipālayantam lakṣmī-sahasra-śata-sambhrama-sevyamānaḿ govindam ādi- puruṣaḿ tam ahaḿ bhajāmi
I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, the first progenitor who is tending the cows, yielding all desire, in abodes built with spiritual gems, surrounded by millions of purpose trees, always served with great reverence and affection by hundreds of thousands of lakṣmīs or gopīs.
Vedas & Devatas in their prayer Jai Jai Surnayak describe the lord as ” Go Dvij Hitkari ( protector of cows & Brahmins) Jai Asurari ( Death for Wrong doers) ”
Anusasana-parva, 115.43 -116.45: That wretch among men who pretending to follow the path of righteousness prescribed in the Vedas, would kill living creatures from greed of flesh would certainly go to hellish regions.
Anusasana-parva, 114.6, 115.6 it states: As the footprints of all moving, living beings are engulfed in those of the elephant, even thus all religions are to be understood by ahimsa which is non-violence to any living being by thought, words or actions.
गवां मूत्रपुरीषस्य नोद्विजेत कथंचन । न चासां मांसमश्नीयाद्गवां पुष्टिं तथाप्नुयात् ॥ (Mahabharata, Anushasana Parva 78-17)
Do not hesitate to consume cow urine and cow dung – they are sacred. But one should never eat the cow meat. A person becomes stronger by consuming Panchagavya.
गावो ममाग्रतो नित्यं गावः पृष्ठत एव च । गावो मे सर्वतश्चैव गवां मध्ये वसाह्यहम् ॥ (Mahabharata, Anushasana Parva 80-3)
Let there be cows in front of me, behind me and all around me. I live with the cows.
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.
In the Vedas, Cow is called Aditi, Dhenuvu, Aghnaaya etc. ‘Cow is mentioned in the Rig Veda 723 times, in Yajur Veda 87 times, in Sama Veda 170 times, in Athrava Veda 331 times-total 1331 times. Similarly 20 times in Rig Veda, 5 times in Yajur Veda, 2 times in Sama veda and 33 times in Athrava veda the word Aghnaaya specifically addressed to cow. “Dhenu” is used 76 times in Rig Veda, 22 times in Yajur Veda, 25 times in Sama Veda, 43 times in Atharva Veda. The meaning of Dhenu is which gives Trupti (Contentment and satisfaction).
Cattle were important to Rig Vedic people & several hymns refer to more than ten thousan cattle.
Rig Veda 7.95.2. and other verses (e.g. 8.21.18) also mention that the Sarasvati region poured milk and “fatness” (ghee), indicating that cattle were herded in this region.
In the Rig Veda, the cows figure frequently as symbols of wealth, and also in comparison with river goddesses, e.g. in 3.33.1cd, Like two bright mother cows who lick their young, Vipas and Sutudri speed down their waters.
In X.87.16 we find: One who partakes of human flesh, the flesh of a horse or of another animal and deprives others from milk by slaughtering cows ; if such a fiend does not desist then even cut off their heads by your powers Oh king.
According to Aurobindo, in the Rig Veda the cows sometimes symbolize “light” and “rays”. Aurobindo wrote that Aditi (the supreme Prakriti/Nature force) is described as a cow, and the Deva or Purusha (the supreme being/soul) as a bull.
The Vedic god Indra is often compared to a bull. Rivers are often likened to cows in the Rigveda, Vyasa said: Cows are sacred. They are embodiments of merit. They are high and most efficacious cleansers of all.
८.१०१.१५ – मैं समझदार मनुष्य को कहे देता हूँ की तू बेचारी बेकसूर गायकी हत्या मत कर, वह अदिति हैं अर्थात काटने- चीरने योग्य नहीं हैं.\
८.१०१.१६ – मनुष्य अल्पबुद्धि होकर गाय को मारे कांटे नहीं.
६.२८.४ – गोए वधालय में न जाये
Cow – The aghnya – brings us health and prosperity. 1.164.27)
There should be excellent facility for pure water for Aghnya Cow. (5.83.8)
The Aghnya cows – which are not to be killed under any circumstances– may keep themselves healthy by use of pure water and green grass, so that we may be endowed with virtues, knowledge and wealth. (Rigveda 1.164.40 or Atharv 7.73.11 or Atharv 9.10.20)
The entire 28th Sukta or Hymn of 6th Mandal of Rigveda sings the glory of cow.
~ 1) Everyone should ensure that cows are free from miseries and kept healthy.
~ 2) God blesses those who take care of cows.
~ 3) Even the enemies should not use any weapon on cows
~ 4) No one should slaughter the cow
~ 5) Cow brings prosperity and strength
~ 6) If cows keep healthy and happy, men and women shall also keep disease free and prosperous
~ 7) May the cow eat green grass and pure water. May they not be killed and bring prosperity to us.
Cow’s body is represented by various devas and other subjects.
In VIII.6.23 we find: Those who eat cooked or uncooked flesh, who eat eggs and embryos are following an evil addiction that must be put to an end.
It is definitely a great sin to kill innocents. Do not kill our cows, horses and people. — 10.1.29
Oh Goddess cow you make a weak person strong,you make a glowless person beautiful and not only that you-; you with your auspicious sounds make our homes auspicious. {4.21}
१२.४.३८ -जो (वृद्ध) गाय को घर में पकाता हैं उसके पुत्र मर जाते हैं.
४.११.३- जो बैलो को नहीं खातावह कस्त में नहीं पड़ता हैं
७.५.५ – वे लोग मूढ़ हैं जो कुत्ते से या गाय के अंगों से यज्ञ करते हैं
आ गावो अग्मन्नुत भद्रकम्रन् सीदंतु गोष्मेरणयंत्वस्मे । प्रजावतीः पुरुरूपा इहस्स्युरिंद्राय पूर्वीरुष्सोदुहानाः ॥
यूयं गावो मे दयथा कृशं चिदश्रीरं चित्कृणुथा सुप्रतीकम् । भद्र गृहं कृणुथ भद्रवाचो बृहद्वो वय उच्यते सभासु ॥
Oh Cows! With your milk and ghee you make the physically weak strong, and nurture the sick to health. With your sacred utterances, you chastise our homes. Your glory is discussed in gatherings.(Atharvana Veda 4-21-11 and 6)
वशां देवा उपजीवंति वशां मनुष्या उप । वशेदं सर्वं भवतु यावतु सूर्यो विपश्यति ॥
The Gods and men live on cow products. Till the Sun shines, the universe will have Cows. The whole universe depends on the support of cow.
(Atharvana Veda 10-10-34)
A human being should not kill Cows & other animals & should ensure nobody else does –12.73
Do not kill cows and bulls who always deserve to be protected. — 13.49
Destroy those who kill cows.– 30.18 – गोहत्यारे को प्राण दंड दो
You must not use your God-given body for killing God’s (*innocent)creatures,whether they are human, animal or whatever.
सा विश्वाय़ूः सा विश्वकर्मा सा विश्वधायाः। (Shulka Yajurveda 1-4)
That cow would augment the life span of the sages involved in the sacrifices and the doer of the sacrifices. Cow coordinates all the rituals of the sacrifices. By providing offerings like milk, cow nourishes all the Gods of the sacrifices.
The Harivansh depicts Krushna as a cowherd. He is often described as
Bala Gopala, “the child who protects the cows.”
Another of Krushna’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.
The earth-goddess Prithvi was, in the form of a cow, successively milked of various beneficent substances for the benefit of humans, by various deities.
गावो बंधुर्मनुष्याणां मनुष्याबांधवा गवाम् । गौः यस्मिन् गृहेनास्ति तद्बंधुरहितं गृहम् ॥ (Padmapurana)
Cows are the abode of the Goddess of wealth. Sins don’t touch them. There exists a fine relationship between man and cow. A home without a cow is like one without dear ones.
(Canto 11, chapter 5, verse 14 :5) “Those who are ignorant of the absolute truth and believe they are virtuous although wicked and arrogant who kill animals without any feeling of remorse or fear of punishment are devoured by those very same animals in their next birth.”
( Chapter 8, 8.2 ) tām agni-hotrīm ṛṣayo jagṛhur brahma-vādinaḥ yajñasya deva-yānasya medhyāya haviṣe nṛpa
O King Parīkṣit, great sages who were completely aware of the Vedic ritualistic ceremonies took charge of that Surabhi Cow, which produced all the yogurt, milk and ghee absolutely necessary for offering oblations into the fire. They did this just for the sake of pure ghee, which they wanted for the performance of sacrifices to elevate themselves to the higher planetary systems, up to Brahmalok.
(Canto 8: Chapter 24, Text 5) BRAHMINICAL CULTURE CANNOT BE MAINTAINED WITHOUT COW PROTECTION“ . Without protection of cows, brahminical culture cannot be maintained; and without brahminical culture, the aim of life cannot be fulfilled.
Text Two: gävo bhütäm ca bhävyaà cagävah pustih sanätanégävo laksmäs tathä mülaàgoñu dattam na naçyati
“The cow is the past and future. She nourishes the health of all living entities, and she is the root of prosperity. The piety one achieves by feeding a cow in never destroyed.”
Text Three annaà hy paramam gävodevänäà paramaà haviùsvähakära vañaö käraugoñu nityaà pratiñöhitau
“The cow is the cause of one’s accumulation of food grains. She awards the best sacrificial ingredients to the demigods. The sacrifice of the demigods and the sacrifice of Indra are both performed on the basis of the cow.”
Text Four gävo yajïasya hy phalaàgoñu yajnah pratiñöhitahgävo bhaviçyaà bhütaà cagoñu -yajïäù pratiñöhitaù
“It is the cow which awards the result of sacrifice. The performance of sacrifice is dependent upon her. She is the past and future. All sacrifices are based upon her.”
Text Five säyaà prätaçca satataàhoma käle mahädyutegävo dadati vai homyamåñibhyaù puruñarsabha
“O greatly powerful King, every morning and evening when the sages perform fire sacrifices, it is the cow who supplies them the essential ingredients, in the form of ghee, etc.”
Text Six yäni käni ca durgäniduñkåtäni kåtäni cataranti caiva papmänaàdhenuà ye dadati prabho
“My dear King, those who give milk-cows in charity become liberated from all types of danger, and also become free from all sinful reactions.”
Text Eleven nä kértayitvä gäha supyättäsäà saàsmrtyä cotpatetsäyäà prätar namasye cagästataù pustimäpnuyät
“Do not go to bed at night without praising cows. Do not get up in the morning without remembering the cow. Offer respect to the cow daily, in the morning. By doing so, a human being achieves strength and nourishment.”
Text Twelve gaväà mütra purisasyanodvijeta kathaïcanana cäsäà mäàsa maçnéyädgaväà pustià tathäpnuyät
“Do not hate cow urine and cow dung. Never eat cow meat. By following this advice, human beings can become prosperous.”
Text Thirteen gäçca sankértaye nityaànäva manyeta tästathäanistaà svapramälaksyagäà naraù samprakértayet
“Chant the name of the cow daily and never insult her. If one sees a bad dream, one should immediately remember the cow.”
Text Fifteen ghåtena juhuyädagnighåtena svasti väcayetghåtaà dadyät ghåtaà präçodgaväà pustià sadäçnute
“Use ghee in fire sacrifices. Use ghee in all auspicious activities. Donate ghee and also use it for personal necessities. By doing this, the human beings will always support the cows and understand their value.
Text Seventeen gävo maàupatisthantuhema çrìgyäh payo mucahsurahu saurabhe yaçcasaritah sägaraà yathä
“As the rivers flow into the ocean, may Surabhi and Saurabheyi cows that give milk and have horn covered with gold, come to me.”
Text Twenty gaväà dåñövä namaskåtyakuryäcciva pradakñinaàpradakiñné kåtä tenasaptadvipä vasundharä
mätarah sarva bhütänäàgävah sarva sukha pradähvåddhià äkaàçatä nityaàgävah käryäh pradakñinäh
“One should see, offer obeisances, and circumambulate the cow. By doing so, one is suppose 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.”
14) Rik Samhita
यः पौरुषेण क्रविषा समंक्ते यो अश्वेन पशुना यातुधानः । ये अघ्न्याये भरति क्षीरमग्ने तेषां शीर्षाणि हरसापि वृश्चः ॥ (Rik Samhita 87 – 161)
Oh fire god, with your flames burn the heads of those demons who eat the meat of humans, animals like horse and cow, and those who steal cows’ milk.
प्रजापतिर्मह्यमेता रराणो विश्वैर्देवैः पितृभिः संविदानः । शिवाः सतीरुप नो गोष्ठमाकस्तासां वयं प्रजया संसदेम ॥ (Rik Samhita 10 – 169 – 4)
May the supreme Lord, complemented by all the Gods, create auspicious and spacious cowsheds for our happiness and populate them with cows and calves. Let us rejoice the cow-wealth and contend by serving those cows.
15) Other Quotes:
सा नो मंद्रेषमूर्जम् दुहाना । धेनुर्वा गस्मानुष सुष्टुतैतु ॥
She is Kamadhenu – the divine cow that fulfils all our desires. Her body is of cow and face is of a woman. She was born before the amrutha when the ocean was churned. Her hair exudes fragrance. From her udder she showers Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. She is an abode to self-knowledge, shelters, Sun, Moon and Fire God. All the Gods and the living beings depend on her. She provides us with food and supreme knowledge even when we mildly pray. Let her be near us.
पीतोदका जग्धतृणा दुग्धदेहा निरिंद्रियाः । आनंदा नाम तेलोकस्तान् स गच्चति ता ददत् ॥
These cows have eaten grass and have taken water. They have been milked. They are past reproductive age. One who donates these old cows will go to place of darkness devoid of pleasures. Instead, donate me. (Kathopanishat – Nachiketa tells sage Vajashravas during Vishwajit Yaga)
पार्थो वत्सः सुधीर्भोक्तादुग्धं गीतामृतः महत् ॥
Bhagavad-Gita is the essence of Upanishads. It is like a cow whom Srikrishna milks. Arjuna is like a calf. The learned devotees are drinking the ambrosial milk of Bhagavad-Gita.
गौर्मे माता वृषभः पिता मे दिवं शर्म जगते मे प्रतिष्ठा ।
Cow is my mother and ox my father. Let the pair bless me with happiness in this world and bliss in heaven. I depend on cow for my life – thus stating one should surrender to cow.
वागिंद्रियस्वरूपायै नमः । वाचावृत्तिप्रद्दयिन्यै नमः ॥ अकारादिक्षकारांतवैखरीवक्स्वरूपिण्य़ै नमः ॥ (Atri Samhita 310)
By the service of the cow and consuming cow products, awareness and spirit, both enhance.
यन्न वेद्ध्वनिध्यांतं न च गोभिरलंकृतम् । यन्नबालैः परिवृतं श्मशानमिव तद्गृहम् ॥ (Vishnusmriti)
The house where Vedas are not chanted, where cows are not seen where children are not around it is like a graveyard.
गोमूत्रगोमयं सर्पि क्षीरं दधि च रोचना । षदंगमेतत् परमं मांगल्यं सर्वदा गवाम् ॥
Cow’s urine, dung, milk, ghee, curd and gorochana – these six are the most auspicious products.
एक गाय अपने जीवन काल में 4,10,440 मनुष्यों हेतु एक समय का भोजन जुटाती है, जब की उस के मांस से 80 मांसाहारी केवल एक समय में अपना पेट भर सकते हैं !
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