Importance of Cow as per ISKON

People are generally unaware of the importance of cows. Cows produce, in large quantities, the miracle food, milk. Milk is produced from the blood of the cow, however, she is happy to give her blood transformed in a peaceful, non-violent way in the form of milk.

The cow is so merciful she is freely giving us her milk which contains all the vitamins, proteins, and other nutrients found in flesh. If people drink milk there is absolutely no need for animal killing and no possibility of their diets being deficient in any way. One can survive simply by drinking milk. Milk is a complete food in many ways.

The Nectar of Immortality

Milk is compared to nectar, which one can drink to become immortal. Of course, simply drinking milk will not make one immortal, but it can increase the duration of one’s life.

In modern civilization, milk is not thought of as being important, therefore people are not living very long.

Although at this age anyone can live up to one hundred years, the duration of life is reduced because people do not drink large quantities of milk. Instead of drinking milk, they prefer to slaughter an animal and eat its flesh.

The cow should be protected, milk should be drawn from the cows, and this milk should be prepared in various ways. One should take ample milk, and thus one can prolong one’s life and develop the finer tissues of the brain.

The Cow is Our Mother

The Vedic Scriptures refer to the cow as our mother When we stop taking milk from our mother the cow gladly takes over the role of supplying milk. For this reason, the cow is our mother.

It is nature’s special arrangement that the cow provides milk to give nourishment to civilized people. The barbarians take blood by cutting the throat of a poor innocent animal, while civilized people drink milk which contains all of the nutritious qualities of meat without the necessity of violence.

We are now killing millions of cows every year in such a brutal way in enormous slaughterhouses. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimated that in 1984 229,249,000 cattle and calves were killed for meat production. This cow killing is the most sinful activity and we are suffering in many ways as a result of the enormous burden of bad karma it generates.

Living Cows are an Economic Asset

It is quite clear that a living cow yields society more food than a dead one – in the form of a continuing supply of milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, and other high-protein foods.

In 1971 Stewart Odend’hal of the University of Missouri conducted a detailed study of cows in Bengal and found that far from depriving humans of food. they ate only inedible remains of harvested crops (rice hulls, tops of sugarcane, etc.) and grass. “Basically”, he said, “the cattle convert items of little direct human value into products of immediate utility.” This should put to rest the myth that people are starving in India because they will not kill their cows. Interestingly enough, India seems to have surmounted her food problems, which have always had more to do with occasional severe drought or political upheaval than with sacred cows. A panel of experts at the Agency for International Development, in a statement cited in the United States Congressional Record for December 2nd. l980. concluded, “India produces enough to feed all its people.” If allowed to live, cows produce High quality, protein-rich foods in amounts that stagger the imagination. It is abundantly clear that cows (living ones) are one of mankind’s, most valuable food resources.

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