Monday, October 29, 2018
All the cows were resting under a group of Live Oak trees which gave them a lot of shade on the hot Fall day. Almost all of these cows in the ISCOWP herd were saved when they were about to be slaughtered. While the cows were in a restful mood, Balabhadra das offered Arati to the ISCOWP Diety Giiraj and the ISCOWP herd. In celebration, the herd was fed alfalfa cubes as treats and the younger members of the herd were given access to a pasture they never roamed before. All herd members were joyful either eating alfalfa cubes or running and kicking their heels exploring the new pasture.
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
We are back again with the Training Oxen by Voice Commands series. Here is lesson 5 which deals with the importance of standing and how to train your oxen to stand. This time Kalyan Tamal is the ox in training. Kalyan and Dhruva, both rescued from a dairy where they were about to be slaughtered are the ox team in training. They live at the ISCOWP sanctuary where they are in training to show how intelligent they are and how they have a role to play in the family farm. They need not be slaughtered.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
This summer the rains were abundant, and they brought lush grass for the cows. The cows were in heaven. This video was taken during the summer and features a two-year-old boy and his growing attraction for the cows. His name is Bhima.
Bhima is Balaji's brother. You may be familiar with Balaji as he has been in quite a few of our cow videos from the age of two to now (he is now nine years old).
Bhima has been growing up with the cows. The cows are a big part of his little world. He likes to call the cows when we move them from one pasture to another. He also likes to ride and sometimes drive the ATV to visit the cows in the pasture. The ISCOWP cows are generally not afraid of people and considerate of Bhima. They know that on the ISCOWP farm cows are protected. Therefore Bhima has a positive experience, and the hope is he will protect and love cows and never eat them when he grows up. The hope is also that the viewer of this video will understand cows have feelings and deserve to be loved and protected.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
“Spending a day with the bulls is very satisfying work, and Mother Bhumi (Mother Earth) likes it. She is not so happy to have the tractor pounding her around. When the bulls are working, they’re walking on Mother Bhumi, and they are giving her a massage. Sometimes they will pass urine; sometimes they will pass stool during the course. This makes Mother Bhumi also very happy.”
These were some of my thoughts which emerged while I was giving the Sunday feast lecture at the ISKCON Honolulu temple in Hawaii.
It wasn’t but a week after the May Cow Culture conference in Silicon Valley, California that I went to Hawaii upon my twin sister’s request. Our mother had passed away at the ripe old age of 101, and before her passing, she had requested that her body be cremated and the ashes put into the Moanalua Bay. A very close friend of my sister had a suitable boat which could safely transport us out into the ocean to help us fulfill our mother’s wish. He had suggested that we wait until the beginning of summer as the Pacific ocean would be calmer at that time. In the first week of June, we deposited her ashes in the Moanalua Bay. However, I kept half the ashes aside which I will take to India and deposit there in the holy river of Ganga.
I grew up in Hawaii and was the first person to be initiated by Srila Prabhupada in Hawaii in the year 1969. Back then having a child initiated into the Hare Krishna movement was a lot to accept. My mother tolerated it, met Srila Prabhupada and attended a Sunday feast lecture given by him at the Honolulu temple on Oahu.
While I was in Hawaii, I visited the Honolulu Hare Krishna temple. I was asked to give the Sunday feast lecture, and the following video is of that lecture. Thanks to 9-year-old Balaji Dove for video graphing the class. There are some slides added to the video footage that you will find interesting, and I hope the video will enrich your spiritual understanding of cow protection. Thanks for watching!
Yours, Balabhadra das (William E. Dove, ISCOWP president)
Thursday, June 07, 2018
The Cow Culture Conference was held in Silicon Valley, California May 2018 by the Om Sri Surabhi Campaign headed by HH Bhakti Raghava Swami. At the conference, Balabhadra (William E. Dove -president of ISCOWP) speaks about Lord Krishna as a protector of cows, why cows were bred in Vedic times and his personal realizations about the benefit of associating with cows. Some flashes from the past can be seen in pictures, dating back to the 1980's, accompanying his talk.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
The cow is like our mother. Here is a tribute to three special mothers in the ISCOWP herd. They have been through significant difficulties living in the same dairy before they were rescued by ISCOWP members. Through grace and courage, they have forged relationships with each other and other members of the herd. They are noticeably motherly to many of the younger cows and oxen in the herd which helps relieve the sorrow of the children who were taken away from them while in the dairy. Happy Mother's Day to them and all of you! You can adopt a cow for Mother's Day, a great gift. Go to http://iscowp.org/adopt-a-cow/
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Establishing cow protection is essential to bringing about a more peaceful, compassionate and spiritual world. Considering the chaotic and materialistic state of the world today, any attempt to bring about a more humane and friendly society is a battle or declaration of war. In any fight, some allies join for various reasons of their own. This video is a short discussion about the war to establish cow protection and its allies, like vegans.
Monday, April 16, 2018
Balaji and Devakinandana, a rescued ox, have been friends since 2014 when Balaji was five years old, and Devaki was a few days old. Devaki was one of eight calves who was rescued at the auction barn from slaughter. Devaki and the other calves had to be fed with milk bottles for six months since they did not have enough time with their mothers and did not get enough nutrients. Now four years later Balaji and Devaki are still buddies. Balaji is lucky that Devaki has developed into a friendly, careful ox. With Balaji and the rest of the ISCOWP staff, he never butts or swings his horn or pushes. Devaki is living the good life far from the slaughterhouse.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Balabhadra das (William E. Dove president of ISCOWP) talks about how religious principles are derived from protecting cows. Srimad Bhagavatam class in ISKCON Houston, February 18, 2018. www.iscowp.org
Monday, February 19, 2018
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Cows rescued by ISCOWP members a year ago were let out on new pasture. We enjoyed watching them run, trot and gallop around the new pasture and thought you would enjoy watching them too. Dhruva galloped, Vasanti trotted with her dewlap swaying to and thro and Kalyan and Draupadi did the same.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017
Priyavrata is a lover of sliced apple treats and tree leaves. Although there is plenty of grass to eat Priya likes to add to his diet. Priya has been quite peaceful and relaxed although he is king of the herd and has the personality to go with that position. He is also healthy and happy at the ISCOWP Sanctuary. By the way, Priyavrata is his full name but we call him Priya for short.
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
The Cow Seva Kirtan Mela Festival was hosted by the Hare Krishna devotees of the ISKCON New Talavan farm community in Mississippi, USA. Balabhadra das gave three Srimad Bhagavatam classes about the importance of cow protection. Here is a video of one of the classes entitled "Krishna is a Cowherd Boy."