Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Holistic cow care, not just milk.
In the Vedic times cows were not breed for milk production. Cows were breed for produceing Bulls so that the activities of Agri-culture could be accomplished.
The second reason was for cow dung. Cow dung is called farmers gold as it is such a high quality fertilizer and soil conditioner. It is also used in some Ayurvedic medicines. Dried cow dung is also used for a cooking fuel and fresh cow dung can be used in the production of methan gas.
The third reason was for cow urine which is valuable for Ayurvedic medicines as well as Agri-cultural applications.
The fourth reason was for milk, which was considered as a bye product of breeding for the production of bulls.
Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 16 Verse 18
The Personality of Religious Principles, Dharma, was wondering about in the form of a bull. And he met the personality of earth in the form of a cow who appeared to grieve like a mother who had lost her child. She had tears in her eyes, and the beauty of her body was lost. Thus Dharma questioned the earth as follows.
"The bull is the emblem of the moral principle, and the cow is the representative of the earth. When the bull and the cow are in a joyful mood, it is to be understood that the people of the world are also in ajoyful mood. The reason is that the bull helps production of grains in the agricultural field, and the cow delivers milk, the miracle of aggregate food values. The human society therefore, maintains these two important animals very carefully so that they can wander everywhere in cheerfulness. But at the present moment in this age of Kali both the bulland the cow are now being slaughtered and eaten up as foodstuff by a class of men who do not know the brahminical culture......................"