Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Homage to Ganda

Ganda, in his prime, living the life of a protected ox on the ISCOWP Farm, 2007.

Ganda in his last days n a bed of hay.

Our oldest ox named Ganda is down after 19 years of wonderful association and friendship here at ISCOWP Farm. For several years his back legs have been riddled with arthritis which has made it hard for him to rise from a sitting position. Last summer on pasture he did really well and made it through this last winter with not much difficulty. Two weeks ago he went down and could not get up. We were able to get him up with a "come-along" and a tool called "Hip Huggers". He did alright until 3 days ago when he could not get up again. This time he was very weak and we were not able to get him up. He has been taking food and water up until this afternoon when he was too weak to even sit up. He has had Govardan dust sprinkled on his head. He is wearing a Pravitra garland from Lord Narashimhadeva in Mayapur. Today he had Radha Kund water. He has been listening to Srila Prabhupada chanting japa and bhajans 24/7.

My feeling is that he will depart tomorrow which is Gaura Purnima here in West Virginia,USA - a very auspicious time for departure from this material world. I was lying down with him for over an hour this afternoon and I would be very surprised if he would make it through tomorrow due to his weaken condition.

We looked to the barn and saw Madhava looking over the fence towards our house. He had been standing guard over Ganda for days. He would also occasionally lick him. We had a sense that Ganda may no longer be alive. Balabhadra went to the barn and found Ganda had passed away on the auspicious day of Gaura Purnima.

Like all great sadhus, he left a lasting impression of enlightened goodness to those who met him and especially those who knew him well. It may be difficult to understand how a soul in a bovine body could have such an affect but he did and because of who he was we are now empty hearted. Please pray for Ganda's spiritual journey while viewing the following photos and videos.

Ganda at 6 months old in 1996.

In 1996 ISCOWP was training ox teams and teamsters. 
Ganda (on left) was part of a team with Padma.

 Madhava watched over Ganda in his final days by standing over him. Sometimes he would lick Ganda. In this picture Ganda has passed but Madhava is not leaving.

You can view Videos of Ganda's life since 2012 to learn more about him. Thank you so much for your prayers.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Caring for Cow In Winter

These two videos are a the first in a new playlist on ISCOWP 108 YouTube channel entitled The "How to" of Cow Protection. We get asked a lot of questions about how to do practical activities around the farm so we decided to film these activities when we can as we do them i the hope that it may help others.. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Cows in Freezing Temperatures

Although it is below zero, Priya, the ox, gives a kiss.


Madhava shows it is cold outside.

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