ISKCON Goshala Vrindavan
Protection of Cows is the single-most important principle towards saving the whole world from both moral and spiritual degradation. Simply by protection of Cows all the wonderful benefits of religiosity and piety will be automatically achieved without any separate endeavor. This is because Cows are as beloved to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna, as even saintly brahmanas. In scriptures it is said, namo brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana-hitaya ca jagad-dhitaya krsnaya govindaya namo namah, "My Lord, You are the well-wisher of the Cows and the brahmanas, and You are the well-wisher of the entire human society and world." (Visnu Purana 1.19.65) Lord Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is the prime protector of brahminical culture and the Cow. Without knowing and respecting these pleasing personalities, one cannot realize the science of God, and without this knowledge, any welfare activities or humanitarian propaganda cannot be successful. SB 4.21.38 purport For the Cowherd men and the Cows, Krishna is the supreme friend. His pastimes in Gokula, His dhama, are always favorable to the brahmanas and the Cows. His first business is to give all comfort to the Cows and the brahmanas. In fact, comfort for the brahmanas is secondary, and comfort for the Cows is His first concern. Because of His presence, all people would overcome all difficulties and always be situated in transcendental bliss. SB 10.8.16 Krishna says in Srimad Bhagavatam,“I can be worshiped within the Cows by offerings of grass and other suitable grains and paraphernalia for the pleasure and health of the Cows, and one may worship Me within the Vaishnavas by offering loving friendship to them and honoring them in all respects. SB 11.11.43 Krishna with cowHuman society needs only sufficient grain and sufficient Cows to solve its economic problems. All other things but these two are artificial necessities created by man to kill his valuable life at the human level and waste his time in things which are not needed. Lord Krishna, as the teacher of human society, personally showed by His acts that the mercantile community, or the vaisyas or business or trading community, should herd Cows and Bulls and thus give protection to these valuable animals. According to smrti regulation, the Cow is the mother and the Bull the father of the human being. The Cow is the Mother because just as one sucks the breast of one's Mother, human society takes Cow's milk. Similarly, the Bull is the Father of human society because the Father earns for the children just as the Bull tills the ground to produce food grains. Human society will kill its spirit of life by killing the Father and the Mother. SB 3.2.29 purport The Cow is the most important animal for developing the human body to perfection. The body can be maintained by any kind of foodstuff, but Cow's milk is particularly essential for developing the finer tissues of the human brain so that one can understand the intricacies of transcendental knowledge. A civilized man is expected to live on foodstuffs comprising fruits, vegetables, grains, sugar and milk. The Bull helps in the agricultural process of producing grain, etc., and thus in one sense the Bull is the father of humankind, whereas the Cow is the Mother, for she supplies milk to human society. A civilized man is therefore expected to give all protection to the Bulls and Cows. SB 3.5.7 purport.
Every month you can donate some affordable amount and make Go-Seva a life time service to Sri Sri Krishna Balaram's Cows.
We found it very important to inform our well-wishers and supporters about the need of this program and what we wish to achieve by this in the long run. Since many people approach us wanting to donate a cow(go-daan) knowing it to be a highly pious activity one needs to do in one's life, we felt that it's required to inform all about the matter in this document
A Real Life Story
After a five-hour surgery, veterinary doctors removed 30kg of plastic from a cow„s stomach on Wednesday. A week ago, animal lovers from IIT Powai called the Bombay Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to tell them about a cow that was unable to walk due to a wound on her tail. A team of doctors visited the area and saw that the problem was much worse. They suggested she be brought to Bai Sakarbai Dinshaw Petit IMG_0024Hospital in Parel for observation. They found that her stomach was bloated and the food she ate would come out of her nose. She also had a deep wound in her pelvic region and showed loss of appetite. These were all indications that she had eaten too much plastic.“First we cured the tail wound, says Dr Ashish Sutar, manager of the hospital,“then we planned the surgery with the help of Bombay Veterinary College. The doctors were surprised to see the quantity of plastic that came out of the cow„s stomach during a rumenotomy. During the first hour, they could remove only shreds of plastic. It took four more hours to remove all of it.“Out of curiosity, said one doctor,“we measured the plastic and it weighed 30kg. This is the first time so much has been found in a cow„s stomach.“Most cow owners leave their animals out to graze after milking them, explains Dr J C Khanna, chief functionary of the hospital,“These cows eat out of garbage bins as they are rarely fed by their owners where food stuff is often wrapped in plastic.“It„s sad that owners look after their animals only as long as they are capable of giving milk, says Khanna,“Then they are abandoned. Sutar says,“The cow is now out of danger and in post-operative care.
Treatment given to the cows
All over Vrindavan we see cows wandering throughout the day eating whatever garbage they get. Many times we find them near the Municipality garbage pit searching out for something to eat in the refuse. THIS CRUEL!!, should the owners not be honest toward taking the responsibility of their mother?
What we wish to do
Seeing this condition we at Bhaktivedanta Swami Goshala Vrindavan have designed a program of cow adoption with a desire to set-up an ideal standard of cow care in the long run. By letting people donate a cow (go-daan) to us we will also be a culprit of the same cruelty that we are protesting against. First of all we need to be honest in taking up the responsibility of those cows that are born in our Goshala, they are our own children.The above treatment met to the cows is due to the dearth of enough grazing land. All land is speedily getting used-up by construction companies or factories. So rather than donating any new cows to the Goshala we ask you to adopt either a new calf or one of the cows already in the Goshala. By your kind help it will be possible for us to purchase more land for the cows to graze on and to make sheds, thus setup an example for the whole community. Thanking you for your kind consideration. Below you can select a cow to adopt and then the type of sponsorship you would like to make.