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Cows in Rik Samhita

यः पौरुषेण क्रविषा समंक्ते यो अश्वेन पशुना यातुधानः

ये अघ्न्याये भरति क्षीरमग्ने तेषां शीर्षाणि हरसापि वृश्चः

(Rik Samhita 87 – 161)

Oh fire god, with your flames burn the heads of those demons who eat the meat of humans, animals like horse and cow, and those who steal cows’ milk.

प्रजापतिर्मह्यमेता रराणो विश्वैर्देवैः पितृभिः संविदानः ।

शिवाः सतीरुप नो गोष्ठमाकस्तासां वयं प्रजया संसदेम ॥

(Rik Samhita 10 – 169 – 4)

May the supreme Lord, complemented by all the Gods, create auspicious and spacious cowsheds for our happiness and populate them with cows and calves. Let us rejoice the cow-wealth and contend by serving those cows.

Cows in Padmapurana

गावो बंधुर्मनुष्याणां मनुष्याबांधवा गवाम् ।

गौः यस्मिन् गृहेनास्ति तद्बंधुरहितं गृहम् ॥

(Padmapurana)

Cows are the abode of the Goddess of wealth. Sins don’t touch them. There exists a fine relationship between man and cow. A home without a cow is like one without dear ones.

Cows in Mahabharata, Anushasana

गोकुलस्य तृषार्तस्य जलार्थे वसुधाधिपः ।

उत्पादयति यो विघ्नं तं विद्याद्ब्रह्मघातिनम् ॥

(Mahabharata, Anushasana Parva 24-7)

Obstructing provision of water to thirsty cows should be considered equal to the sin of killing Brahmins.

गवां मूत्रपुरीषस्य नोद्विजेत कथंचन ।

न चासां मांसमश्नीयाद्गवां पुष्टिं तथाप्नुयात् ॥

(Mahabharata, Anushasana Parva 78-17)

Do not hesitate to consume cow urine and cow dung – they are sacred. But one should never eat the cow meat. A person becomes stronger by consuming Panchagavya.

गावो ममाग्रतो नित्यं गावः पृष्ठत एव च ।

गावो मे सर्वतश्चैव गवां मध्ये वसाह्यहम् ॥

(Mahabharata, Anushasana Parva 80-3)

Let there be cows in front of me, behind me and all around me. I live with the cows.

दानानामपि सर्वेषां गवां दानं प्रशस्यते ।

गावः श्रेष्ठाः पवित्राश्च पावनं ह्येतदुत्तमम् ॥

(Mahabharata, Anushasana Parva 83-3)

Donation of cows is superior to all others. Cows are supreme and sacred.

सर्वोपनिषदो गावो दोग्धा गोपालनंदनः ।

पार्थो वत्सः सुधीर्भोक्तादुग्धं गीतामृतः महत् ॥

Bhagavad-Gita is the essence of Upanishads. It is like a cow whom Srikrishna milks. Arjuna is like a calf. The learned devotees are drinking the ambrosial milk of Bhagavad-Gita.

गौर्मे माता वृषभः पिता मे दिवं शर्म जगते मे प्रतिष्ठा ।

Cow is my mother and ox my father. Let the pair bless me with happiness in this world and bliss in heaven. I depend on cow for my life – thus stating one should surrender to cow.

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