Note: The animal being discussed is Vedic Indian breed cow, not a Jersey or a western breed cow as they do not have the same benefits in their products at all which is a well established fact today. For all the world citizens, who are interested in India and its cows, this article is a must read.
Cows on the streets and cows on the highways, cows in the bank and cows next to some touristic places… Basically, cows everywhere. This is what most of the tourists associate with India. For them, India is like a land of holy cows! In some way, they are right – cows are obviously a part of Indian landscape. But, most of them apart from criticizing India for that, have no idea why Vedic (Indian breed)cows are actually very important animals.
Around 6000 years ago, born in the city of Mathura in central India, Shri Krishna spent a lot of time of his life with cows. According to the Indian ancient history and Hidnu religion, Shri Krishna was a manifestation of the Supereme God in a human form. He was a son of a cowherd who loved cows very much and many times he is depicted among cows playing his flute. So I think even if holy cows hold no other value for Hindus, just this reason is good enough even for the rest of the world to understand that cows are holy and Hindus have their sentiments attached to this animal and we all should understand and respect their sentiments. Because we are no different and we all have our sentiments attached to our own religious beliefs in different ways to even things which are having no life as well.
But Hindus do not base their love and attachment to cows only on this explanation. According to Vedic texts, cows can provide cow milk (Godugdha) , ghee (Goghruta), urine (Gomutra), dung (Gomaya) and during yajna (celebration),it is also said that it improves the air’s oxygen level apart from providing excellent manure.(I am particularly very keen to research on this in the future).
Why Indian cows’ milk is so special?
Let’s start with cow milk. Ayurveda talks very positively about qualities of milk and its advantage on a human body. And out of all types of milk, the Vedic cow’s milk is considered to be the healthiest. Vedic Cow milk has Vitamin B, fat and carbohydrates and can help in regenerating brain cells.
According to the latest reports, science tells you that A2 milk(with the best combination of Omega fats) is the best for body and the Indian breed cows are giving the best quality A2 milk for human consumption. Gir cow breed from India is highly reputed. Other dairy products like yogurt, buttermilk or paneer (cheese) are also very important in every human’s life. And one more thing, a mother can give milk to her child for just a few months or first two years in most of the cases, and then we start to depend on cow’s milk – so should we not respect the animal which is the chance for our children to drink healthy milk?
Ghee – the source of good cholesterol
Ghee or as it is called “clarified butter” is another gift from cows. I will not talk how the scientists fooled us by claiming that the cholesterol is bad… More on this you can find here. However, the truth is that ghee is the best out of all the oily substances. And I can tell you from my experience that once I started to use only ghee, my health problems became much less frequent and the food that I eat is not as heavy as while using other types of oils or butter. And by the way, ghee is considered to be a good rejuvenator. Apart from this, ghee is also used in many kinds of treatments like nasal inhalation, massage and as a medicine. It helps in coughing and fever.
Urine as a medicine
Indian cow urine is something that even now is considered by some scientists and doctors as a way to treat many diseases. It has anti-cancer, anti-fungal and anti-cancer properties. It is also a natural source of antioxidants and it contains copper which turns into gold in the human body and it is widely known that gold is very healthy for humans. What a pity that only now people started to take seriously what was known even in the ancient times – Vedic texts many time mentioned the beneficial medicinal properties of cow urine. But as they say – better late than never. So, just to mention a few diseases that cow urine is capable of curing – AIDS, prostate, heart attack, blood pressure, diabetes, migraine, constipation and many more. There are already many documented cases of terminally sick people who are now enjoying a healthy life!
Dung as a mosquito repellent
It is not so commonly known that cow dung can actually be a source of renewable energy. Surprised? I bet you are as this is not something that they teach you at schools. Apart from this, cow dung is a great mosquito repellent and has anti-bacterial properties. When used as a part of the walls and the floors in the house, it insulates from hot and cold temperatures. And of course, cow excreta are also a natural fertilizer used by farmers all around the world. And no it does not stink at all once dries.
Is meat the only source of protein?
Why do we not talk about the harmful consequences for the world due to the water wastage in the process of meat production?Red meat is anyway not recommended by diet experts. Further, If the whole world starts to eat meat, we will destroy Earth with our own hands. Why scientists today believe that vegetarian diet is over all healthier and more practical for our planet?
According to the scientists one of the biggest dangers our planet is facing is the pollution being caused due to animal agriculture. Animal agriculture is the type of agriculture that is done to feed the animals which are later used for their meat. Still, even today many people falsely believe that meat is the only source of protein. These people may want to learn that animal agriculture has horrible side-effects on our planet. According to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute, a staggering 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture.For eg, Of all agricultural land in the U.S., 87 percent is used to raise animals for food. And here is the question, why make our planet suffer so much by the animal agriculture to produce meat when we have the best quality of protein together with many other nurtrients in vedic cows of India who can be the key role for our planet survival?
Apart from this, one must also remember that both the leather industry and slaughter industry are hugely polluting industries as well.
Opponents of vegetarian diet argue that if you look at the list of life expectancy in different countries, India with its 68,3 years is rather closer to the bottom of the list than to the top. On the other hand, we have Japanese who eat meat and they top the list with its 83,7 years. So, how come vegetarian country is so low? The answer is simple. This is the aftermath of the colonization and invasions, the science of Ayurveda is lost but slowly it is improving and so is the life expectancy rate. And those who follow a healthy lifestyle, live a long life with a good health!
Why should the world decide for India?
Many people complain that at least sick and old cows should be killed because the world does not need them. For them, it is ridiculous to spend money on cattle which can be easily sold. On the contrary, in India, there are plenty of animal hospitals who take care of all kinds of animals – sick or old. And those who cry the loudest in America or Europe, spend thousands of dollars on their sweet pets and take them to an animal spa, buy designer clothes so the dog looks “so sweet” and take them for a hair cut to a fancy place. And do not forget about manicure! Isn’t it hypocrisy? It is like” you must like the pets of my choice”.
To know why Indian breed cows have advantages over the western cows, why there are slaughterhouses in India and why India is a big exporter of buffalo meat( which in the international markets is called beef) ,why sometimes cows in India are found on the streets eating plastic and to know if Hinduism promotes vegetarianism, I suggest you to see this documentary on cows which will answer all these questions: