Go-raksha – Cow Protection

If you drive from Talasari to Surat, you will find several cows lying right in the middle of the National Highway. About 15 cows get killed every month in Talasari area alone by speeding vehicles on the highway. And, many more are hurt.

Why are these cows lying on the highway? The poor farmers who could not afford to take care of non-milking cows, generally let them stray out.

It is well known that several farmers commit suicide due to heavy debts. With deficient monsoon rains this year, the situation is expected to worsen. In such a situation, taking care of cows is out of question for the poor farmers.

According to Vedic culture, the cow, go-mata, is considered one of the mothers. As a mother, the cow deserves our veneration, love and protection. The protection of cows pleases Lord Krishna very much.

The Vedic scriptures say that the cow is the emblem of dharma. In fact, all the demigods live in the body of the cow and hence the cow is considered sacred. By serving a cow one gets the benefit of serving all the demigods. By helping protect cows, one is actually protecting dharma.

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