The blessings of the sacred cow are too numerous to mention. Those who understand the sanctity of the blessed cow as Kamadhenu or the sacred mother of all cows as another level of consciousness are blessed even more. The vibration of the sacred cow creates a highway in the kaleidoscope of all the deities or functions of God that involve the life of the sacred cow as a temporary home, always ensuring man's abundance when the cow is treated as a holy being of reverence like no other animal. The vibration of the sacred cow is only one among the three hundred and thirty million levels of Supreme Consciousness or Deities and functions of God that constitute the various levels of the perpetually vibrating cosmos.
The cow is experienced as a true gift of God to all truly devout Indians/Hindus with its origin out of the churning of the ocean of milk (samudra manthan) for revealing the holy pot of universal divine nectar or the bliss of life. The cow is no accident of birth, and it is incumbent on all Hindus and others to protect it for their very own highest well-being and survival. The cow is a symbol of Dharma, and it is said that dharma protects those who protect dharma. To protect the sacred cow is among the highest dharma.
If one takes care of the sacred cow with love as is expected of all, he will be self-sufficient in all of his daily needs, and at the same time, the well being of the sacred cow will be ensured and served. With a primary school education and a cow one can remove poverty in ust about one generation as are demonstrated where families take good care of the cow. Such is the love of the sacred cow, one of God's symbols on earth for abundance.
The cow provides milk for drinking, for replenishing human intestinal bacteria, for yogurt of every kind, for prasadam or holy food for the gods at religious worship, cheese as food of every variety, ghee for a variety of use in cooking, desserts, lighting of lamps and use in ritual worship, etc.
The urine of the cow is used as medicine just as in the Middle East where Muslims use the urine of Camels; it is also used as a fertilizer. The dung of grass-fed cow is believed by Hindus to be antiseptic and used also as medicine for body cleansing and health; the dried dung is used as fuel; the fresh and fermented dung are used as plant fertilizers; the fresh dung is used for home purification because of its antiseptic nature.
The grass-fed cow is the only animal that produces antiseptic dung; the dung is also mixed with earth and used as wall plaster, like cement on mud walls and earth floors in adobe houses; cow dung is also used for sacrificial rites and for purification of home altars, for symbolism as another object of worship, as lamps, for preparing the ground as a holy place where needed and for making holy incense, etc.
Adult cows and their calves are sometimes used as offerings in Hindu rituals during life as "gow dhan" or sacred gifts to the gods and as ritual offerings before someone's demise to symbolize the act of leaving this world and the cross over into another; strong bulls are used as help in ploughing the land and for transport of goods and services.
Every aspect of the cow is an holy affair for true and devout Hindus who uphold Hindu dharma. There are other uses for the cow and its abundance of giving that are sacred offerings. They enrich the Hindu culture, its value for life forms and faith in Hindu scriptures. Like the ancient Jews, Hindus place immense value on the abundant giving of the sacred cow. Many Hindus who do not have a cow may show their love for the cow by freely supplying grass and water for the cows of their neighbors as is often done in India, not different from providing food for the poor and hungry.
Man need not be dependant on others for every little need when the sacred cow provides most of his needs in exchange for love, care, security, protection from the elements and from exploitation as food. Man can live in peace and prosperity with only a few cows on his little plot of land and a shed in which to live all his life, as many people everywhere once did. The sacred cow is greater than house pets, like dogs and cats which have come to be called man's best friends and are protected in the West from harm or from being served as food.
It is deplorable and abominable how cows and other animals are treated in slaughter houses, even when Mullahs and Rabbis are appointed and paid to ensure humane treatment of animals before they are slaughtered for unnecessary, luxury foods.
Who can assure anyone that there are enough Mullahs and Rabbis to supervise every so called kosher killing of every cow that is mercilessly dragged to the slaughter houses before they are killed and served as man's daily, luxury foods when mother earth can provide an abundance of less expensive and healthier foods for every man, woman and child on planet earth.
We must wonder why people become sick prematurely, especially with prostate problems, allergies and cancer of all kinds. I guess the cows have the last laugh, as we pay for all our mistreatment of them one way or another with our subtle and overt guilts in mismanaging animal farms and eating the flesh of innocent animals.
Hindus are proud of preserving sacred traditions in spite of what misinformed people, including so called educated Hindus who may not value traditions. Many may ridicule and derogate our practices and traditions out of their lack of understanding of the spiritual language of symbolisms and the significance of the life of the sacred cow.
(Yet, those same people who readily ridicule Hindu practices that place a high value on the abundance of the cow would have no problem worshipping a man cxalled God and accepting the special bread and wine He offered as His actual body and blood (transubstantiation) for every-day worship, in their belief that they will be saved by Him by this practice.)
(While the ingesting of the host may be a symbolic act for some, many others believe the bread and wine actually turns into the flesh and blood of God as they ingest them, but yet they do not see themselves as continuing to participate in symbolic acts of cannibalism, and continuing ancient practices of eating human flesh and drinking human blood that lead them to live lives of aggression involving the sword to bring people to their way of thinking in their proselytizing zeal of setting members of families against each other for the sake of their holy salvation, something that is purely doctrinal.)
Such are the powers of beliefs, faith in God, faith in scriptures, holy intent and human immunology that all result in the transformation of the heart.
(Most of the same people who derogate sacred Hindu practices also believe that a man was made to die a most painful and horrific death in order to save mankind from so called original sin (doctrine of St Paul), as if God is incompetent and had to create so called original sin and then use it to make a man as God suffer on the cross for the sake of cleansing others of their so called sins. Yet the same people say they do not believe in predestination, but only self determination and free will when they say the death on the cross was writtten in earlier scriptures and predetermined.)
Cultural relativism can be found every where. What is offensive and abominable for one may be holy and a blessing for another. When Hindus speak of the dung of the cow, purity comes to mind. The Hindi word for cow dung is "gobar" which brings immediately to the Hindu mind human prosperity and abundance instead of offensive "poop" as Westerners would experience it.
On the other hand, when the word beef is mentioned to true devout Hindus, they viscerally experience hurt, abhorrence, repulsion and barbarism. For some, the worst of the worst abhorrence and repulsion is eating boiled fetal eggs, a delicacy for many in some cultures. But that is no different from the dung of the cow that is used extensively in some Hindu homes.
(Many who readily ridicule Hindu rituals and derogate their holy practices would have no problem observing or even indulging in risky sexual behaviors that are abhorrent to many, involving scats, urine or water sports, cunnilingus, licking toilet bowls, chewing on filthy underwear, analingus or anus licking/rimming, and other group sexual practices involving human feces and urine. In addition, the eating of cockroaches, worms, and scavengers of every kind, etc., is shown on reality TV and are considered inconsequential entertainment acts.)
Many Hindus grew up taking care of milch cows, the income from which allowed for a grade and high school education, and upward mobility just from taking care and loving every aspect of the life and abundant giving of the cow. This kind of humility is invaluable in spiritual growth and for the transformation of the human heart of which many of can proudly testify.
Man's great gratitude for the abundance provided by the sacred cow is to slaughter and eat its dead flesh as if there are no other foods left for man to consume. Such ingratitude is like that of a snake, and has its price as we often see how we pay for it every day with ill health, allergies and respiratory diseases of every kind.
While many of us are proud of our Western affluence, we are sick as hell and dependant on drugs, doctors, psychiatrist, nurses and contraptions of every kind to promote good health, but we fool ourselves that we live life to its fullest. We extend our lives with machines and take medicine of every kind just to live simple daily lives that are bombarded by the symptoms of guilt involved in depriving animals of the right to higher evolution as nature may have intended for them.
India needs to make the cow its national animal, like the Nepalese did. Let the meat eaters of India import their beef from their neighboring countries where the cow is not revered as in India. In so doing, India will also have helped them with their national economies.
Indians/Hindus must call for an end to the slaughter of cows on any part of Indian soil. The Indian constitution recognizes the sanctity of the cow, but Indian politicians are indifferent to the call for the enforcement of all aspects of the Indian constitution or to stop the butchering of the cow on all Indian soil.
The continued slaughter of the sacred cow in the states of Kerala and West Bengal in India is abhorrent to most devout Hindus, and it is in violation of the Indian constitution. Indians must have the courage to request that it be stopped, also as Sathya Sai Baba requested.