By Rita Gupta
For last 3 years since NDA government came into power, for each and every small incident, secularism is hailed and anything pro majority is seen as anti minority. Congress rule of more than six decades has been minority appeasement centric. If a minority is entitled to full religious freedom and majority is expected to respect their religious sentiments, what is wrong if, belonging to majority, Hindus also expect the same. If eating beef is prohibited in Sanatan Dharma as cow is most revered in it, why shouldn’t it be respected by all?
For last 100 years, earlier foreigners and later some scholars of our country are trying to mis-interpret religious scriptures to prove that even during the Vedic period not only ordinary meat but beef eating was also essential. During British period when it was discovered that beef tallow was being applied in cartridges, mutiny broke out in the army in 1857. Since then the British were looking for ways to remove the feeling of reverence for the cow from the minds of Hindus. Many European scholars were asked to get knowledge of Sanskrit, mis-interpret the Holy Scriptures and propagate the findings with ulterior motives. Many Indian scholars were also used, to make the propaganda look genuine.
First Indian to write against reverence of cow was Raja Rajendra Lala Mitra who wrote an essay ‘Beef in Ancient India’ which was published in the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal in 1872. For his writing, which helped the British to establish that cow was not revered and that it was not unkillable, he was awarded degree of Doctor of Law.
In 1925, Mahatma Gandhi gave a lecture on cow protection at Belgaon at the Go-Raksha Parishad. After the lecture, to nullify the effect of the lecture on Indian minds, British published Raja Rajendra’s lecture in booklet form and distributed.
How the people ignorant of Sanskrit, were misled by such articles. Same thing is happening now when Vedas are wrongly quoted on the issues of beef and cow protection by some. The prime objective of these writers is to conceal the real knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, twist it to suit their purpose and propagate falsehood to the young minds.
The Vedas prohibit not only cow slaughter, but the slaying of all kinds of herbivorous animals. The occasional references in our scriptures must be read in contextual settings. The ulterior and real objective of such references is the prevention of meat-eating and forbidding of violence. In Manusmriti, in chapter 11, which says –
Wine, meat, liquor, spirits etc. are the foods of Yaksas, Raksasas and Pisachas and not for the human species.
In the Vedas also, it is mentioned that this type of food is meant only for Raksasas and the humans who consume them deserve capital punishment or death.
Fake scholars with zero knowledge of Hindu scriptures are trying to imbibe into the minds of people that during the Vedic period killing was a part of Yajna, even cows were slaughtered, beef and other kinds of meats were commonly eaten; and the total prohibition of killing (ahimsa) was practiced only in the Buddhist and Jain periods.
In Vedas, the very name of ‘a cow and bull’ is Aghnya which means inviolable. If the name itself means inviolable, is its cutting up or slaughter possible? While describing the motherly aspect of the cows, Rig Veda calls them as ‘bringer of fortune’ and that cows should be protected from any injury or harassment or theft. In the Puranas, Kamadhenu – the divine cow is portrayed as an abode of various Gods and a wish-fulfilling cow. The name wish-fulfilling not only points towards how nourishing cows resulted in economic prosperity, but it is a symbol of purity and motherly love.
A number of modern fake scholars think that in the Vedic age the cows were surely killed at gomedha. Medha does not imply killing or slaughter at all. Just like grhamedha and pitrmedha means honouring of ancestors and well being of a house respectively, gomedha means honouring of the cow and protecting it.
Vedas have nine synonyms of the cow, out of which three means ‘not to be killed’. Aghnya, Ahi, Aditi all these three names of the cow mean ‘Not to be killed’.
The very name of the cow is aghnya that is the cow is not to be slaughtered. Then who can slay them. Those who kill a cow or a bull, they commit a most heinous crime.
The effulgence of knowledge can be compared to the sun, the heavens can be compared to the sea, the earth is very vast, yet Indra is vaster than her, but the cow cannot be compared to anything.
There are innumerable examples in holy scriptures on protection of cows and prohibition of cow slaughter. During Muslim period under the threat and during British period under temptation, interpolations have been inserted in many scriptures. Many modern scholars, who are part of anti Hindu cartel, are further trying to create doubts with their interpretations. They are not only unqualified to interpret Hindu scriptures but have malicious intent also.
Al- Ghazzali, an Iranian scholar (1058-1111 A.D.), who is considered single most influential Muslim after Prophet Muhammad, wrote-
The meat of the cow is disease (marz), its milk is health (safa) and its ghee is medicine (dava).
Fortunately Sanatan Dharm is so complete and so rich that we don’t need the approval of Western, Islamic or pseudo secular left leaning scholars to understand or interpret it. Those who are trying are losing their credibility. These turncoat scholars entered into rightwing ecosystem to destroy it completely. Each and every Hindu must remember that no one who does not believe in protecting cows can be a true Hindu.