‘Save tigers’ – People will call you a Social Worker.
‘Save dogs’ – People will call you an Animal Lover.
‘Save cows’ – People call you Hindu Fanatic. WHY???
Because they don’t understand why we give such importance to cows in our scriptures.
So, Why is Cow given the place of a mother in our Sanatan scriptures?
During the Samudra Manthan, or the Sea churning, between Devtas and Asuras, Kamadhenu, the wishful cow (Kamadhenu Mata) was the first to emerge. It shows how important a cow was thought to be. The cow has been a symbol of wealth and prosperity in India since ancient times.
The cow is revered because Hindus used to and still do rely heavily on it for dairy products as well as for tilling the fields(bull). We also use cow dung a source of fuel, fertilizer as well as a disinfectant. Hence, the status of a cow as our “caretaker” was cemented. It led us to identify it almost as a maternal figure (hence the term “gau mata” or mother cow).
As legend goes, the Chola King Manu Needhi Cholan killed his own son to provide justice to a cow. Here is how the story goes: The king hung a giant bell in front of his courtroom for anyone needing justice to ring. One day, he came out on hearing the ringing of the bell by a cow. Upon inquiry he found that the calf of that cow was killed under the wheels of his son’s chariot. In order to provide justice to the cow, he killed his own son Veedhividangan in the same manner that the calf had been killed”.
“King,” they said. “We have heard of your great deeds. But we find it difficult to make a living. Please indicate to us our habitations on earth. And tell us where we may be able to get the food we need for sustenance.”
King Prithu picked up his bow and arrow. He decided to kill the earth, since the earth was not yielding food grains to his subjects. The earth adopted the form of a cow and began to flee. But wherever the earth went, Prithu followed with his bow and arrow. He followed the earth to the heaven and to the underworld.
Finally, in desperation, the earth started to pray to Prithu. “O King,” she said, “please control your anger. I am a woman. Killing me will only mean a sin for you. Besides, what purpose will killing me serve? Your subjects will then be without a place to live in. There must be some other way of ensuring that your subjects can make a living.”
The earth then herself offered a solution and King Prithu did her bidding. With his bow, he leveled out the earth. The plains could now be used for villages and cities and for agriculture and animal husbandry. The plains could now be used for villages and cities and for agriculture and animal husbandry. The mountains were gathered together in select places, instead of being littered over whole earth. Earlier, Prithu’s subjects had lived off fruits and roots. Now Prithu milked the earth (in her form of a cow) and obtained the seeds of foodgrains on which people could live. Because of Prithu’s deeds, the earth came to be known as Prithivi and is considered Mother who is provider.Hence Bharat Mata.
Few Sins as per Hindu Scriptures are—lying, murder, killing Cows, destroying cities, drinking, killing brahmanas (teachers, creators and propagators of knowledge), theft, criticizing the Vedas, insulting elders, selling salt, destroying forests needlessly and cheating.
Few Facts for you to read
- Killing of Tortoise too is banned in India- Narayana in the form of tortoise is that inconceivable soul in which reside all the lords of deities and constellations.
- Killing of Peacock too is banned for it is symbol of not only God Kartikaye’s ride but also because Peacock symbolizes: Vision, Royalty, Spirituality, Awakening, Guidance, Protection, Watchfulness and freedom from greed.
- Article 48 makes ban on cow slaughter one of Directive Principles of Indian Constitution adopted under Nehruvian Congress.
- Ranbir Penal Code (RPC), an over 150-year-old law. Of J&K-Under section 298A of the RPC, intentionally killing or slaughtering a cow or like animal (including ox and buffalo) is a cognizable, non-bailable offence punishable with 10 years imprisonment and fine.
- Likewise, under section 298B of RPC, possessing the flesh such an animal is a cognizable, non-bailable offence punishable with imprisonment of one year and fine. It is noteworthy that the RPC was enacted in 1862 by the then Dogra Maharaja of the state and is still Law.
- Ranjit Singh, founder of the Sikh Empire and Maharaja from 1801 to 1839, banned cow slaughter throughout his domains.
- Cow slaughter and beef eating habits started in India with the arrival of Islam but Arab countries never ate beef as there were no cows there then.
- The Mughal emperor Babar ruled in 1526 that killing cows was forbidden.
“The realm of Hindustan is full of diverse creeds. Praise be to God, the Righteous, the Glorious, the Highest, that He had granted unto you the Empire of it. It is but proper that you, with heart cleansed of all religious bigotry, should dispense justice according to the tenets of each community. And in particular refrain from the sacrifice of cow, for that way lies the conquest of the hearts of the people of Hindustan; and the subjects of the realm will, through royal favour, be devoted to you”.
Later Mughal emperors Akbar (reign: 1556 – 1605), Jahangir (1605 – 1627), and Ahmad Shah (1748 – 1754) imposed selective restricted bans on cow slaughter.
The last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar banned Cow slaughter totally in 1857 .
It was Tyrant Aurangzeb who allowed Cow slaughter who wished to convert India into a Muslim country and then Britishers propagated it.
Cow and Calf meat export is totally banned in India as in “Beef export”
And stop equating Cow meat as your right to eat any meat and if you still insist then start with dogs.
And with all that stupid argument of evidence of meat eaters in Vedas , I will write another article on that ,, but that meat did not definitely mean Cow meat.
Last but not Least Cow Rearing and worship is not only associated with Sanatan Way of life but also to Rural Economy and well being of Locals .