Existing Activities

It is very unfortunate and pitiable that the cow, which we revere as our own mother, is slaughtered for meat purpose. There is no need for meat in the diet of a human being, when alternate humane vegetarian food is available to us, not only meeting, even excelling meat in fulfilling all the body needs of human beings. Eating meat takes us to the days of our very forefathers of the hunter-gatherer days, and man has moved away from those days.

Let us analyse how and why a cow ends up in slaughter houses. In India's subsistence farming economy, when a yielding cow enters into its dry period, it becomes no more practicable for the poor peasant to look after it till the next lactation starts. He sells it off to reduce his burden and to meet his immediate expense of buying a replacement. These cows are bought by agents of organized slaughter business and end up on the culinary items of never satiable beings. Had the poor peasant had an alternate avenue, he would never have sold off his cow, which he reveres as the mother.

Now we can analysis how cow will use for human

  • Cow protection does not confine itself to any sect in particular. It is the bounden duty of all religious sects.
  • The Vedic culture centers on the cow (Srimath Bhagavatham).
  • It goes a long way towards developing spiritual culture (culture of thinking people) such as austerity, purity, honesty etc.
  • Nurturing cow provides continuous occupation to the unemployed section thereby reducing the effects of possible evil-mindedness.
  • By preventing cow slaughter, civilized behaviour is ensured.
  • Milk production / milk products provide widespread nourishment.
  • Cattle waste facilitates cooking gas production on a large scale and cattle (oxen) provide power for drawing carriages and helps conserve precious energy.
  • Life span of a cow is 20 years, out of which productive life is about 15 years. Hence a dry cow does not cause any loss to the society, if maintained to live up to its natural death. In fact, agricultural income is boosted by easy availability of manure.
  • Waste land / barren land will be utilized for growing grass for grazing cattle, if cow protection is encouraged.
  • High per capita consumption of milk and its products will cut short the dependence on other grains, resulting in lesser importation of such grains, augmenting the foreign exchange earnings. This is favorable to the economy as a whole.
  • Cow protection ensures better standards of agriculture and a boost in agricultural earnings. It increases the gross national income.
  • Article-48 of the constitution of India presupposes cow protection.
  • Above all, it is just and equitable not to kill an utilitarian animal. So, don't you think it is time you did something towards this goal?
  • By implementing cow protection, a lot of barren land has to be changed into pastures for the cows to graze.
  • By an increase in cow population, the soil becomes fertile. Any kind of soil can be made fertile by cow dung and the urine of cow.
  • Milk and milk products are highly nutritious.
  • Cattle rearing, cow protection, Go-Pooja and all related activities are very simple, and whatever we get from the cow is reliable. We can relay on milk for health, cow dung for fertility of the soil, cow urine for natural growth-stimulant for plants and so on.
  • As the population of cows increase, there will be more vegetation, i.e., more area will be cultivated with fodder etc. So, in the rainy season the top soil will not be carried away by the rain water.
  • When cow protection is implemented systematically in a district, unemployment is solved off the particular district. Veterinary doctors, assistants, milk venders, marketers, agents, laborers and agro-industries etc. are the fields where man-power is needed.
  • By implementing the project SAVE A COW SAVE THE WORLD systematically, fuel energy can be saved in a large scale, i.e., the project will make a model village called Prabhupadh Nagar, with 100 houses to which gobar gas will be supplied through pipes from a centralized gas plant. So making one Prabhupadh Nagar in each Panchayat will save tons of LPG per year and tons of firewood will be saved.
  • Agro-industries will develop by cultivation of different kinds of fodder and grains for cattle feed manufacturing.

Why cow

The veritable fountain of Indian spiritual wisdom, the 'Upanishads' and Vedas', extol the importance of cows and need for its protection. Lord Krishna, who gave mankind the sacred Bhagavath Gita, the epitome of Indian wisdom, in his childhood is depicted as a cowherd and the scriptures speak in length his extreme joy he enjoyed in their company. Christ too was born in a manger.

Cow is the icon of peace and prosperity. Cow is equated to one's own mother, the Akshayapatra of love and affection, the giver of all goodness without reservations. Cow milk and its by-products are essential for the development of human body and mind, and is the only vegetarian source of Vitamin B-12, which is essential for the maintenance of healthy nerve cells.

From time immemorial, the economic importance of cow is well understood.

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Harekrishna prabhu / Mataji / Maharaj,

Save a cow save the world

Is there a cause nobler than saving a cow from butcher's knife?

The answer is an emphatic NO.

There are many cows crying to be saved from starvation and the clutches of butchers. You must have been wondering how you, with all your worldly preoccupations can participate in stopping such heinous practice. We at Gorakshyam Trust lays a common ground, where in you can effectively participate in cow protection through collective efforts, through our project - SAVE A COW; SAVE THE WORLD designed to protect cows, earning the blessings of almighty and ever benevolent Lord Krishna.

The Project

The name of The project itself clearly spells out its aims and objectives, Saving Cows with the ultimate goal of Saving the World.

The importance of Cow in the welfare of Mankind needs no elaboration as we all not only know it well but also worship Cows as our mother. But these days we are all pained to see cows being marched to Market places to be sold, and we all know they all invariably reach butchers shop sooner than later.

How do we save cows from annihilation?

The answer lies in identifying the factors that lead to to the abominable practice of cow slaughter, slaughter of cows that we worship as our mother. This can effectively effectively be stopped only by mitigation the causes through non violent people friendly schemes. The causes that lead a cow to butchers knife are many, the prime being the poor economic status of the rural people. A look into this will reveal:

People, but for a few, generally keep cows mainly for its economic benefits, to meet their daily livelihood through sale of its milk, an essential health food for one and all - be a child, an adult or an aged one. But when the milk yield stops due the poor economics of its owners, despite their religious and social sentiments, they find it a burden to maintain a dry cows and is compelled to sell dry cows off in the market.

While there and many ways to stop this viz.:

  • Legislation, banning cow slaughter
  • Educating people at large on the important role played by cows in the welfare of human beings and the society in general
  • Promoting vegetarianism etc.

A still more important and most effective way would be to nullify the prime cause viz. the economic difficulties of its owners in maintaining dry cows.

We at Gorakshyam Trust, aim at putting effort in preventing cows being sent to market, by concentration on this aspect of economics. This is not an easy job. This needs a lot of man power and finances. By the mercy of Guru and Lord Krishna, we are confident this can be achieved through the collective efforts of like minded persons, and have formulated the project SAVE A COW SAVE THE WORLD in such a way that every one can participate in one's own way.

How does the Project SAVE A COW; SAVE THE WORLD work?

Manpower

Gopas (beneficiary members) selected from the immediate villages around, and are trained on scientific methods of rearing cows and dairy techniques. On successful completion of training and orientation, each of these members will be given a milch cow, under rules and guideline laid from time to time. While the ownership of the cow remains with with Gorakshyam Trust, the the cow remains under the care and upkeep by beneficiary for the entire milch period. The milk produced by the cow is handed over to The Trust, who will pay remunerative price, which will be more than the prevailing price the producer could otherwise get, on monthly/weekly basis.

When the cow turns dry the member can exchange the dry cow with a milch one from the Trust, thus the member is relieved of the burden of maintaining a dry cow. The upkeep of the dry cow rests with the Trust. For availing this benefit, the member should execute suitable agreements with the Trust.

The Gopas (beneficiary members) form the backbone of manpower for cow protection. With the burden of maintaining dry cows till next lactation eliminated and with prospect of getting a milch one in lieu of dry one, flow of cows to butchers market is sure to dwindle.

As an initial step process of identifying about 100 Gopas (beneficiary members) is already on.

In course of time, say 2 years, we should be able to enroll enough number of beneficiary members to roll out the next step - PROJECT PRABHUPADA NAGAR, with 100 apartments ranging 800, 100 and 400 sq.ft sizes, a Krishna temple, Gokula Ashrama, Modern Dairy Farm, Gosala for old and ailing cows, Veterinary Hospital, Health centre for the occupants, school for the children, Gobar Gas plat for supplying fuel for its occupants, Ox power generators for generating electricity and other modern facilities.

Finance

Finance for the Project is expected from Kind hearted persons who shares our concern for Cow Protection and is looking forward to put in their efforts, in the name of Lord Krishna, through contributing to the cause financially though they are not in a position to contribute through physical efforts due to various other preoccupations.

Toward this there will be 4 categories of Donors viz: One time donors and Donors who like to contribute regularly on monthly basis.

One Time Donors

  • Under this there will be 3 Groups
  • Ananda Nanda Gopa... A person who makes a one-time donation of $2500 or more (INR 1,00,000/-) will be known as Ananda Nanda Gopa. This member will enjoy the following benefits:
  • Train ticket to Brindhavan, Mayapore, Bangalore, Madras, Trivandrum by 1st class train any day at a suitable time within 3 years from the date of donation OR 15 days Free accommodation and vegetarian food at Gokul Ashram once in a year for 12 years + visit to Nava Tirupathi and Divyadesams in Kerala and Tamilnadu, once.
  • Nanda Gopa... A person who makes a one-time donation of $1500 to $2500 (INR 75,000/- to 1,00,000/-) will be known as Nanda Gopa. This member will enjoy the following benefits:
  • 7 days free accommodation and vegetarian food at Gokul Ashram once in a year for 12 years + a visit to Nava Tirupati and Divyadesams in Kerala and Tamilnadu, once.
  • Nanda...A person who makes a one time donation of $1000 to $1500 (INR 50,000/- to 75,000/-) will be known Nanda. This member will enjoy the following benefits.
  • 10 days free accommodation and vegetarian food at Gokul Ashram once in a year for 12 years