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.
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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.
All glories to Guru and Gauranga
All glories to Srila Prabhupadha
Harekrishna prabhu / Mataji / Maharaj,
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 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.:
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.
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 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