After the unlimited debates and discussions over meat ban in our country, it’s necessary to revive the age old traditions and sentiments of Indians attached with the ‘sacred cows’. Being an important ingredient of hamburger, and holding tons of nutritional and protein value in terms of cost; yet the other virtues of cows cannot be ignored.
Cow, the ever known symbol of the Earth– the giver and the nourisher; represents the generous attitude and demands nothing in return. It’s a symbol of grace and abundance and inspires the people to adapt the virtues of gentleness and love for nature. Even our own Vedas have an important mention about wish fulfilling cow- Kamadhenu.
The nutritious milk of cow is a source of curing numerous diseases, and an easy remedy of dysentery, inflammation, and so on. To get rid of the problem of obesity, cow’s milk has been proved to be the most effective solution. Along with milk, cow is also a source of cream, yogurt, cheese, butter and ice cream, ghee and buttermilk. It gives entirely of itself through sirloin, ribs, rump, porterhouse and beef stew. Its bones are the base for soup broths and glues. It gives the world leather belts, leather seats, leather coats and shoes and what not.
Even the waste of cow i.e. urine and dung has its own magical qualities. The urine consists of high quantity of sulphur and mercury, which is used in variety of Ayurveda medicines. Cow dung is an effective disinfectant and still used as a source of fuel and manure for plantation.
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “One can measure the greatness of a nation and its moral progress by the way it treats its animals. Cow protection to me is not mere protection of the cow. It means protection of all that lives and is helpless and weak in the world. The cow means the entire subhuman world.”
The good fortune and the selfless attitude of the innocent animal is enough to melt the heart of inhumane beings and spare these lovely creatures. Our Rig Vedas also demands us to save the life of this pleasant existence.
Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja