Mitta and Kurt tell us about the Gaushala project (Cow Rescue)

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (4 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)
Loading ... Loading ...

kurtandigaushala

Mitta had sent me a little information about this project to fund a cow rescue in India.  A cow rescue is something that would be challenging for people in the Americas and Europe to understand.  However, the views in India are very different.  And the idea of a cow rescue is no more odd in India than having a dog or cat shelter in America.  In an effort to understand how cows are viewed in India, I thought it would be beneficial to have Mitta and Kurt on the show to share it with us.

 

You can find more about the project through the link below:

http://www.indiegogo.com/rescue-cows-gaushala

 

Our Story

In India cows are usually sacred. Most rural Indian families have at least one dairy cow, a gentle spirit who is often treated as a member of the family. For Hindus all life is sacred and cows are especially revered and protected.

The five products (pancagavya) of the cow — milk, curds, ghee butter, urine and dung — are all used in puja (worship) as well as in rites of extreme penance. The milk of the family cow nourishes children as they grow up, and cow dung (gobar) is a major source of energy for households throughout India. 
The cow often acts as a surrogate mother by providing milk to human beings for the whole life. So the cow is seen as truly the mother of the world.


Padmashree Siddyog Peeth in Vasai, India, has a gaushala (cowshed) which houses cows they have rescued. Those cows were either abandoned, abused, non milkable or tagged to be killed. The project is to expand the existing gaushala on new land, and build a much bigger one so that more cows can be rescued.

Cows here are well cared for and able to roam on the property daily. They have the gaushala to come home to and be cared for in.
Padmashree has other charitable activites such as sponsoring food and schooling for villages,  and special times where food, blankets, clothes and other items are given out. This fundraising project is specifically for the gaushala or cowshed..

“The cow is the past and the future. it is the main cause behind all health, wealth and prosperity. Therefore the merit that one acquires by contributing for the welfare of the cows is endless.”

The Impact

For India, the cow represents the sacred principle of motherhood. She symbolizes charity and generosity because of the way she distributes her milk, which is essential for the nourishment of the young.
The cow is a mobile medical dispensary. It is the treasure of medicines.
As the peepal tree and tulsi plant give oxygen, similarly the cow is the only animal which purifies the air. If one spoon of pure ghee is poured on burning cow dung (in homa) then they can produce one-ton of pure air, therefore ghee made with cow milk is used in fires and havans. There is no better method to remove pollution.
A single individual by not consuming meat prevents the equivalent of 1.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions in a year. This is more than the one tonne of CO 2 prevented by switching from a large sedan to a small car.
Cow protection makes economic and ecological sense.
India, unfortunately, is now an exporter of beef. But there are some persons and groups like us, who are taking things into their own hands by looking after cows in gaushalas, but this is on a very small scale. Their operation is costly and depends mainly on donations from well-wishers, and they do not bring in any revenue from sales of milk.
The Indian cow is respected as the embodiment of all divine forces. Gifting a cow is considered to be greatest of all charities. In Mahabharata (the Indian holy book), Anushanaparva , Bhisma reveals about the greatness of gowmati yaga and holy cows importance. He further says , if anyone studies (any kind of subject) by staying near a cow, one grasps the essence of that study in no time, as a cow emits positive vibrations which keep the mind in a composed state.

Help raise the cow’s status in society, demonstrating practically the importance of cow protection not only for spiritual reasons but for economic prosperity, health and ecological protection.

http://www.indiegogo.com/rescue-cows-gaushala

Download an entire month's worth of lessons. We have all the lessons from May 2009 through October 2011 in zip files containing the audio files and a PDF with all the lessons. You can download these in the paid subscriber area.

If you are not already a paid subscriber, you should consider becoming one. It is only $12 every 3 months. That's only $4/month. Learning Hindi is worth much more than $4/month, so this is a great deal.
Avatar of Nathan

About Nathan

Started ISpeakHindi.com in June 2007. Continue to work on ISpeakHindi.com to learn Hindi myself and to help others want to learn it. Nathan Price is the sole owner of ISpeakHindi.com.