Why are cows so sacred in India?
Generally speaking, Hinduism does not advocate eating meat. In Vedic culture, eating meat is equivalent to eating unclean or ignorant food. Moreover, the karma of eating meat is very high, and the person who eats meat will be killed by the animal (soul) he killed. Therefore, people with spiritual pursuits or people with high moral values should not eat meat.
Except for cattle, other animals can be eaten
However, some people do want to eat meat and cannot live without meat. Therefore, there is a rule that under certain conditions, certain animals can be eaten as meat. Many other animals, such as goats, sheep, chickens, etc., are within the regulations, but cows are not allowed to eat, because cows have a special symbolic meaning.
Niu’s whole life only knows to give and give, very selfless
If there is no breast milk, the baby can still drink milk to survive. Therefore, the cow is like a mother. Milk contains all the essential nutrients needed by the human body.
The cow produces more milk than its own children need. This is the nourishment God arranges for mankind. So the cow is selfless. Moreover, cows eat grass and straw, these things are of no value to humans, but cows convert them into very nutritious milk, which can also be processed into curd, ghee, butter, oil, Indian cheese, cheese, and others. food. It provides all the fat and a large amount of protein that humans need.
Bulls are used in agricultural cultivation. In modern farms and villages, bulls can also use rotating shafts to help humans generate electricity.
Even if cows and bulls are old and useless, they can still provide manure and urine, which can be directly used as fertilizer and pesticides.
Dry cow dung is also a natural fuel. Cow dung is also an important source of natural gas, which can be processed to generate electricity.
The medicinal value of cow urine has also been patented in the United States and other countries.
These are the values of the cows while they are alive. After the cows die, people can get their leather and meat.
Ox is the pillar of religion or Dharma
The four legs of a cow and a bull are the four pillars of religious life. If the cattle are slaughtered, the four pillars of religious life will disappear. Protecting the cow is to protect the four pillars of religious life. Working with the bulls is to protect Dharma, which is the embodiment of religious beliefs.
Cows are the backbone of agricultural life
As long as there is land and cows, people can live happily. Agriculture is very important to humans because it is the only major source of food and is necessary for everyone to maintain a livelihood. Hinduism or Vedicism believes that the higher goal of life is spiritual improvement, and the protection of agriculture and cows is related to economic development. Cows are also very friendly and cute by nature. It is said that they have very strong emotions, and there is nothing better than seeing happy cows jumping around. Vedic gods love cows, and killing cows is the greatest sin.
When the Supreme God Krishna appeared on the earth, he also promoted the agricultural economy based on the protection of cows. Now God himself says that this is the best way for mankind, and he loves cows so much that killing cows is a sinful act. The great Vedic personality Lord Shiva also likes the bull (Nandi) very much. In fact, in this land of India, all major ceremonies have to offer cows to priests and Brahmins.
It is said that cow killers and cow eaters are destined to suffer thousands of years in hell, and each year corresponds to every hair on every cow they eat. Killing other animals will only cause you to be killed by this animal in the afterlife. However, cow-killers/cat-eaters have received the most thorough condemnation.
The cow is sacred and solemn, so it is regarded as a sacred cow. But they are not worshipped (a common misunderstanding).
In Hinduism, the cow represents the image of life, wealth and mother. In fact, the bodhisattva land, which represents the earth, is often portrayed as a cow.
Since the Vedic era, many Indians have relied on cows for milk, yogurt and ghee (butter used in many religious ceremonies). Cow dung is also used as fertilizer and fuel. The cow gives everything, but never asks for it, so the sign symbolizes the mother. It feeds life. They are the mothers of all living things.
In Hinduism, all animals, including cows, have souls, and killing is a sin. Especially in the sacred scriptures, this importance is often emphasized. Krishna, the eighth incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu, shepherds cows and shows great care for them.
In Bhagavad-gita, a Surabhi cow (also known as Kamadhenu, a goddess known as the mother of all cows) descends from the sky with the sole purpose of benefiting all other creatures. So eating or hurting cattle is unforgivable. In most Indian states, deliberate slaughter of cattle, bulls, cows or calves is illegal and may result in imprisonment and/or fines.
We Indians call this cow “Gosmata”. It means mother cow. Yes, the cow is like our mother because her milk is closest to the milk of a human mother. If the mother of the newborn is unable to feed her child due to health reasons, or dies after childbirth, in this case milk can be given to the child; not the milk of other animals such as goats, buffaloes or camels.
Now imagine if a child loses his/her mother. In this case, what kind of food does he/she rely on to survive? In ancient times, there was no infant formula, only milk could help the infant survive. Even today, if people can buy pure milk, people will not choose canned milk powder. In inland villages, babies are still given milk.
Now imagine that the child has grown up. He/she is two or three years old. Now, breast milk is clearly inappropriate. Now, he/she must have started eating cereals. However, in order to obtain protein and calcium, he/she still needs to consume milk. Even at this stage, milk is still the best supplement for children. In fact, in terms of quality, milk is better than any other animal’s milk for human life.
Mother is mother. No other relationship is as important as the relationship between mother and child. People from all over the world think that his/her relationship with their mother is the most important. Therefore, mothers are always considered very sacred.
In India, milk is regarded as nectar. In Ayurveda, many medicines are recommended to be taken with milk. Even cow dung and cow urine have medicinal properties. Cow urine is used to make many Ayurvedic medicines. Using cow urine to treat skin, kidney, liver, stomach, joints, bones, poisoning and other diseases can improve…Finally, many companies in the United States have applied for a patent for cow urine.
So it is not surprising that our country worships the sacred cow. According to the Vedic scriptures, there are 33 kinds of gods living in the body of the cow. It is said that God Rama did not have the opportunity to serve the cow. Therefore, he vowed to serve cattle in the next life. When incarnate as Krish, he got this opportunity and fulfilled his desire to serve the sacred cow.
In a country where a cow is considered very sacred by the world and even worshiped by the world, how could people want to hurt her? No other religion or country worships cattle, so they cannot understand the religious beliefs or beliefs behind this worship. At least they can understand the similarity between milk and breast milk, which is enough to say that cows are sacred. The cow is not only the mother of the Hindus, but the mother of the entire human race.