ISKCON Goshala

Cows, as ‘Kamdhenu’, the fulfiller of all desires.ISKCON Goshala

matrah sarva bhutanam, gavah sarv sukh prada“, Meaning, the cow being mother of all living entities gives all pleasures to everyone.

Cows are the foremost of all things. Themselves sacred, they are the best of cleansers and sanctifiers.

Srila Prabhupada always used to say “There is a very strong relationship between how we are taking care of our cows and how our movement is progressing” because cow is one of our seven mothers. Yes, That is right!! You read it correct, not one , two , three but we have seven mothers. They are: (1) the real mother, (2) the wife of the spiritual master, (3) the wife of a brāhmaṇa, (4) the wife of the king, (5) the cow, (6) the nurse, and (7) the earth.

In every sastra, cow killing is vehemently condemned. Indeed, one who kills a cow must suffer for as many years as there are hairs on the body of a cow.

Milk is essential for developing finer tissues of the human brain so that one can understand the intricacies of the transcendental knowledge.  In SB 8.6.12, it is stated that milk prolongs one’s life, develop his brain, execute devotional service, and ultimately attain the favour of supreme personality of godhead. It is the principal of religion in a liquid form, without which there is no civilisation.

Srila Prabhupada is very strong on the idea of drinking milk, he emphasised repeatedly, milk as the most important food of the material world. Srila Prabhupada further mentions in one of his lectures in New York on 20th May 1966 “Because we are drinking milk from the cows, so we are indebted. But instead of paying our indebtedness, we are killing. You see? These are all reactions. We are creating reactions.

When Krishna sees cows are being taken care of, he will take care of us, Krishna is called as gopala which means the protector of cows. As soon as Krsna appeared on earth in the jail, his father Vasudev decided to give 10,000 excellent payaswini cows in charity. When Krsna reached Vrndavan Nanda Maharaj gave lakhs of cows in charity. Sri Vrindavan is called gostha. Gostha means a place where at least one crore (10 million) cows reside.

When Sri Krsna was brought down from Putana’s chest He was bathed with cow urine and tilak of cow dung was applied. Krsna’s body was cleaned with the tail of a cow. Dust of cows was applied on his body. Sri Krsna was happy seeing that his lila is meant to glorify go seva (service to cows).

In the above picture we present directly from our goshala to your homes Chenchu lakshmi and Sudarshana, the mother and son duo, they are extremely loving and caring, not only with each other but also with everyone around them. Let me give you a brief about “chenchu” that’s what most of us call her here at our Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Giridhari Goshala. She hails from the land of Narasimha, Ahobilam and she is a human in the cows form, she is emotional, loving, a very good listener and loves to get cuddled.

Sudarshana, one of Chenchu’s little one, very loving calf you have ever seen and the cutest too.It’s a delight for our devotees to watch them together.

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