“The protection of the lives of both the human beings and the animals is the first and foremost duty of a government. A government must not discriminate in such principles. It is simply horrible for a pure-hearted soul to see organized animal-killing by the state”- Srila Prabhupada.

As the governments of different countries are not in a hurry to implement animal protection, it is up to the Vaishnavas to take the lead. Now is the turn of the Russia. The first-ever Russian-language book on cow protection is out – Dr. Sahadeva Dasa’s( ISKCON scholar researcher and author, based in Secunderabad) work entitled “To Kill A Cow Means to End Human Civilization has now appeared as – Vedic Symbol: Sacred Cow”. The book was launched on the Gaura Purnima (27th March), at the Sri Sri Doyal Nitay Sacisuta temple. “It seemed a very good idea to present this work to the Russian public”, says Radha Damodar Das, one of the inspirers of the project – “This idea of cow protection is completely novel to people of our country, and we decided it was time to fill in the void.”

Before printing, the publishers made a research as to see what kind of books on cows already existed in Russia. Their conclusion was that “there are tons of books on how to cut a cow’s carcass, but not a word on why the cows should not be eaten in the first place”.Dr.Sahadeva’s book has already appeared in the leading Russian internet bookstore www.ozon.ru, in some of the central bookstores of Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as in stores in cities all over the CIS, from Brest, Belarus in the West and Almaty, Kazakhstan in South.

The book is especially needed in the Russian-speaking countries of the Middle Asia, where people eat meat three times a day. In one of these countries there is a saying, “When Kazakhs eat meat, wolves fill with envy”. An internet page in Russian has been set up a couple of months ago at http://www.facebook.com/ne.ubivaite.korovy to promote the idea of cow protection and inform the potential readers of the new book. The page received a lot of attention, having attracted over 500 subscribers from different cities and countries. The subscribers are devotees from Moscow, Barnaul, Dnepropetrovsk, Odessa and Yogis, Shivaites, Osho followers and ecologists and many other intellectuals.

Maybe, the cows in the Russia can look forward finding some friends soon. But out here at the ISKCON Narasimha Giridhari Mandir, the goshala still occupies the pride of the place and some visitors refer to the temple as Cows own land Giridhari Goshala provides a protective shelter for numerous abandoned and to-be slaughtered cows. It is a an amazing success story of how a small team of determined cow protectors fought hard and partnered with ISKCON and turned the land meant for cow slaughter into a goshala.

The Goshala presently has more than twenty cows taken care of by the devotees of the temple. Cow protection is slowly growing and the temple is able to enlist more volunteers to expand the cow protection activities. We shall report
We will be there to report all exciting developments on that happen at the Narasimha Giridhari Mandir.
Please read more on – giridhari.com/goshala/. Those willing to donate to the welfare of the cows can do so at – giridhari.com/donate/.

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