OUR INSPIRATION

Those who are anxious to cultivate the human spirit must turn their attention first toward the question of cow protection.

Lord Krsna as Govinda is more inclined to the brahmanas and the cows, indicating thereby that human prosperity depends more on these two items, namely brahminical culture and cow protection. Lord Krsna is never satisfied where these are lacking.

Our cow-protection program in India should be the exemplary standard for the whole world.

Cow protection practically solves the problems of sustenance and the greater portion of time of the devotees, being not engaged in the frantic scramble of materialistic competition for food and shelter, is kept engaged in the pursuit of spiritual perfection.

So in this movement, our one program is to respect the cows We chant this mantra, namo brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana-hitaya ca. The brahminical culture and the cows… Why they have selected the cows? There are so many animals. Why cow protection is so important in Krsna consciousness? Why Krsna personally Himself became a cowherd boy and was taking the care of the cows and the calves. Oh, that is very essential.

International Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in London, I shall try to see if there is any similar society here. But one thing I can suggest as you have asked me to give a thought to this problem, that Goseva, according to our Vedic injunction, is specially entrusted to the mercantile community. Of course, during the Hindu government in India, the kings were mostly Vaishnavas like Maharaja Parikshit, and he at once caught the black man Kali who was attempting to kill a cow. But those days are no more. Neither there is a king like Maharaja Parikshit, nor is the present government of India inclined to give protection to the cows. But the mercantile community, especially the Gujaratis and the Marwaris are undoubtedly rich in India, and I do not know why such mercantile communities do not open large-scale dairy farms. That will certainly give actual protection to the cows.

From Bhagavad-gita we understand that the Vaishya community is especially responsible for giving protection to the cows as much as the Kshatriya kings are responsible for giving protection to the citizens of the state. As such, if you can organize – and I believe you can do so, because by Grace of Krishna, you are in good position amongst the mercantile community—big dairy farms with large pasturing grounds, then the problem of milk supply and cow protection will automatically be done. I do not know how much you will appreciate my this suggestion, but if you can do such organization, it will be a great service to the country and to the animals, and to this cause of Krishna Consciousness. If you be serious on this point then I can help you with all of my possible energies.