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Radhanath Swami on Cow Protection

on June 23, 2014 in Vrindavan Articles with 25 Comments

Nanda Maharaj, Yashoda mayi and all the Vrajavasis unanimously accepted Krishna’s advice. They prepared mountains and lakes of bhoga. As brahmanas were performing fire sacrifices, Nanda Maharaj and the other cowherd men were serving the cows and making them happy. They were feeding the cows the freshest grass and nicely decorating them with gold, silver and silks.

(HH Radhanath Maharaj narrates his experience) For many years I took care of cows. Sometimes they kick, but it is really purifying when they kick you. Ultimately cows just like to look nice, they just want to feel nice and they want to be loved and I brushed their faces, after I milked the cows and fed them. I would brush every hair on their body exactly in the direction it naturally went, with a special cow brush. And when the cows would come out of the Goshala, they would be dancing and

smiling because they would be looking so nice. And it’s not that they look nice, it’s the time, the attention and the affection that you give to make them look nice. That’s what they love!

Srila Prabhupada taught us that cow protection, in the spirit of Vrindavan, is not just about not killing them but about making them happy by giving them the feeling that they are loved and cared for. 

Radhanath Swami

Krishna with cows

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  • manish

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful quote

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Cows should be protected and loved. That pleases Krsna.

  • navin poojary

    Cows are like our mothers! Feeding us and very loving by nature

    • NKD

      life long charitable,even after death they fully give away!!!

  • Aishwarya

    Srila Prabhupada taught us that cow protection, in the spirit of Vrindavan, is not just about not killing them but about making them happy by giving them the feeling that they are loved and cared for-amazing insight to cow protection.

  • NKD

    it’s the time, the attention and the affection that you give to make them look nice. That’s what they love!
    When will i have any contribution in this very dear seva?

  • Srinivas

    Radhanath Swami mentioned essence of cow protection.

  • Vishnu Walse

    Shrila Prabhupad says, juts by having a cow and some land there will be no issue of economy and scarcity.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Thanks for covering this important topic here. Today society has forgotten value of cows in how they can bring back the balance in human society. Thank you very much HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj for this article.

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Very nice article on cow protection.

  • sneha

    Krishna loves mother cow very much. Cows are so dear to Him that everything in relation to Krishna begins with the word ‘Go’ (cow)
    His name- GOvind
    His abode- GOloka
    His associates- GOpas and GOpis
    His playground- GOvardhan

    Gomata ki Jay!!

  • vidya karekar

    Lord Krsna is “go brhaman hitayacha”

  • Sanjiv

    Such a beautiful and inclusive definition of ‘Cow Protection’

  • NSP

    Wonderful article on why we should care for cows and how to do that!

  • Singaraju Srinivas

    Radhanath Swami is talking about the essence of Vedic lifestyle. For fire sacrifice or deity installation the panca gravyam(Cow dung, Cow urine, ghee, milk, curd) is used. Which is basically comes from cow. Mother cow plays such an important part in vedic lifestyle.

  • Sanjiv

    Gopal means one who takes care of Cows.

  • Pradeep Iyer

    Cow protection is so much important for the Indian Economy….unfortunately as Indian we have failed to understand it.

    • Pradeep Kumar

      Yes this is so painful and shameful.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Thank you for sharing. Awareness about cow protection is very low and it is the duty of all of us to propagate this in the society to prevent cow slaughter.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Cow protection, in the spirit of Vrindavan, is not just about not killing them but about making them happy by giving them the feeling that they are loved and cared for. Very inspiring lines to follow!

  • amit

    Most vital aspect for the growth of todays society thank you for addressing such an important subject matter.

  • Rahul Gupta

    Radhanath Swami’s pastimes in New Vrindavan are so nectarine and astonishing that one gets mesmerized and think – How is it possible? There was a bull who never obeyed any command. So, the devotees handed over his care to Radhanath Swami. Radhanath Swami befriended the bull and he obeyed him nicely.

  • Piyush Singh

    “Sometimes they kick, but it is really purifying when they kick you.” Amazing attitude to see the kicking as purification. But I know that he speaks out of his own realizations. A very inspiring post.

  • Sanat Swain

    Nice katha of cow protection

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    There is so much discussion on Cow protection and how some states have banned cow killing, etc but very few people actually get down to do something about it. I know its difficult for all of us to spare time and look after them but can be done once in a while by visiting a goshala to spend time with them.

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