importance of cow in human life
Importance of cow
Hindus don’t worship cow we respect, honors this gentle animal who gives more than she takes we honors all creatures that Almighty God has created.
What a cow mean to Hindus
Cow represents life and the sustances of life the cow is so generous, takes nothing but some water and grass. The cow is so vital to life ,the virtual sustainer of life for many humans.
According to the Vedic culture the cow is symbol of grace and abundance and also represents wealth and joy of life.
When a mother cannot breast feed her baby than it is the cow that we depends on cow is awarded as mother.
If a person asks why Hindu can drink the milk of cow but can not eat milk? The answer to that question is that it equivalent to asking the same for your mother.
Panchagavya or panchakavyam is a concoction prepared by mixing five products of cow and used in traditional Indian rituals.
The three direct constituents are cow dung, urine, and milk; the two derived products are curd and ghee. These are mixed in proper ratio and then allowed to ferment.
The mixture which is made using yeast as a fermenter, bananas, groundnut cake, and the water of tender coconut, is believed to be a potent organic pesticide and growth promoter.
Panchagavya consists of nine products. cow dung, cow urine, milk, curd, jiggery, ghee, banana, tender coconut, and water. The cow dung and ghee are thoroughly mixed in the morning and evening, and kepp it for 3 days. After setting, it is mixed regularly for another 15 days, and then added to the other ingredients, and left to sit for another 30 days.
Panchagavya is stored in a wide-mouthed earthen pot or concrete tank in open.
Proof of importance of cow in Vedas
आ गावो अग्मन्नुत भद्रकम्रन् सीदंतु गोष्मेरणयंत्वस्मे ।
प्रजावतीः पुरुरूपा इहस्स्युरिंद्राय पूर्वीरुष्सोदुहानाः ॥
यूयं गावो मे दयथा कृशं चिदश्रीरं चित्कृणुथा सुप्रतीकम् ।
भद्र गृहं कृणुथ भद्रवाचो बृहद्वो वय उच्यते सभासु ॥
(Atharva Veda 4-21-11 and 6)
Translation : Oh Cows! With your milk and ghee you make the physically weak strong, and nurture the sick to health. With your sacred utterances, you chastise our homes. Your glory is discussed in gatherings.
वशां देवा उपजीवंति वशां मनुष्या उप ।
वशेदं सर्वं भवतु यावतु सूर्यो विपश्यति ॥
(Athrva Veda 10-10-34)
Translation : The Gods and men live on cow products. Till the Sun shines, the universe will have Cows. The whole universe depends on the support of cow.
सा नो मंद्रेषमूर्जम् दुहाना ।
धेनुर्वा गस्मानुष सुष्टुतैतु ॥
Translation: She is Kamadhenu – the divine cow that fulfils all our desires. Her body is of cow and face is of a woman. She was born before the amrutha when the ocean was churned. Her hair exudes fragrance. From her udder she showers Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. She is an abode to self-knowledge, shelters, Sun, Moon and Fire God. All the Gods and the living beings depend on her. She provides us with food and supreme knowledge even when we mildly pray. Let her be near us.
Proof in Geeta
गोकुलस्य तृषार्तस्य जलार्थे वसुधाधिपः ।
उत्पादयति यो विघ्नं तं विद्याद्ब्रह्मघातिनम् ॥
(Mahabharata, Anushasana Parva 24-7)
Obstructing provision of water to thirsty cows should be considered equal to the sin of killing Brahmins.
गवां मूत्रपुरीषस्य नोद्विजेत कथंचन ।
न चासां मांसमश्नीयाद्गवां पुष्टिं तथाप्नुयात् ॥
(Mahabharata, Anushasana Parva 78-17)
Do not hesitate to consume cow urine and cow dung – they are sacred. But one should never eat the cow meat. A person becomes stronger by consuming Panchagavya.
गावो ममाग्रतो नित्यं गावः पृष्ठत एव च ।
गावो मे सर्वतश्चैव गवां मध्ये वसाह्यहम् ॥
(Mahabharata, Anushasana Parva 80-3)
Let there be cows in front of me, behind me and all around me. I live with the cows.
दानानामपि सर्वेषां गवां दानं प्रशस्यते ।
गावः श्रेष्ठाः पवित्राश्च पावनं ह्येतदुत्तमम् ॥
(Mahabharata, Anushasana Parva 83-3)
Donation of cows is superior to all others. Cows are supreme and sacred.
सर्वोपनिषदो गावो दोग्धा गोपालनंदनः ।
पार्थो वत्सः सुधीर्भोक्तादुग्धं गीतामृतः महत् ॥
Bhagavad-Gita is the essence of Upanishads. It is like a cow whom Srikrishna milks. Arjuna is like a calf. The learned devotees are drinking the ambrosial milk of Bhagavad-Gita.
Hence by all such reasons a true human should believe the fact that holy cow is respectful and why we call her as Mother.