I worship it and I shall defend its worship against the whole world.
Mother Cow is in many ways better than the mother who gave us birth. Our mother gives us milk for a couple of years and then expects us to serve her when we grow up. Mother cow expects from us nothing but grass and grain. Our mother often falls ill and expects service from us. Mother cow rarely falls ill.
Here is an unbroken record of service, which does not end with her death. Our mother, when she dies, means expenses of burial or cremation. Mother cow is as useful dead as when she is alive. We can make use of every part of her body-her flesh, her bones, her intestines, her horns and her skin. Well, I say this not to disparage the mother who gives us birth, but in order to show you the substantial reasons for my worshipping the cow.
THE COW IN HINDUISM
The central fact of Hinduism is cow protection. Cow protection to me is one of the most wonderful phenomena in human evolution. It takes the human being beyond this species. The cow to me means the entire sub-human world. Man through the cow is enjoined to realize his identity with all that lives. Why the cow was selected for apotheosis is obvious to me. The cow was in India the best companion. She was the giver of plenty. Not only did she give milk, but she also ade agriculture possible….. Cow protection is the gift of Hinduism to the world. And Hinduism will live so ling as there are Hindus to protect the cow……
Hindus will be judged not by their TILAKS, not by the correct chanting of MANTRAS, not by their pilgrimages, not by their most punctilious observances of caste rules, but their ability to protect the cow.
My religion teaches me that I should by personal conduct instil into the minds of those who might hold different views, the conviction that cow-killing is a sin and that, therefore, it ought to be abandoned.
Cow slaughter can never be stopped by law. Knowledge, education, and the spirit of kindliness towards her alone can put and end to it. It will not be possible to save those animals that are a burden on the land or, perhaps, even man if he is a burden.
My ambition is no less than to see the principle of cow protection established throughout the world. But that requires that I should set my own house thoroughly in order first.
Cow protection to me is not mere protection of the cow. It means protection of that lives and is helpless and weak in the world.
But lit me reiterate….that legislative prohibition is the smallest part of any programme of cow protection.
Then, how can the cow be saved without having to kill her off when she ceases to give the economic quantity of milk or when one becomes otherwise an uneconomic burden? The answer to the question can be summed up as follows:
By the Hindus performing their duty towards the cow and her progeny. If they did so, our cattle would be the pride of India and the world. The contrary is the case today.
By learning the science of cattle-breeding. Today there is perfect anarchy in this work.
By replacing the present cruel method of castration by the humane method practiced in the West.
By thorough reform of the PINJRAPOLES [institutions for aged cows] of India, which are today, as a rule, managed ignorantly and without any plan by men who do not know their work.
When these primary things are done, it will be found that the Muslims will, of their own accord, recognize the necessity, if only for the sake of their Hindus brethren, of not slaughtering cattle for beef or otherwise.
The reader will observe that behind the foregoing requirements lies one thing and that is AHIMSA, otherwise known as universal compassion. If that supreme thing is realized, everything else becomes easy. Where there is AHIMSA, there is INFINITE patience, inner calm, discrimination, self-sacrifice and true knowledge.
The cow to me is a sermon on pity.
The cow is the purest type of sub-human life.
Mother cow is as useful dead as when she is alive.
Mother cow expects from us nothing but grass and grain.
Mother cow is in many ways better than the mother who gave use birth.
Man through the cow is enjoined to realize his identity with all that lives.
Cow protection is the gift of Hinduism to the world.
Cow protection to me is one of the most wonderful phenomena in the human evolution.
We cry for cow protection in the name of religion, but we refuse protection to the human cow in the shape of the girl widow.
Cow protection can only be secured by cultivating universal friendliness, i.e. ahimsa.
Cow protection means protection of the weak, the helpless, the dumb and the deaf.
Cow protection to me is infinitely more than mere protection of the cow.
The central fact of Hinduism is cow protection.
Cow preservation is an article of faith in Hinduism.
The only way Hindus can convert the whole world to cow protection is by giving and object-lesson in cow protection and all it means.
My religion teaches me that I should by my personal conduct in still into the minds of those who might hold different views the conviction that cow-killing is a sin.
By ahimsa we will be able to save the cow and also to win the friendship of the English.
When I see a cow, it is not an animal to eat; it is a poem of pity for me and I worship it and I shall defend its worship against the whole world.
If I were overfull of pity for the cow, I should sacrifice my life to save her but not to take my brother’s.
Cow-slaughter and man-slaughter are in my opinion the two sides of the same coin.
Cow-slaughter can never be stopped by law.
The cow can be saved only if buffalo-breeding is given up.
It is no part of religion to breed buffaloes or, for that matter, cows.
Nowhere in the world you find such skeletons of cows and bullocks as youdo in our cow-worshipping India.