Importance of Cow protection
It is well known that Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, loves cows. Two of His childhood pastimes show us that we can win Krishna’s favor by serving cows.
Once, Krishna’s mother Yashoda took Krishna to a cow and prayed to her for Krishna’s well-being just after he had been attacked by the demon Putana. Krishna’s parents knew that serving and protecting cows can alone bring health, wealth, and prosperity. Mata Yashoda demonstrated that the cow protects us from ill will and negative energies.
The second incidence demonstrating the importance of cows is when the King of heaven, Indra, wanted to harm the residents of Vrindavan when he discovered that they had stopped worshiping him.
Instead of giving any curse or personal punishment to King Indra, merciful Krishna lifted Govardhana Hill and held it up on His little finger for seven consecutive days. Despite Indra’s impudence and disastrous actions, Krishna eventually pardoned Indra when Surabhi, the celestial cow, begged for forgiveness on Indra’s behalf.
Krishna’s love for the cows is also shown in two of His favorite names: Gopala—the protector of the cows, and Govinda—one who brings satisfaction to the cows.
Importance of feeding a cow
In the eleventh canto of Shrimad Bhagavatam (11.11.43), Krishna told his beloved cousin Uddhava that He can be worshiped by offerings of cow grass and other suitable grains. Worshiping the cow is equal to worshiping Krishna. By feeding grains and by offering puja to the cows, one can receive extraordinary spiritual benefits. Serving and protecting the cow pleases Krishna and the 33 million demigods present in the cow, which takes us closer to the Lord.
According to the Skanda Purana, “One can demolish all his sinful acts by simply offering respect to the cows.” If we maintain and serve a cow nicely, we can catch Krishna’s attention and please Him.
- Feed a cow for a day 31$
- Feed a cow for a month 216$
- Feed 45 cows for a day 551$
- Feed a cow for the winter 751$