“Of all kinds of gifts, the gift of cows is applauded as the highest. Cows are the foremost of all things. Themselves sacred, they are the best of cleansers and sanctifiers. People should cherish cows for obtaining prosperity and even peace. Cows are said to represent the highest energy both in this world and the world that is above. There is nothing that is more sacred or sanctifying than cows.”
[From the Mahabharata, Anusasana Parva, Section LXXXIII]
On behalf of our dear Guru Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Bibudha Bodhayan Maharaj, and all the devotees of the Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math, we humbly request your kind consideration of the following matter. Among the many services the Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math provides to communities around the world is the protection of cows in the Temples of both Sri Mayapur Dham and Sri Vrindavan Dham, where 16 cows are cared for, ten in Sri Mayapur Dham and six in Sri Vrindavan Dham.
The Sanskrit word ‘Goshala’ is translated as ‘cows stay’. The foremost name for the cow in India is Go-mata, which means Mother Cow. Because the cow supplies milk, she is accepted in the Vedas (sacred, ancient Indian texts) as our Mother. The cow and bull are indispensable in rural India, where about eighty percent of the population lives. The cow, eating only grass, happily supplies milk, which provides virtually all of the nutrients our bodies need. From milk we get cheese, curd, butter, ghee, whey, cream, yogurt, and an endless variety of milk-based preparations well known to experts in traditional Indian cookery, and to those in the Western world. Cows produce high quality, protein rich foods in amounts that stagger the imagination. It is abundantly clear that cows are one of mankind’s most valuable food resources.
In the Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math Temples of Si Mayapur Dham and Sri Vrindavan Dham, cows are kept for the pleasure of the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna. Each day many preparations made from fresh milk are offered at the lotus feet of the presiding Deities and the remnants are afterwards honored and eaten by the devotees who live in and visit the Temples. Sri Krishna’s favorite dishes are those made from milk and milk products like curd, yogurt, butter and ghee. Sri Krishna is also known as Makhan Chor (Butter Thief), Gopala (Protector of the Cows) and Govinda (One Who Gives Pleasure to the Cows).
The cows’ assistance frees mankind from much of the struggle of life, thereby providing us with more time for spiritual pursuits. In order to continue to show our thanks to the cows, and to continue to provide them with the care they require, we humbly request your support in any way you can provide it. We welcome any visitors to the Temples who would like to help in the daily maintenance of the Go-shalas. Financial donations and your offering of prayers are also gratefully accepted. Protection of cows is possible only when cultured and pious minded citizens come forward to actively support the cause by their words, actions and wealth. Please contact us to let us know how you can support the protection of cows through the Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math’s efforts. We are gratefully accepting financial donations through Pay Pal and the following bank account:
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Thank you for you kind consideration.