The Foundation of a Healthy Life: Gau Katha at Kumbh Mela, Prayagraj

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Ever since the time of its inception, the Hindu (Vedic) tradition has promoted non-violence against animals. It values, along with humans, all the animals; especially cows. The tradition teaches its members and has always set examples for the people of other religions about the ways to treat cows. Cows are the sacred symbol of life. They are representative of divine and natural beneficence, and thus, should be venerated and revered. To explain some of the age old beneficial ways of cow treatment, Sadhvi Padmahasta Bharti Ji presented a beautiful narration of Gau Katha at Kumbh Mela, Prayagraj. The Katha took place from 4 & 5 February 2019.

Cows, argued Sadhvi Ji, have always been worshiped and considered equal to other gods in Hinduism. The opinion that cow’s milk and dung nurture human life in not one but several ways is based upon scientific experiments. The Vedic seers drew these notions with regard to cows in similar ways. The cow, they said, produce 5 essentials - milk which can be turned into cheese, ghee (or clarified butter), and buttermilk, as well as urine and dung. The milk and milk based products nourish life and keep us healthy. The last two are used in religious penance or burned for fuel. Ghee and cow dung cakes are used in sacrifice. As per the scientists, the aroma generated in a sacrifice with the burning of ghee creates a pure, nutritional and medicinal atmosphere. The aroma from the sacrifice, that is performed, renews the brain cells which in turn revitalizes the skin, purifies blood, mitigates growth of pathogenic bacteria and organisms. It creates an antiseptic and antibiotic environment that helps in reducing physical ailments, sickness and diseases.

Today, in such a historically spiritual land as India, this knowledge is vanishing. A widespread killing of innocent and docile cows to satisfy the yearnings of taste buds has reached a crescendo. This pervasive act would do more harm than good for the humanity in the long run. To reverse this trend of vanishing cognizance about cows and their blatant murdering, we must have wisdom. Such wise knowledge can only come from within. However, for that to happen the guidance of a true Guru, who can impart the divine knowledge called Brahm Gyan, is required. The Guru will make us all mindful of the importance of cows in such a way that will stay with us for generations to come. And the founder of DJJS, His Holiness Ashutosh Maharaj Ji, is one such true Guru. Any seeker can attain this divine knowledge from DJJS and be truly united with this aspect of civilization.

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