The Vedic culture of ancient India
has a long, honorable tradition of protecting all those who
are seen as our mother. There are seven mothers listed in the
sastras (scriptures) that deserve to be honored as ones own
mother and treated with the same degree of respect. These include
the earth, the wife of the king, your own mother, the wife of
a brahmin (priestly class), the nurse (nanny), wife of the spiritual
master and the cow.
The cow gives nice nourishing milk. From this so many nice food
preparations are made like butter, ghee, cheese, yogurt, ice
cream, etc. The cow gives these freely from the time a person
is just a baby throughout their lifetime. Cows are giving this
milk just like our own mothers did or wanted to. In many cases
in the West, our own mothers did not breast feed us. Our strength
came from the cow's milk.
she has given her life to us, we are directed to protect her.
This is the meaning of civilization or "to be civilized."
modern "civilization" is run by terms like "efficiency" as an excuse to prey on the less fortunate in society for the
sake of monetary gain. Cow slaughter falls under this misguided
Once she has given us all her milk, mother cow is taken to the
slaughterhouse as a reward for her years of feeding our children.
True "civilization" as outlined in the Vedas is one
in which ALL CITIZENS are granted protection. This includes
the animals, cows and people.