Mayapur, A Spiritual City

E xperience real tranquility when you visit this place of shelter for the sacred cows of Mayapur. The quiet strength of the bulls and gracious elegance of the cows is apparent when you en­ ter the peaceful area of the goshala. The cows are happy and friendly, approaching visitors and locals with friendly licks and nuzzles. They are the soul of the community and generously give around 140 litres of milk a day for the service of the Lord and resident devotees. Satyabhama, Sacimata, and Rohini consistently give the most: 18 to 20 litres each, daily! But the cows are not a business: the number one priority here is pro­ tection, not production. They are cared for with love and devotion, and as a result, they give ex­ cessive amounts of milk willingly. Of all kinds of animal killing, the killing of cows is most vicious because the cow gives us all kinds of pleasure by supplying milk. Cow slaughter is an act of the grossest type of ignorance. In the Vedic literature it is stated that one who, being fully satisfied by milk, is desirous of kill­ ing the cow is in the grossest ignorance. There is another prayer in Smriti where special stress is given to the protection of the cows and the brahmanas. Brahmanas are the symbol of spiri­ tual education, and cows are the symbol of the most valuable food; these two living creatures, the brahmanas and the cows, must be given all protection—that is real advancement of civiliza­ tion. In modern human society, spiritual knowl­ edge is neglected, and cow killing is encour­ aged. It is to be understood, then, that human society is advancing in the wrong direction and is clearing the path to its own condemnation. A civilization which guides the citizens to be­ come animals in their next lives is certainly not a human civilization. 24

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