First and foremost many thanks to Sri Periyava Thiruvadi and for the kind contributions from Shri Gopalan, Smt. Saraswathi Thiagarajan, Shri Saravanan, Shri Sakthi, Shri Badri Narayanan, Smt. Arthi Venkat, Shri Umesh Sadasivam, Smt. Indumathi, Shri Balaji Subramayam, Shri Shankar Balasubramanaim, Shri Ramanathan, Shri SK Ramaswamy, Shri Krishna, Smt. Chitra, Shri Manikandan, and Shri Sairam without which we could not saved these Gho Mathas. For contributing to our cow rescue efforts please click HERE for account details.
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara – Many a times I try to close the deal before a cow reaches a slaughter house by buying cows directly from the owners who are at the point of selling to butchers. However, sometimes, I cannot resist myself when I see cows standing tide outside a slaughter house that I jump right out of my vehicle and start talking to the butchers.
It was Periyava’s Agnai to me to save some cows directly from slaughter house yesterday early morning (Masi Amavasai) and I obliged. Started off from my home at 2.00 AM and reached the first illegal slaughter house at Thiruvallur by 3.30 AM. The slaughter house was pitch dark with just a small chimney, no traffic on the road and the guys had already finished off killing a cow. The next cow was ready to be taken inside as they have to get everything ready by dawn before ‘customers’ start walking in. Since the butchers were Hindus I explained about the Maha Paabam they are committing on Amavasya and asked them to give it to me. They were reluctant but I kept driving my point, negotiated a price, paid an advance and went to the next slaughter house few kms from there. There also, they had just finished killing a cow and was getting ready to take 2 more cows inside. Both of the cows were pregnant. This place is run by a woman which is even more pathetic. Negotiated, paid an advance and ran over to the next slaughter house another km from there. I have to pay an advance and run since they finish all the killings by dawn.
The next abbatoir guy was not at all willing to sell his rishabam and asked me to get out of the place since he thought I was wasting his time. I told him I will offer him the price that he will out of the entire sale proceed. After 40 mins of back and forth, he finally agreed. Though, he sold the bull to me, he signaled to one of his allies to get another small calf from his home which was a couple of 100 meters away from his home and butchered it without my knowledge. I became aware of it only later, felt very depressed and hollow but kept preaching him and his colleagues (there is no point in venting your anger on them as it will lead us no where). The key is to change the mindset of people which I have been trying to work on parallely along with the rescues. Finally called my transport guy, boarded all the cows from various places and had them safely in Sri Gokula Krishna Gosala, Thriuvallur. Came back home by noon.
BTW, all these slaughter houses are run by Hindus who are doing Ayyappa Puja and have Lord Muruga songs as ring tones in their mobile phones. Posting some pics below. A couple will be disturbing. Normally I refrain from posting these but at times we need to remind ourselves of the very harsh ground reality and as Periyava desires our greater responsibilities in safe guarding this Maha Dharma. Sri Periyava Thiruvadi Sharanam. Rama Rama
சாஸ்த்ர வசனப்படி தர்ம தேவதையே தபஸ், சௌசம் [தூய்மை], தயை, ஸத்தியம் என்ற நாலு கால்களுடைய ஒரு ரிஷபமாகத்தான் இருக்கிறது. அந்த தர்மக் காளையுடனேயே கோமாதாவும் இருப்பதாகவும், தர்மத்தையே பாலாகச் சுரக்கிற ‘தர்மதுகா’வாக அப்பசுத் தாய் இருப்பதாகவும், அந்த ஜோடியைக் கலி புருஷன் ஹிம்ஸித்ததாலேயே இந்த யுகம் இப்படிச் சீர்குலைந்திருக்கிறதென்றும் ‘பாகவ’தத்தில் இருக்கிறது. ஆகையினால் கலிதோஷம் நீங்கி தர்மம் தலையெடுப்பதற்குச் செய்ய வேண்டியவற்றில் கோ ரக்ஷணம் முக்யமான ஒன்றாகும். அதிலே நாம் தவறினோம் என்ற பெரிய களங்கம் ஏற்படாமல் நமக்கு கோபாலக்ருஷ்ண ஸ்வாமி அநுக்ரஹிக்க வேண்டும். – ஜகத்குரு ஸ்ரீ சந்திரசேகரேந்திர சரஸ்வதி ஸ்வாமிகள்
Per the verses of Shastras, the very form of Dharma Dhevatha is personified as a Rishab (Bull), with Tapas (Penance), Soucham (Cleanliness), Dhaya (Compassion) and Sathyam (Truth) as its four legs. Bhagavatham holds that Ghomatha is also present with the Bull and that the Divine Cow Mother stands as “Dharma Dhuka” who secretes Dharma as Her milk and it was only because “Kali Purushan” tormented the Divine couple that this fourth Yuga namely ‘Kali’ is inflicted by all sorts of evil. Therefore to get rid of ‘Kali Dosham’ (evils of Kali) and to enable Dharma to get manifested in this world, cow protection is one of the most important actions to be carried out. May Lord Gopalakrishnan shower His grace upon us to save us from the disgrace befalling on us of having failed to do this. – Jagadguru Chandrasekharendra Saraswathy Swamigal
Butcher untying the cow to be taken inside before we rescued her just in time. She is pregnant.
Another Pregnant Cow Standing outside the Slaughterhouse awaiting her turn.
Next illegal slaugher house. You could see a black rishabam (tied to a pole on the left side) watching all the dreaded killing with so much of fear. This picture is a bit hazy but the next picture shows it pretty clearly.
The harsh and bitter ground reality of precious and innocent lives killed in slaughterhouses
All cows getting boarded safely from the Jaws of death. Look at some of the pictures closely you can see the shock and fear still in their eyes even after coming to Gosala.