கோவதை கூடாது என்று சட்டம் பண்ணிவிடலாம். ஆனால் கறவைக்கும் உழவுக்கும் ப்ரயோஜனமி்ல்லாத மாடுகளைப் பராமரிக்க மக்களான நாம் தக்க ஏற்பாடு பண்ணாவிட்டால் அவை வயிறு காய்ந்து குற்றுயிரும் குலை உயிருமாகக் கஷ்டப்பட வேண்டித்தான் வரும். கோ-ரக்ஷணம் என்பது ஜீவகாருண்யத்துக்கு ஜீவகாருண்யம்; அதுவே ஒரு பெரிய லக்ஷ்மி பூஜையும் ஆகும். – ஜகத்குரு ஸ்ரீ சந்திரசேகரேந்திர சரஸ்வதி ஸ்வாமிகள்
A law can easily be enforced against cow slaughter. But if we don’t make proper arrangements to look after the cows which are no longer useful for milking and farming, then they would be made to suffer out of starving and being malnourished. Ghorakshanam on one side is a great act of compassion; while on the other hand that in itself is a big Lakshmi Puja. – Jagadguru Chandrasekharendra Saraswathy Swamigal
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara,
For quite a while I have been saying banking on Gosalas alone is not a sustainable solution in the long run. Almost all the gosalas in and around Chennai have been running in full throttle and they are all constrained for bandwidth in many ways. Over the past few months we have slowly been housing our rescued cows in farm houses, temples, organic farmers, poor and needy. We are also steadily expanding our operations out of Chennai. This model will help achieve the four pronged objectives as below:
1. Minimize the risk of all the cows being in one place and the corresponding expenses Gosalas need to incur. (One may wonder why did I use the word ‘risk’. I will post a separate note on that shortly.)
2. Cow and bulls being super productive by engaging them for ploughing agricultural fields and their products used for organic farming. I’m sure we are all aware of the benefits of ploughing agriculture lands with native breed rishabams as opposed to using tractor.
3. Support many poor and needy farmer families who cannot afford to buy cows for their farming needs. In a way it is Manava Seva Kainkaryam where we help Gho Mathas as well as humans by connecting them together.
4. Re-iterate and spread the awareness of Gho Samrakshanam which has been on a rapid decline with the farmers and milk men.
The question that will pop up in our minds: Where do we find organic farmers, temples, poor/needy and how can we trust if they are really genuine and honest? Well, for the past few months we have been actively working with several close friends/contacts on this subject. The places where we will give the cows will be through strong references and after thorough vetting. We will also execute the required paperwork like a very strong formal agreement documented in stamp paper. This will ensure we will have a strong hold on our assets which we will track every month through our Goseva volunteers. Please remember the KEY here is to have a tracking mechanism and track the given cows rigorously. By Periyava Anugraham if we get this strategy right and in place, trust me, there are several villages in Tamizh Nadu that we can transform in the months/years to come. By HIS grace, the first few steps have already been taken and we will keep building on this momentum as we surge forward with our critical cow rescue mission. I request you all to pray our Periyava for this vision and mission to be successful so when we all leave the next generation is in a much better place than what it is currently. It does not stop here and I will continue to post more on this subject as I need all of your help in making this happen.
Some of the rescued cows/rishabams from slaughter houses in action below grazing in vast village lands as well as helping many needy farmers in ploughing their agricultural lands. Enjoy these video clips/pictures. Sri Periyava Thiruvadi Sharanam. Rama Rama