கோமாதா நமக்குப் பல விதங்களிலும் பரம கருணையோடு செய்ய முன் வரும் உபகாரங்களில் எதையும் நாம் தவறவிடாமல் உபயோகப்படுத்திக் கொள்ள வேண்டும். இப்போது நாம் அவளிடமிருந்து பெற வேண்டியதையும் தவறவிட்டு, அல்லது தப்பான முறையில் பயன்படுத்திக் கொண்டு, அவளுக்கு நாம் தர வேண்டிய ரக்ஷணையும் தவறவிட்டுக் கொண்டிருக்கிறோம். – ஜகத்குரு ஸ்ரீ சந்திரசேகரேந்திர சரஸ்வதி ஸ்வாமிகள்
We should try to utilize without fail, all the aid that Gho Matha comes forward to offer us with utmost compassion. Now we are letting go of what we can receive from her or misusing what we are receiving and also giving up what we are supposed to give her namely the protection she deserves. – Jagadguru Chandrasekharendra Saraswathy Swamigal
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara,
There were two rescue operations happened in my area, one yesterday in the wee hours and another the day before morning. The one that happened yesterday was really heart breaking. There is a milk vendor near my area who has around 10 cows. He is a Hindu and has pictures of all the gods hanging in his front gate. However his audacity and cruelty has no bounds. As soon as the cow yields a calf he barely lets them go near their mother and milks them high and dry. Bother Mother Cow and Calf keeps crying out but he does not care.
Instead of milk, he feeds the calves with very little fodder which they won’t even know how to eat but he force feeds them with a tube. This is akin to feeding a new born infant with dhal rice and curry when all the newborn needs is mothers milk. This causes many calves to die rightaway due to indigestion; Some barely survive but there is no respite for them either. In a matter of couple of months, he calls the local slaughterhouse guy and sells them off too. Brutal isn’t it? He has been doing this for the past few years.
One of my contacts told me about this guy last week and from then on I have been frantically trying to locate his home. By Sri Periyava’s grace I found where he lived and went to his home yesterday AM to purchase the calves. He refused to give me saying that ‘Bhai’ will come today afternoon to pickup the calves as he had already committed to him. I then talked to his wife and persuaded her to give it to me this time instead of killing them brutally. FYI…I’m sure you all know how calves are killed for leather. They are thrown in extreme boiling water so their skin becomes tender soft for peeling to make leather products. (One of the key reasons why we have been distributing handouts on avoiding leather for the past few years).
At last, she reluctantly agreed to give it to me. Since mother and cow should not be separated, I asked if I can buy the cows too and they started yelling at me (they will be sent for killing the very moment they stop yielding). All this while, this guy won’t even look at me and kept milking all the cows furiously with the calves standing outside and watching helplessly at their mothers. While it is a grave sin to separate mother and calf in this case I had no other choice to save these calves lives. They are now safely in the Ghosala and my request to Ghosala is to feed them with mother’s milk instead of fodder. You could see how weary they are and their sunken bellies. We started giving the calves cows milk which is the need of the hour as you see in the picture below. Healthy calves are very active and look way different.
In my experience of cow rescues over the last couple of years, I have seen many cruelties happening right in front of my eyes but this guy has set the bar higher in a very wrong way. Normally I keep my emotions in check but this guy broke me down. Glad that we could save a couple of innocent babies who could even barely walk. Very unfortunately one of the babies died due to lack of feed just after a few hour of reaching the Gosala. Please check the video clips below and you will see what I mean.
Sri Periyava Thiruvadi Sharanam. Rama Rama
Video Clips of the poor young calves (hardly couple of months old deprived of mother’s milk). See how fragile they are. One of the calves died in a few hours after reaching Ghosala.
Calves being fed with Milk after reaching Gosala with a feeding bottle