ஒரு பக்கம் பசுவைத் தெய்வமாகக் காட்டி கோபூஜை செய்யும் மதஸ்தர்களாக நாம் இருக்கிறோம்; இன்னொரு பக்கம் மாம்ஸத்துக்காகவும், தோலுக்காகவும் ஏராளமான கறவை நின்ற கோக்களை ஹத்திக்கு அனுப்பிக் கொண்டும் இருக்கிறோம்; அல்லது அவற்றை வயிறு வாடி வதங்கி நசியுமாறு வைத்திருக்கிறோம். இந்த ‘ஹிபாக்ரிஸி’ நமக்குப் பெரிய களங்கம். தானாக உயிர் பிரிகிற வரையில் கோக்களை நல்லபடி வைத்துக் காப்பாற்றாத வரையில் நம்மை ஹிந்துக்கள் என்று சொல்லிக் கொள்வதற்கே லாயக்கில்லை. – ஜகத்குரு ஸ்ரீ சந்திரசேகரேந்திர சரஸ்வதி ஸ்வாமிகள்
On one side we belong to the religion which proclaims the cow as God and accordingly perform Gho Puja; on the other side we keep sending the unyielding cows to slaughter houses in huge numbers for the sake of their meat and leather; or else we’ve kept them in starvation and under inhuman conditions, letting them to rot and die. This “Hypocrisy” is a great blemish on our part. A long as we fail to preserve the cows properly till they breathe their last on their own, we are not entitled to call ourselves Hindus at all. – Jagadguru Chandrasekharendra Saraswathy Swamigal
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara,
I mentioned about bringing up an important subject in my last two posts and had posted a couple of questions HERE and HERE. Out of more than 20 responses, only a couple got it right which shows awareness is the foremost need. The correct answer is “Choked by plastics and cannot move”. The demonic impact plastics and garbage items have on cows are beyond words and diabolic. If you live in Chennai or other cities where there is nothing to graze, this a common sight where one will see cows standing near the trash cans/garbage area trying to tear open the trash plastic covers with their mouth. Many a times they could not open them so they start chewing on them resulting in choking and dying. Cows also stand near fruits or vegetable shop hoping someone will feed them something only to be mercilessly chased away by the shopkeepers by hitting them brutally.
While resting, cows brings back the cud (partially digested food) into the mouth for regurgitation. However plastics and other trash items don’t come out resulting in serious choking and collapsing resulting in slow death of cows. I have experienced several rescued cows from my area die this way. While we see cows standing in these garbage areas or vegetables shop we don’t take take them too seriously nor do anything about it. This is what Periyava has emphasized in Deivathin Kural the need to feed and protect cows till they naturally pass away. Unfortunately, in Periyava’s words, we as a society have faltered big time and stand as culprits. We need to understand that cows in Ghosala get a decent meal for couple of times a day but what about the cows that are living in the roadside and are abandoned by their owners? What should we do about them?
For awareness, I’m posting a couple of pictures of the autopsy we performed on a few cows that choked and passed away due to garbage and plastics. Worn out old clothes, nylon rope, sanitary pads, needles, plastic covers, etc. were found in cows stomach. Even though the city cows may not look skinny and look outwardly healthy the fact of the matter is that every cow that live in towns and cities are living a famished life where they don’t have grazing lands nor have anything to eat (we have taken all their grazing lands and built buildings and offices). Add to the fact they are driven out to roads by their owners which makes their lives even more miserable as they are forced to fend themselves by hogging on whatever they get on roads. Very distressing sight but that is the harsh reality that is happening to thousands of cows the very minute we are reading this post. Now that we know the seriousness of the issue and the deadly ramifications, what is the solution?
I will post the solution in the next day or two that can be easily implemented in our localities but for now let’s reflect on the fact what these poor jeevans are going through and we being a mere spectator though we definitely can make a huge change in their lives.
We performed an autopsy on the Madurai cow that passed away. There are a couple of video’s in the link below that shows pounds of garbage being are pulled out from the poor cow’s stomach.
Sri Periyava Thiruvadi Sharanam
Posting a few pictures of the cows standing in Shollinganallur and Thiruneermalai areas looking for something to eat in the mountain of garbage. Finding nothing to eat they are looking around but eventually eat plastics due to hunger.