Importance of Cow 
Contribution of Cow to Humanity 
A Vedic Perspective
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Importance of Cow
अन्ध स्थान्धो वो भक्षीय मह स्थ महो वो भक्षीयोर्ज स्थोर्जं वो भक्षीय रायस्पोष स्थ रायस्पोषं वो भक्षीय ।। यजु-3-20 
You are the provider of most desirable objects.- Food is the most desirable first requirement of all human beings. (First Bible prayer is ‘Give us this day our daily bread’) that provides sustainable energy for our joys, wellbeing and prosperity and you are the provider of all
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रेवती रमध्वम्‌sस्मिन्‌ योना: sस्मिन्गोष्ठे ऽस्मिंल्लोके ऽस्मिन् क्षये । 
इहैव स्त मापगात।। यजु 3-21
You are the embodiment of entire desirable wealth , on our lands and in our homes in this world. Live here, with our love and peace and never go far from us.
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Same importance as Vedas
संहितासि विश्वरूप्यूर्जा माविश गौपत्येन। 
उपत्वाग्ने दिवे दिवे दोषावस्तर्ध्दिया वयम्‌।
नमो भरन्त एमसि ।। यजुर्वेद 3.22
Cows have the same importance for the world as Vedas. Cows are responsible for the beautiful glow of brilliance and energy of the world. Day by day growing bounties in the world flow from the cows. We pay homage to such bountiful cows 
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Poverty alleviation & social stability 
गोभिष्टरेमामतिं दुरेवां यवेन क्षुधं पुरुहूत विश्वाम्‌।
वयं राजभिः प्रथमा धनान्यस्माकेन वृजनेना जयेम।। RV 3 times, AV 4 times 
Banish destitution, backwardness by cow.
Hunger by cow enables organic food
Healthy , Satisfied Happy society is rid of disgruntled rebellious elements 
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Best option for the underprivileged

एभिर्द्युभि: सुमना एभि: इन्दुभि: निरुन्धानो अमतिं गोभिरश्विना । इन्द्रेण दस्युं दरयन्त इन्दुभि: युत्‌ द्वेषस: समिषा रभेमहि ।। RV 1.53.4 
Cows and other domestic animals like horses provide the option of livelihood even to the poorest lacking in knowledge, skill and resources.
Such people also develop a quiet peace loving proactive style for earning their livelihood, and do not create any enemies which can bring them harm
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Bounties of Cow 
दोहेन गामुप शिक्षा सखायं प्र बोधय जरित: जारम्‌ इन्द्रम् ।
कोशं न पूर्णं वसुना न्यृष्टमा च्यावय मघदेयाय शूरम् ।।
RV 10.42.2 AV 20.89.2, 20.89.2
Milking the cows is like a sacred duty. Cows kept in households provide growth of wisdom, knowledge, and friendliness in society, and shatter the divisive negative forces. Individuals become self-motivated persons; develop the ability to harvest the riches and earthly bounties. 
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Milk of cow 
सं वर्चसा पयसा सं तनूभि: अगन्महि मनसा सं शिवेन । त्वष्टा सुदत्रो विदधातु रायो sनुमार्ष्टु तन्वो यद्विलिष्टम् ।। 
त्वष्टा नो अत्र वरीयः कृणोत्वनु नो मार्ष्टु तन्वो यद् विरिष्टम् ।। अथर्व6.53.3Yaju 2.24
Cow’s Milk makes one virtuous ,promotes zeal and energy, fires the temperament towards social welfare and gives a peace loving positive friendly attitude. 
Cow’s Milk makes a person skillful, dexterous and inventive to harvest wealth. 
Cow’s milk remedies, and keeps in good repair, on regular basis, all our physical and temperamental faculties.
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Cow is truly Divine mother 
माता रूद्राणां दुहिता वसूनां नाभि:। प्रनु वोचं चिकितुषे जनाय मा गामनागामदिति वधिष्ट।। RV8.101.15

Like Mother protects against disease,
Enabler of material wealth 
Promoter of health bounties of Sun 
Truly Divine Mother to be never killed 
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Gross Happiness 
वचो विदं वाचमुदीरयन्तीं विश्वाभिर्घीभिरुपतिष्ठमानाम्‌।
देवी देवभ्य: पर्येयुषी गा मा मावृक्त मर्त्यो दभ्रचेता।। 
RV 8.101.16
Imparts faculties of speech based on good intellect and knowledge. 
Sensitizes to aesthetics, orderliness , sustainable strategies 
Leads to loving and peaceful life, 
Achieve a sustainable ecosystem. 
Only the dim witted- unintelligent men abandon and neglect the cows.
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Bounties from cows

गाव उपावतावतं महीयज्ञस्य रप्सुदा। उभा कर्णा हिरण्यया।। RV8-72-12 
Where cows are taken good care of, the land becomes fertile. Soil retains moisture for longer time and never turns parched dry. (This Vedic lesson is to day endorsed by modern soil scientists, that soils which are fed with, organic farm yard manure as compost , retain soil porosity for a greater depth and hold moisture for much longer periods, and require much less artificial irrigation water, and thus save lot of water. With healthy cows, and fertile soil due to organic agriculture, all men become prosperous, rich enough to sport gold ornaments.
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आर्य not अनार्य society 
किं ते कृण्वन्ति कीकटेषु गावो नाशिरेदुहे न तपन्तिघर्मम।
आ नो भर प्रमगन्दस्य वेदो नैचाशाखं मघवन्‌ रन्धया न: ॥ RV 3.53.14
Societies not guided by Vedic values, seek quick
gratification of their desires live a hedonist life. 
They lead a self centered life that does not
believe in sharing- performing Yajnas. 
They do not have the patience to milk a cow, 
heat it , make curds, ghee. 
They Kill & eat the cow
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Cow Promotes Health, intellect and positive attitudes 

अयं स शिञ्क्ते येन गौरभीवृता मिमाति मायुंध्वसनावधि श्रिता। सा चित्तिभिर्नि हि चकार मर्त्यं विद्युद् भवन्ती प्रति वव्रिमौहत।। RV 1.164.29, AV 9.1 0.7 
In the land that is immersed in the sounds made by cows ensconced in comfort and affection, the temperaments of men become introspective, looking to the welfare of down trodden, but highly self motivated as if they were electrified in execution of deeds of harmony and beauty .
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Cows make life beautiful 

सुरूपकृत्नुमूतये सुदुधामिव गोदुहे। जुहूमसि द्यवि द्यवि ।। RV 1.4.1 
Daily efforts in service of good
milk giving cows bless us everyday growing beautiful bounties.
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Cows enhance intellect 
उप नः सवनागहि सोमस्य सोमपाः पिब । गोदा
इद्रेवतोमदः ।। RV 1.4.2
Cows give us vision to make 
knowledge creating hubs that increase
our knowledge resource, make one more enterprising & prosperous
(SOM is the software of human Hardware) 
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Cows brings forth good leadership
एवा ह्यस्यसूनृता विरप्शी गोमती मही। पक्वा शाखा न दाशुषे ।। RV1.8.8
Land with abundance of good cows, develops forceful speaker and good statesmen, like fruit trees bearing ripe fruits in plenty.
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Cow protects from bad thoughts
परोऽपेहि मनस्पाप किमशस्तानि शंससि ।
परेहि न त्वा कायये वृक्षान् वनानि सं चर गृहेषु गोषु मे मनः ।। AV 6-45-1
Pastoral life style involving oneself 
with cows, trees, forests provides a 
temperament that is confident, and
free of malice and ill will. 
 
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Cow is basis of Organic Agriculture
एतौ मे गावौ प्रमरस्य युक्तौ मो सु प्रसेधी: मुहु: 
उन्ममन्धि। आप: चित्‌ विनशन्ति अर्थम्‌ सूर: च मर्क उपरो बभूवान्‌।। RV 10.27.20
Farmlands with cows retain water and maintain healthy soil organisms, with twin bounties Urine and Dung of cows, which eliminate harmful microorganism and keep soil fertile like sun and rains make land free from harmful pests & fertile.
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Cow sounds are pest repellants and growth promoters
वृक्षे वृक्षे नियता मीमयद्ग्नौ-स्ततौ वय: प्रपतान् 
पूरुषाद:।अथेदंविश्वं भुवनं भयात इन्द्राय सुन्वदृषये च शिक्षित्‌।। RV 10.27.22
Sounds made by the cows free the trees
and vegetation of pests, and promote 
growth.
(Ultrasonic are pest repellants)
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Cow dung & urine are links in Carbon Nitrogen Cycle 
देवानां माने प्रथमा अतिष्ठन् कृन्तत्रात्‌ एषाम्‌ उपरा: उदायन्‌।
त्रय: तपन्ति पृथिवीम्‌ अनूपा द्वा बृबूकं वहत: पुरीषम्‌।। 
RV 10.27.23
We are grateful to Indra for first lifting from the ground through clouds, winds, and then by giving back by rains and sun in their affirmative mode feed the fertile soil with cow dung and cow urine, and warmth of sunshine to make lands fertile and bring prosperity.( by providing the land link of Carbon and nitrogenous, Phosphorus, fertilizers in the ecological system.)
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Cow carbon nitrogen cycle 
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Cows Provide the twin bounties 
भरद्वाजायाव धुक्षत द्विता। धेनुं च विश्वदोहस मिषंच विश्वभोजसम्‌।। RV 6.48.13
Learned ladies/ people tell that the cows provide us with twin bounties for the world. Milk very apparently but not so apparently our food through supporting sustainable agriculture by fertilized soil. 
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Cow provides protection from disease
संवत्सरीणं पय उस्रियायास्तस्य माशीद्यातुधानो नृचक्ष: । पीयूषमग्ने यतमस्तितृप्सात् तं प्रत्यञ्चमर्चिषा विध्य मर्मन् ।। RV10.87.17,AV8.3.17
Cows by (getting pregnant) provide throughout the year and year after year, the milk ambrosia for you to satiate yourself. Do not allow the harmful organisms that obstruct regular milk from cows to succeed. Pierce those contending demons in their vital parts to destroy them with flames (by performing Agnihotra with Cow Ghee and milk) . 
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Biocidal virtues of Cows ‘Hornflies’ 
विषं गवां यातुधाना: पिबन्तु आवृश्च्यन्ताम्‌ अदितये दुरेवा: । परैनान् देवो सविता ददातु परा भागम्‌ ओषधीनां जयन्ताम् ।। 
RV10.87.18 AV8.3.16
Let the demons that drink from the cows to poison them (Horn flies & Ticks) should be destroyed by exposing to Sun. Let these demons hard to overcome be cut to pieces for the sake of growing good food and herbs that have nutritious and medicinal qualities. Thus restore cows to good health and medicinal quality milk. (This is reference to cutting up cow dung and exposing it to sun to destroy the eggs of horn flies and other harmful organism, before vermicompost for use in Organic fertilizers.)

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State Duties for Cows 
गोविप्रपालनं कार्य राजा गोशान्ति मावदे।
गाव: पवित्रा मान्गल्या गोषु: लोका: प्रतिष्ठिता।। अग्निपुराणम्-292. 
State should sustain and promote sacred cows for welfare and intellects. Now I speak of welfare of cows. Cows are sacred and bountiful. In cows the entire world is sustained।

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Cow Urine and Dung destroy poverty
शकृन्मूत्रं परं ।तासामलक्ष्मीनाशनमं परम्‌।
गवां कण्डूयनं वारि शृञ्गस्य मर्दनम्‌। Agnipuran 
Cow dropping and urine are the foremost means of destroying poverty. Providing comfort to cows by scrubbing their body providing water and massaging the horns wear away all the ailments.
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Panchgavy 
गोमूत्रां गोमयं क्षीरं दधि:सर्पिः कुशोदकम।
षडञ्गं परमं पाने दु:स्वप्नाद्यिादिवारणम्‌।। Agnipuran (3)
Cow urine droppings milk curd ghee in abundance when utilized freely mitigate all bad eventualities.
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Prosperity through Cows
रोचना विषरक्षोघ्नी ग्रासद: स्वर्गगो गवाम् ।
यद्गृहे दुःखिता गावः स याति नरकं नरः ।। Agnipuran 
Ambiance of happy good cows removes the disease causing poisons and viruses of evil spirits. Where cows are in agony those lands fall on the evil days and become hell.
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GOGRASS
पर गोग्रासद: स्वर्गी गोहितो ब्रह्मलोक् भाक्‌।
गोदानात्कीर्तनाद्रक्षां कृत्वा चोद्धरते कुलम।। Agnipuran 
Feeding other’s cows and taking care of all cows ( not selfishly only your own) obtains for you the bounties of heavens. Welfare and charity of cows brings about progress of future generations.

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