Vrindavan, 2017.07.30 (VT referencing HS): Earlier this week the head of the Nimbark Sampraday, Jagadguru Shri Shaymsharan Devacharya “Shriji Maharaj”, stated that those who protect cows are trying to preserve Sanatan Dharma. It is the government’s duty to maintain harmony in society and ensure no violence occurs.
The recent incidents of violence in relation to cow protection are completely henious and blameworthy, yet at the same time, it is inappropriate to label every person who wants to protect cows as a “gunda” (a thug or gangster).
These throughts were expressed by Shri Shriji Maharaj at the Shriji temple located in Retiya Bazar.
Shri Shiji Maharaj condemned those incidents in which people were beaten or harmed in any way in the name of cow protection. However, he continued to say the fact that cows – a sacred animal in Hinduism – are being illegally rounded up and slaughtered, is also completely inacceptable and not enough is being done to stop it. He encouraged the followers of Sanatan Dharma to remain firm and determined in their faith, describing spirituality as a complete commitment to ones sacred beliefs and spiritual culture.
He further said that development should and will continue, but the people must not forget the ancient culture of this land. There is a constant force from various internal and external elements working to weaken our dharma. Sanatan-dharmis need to remain firm to face these elements.
Nimbarkacharya Peethadhishwar Shri Shriji Maharaj is in Vrindavan for his first visit after his enthronement as the head of Nimbark Sampraday.