04.12.04 (DJ, VT) The most famous preachers from around Braj met yesterday to discuss ways to promote the welfare, protection and humane treatment of cows in India. Speakers at the program included Ramesh Baba and Devi Chitralekha, both of whom are leading cow protection activists as well as being renowned Bhagavatam Katha speakers. Both sants run goshalas (cow sanctuaries) and both care deeply about the welfare of cows.
Ramesh Baba said that now all levels of Government are controlled by the BJP, which uses Hindutva as one of its voter cards. But, if the government is serious about running the country according to the edicts of Hinduism, more action needs to be taken to protect the nation’s cows.
Chitralekha Devi encouraged people to keep cows in their homes and tend to them nicely. She also expressed discontent with the lack of recognition given to cows at a national level.
Mahamandaleshwar Chitra Shuksanand Maharaj drew attention to the irony of the mistreatment of cows in Braj. He said that Lord Krishna chose Braj to appear and give the message of bhakti (devotion) to the whole world. But, today, many cows in Braj live in miserable conditions.
Fuldor Maharaj said that it is very sad that the Hindu society is sleeping. There are strong laws against cow killing, however these are not being enforced. Society needs to wake up and realize that cows are an important part of the Srimad Bhagavatam and their protection is central to Hindutva.
In Sri Caitanya Caritamrita Adi Lila, chapter 17, verse 166, Caitanya Mahaprabhu confirms:
go-ange yata loma tata sahasra vatsara
go-vadhi raurava-madhye pace nirantar
Cow killers and cow eaters are condemned to rot in hell for as many thousands of years as there are hairs on the bodies of every cow they eat from.