The Importance of Cow Protection in Hinduism

The Importance of Cow Protection in Hinduism
?The very name for a cow in Sanskrit is ?Aghnya? which is translated as ?not to be killed?, an indication that they should never be slaughtered. Who, then could slay them? Surely one who kills a cow a bull commits a heinous crime". Mahabharat, Shantiparv 262.47 There are many reasons why Hindus do not wish to have beef as a source of food, one of them being their religious beliefs. Many Hindus in the whole world don?t believe in eating beef as it involves the slaughtering of the most sacred animal in Hinduism.They are influenced by themselves of others (parents, family, friends). Hinduism states that there should be no violence and that Ahimsa should be carried out in as many places as possible. Ahimsa means ?non-violence?. In India there are thousands of cows that walk the street freely owing to the law that states they shouldn?t be harmed physically by any human and that they should have the right to freedom just as we do. Moreover the written law has only been carried out recently, but the acts has been carried out for many thousands of years. Generations amongst generations have taught their young this. Respect for the environment is considered to be a religious duty in the Hindu scriptures, as it is believed that a cow was the means of transport for one very powerful god.. Hindus also don?t eat meat (or beef) as many products tend to attach themselves to diseases e.g. Foot in mouth or mad cow disease (bce). Caused by various viruses. Thousands of people have died in the past few years because of these diseases, but as many Hindus believe that killing cows is wrong ? they have not been effected. Vegetarianism is a common thing in many Hindu societies, as the first three casts tend to apply the rules the most. Brahmins especially do not have meat, they have to preserve their rights as being very religious. There are certain types of comestibles that are healthy to eat, and as long as there is no beef ( nor any type of meat for that matter ) there will be a healthier life style to live. Other possible reasons for Hindus protecting cows is that the Bhagvat Gita and many other sacred books explain why they shouldn?t. The Gods pass these teachings through short stories and many fictional tales. There are many reasons that suggest that we shouldn?t harm any creatures (cows in particular). In India special devotion is shown towards a cow. It has a ceremony for its birth and also an occasion on its death. There are many cows roaming the streets of India. They cause traffic jams, and they are not forced to move. Its dung, urine and milk have special qualities that help Hindus to survive. The dung can be a source of fuel for Lamps (gee lamps) and used for fire and heat. Its urine has special medical qualities that is good quality and cost-effective. Its milk is used to make many different types of food and drink. Gandhi also suggested that cows were the most sacred animals in the world.

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