This topic is mainly for those who profess Hinduism.
Although some might know what I am on to but I am hoping to reach out to a larger group of people through my blog. When I first came to Abu Dhabi, I met many “Hindus” mainly from Kerala, India who eats BEEF! This came as a complete shock to me as Hinduism forbids the eating of beef (cow) just like how the Muslims are forbidden to eat pork. So it is really offending when some of them have the cheek to ask “you don’t eat beef?!” It is also funny that those very same people has an altar at home and so-called follows certain fasts! Do not be a hypocrite to religion when you clearly do not wish to follow it. By all means be a free-thinker and eat and follow whatever you wish but do not taint it for others who takes it seriously.
I was then wondering how to put things into perspective and I consulted my brother to gather information to educate them and others who lacks sensitivity. I’m sharing the information below to the world at large and hope they would be all enlightened.
Back then, Hindus and subsequent generations relied heavily on the cow for protein-rich milk and dairy products, tilling of fields and as a provider of fuel and fertilizer. Thus it was identified as a caretaker and a maternal figure. Hindu society honours the cow as a symbol of unselfish giving and cow-slaughter is legally banned in almost all states of India. In Goa they worship cows, ironically the Vedic reference to cow is “Go” (as the beginning letter for that state). In temples, “Nandi” is also always worshipped, where devotees whisper their problems in its ears and leave their burden to God.
In Kerala, the story of Kannappan & Chotanikara Bhagawathi Amman:
Mahatma Gandhi: One can measure the greatness of a nation and its moral progress by the way it treats its animals. Cow protection to me is not mere protection of the cow. It means protection of all that lives and is helpless and weak in the world. The cow means the entire subhuman world.
Bhagawad Gita chapter 10 text 20: Krishna proclaims that among cows he is Surabhi/Kamadhenu/Komatha the wish fulfilling cow.
Rig-Veda (10.87.16): One who partakes of human flesh, the flesh of a horse or of another animal, and deprives others of milk by slaughtering cows, O King, if such a fiend does not desist by other means, then you should not hesitate to cut off his head.
Rig Veda (4.28.1; 6): The cows have come and have brought us good fortune. In our stalls, contented, may they stay! May they bring forth calves for us, many-colored, giving milk for Indra everyday. You make, O cows, the thin man sleek; to the unlovely you bring beauty. Rejoice our homestead with pleasant lowing. In our assemblies we laud your vigor.
Sri Caitanya-caritamrita (Adi-lila, Chapter 17, verse 166), Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabu: “Cow killers are condemned to rot in hellish life for as many thousands of years as there are hairs on the body of the cow,”.
Research credit: Suresh Kumar