Post Author: Hadai Nityananda dasa Date: 2007-12-28 17:08:40
Many people have asked me about taking the milk of the cow. Their argument is that when the cow is treated so badly, when the cow is only seen as ‘a product?that has to bring in as much money as possible including the sale (and murder) of her body, is then taking the milk (and milk products) of the cow not contributing to this process? The plain answer is yes. Although we refrain from eating the body of the cow, by drinking the milk of the cow we contribute to the cruelties that surrounds the cows that are raised as a product rather then as a fellow being. There is the argument that we should only take the milk of cows that are raised peacefully, organic, and of cows who are allowed to die a natural death and most preferably only the milk from ‘Vaisnava cows? Although these are ideally the best circumstances I humbly would like to defend the opinion of the wonder of Prasadam. The cow is very precious to Lord Sri Krishna and when offered with love to Him He happily accepts her milk, butter, yogurt, paneer, ghee etc. So there is a twofold wonder here. When we offer the milk of a distressed cow with love to the Lord she is engaged in the service of the Lord which is beneficial for her beyond our comprehension. Although from a material point of view the stress of the cow is present within her milk, when her milk is offered with love to the Lord and turned into Prasadam it is sanctioned with the Absolute qualities of the Lord Himself. As Vaisnavas we should never overlook the power of Prasadam and we should especially not consider it with mundane measurements. The milk of the distressed cow is not of the same quality as the milk from a peaceful cow. Granted. But when both kinds of milk are offered with love to the Lord and by His merciful glance turned into Prasadam there is no difference for the devotee who receives in both cases the mercy of the Lord. And for the cow?her milk is used in the service of the Lord…can we even imagine how fortunate she is?
Post Author: JagannathaGaurangadasa Date: 2007-12-29 11:40:51
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!
I think it is best to find raw milk straight from a dairy farm where the cow's are treated nicely and have plenty of room to graze. I searched long and hard near me to find a raw milk source and I finally did about 2 months ago only about 10 miles away. There is no comparison for raw cow's milk. It must be the best natural medicine that Gauranga has given us. I typically drink 2-3 gallons per week and it is the most delicious food I have ever eaten, much better than store bought pasteurized milk. Also colostrum is very good to drink after the calves have had their fil. I am trying to drink one cup of colostrum in the morning at least for a couple months. I would suggest everyone to try and find a raw milk source in your area where the cow's are grass fed and have plenty of room to graze. It is a magic food indeed.