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Hare KrishnaBy ISCOWP Co-Managing Director

The Cow Culture Conference was held in Silicon Valley, California May 2018 by the Om Sri Surabhi Campaign headed by HH Bhakti Raghava Swami. At the conference, Balabhadra (William E. Dove - president of ISCOWP) speaks about Lord Krishna as the protector of cows, why cows were bred in Vedic times and his personal realizations about the benefit of associating with cows. Some flashes from the past can be seen in pictures, dating back to the 1980's, accompanyi...

Jun 7, 2018 -- 1,463 views
Hare KrishnaBy Dusyanta dasa

How to chant without any offenses is an art/science, a mystery and a goal we all aim for. And so it is with Cow Protection, its exactly the same endeavor as chanting without any offense, its no less. The whole concept behind Cow Protection is to include it within the model of Community, Agriculture and Trading. But also, to achieve and maintain our own personal standards with the cows, the mode of goodness. When we operate Cow Protection in a way that shadows and mimics commercial Dairy herds we don’t have any success on any level. Perhaps we have many Cows milking and th...

Aug 6, 2017 -- 1,654 views
Hare KrishnaBy Dusantya Das

Like so many things, both Economy and Cow Protection can exist in the Mode of Ignorance, the Mode of Passion and the Mode of Goodness. And although the Economic models can be perceived easily through the different modes of Nature, its way more difficult to differentiate Cow Protection within the different modes of Nature. It’s only been within the last 20 years or so that Cow Protection has taken on any kind of form. That it is not just a bunch of cows hanging around a field with red hands all over them and old Maha garlands hanging disheve...

Feb 1, 2017 -- 1,545 views
Hare KrishnaBy HariKirtan Das

Recently I got an opportunity to attend the conference on Rural development based on cows, conducted by National Institute for Rural Development (NIRD) & Panchayati raj (Ministry for Rural Development, Government of India) Rajendranagar, Hyderabad on 3rd of November, 2016. As a pleasant surprise, I met Rupavilas prabhu (Venumadhuri trust director) who was also giving a seminar sharing his experience about Venumadhuri NGO activities. Seminar was well organized by NIRD inviting the elite group consisting of Senior IAS officers, scientists, doctors, scholars, NGO’s director...

Nov 16, 2016 -- 2,167 views
By Kurma Rupa Das

If a family keeps a cow and calf and has a few acres of land, a vegetarian diet is easily sustainable. I know a family in Colorado whose cow gives nine gallons of milk a day and she lactates for four to five years. They have enough land for the cow and her offspring to graze on and even with several months of winter they can easily maintain their cow. (see CFC News July 2010). If you mean to ask will protecting a family cow produce enough income to maintain herself and provide for a family of five people with urban habits, then no, it won’t. In an agrarian setting cows actually giv...

Nov 10, 2016 -- 5,274 views
Hare KrishnaBy Gour Gopal Das

Our present ‘development’ has removed our mother and father from our lives- the biological parents lie in Old age homes, while shastric parents – Mother cow & Father Bull, are sent to slaughter houses. This is suicidal- spiritually as well as materially. This heinous sin will only bring us closer to complete global destruction. If we do not take any corrective action to save our Mother Cow now, we will reach a point of no-repair.

Jan 3, 2015 -- 1,749 views
Hare KrishnaBy Yamuna Sundari devi dasi

The Srimad-Bhagavatam describes in detail how the cows are most dear to Lord Krishna. The Lord takes the cows and calves every morning to graze on the pastures of Govardhana Hill. There are hundreds of thousands of cows at the palace of Nanda Maharaja (Lord Krishna’s father), an each cow has her own name. Whenever Lord Krishna plays His flute and calls the cows by name, the cows, intelligent and affectionate, come running toward Him.

Dec 9, 2014 -- 3,521 views
Hare KrishnaBy Dusyanta dasa

The relationship in cow protection and agriculture is based on symbiosis and community infrastructure for devotees. We are not making money from them, nor are we trying to be entrepreneurial. The whole idea is for community and cow protection to exist hand in hand. We are just producing food for the community by the community; the cow’s milk is for our own devotees. We are not growing cash crops, we are not trying to sell our produce, and we are only growing food for ourselves, nothing more than that. It’s a social framework infrastructur...

Nov 13, 2014 -- 2,056 views
Hare KrishnaBy Anne P. Mitchell

Gita Nigari Farm, also known as “the yoga farm”, is a farm based on the tenets of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. As such, they are imbued with the philosophy of Ahimsa, as well as the Hindu reverence for cows. As they say, front and center on their sites, they are the first slaughter free dairy in the USA – no cows or bulls are either killed or exploited to produce their dairy products, and “our cows and bulls are protected for their entire lives!”

Oct 10, 2014 -- 2,326 views
Hare KrishnaBy Dusyanta dasa

Our farm projects are an extremely important part of our movement. We must become self-sufficient by growing our own grains and producing our own milk, and then there will be no question of poverty. So develop these farm communities as far as possible. They should be developed as an ideal society depending on natural products not industry. Industry has simply created godlessness, because they think they can manufacture everything that they need.

Oct 6, 2014 -- 1,565 views
Hare KrishnaBy Dusyanta dasa

The differences between milk produced in a modern conventional setting and a cow protection project are diametric opposites. They could not be further away from each other even if they tried. And the idea of paying money in a cow protection herd for milk that they produce is one of the reasons that cow protection does not work. If we try to mix up the way modern day dairy herds operate by making money and turning milk production into a type of business then we have misunderstood the holistic principles of cow protection.

Aug 4, 2014 -- 4,278 views
By Priyavrata Das

Consuming dairy from a loved, respected and protected cow is perfectly in line with the essential ideology of veganism -- non-violence. But if you're a fanatical vegan, you won't bring yourself to accept such a possibility. So it is best to avoid trying to press that ideal into a new form of the ideology, but rather accept the fact that veganism in the strictest sense of the term is flawed.

Apr 27, 2014 -- 5,666 views
By Dusyanta dasa

Because Iskcon is a spiritual holistic society it means Iskcon can demonstrate the alternative to capitalism. When defining the original and conclusive purposes of Iskcon Srila Prabhupada also included a lifestyle principle as well as many other spiritual practices. The 6th purpose of Iskcon is aimed and directed to all members of Iskcon towards their lifestyle so that the whole of Iskcon is single pointedly and united to gaining these goals of life.

Apr 16, 2014 -- 2,144 views
By Dusyanta Dasa

The whole subject of violence within the dairy industry was the basis for spawning the alternate diet of vegans. Rather than embracing the positive instructions of cow protection by following the universal aspects of the definitions and goals of cow protection an alternative diet was sought. Bearing in mind the rather narrow criteria of considering violence in the dairy industry as an exclusive situation that is not applicable to any other type of farming, food production and horticultural enterprise the Iskcon conclusions are debated practically on a yearly ...

Apr 12, 2014 -- 4,958 views
By Devamrita Swami

Myths and fantasies are an essential part of ordinary human culture. Through science fiction, legends, and fairy tales, the mundane imagination soars, unfettered by reality. But here's one daydream Krishna's devotees, in the real world of bhakti, can do without: we spiritually benefit the condemned cow by offering its milk to Krishna.

Apr 3, 2014 -- 8,504 views
By Madhava Gosh

The discussion of whether devotees should use industrial milk currently has 3 schools of thought: 1. Use it and ok if it is offered. 2. Become a vegan. 3. Drink milk only from protected cows. A fourth alternative has been discussed, Milk Offsets.

Jan 18, 2014 -- 3,028 views
By Pancaratna Das

IMPORTANT NOTICE: We would like to bring to your kind attention that at the recent meeting of the ISKCON India Advisory Council (IIAC) it was decided that all ISKCON centers having any number of cows, bulls or calves must register their centre and each individual animal with the Ahimsa Foundation for Cattle Protection (AFFCAP)

Dec 19, 2013 -- 3,092 views
By Milind Ghatwai

Cow slaughter is now a serious offence and could invite a jail term of up to seven years in Madhya Pradesh. Consuming, keeping or transporting beef of any cow progeny will invite the same punishment

Dec 15, 2013 -- 2,057 views