Caring for Cows is a Joyful Responsibility

The term "Goshala" stems from the Sanskrit words "go" (meaning cow) and "shala" (meaning shelter). Traditionally, every Indian village had a Goshala. Today, the cow continues to hold a significant role in Indian culture and agriculture, with various practices revolving around these sacred animals.

Caring for cows in The Art of Living's Goshala is not only rewarding but also a delightful experience. Indigenous cows, known for their affectionate, alert, and friendly nature, demand love and attention, much like beloved pets. Establishing a close bond is essential, especially for Gir cows, as they won't part with their milk until this connection is forged.

The Goshala at The Art of Living International Headquarters in Bangalore is bustling with various activities:

Agnihotra: A daily fire ritual, Agnihotra purifies the surroundings and contributes to repairing the ozone layer. It also serves as a natural mosquito repellent. The ash from Agnihotra, combined with native cow dung, makes an excellent fertiliser, and ash mixed with desi cow ghee offers antibacterial properties.

Mahamrityunjaya Homa: This daily ritual is performed to safeguard against diseases and promote good health. The ghee and cow dung sticks used in these ceremonies are meticulously prepared in-house.

Preservation and Propagation: Breeding is carefully managed, with a focus on maintaining good pedigree. Pregnancies are monitored closely near delivery.

Feeding: The cows are fed thrice a day with fresh and dry fodder, gram husk, and mineral supplements, along with grazing opportunities.

Milking: Cows are milked twice a day, and milk is distributed within the ashram and households in close proximity

Green Electricity: Biogas production from cow dung is harnessed to meet energy requirements.

Guided Tours: Visitors can embark on tours to learn about various Indian cow breeds and their significance, and may even participate in grooming and cleaning activities.

Seva (Selfless Service): Hindus consider cow seva (caring for cows) as a highly noble form of service. Grooming cows is one of the ways visitors can engage in seva.

Gau Daan (Donate a Cow): This is revered as the highest form of daan (donation) in the Hindu tradition.

Other Activities: These include bathing cows, maintaining cleanliness in sheds and open enclosures, inspecting cows for injuries and illnesses, and addressing their medical needs.The Art of Living plans to establish Goshalas in each of its centres across India. Currently, there are three Goshalas - one in Bangalore, Karnataka; and Vasad, Gujarat.

These two Goshalas, aim to preserve pure cow breeds. They also promote organic, zero-budget farming to alleviate the hardships and debts faced by Indian farmers.

Maintaining a healthy cow-to-human ratio, according to Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, is essential for India's prosperity.

Quote Picture For determining a healthy count for cows, the appropriate ratio is
20 cows per 100 people. Due to cattle not producing high milk yields,
they are being slaughtered. This drops the number of cattle, affecting
the genetic pool. Soon, there will be only a 5 cow ratio per 100 people.
The gaushala hopes to reverse this statistic.Quote Picture

- Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Quote Picture Our first and foremost commitment is to do seva (service) in the world.
When you make service your sole purpose in life;
it eliminates fear, brings focus in our mind, purposefulness in action and long term joy.Quote Picture

- Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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