Chakra Discussions

Why such a heavy handed response from Mother Cow Goshala?

by Prema Bhakti das

Posted May 18, 2004

Dear Prabhus,

The straightforward thinking by their graces Tapasvini devi and Hare Krsna devi in regards to cow protection was illuminating. Their genuine concerns for mother cow and determination to put those claiming to protect her under great scrutiny is admirable.

They drew conclusions about the Mother Cow Goshala project from the information at hand. They did not denigrate the project for selling milk, rather, they indicated that this seemed to be not a goshala as much as a business to sell milk. Of course, Tapasvini devi's point is that selling milk should be incidental to and not indicative of cow protection. If the primary focus of a goshala is genuine cow protection and incidentally it makes thousands of dollars from the sale of milk it is clear that Tapasvini devi and Hare Krsna devi would happily accept such an arrangement as would Srila Prabhupada.

Ironically, Mr. Nanda Kishore of the Mother Cow Goshala points out "that these ladies are sincere" but then proceeds to offend them and Srila Prabhupada by denigrating ISKCON and any views they may have on what constitutes cow protection. Srila Prabhupada is sincere and he gives his disciples and grand disciples multiple instructions on the importance of protecting mother cow. His instructions in this regard are perhaps not always carried out satisfactorily but that does not mean there is something wrong with the instructions or that following the instructions isn't being aspired for. Similarly, all the "ladies" did, was to point out a standard for a goshala and tried to determine if Mother Cow Goshala came up to that standard. If Mother Cow Goshala didn't meet the highest standard, it doesn't mean that the standard is incorrect or shouldn't be aspired for or that those suggesting it are wrong. I am unsure why these women's concern for mother cow met with such a vitriolic response.

The realities of today were unthinkable years ago. I realized while reading the articles by Tapasvini devi and Hare Krsna devi that if someone intends to protect mother cow he has aspired for a very difficult task in today's world. Cows are not safe even in India. Who could imagine goshalas as fronts for cow slaughterhouses. In light of the importance coupled with the difficulty in maintaining goshalas, those claiming to run them should gladly and humbly accept scrutiny of their endevour in this regard.

Unless, Mr. Nanda Kishore personally knows Tapasvini devi outside her current correspondence, which he may, I find it unacceptable that he attributes thoughts and motives onto her when her stated purpose is simply the high standard for cow protection which incidentally was taught by Srila Prabhupada. In a similar vein, I fail to see any rationality in Mr. Nanda Kishore criticising ISKCON, throughout, his "compulsion to reply to...rather harsh criticism," while glorifying his Mother Cow Goshala. In fact it seems to me that Srila Prabhupada's, Tapasvini devi's and Hare Krsna devi's views on what a Goshala should aspire for are not "self centered" or "ISKCON centric" views but rather cow centered and thereby glorious and pleasing to Sri Krsna.

Hare Krsna,
Prema Bhakti dasa