Cow Ministry Seminar at Mayapur
by the ISKCON Cow Ministry
Posted January 10, 2003


The Ministry of Cow Protection requests the honor of your presence at this year's cow protection seminar in Mayapur. The dates and times of the seminar are:

Friday, February 28th and Saturday, March 1st: Morning and afternoon sessions totalling 7 hours each day.

Sunday, March 2nd and Monday, March 3rd: Hands-on cow/ox sessions from 6:15 A.M. to 7:45 A.M. and sessions from 9:50 A.M. to 1 PM (either hands-on actvities or discussion, depending on the attendees' desires).

The purpose of this seminar is to bring cow protection out of the Krsna Book into 21st century ISKCON. A general understanding of the practical, spiritual, economic and environmental benefits of cow protection will be presented and discussed. The subject of how cow protection can become an integral part of ISKCON's infrastructure will follow. We highly recommend this seminar for anyone who is either in a leadership role or participating in a cow protection or farm program. Some items to be covered are:

Part 1: Benefits of Cow Protection:

a) Pleases Krsna
b) Supplies our own milk
b) Cow urine and dung products
c) Ox-Power:Alternative Energy
d) Attracts new devotees
e) Complements and supports brahminical culture

Part 2: Practical Planning for a Sustainable Farm Community:

a) Land: qualities/maintenance/amount
b) Cows: breeds/breeding/care
c) Housing: indigenous/environmentally sound
d) Economic development: food/cow products/restaurants/CSA/etc:
e) Social development = Krsna in the center/cowherds/village life
All attendees will receive materials in book format, containing spiritual and practical information for presenting and maintaining cow protection.

Balabhadra das (ISCOWP president and ISKCON Minister for Cow Protection and Agriculture) and Suresvara das (ISCOWP board member, BTG writer of 1980s "Simple Living" articles) will be co-teaching the seminar. You can find out more about them and the seminar, and also sign up if you wish, at:

http://www.mayapur.org/mihe/2003/2k3_balabhadra.htm

We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

Your servants at the Ministry of Cow Protection