A. Cow is a very sacred animal in Hinduism. It gives us milk. When we born after mother we drink cow's milk. Even it is an idle food at any age. There are some confusion about Cow. Somebody says, "Hindus worship cow." It is a big mistake. Hindus do no Worship cow but is a very sacred animal. There are some reasons why we don't eat beef.
Cow is considered a very sacred animal. It is not only a sacred animal in Hinduism but also in Buddhism and Jainism. The cow in the Hindu scriptures According to the Rig Veda, the cow represents the maternal aspect of Earth. Vyasa said:
"Cows are sacred. They are embodiments of merit. They are high and most efficacious cleansers of all."
According to Aurobindo, in the Rig Veda the cows sometimes symbolize "light" and "rays". Aurobindo wrote that Aditi (the supreme Prakriti/Nature force) is described as a cow, and the Deva or Purusha (the supreme being/soul) as a bull. Cattle are also important to the Rigvedic people, and several hymns refer to ten thousand and more cattle.
Rig Veda 7.95.2. and other verses (e.g. 8.21.18) also mention that the Sarasvati region poured milk and "fatness" (ghee), indicating that cattle were herded in this region.
Literature on Lord Krishna, one of the Hinduism's most important figures, who is believed to have lived 5000 years ago, depict him as a cowherd. He is often described as Bala Gopala, "the child who protects the cows." Another of Krishna's names, Govinda, means "one who brings satisfaction to the cows." Other scriptures identify the cow as the "mother" of all civilization, its milk nurturing the population. The gift of a cow is applauded as the highest kind of gift.
The milk of a cow is believed to promote Sattvic (purifying) qualities. The ghee (clarified butter) from the milk of a cow is used in ceremonies and in preparing religious food.
The supreme purificatory material, panchagavya, was a mixture of five products of the cow, namely milk, curds, ghee, urine and dung. The interdiction of the meat of the bounteous cow as food was regarded as the first step to total vegetarianism.
Science says eating beef has many dis-advantages. Even it causes many kind of diseases such as High Blood pressure, fatness, Heart problem etc. Scientist recommends not to eat these kind of meat.
So being A Hindu we should not kill cows.
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