His Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda and His organizations worldwide enthusiastically welcomed the move by the Indian central government to ban the sale of cows and buffaloes for slaughter through animal markets.

“This is long overdue,” said His Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda. “Cows are sacred and protecting them in every way is the dharmic way. By instituting this ban on cow slaughter, the government has finally made a move to acknowledge the sentiments of billions of Hindus who worship cows as mother and God”.

The Vedic tradition has encouraged an Agrarian based civilization from time immemorial, and Cows have played a pivotal role in society. The Cow is revered as the most sacred animal to Hindus, a fact that is evidenced by the dedication of several hymns and rituals, reverentially addressing it as ‘GOMATHA’ (divine mother cow) in all the sacred scriptures including Vedas and Puranas. ‘Gomatha’ is a symbolic representation of 33 crore Gods who are said to hold positions in various parts of a cow’s body. As a representation of the divine, all auspicious ceremonies and rituals involve the Cow and its produce. Everything from, milk, butter, ghee, curd, cheese, even the cow’s dung and urine are considered very sacred in Hindu Vedic tradition. Protection of Cows is a dharma that can be performed by people of all communities in the world. It is a dharma that can be carried out by people of all the four varnas and other communities.

In all Vedic rituals it is the practice to say “गोब्राह्मणेभ्यः शुभमस्तु नित्यम् “ – “Gobrahmanebhyah Subhamastu Nityam”- “May cows and brahmanas be always happy”. Here the cow is mentioned first. If the cow is comfortable, the entire world will be happy. It is because all people gain comfort from the cow, worship of cow has been accorded importance. It is to be noted that the cow has abundance of milk such that after satisfying the need of her calf, she is able to feed other people with milk. No other animal has this trait.

Sri Nithya Sri Priyan, leading businessman in veterinary medicine products from the middle east and Mahant of Nithyananda Peetam Godaan project says, “The Indian Government’s move to protect this sacred animal from slaughter is a welcome move. Under Swamijis guidance, Nithyananda Peetam is rapidly building out infrastructure for the largest Goshala in the world run per Vedic tradition. Already hundreds of Gir cows of the native variety, whose milk is beneficial, unlike the modern-day Jersey cows whose milk is toxic, are lovingly reared in the Nithyananda Goshala.”

Nithyananda Peetam hopes that this is the first of many moves by the government to give our beloved Go Mata her rightful place of love and worship in society.