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"Sarve Devaah Sthit Dehe Sarv Devmaheyi gaoo"

The above Shlok means that all the deities dwell in the body of a cow. Therefore the cow itself is as holier as the deities. The cow symbolizes the dharma itself. It is said to have stood steadily upon the earth with its four feet during the Sat Yug (world's first age of truth), upon three feet during the Tretaa Yug (the second stage of less than perfection), upon two feet during the Dwaapar Yug (the third stage of dwindling and disappearing perfection) and only on one leg during Kali Yug (the fourth and current age of decadence)
The name for cow in the Vedas is known asaghyna which means inviolable. Another name of cow is "Ahi" which means not to be killed and another is "Aditi" which means never to be cut into pieces.

It is believed that Brahmaa created Braahman and cow the same day. Braahman to do worship and cow to supply them the materials for worship.

In Hindu mythology, Kaamdhenu is a divine cow who is believed to be the mother of all cows. Like her daughter Nandinee, she could grant any wish for the true seeker. Kaamadhenu provided Vashishth with his needs for the sacrifices. Kaamdhenu (kaam-dhenu, 'wish-cow'), was a miraculous cow of plenty who could give her owner whatever he desired and in whatever quantity.

The cow stands for prosperity - as does Lakshmee, the wife of Vishnu. Kaamdhenu is especially associated with Braahman and their “wealth,” because she is the producer of the milk and the clarified butter, the offerings traditionally placed on the sacrificial fire.

Kaamdhenu, the sacred cow which grants all wishes and desires, is an integral part of Hindu mythology. This Divine cow, which lives in Swarg Lok (Heaven), emerged from the ocean of milk (Ksheer Saagar) at the time of Saagar Manthan (the great churning of the ocean by the gods (Sur) and demons (A-Sur). It was presented to the seven sages by the Gods, and in course of time she came into the possession of Sage Vashishth. The Surabhi cow descended from the spiritual worlds. The direct descendants of the Surabhi cows are the sacred cows from the continent India which are uniquely distinguished the same as the Surabhi by the beautiful hump on their backs and the wonderfully soft folds of skin under their necks.

Kaamdhenu's complexion is like the white clouds. Every part of cow's body has a religious significance. Its four legs symbolize the four Vedas, and its teats the four Purushaarth. Its horns symbolize the gods, its face symbolize the Sun and the Moon, its shoulders Agni (the god of fire), and its legs the Himalayas.

Kaamdhenu is also well-known through its other five forms: Nandaa, Sunandaa, Surabhi, Susheelaa and Sumanaa.

Krishn states in Geetaa: 10: 28
"dhenunaam asmi kaamadhuk" - "Among cows I am the Kaamaadhuk cow" "Kaamaadhuk means Kaamdhenu the original wish fulfilling cow known as the Surabhi cows - Anushaasan Parv of the Mahaabhaarat.

"One who gives in charity a bull becomes famous even in Swarg." - The Mahaabhaarat
"One who donates a cow (or bull) becomes free from sin and achieves liberation for himself and 14 generations of his family members". - The Mahaabhaarat
“The cows are the mothers of all living beings and the givers of all earthly pleasures.” - Atharv Ved

Cows are the mothers of all creatures. Cows are verily the mothers of the 33 crores of Devta that administrate creation in the material existence throughout all the universes. Cows represent sacred acts themselves and without cows there can be no performance of any sacred act. One should never show disrespect for cows in any way nor should one feel any repugnance towards the urine and dung of a cow because these things are also pure. Cows are also fragrant. The wonderful scent of the amytis agallochum emanates from their sacred bodies.

To teach by example, Krishn and Balaraam showed us, how important is to protect, love and serve cows and bulls. Krishn is known as Gopaal (protector of the Cows) or Govind (one who gives pleasure to the Cows). Balaraam represents plowing the land for agriculture and therefore always carries a plow in his hand, whereas Krishn tends Cows with a flute in His hand. Thus the two brothers represent Krishi-Rakshaa (protecting Bulls by engaging them in farming) and Gau-Rakshaa (protecting the Cows). [Bhaagvat Puraan, 10:5:20]

Krishn says in Bhaagvat Puraan, "I can be worshiped within the cows by offerings of grass and other suitable grains and paraphernalia for the pleasure and health of the Cows, and one may worship Me within the Vaishnav by offering loving friendship to them and honoring them in all respects."

Importance of Cow Urine
Cow urine has a unique place in Aayur Ved, the ancient Indian system of medicine. Commenting on the chemistry of Gau Mootra - Cow urine is used to produce a whole range of Aayurvedik drugs, especially to treat skin diseases like eczema. Besides, Gau Mootra is a well known disinfectant. Anti-septic property is also the attribute of Gobar (cow dung) which is mixed with clay to form a plastering medium for mud huts. It is a proven fact that mud huts plastered with Gobar keeps insects and reptiles away. This is the reason why people in the countryside still store grain in huge earthen pots plastered with Gobar and Gau Mootra to keep it free from insect manifestations.

In Mahaabhaarat era Nakul was known as the famous cow urine therapist. Indians believe that cow urine enhances holiness and purity when spread in courtyard and home. There is a need to refocus, in a creative enterprise, on cow as a source of health, wealth and happiness. Cow urine is used in purification of many strong poisons, sub poisons, metals, and sub metals, Ras, Mahaaras, and astrologist stones. Poisonous materials become poisonless within 3 to 7 days if purified with it according to the Indian method.

Many useful elements have been found in Cow Urine. Some of them are as below :
--Urea -Urea is a major element found in urine and is the end product of protein metabolism. It is strong antibacterial agent.
--Uric acid -Uric acid is similar to Urea and has strong antibacterial properties. In addition it helps to control cancer-causing substances.
--Minerals- Minerals from urine can be very easily reabsorbed as compared to those derived from food. Urine probably contains more different types of minerals than those derived from food. Urine becomes turbid if left alone for a while This is because when enzyme present in urine dissolve urea and change it into ammonia then urine becomes strongly alkaline making it difficult to dissolve rich minerals. Therefore stale urine looks turbid This does not mean that it has decayed. Urine with a higher ammonical disorder content when applied to the skin plays an important role in beautifying it.

Bioactive Substance and Hormones
--Urokinase : Dissolves blood clots, helps in curing heart diseases and improves blood circulation.
--Epithelium growth factor : Helps, repair and regenerate damaged tissues and cells
--Colony stimulating factor : It is effective for cell division and multiplication.
--Growth hormone : Shows different bioactive effects such as promotion of protein production, cartilage growth, fat decomposition.
--Erythropoetine : Promotes production of red blood cells..
--Gonadotropins : Promotes normalization of menstrual cycle and sperm production Kallikrin: -Releases kallidin that expands peripheral veins and reduce blood pressure.
--Tripsyn inhibitor : Effective for prevention and healing of muscular tumor.
--Allantoine : Heals wounds and tumors.
--Anti-cancer substance : Anti-neoplaston, H-11 beta-iodole- acetic acid, directine, 3-methyl gloxal, etc. differ from chemotherapeutic drugs, which kill or injure all kinds of cells. They strongly prevent the multiplication of carcinogenic cells and return them to normal.
--Nitrogen - It is diuretic & stimulates kidney naturally.
--Sulphur -It increases intestinal peristalsis and purifies blood.
--Ammonia -It maintains integrity of body tissues and blood.
--Copper -It checks excessive deposition of fat.
--Iron -It maintains RBC counts in blood and stabilizes stamina.
--Phosphate -It has litlhotriptic action.
--Sodium -It purifies the blood and checks hyperacidity.
--Potassium -It is appetizer and climinates muscle fatigue.
--Mangnese -It is antibacterial and prevents gas gangrene.
--Carbolic Acid -It is antibacterial and prevents gas gangrene.
--Calcium -It purifies blood & provide nutrition to bones; helps in coagulation of blood.
--Salts -Antibacterial, Prevents Comma, and kctoacidois.
--Vitamin A, B, C, D, E -They prevent excessive thirst, infuses vigor, and increase potency.
--Lactose Sugar -Gives strength to heart, checks excessive thirst and giddiness.
--Enzymes -Improve immunity, and promote the secretion of digestive juices.
--Water -Controls the body temperature maintains the fluidity of blood.
--Hippuric Acid -Excrete toxins through the urine.
--Creatinine -It is antibacterial.
--Swama Kshar -Antibacterial, improves immunity, and acts as an antidote.
--Some hormones presents in 8-month pregnant cow which are very good for health

Cow Dung
In Chapter 1 of the Skand Puraan, Vishnu explains to Naarad as to how to perform the Satyanaaraayan Poojaa - "The place of worship must be anointed with cow dung first and then decorated with Rangolee (colorful designs made with rice flour) of five colors, and a new cloth must be spread, there after only the Poojaa can be done."
Its other uses are :
(1) Fuel - cow dung patties used for burning for cooking
(2) Fertilizer - composting makes it even more powerful
(3) Heat source - cow dung is naturally hot -compost makes hotter put in glass house to heat glass house or run pipes thru it to get hot water.
(4) Purifier - natural antiseptic qualities
(5) Floor coating - used mixed with mud and water on floors in mud houses. Improves water absorption of mud. Prevents muddy puddles resulting from spilt water.
(6) Mud brick additive - improves resistance to disintegration
(7) Skin tonic - mixed with crushed neem leaves smeared on skin - good for boils and heat rash
(8) Smoke producer - smoldering cow patties keep away mosquitoes. Can also make smoked paneer over such smoke & Ash - from patties used in cooking.
(9) Pot cleaner - used dry absorbs oil and fat wet as a general cleaner
(10) Brass polisher - tamarind removes oxidation - wet ashes polishes
(11) Fertilizer - alkaline - cow dung ash is basically lime with a few other mineral mixed in
(12) Mud additive - dries up slippery mud puddles
(13) Mud brick additive - mud and lime (cow dung ashes) becomes like cement
(14) Pond PH balancer - thrown into pond neutralizes acid.
(15) Tooth polish
(16) Seed protector - covering seeds in dung before planting helps to protect against pests.

Shree Chaitanya Charitaamrit Aadi Leelaa, ch 17 verse 166 Chaitanya Mahaaprabhu confirms:
"go-ange yata loma tata sahasra vatsara; go-vadhi raurav-madhye pace nirantar."
Means cow killers and cow eaters are condemned to rot in hell for as many thousands of years as there are for each hair on the body of every cow they eat from.

Cows are superior to all Yogee and ascetics and because of this liberated divine being perform their austerities in the company and presence of cows.

When Surabhi cows first manifested from the aroma of ambrosial nectar they performed severe penance for 100,000 years for the purpose of acquiring the spiritual merit to be the foremost of all things needed for the performance of Vaidik rituals and ceremonies; thus only from cow milk exclusively is sanctified ghee produced for the performance of Vaidik rituals. Whatever is produced from any and all other types of milk is not authorized by Vaidik scriptures and thus not being sanctioned by the Ved can never be used in any Vaidik rituals or ceremonies. At the conclusion of the Surabhi cows austerities Brahmaa himself appeared before them and granted their wishes blessing them with the benediction that cows would eternally be the sustainers of all creatures.

Parts of the Cow Body and Devtaa in It
The various parts of the body of the cow in which the deities, the revered sages, the various elements, are believed to dwell are given as follows:
(1) Two Horns of the Cow -The Creator 'Brahmaa'
(2) The Head of the Cow - The Deity 'Indra'
(3) Forehead of the Cow -The Deity 'Agni
(4) Collar of the Cow -The Deity 'Yam'
(5) Brain of the Cow -The Deity 'Moon'
(6) Upper Jaw of the Cow -The Highest world Dyu Lok
(7) Lower Jaw of the Cow - The Earth
(8) The Tongue - The Lightening
(9) The Teeth - The Deity 'Marut'
(10) The Throat - The 'Revatee' Constellation
(11) The Shoulder - The 'Krittikaa' Constellation
(12) Bones of the Shoulder - The Summer Season
(13) All the Organs of the Cow - The Deity 'Vaayu'
(14) The Heaven - The World to which cow belongs
(15) The Backbone - The Deity 'Rudra'
(16) In the Chest - The Eagle
(17) Is the Power and Strength of the Cow - The Space
(18) Hunch of the Cow - The Sage Brihashpati
(19) In the bones of the Chest - The Chhand by the name of Brihatee
(20) The Back - Angels and Fairies
(21) Bones of the Ribs - The Hostesses of the Angels & Fairies.
(22) The Shoulders - The Deity 'Varuna' and 'Mitra'
(23) The Forelegs - The Sage 'Twashtaa and the sage 'Aryamaa'
(24) The Hind legs - The Destroyer 'Lord Mahadeva'
(25) The Backside of the Cow - The wife of the Deity 'Indra' - Shachee
(26) The Tail - The Deity 'Vaayu'
(27) The Hairs of the Body - The Sage 'Pawamana'
(28) The Buttock - The Caste 'Brahmin' & The caste'Kshatriya'
(29) In the Thighs - The Strength of the Cow.
(30) Bones of the Knees - The Deity Sun and the Creator
(31) The Calf of the Cow - The Celestial Beings 'Gandharva'
(32) In the Smaller Bones - The Celestial Beings 'Apsara'
(33) Hooves of the Cow - The Mother of the Sun God, 'Aditi'
(34) In the Heart - The Mind
(35) In the Liver of the Cow - The Intelligence
(36) The Nerve By the Name Of 'Puritat' - The Religious Vow 'Vrata'
(37) The Belly - The Hunger
(38) In the Intestines - Goddess Saraswatee
(39) In the Internal Part of the Intestines - The Mountains
(40) In the Ovum - The sorrow (Manyu)
(41) In the Sense Organs - The Subjects or the People (Prajaa)
(42) In the Ovary - The River
(43) In the Breasts - The Deity 'Varun'
(44) In the Cells of the Breasts which produce milk - The Thundering clouds
(45) In the Skin - The 'All-Pervasive power'
(46) In the Hairs of the Body of the Cow - Various Medicines
(47) In the Anus - The Heavenly and Celestial Beings 'Devagana'
(48) In the Intestine - The Man
(49) In the Stomach -The Celestial Being 'Yaksh'
(50) In the Kidney - The Anger
(51) In the Blood - The Demon or 'Raakshas'
(52) In the Appearance of The Cow - The Constellation
(53) In the Stomach - The Other living beings
(54) Is the Grossness - The sky
(55) In the Bone Marrow - The Death
(56) The Posture while sitting - Is Like Fire
(57) The posture while getting up - Is the Deity 'Ashwinee Kumaar'
(58) The Posture while standing and facing East - The Deity 'Indra'
(59) The Posture while standing and facing South - The Lord of Death 'Yam Raaj'
(60) The Posture while standing and facing west - The Creator 'Brahma'
(61) The Posture while standing & facing North - The Sun God
(62) The Cow while Grazing - The Deity Moon
(63) The Cow while looking - The Deity Mitra
(64) The Posture of the Cow while turning back - Pure Joy



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Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/9/09
Updated on 10/03/13