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RE: ahimsA as a first principle -- still valid?

From: rajaram venkatramani (rajav_at_hclt.com)
Date: Thu Aug 31 2000 - 12:58:57 PDT

Dear members,

My best regards  are with Sri Mani Varadarajan for raising such an important
issue. The Lord is glorified as protector of cows and brahmanas. But it is
disgraceful for Him if cow slaughter takes place right under His nose inm
places like Sri Rangam. In Mayapur, coffee and tea are banned in shops as a
respect to Sri Caitanya. Why cant the government ban cow slaughter at least
in 108 divya desams ?

One  practical solution for the problem is as follows :

1. A lot of graze lands needs to be bough on the way to Kanchipuram at 2 - 3
lakhs per acre.
2. Experts in running dairy farm should be hired and ahimsa dairy farm
should be started.
3. The company/charitable trust should go for public funding through "250$
Go-Bond". There are many Gujarathi businessmen who would be willing to
invest a few lakhs for protecting cows. It also helps in tax planning. I
started but did not work out the numbers as people were hard to find.
"Go-Bond" will help in offsetting the losses due to protecting unhealthy and
old cows. Cows brought up like children with affection yield more than the
current day organic automatic vending machines.
4. Milk products can be sold to further subsist the dairy farm, expand etc.
5. Cows can be given to priests for their maintenance as well.


I discussed some initial numbers. But the key to success is finding
experienced dairy farm people. If there are some senior manager at aavin or
some other firm who is a sincere vaishnava sympathetic to this cause, it can
be started. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF US TO CONTRIBUTE.

When my mother went to garland a cow recently it got scared and became
angry. She said that when she was young cows used to be friendlier and
affectionate. All the cows in the locality had names like Lakshmi,
Saraswati, Ganga etc., and were taken care of nicely by the owners and
others. But today, they are scared because int he subtle sense they have got
the fear of being slaughtered.

Yours humbly
Rajaram V.



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