On The Edge Of Common Sense: Hindu Practices Differ Little From Traditional Dairy

By Baxter Black
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The Hindu dairymen, represented by the Hare Krishna in the United States, have much in common with dairymen from California, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.The HK dairy is in West Virginia and is called New Vrindaban. They refer to themselves as a cow sanctuary. The big distinction is they never cull a cow. Granted, this sounds familiar to many a ranch wife who has heard her husband shout over the noise of the preg checkin’ chute, “I know she’s open and got no teeth, but let’s run her one more year!”

The HK cowmen sometimes name their cows, but that’s not remarkable. I can recall Nicole, Two Dot and Dallas from my own bunch.

The HK comment that “Cows are very dear to us, we take care of them like our own family.” How many hundreds of times have you “normal” cattlemen who missed dinner, stayed up all night, nursed calves in the bathtub, rode into a blinding blizzard, fired up the generator to keep milking, went into debt and put your human family second behind a cow in distress?

The HK dairy cows eat grain while they are being milked twice a day. They preach the “power” of cows to provide everything from milk for their children to manure for their farm. They make butter, yogurt and sweets. Ditto for traditional dairymen.

But the paths of these two dairymen diverge in a profound way when the HK states, “slaughtering an animal is not natural for human beings.” Have they not seen the paintings on the cave walls? Where do they get these ideas? Why did they invent the sharp knife and barbecue sauce? For coleslaw?

So how do these HK dairymen earn the roughly $100,000 a year they say is required to pay for the hay, the barn, the workers and property taxes on an 80-head operation where cows are never culled and less than 10 percent are in the milking string?

They fundraise. That’s right. Just like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the Sierra Club, Humane Society, the Farm Sanctuary and other “anti” groups who rattle their bells and beg on the fringes of America’s abundantly productive agricultural symphony. “Adopt a cow!” is their plea. I suspect they think their cause is as worthy as cancer research, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the ALS Foundation, who are competing for that same dollar. In truth, I don’t begrudge eccentrics and entrepreneurs who are trying to make a dollar. The HK say they worship cows. Yet they still keep them in confinement, breed them, milk them and profit from their sacrifice. I sense a twinge of hypocrisy in their righteousness.

I’ve kept old horses long after their usefulness has waned. However, I don’t beg money from the government or my friends to support my personal whims.

Is it just me, or did somewhere along the way we get our priorities out of whack? “Milk … it’s what’s for dinner!”

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what does this article have to do with KRSNAS cows what where you trying to say

It does specifically mention Hare Krishna and New Vrindaban. Isn’t that interesting enough?

What did you thnk when you read it? Did it inspire you to serve the cows by donating labor or money to a cow protection program?

I am trying to say that the macro culture doesn’t necessarily understand the religious component of cow protection but I hope to raise awareness in at least devotees that we do protect cows and it is possible to be involved.

I also think that for a straight up conditioned from birth meat eater, such an article in a mainstream media outlet could be consciousness raising, that the HKs aren’t as out of it as one might have thought — they do do some things normally.

I included the link to the article and invited readers to read teh comments there and/or comment themselves. Maybe I was giving you a chance to be involved with the cows on that level.

The difference lies in the treatment of the cows and their place in the ‘sanctuary’. The ISKCON (Hare Krishna) sanctuary upholds religious standards found in Hindu scriptures for the treatment of cows with much respect, unlike a “traditional” American dairy farm where cows are packed together in tight groups and milked with a machine.

Another difference is the spiritual atmosphere of the community, but that would likely only matter to those who are part of it or seeking to be part of it.

This article highlights the tragic condition of this planet. They cannot see that there is less of a need for donations to cancer research, make a wish foundation or ALS foundation because of Krishna’s efforts in and around the devotional service we do as Hare Krishna Vaisnavas. Where as there is more of a need for donation due to the culling(killing)of cows. We as Hare Krishnas have been known to distribute the charitable relief of the Lord in many ways to include physical support for those without food. Of course Baxter Black probably isn’t far from thinking we should also engage in culling of the homeless and less fortunate that can’t seem to find employment. That is how the downward regression into becoming a demonic personality works. They begin with justifying the killing of one living being, then the next. Then nothing matters but their own material desires.

Quick grab a harmonium, some Kartals and a van load of devotees…lets have a Harinam at Baxter Blacks…somebody has to wake him up, why not the Sankirtana of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu…Hare Krishna…