We produce Panchagavya which can be used as a fertilizer and also as pesticides for various plants.
Panchagavya, an organic product has the potential to play the role of promoting growth and providing immunity in plant system.Panchagavya consists of nine products viz. cow dung, cow urine, milk, curd, jaggery,Read More...
Immunity to Disease
Cow has a sharp sixth sense. As per an epic story, the cow could once talk. It predicted an impending accident to its master and helped him avoid it. The God then made the cow dumb for changing what was destined.
Cows respond to the joy and suffering of people. There are many examples of cows shedding tears and even refusing food empathising with their masters.
During the last few decades the dependence on cows as the base of our agriculture reduced drastically due to:
Absence of manpower at the village level and loss of grazing lands added to the problems and our Bharathiya cows got eliminated.
As of Livestock Survey 2003, there are 18, 52, 00,000 Farm Animals in India. With the improved production potentials of our livestock and poultry, livestock farming has become economically viable and remunerative. In India, Farmers depend on Bharathiya Cow. Cows have been used in agriculture, dairy farming and transportation. In cow based economy, cow dung and urine are the major components. Next comes bullock energy and the last is the milk yield. Unfortunately due to wrong policies, milk yield has been given the priority and hence Policy makers are promoting crossbreed cows for more milk yield compromising on the quality of milk. The quality of milk of Bharathiya cow is healthy (type A2) and most suitable for human consumption. The Panchagavya medicines are based only on the products of Bharathiya Cows.
Characteristics of Bharathiya Cow
Advantages of Bharathiya Cow
Characteristics of Cross Breed Cow
Go-Samrakshanam (Cow Protection) are needed to reverse the cross breeding culture with the use of Bharathiya bulls so that over a period of time all the cows will be Bharathiya cow breeds.
In India, the cow is treated as Gou-Mata, Kamadhenu – the wish fulfiller. She is supposed to have in her all the Gods and Goddesses that Hindus believe in. What is the quality that makes her so divine? It is the fact that she is the creation of God who inspires us to be Charitable. But more than anything else, the fact that the cow allows us to share her milk, which should have been only for the calf, is the quality which endears most to us.
Cow is charity personified. It must have been this quality which endeared to the Gods too when Kamadhenu appeared in front of them during Sagar Manthan (the churning of the oceans). It is believed that all Gods made a bee-line for residing in the cow. Goddess Lakshmi and Ganga Mata too wanted to reside in the cow. But both saw each other coming from opposite ends and both wanted to approach the cow more gracefully than the other. This resulted in both being the last of the Gods to reach Kamadhenu & every part of her body was fully occupied. The only things that remained unoccupied were the urine and the dung. Ganga Mata decided to reside in the urine. Because of this, the cow's urine is supposed to have medicinal qualities. It is also used as a purifier for 'Aatma Shudhi' ie., for cleansing of our body and mind before any Puja. Lakshmi Mata decided to reside in the cow-dung. As a result, the cow-dung is used as a fertilizer to increase production of crops (Dhaanya), as a purifier of the homes. People still clean the area of a 'Yagna' or 'Homa' or Puja-sthal and also floors of homes or the 'aangan' (courtyard) with a bit of cow-dung mixed with water; the dung is also considered to have anti-bacterial properties. It is also a well-researched fact that the cow dung has properties which protect against radiation. Probably our ancestors knew about its good qualities and therefore only cow-dung is used as a fuel for 'Homa' in the event of the correct wood not being available (wood from all trees are not used for Homa/sacrificial fires).
The bull also has its role to play. Not just is it an animal which carries load, it also helps in watering the fields and ploughing the fields. It has a unique quality of fertilizing the fields while ploughing – it urinates in patches, not continuously, but copiously. This leads to the ground becoming more soft and fertile. Among all the charities that a Hindu is supposed to make, Bhoo Daan (giving away land), Kanya Daan (giving a daughter in marriage) and Gou Daan (giving away a Cow in charity) are considered to be the holiest. If one will look at them carefully, one will know that all these 'Daans' are those which help one lead a good life. Without a plot of land, a wife & family and a cow & a bull, agrarian India would never be able to survive well. Probably all these were encouraged to help all sections of society lead a stable life. Live and let live.
When we visualize Krishna, we visualize Him as with a cow in the background. When we talk of Bal Gopal, we visualize Him eating butter and drinking buttermilk. Lord Krishna is known as Gopal – the cowherd. How could He have chosen this for His identity if He did not see the Divine in the Cow? The churning of buttermilk to get butter is symbolic of the churning of our lives, our emotions, to get our Pure Soul above the clutter – just like butter rises and floats on the surface. Let us all join in praying to the Divine Cow to lead us to enlightenment, to charity, to love for all.
From time immemorial, India has been an agrarian country and the cow has been the backbone of our agriculture. When fertilizers and tractors were unknown, cow was the only source sustaining the entire agriculture.
Indian agriculture has variety. There is no farm-product that we don't cultivate. Our land grows all kinds of grains, pulses, vegetables, fruits, flowers, cotton and silk. About 70% of our population has embraced agriculture as profession. Majority of them are small farmers, owning one or two acres of land. Our agricultural landscape is diverse and vivid – in land topology, soil type and quality, irrigation method and frequency of harvesting. Cattle are integral part of this huge canvas of agriculture. We use oxen to plough, to pick and move harvested crops, in irrigation, cow manure as fertilizer, and cow urine as insecticide.
Unique Role of Cow in Agriculture
India has been a land of surpluses in food grains and cow based agriculture has never failed us. It is time that we realize the contribution of cows and go back to our time tested traditional farming techniques for a sustainable future. Traditional cow based organic farming is the solution for the future. However difficult it may appear, we must pursue this.
World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as a combination of physical, mental, spiritual and social wholeness. WHO has also predicted that bacteria will become immune to antibiotics by the year 2020. That does not scare us! We can depend on Panchagavya – milk, curd, ghee, cow urine and cow dung. These have excellent medical qualities individually as well as a concoction, without any adverse side-effect. In addition, if we are already under some other medication, consumption of panchagavya acts as a catalyst.
Ancient books on Ayurveda state that consumption of cow urine increases resistance to diseases by up to 104%.
Health from Panchagavya
Cow products are environment friendly and have no adverse impact on the environment. Most of chemical fertilizers and pesticides have detrimental effect on soil as well as water quality and have been the major source of environmental pollution and diseases. In contrast, all the products from the cows are environment friendly and their use enriches the soil. In fact, cow dung and the cow urine along with other organic matters are foremost among known substances that improve and sustain soil quality and fertility. Cow dung is a very good disinfectant. In olden days, cow dung used to be mixed with water and applied in front of houses every day as a disinfectant. Our misplaced sense of cleanliness in modern times has classified cow dung as dirty.
Neem and certain other leaves mixed with cow urine is a very effective pest repellant. This has no adverse effect on environment and health. Chemical pesticides are highly toxic and have severe detrimental effect on environment and health. Most of the current day diseases have their origin in pesticides. Gobar gas has proven to be a very cost effective and environment friendly alternative fuel for rural households. Use of bulls in agriculture eliminates pollution as compared to diesel powered tractors and other farm equipments which lead to high levels of pollution and environmental degradation.
Gobar gas based electricity plants will be able to produce clean electricity for use locally saving on big transmission networks and transmission losses. Rural house- holds can run on Gobar gas and cow dung greatly reducing our needs. This will also reduce our need for firewood saving our forests. Electricity produced by using dry cow dung is equivalent to 3.5 crore ton of coal or 6.8 crore ton of wood.