On Cows, and Cribbing

Indians consider the Cow the Most Peaceful animal. But the Cowboys of the West had a Healthy Respect for ‘their’ cow, the Steer. And National Geographic would inform us that the Wild Buffalo, which is Also a Cow, would make Short Work even of Prides of Lions, any given day! Further on, We shall be faced with a Question: Should We be Like Cows, and Not be Cribbing, or Not?!

cows on the road varanasi

To start with, the Famous Indian Cows, of course. In no less a place than Varanasi, which is going to turn into a city like Kyoto, in about triple x years. …And these Cows, as You know, might be Interested in Mixed Fruit Jam, or some such, if offered on some Chapatis, but Traffic Jams do not Interest them. [Obliged for that Traffic Jam bit to MichelleMarie in her comment to Rajiv Chopra’s post.] Graphic above, from: vedicodyssey.com

Texas_longhorn s

Above, an example of the famed, Mighty Steers of the Wild West! We read that the Cowboys would not handle them without their horses! Picture from: simple.wikipedia.org

buffaloes chase off lions

Here We have the Buffaloes making Lions Turn Tail! From: blog.londolozi.com


Now for the Questions, Please:

  • Should We be Like the Indian Cow, Peacefully chewing its cud, Unmindful of Rains, Floods, Mudslides, and Traffic jams? Also Unable to Help its Offspring, When their Milk is Denied them?
  • Or like the American Steers? Frighten, YET Unable to Help its own Slaughter?
  • Maybe We should be, to Stay in the Cow family, like the Wild Buffalo? But these Mighty Creatures have been practically Eliminated from the ‘West,’ hunted down with ‘buffalo guns,’ one by one by one.

But Who Knows, maybe All these are ‘Cribbing’ and Grumbling inside their Big Heads.

Or Shall We be like Enlightened Humans, Who would Fight against Needless Killing of Any Kind, Who would Fight that Calves get their full share of Milk, and Who could make Mudslides Not Happen?

The Lion ‘might’ be the king of the Jungle, but Humans hold Sway over Earth. As Such, even the Cows would look to Us to Protect them. So what is it going to be? Cows, of any kind, or the Cribbing of the Weak, or the Enlightened Human? The Choice is Ours. 


I believe that Rajiv Chopra raised Exactly this query. This article is Inspired by Rajiv Chopra’s latest post: http://rajivchopra.me/2014/09/02/a-spot-of-whimsy-i-must-learn-from-the-cow/


  1. Swami Ji. Thanks! I will be travelling to Varanasi later this year. I was in Vrindavan, where there was a priest spouting some stuff about how cows are our mothers. If you look at the way that women are treated, and the same goes for cows, we do have a strange sense of values

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