Srila Prabhupada explains that cow protection and brahminical culture are “the two pillars of spiritual advancement”. The Govardhana Goshala in Saranagati Village is our source for cow service until the Vedic Eco Village goshala manifests. Daivata prabhu has been training the young ox, Dharma mani and Ramananda Raya. Daivata prabhu has been training ox for many years, learning this skill at New Vrindavan. A yoke is put on the ox and between them is a heavy bag, which they are required to pull. Interestingly, the oxen were very cooperative inside the smaller area, but when they got into the larger field, they tried to run away. More training is necessary! Daivata prabhu says that 1.5 years is the best time to start training, and the ox are only 1 year old, so we must be patient.
On the Purnima (full moon) we had a Go Puja, with nice offerings of local vegetables and kirtana to our ox.
“If the human society does not give protection to the cows and does not cultivate the brahminical culture, then it is cats and dogs society. — Srila Prabhupada