Gowsala – a Home for our Cows

Our cows need your help, please donate to keep them healthy and happy.

India is changing… you can feel it in many ways. The beautiful local cow breeds, which once produced milk, cow dung for plastering the mud homes and for fuel, urine for Ayurvedic treatments, and oxen for working the fields, are slowly being replaced by high milk producing breeds and machines.

Why? Social change and ecomomic pressure, of course. We experience this every day. That’s why we are now trying to find some financial support for this project.

Here’s what is traditionally believed to be the best way:

– Feed the cows natural goodies, serve them, love them
– Take a little of the milk for your own use, then let the calf drink from the mother
– Use cow dung for manure and as a fuel
– Use pure cow urine in ayruvedic medicine
– Use local breeds, as they are well adapted to the environment and give high-quality milk
– Enjoy the peaceful energy of the cows

Here’s what economic pressure is leading to (the ‘Western’ system):

– Feed the cows with boosters and antibiotics
– Kill the male calves and seperate the female ones from the mother
– Take all the milk for yourself
– Dump the manure somewhere, because using chemical fertilizers is cheaper
– Use high-bred breeds, as you get the same price for their inferior milk.
– Make sure the cows bring you economical profits. If not, kill them.

As their milk production is very low, in this economic reality, it is impossible to make profit if you’re breeding the local ‘desi’ breeds. So most people are now changing to high-bred breeds that produce milk that is inferior to the milk of local cows

It seems nobody wants to keep the beautiful Indian cows nowadays…

Our Project – The Gowsala

At this moment, we have 10 cows at our Ashram. They are all local white and grey cows, and two beautiful red ones from Rajasthan.

But… we’re experiencing some difficulties here. It costs a lot of money to take care of them. We’ve even tried to give some of them to people we trust, but nobody seems to want them. Everyone is afraid of the big costs of keeping them. And everyone knows there’s no money to be made out of them. Our attempts to find good homes for them have failed as everyone knows the financial problems involved in keeping these cows.

For us, it is simply impossible to sell them to butchers, a practice that has become quite common in India today.

To be able to keep our cows, we will need some financial support. And if this project runs well, we might even be able to provide a home to more cows in the future.

You could make a one time contribution, but we prefer structural support. With 50 euro (65 dollar) a month, we can take good care of one cow.. Of course, we are happy with smaller monthly contributions, too. Please contact us if you would like to contribute to this project. We really need these contributions if we want to keep our cows! We thank you from the depth of our hearts for all your support.


A few more notes on this project:

– Although their milk-production is much lower (4-10l only), the milk of these local ‘desi’ cows is superior to the milk of high-producing breeds. But because nobody wants to pay more for it, it is impossible for local farmers to keep these cows nowadays.
– Cow urine is one of the main ingredients in ayurvedic medicine. This urine needs to be pure, of happy and pure desi cows, and organic.
– In the long run, these kinds of projects can save some of the local breeds from extinction.
– In traditional ayurvedic treatises, it is stated that milk from cows of which the calves were killed or seperated from their mothers is harmful to health, while milk from cows that have their calves with them is beneficial to health.
– There is a beautiful energy of love and peace these cows bring to the ashram. It is great to serve them and be allowed by them to take some of their milk.
– The soul of the cow is our own pure soul. How can we ever think about them in economic terms?

The cows now at the Ashram are:

Budhu

Budhu

 

Gauri

Gauri

 

Shano, very pregnant

Shano, very pregnant

 

Kali, she's going to give birth soon

Kali, she’s going to give birth soon

 

Paro, the Mother

Paro, the Mother

 

Krishna, her mother died while giving birth to her

Krishna, her mother died while giving birth to her

And we have five more cows that our now ‘adopted’ into other homes,because we couldn’t carry the costs for them any more. We hope to have them backwith us one day, though…

We are experiencing great financial difficulties with this project. Please support our cows with a donation.