Why is cow sacred in Hindu tradition?

Source: Sakthi Foundation

Why is cow Sacred?
To understand this, first we have to know what the word “Sacred” means.  Sacred denotes something that is higher or divine, which comes from the root word divide or finite. So it denotes that which is higher than divided, which means something that is indivisible or infinite. The religious people call it as God. In Sanskrit “Brahman” is infinite, indivisible. So something that denotes or  reflect that highest nature or quality is Sacred.
So the question why cow is sacred can be easily understood, how cow connects us to the highest Brahman or Consciousness.
There are many good articles quoting from Vedic texts on why Cow is sacred. But here we discuss what those Vedic texts really interpret and connect us to that Sacredness. This article by Hemant  Go-matha Viswamatha can help us to clearly understand why Cow is sacred by looking at the  Uni5 pattern to connect to our understanding (the blue words are Uni5 and the orange are the exact words from Hemant and the black scripts are literal meansign and green the implied meanings).
Physical Body – Devataas are the Energy patterns emerging as Sraava from 33 crore minute pores from GO-Sharira,
This means the physical body and its function remind us the all the Devatas’s in Trimurthy’s Energy pattern of creation (Brahma), Vishnu Protecion or nourishment (Vishnu)  and  transformation or destruction (Shiva).
 Cow is an exception among all animals because it is directly helping in our basic Energy production, by eating grass and produces diary food (creation), gives medicinal (portection) ghee,  urine (Pharmaco-active) and cow dung as a fertilizer (transformation) to again grow more food. The cow dung is rich in microbes that favor nitrogen fixation in the feilds, improving the quality of protein in food and yield.
Cow could be the only animal that not just being a consumer but involved in sustained production of food in all means. This is one level why it is sacredly called as Kamadhenu (fullfuling all wishes  of life needs).
Emotional – Kings nourished GO’s or GO’s themselves nourished the King?
Here the the king is a metaphor of our biological mother who takes care of us. This biological mother king, feeds the Go-matha (cow) and Go-matha inturn nourishes the mother during her pregnancy.
Five-cows-web This means the cows gives us an emotional feeling of a mother. Even if a new born’s baby’s mother dies, the child has a surrogate mother, the Cow, to have hope in life to get nourishment and survive.  Cow’s milk unlike buffalo milk, has the right amount of digestable fat that in all human ages it is the most suitable. hence Cow is emotionally called as Go-matha (the God or King in motherly form). 
Intelligence – smelling (Aaghrana) the GO-Shira (head) itself gives ultimate knowledge (Jnana Siddhi) |
The cow whatever it drinks or eats will ultimately convert to the nourishing milk,similarly a Janani whatever he perceives will connect (convert) to the ultimate Jnana (a Siddhi) and so cow is also called Surabhi .  No animal like cow produces more milk than its calf requires. A Jnani produces more knowledge than required to quench his thirst, like a cow that produces milk more than its own little one needs.
 Awareness–  Nyaya Shastra has links to GO, where a difficult decision was judged by doing GO-Pradakshina, which gives proper knowledge about the accused!
 Pradhakshana is the feature of all forms,  right from the tiniest sub atomic particles to the giant stars, they all self rotate and also go around. This is a metaphor for Self-reflection. Only through Self-reflection we can have proper judgement. Self reflection is meditation, which is a blissful state and Cow is called as Nandini. Nandhi, the bull who escorts Shiva, the meditator also symbolize Self-reflectiveness.
Consciousness – Krishna who himself is Govinda, became famous as god just because of the GO-Sevaa,
Among all sadhana, Seva to all the forms of beings is the ultimate. Govinda is one of the greatest name, representing the one who did Seva to Go (all forms). The one who does Seva to all forms realizing Brahman.
Since Cow reflects that Seva attitude to realize Brahman (Consciousness), so killing Cows is Brahma-Hathya (killing our connection to Brahman realization).
This is the ultimate reason why Cow is considered Sacred.
 So cows should not be killed and wherever cows are killed, it symbolizes man’s  disconnection from realizing the Ultimate Truth (Consciousness).
One may also read about our uni5 way of understanding why we should not be non-vegetarians. Killing or slaughter of cattle and eating meat prohibited by Hindus or vedic or vedas  also will makes sense from that level.
Also read what is culture with the example of milk from a cow. This is very much needed for India to understand.
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