Nanda Nandan marched to the cowshed, armed with a sickle, as a crowd of onlookers smiled in approval. Rushing from one cow to another he cut open their halters. Just minutes ago, while conversing with Radhanath Swami
in the same place, the cow barn of Govardhan Eco Village (GEV), he had expressed how important these halters were. “These halters help us in administering medicine to the cows when they are sick. They are even approved by PETA.” But despite the explanation, Radhanath Swami wasn’t satisfied; he thought the cows weren’t happy with the halters around their mouths. So Nanda Nandan had walked out, looking for a sickle.
Now, having relieved the cows of their halters, Nanda Nandan too felt that the cows looked happier. “We shall never put them back on our beloved cows,” he proudly proclaimed to Radhanath Swami. The crowd that had gathered, hundreds of residents of GEV, cheered in approval. They had just witnessed one of the highlights of Radhanath Swami’s two day visit to the Eco Village.
The overcast sky drizzled, bringing along a cool breeze. The discussion in the barn now turned to the new challenge confronting the cowboys—how to administer medicines to the cows without the help of the halters? Radhanath Swami broke away from the crowd, to take a stroll through the spacious cowshed. He walked back and forth the long corridor that ran along the length of the barn. Was he contemplating on a solution?
After several minutes, he returned. “All the time if the cows experience sufficient affection and love coming from us, they won’t hesitate to eat even medicines from our hands; then there won’t be a need to use a halter to force it through their throats. So I request that all residents of GEV spend at least a few hours every week serving the cows, sharing kindness and love.” Applause filled the air, in response. Everyone heartily welcomed Radhanath Swami’s innovative way of dealing with the situation. Even the cows in the barn cupped their ears, as if welcoming the new announcement.