No Halters on the Cows

No Halters on the Cows

No Halters on the Cows

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

Radhanath Swami with cows

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.

Radhanath Swami walking in the barn

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?

Radhanath Swami happy to see cows without halters.

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.

–S Chawla.

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41 Responses to “No Halters on the Cows”

  1. September 24, 2013 at 5:35 am
    krishna daya das

    Mahraj gave such a deep and profound solution.

  2. September 24, 2013 at 8:12 am
    Keval Shah

    What cows really need is Love and not halters.

  3. September 24, 2013 at 9:01 am
    Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Jai all glories to HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj Ji.

  4. September 24, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    How affectionate and caring Maharaj is!

  5. September 24, 2013 at 11:30 pm
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Radhanath Swami is truly compassionate even to the animals! It’s true that animals respond to the love and care they receive!

  6. September 25, 2013 at 6:47 am
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    Simply by protecting and caring for cows. there will be prosperity. Radhnath Swami and his disciples serving in wada are truly compassionate

  7. September 25, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Thank you for sharing this article filled with such deep lessons on how to serve mother cow. Thank you Radhanath swami.

  8. September 26, 2013 at 9:58 am
    Prahalad Kaul

    Radhanath Maharaj truly exhibiting the quality of loving all living entities by a realized soul. Although we hear we don’t follow.

  9. September 26, 2013 at 10:54 am
    Sumit Sharma

    Jai HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj!

  10. September 27, 2013 at 3:47 am
    Paramesvara Dasa

    Compassion over all living entities is the symptom of a saint. He has solutions for all the problems. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

  11. September 28, 2013 at 7:48 am
    Ravi Garg

    Swamiji has immense expertise & experienced on dealing with cows……He understands the heart of Krishna & his devotees, the cows

  12. September 28, 2013 at 9:43 am
    Sumit Sharma

    Nice experience with HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj! Maharaj knows the solution of each and every problem and the solution is love.

  13. September 29, 2013 at 10:46 pm
    Jai Bhalla

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki Jai. Who can remain unhappy and uncared for in his shelter? No one!!!! Krsna has send him to give us shelter.

  14. September 30, 2013 at 3:22 am
    Sagar K

    Thank you for sharing. Radhanath Swami is so sensitive. It is one of the qualities of Vaishnavas.

    What is a halter? can you please describe it?

  15. September 30, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Radhanath Swami keeps reminding us of we should practice what we preach by his own example, he is personification of love and compassion, it can be seen by the way he dealt with cows of GEV.
    Thank you for sharing.

  16. September 30, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Heart-touching incident. Cows are our mothers. Thanks to Radhanath Swami.

    All glories mother cow.

  17. September 30, 2013 at 10:55 pm
    Satish Rane

    Thanks for sharing. Beautiful. A lot to learn and apply in day to day life hare krishna.

  18. October 2, 2013 at 11:47 pm
    sacisuta caran das

    Love and affection is so important part of our life.
    Maharaj taught two lesson in one incident. How to take care of cows and need of love and affection to develope relationships.

  19. October 3, 2013 at 8:46 am
    navin poojary

    Love it! Just Love it! The way Radhanath Swami takes care of each personal aspect of every living entity. Here the Cows were also reciprocating by Radhanath Swami’s caring nature

  20. October 5, 2013 at 4:52 am

    Swamiji’s heart is so soft……..

  21. October 7, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    The expression of love and care towards cow is so pleasing to Krsna. HH Radhanath Swami Mahraj knows the science well and hence never misses an opportunity to please Krsna and instruct others by his example

  22. October 9, 2013 at 10:33 am
    Kuldeep Soni

    Very compassionate to every individual souls.

  23. October 11, 2013 at 9:20 am
    pradeep lalwani

    Jay!! Maharaj’s association makes everything auspicious.

    Thank you

  24. October 13, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing wondeful moment.

  25. October 18, 2013 at 2:21 pm
    Sada Nandini

    This is heart touching story where Radhanath Swami showing so much love on cows.

  26. October 18, 2013 at 2:21 pm
    Sada Nandini

    This is heart touching story where Radhanath Swami showing so much love on cows. Radhanath swami ki jai!

  27. November 1, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Maharaj, is so personal.

    If he cares for cows so much, how much is he caring for his sincere disciples and well wishers. We should give thought to this mood of maharaja.

  28. December 1, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Jai, very nice incident

  29. January 30, 2014 at 6:42 am
    bhakti karia

    Jai! Al Glories to HHRNSM, Haribol!

  30. January 30, 2014 at 6:43 am
    rajesh karia

    Maharaj is so affectionate and loving, simply blissful!! All Glories to Maharaj, Haribiol!

  31. March 24, 2014 at 11:54 am

    hari bol…,

  32. April 8, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Hari bol… Such a deep love and affection for cows…

  33. June 16, 2014 at 10:20 am
    Anil Timbe

    Radhanath Swami has amazing way of handling all the situation.. not through force but through love. Thank you for sharing.

  34. September 16, 2014 at 8:29 am
    sri vallabhi dd

    Thanks for sharing. Cows also needs care,kindness and love from us.

  35. October 14, 2014 at 5:17 am
    bhakti karia

    recently we had visited the eco-village with a group of new members and we had been to the goshala as well. It was wonderful to see the cows so happy and loving and it reminded me of this experience of Maharaj, Haribol, Ys!

  36. October 14, 2014 at 5:20 am
    rajesh karia

    wonderful experience and thank you for sharing it will all of us. Jai Gurudev!!

  37. December 7, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Radhanath Swami is sensitive even to the feeling of cows and simultaneously practical in his approach.

  38. July 15, 2015 at 3:30 am
    Arjun K Ramachandra

    Only a saintly person like Radhanath Swami can be so compassionate as to discard seemingly practical solutions as putting on halters to administer medicines to cows.

  39. March 13, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Radhanath Swami is teaching here language of love! Amazing!

  40. March 3, 2017 at 7:37 am
    Sumit Sharma

    Wonderful and inspiring story of Radhanath Swami’s compassion and love. It’s amazing to see how he is so kind to everyone.

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