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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there from Save the Cow / Holy Cow Alachua!

Padma and Nimai

Mother Padma Gandha and her new calf, Nimai, born at the Eco Teaching Farm, New Raman Reti in February. (Photo taken just after Nimai made his grand entrance)

So cow is our mother. Why mother? Because from practical point of view, we drink milk. So how mother… How cow is not mother? She’s mother. We are taking her milk. There are seven mothers according to Vedic civilization (Niti Shastra):
adau-mata guroh patni
brahmani raja-patnika
dhenur dhatri tatha prithvi
saptaita matarah smritah
Real mother, from whose womb we have come to this world, real mother, adau-mata. Then guru patni, wife of the teacher or spiritual master, guru patniBrahmani, the wife of a brahmanaAdau-mata guroh patni brahmani raja-patnika, and the wife of the king, or the queen, she’s also mother. Dhenu, the cow. Cow is also mother. And dhatri means nurse. Nurse is also mother. Tatha prithvi  and the earth, the earth is also our mother.
— Srila Prabhupada, lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam, 1.16.19, Honolulu, January 15, 1974




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Happy Gaura Purnima!


Happy Gaura Purnima from Holy Cow Alachua! And welcome its newest member, Nimai, a bull calf born of Padma, on February 19.


Nimai, the future ox, enters the scene . . .


Nimai has his first drink . . .


Puja visiting Padma and checking Nimai out. Is she thinking, “Hmmm, maybe I should have one, too?”

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Royal Rajani



Rajani in her new winter coat — very chilly weather is forecast for the next few days (in the 20s at night).

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Season’s Greetings from Save the Cow

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Happy Govardhana Puja 2017

Govardhana Puja

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Happy Janmastami 2017

All glories to Krishna, the son of Mother Yasoda, the cowherd boy Gopal, Govinda who gives pleasure to the cows! All glories to the conqueror of Cupid, Lord Hari, who takes away all inauspiciousness, who is unlimited, and the awarder of liberation!

(Gitavali, Sri Krishner Vimsottara-Sata-Nam, Song 6, Verse 1 Bhaktivinoda Thakura. Trans. Dasaratha-suta dasa. Nectar Books, 2002.)

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Happy Balarama Purnima!

Shri Balarama at New Raman Reti, ISKCON of Alachua

(Photo: Krishna Katha Dasi)

May Lord Haladhara bless us all with increasing desire and strength to serve Lord Govinda and His beloved cows. Happy Balaram Appearance Day!

(Prayer: ISKCON GBC Ministry of Cow Protection and Agriculture)

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