Cows and Humans - Part 1

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

The following is humble effort to transcribe one of the nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on few verses in Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 14. 

As we all know this 14th Chapter of First Canto deals with various inauspicious signs which Yudhishtir Maharaj observed in his kingdom after the departure of Krishna to Goloka.  

Maharaj : Krishna is there. That’s it. And no, for devotees, for devotees the undesirables are also desirables. Ya, because it’s coming from Krishna. So everything is auspicious.

(Then Maharaj asked devotees to recite the verses starting from 1.14.13-19 along with word-to word equivalents and translation. Maharaj then began to speak about verse 1.14.19 in detail)

na pibanti stanaṁ vatsā na duhyanti ca mātaraḥ
rudanty aśru-mukhā gāvo na hṛṣyanty ṛṣabhā vraje

 The calves do not suck the teats of the cows, nor do the cows give milk. They are standing, crying, tears in their eyes, and the bulls take no pleasure in the pasturing grounds.

Devotee: Maharaj I have seen that, before they slaughter the cows, I observe they (cows) cry.

Maharaj: They cry. They know.

Devotee: They run. Sometimes they run. They run and they (butchers) chase them. I see them cry. They know. They know they are going to die.

Maharaj: Cows are more essential being you know. Because paśavaḥ triṁśal-lakṣāṇi catur-lakṣāṇi mānuṣāḥ - That's the sequence of the evolutionary process. The beasts, in that the cows are the highest beast. And so from cows only then attend the human form.

Devotee: So cow is a person.

Maharaj: Cow is a person because 

jalajā nava-lakṣāṇi sthāvarā lakṣa-viṁśati
kṛmayo rudra-saṅkhyakāḥ pakṣiṇāṁ daśa-lakṣaṇam
paśavaḥ triṁśal-lakṣāṇi catur-lakṣāṇi mānuṣāḥ

This is the sequence of the evolution. First we need to go to jalajā, aquatics. As soon as adhogati is there, adhogati is known as full top. And adhogati means, first you have to accept the jalajā, the life in the water. That's the start of the evolutionary process. Then jalajā nava-lakṣāṇi sthāvarā - then you come to non moving living entities like trees, mountains; these are non-moving.

Devotee: So from water, you come to land.

Maharaj: Ya land. And then jalajā nava-lakṣāṇi sthāvarā lakṣa-viṁśati kṛmayo rudra-saṅkhyakāḥ - the living insects, they fly, small insects kṛmayo and then kṛmayo rudra-saṅkhyakāḥ, pakṣiṇāṁ daśa-lakṣaṇam - from there you become birds and then last you become paśu; paśu, beast. And among the beasts, cow is the best and from cow then you are promoted to the human being.

Devotee: Uncivilized human being or?

Maharaj: ah?

Devotee: Uncivilized human being or civilized human being?

Maharaj: You have to start uncivilized.

Devotee: Uncivilized and slowly,

Maharaj: But it depends upon the cow’s behavior again. So cow is coming near to the human being. And that's why the cows have the same sentiment. They don't forget their offspring very soon. Dogs forget within; within a week they forget.

Devotee: Cows care for their kids, same like human being.

Maharaj: Ya. Same like human being. So cows are very near to human being and that’s why every thing from the cow is useful for the human being. That is evolution in Krishna's process and that's why Krishna likes cows very much. Because He knew that these are the human beings soon

Krishna willing we will continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Srilakshmi devi dasi