DAYANAND SARASWATI JAYANTI IN GAUSHALA
By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM
Gosamvardhan was close to the heart of Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati. He wrote a booklet Go Karunanishi and launched a movement for cow protection. In a massive signature campaign against diabolic designs of cow slaughter by demons who ate beef, Maharishi Dayanand gathered a large number of signatures of prudent men and women professing different faiths and sent a strongly worded representation to Queen Victoria. He implored her to take effective steps to soothe the ruffled feelings of those subjects of her empire who revered the Cow as their mother. Indeed this campaign generated an awareness among both the British rulers and the Indian ruled that strong emotions and feelings of the Hindus could not be ignored for long.
More than a century later, many followers of the Vedic Dharm and votaries of the Arya Samaj had gathered at the Maharishi Dayanand Gosamvardhan Kendra at Ghazipur in Delhi to pay tributes to the great son of Gujarat, Dayanand Saraswati, who had lived and died for the betterment of life style of human beings living across the globe. While paying tributes to the great Rishi and eulogizing his qualities of head and heart, his zeal to bring the entire humanity under the Vedic umbrella, speakers scored the point that it was his love for the Cow and its progeny underlined his love for the bovine family. As a matter of fact his love for all animals was underlined in his clarion call to go Vegetarian for protection of livestock. If all human beings forsake meat eating, there will be no slaughter of cattle, fish or fowl. The planet Earth will be a better place to live in.
The Global Warming, of late, has been the bane of humanity across the continents. Meat eating and its side effects have been included among many factors that cause global warming. Isn’t it the duty of all right thinking men and women to go vegetarian and propagate the concept among those who take to slaughtering quadrupeds as a profession, build abattoir, deal in export and import of animal flesh, skin and hides so that in their reformed avatar they contribute to lessening of global warming? Of course, it is so.
The other day, the Government of Maharashtra run by a combine of Bhartiya Janata Party and Siv Sena achieved a breakthrough in their abhiyan of Go raksha by obtaining the President of India’s assent to a law that was passed by them almost two decades ago. Under the now promulgated law, not only slaughtering of cow and its progeny, both male and female, but also possesseion of beef has been declared an offence punishable with imprisonment extending to ten years and also imposition of a hefty fine. It is hoped that this law will deter Kasais and their cohorts as well as pseudo-secularists from dabbling with the devilish ideas of diminishing the animal wealth of Bharat that is so badly needed for the economy of an agricultural society like ours.
It is unfortunate that some misguided pen pushers masquerading as journalists made a misguided attempt to take the government of Maharashtra to task for being anti-Muslim in banning cow slaughter in toto. Little did they realize that the elected members of the legislature of the great land that gave birth to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, founder of the Hindavi Swaraj and a renowned promoter of the Vedic Dharma, protector of Cow and its progeny, followed dutifully in the footsteps of great Rishis of yore.
In a public meeting, be it held anywhere – a Gaushala or in a political party headquarters, humour is important to hold the crowd of listeners together so that they do not go home before the Shantipath. That day in the aforesaid Go Samvardhan Kendra in Delhi, an ardent Arya Samajist narrated an anecdote from a Christian conversion gathering in Varanasi, then called Benares. At a crossroads corner, a padre was calling Hindus names and lowering their Dharma in their own estimation, when he witnessed an Arya Samaj preacher in the crowd. Jestingly he queried “ Pundit ji, Cow is your mother, so a bull is logically your father?” The Arya Samaj preacher knew that the Christian padre was going for a mischievous joke. He condescended. The Christian priest made faces and remarked that one day he found a bull eating rubbish from a rubbish dump, why so?
The Arya purohit answered “ Padre Ji, the bull was converted to Christianity”. The assembled crowd roared into laughter.
Now, a word about functioning of the Maharishi Dayanand Gosamvardhan Kendra, Delhi. The Kendra has around one hundred thirty milch cows, besides calves, bulls and dried up cattle. They are all looked after, fed, bathed, sheltered in cushioned floors equally well. Late Lala Ramgopal Shawlwale, later a Sanyasi with a new name Swami Atmabodh Saraswati, had powered the search engine to look for a suitable piece of land to house a Goshala. Smt Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India had graciously condescended to grant the present piece of land and Lala Ramgopal Shawlwale and his Arya colleagues of the Sarvadeshik Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, New Delhi had joined hands to bring the present institution in existence. We of the later generations, present bouquets to them for their pioneering project completed so successfully.
The two selfless members of the governing body and the working hands that I came across during my short visit to the Kendra deserve a mention here. Prithvipal Arya is the Prabandhak or the Manager and Subodh Kumar is the Koshadhyaksh or the Treasurer. Both devote their time and energy selflessly and think of ways for betterment of the Goshala. Their time and effort have borne fruits and the Maharishi Dayanand Go Samvardhan Kendra, Delhi is making progress beyond expectations. Bouquets to them. Indeed there are prominent members in the Executive Committee who are ardent Arya Samajists and they work intellectually for the Goshala, irrespective of their affiliations to political parties of different hues and shades.
Mahashay Dharmpal Ji of MDH masala fame is the Pradhan of the Executive Committee and the Sansthan of the Gaushala. May I say that he is the Bhamashah of the Arya Samaj and that indeed includes the aforesaid Gaushala. His purse is always kept open for the Philanthropic activities of the Vaidik Dharm in particular and the Samaj in general. At 93 years of age he is as active as a teenager. He is a source of inspiration to the young and old alike. The latest illustrated life account of Mahashay Ji is indeed read with interest by children and adolescents alike. We all wish him a long and healthy life. May Param Pita Parmatma make him a Centenarian.
I shall be failing in my duty if I do not mention roles of Sewaks of different calibers who keep the place meticulously clean. They keep the cows happy and in good mental disposition so that the milk yield is up to our expectations.
May I suggest to all well wishers of the Cow and its progeny to visit this Gaushala as often as possible and offer their services in cash and kind for its betterment. Indeed Gau Sewa and Manav Sewa both lead a man to Godliness and it will promote Vedic Dharma among both the believers and non-believers.
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