COW - The Symbol and its Significance

About the Composer: Dr. K. Parvathi Kumar

Dr. K. Parvathi Kumar, born 1945 in Vijayavada (India), has studied Law and Economy at the Andhra University of Visakhapatnam and Madras. He is a Chartered Accountant of repute with offices at Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Madras. He has dedicated his life to socio-spiritual activities and works actively in the economic, social and cultural fields, with spirituality as the basis. He says that the spiritual practices are of value only if they contribute to the economic, cultural and social welfare of humanity.

For his outstanding achievements he has been honoured by the Andhra University with the title Doctor of Letters H.C. in 1997.

Dr. K. Parvathi Kumar has a deep knowledge of the symbolism of the World Scriptures and is an excellent knower of astrology and homoeopathy. In his lectures and seminars he shows the relations and correspondences between the Vedic scriptures, the theosophical books of H.P. Blavatsky, A. A. Bailey and the Christian doctrine. This work he is doing as a honorary activity is devoted to the spiritual synthesis of East and West. For more than 18 years he worked together with Dr. Ekkirala Krishnamacharya. He accompanied him on his journeys to Europe and is now the International President of The World Teacher Trust. For his outstanding achievements he has been honoured by the Andhra University with the title Doctor of Letters H.C. in 1997.

Dr. K. Parvathi Kumar is a source of inspiration for self-transformation and for social service to more than 100 groups in 24 countries spread over India, Europe, North, Central and South America. He has held more than 150 seminars in these three continents on subjects as meditation, yoga, astrology, healing, colour, sound, symbolism, time cycles, comparative study of World Scriptures, etc. He initiates people into the Path of Yoga and imparts techniques of meditation. He teaches healing science and new era healing systems to bring man closer to natural and normal way of living. He promotes and re-establishes family systems in the East and the West. He encourages the local traditions and customs upholding their universal values. He promotes group activities to experience group consciousness. His teachings are oriented for practice and are not mere means of information.

Dr. K. Parvathi Kumar is a responsible householder, a professional consultant, a teacher of wisdom, a healer, and is a composer of books. He denies of himself the title of being an author, since according to him, "Wisdom belongs to none and all belong to Wisdom."

Dr. K. Parvathi Kumar and his wife Srmt. Krishna Kumari support groups all over the world to put knowledge and wisdom into practical action for the wellbeing of humanity and of nature. They also support farmers who care for agriculture in harmony with nature. There have been initiated many projects to promote the preservation and respect relating to cows. Pilot projects were launched to bring about splendorous prosperity for animals and plants with homoeopathy and natural fertiliser.

Every morning in the dawn the place in front of their house in Vishakapatnam is cleaned and decorated with ornaments till the cowherd comes along with the cow to milk her. The cow gets some food in return for the nourishment she voluntary gives to people.

The cow is worshipped from ancient times thanks to her great significance in daily life. In mythology the sacredness of cow is due to Lord Krishna. After the birth of Krishna he was given to a herdsman's family to be protected from a threatening murder. And as cowherd he spent much time with animals. He grew up with the herdsman's family, the milkmaids (called Gopis) and the cows and was nourished by them. Thereby cow equals a status like a mother and it is essential to venerate her. Thus Lord Krishna said: "Where agriculture and animals are worshipped there will be no affliction."

We would like to thank Dr. K. Parvathi Kumar and his wife Srmt. Krishna Kumari that due to their life and knowledge they recollect this deepened insight, which once in ancient times was also known in the West. It is an act of love and healing for the future of forthcoming generations.


The Vedas extol Cow as the most sacred being. Cow is essentially celestial. As per the prayers of the planetary Devas it condescended to be on Earth also to nourish the beings with its milk, to restore health to the beings and to fertilise the Earth with its dung and urine. The presence of the Cow sanctifies the surroundings. Man's attitude to the Cow decides his wellbeing.

Harmlessness (Ahimsa), Love and Compassion are taught by the men of God and prophets alike. A human being who would demonstrate these three with regard to the Cow would surely progress says the Veda. Many men who were sick, who were in deep crisis and destituted, surmounted them by serving the Cow. There are many stories in Puranas and Itihasas relating to it to gain everlasting inspiration relating to Cow.

This text is a humble presentation to inform the thinking man the significance of Cow. May this help mankind to regain right orientation towards the Cow.

  • Gow in Sanskrit is Cow in English. Gow through time became Gau. Gau further became Go. A + U becomes O grammatically. The three basic sounds relating to Cow are Gow, Gau and Go.

  • The seed sound G stands for movement. A stands for First Logos (Will), U stands for Second Logos (Wisdom). The sound Gau or Go is therefore considered to be the composite energy movement of Will, Love and Knowledge. Worship of Cow is considered beneficial for this reason.

  • The Cow, the Mother of splendour, the Drink of immortality and the Tree of fulfilment have all emerged at the same time in the creational process and are considered to be most splendorous embodiments of divinity. These four are called in Sanskrit Kamadhenu (Cow), Kalpavruksha (Tree of fulfilment), Amruta (the Drink of immortality) and Lakshmi (the Goddess of splendour).

  • The secretions for formation of the seven planes of existence emerge from Kamadhenu and the related formation of creation is therefore considered by the Vedic seers as the form of Cow.

  • Experience in creation by the beings of any plane is again considered as experience of the milk of that plane. And those who experience the seven planes know the Cow in its complete form.

  • In Cow the Vedic seers located 33 Devas (The gist along with the related limbs of the Cow is given below)

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    Devas in Cow's body
    Explanation of the 33 Devas

  • The Cow milk, Cow yogurt, Cow ghee (clarified butter), Cow excrete and Cow urine are considered most sacred for varieties of purposes including medicinal purposes.

  • Among the Cows coffee coloured (almost black) is considered most sacred. These cows are called Kapilas.

  • Moon in Taurus is the Cow, Sun in Taurus is the Bull and Mercury in Taurus is Calf. Taurus has much to do with the family of Cow.

  • The central star of Orion, Aldeberan (Rohini) sends special rays via Taurus through Sun whose embodiment on Earth is Bull. Through Moon the star Rohini sends the rays in Taurus whose embodiment on Earth is the Cow. Likewise, the rays of Rohini via Mercury in Taurus gives birth to Calf.

  • Lord Krishna whose birth moon is in Rohini was known to be Gopala, the ruler of the Cow principle. Throughout his life there was not a single day where he did not serve the Cow.

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  • Cow (Kamadhenu), White Elephant (Iravatha), White Swan and White Eagle find place anywhere in the heaven, and hence are sacred.

  • Among the above only Cow is worshipped even in the heaven. The Devas also worship Cow to fulfill their purposes.

  • Worship of Cow and Bull is equivalent to worship of Parents, Pitris and Devas.

  • Any place gets purified if the place is sprinkled with waters mixed in Cow dung.

  • Even in places where horrible acts happened such as murders and other atrocities could be restored to purity if a group of Cows are made to reside therein for three days and three nights.

  • Devotional songs sung on Cow, donation of Cows, early morning Darshan of Cows bring much luck to human beings.

  • Where a Cow stays agitated, hungry, thirsty or frightened there humans meet with excessive conflicts leading to unhappiness.

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    Twin calfs
    Birth of the calf
    Cow and Calf, India

  • Where the Cows live peacefully enjoying food and drink where its breath remains rhythmic due to the poise, there the negative energies are warded off.

  • If one wishes to fulfil himself he should offer food and drink to the Cow or to a Saint before he drinks and eats.

  • Protection of Cow clears impediments on the way of life.

  • Worship of and service to Cow would bestow the ability to regulate senses.

  • If one arranges treatment to a sick Cow to restore it to health the Cow reciprocates to restore health to the one.

  • If one protects Cow from fear, he transcends from the fear he suffers from.

  • When difficulties surround man and when he finds himself in un-surmountable difficulties worship and service to Cow helps clearing the way.

  • The one who hurts and kills the Cow would eventually suffer and would not be able to surmount suffering.

  • When you find a Cow hungry and thirsty, do not neglect to attend to it.

  • Killing a Cow denies one the path to the Divine.

  • As long as man mishandles Cow so long he suffers on Earth and he would not find way to the super mundane world.

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  • Persons who kill Cows, eat Cow meat and those who support these two acts would suffer innumerable lives of sorrow.

  • Natural wealth is more valuable than material wealth. Amidst the natural wealth, holding and serving the Cow is considered most precious wealth.

  • Service and worship to Cow establishes one in the quality of poise (sattva) - a quality that enables ascent into higher planes of existence.

  • Inhalation of the smell of Cow dung would neutralise the poison caused by scorpion bite and snake bite.

  • Cow dung smoke is healthier than smoke coming from coal and gases.

  • Daily after morning shower looking at the Cow, touching its hind and sprinkling the dust from the Cow feet upon oneself causes instant purification. Such purification is equivalent to taking bath in all the sacred rivers.

  • If one donates land to provide shelter for Cows it brings much auspiciousness to the donor.

  • If one plants and grows the feed for the Cow, he too would be equally wealthy.

  • If one hinders the wellbeing of Cow in one way or the other he would fall in his state of awareness.

  • The one who ritualistically serves Cows would receive the same benefits as he would receive by conducting innumerable rituals and sacrifices.

  • By mere act of touching the Cow daily one gets purified. If one serves the Cow one gets wealthy. If one donates Cow to the needy the result is inner Joy.

  • There is no wealth on Earth equivalent to the Cows and there is no service equivalent to serving the Cow.

  • Worship of Cow is equivalent to annual pilgrimage.

  • Worship of Cow is equivalent to worship of Vishnu.

  • Worship of Cow is equivalent to moving around the Earth.

  • Worship of Cow is equivalent to recitation of the Vedas.

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    Cow family, Große Ledder, D

  • The wise ones work for the growth, nourishment and the protection of the Cows. As many Cows one protects so much protection comes back to him.

  • In Cow dung there is the energy of good luck coming from Goddess Lakshmi.

  • In the Cow urine there are the vibrations of the sacred rivers.

  • Cow ghee is equivalent to Amruta, the drink of immortality.

  • Cow milk improves buddhi, discriminative will. Buffalo milk causes dullness to brains.

  • Fire rituals done with Cow ghee could invite rainy clouds.

  • Just as Goddess Lakshmi is present in the energies of Cow dung, Goddess Gauri (Parvathi) resides in the energies of Cow urine, says Manu Vaivasvatha.

  • D Worship of and service to Cow enables proper secretion of glands, thereby restituting good health and even good conduct.

  • All beneficial secretions in creation are relatable to the secretion of Cow milk.

  • The Winter Solstice, when Sun takes to northern coursing, the 7th ascending moon phase in Aquarius, the 14th descending moon phase every month are considered auspicious for Cow worship.

  • The months of Scorpio and Sagittarius are generally considered auspicious for Cow worship.

  • Ensure that the Cow milk is collected by humans, only after the calves have taken their due share. If the calves are denied of their share of milk, such milk taken by the humans will bring in much sorrow.

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  • Man's greed for money compels him to separate the calf from the Cow, by which act the cowherd would have done immeasurable un-conscious damage to himself. The Cow and the calf are inseparable energies and should be taken care of together by those who consider themselves devotes.

  • The presence of Cow helps all theistic practices until their fulfilment.

  • Service to Cow helps the three preceding and three succeeding generations.

  • Cow supports land's fertility and land supports Cow's nourishment and growth.

  • Cow urine is the best agent to maintain the pH levels of cultivable land.

  • The Veda prescribes a preparation with five Cow products whose consumption in the size of a gooseberry is most beneficial to man in harmonising his energies. The five products are Cow milk, Cow yogurt, Cow ghee, Cow dung and Cow urine.

  • Ayurveda considers the Cow products in variety of ways to cure different diseases.

  • The Earth gets inspired by the presence of the seven sacred ones. They are the Cow, Master of Wisdom, Scriptures, Donors, Sacrificers and the Truth speakers.

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  • If one gets inspired to touch a Cow he would do well to touch the hind side than the forehead.

  • B Touch not the forehead of the Cow, it disturbs the Cow and such disturbance brings ill-health. Touch the tail and the back.

  • The Cow is immensely pleased if one gently caresses the dewlap. (the skin hanging below the lower jaw)

  • Frequently the seers look through the eyes of the Cow. The aspirants and the disciples do well to look into the compassionate eyes of the Cow.

  • Worship of Cow shall have to be together with the worship of the calf. Worship of Cow without the calf is inadequate

  • The energy of Cow exists in the sounds Guru, Ganga, Gayatri, Geeta, Gouri and Govinda. Service and worship to these is equivalent to service and worship of the Cow.

  • Among the duties cast on mankind, service to and worship of Cow is considered as foremost by the Vedas and Puranas.

Driving of cattle from alpine pastures

Worship of the cow in South Tyrol

Those who propagate this knowledge are also indirectly benefited by such service to Cow.

Protect the Cow and get protected.

See also:
  • Wisdom Tales: The Importance of the Cow and Ghee
  • The Srimad Bhagavad-Gita: The Sacredness of All Cows
  • Composer: Dr. K. Parvathi Kumar.