Our Goals for the Future
Why Save the Cows?
The Jasnath tradition teaches love for the environment and stresses mercy to animals:
Pehli maata dharpati dooji maata may;
teeji maata vanapati chauthi maata gaaya.
The earth is our first mother.
Our birth mother is second.
Vegetation & trees are venerated as third,
and cow is our fourth
As one of our mothers, we depend on the cows for our existence and the cows depend on us for protection. In Rajasthan, cows are an integral part of the ecosystem, supporting the environment and families. But they don’t do well in maintaining themselves independently. They are domestic animals; they are meant to be protected by human beings. There is a natural relationship between the two, it is a spiritual bond. We are reminded of our responsibility.
Whenever Krishna is depicted in images caring for, or drinking from a cow. He sends the larger message that if we take care of nature, it will in turn take care of us.Rajasthan, like many other parts of the world, is struggling with over population and shortage of resources. Having fallen short of our responsibilities to Mother Earth, it is the intention of SJA and many other Gau Seva in Rajasthan to keep our promise to our creator, and maintain the health of all creatures, whether they are healthy and have a family or not.