Cows are sacred life-givers - Awareness around Gau Mata is vital to inspire Hindus in South Africa about their religion - Mahesh Bang

I TRUST you are well. Thanks for always providing us with so much knowledge and enlightenment about rituals and prayers.

I follow all your guidelines. As South Africans we didn’t know  much about our Hindu culture, perhaps due to apartheid we lost some of our Hindu backgrounds but when you started this column in the Sunday Tribune Herald I learnt so much. It’s like you reconnected me with my Indian roots.

There was so much I didn’t know before you started this column. The little column that you publish every Sunday makes a huge impact on me.

With regards to the article on November 1, I find the information about Gopashtami very interesting. Can you please provide more in-depth information about it and rituals?

Unfortunately, we live in a society where cows are not respected and sad to say but also eaten.

Can you please provide us with information as to the significance Gau Mata plays in Hinduism and in detail about Gopashtami and the rituals?

I believe that awareness around Gau Mata needs to be created.

A: Thank you, I very much appreciate your kind words. It encourages me to write more valuable aspects or secrets from astrology, vastu and spiritual science. This column belongs to you who always inspire us to write.

A: Thank you, I very much appreciate your kind words. It encourages me to write more valuable aspects or secrets from astrology, vastu and spiritual science. This column belongs to you who always inspire us to write.

As Indians, we worship cows and call them Gau Mata, as like mother, she constantly gives without any expectation.

Astrologically, when the ritual is over or completed, then the soil beneath the cow’s feet is applied on the forehead. By doing this the devotee’s luck improves.

In India where cows are present abundantly everywhere, people worship cows on this day by putting tilak, performing arti and taking blessings. I also consider myself blessed to be part of a chain of Gaushalas in India.

WISH GRANTING COW

In feng shui, the cow is a symbol of benevolence. It is believed that having a replica of a cow in the living room materialises one’s aspiration and wishes. According to Buddhism, “The cow has divine power to transform our wishes into reality”.

It is imperative to treat a cow with affection and kindness. In the Indian subcontinent a cow is usually treated as a very sacred animal.

According to the Hindu mythology all Gods reside in a cow. So if you want to do away with all your problems and want to make your dreams come true, always treat a cow with great respect and kindness.

If a cow happens to be in your vicinity then try to feed it, if possible.

The importance of cow protection is imperative for the upliftment and well-being of a society. More knowledge in this regard must be spread around the world. May we all stay blessed to have cows continue to provide us as much as she does and more.

Q: I was reading up on tortoise ring and I was wondering if you could tell me which the best way is to wear it and its benefit.

A: Astrologically there is no benefit of wearing only tortoise ring without gemstones.

However, according to vastu/ feng shui science, it can be recommended.

According to Hinduism, the second avatar of Dashavatara of Lord Vishnu is Kurma avatar. Kurma means tortoise. Vishnu took the form of a turtle to help devas and asuras (Gods and demons). They were churning the ocean to receive the gifts from the ocean.

Lord Vishnu helped the devas in two counts.

First, he acted as base to support the Mount Mandar, which was used as an axis for churning of ocean. Second, as Mohini to take hold of nectar (or amrit).

Kurma avatar belongs to the Satya Yuga and in this avatara Mahavishnu incarnated as a giant turtle to save the Earth from destruction.

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