June 19 2012, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — There is presently a global campaign of so called scientists running a propaganda machinery that cows produce a “dangerous gas”, methane. And cow’s methane causing the same pollution as global exhaust emissions from cars, trucks, aviation, chemical industries and smokestack industries.
Headlines that read like, “Methane CH4 – Greenhouse Gas, Cows, Pigs, etc”, “The Cow: More Than Just A Producer Of Milk”, “California Cows Fail Latest Emissions Test”, “Methane Emissions from Cattle, Global Methane Initiative Moves Forward”, “Cow’s Methane: Fighting the Cause of Global Warming”, etc., etc.
Even renowned online encyclopedias repeat this false information that there is no difference between degradable and non degradable methane.
Some microbes in the cattle gut carry out anaerobic process known as methanogenesis, which produces methane. Cattle and other livestock emit about 80 to 93 Tg of methane per year,, accounting for an estimated 37 percent of anthropogenic methane emissions, and additional methane is produced by anaerobic fermentation of manure in manure lagoons and other manure storage structures. The 100-year global warming potential of methane, including effects on ozone and stratospheric water vapor, is 25 times as great as that of carbon dioxide. Methane’s effect on global warming is correlated with changes in atmospheric methane content, not with emissions. The net change in atmospheric methane content was recently about 1 Tg per year, and in some recent years there has been no increase in atmospheric methane content. Mitigation options for reducing methane emission from ruminant enteric fermentation include genetic selection, immunization, rumen defaunation, diet modification and grazing management, among others. While cattle fed forage actually produce more methane than grain-fed cattle, the increase may be offset by the increased carbon recapture of pastures, which recapture three times the CO2 of cropland used for grain.
The Vedas teach the exact opposite, there is nothing to worry about cows, everything is pure and contains all antiseptic properties.
Srila Prabhupada, Town Hall Lecture, Auckland, April 14, 1972: So in one place of the Vedic injunction you will find that, “Any stool of animal is impure.” That’s a fact. Everyone knows. Even your own stool, what to speak of other animals’—impure.
But in another place says, “Exception is given to the cow’s stool, cow dung. That is pure.” It is so pure that if you apply on some impure place, it becomes pure. That’s a fact. In India still, especially in villages, they mop the floor with cow dung, and it is so nice and so fresh. You can try.
Here also there are cows. You take cow dung and you can see how it is antiseptic. We are actually doing in America in our New Vrindaban. We are maintaining cows there, protecting cows, because cow protection is one of the items for Krishna consciousness people. Especially Krishna is worshiped,
namo brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana-hitaya ca jagad-dhitaya krsnaya govindaya namo namah
He is immediately referred that “You are brahmanya-deva go-brahmana-hitaya ca, the benedictor of the cows and the brahmanas.” Why? Jagad… “Next You are benedictor to the general people in the world. First the go-brahmana-hitaya ca.” Why? Why Krishna should be especially interested with go and brahmana? These are things.
Now, when Krishna was child, He was crawling. This is His pastime. By crawling He used to go to the cowshed and catch one calf’s tail, and the calf will drag Him and smear His body in cow dung. He enjoyed it. So cow dung is actually so pure. You can test it. One chemical analyzer in Calcutta, Dr. Lal Madhavi Ghosh, he tested.
He found all antiseptic properties, although it is stool. So that is the nature of Vedic injunction. You accept it. You are benefited. You save the time. Whatever is stated in the Vedas, if you accept, then you don’t require to make research how to find out God or how to find out yourself.
Everything is there simply if you accept it. Not blindly. If you want to test it, you can test. Just like this cow dung. In the Vedas it is said it is pure, but if you want to test chemically, you will find it pure. That is Vedic injunction.
Therefore our Vedic injunctions are very supreme evidence, Veda-pramanam, sabda-pramanam. There are three kinds of evidences. First evidence is direct perception—I see personally. And then historical evidence, and then sabda-pramana. Sabda-pramana means evidence from the Vedas. Out of three kinds of evidences, the sabda-pramanas, or the evidences received from the Vedas, that is accepted.
So for spiritual advancement especially we have to accept the Veda-pramana, or evidences given in Vedic literature. So this disciplic succession, as Gosvami Hanuman Prasad said, that is essential. That is the Vedic injunction. Tad-vijnanartham sa gurum eva abhigacchet [MU 1.2.12] This word abhigacchet, it is a form of verb which is used where the sense is “You must! You must!” There is no exception.
You cannot say that “I may go to a spiritual master or I may not go. I can study at home.” No. You must go. Just like in modern age also, if you are actually interested to be recognized as educated, you must get your admission in a recognized school or college and take degree. Then you will… If you study at home, you may be very great scholar, and if you say that you have passed M.A. examination, nobody will care for you.
Similarly, if you actually want to be advanced in spiritual knowledge, then this is the injunction: tad-vijnanartham. Tad-vijnanartham means… Vijnana means science. Spiritual knowledge is also a science. It is not sentiment; it is science. Now, if you like, you can make research work whether this is fact. Just like this cow dung.
You may think that “This is contradiction. In one place it is said that stool of an animal is impure; now here it is again said that cow dung is pure. It is contradiction.” So if you like, you can make analysis. But you accept the Vedic injunction as it is—you save so much time, that’s all, and immediately become advanced.
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