GOPASTHAMI: Message to Save Cows and Protect the Environment
A special Gopasthami celebrations organised by Sriji Gausadan, Noida warmly welcomed HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji – Muniji, President of Parmarth Niketan, Co-Founder of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, to bless and grace the occasion with Dr. Mahesh Sharma ji, Union Minister of Culture and Minister of State for Ministry of Environment and Forests, GoI. Also joining them on the dias were Sankar Kumar Sanyalji, President of Harijan Sevak Sangh, Shri Onkar Nath Aggarwalji, Head of Narayan Industries, Shri Anil Bhushanji, President of Sriji Gausadan and Shri Mahesh Guptaji.
Hundreds of students as well as hundreds of Gau Sevaks and cow lovers participated in the celebrations. For the past week the organisation had been hosting programmes and awareness drive to help raise awareness about the need to protect the Mother Cow, end cow slaughter and increase the consumption and use of products made from desi cow milk, cow dung and cow urine, all of which are of immense medicinal value.
Dr Mahesh Sharmaji offered his pranaams to Pujya Swamiji and said, “Pujya Swamiji travels around the world spreading and sharing the Hindu Dharma with people from every corner of the world. His divine leadership and contributions to various large scale service projects, whether it be towards Clean India, Clean Ganga or protecting the environment, continue to inspire and engage everyone. I believe that with his blessings and his divine example combined with our tenacious efforts and selfless service towards our country we can truly re-establish our connection to Gau, Ganga and Gaon, the very foundation of this country.”
Pujya Swamiji gave an inspiring speech in which He said, “Each one of us has the ability and the power to buy only desi cow products and stop the purchase of any leather products, from shoes, belts, car seats, purses, etc. Then instead of being one of the largest leather manufacturing countries of the world we can continue to grow as the world’s largest milk and milk products capital of the world.”
In His powerful speech He laid out several action items and points that could be done to truly protect the Mother Cow. He also inspired a massive pledge that everyone who is a cow lover should plant trees to make the world a cooler place for cows and to commit to having their last rites with cow dung patties instead of wood, saving wood and our environment.
He also shared several other technologies that use cow dung to solve the multi facetted challenges our country faces as well as laid great emphasis on the beneficial properties of cow dung and urine. He inspired everyone off their feet, raising their hands and chanting in unanimous support of His pledge.