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All Creation: Daily Metta

Michael Nagler Posted by Michael Nagler.

Michael is founder and president of the Metta Center for Nonviolence and the author of Our Spiritual Crisis and The Search for a Nonviolent Future, which received a 2002 American Book Award and has been translated into several languages.


All Creation: Daily Metta

Cow protection is “a practical application of the belief in the oneness and, therefore, the sacredness of all life.” ~ Gandhi, Hindu Dharma, p.8.36

A religion, it is said, is like a path through the jungle: if no one treads on it, it gets overgrown. Cow-protection in India is a classic example. Having sometimes become a fetish and sometimes leading to the monstrosity of its devotees killing people of another faith because they kill cows, it was originally a powerful symbol of ahimsa, warning us to abjure violence not only against our “dumb brethren” but all creation. “Injure not the innocent cow,” found in an ancient Vedic hymn, refers symbolically to the sacred nature of all creation.

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