Canto 1, Ch 16, text 18
dharmah padaikena caran
vicchayam upalabhya gam
prechati smasru vadanam
vivatsam iva mataram
“The personality of religious principles, Dharma, was wandering about in the form of a bull. And he met the personality of earth in the form of a cow who appeared to grieve like a mother who has lost her child. She had tears in her eyes, and the beauty of her body was lost. Thus Dharma questioned the earth as follows”
by Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
The is the emblem of moral principles, and the cow is the representative of the earth. When the bull and the cow are in a joyful mood it is to be understood that the people of the earth are also in a joyful mood. The reason is that the bull helps production of grains in the agricultural field, and the cow delivers milk, the miracle of aggregate food values. The human society, therefore, maintains these two important animals very carefully so that they can wander everywhere in cheerfulness. But at the present moment in this age of Kali both the bull and the cow are now being slaughtered and eaten as foodstuff by a class of men who do not know the brahminical culture. The bull and the cow can be protected for the good if humane society simply by spreading brahminical culture as the topmost perfection of all cultural affairs. By advancement of such culture, the morale of society is properly maintained, and so peace and prosperity are also attained without extraneous effort. When brahminical culture deteriorates, the cow and the bull are mistreated, and the resultant actions are prominent by the following symptoms. (…)
Sikhandi Mataji writes:
As Kali Yuga advances it has become very difficult to protect cows and bulls in our western culture. But in vedic society it is considered a very auspicious activity. Lord Krsna is the protector of cows and the brahminical culture. Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada says that a society devoid of cow protection and brahminical culture is not under the direct protection of the Lord, just as the prisoners in the jails are not under the protection of the king but under the protection of a harsh agent of the king. Without cow protection and cultivation of the brahminical qualities in human society, at least for a section of the members of society, no human civilization can prosper at any length.
Here at New Braj we are making a humble attempt to protect and serve our cows. Presently we are maintaining three older cows.
Subhadra is about 17 years old and is the leader of the group. She has a sixth sense for finding the weakness in the fences and loves breaking out . Kalindi is about 20 years old and is very peaceful and sweet. Kamadenu is our senior citizen, she is about 24 years old, but despite her age she is still pretty feisty.
We are soon planning to expand the cow seva by increasing our herd with some milking cows for the service of Sri Sri Radha Govinda and also for the benefit of the devotees.