The bull tills the land and churns the butter in rural India and is thus seen as a type of father who provides sustenance to the living entity. The cow provides milk which is used to make so many different types of food which also nourish the living entity and she is thus seen as a type of mother. The mother and father are always to be venerated. This is the basic idea. Beyond that, the highest expression of divinity within Hinduism is that of Krsna, the cowherder, who is God at play and expressing himself in his most intimate setting with his family and friends. Another name for Krsna is Govinda, the protector of the cows. Krsna loves his cows and calls them each by name as he takes them to the forest to graze. The cow is a very simple animal with minimal needs and gives so much to humanity. Because cows are so special to Krsna and he personally cares for them, it is quite natural for Hindus to hold the cow as sacred. Beyond that though, it is quite natural for all of humanity to appreciate the simplicity and humility of the cow and to protect and care for her as she does us.
Why is the cow considered sacred in Hinduism?
The Hindu Perspective
Aren't Allah, Brahman and Yahweh just different names for the same God?
Answers: Atheist, Muslim, Christian
If God is all-powerful and can do anything and everything, can he build a wall high enough so that he could not jump over it?
Answers: Muslim, Atheist, Christian
Why would Uzzah be struck down for merely trying to steady the ark in 2 Samuel?
What are the beliefs of naturalism concerning money and career?
Comparing Exodus Ch.33 V.20 with Genesis 32:30, God says no man can see Him and live, and then Jacob is celebrating to have done just that. Is this a contradiction?
Hindu The Upanishads Eknath Easwaran Hindu The Bhagavad Gita According to Gandhi Mohandas K. Gandhi Hindu What is Hinduism? The Editors of Hinduism Today Hindu Hindu Gods and Goddesses Swami Harshananda Hindu Hinduism Swami Vivekananda Hindu The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Hinduism Rasamandala Das Hindu Introducing Hinduism: A Graphic Guide Vinay Lal and Borin Van Loon Hindu Hinduism: A Path to Inner Peace Mohan R. Pandey