Cow Mother is better than Our Mothers- Gandhiji on Go Matha (Post No.12023)


Post No. 12,023

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(The following is taken from a discourse a Harijan boy from Andhra named Prabhakar had with Gandhiji and reported by M.D.)

I (Prabhakar) said to Bapu that I had realised that the cow was like our mother. Mother gives us milk for a couple of years. Mother cow gives us milk the whole of our life.

But Bapu (Gandhiji) said,

I am prepared to go one better than you. Mother cow is in many ways better than the mother who gave us birth. Our mother gives us milk for a couple of years  and then expects us to serve her when we grow up. Mother cow expects from us nothing but grass and grain. Our mother falls often ill and expects service from us. Mother cow rarely falls ill. Here is an unbroken record of  service which does not end with her death. Our mother when she dies means expenses of burial or cremation. Mother cow is as useful dead as when she is alive. We can make use of every part of part of her body – her flesh, her bones, her intestines, her bones and her skin. Well I say this not to disparage the mother who gives us birth, but in order to show you the substantial reasons for my worshipping the cow.

Harijan 15-9-1940


My comments

As I mentioned earlier in my article Gandhiji remained A Bundle of Contradictions. He supported Muslims killing the cow for flesh. Even in the above write up, he used flesh is also useful.

Manu says in Manu Smriti

One acharya/Guru excels ten Upadhyayas/teachers in glory; a father excels 100 acharyas/Gurus in glory; but a MOTHER excels even a thousand fathers in glory (Manu 2-145)

उपाध्यायान् दशाचार्य आचार्याणां शतं पिता ।
सहस्रं तु पितॄन् माता गौरवेणातिरिच्यते ॥ Manu 2-१४५ ॥

upādhyāyān daśācārya ācāryāṇāṃ śataṃ pitā |
sahasraṃ tu pitṝn mātā gauraveṇātiricyate || Manu 2- 145 ||

In veneration, the Preceptor excels ten Sub-teachers; the Father a hundred preceptors, and the Mother a thousand Fathers.—(145)

 (Thanks to for the slokam)

Here is my ten year old article:–

One Mother is greater than 1000 Fathers! | Tamil and Vedas › 2013/06/07 › one-mother…

7 Jun 2013 — Ancient Indian women made more literary contributions than women of any other country in the world. Hindus worshipped God as ‘He’ and ‘She’ …


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