1

Vedas are said to be voice of God so should be universally true, should be true for all times, and true from the perspective of every region/country/person. But almost half of Atharava Veda and a significant portion of others are devoted only to cows.

I want to ask does not giving so much consideration towards cows gives it a more regional perspective? i.e. does it not make Vedas look more like a commonly accepted set of social norms which ancient Indians devised to live peacefully and with prosperity rather than it being a universal voice of infinite God?

Also how is this relevant in current times? when we have advanced from primary activities of animal rearing to more sophisticated ones of digitized world? Now if someone would be to write Vedas by hearing voice of God, would they still hear the same voice?

  • 2
    Your question is covered under this question: What does the atharva veda say about cows?. At the time vedas were revealed, cows might be present all over the earth. But now a days, things have turned around. So vedas are not regional. – Sarvabhouma Mar 26 '17 at 14:57
  • Please read last paragraph of the question. Vedas have to be true for all times and should not be related to just the time when it was written. What if someone tries to write Vedas now, would they give the same focus on cows as is given in these Vedas? – rastplyr Mar 26 '17 at 15:05
  • Also th question is NOT "What does the atharva veda say about cows? " but rather I am asking "Why does atharva veda say so much about cows?" – rastplyr Mar 26 '17 at 15:38
  • Please read the answer to that question NOT just the question title. Vedas do not have an expiry date. They are valid all the time. All the devatas reside in cows even today. There is no need to write vedas tofay again because we have vedas already. When there is a need of vedas in next cycle, then they would possibly hear the same. Vedas don't change with time. Their understanding changes. – Sarvabhouma Mar 26 '17 at 16:10
  • 2
    So, irrespective of age (digital or Spiritual), Cow is revered. All Gods stay in cow, as said by Atharva Veda. – The Destroyer Mar 26 '17 at 17:04
0

From one of the article, I had read online:

Hindus see the cow as a particularly generous, docile creature, one that gives more to human beings than she takes from them. The cow, they say, produces five things — milk, cheese, butter (or ghee), urine and dung.

The first three are eaten and used in worship of the Hindu gods, while the last two can be used in religious devotion or in penance or burned for fuel.

When was the last time your cat gave you anything besides a dead mouse? And here’s a fun fact — Hindus associate several animals with different gods and consider them sacred, including the monkey (Hanuman), the elephant (Ganesh), the tiger (Durga) and even the rat (Ganesh). But none is as revered as the cow.


The main questions are:

1) I want to ask does not giving so much consideration towards cows gives it a more regional perspective? i.e. does it not make Vedas look more like a commonly accepted set of social norms which ancient Indians devised to live peacefully and with prosperity rather than it being a universal voice of infinite God?

2) Now if someone would be to write Vedas by hearing voice of God, would they still hear the same voice?


  1. The Veda is not a scientific fiction, which can be written in a short time, having a plot, characters, a theme, etc.

    • Basically, The Veda is all about spiritual matters and was composed by Sages, as and when they heard the DIVINE voice, which period spread to many thousands of years.

    • Cows in the Veda was mentioned to be kept hidden in a cave. It is an esoteric way of indicating the stage of dormant self, without realisation.

Rig veda 1.65.1 speaks about Agni.

ONE-MINDED, wise, they tracked thee like a thief lurking in dark cave with a stolen cow: Thee claiming worship, bearing it to Gods: there nigh to thee sate all the Holy Ones.

  1. Yes, composing of mantras require a mixer of SELF REALISED soul and a poet. Even now, one who hears the voice of the DIVINE can compose mantras in a cryptic manner, provided he/she is also a poet.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .