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Bovine products in medicine - medical necessity

I live in US and try to avoid medicine containing bovine products such as gelatin, collagen, glycerin, stearic acid etc. I wanted to check that if someone is in hospital and needed some medicine ...
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Who are these deities on the cow?

In the below picture, there are many deities and some rishis embodied on the cow. There are some deities are unknown to me, that i circled:- So, my question is:- Who are these deities on the cow? Is ...
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Which Cow should be donated to brahmana? Cow with calf or Any single healthy Cow?

Namaste, If someone wishes to buy a cow and donate to a Brahmana, Is it necessary that at present that cow should be in the milking stage or is it okay to donate a healthy cow which will get pregnant ...
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What is the detailed story of Rishi Jabali turning cow meat into onions?

In the book "Accounts of the Writings, Religions and Manners of the Hindoos" by William Ward published in 1811 there is a section on extraordinary deeds by various high-souled Rishis. (Pages ...
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Why don't Sri Vaishnava acharyas recommend veganism?

According to Sanatana Dharma, store bought milk is considered highly sinful. This is what the Dharma shastra says: The milk of the cow that has not passed its ten days... as also the milk of the cow ...
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Primary source for Ambedkar's claims on Veda Vyas Smriti

I'm looking for the primary source for the following claim made by Ambedkar (link). I tried finding the text here but I am not able to find it. Does someone know the exact verse of this text in the ...
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Offering Madhuparka in Kali yuga

The footnote in this chapter in Skanda Purana text says According to Bṛhatparāśara Smṛti the following five are to be eschewed in Kali Age: procreation of a child from husband’s brother (if the ...
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How big of a sin is cow-killing ? What punishment is given for it in hell?

Killing of cow is considered as sin . I want to know how big of a sin it is. What is the punishment given in hell for killing of cow ? And what punishment for it in next birth(s) ?
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What is the significance of feeding cows in hinduism

Usually, it is said that feeding cows is equivalent to feeding many gods. Is this just a figurative speech or is the significance of feeding cows, mentioned anywhere in our scriptures?
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Has the killing of a cow been categorised as a mahapataka in any text or versions thereof?

In a particular text (not able to remember) there was a line which said that :A Brahmin, a woman and a cow must never be slain. This statement is in line with the pancha mahapataka among which, is the ...
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Is there any scriptural opposition to humane animal slaughter?

Note that I'm not talking about general ethics - I mean only from a religious scriptural perspective. To give you full context on why I have this question: Because cow slaughter is banned in many ...
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Do Hindus worship cows in some way?

I've read that Hinduism respects cows since they are considered to have holy Gods. I was curious to know if Hindus also worship cows in some way? I'm really ignorant in this theme, so I'd like to ...
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As a Hindu, can I feed other people beef?

I am a volunteer who helps feed elderly and disabled people. They choose their meal from the cafeteria, and I feed it to them. My role (which I recently began) has led me to a dilemma. As a Hindu, I ...
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Does any manuscript provide guidance about what to do with spent up cows

The beauty of our sanatan is that we worship the nature. Cow worship is just an example of it. But now a days, after a cow becomes spent up, ( when the cow is not fit for breeding anymore) they're ...
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Does the Vedic Sanatana dharma endorse the view that a cow deserves to be worshipped as the mother of humanity? [duplicate]

I've heard by the Vedic view, the birth as a human follows numerous births as beasts. A cow is a beast. Can a cow deserve the respect as the Mother of humanity? What's the True Vedic stance on this ...
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Are only Indian cows sacred?

Scriptures seem to indicate all cows irrespective of their species to be sacred but I have heard about some traditionalists' claims that only Indian cows are sacred. Is there any scriptural support of ...
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Could someone translate these verses from Brahma Vaivarta Puranam, please?

Do these verses mention about cow slaughter? Please translate it completely. Thank you.
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Is eating bovine gelatin a crime in Hinduism?

Many pharmaceutical medicine have bovine gelatin as an ingredient. Bovine Gelatin is a protein product produced by partial hydrolysis of collagen, a protein material, extracted from animal tissue ...
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Repentance or atonement for killing a cow or eating beef

Some observations: In a particular society in India, the repentance for consuming beef is that the "sinner" must put on the rope around his/her neck (i.e. the rope wound around a cow's neck)...
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Did Hindu people eat the meat of Bulls and Oxen, but not the Cows?

Did the Hindu people eat the meat of Bulls and Oxen, but not the cows?
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Is it allowed to use milk of a non-Indian breed cows in my vrata?

There are several vratas in Hinduism that involves cow milk. If I want to do a vrat that needs cow milk then is it mandatory that I need to use the milk of a cow that is of Indian breed? Now-a-days ...
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Was Goloka the cowshed of Kailasa?

There's a thread on Quora suggesting that Goloka is the cowshed of Kailasa as per Brahma Vaivarta Purana. Is this true?
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Karma accumulation by violence against cows

Does killing a cow accumulate karmas equivalent to suffering those many lives equivalent to the number of hairs on the cow? (Hairs on a typical cow are millions/trillions in numbers) Is there any ...
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Can a sacred cow transmit shaktipat?

Can a sacred cow transmit shaktipat or only humans can do it? If so, another animals can do it?
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Did Rantideva kill cows and cook in his kitchen to feed the hungry?

I was listening to Mahabharata audio podcasts. My doubt was when Rishi Kaushika met the butcher in Mithila nagara, did the butcher mention that king Rantideva also killed many animals including cows ...
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Why Cow is considered as GOD in Hinduism? [duplicate]

I want to know the reason why Cow is considered as GOD in Hinduism?
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Does Tantra say cow is sacred animal?

In Tantra, is there any mention of "cows being sacred"? Also, does Kaulācāra Tantra explicitly talk about it?
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Who are these women mentioned in the Hiranyakeshin Grihya sutras?

While I was searching about cows in the Vedas and Grihya sutras, I came across a mantra from Vajasaneyi Samhita of Shukla Yajurveda. This mantra is chanted by the bridegroom during the madhuparka ...
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Which scripture talks about killing baby cows in sacrifices?

Manusmriti verses 5.41-42 say this: madhuparke ca yajñe ca pitṛdaivatakarmaṇi | atraiva paśavo hiṃsyā nānyatraityabravīn manuḥ || 41 || eṣvartheṣu paśūn hiṃsan vedatattvārthavid dvijaḥ | ...
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"Cows are sacred" & at the same time "It's only a sinful soul which gets born as an animal" - How to deal with this apparent contradiction?

On one hand we have the cows considered as the most sacred in the scriptures. All deities, pilgrimages, Rishis are said to be found in it's body. Giving it pain is considered as an offence. Killing ...
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Cremation rituals for cows after death?

Since cow is one of the sacred animals in Hinduism, are there any cremation rituals that need to be followed when a cow dies? If yes, what is the exact process?
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What is the significance of Gomutra? [duplicate]

I watch 2 videos on YouTube: One video showing lots of the benefits of drinking Gomutra (Link 1), In the second video, Showing Gomutra should not be drinking (Link 2). My Question: Should the ...
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What does Hinduism say about castrating bulls?

Farmers sometimes castrate some bulls so that they aren't aggressive and that they don't reproduce. Are there any Hindu scriptures that discuss this practice, like if it's sinful or not?
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Any other slokas suggesting drinking of cow urine

The following statement from Section 81, Anushasana Parva of Mahabharata suggests drinking cow urine "Vyasa said, ... One should for three days drink the hot urine of the cow..." In ...
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What is the moral stance towards milking of animals/cows?

The chief function of lactation is to provide nutrition and immune protection to the young after birth. Consuming milk of the mother (e.g., cow), meant for her offspring strikes to be a heinous deed. ...
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What is the main reason behind praying to animals like mice, monkeys and cows?

I'm a little confused as to why Hindus worship animals like mice, monkeys and cows. I have searched on the internet but I didn't find any answer.
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Are there any references to domestication of cattle in Hindu scriptures?

The indicine line of cattle were domesticated approximately 10,500 years ago, far later than mesolithic religions, that may have left it's traces in Hinduism.
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Manu 3.271 - Which translators/commentators interpret 'gavyena' as beef (cow meat)?

I shall now fully describe what offering-material, on being offered to the Pitṛs, according to role, serves for a long time, and for eternity.—(266) By the proper offering of sesamum, rice ...
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Why is food smelt by a cow impure when cow's dung and urine is used for purification rites?

Manu-smṛti 5.123: पक्षिजग्धं गवा घ्रातमवधूतमवक्षुतम् । दूषितं केशकीटैश्च मृत्प्रक्षेपेण शुध्यति ॥ १२३ ॥ pakṣijagdhaṃ gavā ghrātamavadhūtamavakṣutam | dūṣitaṃ keśakīṭaiśca ...
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Is the practice of killing a cow for a guest (गोघ्न | goghna) still followed?

The footnotes of this translation of Āpastaṃba Dharmasūtra says: Manu III, 119 and 120; Yājñ. I, 110;: Weber, Ind. Stud. X, 125. A guest is also called goghna, 'cow-killer,' because formerly a cow ...
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Is "cow" a concept or does it refer to just one species of milk-producing bovine animals?

3. The murderer of a Brāhmaṇ becomes consumptive, the killer of a cow becomes hump-backed and imbecile, the murderer of a virgin becomes leprous,--all three born as outcastes. The Garuda Purana, ...
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Who should be responsible to protect the Cows from various atrocities? [duplicate]

Cow is considered the most sacred animals constituting various deities. They are maintained by cowherds & dairy people. India is topmost milk producer. But now a days mostly, after when these ...
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When Hindus buy milk are they required to only buy milk from cows that are not sent to be slaughtered?

Vegans don't buy milk because of the cruel life dairy cows are subjected to and because they eventually get slaughtered. Given that cows are sacred for Hindus I was wondering if Hindus share the ...
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When did Cows receive the boon of horns from Brahma & why did they want them?

Mahabharat Anushasan Parva Section LXXXI mentions Vyas as saying: "Vyasa said, 'Kine constitute the stay of all creatures. Kine are the refuge of all creatures. Kine are the embodiment of merit. ...
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Vivekananda said Brahmins ate beef, is this correct?

In one of the lecture by Swami Vivekananda, he told: The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 3/Lectures from Colombo to Almora/Reply to the Address of Welcome at Madura ...There was a time ...
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Do the Vedas order killing of the "sinner" who kills a cow?

New18 quotes from RSS Panchjanya Magazine: "Vedas order killing of the sinner who kills a cow. Cow slaughter is an issue of honour for Hindus. The Dadri victim perhaps slaughtered a cow under the ...
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Do I commit a sin of greater degree when I kill a holy creature (say cow) instead of any other creature?

I genuinely believe this question is a bit in bad taste but do read below my thoughts of inquisitiveness for putting up a bland question like this: I was curious to know if karma would adjudge me as ...
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Relations with Cows?

........."The Atri Smriti also mentions homosexuality as a sin and prescribes an expiation measure for the same: By discharging semen into inhuman females except a cow, into a woman in [her] ...
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Why cows are given so much importance in Vedas?

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 ...
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Why "Panchagavya" is considered holy in Hinduism?

In Hinduism Cows are considered holy. Afflicting them with pain is considered as one of the gravest possible offences. It is stated in Scriptures that cows are the best among animals,swan the best ...
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