learning, succeed, O scorcher of foes, its attaining
to great prosperity and affluence each time they take
birth in the world. One should never go to bed
without reciting the names of kine. Nor should
one rise from bed in the morning without a similar
recitation of the names of kine. Morning and
evening one should bend one’s head in reverence
to kine. As the consequence of such acts, one
is sure to attain to great prosperity. One should
never feel any repugnance for the urine and the dung
of the cow. One should never eat the flesh of
kine. As the consequence of this, one is sure
to attain to great prosperity. One should always
take the names of kine. One should never show
any disregard for kine in any way. If evil dreams
are seen, men should take the names of kine. One
should always bathe, using cow-dung at the time.
One should sit on dried cowdung. One should never
cast one’s urine and excreta and other secretions
on cowdung. One should never obstruct kine in
any way. One should eat, sitting on a cowhide
purified by dipping it in water, and then cast one’s
eyes towards the west, Sitting with restrained speech,
one should eat ghee, using the bare earth as one’s
dish. One reaps, in consequence of such acts,
that prosperity of which kine are the source.
One should pour libations on the fire, using ghee
for the purpose. One should cause Brahmanas to
utter blessings upon one, by presents of ghee.
One should make gift of ghee. One should also
eat ghee. As the reward of such acts one is sure
to attain to that prosperity which kine confer.
That man who inspires a vaccine form made of sesame
seeds by uttering the Vedic Mantras called by the
name of Gomati, and then adorns that form with every
kind of gems and makes a gift of it, has never to suffer
any grief on account of all his acts of omission and
commission,—Let kine that yield copious
measures of milk and that have horns adorned with
., that are Surabhis
or the daughters of Surabhis.—approach
me even as rivers approach the ocean! I always
look at kine. Let kine always look at me.
Kine are ours. We are theirs. Ourselves
are there where kine are!—Even thus, at
night or day, in happiness or woe, verily, at times
of even great fear,—should a man exclaim.
By uttering such words he is certain to become freed
from every fear.’”
“Vasishtha said, ’The kine that had been
created in a former age practised the austerest penances
for a hundred thousand years with the desire of attaining
to a position of great pre-eminence. Verily, O
scorcher of foes, they said unto themselves,—We
shall, in this world, become the best of all kinds
of Dakshina in sacrifices, and we shall not be liable
to be stained with any fault! By bathing in water
mixed with our dung people shall become sanctified.
The deities and men shall use our dung for the purpose
of purifying all creatures mobile and immobile.