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On 2/28/2021 at 6:40 PM, MisterrSingh said:

But somewhere along the way the appreciation and "respect" of the cow became worship.

I think Hindus generally worship benevolent aspects of nature- they worship the sun, the moon, natural rivers, pipal trees etc.  

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12 hours ago, Guest guest said:

I think Hindus generally worship benevolent aspects of nature- they worship the sun, the moon, natural rivers, pipal trees etc.  

That's wrong as well. 

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As per Hinduism cows and elephants are seen closest to humans as an identity. They are aware of existence of God thats why they are respected. Cows are claimed to be as a last jooni out of 84 lakh before you get a human body. So killing cow is equivalent to killing human being spiritually. 

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On 2/14/2021 at 1:50 PM, Guest guest said:

cow is a special animal in dharma since ancient times.  we don't worship it but we don't disrespect it either.

like how people in western countries would feel angry/sickened by someone hurting a dog because they believe 'dog is man's best friend'.  its similar to that.  in india cow is man's best friend lol.

You make a valid point here.

 In actual fact, in extreme poverty in Punjab, the most positive change people could do in those times was to get a buffalo/cow. This provided milk, obviously, and butter. In terms of improving people’s health from extreme poverty there was no better solution at that time in those circumstances.

 So given that a buffalo/cow provided health improvements and wellbeing, just about the last thing that a Sikh should do is chop the cow up and make a leather jacket, new shoes or a sirloin steak. And this is cultural respect. We do not believe that any guru was reincarnated as a cow. But that does not weaken the respect for cows that we have just because it’s cultural rather than religious.

 

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