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Our mission is Cow Protection.

Krishi Go Raksha

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Our mission is Cow Protection.

Krishi Go Raksha

Welcome to ISKCON GBC Ministry of Cow Protection & Agriculture

Established in 1998, the Ministry for Cow Protection and Agriculture has been inspiring, educating and advising ISKCON cow protection centers and farms on developing sustainable projects based on caring for cows and the proper utilization of land.
Today, ISKCON operates with over 100 farms and goshalas around the globe, with innumerable affiliate projects. It is our hope and ultimate faith that the connection with Mother Earth and Mother Cow will become a visible and divine reality for the spiritual upliftment of humanity.

“If human society wants to be exalted, the leaders of society must follow the instructions of Bhagavad-gītā and give protection to the cows, the brāhmaṇas and brahminical culture.”

–Srimad Bhagavatam 8.24.5 Purport

History

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“Krishna said at that time that the cows are worshiped even by the demigods, and He practically demonstrated how to protect the cows. At least people who are in Krishna consciousness should follow in His footsteps and give all protection to the cows. Cows are worshiped not only by the demigods. Kṛṣṇa Himself worshiped the cows on several occasions, especially on the days of Gopāṣṭamī and Govardhana-pūjā.”

–Nectar of Devotion

WHY COW PROTECTION

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“The proprietor of all land, the maintainer of all land, to give pleasure to the people of all land, is Govinda, Kṛṣṇa. And He is the protector, and pleasing to the cows. You have seen many pictures of Kṛṣṇa, He is a loving cow. Why not another animal? Why particularly cow? Because cow protection is the most important business of human society.”

–December 4th 1968 Lecture

WHAT WE DO

The ISKCON Ministry of Cow Protection is dedicated to spreading not only awareness of cow protection as much as possible, but also to providing assistance and opportunities to both existing and up-and-coming cow protection communities. The ministry is currently aiming to:

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“Therefore this cow protection and expansion of brahminical culture is essential throughout the whole world. But we should not think that brahminical culture is only limited within India. No. What is created by Kṛṣṇa, or God, that is not for a particular country or particular nation. It is meant for everyone.”

–Initiation Lecture March 17th, 1972

CERTIFICATE OF READINESS

In order to start a cow protection project that will be accredited with ISKCON and accepted as an ISKCON support project a “Cow Protection Certification of Readiness” needs to be obtained. The following are the requirements for obtaining such a certificate which will allow new cow protection projects to commence their operations:

  • The GBC Minimum Cow Protection Standards Law 507 (Law 507) needs to be read and fully understood before applying for the certificate.

  • An exam must be taken and passed. The questions in the exam will be based on the content of Law 507.

  • A well thought out business plan with the signature of the GBC member has to be presented to the Ministry of Cow Protection and Agriculture. Details regarding the content that must be addressed in the business plan are provided below in order to assist in its preparation.

A SIMPLE 4-STEP PROCESS

PROCESS OF APPROVAL

The center wanting to commence a Cow Protection Program makes an application via IMCPA’s website. After recieving this application, which includes a business plan signed by the local GBC.

The team then reviews the viability of the application and test results. Based on the degree of progress, the first stage approval is given. This approval allows the center to commence the process of acquiring cows.

FINAL STAGE

The second and final stage will be assessed based on the findings of the site visit by an IMCPA accredited representative or a comprehensive consultation with concerned devotees.

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“Therefore this cow protection and expansion of brahminical culture is essential throughout the whole world. But we should not think that brahminical culture is only limited within India. No. What is created by Kṛṣṇa, or God, that is not for a particular country or particular nation. It is meant for everyone.”

–Initiation Lecture March 17th, 1972

VOLUNTEER

The ISKCON Ministry of Cow Protection is dedicated to spreading not only awareness of cow protection as much as possible, but also to providing assistance and opportunities to both existing and up-and-coming cow protection communities. The ministry is currently aiming to:

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GALLERY

“This Krishna consciousness movement is for the protection of brahminical culture and cows. Then automatically, the peace of the world will come, if these two things are done.”

— December 4th 1968 Lecture

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If you have any queries or would like to get involved, please contact us by filling the form below.