“Spending a day with the bulls is very satisfying work, and Mother Bhumi (Mother Earth) likes it. She is not so happy to have the tractor pounding her around. When the bulls are working, they’re walking on Mother Bhumi, and they are giving her a massage. Sometimes they will pass urine; sometimes they will pass stool during the course. This makes Mother Bhumi also very happy.”
These were some of my thoughts which emerged while I was giving the Sunday feast lecture at the ISKCON Honolulu temple in Hawaii.
It wasn’t but a week after the May Cow Culture conference in Silicon Valley, California that I went to Hawaii upon my twin sister’s request. Our mother had passed away at the ripe old age of 101, and before her passing, she had requested that her body be cremated and the ashes put into the Moanalua Bay. A very close friend of my sister had a suitable boat which could safely transport us out into the ocean to help us fulfill our mother’s wish. He had suggested that we wait until the beginning of summer as the Pacific ocean would be calmer at that time. In the first week of June, we deposited her ashes in the Moanalua Bay. However, I kept half the ashes aside which I will take to India and deposit there in the holy river of Ganga.
I grew up in Hawaii and was the first person to be initiated by Srila Prabhupada in Hawaii in the year 1969. Back then having a child initiated into the Hare Krishna movement was a lot to accept. My mother tolerated it, met Srila Prabhupada and attended a Sunday feast lecture given by him at the Honolulu temple on Oahu.
While I was in Hawaii, I visited the Honolulu Hare Krishna temple. I was asked to give the Sunday feast lecture, and the following video is of that lecture. Thanks to 9-year-old Balaji Dove for video graphing the class. There are some slides added to the video footage that you will find interesting, and I hope the video will give you a deeper spiritual understanding of cow protection. Thanks for watching!
Yours, Balabhadra das (William E. Dove, ISCOWP president)