All the cows went in the barn at the end of November. In later December we noticed Krishna getting thin. This was usual for him for the past three years and we didn’t worry. He would get thin in winter but have no problem moving around and eating. Then he would fatten up in the spring when he and all the other cows were let out on pasture. His spring, summer and fall video updates showed him well and happy.
He seemed to be following the same pattern this year.
This evening Balabhadra found him lying down in the barn. Balabhadra said Krsihna is real weak and doesn’t seem able to get up. He is surrounded by his friends and we have the Hare Krishna mantra chanted by Srila Prabhupada playing in the barn 24/7. Balabhadra and Lakshmi put a bunch of hay under him to make him comfortable.
If you could please pray for Krishna that he receive the mercy of Lord Krishna.
Balabhadra went to check this morning on Krishna and found him in the same position. He sprinkled Govardhana dust and Radha Kund water on his head, put Tulasi leaves in his mouth and put a Lord Nrsringhadev kavitra on his horns. The sound of Hare Krsna bhajans could be heard in the barn from a CD player which we have playing 24/7. An hour later Balabhadra called me from the barn to tell me Krishna had passed away. He will be buried on the farm today.
Krishna’s passing is unexpected and therefore difficult to accept. He was ten years old and in human years he would be 50 years old. Some of the cows were nudging him and sniffing him as if expecting him to get up. Narayana (a young Milking Shorthorn) was trying to lift him by his horns to get him moving. Balabhadra said that Krishna came over to him three days ago, the day before he went down, to talk to him while he was filling the feed aisle with hay. Krishna was quite chipper and his usual friendly, charming self. He went down yesterday evening and left us this morning, a very quick departure which greatly reduced his physical suffering.
Krishna and his friend Balaram were found in a petting zoo by devotees who were told the two boys were about to be shipped to the slaughterhouse because they had become too big for the petting zoo. They were three months old. The devotees called us and asked us to take them and they have been with us ever since. Balaram is quite healthy and I am sure will be missing Krishna.
Krishna will be remembered for his handsome appearance and his charming personality. He was always friendly to guests and patient with them in his mild mannered way. He was especially popular with the female guests. I always looked forward to visiting with him as he was always so relaxed and friendly. His association had a calming, soothing affect.
We will all miss Krishna greatly. Please pray for his journey to greener pastures.
Some pictures of Krishna and videos can be found below.
Your servant and friend,
Chayadevi (Irene M. Dove)
ISCOWP Co-Managing Director
Krishna had a Good Life
Balabhadra is in Silicon Valley
Balabhadra is now at the Silicon Valley ISKCON devotee community encouraging the development of cow protection. He will be giving the Sunday lecture Cows, Bulls and Humankind, The Relationship, a Power Point video presentation. You can watch him live on the internet during his presentation by going to iskconsiliconvalley.com for live streaming. The lecture starts at 4:00 pm.