Sweet Shyama Passes


Hare Krsna!

On this auspicious day of Gour Purnima we ask you to pray for Shyama who just a few days ago passed away from this earth. She is now buried on the ISCOWP farm. She joins the 21 other cows who have been protected till their natural death while living at ISCOWP. Please read the following article on Shyama.

(Irene M. Dove)
ISCOWP Co-Managing Director

Sweet Shyama Passes Away

In cow years, Shyama was 125 years old and in human years she was 25 years old. She was a healthy cow and never had any health problems. Her disposition was gentle, caring and peaceful. She could be depended upon to be friendly to guests and careful around them. In the last few years she was slowing down. On pasture, we would find her trailing at the back of the herd most of the time. However, last summer we found her leading the herd on various occasions.

Last Friday, when Balabhadra went to feed and water the cows, he found her lying in a bad position in the barn and she couldn’t move. We got some devotees to help us roll her over and we got her into a sitting position. She never got up from that position. For 4 days Balabhadra brought her food and water. She didn’t drink the first two days, but she did eat. On the third day she drank and ate, but that evening she lay down and could not get back up into a sitting position. The following day she left her body.

On her last day, she was sprinkled with Radha Kund water, dust from Govardhan Hill and chartamrita from our Giriraj. She wore a pavitra from Lord Nrsinghadeva in Mayapur and was listening to Srila Prabhupada chanting on Balabhadra’s I-phone laid next to her ear. She left her body in this way.

She was buried the following day on the ISCOWP farm next to Big Shyam. We ask for you to pray for her auspicious journey to greener pastures.

Shyama relaxing on pasture 2008
Shyama, a 23 year old cow at ISCOWP
Erin and Shyama 2011.
Shyama and Balabhadra in 2009
Shyama and Balabhadra in 2009
Shyam Licking Guests
Shyama is licking Madhumangala from Colombia
Shyama moves on to greener pastures.
Shyama moves on to greener pastures.


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