Often is assumed, that the term ‘holy cow’, derived as a play on Hinduism, where the cow is a sacred animal.
In fact, even in some religious writings the term ‘holy cow’ can actually be found. But solely in a literal use, never as a humorous exclamation. Although this could have inspired the saying, it seems not to be the source.
The earliest record of the saying ‘holy cow’, comes unexpectedly from American baseball. In 1913 the Oakland Tribune noted that ‘Holy Cow’ Peters was the top player at a match. From then on, the baseball broadcasters popularized the term, exclaiming it during radio broadcasts, keeping themselves from using profanities.
The sacred cow is revered and worshiped, by millions of Hindus around the world. Hinduism elevates the ‘mother’ status, to the level of Goddesses.
Since the cow provides us with life sustaining milk, it therefore is considered a sacred animal.
Symbolizing the maternal figure, the cow is seen as a care taker and protector. Also, the cow is a symbol of the divine bounty of earth.
One of the well known Hindu deities, Lord Krishna, believed to be raised as a shepherd.
He is very often depicted amongst cows, playing his flute and dancing with ‘Gopis’ (milkmaids).
Krishna also is known by the names Govinda and Gopala, meaning ‘friend and protector of cows’.
For true devotees, it is considered highly auspicious to feed a cow, even before eating breakfast oneself.
In Vedic scriptures there are verses throughout, emphasizing that the cow must be protected and cared for.
Killing and consuming a cow is considered a terrible sin. In modern day India, still, there are many provinces, in which the slaughter of cows is illegal. Hence the result of cows roaming freely all over India, even along the busy streets of major cities like Delhi and Mumbai.
For this reason, most Hindus are vegetarian, but not necessarily vegan. Organic milk, yogurt, buttermilk, paneer (homemade cheese) and ghee, are all not only considered highly nutritious but form an important part of the Indian cuisine.
Around the world, but especially in India, cow dung is saved and used as fuel, since it contains methane, which can generate heat and electricity. Traditionally, village homes are plastered with a mud/cow dung mixture, insulating from extreme hot and cold temperatures. Cow dung contains many minerals, and makes an excellent fertilizer. There is a big organic farming movement in India, returning to ancient methods of utilizing cow dung, in order to re-mineralize the depleted soil.
Besides their milk, cows also provide many practical and physical purposes. Therefore, cows are considered a true bliss in rural and agricultural communities. Farmers use bulls to plough their fields and as means of transportation of goods. Also Lord Shiva’s trusted vehicle is Nandi– the sacred bull.
It is in this context, that the holy cow, has another symbolic meaning; being used synonymously or as a metaphor, for indicating a vessel, more specifically, the car.
This stainless steel white bull, or ‘bule’ (in Indonesian), amulet pendant, was specifically blessed in a ritual to prevent against accidents, or traffic related damage and theft.
Due to its strength, being all stainless steel, this masculine talisman, could serve as a pendant, worn on the driver’s necklace but even as keychain hanger for one’s car keys or hanging from the rear view mirror, as accessory in any car, to assure a safe trip.
Chanting the Hanuman Sadhana below over the talisman, whenever entering or driving a car or any other vehicle, invokes the amulet with your personal highly effective consciousness:
Hanuman Sadhana mantra for safe Driving:
ॐ नमो भगवते अंजनी पुत्राय स्वाहा
OM NAMO BHAGAVATE ANJANEE PUTRAAY SVAAHAA