Why do Hindus worship cows ?

Question: When someone asks, “Do Hindus worship cows,” what is the answer? What is the connection between Hinduism and cows? Answer: We must understand that in ancient India, predominantly an agricultural country, the cow was a symbol of wealth because it was expensive to buy a cow and maintain it. Only a few fortunate folks could afford multiple cows. It was an […]

How is ‘human life’ different from ‘animal life’?

Question: I am wondering that the ideal way to live is: be in the present moment without worrying. No desires even desire for liberation is not necessary as it may become a craving ragga /dvesha. Everything is a happening. Then what is the difference between us and animals? Yes, we have VIVEKA ability to discriminate […]

Alligator Karma!

 Question: I read about a crocodile/alligator grabbing a child in a national park and eating it. I felt very sad.  I think it is wrong to say that it was that little child’s karma.  Is it not allowing the culprit to run free if we keep blaming the victim for his/her karma? Answer: It might […]

Consciousness in animals and immaterial objects

Question: Since immaterial objects and animals have no mind, are they pure consciousness? (I feel like I’ve asked this before and you gave a simple answer, but not simple enough for me to remember!) Answer: The mind started developing with the first janma (birth) itself. Remember, how one gets out of the pool of consciousness? […]