Few days back, I was in Haridwar, the most revered pilgrimage destinations. A very soft and calm atmosphere is bestowed by nature on it. The sight of Maa Ganga is overwhelming. She flows with distinctive simplicity. Seeing all the beautiful scenes of the city, we reached the Ashram where we stayed. It was almost noon, I decided to walk by myself and see the city. Like most of the villages and non metropolitan cities, all the shops were closed for the afternoon siesta.
I walked a few yards away from the ashram and saw a beautiful black cow near the water handpump. She was searching for some traces of water at the borders of it. I understood her gesture and said to her, ‘Do you wish to drink water? Wait’.
I immediately started pumping the water and she started licking the water happily. I waited there and then to my surprise she lifted her head up closer to me and smiled. This was new for me. I had never seen a cow smiling back. The entire thing just made me feel happy and blessed. I asked her, ‘Do you want more?’, and pumped few more times, she then licked the water and went her way.
Since then, I try to do a good deed daily. Also, the Ashram where we stayed had a Goshala where I along with Jayval (a young friend) used to give tomatoes, spinach and rotis to cows. There, too, a cow was fond of being petted. She loved petting below her neck, whenever I did that she would turn her head straight 90 degree and it put on my shoulder. I had never experienced such love. I would hug her gently petting her, whispering in her ears, ‘Om namo bhagwate’.
The whole experience was amazing. I don’t know how to frame this love. The only bond we all have is Love.
The language that connects humans and animals is Love.