A while ago, I spotted a beautiful cow walking leisurely ahead of me. I reached the main road that was buzzing with insane traffic and I was about to cross the road when something made me turn around. I saw the cow standing on a huge pile of garbage, rummaging for a bite. To my horror, I saw her munching on a polythene bag and trying to get to its contents. It had almost fully disappeared into her mouth.
No part of me wanted to climb onto that stinking dump, except my heart. So, I climbed on it, feeling gross only for a few seconds, I put my hand into her mouth and pulled out the bag. She was quite surprised at my bad behaviour, but ignoring me,continued chewing. Then ensued a tug of war between my hand and her sandpapery tongue. Had it been any other animal, I would’ve been in big trouble. She finally let go and I stood waving the polythene in my hand like a victory flag, but only for a bit before realising that this was not the last time this gentle, unsuspecting creature would have to deal with plastic business. Anyhow, I allowed myself the joy of the moment as I walked away.
Whenever possible, I try to get bananas or spinach leaves for stray cows on the road. They do seem to swallow it in one breath, but it’s fun to watch them eat. They usually don’t eat junk food, except if it’s real food wrapped in junk.
Cows are magnificent, one look into those melting eyes and you can see truth and purity of their heart and deep acceptance of life, even when abandoned or abused. They just remain calm having given their all, at peace with what life has to offer. Mindfully chewing on it all, bit by bit.
They’re content with just a loving pat on their velvety soft heads too, if nothing else.
All beings deserve respect and are truly special. Waste segregation is critical.