Once upon a time there was a cattle rancher. And there was also a cattle rancher’s wife. One day the cattle rancher’s wife started giving names to the cattle. The cattle rancher said, you shouldn’t give them names. But she did anyway. As the cattle rancher’s wife began to recognize the cattle by name, she also began to know their individual personalities. And she began to care about them and love them, not just as “cattle” but as pets. Sometimes she would sing to them, and they would contentedly lay down right next to her and just listen. The cattle rancher was upset with his wife. How can we run a cattle ranching business and kill the cattle for meat if all the cattle have names and are pets? Then the wife stopped eating meat and become a vegan and showed her care for the living beings! Now there was real friction in the marriage, and the cattle rancher and his wife didn’t get along. The cattle rancher’s wife started a blog about her life as vegan.
She tried to an example of how we should live life – not as a cruel master or even an exploiter, but as a caretaker of all living beings. In other words, she tried to live a life based on karma yoga where one dedicated his or her life for serving God and others rather than living for just to oneself. She began to earn money from it, and offered to buy all the cattle from her husband. But after thinking about it, the cattle rancher began to agree with his wife. He liked having the cattle as pets, and he even became a vegan too. And now the cattle rancher and his wife and all the cows and bulls live happily together on the ranch, which has become an animal sanctuary where animals are never killed for meat. See this video embedded below which speaks about how we can achieve the true happiness and realize the futility of the superficiality.
The life of cattle couple is a real, true story. But it’s an unusual and rare story. It’s one nice story in the midst of innumerable sad stories about farm animals in America. Most cattle, indeed practically all farm animals in America, do not get to live out their lives safely and happily at animal sanctuaries. They are raised for food for human beings on factory farms in conditions which are filthy, cruel, and inhumane. Their life is full of pain, misery, and suffering, and at the end they are transported and slaughtered in ways that most people would be shocked and horrified to hear about, let alone see. But of course, most of us rarely see or hear about or see these things, it’s just too unpleasant. And it would be terrible for business. you can learn more about real love and the science of yoga & identity from here.