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This story has been in our local news nearly every day for the last month or so. It's amazing how it has escalated, Assembly Members have been involved, it's gone to court... incredible.

I'm probably missing something in my ignorance of Hinduism, but I don't know why it has to be this bull, can't they replace it?

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 05:00:26 AM EST
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But this bull is sacred!

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 05:03:17 AM EST
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What makes it scared? can't another bull be sacred? Aren't all cows sort of sacred anyway?
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 05:22:35 AM EST
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Ah, typo... but a fairly apt one. Scared and sacred.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 05:23:28 AM EST
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I don't know what makes it sacred, but once it's sacred I suppose it's not right to kill it. And to revoke its sacred status in order to kill it is cheating.

Clearly, if the goverment comes and kills the bull, they'll get a new sacred one, but I wouldn't expect them to kill it or give it up voluntarily.

Ah, the wonders of multiculturalism.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 05:33:46 AM EST
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Nandi bull - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nandi/Nandhi (Sanskrit: नंदी), a hindu god, is the bull which Lord Shiva rides and the gate keeper of the Shiva according to Hindu mythology. An idol of Nandi facing the main shrine will be seen in every Siva temple . There are also a number of temples dedicated solely to Nandi.

Comments on: Shambo: temple cow on death row

Brothers and Sisters Om Namaha Shivaya It appears to me the dwellers in Skanda Vale seek your support. They are truly prepared to stand up for the tenets of Prem, Shanti and Ahimsa. They do not wish to seek conflict with the authorities but have had this calamity forced upon them by the authorities (and the divine mother in her divine leela). Make no mistake friends this a conflict on par with any of those in the Mahabharata, a pivotal moment in the history of Hinduism in the west. If the Judge finds against the community on Monday they are prepared to offer passive resistance in the form of conducting puja around the bull when the vets come. It is not the mere physical bull which is the problem but it's symbolic significance as a temple animal. Are you prepared to stand together with the skanda vale brothers and sisters. I am. I do not encourage mindless martyrdom, but with cool heads and hearts burning with devotion I implore you to journey and physically be there and show peaceful solidarity so that dharma may be upheld.

Ahimsa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ahimsa (Devanagari: अहिंसा; IAST ahiṃsā) is a Sanskrit term meaning non-violence (literally: the avoidance of violence - himsa). It is an important part of Buddhism, Hinduism, and especially Jainism appearing within the Hindu scriptures called the Upanishads[1], the oldest of which date to about 800 BCE. The concept is detailed in the Bhagavad Gita and the Puranas, as well as Jain and Buddhist texts.

In its Eastern form the principle of ahimsa was significantly promoted in the West by Mahatma Gandhi, whose non-violent resistance movement, satyagraha, influenced various civil rights movements led by others, such as Martin Luther King Jr.

Ahimsa is part of the 5 principles called yama, which together with the 5 niyamas build sort of like th 10 commandments.

by Fran on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 05:27:29 AM EST
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I do quite admire the approach they have taken in trying to defend the symbolism of the bull. Thanks for the info, Fran.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 05:46:58 AM EST
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