Mother Cow not Just an Animal

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.01.18-19 - Mother Cow not Just an Animal (download mp3)
by Vrishabhanu Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.1.18
gaur bhutvasru-mukhi khinna
krandanti karunam vibhoh
upasthitantike tasmai

Mother earth assumed the form of a cow. Very much distressed, with tears in her eyes, she appeared before Lord Brahma and told him about her misfortune.

SB 10.1.19
brahma tad-upadharyatha
saha devais taya saha
jagama sa-tri-nayanas
tiram ksira-payo-nidheh

Thereafter, having heard of the distress of mother earth, Lord Brahma, with mother earth, Lord Siva and all the other demigods, approached the shore of the ocean of milk.

After Lord Brahma understood the precarious condition of the earth, he first visited the demigods headed by Lord Indra, who are in charge of the various affairs of this universe, and Lord Siva, who is responsible for annihilation. Both maintenance and annihilation go on perpetually, under the order of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. As stated in Bhagavad-gita (4.8), paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya ca duskrtam. Those who are obedient to the laws of God are protected by different servants and demigods, whereas those who are undesirable are vanquished by Lord Siva. Lord Brahma first met all the demigods, including Lord Siva. Then, along with mother earth, they went to the shore of the ocean of milk, where Lord Visnu lies on a white island, Svetadvipa.