The Milking Monk?
When I was a teen and living on the farm just outside of Blenheim, Ontario, my dad would wake me up at 5:30 a.m. to milk the family cows. It was routine to tie her legs in order that she would not kick the bucket of milk over and cause a spill. Cows do that at times. When I read in scripture that Krishna, as a boy, had done so with His cows before milking, I found it so relatable.
I personally didn’t like it when a cow would kick and sometimes succeed in relieving herself and plopping a whole leg inside the milk pail with the white and foamy liquid content inside. It, no doubt, ‘spoiled the batch’, so to speak.
Cows are generous in releasing their ‘liquid religiosity’, as our guru put it, but they do in fact sometimes kick. I see many people are like this in their own behaviour. There’s a kindness and goodness in everyone, however, there’s also a stubborn and sometimes cantankerous side to them.
After all, no one is perfect, except for you know who.
In my travels, whether on foot, flight or fleet, I come upon people who are a blessing and curse at the same time. Of course, I must include myself. I find it always helps to highlight the good side in an individual and dwell less on what is pejorative. I prefer to think of a cow who bears charitable milk—and let’s assume here that it’s ahimsa milk; milk from a protected cow—rather than a cow who kicks, or is cranky at times.
May the Source be with you!