A government agency in India established to protect cows has claimed that that the sprinkling of the animals’ urine can protect people from ‘evil forces like Dracula and Satan’.
According to The Times of India, the Gauseva and Gauchar Vikas Board, made the claim in a document called Aarogya Geeta, which sets out the benefits of the milk, dung and urine of cows.
In it, the board cites the fictional character Dracula as proof of the Western world’s belief in ghosts and the diseases they can cause, claiming that:
Only cow urine can keep ghosts at bay. Many diseases occur if evil forces or ghosts enter the human body. These are called ‘Bhootmishtang’ diseases in the shashtras [Hindu scriptures].
Explaining how cow urine can combat the diseases caused by supernatural forces, the Aarogya Geeta say:
Lord Shankar is the god of all ghosts and the Ganga lives in his hair. Nandi (the holy bull in Hindu belief) is a vehicle of Lord Shankar.
Cow urine contains the Ganga. Ghosts run away from cow urine because Nandi was the son of Gau Mata or mother cow.
Modern science does not accept the existence of ghosts, but various civilisations accept the existence of ghosts, vampires, evil forces and witches. Western Christian civilization accepts the existence of Dracula. Many films were made on it. Islamic beliefs accept the existence of Satan.
Dr Vallabh Kathiria, chairman of the board, said that the views regarding ghosts or Dracula in the advisory document is those of the writer.
However, he maintained that research should be conducted on the existence of ghosts and other supernatural elements.
Today, people do not believe in ghosts and satanic powers, but there is a scope of research in this area.