Dear All, my name is Hemal Randerwala and I will be writing the Blog for the Go Dharmic campaign. The inspirations behind this campaign are too many to list here but I will briefly try to describe what we are trying to promote and why.
The Go Dharmic campaign is the result of many months of research, development meetings and discussions between a wide variety of individuals and organisations. There is a clear disconnect between what peoples religions and traditions teach them and their purchasing habits.
We believe that all religions, but particularly the Dharmic traditions place emphasis on caring for all living beings. Millions have been inspired by the east to live more ethically by going organic, vegetarian and vegan. These choices are often made from an inner responsibility to do the right thing. This is a Dharmic choice.
The predicament faced by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, vegetarians and all people who care about animal welfare is that Slaughter free milk does not have a nationwide presence. Many are unable or unwilling to live a vegan lifestyle but still want a better life for the cows they take milk from.
The Go Dharmic campaign is a pledge to wherever possible use Organic Milk.
By taking this pledge we collectively vote for what we believe in, we purchase from farmers who are willing to let cows live more naturally, and channel the demand for more Dharmic practices in all that we support. From the Mahabharata we learn that Dharma is subtle and making the right choices is often not easy. Mahatma Gandhi said on his quest for truth:
“It is not given to man to know the whole Truth. His duty lies in living up to the truth as he sees it, and in doing so, to resort to the purest means, i.e., to non-violence.
Nobody in this world possesses absolute truth. This is God’s attribute alone. Relative truth is all we know. Therefore, we can only follow the truth as we see it. Such pursuit of truth cannot lead anyone astray.”
Following in these footsteps, we must make conscious decisions about what we purchase and we believe pledging to purchase organic milk is a Dharmic first step towards a slaughter free dairy industry. The relationship between cows and Humans has developed over thousands of years, through promoting compassion, love, and responsibility we hope to help renew this relationship.
Go Organic, Go Dharmic.