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Dear Prabhus, please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Here’s an idea that would give the cows and oxen a fun thing to do with their time, and would also allow them to earn their keep.
The idea is that we would build a contraption that they could play on that would also generate electricity.
The contraption would consist of a ramp leading up to a platform.
The ox walks up the ramp onto the platform.
When the ox is completely on the platform, he would push a lever in front of him that would cause a door to close behind him, and the platform to be released.
The platform would then be allowed to be slowly lowered to the ground, due to the weight of the ox, and would be connected to a system of gears which would charge batteries by causing an electrical generator to turn at high speed.
After the platform is on the ground, a door would open in front of the ox, and the ox would walk forward into a pen.
When the ox was completely off of the platform, he would push a second lever in front of him.
Pushing this lever would cause the door to close behind him, the platform to be released, so that springs could return it to it’s upward position, and a special treat to be released.
After the treat was eaten by the ox, a door in front of him would open, so that he could go out and graze, or walk up the ramp again for more fun and treats!
I believe that the cows and oxen would enjoy this activity so much, that there would be a constant line waiting to get on that platform!
Old cows and oxen could be put in a separate pasture that has one of these same contraptions, but with a more gently sloping ramp, and perhaps not such a high platform.
If we wanted to get really sophisticated, a video camera could monitor the whole operation to make sure everything was working, and that no cow or ox got into trouble. An automatic transmission could vary the gear ratio depending upon the weight of the animal. Sound and video effects could be added to make the experience even more fun and enjoyable for Krsna’s cows!
Many of the parts for this “gizmo” are already available “off the shelf,” I’ve been told, as they are currently being manufactured for automated slaughter houses.
Cow protection is one of the keys to successful varnasrama-dharma, so this idea may be an important step toward fulfilling one of Srila Prabhupada’s most cherished desires!
Pratyatosa Dasa (pratyatosa.com)
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