Use of Cowdung (गोबर) and Urine (गोमूत्र)

Cowdung (गोबर) and Urine (गोमूत्र) of a देसी गाय have been used widely by Ayurveda as पंचगव्य and is said to cure many diseases. The use of these have also been suggested in natural-based skin-care like soaps. But according to चरणानुयोग, should we use these two?

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Nope, these are abhakshya

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Technically, they come under abhakṣya but then one also needs to look into where we stand and whether one has consciously made the decision to not consume other grosser levels of abhakṣya like the allopathy medicines.
I can surely say that the gomūtra and the cow-dung is any day a lesser abhakṣya as compared to vaccines and pills of the modern medicine (allopathy).
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Recently, a month ago, there was a talk organized by the Shri Parshvanath Presidential Chair of Jain Studies at University of California, Irvine, hosted by Prof. Brianne Donaldson, on:

Alternatives to Animal Testing Replacement, Reduction & Refinement in Practice

The lecture was delivered by Dr. Kathrin Herrmann (CAAT - Centre for Alternatives to Animal Testing)

I would just like to illustrate the above point by referring to these numbers that were mentioned during the talk (have added the time-stamp - https://youtu.be/9daxtYixcpg?t=2128):


192 million is 19.2 crores. This is the average number of animals that are used for research purposes per year. There is hardly any drug that is launched in the market before it is experimented on animals. The entire talk is worth listening to.

See more on this on PETA, Cruelty Free International among other sources.

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