(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 5 November 2021, Simhachalam, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.25.19)
So Vrndavana is just covered by cows. When you came to Vrndavana at the time of Krsna, you would hear the mooing of cows everywhere, and there was milking of cows everywhere too. The milk was being churned everywhere too. The cowshed of Nanda Maharaja was enormous. There were nine hundred thousand cows. And how many cows do we have here? Almost nine. So there were almost a hundred thousand times more cows at the cowshed of Nanda Maharaj, can you imagine?! I mean if we had nine hundred thousand cows here, then where would they all go? There would be cows everywhere. I mean you would come into your ashrama and you would find a cow sleeping in your bed. (laughter) Cows are all over – “Mum there are cows in the shower. There are cows in the kitchen. There are cows everywhere!” You’d look out of the window and they would be everywhere; nine hundred thousand cows! But Nanda Maharaj was not the only one who had cows. Maharaj Vrsabhanu had two million cows. His cows were all over the place.
We hear how Krsna and Balarama would go to the forest in the morning and They were accompanied by unlimited cowherd boys and each one of the unlimited cowherd boys had unlimited calves. There would be more calves than cows! Usually, if you do not control the breeding, then you have more kids than parents and that is how it usually is. If there were more calves than cows at that time, then you can imagine how many there were in total?! And there were buffalos as well! In the morning, at the cowshed of Nanda Maharaj, there was like a wide river of cows coming out and there was another cowshed where there was like a black river of buffalos. In this way, they would all go to the forest. Cows, cows and more cows. In Govardhana, vardhana means to increase the number of cows which increases the pleasure of the cows. So in this way, it’s all about the cows!