This is narrated by Shree Jagganat who is now 85 years old. The incident took place in 1940’s when India was yet to gain independence. Jagganat is a gosevak and has several stories of glories of gauseva that changed the life of people.
With a heavy heart Shyamala; the dedicated gosevika of Bilaspur village in Uttar Pradesh; gave the consent to her only son; Jagdish, to get married to a foreign girl from England. He had fallen in love with Vivian during his three years stay in UK for his higher studies in law. Shyamala’s deepest concern was would a girl from altogether different culture adjust in new surroundings? And this became the greatest cause of her anxiety! But the karmas of past life couldn’t be changed without fructifying; thinking this she accepted English daughter-in-law.
The excitement of coming to a new household and unacquainted rich Indian culture was so immense that she adapted to loving environment and almost forgot all about her old ways and dressing styles. Soon she learned the difficult names, diet plans and habits as well as shades of all the gomatas in the huge household campus. She loved and served Rohini, Mahendri, Kalyani, Daugdari, Shataudana, Kamdhenu, Pawani, Bhadra, Indrani, Archya, Savitri and Gayatri with rapt attention and care.
Shyamala started feeling that she is the happiest person in the whole world as she has got the most ideal daughter-in-law one could ever think of getting. Once when Susan, Vivian’s childhood companion came to visit her for a few days, Vivian explained the amazing meanings of all the names given so thoughtfully to the cows in the household.
Rohini ( one who keeps on moving), Mahendri( the goddess who strengthens the senses), Kalyani ( the all benevolent), Daugdhari ( the giver of milk), Shataudna ( the one who produces the milk sufficient for hundred people), Pawani( the purifier), Bhadra( one benefits others with her Darshan), Archaya ( the worshipable), Savitri (the one incarnated from the energy of the sun), and Gayatri ( the Vitalizer of life force).
Years flew passed like they had wings. Shyamala increasingly became impatient to see the face of her grandson. But Vivian couldn’t conceive whatever efforts she put in. When Vivian saw disappointment in Shyamala’s eyes her heart drowned in the darkest despair but she did not know what to do. She prayed to God ardently and did all types of penances recommended but her desire was not fulfilled.
Shyamala poured out her grief in front of her Guru Maharaj with sobs and tears welled up in her eyes, who happened to visit her that summer. He smiled and called Jagdish and told him if his wife was ready to do goseva then they could easily beget children. Vivian asked for the instruction from Guruji and pledged to do as told.
Vivian would get up early in the morning clean up the sheds, feed, bathe the cows and gave them fresh water to drink. Jagdish too did as instructed by guruji and to everyone’s amazement, Vivian conceived within three months. Vivian is a happy mother of three children now! Shyamala is old and rejoices in the company of grandsons and granddaughter.
Vivian’s English relatives and friends find it hard to believe her story of faith but Vivian glorifies GAUSEVA and tells everyone to take up cow conservation to make their life sublime! After all, Kamdhenu is aptly called “Giver of all the Desires!”