When human beings are conceived, they stay in the mother's womb for about 9 months, more or less, and during this time, all sustenance of the unborn child is received through the mother. When this baby is born, he or she continues to thrive the best when the food is his or her mother's milk. The love of a mother, then, is not only something emotional that the mother feels, but this love is hard wired in the very biological makeup of our physical bodies. It is almost as if nature itself acknowledges this close bond, showing that love is the most natural thing that fulfills our needs. Isn't that inspiring?
This mother's love, though-- whether emotionally or biologically expressed-- is not exclusive to human beings. Nonhuman animals experience the same bond; and their bodies indicate just as much. A mother cow also carries her baby for a term of 9 months, just like us. When her baby is born, her milk is meant for her baby, just like us. The sad reality is that we have forgotten this natural law, and through disconnection, we mistakenly think that a mother cow's milk is "given" to us. When we make this grave mistake of consuming animal milk, we become an accomplice to the tearing away of the baby from his or her mother, and we dishonor the mother's love.
Being a yogi means becoming aware of the impact of our thoughts, words, and actions. First, we honor our own mother. We honor the life our birth mother has given to us, providing us with our first food and our first shelter. Then, we honor those who stood as our mothers through their nurturing and compassion. Lastly, we bear witness to this mother's love occurring all throughout nature; and not only that, we acknowledge this love by allowing this love to be expressed from mother to child, regardless of circumstances, regardless of species, regardless of convenience to us. A significant way for us to be part and parcel of mother's love across species is to choose to be vegan. It is in respect to the natural law that we let all mothers love their children with the freedom both mother and child deserve to have.
Note: Dairy products have the result of breaking a mother's heart. As much as the mother loves her child, her calf is kidnapped from her so that the milk of the mother can be used for commercial products instead of food for her baby. Kindly watch this: https://youtu.be/SYJPbrxdn8w