The Vedic Sanskrit word for war, gavisti, literally
means "searching for cows", "desire for more cows"
During the pastoral stage of the Vedic society, the
main object of wealth was cattle.
The Kshatriyas (warrior caste) of every tribe had
the function of not only acquiring cattle reared by other tribes, but also protect the
cattle that belonged to their own tribe. Thus the Vedic word for war was gavisti
which literally means "searching for cows".
Kshatriyas are known as the protectors of cows. Gautam Buddha, was born a Kshatriya.