ANIMALS are just instinctual machines, most people believe. But it’s not true.
Controlled scientific studies suggest there are powerful spiritual and intellectual forces embedded in the kingdoms of nature.
In the 17th Century, René Descartes, dubbed the “Father of Modern Philosophy,” started us thinking the wrong way.
“Descartes held the living animal as being simply an automaton,” H. P. Blavatsky comments in her article Have Animals Souls — “a ‘well wound up clock-work,’ according to Malebranche” — to which she countered:
“One who adopts the Cartesian theory about the animal, would do as well to accept at once the views of the modern materialists.”
Koko and Tabby
A woman who clearly did not subscribe to the Cartesian theory, found a young lion injured in the forest on the brink of death. She took it home with her and nursed it back to health.
Later she made arrangements with an animal rescue group to take the lion.
Some time passed before the woman had a chance to visit. A video was taken when she walked up to the lion’s cage to see how he was doing. Watch the lion’s reaction when he sees her!
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THE Sanskrit word “Dharana” is defined as “the intense and perfect concentration of the mind upon some one interior object.”
This intense focus is “accompanied by complete abstraction from everything pertaining to the external Universe, or the world of the senses.”
Further, The Voice of the Silence instructs its aspiring students: “from the stronghold of your Soul, chase all your foes away—ambition, anger, hatred, e’en to the shadow of desire—when even you have failed.”
The devotional books Light on the Path, (“Kill out ambition…”), and The Voice of the Silence, (“let the Disciple slay the Slayer”), are metaphors for self-control as we pursue a spiritual path.
Similarly, the setting of the Bhagavad-Gita is on the plain of a great battlefield called “Kurukshetra.” This plain is considered sacred, and is symbolic, W. Q. Judge says in his essay, “of the body which is acquired by karma.”
This metaphorical “killing” or “slaying,” is not contrary to the Buddhist and Hindu doctrine of “Ahimsa” (harmlessness). It refers rather to inner control over our physical senses, ambition, intellect, etc.—and to resolving our personal karmic challenges, including non-violence and non-separateness.
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