9495Re: Dog Tales
- Oct 5, 2003Thank you, Jan. Your wonderful thoughts regarding animals touched my
heart. I toolove them so much. How is it that some humans do not
feel the same way?
--- In email@example.com, Jan <starbirdgarden@b...> wrote:
> For dog friends. Those who do not care for dogs, please pass.
> ....A renegade among well bred dogs is the Mongrel. I like
> do their own thing.... I watched one helpfully watering pots of
> plants at the garden centre last week....improving the scent, no
> its own unique doggy fertilizing fluid .......
> Rudolf Steiner - " Group-egos are wise, but they are still lacking
> something, they do not know what love is. Love can only be found
> with wise individuality in man. In animals, the love is not in the
> but in the individual animals. The wise organization underlying the
> group-ego is still devoid of love. Animals have love down below on
> physical world and their wisdom up on the astral plane. Once we
> we will be able to unde4rstand many things" June 7 1908
> Companion animals are a way into such necessary understanding for
> Our two Black Scottish terriers, Mungo and Morag passed into
> of the Salamanders some years ago, but their aura of protective
> still perceptibly woven into the family and environs.
> Scotties have very pronounced characters and are not terribly
> training. They don't see the point of it. People encountering our
> to say that they were very nearly Individualized beings. Certainly
> see how dogs and domestic animals generally cannot simply go back
> group ego at death.
> Scottish Terriers are really big barrel chested, large jawed
> short legs which is why they have a deep bark and terrifying growl.
> Terriers, as their name implies, are closely related to the element
> and like most dogs, and have abundant life forces.
> Of course, not everyone loves or understands dogs. A friend,
> great dog lover, who had not previously met Mungo and Morag, made a
> wile I was out. Someone let him in and he sat down to wait for me.
> coming to investigate, was patted, and instantly took our friend's
> between his jaws in a very gentle but quite inexorable grip.
> tried to withdraw his arm, the grip was slightly but meaningfully
> Mungo's eyes never leaving his face. He had picked up on an unease
> dogs, and was not sure of the visitor's friend-foe status, so
decided on a
> holding procedure, which he maintained until I returned some time
> Luckily, our visitor was not annoyed, and became dog friend.
> A Welsh Collie I know regards humans as sheep. (Perhaps he'll
> politician!) His owners have a farm as well as a property in
> they sometimes bring the Collie. Here, he herds people. They are
> to come into the house, but not to leave which he regards as an
> escape. He deftly rounds them up, nipping their ankles, until
> commanded by his owner. Unsuspecting visitors have been confined to
> for hours. A man I knew who loved and worked with Welsh Collies
> that they had totally unpredictable temperaments, and were among
> dogs who would calmly meet your gaze and then bite you.
> Most evenings, over the years I would sit beneath the Bullace
> by the house, with a Scottie on either side of me. This was our
> reflection hour in the holiness and quiet of sweetly breathing
> watching the flowers and the stars begin to glow and shine as dusk
> A gift that humans can bestow upon animals is Peace. Human
> meditation bring them something more than they can reach for
> something more than nature gives them. Animals, while awake, can
> rest. They have to remain alert to save their lives, or else are
> some scent, imperative or impulse. Mungo rarely relaxed completely
> garden; even when he slept, an ear was always cocked. There was the
> constant danger of a cheeky squirrel risking the fence, or a bird
> alight on the bird table. We won't mention cats..... But as the sky
> they would both sit perfectly still in the benevolent aura of the
> me in a sharing, contemplative silence.
> An echoing memory of this came to me when I sat recently, now
> dogless, on that same seat, with a squirrel softly grooming itself
> feet, while another lay full length on a branch by my shoulder,
> quietly. We stayed thus for a long time in a deep
> they seemed to me to be more than squirrels as I usually knew them,
> once of the imperative to eat, store food or bicker among
> The dogs, perhaps, now bring me thoughts..... Scotties do not
> sticks. Any sticks that they acquire they prefer to keep. But are
> thought retrievers now? Darting between human and Angel, bringing me
> enlivening fire? Am I chewing over concepts and ideas as they once
> knotty sticks? Certainly those quiet hours are fruitful, rich and
> as birds sing evening prayers and calm befalls the soul of all
> During the dog-days of this summer, we have shared thoughts,
> of the Salamanders, on bees, insects, butterflies and the
> work with and accompany them, and much, much else beside. A whole
> thought has been woven between us all. Warmth, as well as light was
> harvested, friendships forged or re-formed out of ancient links,
> inscribed afresh in the sensitive ethers.
> So the interaction of human and animal is also manifold,
> various and full of potential for the future. To the animals we
> gods. Our deeds have long consequences or shadows.
> Rudolf Steiner - " We know that in the course of evolution man has
> inflicted pain on the animals, that he has killed the animals. One
> learns to know the Karma of human life often finds it unjust that
> animal, which does not reincarnate, should suffer, should bear
> even, in the case of the higher animals, should go through death
> certain consciousness. Should no Karmic compensation take place
> Naturally, the human being has to make a karmic compensation in
> the pain which he inflicts on animals, but I am not speaking of
this now; I
> am speaking of the compensation for the animals. Let us make one
> clear: if we consider human evolution, we see how much pain man has
> over the animal kingdom and how many animals he has killed. What
> pains and these deaths mean in the course of evolution?
> Occult study shows us that every pain which is inflicted on a
> pain-feeling being other than man, every death, is a seed for the
> Animals, as they are willed by the progressive divine evolution,
> destined to have incarnations like man.
> But if a change comes into this wisdom filled world plan, if
> intervenes and does not leave the evolution of the animals to be as
> have been without man, what happens then? Now, you see, occult
> teaches us that every pain, every death, inflicted by man on the
> will return and arise again, not through reincarnation, but because
> death have been inflicted on the animals. The pain and suffering
> animality again. These animals on which pain has been inflicted
> again, though not in the same form; but that which feels pain in
> comes again.
> It comes again in such a way that the sufferings of the
> compensated, so that to every pain a complementary feeling is
> pains, these sufferings, this death, these are the seed which man
> they return in such a way that to every pain its contrary feeling
> in the future. To use a concrete example: when Earth is replaced by
> Jupiter, the animals will not appear in their present form, but
> and sufferings will awaken the forces for the feeling of pain.
> live in men, and will embody themselves as parasitic animals in men.
> Out of the sensations and feelings of these men, out of their
> the compensation will be created. This is the occult truth, which
> stated objectively and unadorned even if it is not pleasant to the
> today. Man will one day suffer this, and the animals will have, in
> certain well being, in a pleasant feeling, the compensation for
> This already happens slowly and gradually in the course of present
> no matter how strange this seems.
> Why are men plagued by beings which are really neither animals
> plants, but stand between the two, by bacilli and similar
> feel a wellbeing when man suffers? They have brought this upon
> in earlier incarnations through inflicting pain and death on
> the being, through not appearing in the same form, feels this
> and feels the compensation for its pains in the suffering which man
> undergo." end quote from lecture 2 The Three Paths of the Soul to
> There is no need for cruelty. The very active 84 year old
sister of my
> best friend co founded and directs DLRM in the UK (Doctors and
> Responsible Medicine) which seeks to prove, purely scientifically,
> vivisection is not efficacious. That it is in fact is conducive of
> and is chiefly a legal cover and smoke screen for the big
> Horse riding for the physically and mentally disabled is a growing
> therapeutic trend. Visiting dogs and cats are used more and more
> in hospitals and old folks homes to aid recovery and doubtless more
> just a transfer of etheric energies is at work. A warm
> animal and human being must surely facilitate the healing
> ability to work into the aura of the sick person, and the animals,
> spiritually enriched by human attention, do not seem to become
> depleted but enjoy their participation. Christ works in all healing
> processes and I believe that His love flows in such interactions,
> benefit of all. This seems to me the proper way way to go.
> Is what Mabel Collins, Anna Bonus Kingsford and others
called 'The Infamy
> of Vivisection' perhaps partly responsible for mutating viruses and
> arising out of darkened science which are now so threatening to
> being? Experimenting upon animals to improve human health and
> creating hostile parasites and baccili is ironic, to say the least!
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