9498Re: [anthroposophy] Re: Dog Tales
- Oct 6, 2003
Re: [anthroposophy] Re: Dog TalesOn 5/10/03 6:02 pm, "soniaeasley2002" <soniaeasley2002@...> wrote:
Thank 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?
I just don’t know. Surely loving and caring for animals can only add to the stature of humanity? We have a great debt and responsibility towards the animals, it is one of the duties of human-kind and we cannot expect the world to go well with us all if we coldly exploit other sentient beings. The warmth and love which animals give in return for the smallest kindness is overwhelming. They are also capable of loving inter-species animal relationships. There are horse sanctuaries where the horses, donkeys, goats and cows form lifelong ties of friendship, and remain in small friendly groups by their own choice, a blind animal led everywhere by its friend, for example. That is one way of animal living. The prevalent way is to regard them as a ‘product’ or a ‘crop’.
So lovely to hear from you, another animal friend.
Go gently, Jan
--- 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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