Crime…heinous, monstrous, grotesque and gruesome is escalating. Men, women, children, animals are affected…and thus so, the environment. According to the Police, as well as Psychoanalysts, many a time, crime committed on humans, especially women, sees its beginning in offenses and abusive atrocities, however minor or atrocious, committed on animals.
Compassion towards all creatures is the greatest virtue, wilful injury to any creature is the worst vice. – Baba
Hurting someone is a crime. Hurting any living being is like hurting Me. – Baba
Recently a friend’s Rottweiler suffered immense agony due to physical abuse akin to an act of molestation. A handle of a skipping rope, 12 cm long, was inserted into her. The family members were shattered…overridden with guilt for having overlooked her care…a small lapse – the side gate of their home was somehow left unlocked, due to which Lucy slipped out of the gate unnoticed, into the hands of perverts. She was operated upon after a gap of about 12 hours as this horrifyingly gruesome incident took place at night. (http://www.sakaaltimes.com/20130306/5590567201929782362.htm)
A breach of trust occurred here for Lucy apparently knew and trusted the culprits…as she did not bark or resist their initial overtures…and then it was too late. By the time an alarm was raised, the offenders had completed their malevolent act on an innocent being, that had obviously blundered by following its natural instinct – to trust.“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” – Immanuel Kant, German Philosopher.
This is just one such case. There are many, many such cases that are not reported and sadly not given any attention. Animals have their own lives to lead… they are not here…to dance to our tune or to do silly circus tricks or remain as our slaves or end up as food on our plates…they are not here to pander to human will and fancy…acts that selfishly stem from wanting to exercise control or gain that feeling of power, albeit over a helpless, defenseless being…deep rooted insecurities that lead to insensitive behaviour…complete disorientation…deviation from the path of truth….one that reeks of gross abuse and perversity.
“Animals did not come for the purpose of supplying food for human beings. They came to work out their own lives in the world. When a human being is dead, foxes and other animals may eat, but we have not come to provide food for those that eat the dead body; we have not come for that purpose. Similarly, man eats the animal but the animal has not come to provide man with food.” – Baba (Conversations with Sathya Sai Baba by John Hislop)
“To be non-violent to human beings and to be a killer or enemy of poor animals is Satan’s philosophy. In this age, there is always enmity against poor animals and therefore the poor creatures are always anxious. The reaction of poor animals is being forced upon human society and therefore there is always the strain of cold or hot war between men, individually, collectively or nationally.” – Srimad Bhagavatam 1:10:6 (Purport Lecture by Sri Stoka Krishna Dasa)
It is the inherent duty of each and every one of us to be ever vigilant, observant and on our guard, so as to immediately intervene, raise a voice and put an end to any such perpetration that one does come across in their daily life. Even if we hear of such incidences of extremely insensitive behaviour…indeed an act of violence on hapless beings, we need to act upon it. Quite often children, teenagers and young adults are the perpetrators…emulating what they have noticed in adults…who have gone unpunished.
If each individual doesn’t raise his/her voice and looks the other way…there will be no other way for human beings…as well as for Mother Earth. Undeniably our silence could eventually, at some point of time, spell a disastrous encounter for an innocent being…be it from the animal world or the human.
Mankind’s true moral test consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy – animals: and, in this respect, mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. – Milan Kundera, French author and critic.
It is time enough for us to scrutinize our own attitude…our approach to life…our very mindset. Have we ever truly practised – ‘Love All, Serve All’ ? This ‘All’ that our Beloved Bhagawan exhorted us ever so often to follow…as a commandment in our daily lives…refers to every bit in creation…not only human beings…for the Creator’s love…is as expansive as He is Infinite!
This ‘All’ is so ‘all encompassing’…extensive and profound!
In the same manner Manava Seva could be expanded to mean seva to all beings.
Most times criminals start their journey to the world of crime by inflicting pain and torture on innocent animals. When anyone notices any act of cruelty being inflicted by any person, be it a child, teenager or adult…every attempt possible should be made to confront them/report them/enlighten them…for if ignored society would keep getting burdened with more criminals…and we have no one else to blame…but ourselves.
Why be a wall…when we can adapt ourselves into becoming a bridge…that reconnects each of us to our inherent compassion that flows towards all creatures both great and small? There is a treasure trove of love within each of us waiting to gush forth embracing all of creation, even as our Beloved Creator intended it to, in order to obliterate the abyss of neglect, apathy, indifference and disregard that separates us from the rest of all created beings.
I have tried to open your hearts to unconditional love for all…this includes unconditional love for animals too! They have the same soul as you. – Sathya Sai Baba (21 Nov 1995)
Reverence for all life forms is required for compassion to increase and consciousness to expand…for mankind to take that gigantic leap towards an age that exudes harmony, concord and amity…and assists us in tracing our own divine nature! An accord that ensures the immense grace of God!
“Infinite years ago, we were all part of that single Almighty God enjoying Bliss. But we separated from Him, being surrounded by ignorance and became atomic life. Since then we took countless number of bodies from the microscopic to the macroscopic sizes, went through plant and animal lives and at last were born as men.” – Baba
Therefore, it is in the human body that we have the great chance to recognize our God self…to be liberated…from narrow views that imprison our soul.
We are the makers of our own destiny…let us harmoniously pledge ourselves to noble thoughts, words and deeds…to herald in a wondrous co-existence…thus so we do ourselves bless…for indeed it is axiomatically true…for mankind to progress…man must surrender to kindness…
“When you love and look after an animal, you help to lift the whole of creation.” – Baba