INTRODUCTION

Animal Communicator, Joanne Hull, writes in her 2010 book, THE PET PSYCHIC that:

By communicating with animals we can understand their needs and wants, their dislikes and likes. Don’t you think this is important? I most certainly do. By listening to the animals we can unlock the secret of their desires in life and find out what they have always wanted to do. Who is to say animals don’t like to have a purpose in life? I am convinced they do, whether it’s a job of some description —such as guarding, training, or even just looking after their family—or taking part in an activity they enjoy. Shouldn’t they have a right to this.

She poses some questions that we need to reflect upon. I’d like to reinforce here that , given that we as humans are increasingly losing our contact with the world of nature, that it is important to give this subject – interspecies communication, its fair hearing.

I will be dividing this talk into five main areas, bearing in mind that there may be some crossover. These five are:

  1. SOCIAL DEPRIVATION OF ANIMALS
  2. ANIMAL WHISPERERS
  3. PSYCHIC COMMUNICATION WITH DECEASED ANIMALS
  4. COMMUNICATION BETWEEN ANIMALS
  5. A HINDU PERSPECTIVE

Number 5 on a Hindu Perspective is to bring into focus the spiritual element as related in Hindu texts in relation to how some of the great teachers lived out these teachings.

  1. SOCIAL DEPRIVATION AND ANIMALS

I’ll begin by saying that I believe that all living things, be they mineral, plants or animals, have a need to be able to communicate. Social Deprivation is defined as a condition where one lacks social stimuli.

To add weight to this belief, in relation to animals, I would like for us to consider the following information:-

  • Studies show that socially isolated animals are more depressed and more anxious than animals that are grouped together
  • Isolated rodents showed a significant increase in locomotor activity, were more immobile in the forced swim test and had an increase in emotions that relate to anxiety and depression.
  • Isolated primates showed several symptoms of depressive behaviour, higher levels of stereotypy, less grooming, higher levels of self-clasping and more passivity to social stimuli long after the experiment was had been completed.   Social isolation has also been linked to more aggressive behaviour.
  • Rats that were isolated when they were 2 months old, showed a constant aggressiveness in their first year of life. Isolated male mice also show increased tendencies to fight after isolation and generally became more aggressive.
  • Social isolation has also been shown to cause animals to consume alcohol and other drugs when available.
  • Isolated animals have shown memory disorders and sleep disorders. They also have higher risk of developing diseases.

 

Studies also tell us that:

 

Animals submitted to social deprivation from weaning show profound and long-lasting changes in aggressiveness… In addition, early social deprivation affects brain mechanisms relevant for aggression control.[i]

 

These are some of the research-outcomes that have appeared in various studies that have been undertaken to measure Social Deprivation as a means of torture. How disgusting is it that innocent animals are being employed simply to find out about something as inane as torture.

The website of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society, the following information can be found:

 

In separation experiments, he separated infant monkeys from their mothers at birth and placed them in partial or total isolation. Some infants spent the first 24 months of their lives in what was labelled “wells of despair“—steel enclosed chambers that admitted no light or contact with the outside world.

After two years, Harlow described these monkeys as “totally destroyed.” Rhesus monkeys reared this way developed into non-functioning adults.[ii]

 

I have chosen to share this as a basis as to why communication is an important concept for the growth and health of both animals and people. Let us now move on to explore just how some animals do communicate with us.

I know that some of what I have been sharing is disturbing and I do apologise for this. However it is necessary so that we truly grasp our topic and the rationale of the need to communicate.

  1. ANIMAL WHISPERERS

Let us begin with the question that might be on all our minds: What do we mean when we talk about an Animal Whisperer?

A good definition here would be that an Animal Whisperer communicates with animals, generally still living, to sort out an animal’s problems, to locate lost animals, to communicate with wild animals and sometimes even to communicate with those who have passed over.

The terms, Animal Communicator is simply another name for an Animal Whisperer.

Some of the situations in which we may find it helpful to talk with our animals through the assistance of an animal communicator include:

  • Deepening our understanding, intimacy and sacred bond with animals by discovering what they are thinking, feeling and what means most to them
  • Understanding how animals view their lives, informing us of their everyday likes and preferences for food and any needs that they may have.
  • Understanding how animals view their relationship with us, the purpose of your coming together, and how any past life issues may be relevant to the present
  • Behavioural or Emotional Problems: Discovering the causes, negotiating changes and solutions, and about emotional upsets such as fear, aggression, withdrawal, depression, etc.
  • To be in a better position to heal trauma, such as from injury, illness, death or grief.   Assisting an animal whose spirit may be earth-bound.
  • Helping rescue animals to understand sheltering and fostering, identify what they want in a new home (i.e. kids, other animals), adjust to new family and home, heal from neglect, abuse and abandonment
  • Understanding how animals view and experience illness and health problems; preparing an animal for surgery or other medical interventions and explain procedure. This is a good one in terms of taking an animal to a vet. This is also good for helping a wild animal understand what is occurring around them.
  • Being there to support an animals’ needs through death and dying
  • Being able to communicate with an animal after their death Supporting and understanding an animals’ needs through grief and anticipatory grief regarding death of other family members (animals grieve the death of animals and humans just like we do)
  • Looking at reincarnation issues. Why is the animal where it is now or where it may end up. Does the animal wish us to know something that may be otherwise hidden.
  • Helping your animals understand family structure changes: new arrivals of animals or humans; discussing your pet’s needs before adding a new animal family member; departures of other animals or humans through divorce, separation, death, etc. This is different to grief issues as it is about family structure.
  • Travel and moving: helping animals understand that their humans will return from business trips and vacations and who will care for them to reduce or prevent separation anxiety; showing them “pictures” of a new home beforehand, including any important physical boundary concerns.

There are many animal whispers abounding today, most of which have published books on this subject. Some of these people are:

 

  • Penelope Smith of Arizona, author of Animal Talk, When Animals Speak, Animals in Spirit. Penelope Smith developed the CODE OF ETHICS for INTERSPECIES COMMUNICATORS (1990).

 

This Code covers things such as compassion for all beings, having empathy for clients, only to give assistance when such is asked, being open to working with other professionals when required and that the animal communicator follows their heart, honouring the spirit and life of all beings as One.

 

  • Joanne Hull, Scotland, author of The Pet Psychic
  • Rosina Maria Arquati, based in Hong Kong, author of The Life Journey of an Animal Communicator
  • Thomas Cheng, Hong Kong, China. Thomas promotes and teaches animal communication with a focus on Science. Author of Animal Communication – Looking at Animals’ World from A Scientific Point of View (in Chinese). He is from the Institute of Scientific Animal Communication.
  • Trisha Mc Cagh  Perth Western Australia, author of Stories from the Animal Whisperer.
  • Ned Bruha, the Skunk Whisperer, from Oklahoma, Bruha will relocate squirrels, raccoons, opossums, geese, foxes, coyotes, and other creatures

·        Kevin Richardson, the Lion Whisperer from South Africa, author of Part of the Pride. He has the uncanny ability to relate to South Africa’s wildlife, especially lions.

·        John ‘Spikehorn’ Meyers, from Harrison, Michigan. He opened a ‘Bear and Deer Park’ on his property around 1930. ‘Spikehorn’ passed away in 1959. He was affectionately called ‘The Bear Man of Michigan’.   The term, ‘Whisperer’ was not in vogue at the time of his death.

·        RC Bridges, the Buffalo Whisperer, of Quinlan, Texas. In 2005, he took in an orphan baby buffalo he named Wildthing. Wildthing was treated like any member of the family, coming and going in the house like a human. As Wildthing grew, he was given a room of his own.

The first animal communicator might be that of the Italian brother known as St. Francis, (1181-1226), the Patron saint of Animals.   He would speak to all the animals and they in turn would respond. In the book, The Little Flowers of St, Francis, There is the story of a Wolf who attacked people when they left the village of Gubbio, Italy.

Upon hearing about this, St. Francis ventured forth and upon meeting the fierce animal, he gently tamed it speaking to it. It is believed to have followed St. Francis around like a pet after this and was fed thereafter by offerings from the townsfolk. (The Little Flowers of St. Francis, J. M. Dent and Sons, London 1912 Chapter 21, p.38)

There are numerous events in the life of St. Francis that he is, as said before, and therefore is aptly referred to as the Patron Saint of Animals .World Animals Day is observed on October 4th each year in honour of the Feast Day of St. Francis; the day the he died in 1226. World Animals Day itself began in 1931.

Many are the stories of saints who possessed an ability to communication with animals or vice versa. Some of these Saints are:

St. Bartholomew and the duckling that strayed and fell into a deep ravine.

St. Columba and the tired crane who spent three days care for by the saint.

St. Leonore, the robin and a field of corn that was planted to feed the poor when no corn could be found.

St. Felix who was saved by a spider who built a web across a gap that was previously entered by St. Felix, thus protecting the saint from his enemies; soldiers out to kill him for being a Christian.

St. Martin (1579-1639) who was known for protecting mice from being killed by his monastery. He had the mice line up at the end of each day so that they could be fed instead of stealing throughout the day.

St. Roch, (1295-1327) who went into a forest to die after having contracted the plague, but was instead taken care of by a dog who would bring food to him.

and St. Blandina (d. 177) who, even though tied to a post to be killed by wild animals, was saved when these lions and bears did not touch her.

 

Yogananda (1893-1952), famous as the author of Autobiography of a Yogi, had a psychic connection to a Fawn that was ill. Yogananda took the fawn and placing it in his lap, he went into a deep meditation. The fawn appeared to recover but on the next night, it came to Yogananda in his dream and said, “You are holding me back! Please let me go!” In his dream, Yogananda answered, “All right.” He immediately woke the boys living in the dorm and announced that the fawn was dying. They all gathered around it. The fawn, upon seeing Yogananda, struggled to its feet and tottered towards Yogananda, collapsed, and died at his feet.[iii]

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MESSENGES BEING HEARD?

So what are animals communicating to those who listen to, and work, with them?

In a fascinating book, Animal Voices,[iv] by Dawn Baumann Brunke, we learn that animals are very concerned about us and the planet.

Here is a message from a bug:

I am an old bug. I watch. I listen. I heard you were talking to animals, so I came to see for myself.   I am a slow bug—walk, walk, sometimes fly. I see many humans moving around…Not much mindfulness of where they are or the gifts present in each place, each moment.

I speak of slowness, of seeing the beauty and wonder of wherever you find yourself.   I speak of saying hello to all creatures you meet….Good tidings come to those who appreciate the simple things. This is an old truth, a simpler way of seeing the world.

A message from a jaguar reads:

I was asked to help with a problem concerning jaguars coming too close to a village in Costa Rica. What I got from the jaguars was that they’re being so crowded in their environment that their impinging on human life.

And again, another message, this time from a lion:

You ask us what our purpose is in the grander scheme of things and we find this amusing. Humans figure each form of life must serve some “purpose,” must have some grand role to shape its life and destiny…You come to us because you desire to save yourselves. If the planet were bigger and had more resources, you might not be asking these questions….When humans see lions, they think of power, pride, kings.   You see us at the top of the pecking order, because you see through your own filters of domination, control and hierarchy. All the qualities you relegate to us can be seen in a wren or a shrew.

There is no doubt here that we truly need to wake up to ourselves and stop abusing the world because we think we are the apex of creation.

To quote the Eckankar Mahanta, Harold Klemp[v]:

We tend to think of humans as the pinnacle of evolution. This may be true of biological evolution, but it is not necessarily the case from a spiritual perspective. Many souls in the animal form are already highly evolved spiritually. They can give and receive divine love in a way that many humans would not understand.

3. PSYCHIC COMMUNICATION

How do those who communicate with animals interpret the ‘voices’ in their own language? Do they ‘see’ using clairvoyance what they are attempting to communicate? Do they ‘feel’ by employing clairsentience what is being conveyed, do they ‘hear’ by the medium of clairaudience or do they simply understand intuitively? And how do animals interpret what is said to it?

It is generally taught that animals communicate in pictures via telepathic powers. For example, an animal will ‘communicate’ an image so that a person can then understand them. Animal souls that are, let us say, ‘earthbound,’ will often hold on to a picture of their companions whilst living. A pet psychic will be able to then explain to the animal that it is no longer living, and that its companions (human or animal) can no longer be around to feed or play with.

The former Olympic team show-jumper, David Bowen, relates how when he was nearing a fence to jump, he would ‘visualize’ him and the horse ‘jumping’ over the fences – and the horse would indeed ‘jump’ with ease.[vi]

And how do animals interpret what they are being fed back?

The following story by the Rev. Caesar Otway (1760-1842) shows how an animal can understand what is going on around it. It is to be found in the book, Man and Beast – Here and Hereafter (1878), by the Rev. John G. Wood.[vii]

A gentleman of property had a mastiff of great size, a very watchful and intelligent animal. One particular day, it would not leave its master. This was strange for generally it would be tethered outside by a servant.

On this day, the dog clung to its master, and became angry toward the servant. Later that evening, the dog ran upstairs and hid under the bed of its owner.

In the night a man burst into the room and with a knife in hand, attempted to stab the sleeper. But the dog went for the robber’s neck, fastened its fangs in him, and so kept him down until the robber was secured.

The owner of the mastiff later learned that the servant had colluded with the robber, and both had conspired to murder him. The truly interesting aspect to this story was that they had plotted the whole scheme leaning over the roof of the dog’s kennel.

No one need to accept that the mastiff knew all that was being said, but that the dog had somehow gathered the intent of the conversation is evident.

Another case involved a dog not seen but heard. The dog’s owners were woken up by hearing their pet walking about the bedroom but not seeing the animal, they went back to sleep. A while later, their daughter rushed in to stay that the dog was dying. The girl’s parent rushed downstairs to find that their pet held entangled himself in his collar and was strangling. His ‘appearance’ was that which ultimately saved him.

In a fire in the menagerie tent of Barnum & Bailey’s Circus that occurred at Cleveland, Ohio on August 4, 1942, the elephants did not move until their trainer appeared. At a word from him, each elephant grasped the animal in front by the tail, and marched out in good order. The circus veterinary surgeon, J. Henderson, wrote afterwards:

I realized than that there must be a characteristic in animals comparable with the inner greatness of the human being. It is not their physical size alone that counts, nor their agility, wildness or strength – no, they possess a kind of spiritual nobility, an inner relationship to that which is enduring in Nature. At that moment I acquired a respect for them which I had never known before.

Among Animals of Africa by Bernhard Grzimek (1970)

Another example of animal communication, this time, with no verbal contact, relates to a cat and a prisoner, a Seventh-Day Adventist minister.

The minister was jailed for refusing to deny God and was sent to a prison in Siberia. The Commandant asked again for the minister to deny God and when this was denied, the Commandant took a different stance – He refused to allow the minister any food.   Each day the Commandant came to visit the prisoner, the prisoner does not deny God and so no food.   However, each day a piece of black bread is placed on a window ledge – from the outside.   The prisoner cannot see who is bringing this food to him so, to prove God is looking out for him, he decides to keep the bread.   Eventually, and five days later, the minister shows the Commandant the slices of bread. As they are together, the Commandant, after raving on about ‘disloyal’ prison offices, they both see a shadow appear at the window and try to look up. Stepping back, what appears but a huge black cat – owned by the Commandant no less. So, amazed, the Commandant turns to God for forgiveness.[viii]

Then we have the story of Voodoo the Vulture who is found with a broken wing and befriend his ‘healers’ to become a regular part of their lives even though he was free and often lived away with his own kind.[ix]

What about animals coming back from the ‘Other Side’ to communicate with their human companions?

Like Yogananda and the deer, the author, H. Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was visited in a dream by his dog, Bob, a favourite retriever of his. In two short dreams, in a small interval of sleep, he dreamt that the dog was telling him that it was dying. The next day a person brought Bob’s collar to him. Three days later, the dog’s body was sighted in a river beneath a bridge. It appeared that the dog was struck by a train passing over the bridge, and his body tossed into brush near the river bank. In this case the dog had already died, whereas the deer in dream to Yogananda, was alive but sought release.

A similar tale appears in The Pet Psychic by Joanna Hull. This concerns a dog who was 15 years old who choose his own ‘exit’ from this world by running on to a busy road where he was hit by a car and later died on the way to a vet. He had overheard his owner saying how she could not bear the thought of having him put down. He did this out of love for his owner. (2010, pp.247-250)

 

 

4. COMMICATION BETWEEN ANIMALS

We will now look at some of the communication displayed by animals.

Animals do not have the need, it would seem, to gossip or share their views on the latest sports scores – but then, who knows, maybe they do.

All animals, be they insects, birds or mammals, have the same basic needs as us. obtaining food, staying safe, finding another mate and protecting their territory. So if they require these, then it would be foolish to think that they do not ‘really’ communicate or that they when they make sounds, these are akin to a clock as did the French philosopher Descartes (1596-1650)

As one writer notes:

Descartes may have never owned a dog, and was no doubt unfamiliar with the language of bees, dolphins, and whales, but based on his experience with animals he concluded they are distinctly different from humans who possess a soul and who use language and reason. Animals were, in his opinion, machines (Cleverly designed automata)[x], and humans had no obligation to treat animals any different from any other machine, and with total disregard for their feelings as they had none and were devoid of a mind. Descartes was also an advocate of the dissection of live animals (vivisection) since he believed that despite their screams, they could not feel pain.[xi]

I would like to think that we have moved on from such ridiculous thinking though I can sadly say that there are still some who think this to be the case in a similar way.

We have seen in the first topic of Social Isolation, that animals do need to be able to communicate. This is firstly, with their own kind or, failing this, with another animal, bird or possibly even an insect.

All animals communicate, and the people who study this area are called ethologists. Ethology is a relatively new science that has its beginnings in the early 1900s; its work begun by three scientists: Konrad Lorenz of Austria, Nikolass Tinbergen of the Netherlands and Karl von Frisch of Austria who did most of his work in Germany.   These three men shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 for “their discoveries concerning organization and elicitation of individual and social behaviour patterns“.

Some ways that animals communicate are:

  • The wriggle dance of the bees
  • The bioluminescence of the firefly
  • By gift-giving such as undertake the male roadrunner to his prospective mate
  • Through colour such as seen in the display of the peacock

It is interesting to note that the song of one bird species does not necessarily have any impact on another.   For example, a male finch may be proclaiming his right to a territory; but this will not have any effects on blackbirds which may be in hearing distance. This is not merely because of a difference in pitch but it seem as if birds of one kind were indifferent or even death to the songs of others.[xii]

Young birds will hear all manner of songs of other species yet it will attune to the encoded song of its own species.[xiii] Though the Lyre Bird copies the sounds of the things it hears around it, such as other birds, dogs, chainsaws etc.

For those who may be interested in this field, this area of research of what is termed avian bioacoustics.

Some animals have formed what we may call ‘unusual relationships.’

One such story of a horse who was totally alone in a field having formed a relationship with a solitary hen. These two animals spent much of their time together in a lonely orchard, where they saw no other animal except each other.[xiv]

Another story involves a tiger who befriends a goat. Staff at the Bor Wildlife Sanctuary (India) released a live goat in the enclosure of a full grown male tiger which had been rescued in 2009 as an orphan. Staff hoped the tiger would make a quick kill. To their astonishment and horror, the tiger instead decided to make friends with its intended meal. Officials who watched the sequence of events are worried that having been raised in captivity, the big cat may have lost its hunting skills. After two days, the tiger did not kill the goat despite being hungry. Instead it played with the goat; at one point even playfully dumping it in an artificial waterhole. Finally, the goat was taken out and the tiger was given

beef to eat instead.[xv]

Many similar tales can be found in the book, Unusual Friendships by Jennifer Holland.   This is a beautiful book for both the writing and the photography. Read the book and I believe you’ll come away with a greater respect for animals; both wild and domesticated.

And let us not forget that many people have formed friendships with insects, birds and animals. This is especially true of those fighting on the battlefields. World War Two has given us many such examples.[xvi]

 

The Sufi teacher, Said Bediuzzaman (1877-1960) writes:

 

I saw that a fly had alighted on my hand and had begun to thoroughly clean its eyes, face, and wings, which were its trust from God. The fly was cleaning itself as a soldier cleans the rifle and uniform given to him by the state in trust. I said to my soul, “Look at that fly!” It looked and learned an important lesson. The fly became a teacher to my conceited and idle soul.[xvii]

A HINDU PERSPECTIVE

I am including this as a means of showing that we must have compassion for All Life.   If animals, living or who have passed on, do indeed communicate with humans and or with other animals, then we need to reassess our thinking. So even though looking at the Hindu concept may appear foreign to our subject, I strongly feel that it has its place in this context.

In Hinduism, The ethical treatment of animals is fundamental to the core belief that the Divine exists in all living beings, both human and non-human, and the whole world is viewed as one family.  Animals and plants are not regarded as mere objects for wanton human use and consumption in the Hindu tradition. Rather, they are equally embodied with the existence of the Divine and are fully deserving of respect and human compassion.  Some verses that we will look out may appear to somehow degrade animals but that is not their intent.

Vasudhaiva (Va-Sood-ha-va) comes from a phrase found in the ancient Maha Upanishad (Chapter 6, v.72), which says, “Only small minds discriminate saying, ‘One is a family member; the other is a stranger.’ For those who live contemplatively, the whole world is but a single family.”

Ramakrishna (1836-1886) taught that “if a man thus serves God through all beings, not through men alone but through animals and other living beings as well…this too is a way to realize God.” (The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, p.670)

Once Sri Ramakrishna during the peak of his bhakti yoga saw a dog (who had sneaked into the kitchen) running away with a few chapattis held in mouth! In India chapattis are normally first soaked in ghee (or butter) and then served for eating. Seeing the dog running away with dry chapattis…

Sri Ramakrishna thought that dog being a reflection of god would not be able to digest the dry chapattis. He took some ghee in a big spoon and ran after the dog to serve him better.

When the dog saw the owner of the chapattis coming after him stick in hand… he ran faster. What a contradiction in the thinking of two living beings. Sri Ramakrishna only wanted to serve God that existed in miniscule form inside the dog

Sarada Devi (1853-1920), The Holy Mother and wife of Sri Ramakrishna, taught that “He is unfortunate indeed who does not feel my compassion. I do not know anyone, even an insect, for who I do not have compassion.” She once shared her life with a cat that belonged to her niece, Radhu, and which often would lie peacefully with her. In her more mischievous times, Sarada would pretend that she was going to hit the cat with a stick – this would only bring the cat closer to her feet. Sarada would toss the stick away, laugh and pick up the cat to cuddle. Sometimes this same cat would steal food , to which the Mother would say, “To steal is its dharma (its duty), Who is there to always feed it lovingly.” The Mother was once overheard to say to a monk who was beating the cat, “Do not beat the cat. I dwell inside that cat too.”     We can learn much from her example. These comments can be found in the book, Sri Sarada Devi, The Holy Mother: Her Teachings and Conversations by Sw. Nikhilananda

Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950) was a Holy Man who loved animals and would often stand up for them in defiance of conventional forms.   For example, from his first days at the hill of Arunachala, in the Virupaksha cave, he had many canine friends and they were a part of his life at the Ashram.

He would often talk to them and he seemed to instinctively know their wants and needs – maybe he was a ‘Whisperer’ too. He would see that the dogs, his ‘children,’ were fed even before the devotees and the dogs would often sit with him, even on his lap.

Bhagavan Sri Raman Maharshi looked on all with the spirit of Samabhavatvam (this being the attitude of equal consideration for everyone, and treating all alike) . He once said: “The sparrows also have the same consciousness, ‘Atma,’ like human beings. Only the forms are different.” (Letters 17.1.1946)

If there is no place for Bhagavan, but only hell, then I would rather choose hell and live a life of true Ahimsa and Samabhavatvam whilst here on earth, and sit before Bhagavan and learn from his example.     Ahimsa means to practice no violence whilst Samabhavatvam is to extend compassion. As far as I can tell then, Ahimsa is a path on no action (refraining from violence), and Sambhavatvam is an active concept (showing and extending compassion).

Bhagavan Ramana’s view on life is even more interesting when we learn that in the Mahabharata is found the following sentence: “There is no place in the heaven for those who keep a dog as a pet. The demons name Krodhavasa devour the virtues possessed by a man performing religious sacrifice and by getting wells and ponds constructed. Therefore act thoughtfully and leave this dog. It involves no cruelty” (M, Mahapra 3/10). The inference being that one’s religious sacrifices – such as the construction of wells and ponds – will amount to nothing if one associates with a dog as a pet or companion. Please note that this verse is not advocating cruelty, merely detachment.

This belief is further implied in the Bhagavad-gita where Lord Krsna says: “Whatever being a man thinks of at the last moment when he leaves his body, that alone does he attain, O Arjuna, being ever absorbed in the thought thereof.” (Bg. g. 8.6) Again, if you think of your dog at the time of death, you shall be reincarnated as a dog. This verse again is not advocating cruelty, but merely detachment.

However, elsewhere the Gita, Lord Krsna teaches that “The wise [knowers of the Self] look with equal eye on a learned but humble Brahmin, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a chandāla living on dog’s flesh.” (Bg.g. 5:18) A Chandāla is a member of the lowest caste.

There is a tale relating to the Saint Sankara who, returning with his disciples from the temple of Viswanath after a bath in the Ganges meets a Chandāla. This man (considered as an outcaste), is followed by four dogs. Sankara asked him to clear away from the path. The Chandāla with a smile asked him, “Whom are you asking to move away? The soul or the body? Your soul, my soul and every other soul in the world are all one. There is no impurity in the soul. It is just like the moon reflected in a pot of Ganges water or in a can of liquor. The moon will not become impure by its reflection.  Or do you want the body to move? Without the soul the mere body is inert. It cannot move. And moreover, for a Sannyasin what is caste, purity and impurity?”

Sankara was taken aback by this bombshell of a question by the Chandāla. He prostrated himself at the feet of the Chandāla for teaching him such a great truth. But the Chandāla vanished and in his place there stood Lord Viswanath. The Lord had come in the form of a Chandāla to teach Sankara that distinctions like Brahmana, Chandāla etc. are only for the narrow-minded. The Lord blessed Sankara and disappeared.

A Sannyasin is one who has come to understand the futility of so-called worldly life. The lesson here being that All Life is One.

If we can understand that these Holy people would stand up for animals and seek to protect then; even talking with the animals, who understood what was being conveyed, then we are on the right path.

If these Holy people thought it not beneath them to converse with nature; with animals, then can we really deny that animals can and will communicate with us if we open ourselves to hearing their concerns, and their needs?

A Personal Experience

Some years back now, as I was reading a book on the path of a Christian, THE NEW LIFE by John Marshall, a fly alighted on the page that I had open before me. He took my attention and as I studied him for a good 10 minutes – thus to discern the beauty of this insect; a Creature created ‘very good’ (Gen. I).

He was so cute (to me at least) and seemingly enjoyed himself as he ambled across the pages and along the book’s spine. Again, I feel blest as I entered into a deeper unison with one of the Creatures created ‘very good.’

I have had similar experiences with a Grasshopper, a Praying Mantis, a Cockroach, a Lapwing, a Mud Lark, a Paddlefish, several outdoor Spiders, a green Beetle, some Ravens and Mynah birds and, by exercising much patience and respect, numerous Possums. One such possum comes up to me now and then where I work and we share a biscuit together; she nibbling on the biscuit and allowing me to stroke her little ears.

We can all achieve such sacred moments in our life as we learn to respect ALL LIFE, no matter its manifestation, and sit in Sacred Silence. The animals know our intent even before we do – as did the Fly. He knew, I really do believe, that I would not squash him.

So we have seen that insects, birds and animals do possess the ability to speak with each other and ourselves. They have a message for us to listen out for and they employ some humans to be the vehicle or channel of such messengers.

My hope is that we not only listen but likewise put into action what they are telling us.

Animal Communication (covering Animal Whisperers, Psychic Communication, Communication between animals, and some interesting historical events that occurred in the Middle Age

 

 

REFERENCES

[i] In a paper titled, Early Social Deprivation Induces Disturbed Social Communication and Violent Aggression in Adulthood (Ma´té To´th, Jo´zsef Hala´sz, Éva Mikics, Bogla´rka Barsy, and Jo´zsef Haller and published in Behavioral Neuroscience 2008, Vol. 122, No. 4, 849–854

ii (http://www.neavs.org/research/cbt)

[iii] Autobiography of a Yoga by Paramahansa Yogananda Self-Realization Fellowship (1998) Cpt. ‘Founding a Yoga School in Ranchi

IVBear and Company (USA) 2002

v Animals are Soul too! Eckankar (USA) 2005

vi Quoted in Psychic Pets by John Sutton, Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) 1997

vii Originally cited in the Notes of the Rev. Caesar Otway, The intellectuality of domestic animals, a Lecture [Delivered Before the Royal Zoological Society of Ireland, February 27, 1840] p.42

 

[viii] The Seventh-Day Ox and Other Miracle Stories from Russia by Bradley Booth, Review and Herald Publishing Company (2011)

[ix] On Safari by Armand Deniś Collins Sydney (1963) pp.283-284

viii It is also a very remarkable fact that although there are many animals which exhibit more dexterity than we do in some of their actions, we at the same time observe that they do not manifest any dexterity at all in many others. Hence the fact that they do better than we do, does not prove that they are endowed with mind, for in this case they would have more reason than any of us, and would surpass us in all other things. It rather shows that they have no reason at all, and that it is nature which acts in them according to the disposition of their organs, just as a clock, which is only composed of wheels and weights is able to tell the hours and measure the time more correctly than we can do with all our wisdom. (Animals are Machines by René Descartes. Reprinted from: Passions of the Soul (1649)

 

ix Journal of Cosmology, 2011, Vol. 14.

x Birds as Living Things by Maxwell Knight, Collins (London) 1964 p.152

xiNerve Cell and Animal Behaviour by Peter Simmons and David Young, Cambridge (UK) 2010 p.249

xi From THE SATURDAY EVENING REVIEW of August 11, 1832.

[xv] From the Indian Times, March 6 2013 by Vijay Pinjarkar,

[xvi] Tommy’s Ark: Soldiers and Their Animals in the Great War by Richard Van Emden, Bloomsbury UK (2011)

[xvii] The Gleams: Reflections on Qur’anic wisdom and spirituality. Translated by Hüseyin Akarsu, Tughra Books (USA) 2008 Chpt. The 28th Gleam p.377

 

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