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Behold, my brothers, the spring has come; the earth has received the embraces of the sun and we shall soon see the results of that love!

Every seed has awakened and so has all animal life.  It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being and we therefore yield to our neighbors, even our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves, to inhabit this land.

Sitting Bull | Sioux 

Native American’s considered plants and animals as equals under the mysterious powers of the Great Spirit.  They were brothers and sisters, all intertwined as one in the universe.  This thought is harmonious to that of many other cultures and philosophies including that of Buddhist thought that all living things are connected. Under the law of Karma it may actually be your brother or sister coming back as an animal, thus do no harm to any living creature.

As human beings we have lost our way.  Our ego has led us to believe that we hold dominion over animals and the earth.  I have heard the phrase uttered from the Bible that these creatures were put on this earth for mankind.  I am saddened in these thoughts as they could not be farther from the truth.  The belief that somehow an animal does not have a soul, or does not have compassion and love to give on this planet is absurd. Spend time with any animal and this thought will vanish from your mind.  Animals are present, they are love, they hold compassion and light.  This truth is in front of us yet we do not make a stand for anything different.

It is time we hold the environment and animals as equal to ourself.  It is time we stop taking and get in balance before it is too late.  It has been stated that the earth is a living organism unto itself, this is called the Gaia principle.  The earth does not need human beings to survive.  An organism out of balance will eventually destroy itself and the earth will live on with or without the dominant human beings.

We buy our pink shrink wrapped meat at the store, hold our BBQ’s and we do not question what we are doing to millions upon millions of living creatures on a daily basis let alone the environment.  I am saddened we do not see our brothers and sisters.  I am saddened we do not stand for their love and right on this planet as equal to ours.  I bow down and give gratitude and thanks to their light.

Call to Action:

    • Look at your life, where do you put yourself above other people or living creatures?  What actions can you take to create equality and love?
    • Where can you make a difference in your community for animals and the environment?  Who are you NOT to make a difference?
    • Be Love to all living creatures.  Bow down and Be LOVE.

Thomas D. Craig

Author A Cup of Buddha