By Sri Harold Klemp
Individuals who are new to Eckankar are from time to time amazed when they hear us refer to cats and dogs as Soul. In ECK, we do regard our animals as Soul. Why? Due to the fact they are.
They’re a creation of God—just as definitely as we are. When a cat interprets, or dies, one thing leaves just as surely as when a human being dies. When a baby will take its very first breath of lifestyle, a thing comes in. This takes place just as absolutely as in a kitten.
Human self-importance likes to say, “God created us and place a Soul in us,” as if you can have Soul. But in Eckankar, we say, “We are Soul.” We are Soul, and by successive lifetimes, we get on a overall body for whichever encounters we want that time. From time to time it’s a male human body, from time to time a female physique.
We do not get into transmigration exactly where we go again down the non secular evolutionary scale to the animal or the mineral state. Which is lifetimes and lifetimes previous. But it also does not suggest that this evolutionary scale goes straight up—or that it goes from plant to animal to human, where people can seem down at their dog or cat and say, “Well, you are Soul, but I am a bigger Soul mainly because I am human. You nonetheless mess on the flooring.”
Some animals—I would say a terrific quantity of animals—probably have a bigger condition of consciousness than their entrepreneurs.
What Could Folks Discover from Pets?
Persons go to do the job. They grow to be offended, they cheat if they can, and they indulge them selves in matters that harm both equally their actual physical entire body and other individuals who are expensive to them. Then they arrive property, and the cat is usually there, the pet is usually there.
Handle your pets right, and they’ll often appreciate. They don’t look at you with the eyes of judgment, expressing, “You’ve got liquor on your breath once more.” Cats and pet dogs will not do that to you. They’ll enjoy you even if you have just experienced Limburger cheese. They’ll likely want some. “Just pet me, and enable me sit in your lap,” they say. “Be variety and good to me.”
Cats and dogs are very nonjudgmental. In this way, they’re usually outstanding to human beings.
We see someone who is bumping the electric powered fence, a minor little bit out of the rhythm of everyday living according to our idea of what the rhythm of lifestyle is, and we say, “This human being is doing so-and-so. That person’s head is sticking up about one head taller than every person else in this social group.” That is the social consciousness speaking. We get incredibly self-righteous about our thoughts. We feel we are often going for walks all around in shining clothes and other men and women are often strolling about in dirty rags. We are exclusive.
Perfectly, canines and cats really don’t mind. In particular puppies. To canine, their homeowners are usually strolling close to in shining clothes, since they’re generally giving out food items.
—Excerpted from The Secret of Love, by Harold Klemp