Most people mean well, unless they once were hurt ánd
are not aware of how their pain effects their behavior.
People who are or long to be conscious to a high degree
of the correct dealing with their experiences in life,
strive for happiness for themselves as well as others
and banishment of both theirs and other people's suffering.
This a truly spiritual attitude to life.
In such elaboration of spirituality quality, freedom and love (compassion) are centralized. In their life (lives)
people make choices to be able to experience this at
the highest possible level of consciousness they can achieve.
Being on this path it doesn't matter so much whether
or not you believe in God, nor is it important which
God you are attached to.
Buddha for example, taught eight steps towards enlightenment.
This represents the highest level of consciousness,
a situation that is entirely without contrasts, is full
of love and where all creatures benefit from. The path
to enlightenment is called the "eightfold
path". The eight paths or virtues it consists
of, are "right understanding, right thought, right
speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort,
right mindfulness and right meditation".
"Right action" and "right livelihood"
have -for animals- to do with the consequences of our behavior.
Some people are capable of actually feeling the pain
that is brought upon animals in factory farming or other
situations where animals suffer from the behavior of
man, others do not feel a thing. Yet this says nothing
about the quality of their consciousness. All people
can know and feel, by their knowledge and experience,
what an animal goes through during a life within factory
farming. They ought to be aware at all times which consequences
for animals come with their lifestyle and ought to take
Someone who wants to either make or save money by keeping
or trading products from animals that were not given
the opportunity to live a natural life, is not on the
afore mentioned "right" paths (of life) that
Buddhism recommends us. Also and in a more general way
such a person does not show a truly spiritual way of
God being presented as a bogey, is an illusion.
In this short article, which is inspired by the five
books of Neale Donald Walsch (first one: Conversations
with God: an uncommon dialogue), the relation between
man and animal is made via the soul. To us it is not
religion that matters, what matters to us is that people
follow their conscience in respect of animals.
Walsch presents an image of God whereby he has thrown
overboard all kinds of implausible aspects of religion
(devil, punishment, judgment, hell etc.) as being ten
illusions. In book five, Walsch writes about the illusion
God keeps an agenda (Destitution does exist); (so: Destitution is an illusion, etc.).
The result of this life is doubtful (Failure does
You are separated from God (Dissension does exist).
There is not enough (Insufficiency does exist).
There is something that you have to do (Requirements
You will be punished if you do not do what you have
to (Judgment does exist).
That punishment is eternal damnation (Condemnation
Love therefore is conditional (Terms do exist).
Knowledge of and meeting the conditions make you
superior (Superiority does exist).
You are not aware these are illusions (Ignorance
These illusions, not refuted but propagated by the
various world religions, divide man from God. It is
not attractive to be introduced to a God described in
What it is all about is to detach oneself (to, as it
were, become dis-illusion-ed) from the material
world and to awake in the spiritual world.
It is up to man himself and herself to decide if by
making their choices they sufficiently take the animals
into consideration. Man should also ask himself whether
eating meat suits the connection he has with animals.
Whether or not people do believe in God,
it is important that they realize that the fundamental
message of religion and our laws are put into words in
the adage of the French Revolution: liberty, equality
and brotherhood (compassion). The World Council of Churches
issued a report ("The Liberation of Life") on
the companionship with animals that says "life in
all its manifestations cries out for liberation, for freedom".
More and more people feel that animals belong within the
human moral circle.
In order to emphasize this opinion we summarize here below
what Walsch writes about the soul of man and animals.
The text below is in a terse style. Those of you who want
a more comprehensive explanation of the terms, are referred
to elsewhere on the internet or to the books of Walsch.
Concerning issues that matter to animals, according to
Walsch it is important that people are friendly to animals
and subsequently act in animal-friendly ways. The soul,
like a kind of collective awareness (God's in-formation),
records these experiences of men and women.
The soul characterizes the essence of life, is immortal and includes your mortal
body and consciousness. God's soul embraces the universe.
All human and animal souls are connected to each other
through God, unlimited and part of God. God is freedom
and love (does not judge) and without limitations in
space and time.
The inter-human and physical freedom of a person is
limited, whereas his of her metaphysical soul is without
limits. Freedom is not the target of the soul, but it's
essential nature. Freedom is and is not so
much granted. The issue is how man handles
his freedom and that of others. God has no judgment
on good or bad to that effect for he has given free
will to humanity. In connection with that comes responsibility
for oneself and for others. God does not (also with
terrible events taking place) interfere, unless man
asks him to, but God cannot be claimed exclusively.
Because God has given two simple missions: "do
unto others as you would wish others to do to you"
and "he who does good, meets good", to man
it only matters to never stop remembering this as well
as his Divine descent. A well-functioning conscience
means you remind yourself of what in fact you already
know about what you should and should not do.
Eating meat and animal products stemming from animals
who did not live a natural life in freedom, is not in
agreement with these missions. People who nevertheless
do so, should take into account negative consequences
for their own freedom, f.e. by way of damage to their
God created souls to be and experience Itself. A soul
needs life in order to evolve. Souls look for (physical
and spiritual) experiences. Through the evolution from
animal to human and from human to human, souls look
for ever increasing (awareness)experiences, in which
process going through the perfect oneness with God ('Nirvana')
is the highest experience. In that feeling of unity
in diversity, man experiences his alliance with all
Souls do not only comprise one body but more bodies
simultaneously, in the past, present and the future.
Intuition connects the human spirit with the higher
spheres and resides in the soul. The intellect analyses
and remembers, the body undergoes and feels, the soul
observes and knows.