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News 149, Reflections on Spiritual Practice

A Noble New Year’s Resolution

By brother-initiate Martin White, Michigan, USA
(Originally in English)

The State of Michigan, in the north-central section of the United States, experiences extremely cold temperatures during the winter months that affect both animals and humans. So, following the example of a vegetarian co-worker who is sensitive to the wintertime needs of our fellow creatures, I recently began scattering seed on the patio in front of my apartment to feed the local wildlife. Within a short period of time, a variety of new friends has started to gather there, including ducks, squirrels, sparrows, Red Cardinals and a pair of Blue Jays.

My apartment serves as the Michigan Center, and after group meditation I open the window blinds so that the initiates can observe the feeding antics of our animal neighbors, and whose presence enhances the spiritual atmosphere of the place during and after meditation. This phenomenon may be due to the God-like innocence of our fellow creatures or to the compassion we feel in supplying them with much needed food, or perhaps it is a combination of the two. In any case, the image of the animals feeding has a biblical quality, and reminds me of the special love and care that Master showed for Her pets during a retreat I attended in Florida. It also brings to mind St. Francis of Assisi, the Roman Catholic patron saint of animals, and his special rapport with God’s creatures. Thus I was recently inspired to search the Internet for information on St. Francis, and discovered the following touching story (

One pleasant day, while St. Francis and his companions were traveling through the Spoleto Valley in Italy, the saint suddenly spotted a large congregation of doves, crows and other birds. Caught up in the moment, Francis left his friends on the road and ran to the creatures, who had patiently waited for him. He greeted them in his usual way, expecting them to take off into the air as he spoke, but they stayed in their places.

Filled with awe, he asked the birds if they would stay awhile and listen to the Word of God, saying, “My brother and sister birds, you should praise your Creator and always love Hirm for Hes gave you feathers for clothes, wings with which to fly and all the other things you need. It is God who made you the noblest among all creatures, giving you a home in the thin, pure air. Without sowing or reaping, you receive God’s guidance and protection.”

At this the birds began spreading their wings and stretching their necks to gaze at St. Francis, rejoicing and praising God in a wonderful way according to their nature. He then walked among the flock, touching their heads and bodies with his tunic.

The saint next gave them his blessing by making the sign of the cross over them and they flew off. Francis, rejoicing and giving thanks to God, continued his journey and soon after wondered aloud to his companions why he had never before thought of talking with the birds. From that day on, Francis made it a habit to kindly exhort all birds, reptiles and other animals to praise and love their Creator. Many times during his life, remarkable instances of Francis speaking to animals occurred. There was even a time when St. Francis quieted a flock of noisy birds that were interrupting a religious ceremony! Much to the wonder of all present, the birds remained silent until the ceremony was completed.

Although I have not lived long in Michigan, one of the first things I noticed upon moving to the state was that fishing and hunting are very popular activities among the residents. I have listened to otherwise good, decent people speak about the “sport” of deer hunting in a way that is totally oblivious to the suffering of the animals. For a while I failed to understand how anyone could be so devoid of feeling as to commit such atrocities against God’s creatures. But I soon realized that these people are not “evil” but merely ignorant — unenlightened to the philosophy of our first precept, “Do not kill or otherwise harm sentient beings,” and oblivious to the concept of relating to animals as our brethren under God’s dominion.

I then understood that it is necessary to reach out to the public via video seminars and other awareness-enhancing events to convey Master’s merciful teachings and thus promote enlightenment and non-violence. This will be my New Year’s Resolution!


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Our Animal Friends
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*Recognize the Wonderful Nature of Animals
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*Little Santo: My Loyal Friend and Mentor
*The Loving Intelligence of Dogs
*A Groundbreaking Meeting on Animal Sentience and Intelligence
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*Compassion for Animals is on the Rise!
*The Love of a Mother Cow
*A Noble New Year’s Resolution
*Decline of Animal Dissection Shows Humanity’s Growing Compassion

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