Spiritual development and love of dogs and animals


It is possible to love animals in general and dogs in particular, without being developed spirituality, but the opposite is not possible; being developed spiritually and not having special kind of love and consideration towards them. The higher is the level of development, the greater and more unique is the love. It is a love that sees and relates to the levels in the animal (that the person is in close contact with), or the dog, which are not accessible/visible to the regular perception, people on the regular level relate to the external, easy to identify, attitude of the dog or the animal (that a human are in close contact with) , and so, the animal’s signals are falling within the narrow field of perception of the average person. And as far as most people are concerned, in cases of close contact with an animal or the dog – the present level of contact is more than enough. But people with a wider & higher field of perception, are aware of the hidden & higher aspects of animal and dog’s qualities- the spiritual level. The higher a person gets – his interest, appreciation and love, gets a transformed quality, (like from grape juice to wine) it relates directly to the inner being of the animal, in general, and dogs in particular. In his new level he is now able to notice, be aware, and be influenced – by the higher, spiritual aspects of them. This high, generally hidden, aspect, becomes alive for him. A new continent is surfacing up, as his consciousness is being upgraded. His relation to them is becoming very intimate, as a family member). It is not possible to live in one’s higher center of gravity and not to feel that they are brothers and sisters.

A beautiful description of such an ability, to notice and be aware of the higher qualities of an animal (a horse in this case) is in this following Taoist tale:

Duke Mu of Chin said to Po Lo: “You are now advanced in
years. Is there any member of your family whom I could
employ to look for horses in your stead?” Po Lo replied: “A
good horse can be picked out by its general build and
appearance. But the superlative horse – one that raises no
dust and leaves no tracks – is something evanescent and
fleeting, elusive as thin air. The talents of my sons lie on
a lower plane altogether; they can tell a good horse when
they see one, but they cannot tell a superlative horse. I
have a friend, however, one Chiu-fang Kao, a hawker of fuel
and vegetables, who in things appertaining to horses is
nowise my inferior. Pray see him.”
Duke Mu did so, and subsequently dispatched him on the quest
for a steed. Three months later, he returned with the news
that he had found one. “It is now in Shach’iu” he added.
“What kind of a horse is it?” asked the Duke. “Oh, it is a
dun-colored mare,” was the reply. However, someone being
sent to fetch it, the animal turned out to be a coal-black
stallion! Much displeased, the Duke sent for Po Lo. “That
friend of yours,” he said, “whom I commissioned to look for
a horse, has made a fine mess of it. Why, he cannot even
distinguish a beast’s color or sex! What on earth can he
know about horses?” Po Lo heaved a sigh of satisfaction.
“Has he really got as far as that?” he cried. “Ah, then he
is worth ten thousand of me put together. There is no
comparison between us. What Kao keeps in view is the
spiritual mechanism. In making sure of the essential, he
forgets the homely details; intent on the inward qualities,
he loses sight of the external. He sees what he wants to
see, and not what he does not want to see. He looks at the
things he ought to look at, and neglects those that need not
be looked at. So clever a judge of horses is Kao, that he
has it in him to judge something better than horses.”
When the horse arrived, it turned out indeed to be a
superlative animal.

Taoist tale

Jerome Salinger, “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters”.












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