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Question 130: About animal welfare

Posted on: February 6, 2017

Question 130: What is the Gospel of Oneness attitude toward animal welfare?

We start with the realization that everything manifests from the infinite creative mind of God, so everything from minerals to plants to animals has God consciousness within it. Everything in creation is on a path back to God. Humans have reached the point of being able to consciously recognize and realize their connection with God.

The consciousness that is within minerals, plants and animals is evolving toward Self-Realization. That is spiritual evolution.

As humans we can realize that God consciousness is in everything, so we can treat everything as having a divine purpose. Since animals are getting very close to evolving toward Self-realization we give them special consideration.

Animals have a high degree of intelligence, and they also have feelings and an emotional awareness. We can see this in our pet animals. We can also see this in the animals we raise for food if we take time to observe their behavior. So someone who believes in the oneness of life is likely to be a vegetarian or maybe a vegan since they know that animals suffer in the dairy industry as well as in the egg producing business.

But animals are killing and eating other animals all the time, this world is about eat or be eaten, it’s about killing other life forms to stay alive. Yet there is a balance to it all.  And beyond that balance it is an illusionary world that we have set up and we are collectively responsible for it. The only way to go is up and out into the oneness of Spirit. It is a long journey we have embarked upon.

The evolutionary story of this planet, this solar system, galaxy and universe is too vast for us to know at this time. Who knows why dinosaurs dominated this planet for so long? How do the awesome variations in animal and plant species arise?

We are ignorant of so much, but the one thing that we do know about is the efficacy and the primacy of love and kindness. It is the way to evolve to higher and higher states of consciousness. Treating animals with love and kindness is a way to evolve higher ourselves and to help animals evolve also. If you feel the oneness of all life it is the natural attitude to have.

“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.” – Thomas Edison, American Inventor and Scientist

“He who harms animals has not understood or renounced deeds of sin. Those whose minds are at peace and who are free from passions do not desire to live at the expense of others.” – from Acharanga Sutra – Jainism – Non-Vedic Religion of Old India

Nothing living should ever be treated with contempt. Whatever it is that lives, a man, a tree, or a bird, should be touched gently, because the time is short. Civilization is another word for respect for life.” – Elizabeth Goudge, author of The Joy of the Snow

“As custodians of the planet it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness, love, and compassion. That these animals suffer through human cruelty is beyond understanding. Please help to stop this madness.” – Richard Gere, American Actor

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” – James Herriot, English Veterinarian and Author


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