Saving a Pigeon: A Lesson in Evolution?

by Sabby Jones

Animal and Man

Animal and Man

I was walking down the street with my girlfriend when I saw an alley cat that was about to devour a pigeon.

As my girlfriend stood there watching, I immediately stepped forward to save that poor pigeon from the cat`s mouth.

While I was doing this, I heard my girlfriend say:
"Let the cat eat the pigeon."

Not paying attention on what she said, I jumped immediately to the scene, kicked the cat out of the alley and approached that pigeon. That poor bird was badly hurt.

I carefully lifted the pigeon and went to a shop nearby to get a bag, put the pigeon in, and headed home to heal it.

On my way home my girlfriend said : “Nature created the cat to devour smaller animals to feed itself, why did you interfere?"

My reply to her was, "Nature also created the human being not to allow such things because he is human."

Later I brought that bird home, healed his wounds, fed it, and after a week or so, I put it on my window`s pane to let it fly whenever it wanted. Days passed and suddenly one day it flew away; but to my surprise, he came back to my window`s pane the next morning staring at me as though he wanted to thank me for what I did. That gave me such a good feeling that I have no words to express it, as well as a lesson in wisdom.

The lesson:

If the wild animals would give up their ways to kill other animals to survive, perhaps their brain would develop to find different kinds of food. Thus they would evolve with a larger brain that would be able even to communicate and be like us; in other words, to humanize. But we as humans have a long, long way to go.

Only when we stop killing each other, and end all the wars, then I believe we would evolve to be super or divine-humans.

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Mar 20, 2012
Can the Eternal Slay?
by: Janaka

Dear Sabby,

Thank you for your story of compassion. I think one of the big differences between humans and animals is that humans are freer to choose their actions. Animals are very restricted to their specialized nature. They move horizontally across the Earth acting out their cat nature, or dog nature, etc. We humans can stand upright which can give us a more objective view upon our actions. We can pause and think before we act. We don't need to go into fight, flight or freeze that animals just do, not if we are coming from our higher part of our brain.

It takes great practice to move out of the animal response mechanism of the brain to stay in the Center of our being. Few people can do this. Most of us respond with either sympathy to a situation or aversion, and we are constantly swayed by these two extremes. This is good, this is bad. They are good, they are bad. War is but a symptom of this polarity thinking. When we rise into a higher state of consciousness, outside of the horizontal, evolutionary one that most of us operate on (just like the animals), we come to a transpersonal, quantum way of seeing ourselves and the world. Then all becomes One. There is no two. There is no other. Every thing is energy that is never lost, but simply changes forms.

Compassion had you save the pigeon and so the pigeon will able to remain in that form for a little more time. If the cat had killed the pigeon energy would just have changed into something else, such as food for the cat. And that would have been fine. There is a quote from the Bhagavad Gita that basically says: He who believes he slays and he who believes he's been slain, neither know the Truth. For the Eternal cannot slay nor can It be slain.



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