Lakshmi--the cow who attained enlightenment
The Indian saint Ramana Maharishi showed great reverence for the animals who were drawn to his ashram. One was a cow named Lakshmi who would rest her head on Ramana’s feet while he sat with his devotees. When Lakshmi was dying, Ramana sat with her and laid his hands on her heart and head. He told his devotees that her heart was filled with love for God and that she had attained enlightenment before she left this realm. (This is a paragraph from my book Peace to All Beings.)
Our enlightened neighbor dogs
The more often the dogs who live up the road come to visit us, the more convinced I become that they are visiting primarily to teach us about love and make sure we are ok. They enjoy the cuddles and hugs, but I sense there is so much more—we must listen to them and allow them to bless us.
Praying with an animal friend
This week, as we hold in our hearts all the animals suffering in the world, let us find one animal to sit with, as did Ramana Maharishi. Let us show that one “great reverence” and place our hands over their hearts. As we sit in quiet with him or her, let us give thanks for their loving presence and for all they are trying to teach us. And let us in this quiet, tender moment, together with our animal friend, send thanks and great love to all animals everywhere.
Thanks to all of you, compassion is encircling the earth for all beings.
Thank you for your faithful prayers and visionary thoughts. Thanks to all of you, compassion is encircling the earth for all beings. Thank you for your devotion to truth, love, liberation and peace for all beings.
With Love, peace, and gratitude from Judy, and Will, Madeleine, and the Circle of Compassion team.
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