Animals and awareness

Question: Do animals have to deal with the illusion of being separate? I’m thinking about my dogs.

Francis: That’s a good question. You should ask them.

Question: They won’t answer….

Francis: Ramana Maharshi used to say that certain animals would reach this level of selflessness. I notice differences in behavior among animals. I have a dog who behaves like a realized dog. I have never asked him the question. And even if he were realized I’m not sure that he would make that claim.

The problem with this sort of question is that, if we were to come up with an answer, we would know something, and since this world is in fact an illusion it is difficult to know something about nothing. I think that the best way to behave towards animals is to assume they are realized beings. And the same applies to human beings. If you approach beings, based upon this assumption, they will open their hearts to you; they will become, and they will be, the way you see them, the way you compel them to be. They will show their true colors.

Excerpt from Truth Love Beauty by Francis Lucille. Click on the following link, then on the book cover to read the first chapter – Free


About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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