Friday, November 26, 2010

Kurukshetra Details

Namah Shivaya!

Information from kurukshetra shivir organisers that the temperature there is 10-20 degree. Hence all sadhaks are requested to carry necessary warm clothes and materials to protect themselves.

One of the sadhak Arun Sharma is kind enough to offer seva at Chandigarh Airport on Sunday, 28/11/2010 to guide the Sadhaks arriving by Mumbai GoAir Flight reaching 11:20 a.m. and also he would be going to Kurukshetra by Car and returning Sunday evening. He shall then be available at Chandigarh Airport on Monday 29th Nov till 12:00 p.m. to guide the people arriving on Monday and will further proceed to Kurukshetra. Anyone needing help/guidance in the above areas can reach him at 94170-39299 OR 093570-00270

Some wanted to know if chairs are available.. yes, they are.

Some sadhaks wanted to visit the Pardeshwar Temple in which the Pardeshwar Linga was installed by Babaji in Jalandhar, Punjab.

"Babaji ne apne kar kamlon se Pardeshwar maha dev mandir ka sthapna Jallandhar me kiya hua hai. Babaji says that jo bhi vyakti is shiv link ka darshan karthe hai unka kahi janmon ka karm kat jathe hai. aur agar koi is shiv link ka thirtham grahan karther hai (drink the thirtham) then unka asadhya se asadhya rog bhi door hojatha hai. aur complete health regain hotha hai. " Thanks Vijayanji for this message.

In case you are interested to visit there after or before Prati Prasav shivir, here are the details:

Gauri Shankar Mandir, Guru Amar Dass Coloney,
Near Verka Milk Plant, Amritsar Bye Pass Road, NH-1,Jalandhar

It is known as Gauri Shankar Mandir
Sarees and dhotis are compulsory for men n women for darshan

Thanks for the info from sadhaks - Vijayanji and Karn Sharma and thanks to Rupinder Kaur for the pics and address.

Please note that the ashram has extended booking for Kurukshetra Shivir for the following two categories till today (Nov 25th, 2010)  evening.

Rs.15,000 donation
Rs.18,000 donation

On arrival at Kurukshetra kindly report at the help desk of shivir site Punjabi Dharamsala with PAYMENT PROOF and get accommodation card. it is compulsory to have the accommodation card to check in.

For enquiries  please contact mobile numbers
0999 222 1904
0999 222 1905
0999 222 1906
0999 222 1907
0999 222 1908

 If anyone requires taxis from Chandigarh and New delhi airport to reach Kurushetra, please contact
The charges are as follows

  • Chandigarh to Kurukshetra( 4 people) in a taxi- Rs. 1200 or Rs.300 per head

  • New Delhi Airport to Kurukshetra (4 people) in a taxi - Rs. 2000 or Rs. 500 per head. 

Thanks to Sunayana Multani for elaborating the details below for the benefit of all.

Steps to check your accommodation status for - Art of Dying Shivir in Kurukshetra

Step 1. – Click here

Step 3. Enter the Registration No. (e.g. AA xxxx)
       Note- Eg AA 1212 ( Blankspace after AA  is a must) 

       Step 4.  Status/Detail of Allotment of Room will appear in sometime as follows.

Type 1—Only Shivir registration done and no Room booking

Status/Detail of Allotment of Room


AA 8888



Last Name


Type 2----- Shivir registration done alongwith Room booking .

Note-Allotment of the room will only appear if the payment for the same has been done

Eg.Status/Detail of Allotment of Room


AA 9000



Last Name


Hotel,Dharamshala etc.


Room Desc.


Room No.


1. All the bookings are purely provisional & subject to receipt of payment.
2. In case of variation in payment due & payment received, the booking will be cancelled automatically.
3. In case of a cheque having bounced for payment due for booking, the booking will be cancelled automatically.
4. The allotment committee reserves the right to cancel or alter any booking/allotment without assigning any reason.
5. Although every care has been taken to document booking procedure accurately, any discrepancy if pointed out by any quarter by 15th Nov. will be considered sympathetically and rectified if need be.
6. Although every care has been taken in displaying the data, it is suggested that in case of any doubt or query please feel free to contact the helpline or submit a query on the website.
7. For all updates SADHAKS are requested to kindly check the website prior to leaving for Kurukshetra shivir.

Namah Shivaya!
Thanks to Sunayana Multani for sending information to be published on the transport company which runs its buses from Delhi airport to Haryana and Punjab. This facility could help the shivyogis who are travelling alone to Kurukshetra.

Note that the drop point of Kurushetra is at Pipli, from where Brahma Sarovar is around 7- 8 kms so an auto, taxi has to be hired. The details of the website are as follows:


For more info go to

 A beautiful site has been made for the Kurukshetra Shivir. With so much of gratitude to all those who did this splendid seva, here is some info from the same site that is being put here to reach the maximum number of sadhaks for the convenience of all those attending or planning to attend the Prati Prasav Sadhana. The links from here connect to the site. Thank you Sunayanaji for the information. Namah Shivaya.
Punjabi Dharamshala

Shivir Sthal in Punjabi Dharamshala
Maps of complete Road Map

Distance from Chandigarh to Thanesar is 110 KM

Distance from New Delhi to Thanesar is aprox. 170 KM
For the comfort and convenience of the visiting participants to the shivir,  with  grace of  Babaji, a township is being created for the sadhaks to facilitate quality images at reasonable prices within the energy zone of Shivir site. The township is located in the Mela Ground of Brahmsarover adjacent to Punjabi Dharamshala Ground-the shivir site. The sadhaks will not have to engage any local transportation for reaching the shivir site.
There are all types of images being set up as per the affordability of sadhaks. The main categories are:

    Cottages with ultra modern bathroom and toilet with provision of hot water, heater, all basic daily necessities (toiletries etc.).           
Photo Gallery

    Cottages with European seat toilet and bath attached.
Photo Gallery
Cottages (24 x 12 ft with 11 ft. height) with European toilets and bath attached.
Photo Gallery
    1. Cottages (18 ft x 18 ft with 11 ft height) with two cots with toilet and bath attached;
2.Cottages (18 ft x 18 ft with 11 ft height) with four cots with attached toilet and bath;
3. Cottages (18 ft x 18 ft with 11 ft height) with four-six cots with attached toilet and bath.

The township will have the following extra advantages:

  • Round the clock (24/7) security 
  • Stalls for tea/coffee basic necessities, additional requirements like heaters, quilts.
  • Central Lounge for sadhaks to sit leisurely and enjoy the holy ambience.
  •  House keeping/Laundry facilities.
  •  Sanitation and cleanliness keepers.
  •  Situated between the holy Brahmsarover and Sannehit sarover and adjacent to the shivir site, the township will offer a unique energy zone for sadhaks.

There is another list of accommodation in the Microsoft word format list available in the site below 

More details are available in the site 
to which we remain ever grateful. Thank you!  

Some common FAQ's at the site:

Q. I am visiting Kurukshetra for the first time, how to reach and where?
A: Kurukshetra is 170 Km from New Delhi (Airport), 90 Km from Chandigarh(Airport) situated on NH I (GT Road); Kurukshetra Jn is main line of Delhi-Jammu/Amritsar. The shivir site is 8 kms from Pipli (GT Road) which can be reached by an autorikshaw, and 3 Kms from railway station where Rikshaws/auro-rikshaws are available.

Q. How would I get to know about my allotment number, booked accommodation? 
A. your allotment code and room number would be communicated to you latest by 30th October, 2010 along with address of the booked hotel/dharamshala/shivlok township.

Q. how will I reach the shivir site if the venue where I stay is far off? Will I be able to get transportation if needed? 
A. The accommodation arranged and available is almost in the periphery of 3 kms of the shivir site. However, if you would require a rikshaw or an autorikshaw,t he same could be arranged if so confirmed at the date of registration on Miscellaneous services counter on 29th Novemebr, 2010 forenoon.

Q. What about the meals? 
A. With Babaji’s grace all three meals Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner would be provided at the shivir site.

Q. What if I need tea/coffee apart from meal timings? 
A. It would be available in the Shivlok Township as well as near all Dharamshalas and in Hotels or around them.

Q. How is the weather going to be in Kurukshetra from Novemeber 29th to 7th December? 
A. We have created a lonk on this website which can be opened to know fifteen days’ weather in anticipation. However, generally the weather is sunny during last week of Novemebr and not really very cold. Between 16 to 25 degrees C.

Q. What about laundry and house-keping in township? 
A. There would be stalls for laundry and housekeeping and on reasonable rates you would be able to avail of the services.

Q. How safe the township is going to be? What about locking the tents? 
A. The Shivlok would be under 24/7 security survellience and we are trying to make arrangements for lockable tent doors. However, cottages of Ply would be lockable anyway.

Q. How far is Shivlok township from the shivir,would I need a rikshaw/autorikshaw?
A. Shivlok township is adjacent to the shivir site and at three to five minutes’ walking distance,no need for a rikshaw or an autorikshaw.

Q. How safe would be my valuable belongings in township or other accommodation sites?
A. we suggest you not to bring any jewellery, cash nor keep it inside township or hotel/dharamshala or keep it strictly with you. We do not own any responsibility
for any loss.

Q. Will we be able to get hot water for bathing in the township area?
A. Yes, we would provide hot water for bathing in the morning as SEWA from 4.30 am to 5.30am only. This arrangement cannot be ensured in dharamshalas, please note.

Q. If I am not able to get registered before 29th November, will I not get any accommodation?
A. Well. We would prefer you to get registered before the shivir starts so that you could be sure to get accommodation. In case of an emergency, only the available accommodation would be provided to you.

Q. What arrangement would be there if I decide to overstay after the shivir?
A. Subject to availability of the concerned or alternate accommodation for which you would have to make a separate request on the Miscellaneous Services’ counter on 29th November, 2010.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Siddhas and animals

"Those whose minds are merged in Samadhi, are not deluded by the external jugglery. They are quite fearless. Siddhas (God-realized souls) are not afraid of the world. A tiger or a cobra, when they see such a person, become calm. forgetting their ferocity. Similarly, all animals becomes calm at their sight. Even the enemies forget their enmity and become friendly. As soon as they see a Sadhu, they become stone-still. What is the cause of this? It is because of their doubting nature. At the sight of a Sadhu, there is no darkness.  Mind gets itsefl purified, realizing the Satwa quality. The whole atmosphere around Siddhas is permeated with Peace. Hence, even animals forget their Tamas quality and become calms. In the presence of a Sadhu, all their doubts disappear and the truth shines before them." 
~ Baba Nityananda

  • Once some devotees saw Swami Nityananda sitting near a tree with a cobra. He was patting the snake on the head, saying, "Are all three of you comfortable in that tiny little space?" (Meaning Brahma, Vishnu, and Shivathe Hindu trinity of the Creator, the Sustainer, and the Destroyer.)
  • While Baba wanted came to Ganeshpuri, it was surrounded by jungles and thickly wooded areas filled with wild animals including dangerous ones such as tigers and cobras. At the temple there was a massive old pipal tree in which many snakes lived. In some mysterious manner, Nityananda ordered the snakes to leave the area, which they did. 
  • All forms of life were equally dear to Gurudev. One day, resting in a jungle near Udipi, a big Cobra evidently in great pain appraised Gurudev. He took the reptile lovingly, in his hands and passed his hands over its body. Then he told the snake something and, very obediently the snake crept away into the jungle, with signs of great relief. While excavating the caves at Kanhangad, and also at Ganeshpuri, there were many instances of poisonous snakes understanding and obeying Sadguru's instructions. He would tell the snakes that they were the cause of fear among the people who lived there and that they should leave the place. The snakes would do so.
  • Once a golden hued serpent came to him. He asked the reptile to fly away. The snake immediately flew away and disappeared. There are people who witnessed this incident at Kanhangad.
  • On many occasions fearsome cobras would approach him and they would make peculiar sounds. "They are reciting "Datta-Datta-Mantra", Swamiji would say.
  • Devotees gathered late one evening on the west side of the ashram. Here Nityananda sat on a small ledge bordering a six-foot drop into the darkening fields behind him. Silence prevailed. Suddenly in the distance a pair of bright eyes appeared and, weaving its way slowly through the fields, a tiger came up to the ledge and stopped. The animal then rose lightly on its haunches and rested its forepaws on Nityananda’s shoulders. Calmly the Master reached up with his right hand and stroked the tiger’s head. Satisfied, the tiger jumped back down and disappeared into the night. Later Nityananda observed that as the vehicles of the Goddess Vajreshwari, tigers should be expected around her temple. He also said that wild beasts behave like lambs in the presence of enlightened beings.
  • Many stories tell of his uncanny ability to understand animals. In Udipi once he told its captors to release a certain caged bird because it constantly cursed them.
  • Another time he reassured a frightened devotee that a nearby cobra was too busy chanting to harm anybody.
  • Others remember a devotee who always came for darshan accompanied by his pet parrot.
  • And in May 1944, Captain Hatengdi heard Nityananda say that a bird told him that it would rain in three days, and rain it did.

Guru Nanake during his childhood days took the cattle out into the fields everyday. Guru Nanak always thought about about God. He would sit down under a tree and forget all about the cattle. One day Nanak  thought about God for a very long time. He was tired. So he fell asleep under a tree. The cattle went into a cornfield. They ate up a lot of corn and all the plants were destroyed.

Nanak did not know this and was still sleeping when the farmer came up. He was very angry to see his crops eaten up. He took the cattle away and told the police. The police went to tell the Guru's father. Many people went with them. The police chief was Mr. Rai Bular. He took Kalu and the farmer to the fields. All the people followed them. They reached the farmer's field. The field was as green as ever and not a plant was broken.

Everybody was surprised. The farmer thought it was magic. They were all wondering when Rai Bular said, "But where's the boy?" Everybody began to look for the Guru.

Guru Nanak and the Snake
They sought him here, there and everywhere. But they could not find him. The sun was very hot and they were tired. So they thought of taking some rest under a tree. They were even more surprised to find the Guru sleeping there. The shade of the tree had moved round away from him but a snake was giving shade to the Guru's face.Everybody prayed for the Guru's life. They were very afraid. Their noise made the Guru wake up. The snake slipped away and the Guru got up. All came back to the village. From that day many people began to think that Nanak was 'a man of God.'
"O Nanak, Gods's name has magic. Those that hear, death do not fear. Their sorrows end, and sins disappear."
Seven days before Baba passed away, a wonderful incident occured at Shirdi. There came a country-cart and stopped in front of the Masjid. A tiger was on the cart, fastened with iron chains, with its fierce face turned to the rear. It was suffering from some pain or agony. Its keepers - three Derveshis - were taking it from place to place and making money by exhibiting it. It was the means of their subsistence. They tried all sorts of remedies to cure it from the malady it was suffering from, but all was in vain. Then they heard of Baba's fame and came to Him with the animal. They got it down the chains in their hands and made it stand at the door. It was naturally fierce, besides, disease ridden. So it was restless. 

The people began to look at it with fear and amazement. The Derveshies went in, told Baba everything about the animal and with His consent, brought it before Him. As it approached the steps, it was taken aback on account of the lustre of Baba and hung its head down. When both saw each other, it got on the step and looked at Baba with affection. Immediately it moved the tuft of its tail and dashed it thrice against the ground and then fell down senseless. On seeing it dead the Derveshis were first much dejected and full of sorrow, but on mature thought they came to their senses. They considered that as the animal was diseased and nearing its end, it was very meritorious on its part that it should meet its death at the feet and in the presence of Baba. It was their debtor, and when the debt was paid off it was free and met its end at Sai's Feet. When any creatures bow down their heads at saints' feet and meet death, they are saved; and unless they have got a good store of merit on their account, How could they get such a happy end?  

St. Francis and his companions were making a trip through the Spoleto Valley in Italy when suddenly, Francis spotted a great number of birds of all varieties. There were doves, crows and all sorts of birds. Swept up in the moment, Francis left his friends in the road and ran after the birds, who patiently waited for him. He greeted them in his usual way, expecting them to scurry off into the air as he spoke. But they didn’t.

Filled with awe, he asked them if they would stay awhile and listen to the Word of God. He said to them: “My brother and sister birds, you should praise your Creator and always love him: He gave you feathers for clothes, wings to fly and all other things that you need. It is God who made you noble among all creatures, making your home in thin, pure air. Without sowing or reaping, you receive God’s guidance and protection.” 

At this the birds began to spread their wings, stretch their necks and gaze at Francis, rejoicing and praising God in a wonderful way according to their nature. Francis then walked right through the middle of them, turned around and came back, touching their heads and bodies with his tunic.

Then he gave them his blessing, making the sign of the cross over them. At that they flew off and Francis, rejoicing and giving thanks to God, went on his way. Later, Francis wondered aloud to his companions why he had never thought to talk with the birds before. And from that day on, Francis made it his habit to solicitously invoke all birds, all animals and reptiles to praise and love their Creator. And many times during Francis’ life, there were remarkable events of Francis speaking to the animals. There was even a time when St. Francis quieted a flock of noisy birds that were interrupting a religious ceremony! Much to the wonder of all present, the birds remained quiet until the ceremony was complete.

St. Francis and Rabbits: One day a brother brought a rabbit who had been caught in a trap to St. Francis. Francis advised the rabbit to be more alert in the future, then released the rabbit from the trap and set it on the ground to go its way. But the rabbit hopped back up onto Francis’ lap, desiring to be close to him. Francis took the rabbit a few steps into the woods and set it down. But it followed Francis back to his seat and hopped on his lap again! Finally Francis asked one of his fellow friars to take the rabbit far into the woods and let it go. That worked. This type of thing happened repeatedly to Francis and he spoke to animals wherever he went.

St. Francis and Fish: Fish were also known to listen to Francis. Whenever a fish was caught and Francis was nearby, he would return the fish to the water, warning it to be careful and not to be caught again. On several occasions the fish would linger awhile near the boat, listening to Francis talk, until he gave them permission to leave. Then they would swim off. In every work of art, as St. Francis called all creation, he would praise the Creator.

Jalal-ad-Din Rumi was the greatest mystic of Islam - and perhaps of the world. He was born in 1207 and died in 1272. Rumi left behind a vast collection of mystical poetry and is today the most widely red poet in the western world as he has long been in the East. Much like Francis of Assisi, Rumi adored The Creation. Trees and animals would bow with reverence when he passed by.

Rumi loved to help all beings at whatever stage and in whatever difficulties they found themselves. He loved to see people and animals happy and at peace with their lives and with God.

A beautiful story is told that perfectly expresses Rumi’s enlightened tenderness. It goes like this:

One day Rumi, carrying a tray, was followed secretly by one of his disciples out of the town. Te disciple was bemused, because the tray was heaped with delicacies and Rumi himself always seemed to live austerely. Was the master a hypocrite? Did he plan to eat everything on the tray secretly somewhere? In fact, as the disciple discovered, Rumi was taking the food to a dog who had just given birth to six puppies in the ruins of an old house. Clearly Rumi’s mystically awake senses had made him aware of the dog! When he saw his disciple, Rumi remarked, “You know your heart is awake when you can hear a mother dog’s soft cries of help from miles away.”

There is no salvation for the soul
But to fall in love….
Only lovers can escape
From these two worlds.
This was written in creation.
Only from the heart
Can you reach the sky
The rose of Glory
Can only be grown in the heart.

Sri Ramana Maharshi’s presence invoked a remarkable and transformational impression of benevolence and dignity, kindness and simplicity. which proved to be fundamental to the movement toward spiritual enlightenment in the Western world. Ramana saw God in everything. He had the utmost respect for animals, and there are many wonderful stories of his interactions with them, some of which I have recounted below.

Sri Ramana Maharshi and the Ashram Animals.

Many animals found their way to the ashram including dogs, cats, cows, peacocks, squirrels, birds and monkeys. Squirrels would hop through the window of Ramana’s room. He always kept treats for them by his side. The animals felt his Grace and he loved them in return.

Despite protests from his followers, Ramana would not have the snakes who inhabited the ashram grounds killed. He felt that the human beings had invaded their home and that they should be respected. He treated the snakes with the greatest reverence and respect and no one was ever harmed by one. Many animals would gather in the evenings when Bhagavan sat in the hall to talk and pray with his devotees. On occasions when Bhagavan would be delayed, the animals would come to the hall and peer anxiously in the direction of his empty couch. Bhagavan was very intimate with the animals especially the local monkeys who considered him one of their own. Once Bhagavan had been walking with a group of people. They had gone much farther than they expected that day and had become very hungry. Out of nowhere appeared a band of monkeys who swarmed to the top of a high fig tree shaking its branches so that all of the fruit dropped to the ground for Bhagavan and his followers. The monkey left as quickly as they had appeared taking no fruit for themselves.

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi the Indian Saint showed the same consideration to the animals whom destiny had brought into contact with him as to the people. And animals were drawn to him just as people were. Birds and squirrels would build their nests close to him and mother monkeys were often seen to bring their babies to him for blessings in the same way human mothers wouldbring their children for blessings. He never referred to animals in the usual Indian style as ‘it’ but always as ‘he’ or ‘she.’ At meal time at the ashram the animals were always fed first, then any beggers who might have chanced by, and then the devotes. He referred to the ashram dogs as “the Lads.”

Lakshmi: The most favored of all the animal devotees was a cow named Lakshmi. She was brought along with her mother as a gift to Bhagavan. He felt he could not properly care for the cows and so they were taken to farm in a neighboring village. After Lakshmi had been with the farmer for a year or more he went one evening to Ramanas ashram for prayers bringing Lakshmi and her mother with him for a visit. Lakshmi was irresistibly attracted to Ramana and must have noted carefully the way to the ashram. The next day she appeared on her own and from then on came every day returning, by herself the farm in the evening. At some point along the way she became a permanent member of the ashram. During her life at the ashram, Lakshme bore several calves at least three of them on Bhagavan’s birthday.. She was extremely devoted to Bhagavan and he showed her the utmost Grace and kindness.

On June 17, 1948 Lakshmi became very ill and it was clear that her time had come to an end. Bhagavan went to her and said: “Amma (Mother), do you want me near you?” He sat down beside her and cradled her head in his lap putting one hand on her head and one over her heart just as he had done when his own human mother lay dying. He gazed into her eyes for a long time and lay his cheek against hers stroking her gently. She focused all of her attention on Bhagavan and was conscious up to the end, her eyes bright and clear. On June 18th at 11:30 am she left her body peacefully. She was buried in the Ashram compound and given full funeral rights. Her grave was beside that of a deer, crow and dog which Bhagavan had also buried there. A stone was placed over her grave with her likeness carved into it. On the stone was also engraved the epitaph he had written for her stating that she had attained (Mukti) final liberation. The word mukti is used in two different ways. Generally when it is said that someone has attained mukti it means that they have died. The more spiritual term Mukti means that the soul (usually a very advanced soul) has attained final liberation from this realm of existence. When Bhagavan was questioned as to which definition he was referring to when speaking of Lakshmi, did he mean that she had died or that she had attained liberation, he said Mukti - final liberation!

To support the quote from Baba Nityanand on the first part of this article, this story is put up here to show that even the deadliest of beings can be transformed in an enlightened master's presence. Angulimala was a fiercely dreaded ruthless dacoit in Shravasti. His name came from the words anguli (finger) and mala (necklace) because he is said to chop away the fingers of his victims and wear them in a necklace around his neck.  Villagers petitioned the king of Kosala, who vowed to hunt down Angulimala. Fearing for her son's life, Angulimala's mother set out to find him and warn him of the king's intent. The Buddha perceived with his "divine eye" (faculty of clairvoyance) that Angulimala had slain 999 victims, and was desperately seeking a thousandth. If the Buddha encountered Angulimala that day, he would become a monk and subsequently attain Nirvana. If Angulimala encountered his mother instead, he would slay her as his thousandth victim and fall into hell for millennia as a matricide.
The Buddha set off to intercept Angulimala, despite being warned by the people of the village in which he was staying. On the road through the forest of Kosala, Angulimala first saw his mother who came to warn him of the impending arrival of the kings' army. Angulimala, after some deliberation, decided to make her his 1000th victim. But then when Buddha also arrived, he chose to kill him instead. He drew his sword, and started running towards the Buddha. But although Angulimala was running as fast as he could, he couldn't catch up with the Buddha who was walking calmly. "The Blessed One willed a feat of psychic power such that Angulimala, though running with all his might, could not catch up with the Blessed One walking at normal pace" (MN 86, translation from Thanissaro Bhikku). This bewildered Angulimala so much that he called to the Buddha to stop. The Buddha said that he himself had already stopped, and that it was Angulimala who should stop. Angulimala asked for further explanation, after which the Buddha said that he had stopped harming living beings, and that Angulimala was still harming and hurting living beings. After hearing this, Angulimala changed his ways, vowed to cease his life as a brigand and joined the Buddhist order.
The Buddha, greatest example of compassion towards all living and nonliving beings.
Abba Helenus back in the days of the Egyptian Desert Fathers. The saint, like most early monks a layman rather than a priest, found one Sunday that the priest who was expected to celebrate the Eucharist for his community was unable to do so because he was on the other side of the Nile and had no transportation; moreover he was fearful of the stream's many crocodiles.

But the holy man went to the banks of the mighty river and, invoking the name of the Lord, summoned one of the great reptiles to his service. The crocodile dutifully ferried the abbot to the other side, much to the marvel of the brethren. But unfortunately the priest could not be persuaded to ride the scaly beast back, knowing that in his time he had consumed many humans. So Helenus had to return alone, having shown his power over beasts if not over sacerdotal timorousness. He then commanded his saurian servant to perish rather than increase his weight of carnivorous sin, and the crocodile dutifully did so (Waddell 18-19 and other sources). (May one hope that the beast then found himself transported to the happy shores of the River of Life in Paradise?)

Set a little later, in Brittany of about the sixth and seventh centuries, is the story of Malo, the rugged pioneer evangelist of that portion of France. It begins when the saint came upon a despondent swineherd. The lad had thrown a stone at an unruly sow to try to stop her from devastating a farmer's wheat field, but had accidentally killed her. Not only that, but the sow's piglets were by now desperately trying to nurse from their mother, not realizing what had happened. Understandably, the boy was in dread of his employer's wrath, having nothing with which to repay the loss. The compassionate saint, for whom to see and feel was to act, touched the sow's ear with his staff, and immediately she came back to life, quite recovered. The lord, delighted in hearing what had happened, spread the holy man's fame and even gave him a farm.

 Seraphim of Sarov (1759-1833) During his years of forest-dwelling, Seraphim acquired a particular rapport with animals. He was seen gamboling with a great bear as with a friendly dog, and when he went up to the monastery to take his rations, his animal friends, foxes, hares, and wolves as well as bears, would wait for his return, knowing he would share whatever he had with them.
One day a nun, Matrona, of a nearby convent that Seraphim befriended, saw him sitting on a log with a bear. Terrified, the woman let out a scream, and the monk gently dismissed the animal and invited the sister to sit beside him. But, she reported later, the beast returned and lay at the holy man's feet. She was again alarmed, but "saw Father Seraphim, quite unconcerned, treating the bear like a lamb, stroking him and giving him some bread." The nun calmed down, then "looked at the father and was dazzled by the sight of his face which seemed to me full of light and like an angel's. When I was wholly reassured the Staretz gave me a piece of bread and said: 'You needn't be the least afraid of him, he won't hurt you.' So I held out the bread to the bear and, while he was eating it, it was such joy to be feeding him that I wanted to go on doing so." Seraphim characteristically told Matrona not to tell anyone about the incident until eleven years after his death.

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Goraknath is one of the 18 yoga siddhas in the 'nath' tradition. He was initiated by Dattatreya (Vishnu), Macchamuni, Allama Prabu. Some of his contributions include "Avadhuta Gita" and 13 other works, order of ascetics, medicine, alchemy, Hatha yoga pradipika classic etc. He has attained samadhi at Poyur (Girnar). You can find his cave in Sathuragiri hills.

Jesus loved animals and they loved his company. Christ was against animal abuse he even tried to free doves from cages in the market. 

 Sri Chaitanya, chanting and dancing with wild animals in Jarakhanda forest.

Baba Sailani Shah mianwandered the forests and tamed many wild animals such as tigers, lions and other cats. His shrine is located in Buldhana district of Maharashtra, near Aurangabad. The rich dresses worn by most saints are probably an artist's imaginative depiction of the 'rutba' or spiritual stage the saint had attained.

St. Francis had the ability to communicate with animals and felt at one with all creation.

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 “I learned from animals, birds, and insects” said Dattatreya. “I have found in all twenty-four teachers since my childhood, and still I am searching for more.” Lord Dattatreya observed nature carefully, the elements, the sun and the moon, birds and animals, men and women and gained an insight into the nature of the world.

Siddha Pulippani used to ride a Tiger up the hill to take him ice cold water. He would mesmerise the tiger and using mantra ice the water. 

Rabi'a the saint led a life of voluntary poverty and simplicity. She turned down many rich gifts as well as many offers of marriage. Instead of wealth or noble family, her trademark was charity, and she was known for her many acts of kindness to humans and animals alike. Maria Jaoudi's Christian and Islamic Spirituality, p. 85, tells us that like Seraphim, she spent an initiatory season of inner preparation for her calling alone in the wilderness. There the animals gathered around her: deer, gazelles, mountain goats and wild donkeys. In her presence, they were trusting and fearless. One commentator wrote, "This saint was credited with complete abstinence from animal products so that animals no longer fled from her."

Ramana Maharshi also had a wonderful relationship with animals. Many wild animals such as Tigers and snakes roamed the mountain side but the Maharishi never showed any signs of fear and often befriended animals who came in contact with him. A disciple recorded that on one instance a black cobra entered a hut where the Maharshi was staying, the snake stopped and stared into the eyes of Ramana, after a while the snake retreated. A realized soul maintains a close oneness with all of God’s creation and this compassion can sensed by the animals themselves.


On the same note, since this topic is regarding the communication of humans and animal kingdom, i'm pulling up an old note here, that i had initially published on facebook for the interest of the readers. The note was named as "Dying at a Siddha's feet"

"Yesterday my sister had called to report that a weak bird flew into her house and was sitting in front of Babaji's photo staring at it. She was scared but I asked her to let it be where it is and not do anything to it. It sat there seemingly weak, staring at Babaji's photo. Today morning she called that it died there. I have noticed insects coming into my room and dashing against Babaji's photo or swirling around him. I was surprised to see one insect (the ones that die within minutes after they come out of the ground during rainy season) coming suddenly into my room. I knew that these insects die soon so I allowed it to be in the room assuming that it had come for some reason. Soon I saw it go directly and swirl and hit at Babaji's photo before it disappeared somewhere.. It's beyond our perception but it is such a fortune for these life forms that they try to come in a Siddha's presence and even more fortunate to leave their life at their feet."

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