“Animals should be loved, should be respected,
because somewhere at some time
they will also reach to the same consciousness as you.”
There is a constant evolution going on…
Loving the animal is absolutely human.
Loving the animal shows
that you can see the future of these animals’ evolution.
Some day they may come to the same point where we are,
and some day they may come to the same height as any buddha.
Regarding their future, you can be loving and respectful towards them. […]
When a man kills a lion, they call it a game.
And when a lion kills a man, they call it a disaster.
Why do you change the word?
In a game both the parties should be respected equally.
For thousand of years man has been hunting
without even bothering that he is destroying life.
We are part of that same life.
It is almost like destroying one’s own hand or one’s own eyes.
Those animals are part of the cosmic whole just as we are.
Osho, Hyakujo: The Everest of Zen, with Basho’s Haikus, Ch 4
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