Q. Is it possible for me who love the animals to
learn how to get more power than I have to help them in their sufferings?
A. Genuine unselfish LOVE combined
with WILL is a "power" in itself.
They who love animals ought to show that affection in a more efficient
way than by covering their pets with ribbons and sending them
to howl and scratch at the prize exhibitions.
Q. Why do the noblest animals suffer so much
at the hands men? I need not enlarge or try to explain this question.
Cities e torture places for the animals who can be turned to any
account for use or amusement by man! and these are always the most noble.
A. In the Sutras, or the Aphorisms
of the Karma-pa, a sect which is an offshoot of
the great Gelukpa (yellow caps) sect in Tibet, and whose
name bespeaks its tenets "the believers in the efficacy
of Karma," (action, or good works) an Upasaka
inquires of his Master, why the fate of the poor animals
had so changed of late? Never was an animal killed or treated
unkindly the vicinity of Buddhist or other temples in China,
in days of old, while now, they are slaughtered
and freely sold at the markets of various cities, etc.
The answer is suggestive:
. . . "Lay not nature under the accusation
of this unparalleled justice. Do not seek in vain for Karmic
effects to explain the cruelty for the Tenbrel Chugnyi (causal
connection, Nidâna) shall teach thee none.
It is the unwelcome advent of the Peling Christian foreigner),
whose three fierce gods refused to provide for the protection
of the weak and little ones (animals), that is answerable
for the ceaseless and heartrending sufferings of our dumb companions.". . .
The answer to the above query is here in a nutshell. It
may be useful, if once more disagreeable, to some
religionists to be told that the blame for this universal suffering
falls entirely upon our Western religion and early education.
Every philosophical Eastern system, every religion and
sect in antiquity the Brahmanical, Egyptian, Chinese
and finally, the purest as the noblest of all the existing
systems of ethics, Buddhism inculcates kindness and protection
to every living creature, from animal and bird down to
the creeping thing and even the reptile. Alone,
our Western religion stands in its isolation, as a monument
of the most gigantic human selfishness ever evolved by
human brain, without one word in favor of, or for
the protection of the poor animal. Quite the reverse.
For theology, underlining a sentence in the Jehovistic
chapter of "Creation," interprets it as a proof
that animals, as all the rest, were created for
man! Ergo sport has become one of the noblest amusements
of the upper ten. Hence poor innocent birds wounded,
tortured and killed every autumn by the million, all over
the Christian countries, for man's recreation. Hence
also, unkindness, often cold-blooded cruelty,
during the youth of horse and bullock, brutal indifference
to its fate when age has rendered it unfit for work, and
ingratitude after years of hard labour for, and in the
service of man. In whatever country the European steps
in, there begins the slaughter of the animals and their useless decimation.
"Has the prisoner ever killed for his pleasure animals?"
inquired a Buddhist Judge at a border town in China, infected
with pious European Churchmen and missionaries, of
a man accused of having murdered his sister. And having
been answered in the affirmative, as the prisoner had been
a servant in the employ of a Russian colonel, "a mighty
hunter before the Lord," the Judge had no need of
any other evidence and the murderer was found "guilty" justly,
as his subsequent confession proved.
Is Christianity or even the Christian layman to be blamed for
it? Neither. It is the pernicious system of theology,
long centuries of theocracy, and the ferocious,
ever-increasing selfishness in the Western civilized countries.
What can we do?