By Stuart Camps
When Tibetan Buddhist monks built a small cinema building for the 14th Dalai Llama they first spent many man-hours relocating countless earthworms away from the building site so as not to harm them. Also of earthworms, one of the world's most revered saints, Swami Vivekananda, said, "they are among the greatest beings on earth". He said this not because they possess vast intellectual or technological prowess, but because they live so simply, without any artifacts, and because their life of Contemplation, of in-dwelling in the Divine, was so tangible to his spiritual perception and understanding. The Swami further praised earthworms for their important function in helping to build the earth's fertile soils, without which so many other forms of life could not exist.
Scientists, researchers, and lawmakers today are currently looking at the value of our closest non-human relatives, the chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, and orangutans. Part of the reasoning behind this timely movement is these creatures' obvious genetic, intellectual, and emotional closeness to us. But do faculties such as these truly make the human or the chimpanzee more important than the worm or the spider, or a finch? In terms of our ability to sustain and generate life on the Earth, human and non-human apes are far behind the earthworm, the tree, and the microbe. We are clearly not as important to all of life on Earth as these so-called "lesser" beings.
What makes all beings alike, and therefore most intimately connected and "equally important", is that we are all alive, and therefore ultimately inseparable. There is no argument with this, and no need to prove or disprove it. In our mutual existence we find our irrefutable sameness. For all the similarities to humans we see in chimpanzees, we can still find countless differences. The arguments for sameness or similarity, based only upon observable characteristics, are ultimately a limit upon seeing what anything really is.
No creature, no living thing, indeed no so-called dead thing, is more or less an expression of Life than anything else. Everyone and everything is an expression of the One Life. Legalized rights for human and non-human great apes will do little good without the simultaneous embrace and recognition of the "Spiritual Unity" among all beings. Although most people supposedly enjoy some equality of human rights, we know that these rights are often neglected, abused, and abandoned. What hope then have chimpanzees, redwoods, or stinkbugs, if left only to the findings of our sciences and laws? Mankind, so far, has failed to realize a self-perpetuating universal spiritual relationship toward everything. Science does not offer this. Nor does common law. Nor even do our common religions. If anyone doubts this, they need only look to human history or watch the current news.
Many years ago, in his first book, Adi Da Samraj wrote: "After all of this, why have you not understood? You have seen everything, but you do not understand." Humanity is now being forced (or is forcing itself) into a corner where it is beginning to see that, despite all it has done, all it has accomplished, created, and come to know, it still does not "understand". Of all our ingeniously invented tools none are enough to ensure that we don't destroy ourselves, and our planet along with us. Only now, through our human-created threat to everything, are we in that position of "importance" which we have so long imagined for ourselves. What we do in this time effects everything on earth; and because of this we now face our greatest responsibility. What are needed today, more than anything else, and more than in any other time, are Great Wisdom, Immense Heart, and Profound Understanding.
ADI DA SAMRAJ: At heart, all are One. At heart, a human being is not the slightest bit different from the reptiles, the birds, the former dinosaurs, the elephants, the plants, the trees, the wind, the sky, the microbes. Apart from their function in conditionality, all beings are the same.
At heart, human beings are manifesting a potential that is in all and that is inherent in conditional existence itself. Whether this potential is exhibited or not, whether it is made human or not, makes no difference whatsoever to the Divine Self-Condition. All is One. All are the same. All equally require Divine Compassion, Love, and Blessing, the thread of Communion with the Divine made certain and true and directly experienced. All. ©
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