Esoteric Library - Do Pets Have Souls?
Esoteric Library
Articles

-- 2925 articles here --

Search our entire article base




Esoteric Dictionary Definitions
Search our dictionary.

2925
Article Count

Return to our index page
Review all comments made by readers on articles, in the library
Get notified when there are new articles in a category of interest
Search our complete article base for all your answer
Contact Esoteric Library
Help Esoteric Library
About Pieter Heydenrych
Some Causes worth considering
Return to our Dictionary index page
Create your own author account, and submit articles free

Category : Wisdom Teachings - - - - Previous Page

--> Notify Me when there is an article of interest in a specific category FREE <--

Do Pets Have Souls?

{written by : Jenny Smedley}

Article word count : 1367 -- Article Id : 1854
Article active date : 2009-03-26 -- Article views : 7966


Link to this article
Esoteric Library Publishers
Send to a friend
Add to Favourites
Print Article
Notify me of new articles in this category

Rate this article

Current rating : 2.11
Why rate an article?
Putting down your mark helps us to ensure that we are able to get the best to everyone. So please help others to help yourself.

To vote, click on the star of your choice.

Thanks...
?
Article is about :
What is a soul and should we as humans assume that we are the only life-forms that have them? Jenny Smedley discusses her beliefs in this matter.

Reincarnation The Neverending Journey
In Reincarnation The Neverending Journey an attempt is made to explore the conundrum of our existence. An existence that spans yesterday, today and even tomorrow. Questions surrounding the existence of the soul and our connections to the physical world, the fundamental mechanisms and the processes by which reincarnation operates through time, are carefully examined. Plausible revelations on memories and karma and their intrinsic connections to our lives today and tomorrow are explored. It is a Neverending Journey.. Your Neverending Journey....

by Pieter Heydenrych




Search our entire article base






Esoteric Dictionary Definitions
Search our dictionary.




Custom Search



Do Pets Have Souls, and Do They Go to Heaven?

People sometimes say to me that there is no mention of pets having souls or going to Heaven in The Bible. But that isn’t surprising and doesn’t mean they don’t. After all The Bible is a sort of instruction manual for humans to follow in order for them to achieve Heaven, but a pet wouldn’t be able to go to Heaven because of anything its owner could do to make it happen, so why would there be any instructions about it in the human instruction manual? If you still doubt, then try to imagine heaven that has no animals in it. It’s impossible.

The real question to ask, is what qualifies a living being to be admitted into heaven after they die? The simple answer to me is that they must have a soul, and to make this a reality they have to have shown the ability to love and to feel compassion. On December 4th 2008 a story was captured on a Motorway camera in Santiago in Chile. At first sight the film looked like it was going to be just another tragic road victim tale, as a dog ran across the carriageways. Appearing to be in a blind panic the dog paid no attention to the continuous speeding traffic, and the inevitable soon happened. The poor dog was struck a glancing blow by two cars and was left, sprawled unconscious and obviously badly injured or dead, right in the middle of the carriageway. It looked as if this dog is soon to be reduced to a smear on the tarmac, the way we’re used to seeing ‘road kill’ on our roads after a few hours, reduced from living breathing creature to a greasy stain. But then on the edge of the camera’s range another dog appeared. It looked very similar to the other one, so you have to wonder if they were siblings. The second dog paused for a moment as if assessing the problem, and then carefully made his way across the lanes of traffic to the prone dog. At this point, for me, it became quite surreal, as the rescuer dog didn’t grasp the injured one with his mouth, the way you would expect a dog to, but instead put a front leg either side of the victim from the front, his paws under the armpits, as you would see a human do when attempting to drag a heavy person. Then the dog, step by painstaking step, walked backwards across the motorway, looking carefully at the traffic each time it crossed a lane, still able to avoid the speeding cars, dragging his friend, until he reached the safety of the central reservation. Sadly, this miracle didn’t have a really happy ending, as the first dog had died on impact, and his rescuer ran away before the motorway workers, running to the scene to help, could take him in to be homed.

But, there are many things to consider in this story. How was the second dog able to assess the situation so intelligently? If he was just a ‘dumb animal’ how did he know that his friend needed rescuing? If he was incapable of love, then why would he care anyway? He was obviously very clever to be able to make it unscathed onto, across, and off the three lane road, but when he reached the other dog, he must have been able to sense that it was too late to save his life, and yet something drove him to still want his friend’s body off the road. Why would a dog care what happened to a dead body, and pull him so laboriously off the road instead of just saving himself? Did he want his friend’s body to be respected? If so, this is hardly the thought process of an irrational mind. Why did he use the totally human way of dragging the other dog, instead of grasping him with his teeth, which would have made his journey back much safer and quicker for him? Over and above all these remarkable questions, the biggest one of all remains; why did he embark on the rescue in the first place? There can only be one answer. He loved the other dog.

Another prerequisite for admission through the Pearly Gates is the gift of self-awareness, which that dog surely had. Still, many would argue that animals do not have this gift, but I was sent two other slightly less dramatic but equally amazing stories about dogs caring for and helping each other that further belie this opinion. The first involved two dogs swimming in a pool. One was a large breed and the other a toy. The toy breed wanted to get out of the pool, but although he could put his front paws on the edge of the pool, he couldn’t pull himself out. So the bigger dog swum to the steps, climbed out, ran along the side of the pool to his friend, reached down, grabbed him by the scruff of the neck with his teeth, and pulled him onto dry land. In the second, featuring two different dogs, a ball had fallen into the swimming pool, and neither of them could quite reach it without overbalancing and falling in, which they didn’t want to do. So, one dog stood behind the other and grasped him firmly by the tail. The first dog was then able to lean forward and reach the ball without falling in. Then the dog holding the tail pulled backwards, dragging friend and ball away from the edge of the pool. Both these incidences were filmed and not just hearsay.

Again, there are many questions about these incidences. An animal with no self-awareness would not have cared that his friend wanted to get out of the pool, or that he himself had the ability to help him, and therefore change things for him. This dog was not only self-aware, but also aware of his companion, and could empathize with him. In the second case, these dogs showed an ability to be team players, again demonstrating awareness both of themselves and of each other, and a comprehensive grasp of cause and effect.

So, what other criteria could there be to qualify a living creature for admittance into Heaven?

A perceived lack of empathy in animals is a stumbling block that prevents some people believing they have a soul, and therefore qualify for admittance into Heaven.

However, recently, London"s Birkbeck College did some research on the yawn mechanism. In their study, 72% of dogs tested responded to a yawning human by yawning back. This response shows a definite empathic ability. This was already an established fact with chimpanzees. This behavior showed dogs were skilled at reading human social cues and showed a capacity for empathy.

Some other easily observed characteristics that I believe fit are the following:

Animals are not judgmental about others, and they don’t prejudge others based on their personal appearance. They are not prejudiced against anyone of any race or sexual orientation or religious belief system.

An animal doesn’t care whether their companions are the same color or a different color to themselves. A black dog is treated exactly the same as a white dog, and of course this is only common sense, because under their fur and skin they are exactly the same.

Animals can still smell water and intuitively know what they need to eat to stay healthy, whereas a sense deprived human would die of thirst very quickly in a dry place, and would most likely eat poisonous plants without an instruction manual to help him.

Also human language has brought many benefits, but on the other hand it has moved us away from natural communication, by body language, which is of course the method of connection that animals rely on. We could truly learn a lot from our animal friends, not least of which would be to ask ourselves a little more often the question, ‘Who are we to say who does and does not, deserve a heavenly afterlife?’



Author Bio :
Jenny Smedley is the author of Forever Faithful – O Books 978-1-84694-174-0, and Pets Have Souls Too – Hay House 978-1-84850-090-7. www.jennysmedley.com

Add a comment to this article
Number of comments for this article : 0
View all comments to this article
View all comments in the Comments Blog


Other reads from the same category

Life Success Lessons From 16 Mark Twain Quotes {by Thea Westra}
Living an Inspired Life {by Dr. Sheri Rosenthal}
The Mountain of Awareness {by J.M.Harrison}
Love and Loving {by The Circle of Good Will}
Eternal Being {by Mystic Life}
In the Image of God: You are the Divinity you Seek {by William Meader}
Wise Woman Tradition Empowers Women {by Susun Weed}
What are You Evolving Into? {by Jonathan Parker}
Coming of The Hierarchy {by James Oliver Cyr, M.D.}
The Beginning of Time {by Lumari}
Other reads by Jenny Smedley

Children and Angels
Past Life Angels
The Communal Soul - How to Reach It
Angel Whispers


This Page is Sponsored by : From A Blimp To A Racecar