Monday, January 05, 2009

who is better?

It has been said that “Manushya Januma” is the purest or ultimate form of life you can get through which (from your righteous living) you can attain “Moksha”. We have been brought up by giving various illustrations about how we can get an “animal” form in our next birth if we did something wrong.
- You would be born as a bed-bug in your next birth if you disturb someone’s sleep.
- Somebody had spoiled some family, and hence they are born as a cat in this birth
- If I keep some debt with you (not only monetary) I will be born as a dog in your house next time and I will repay your debt.

And so on... Whether these are superstitions are not is a separate debate. My point is not that. Are animals really less fortunate than humans? For a moment lets forget those animals which are captured by man and ill-treated; like the ones in circus and all. If we consider only that natural form of animals and re-ask the question… are we more fortunate than them?
Somehow I think differently. I feel they are more fortunate than us. They are satiated just by eating something and sleeping somewhere. But we? We need good food, we need a soft bed to sleep, we need people whom we love around us, we need money, we want this, we want that… not only greedy people; even the so called normal people need a lot more things than animals. If they don’t have them they die in misery. Whereas an animal unless dying of some disease (which we also do sometimes) never dies in misery. So how is an animal life less fortunate than a human life?

Animals don't nee to "think", which by itself is a major blessing if you ask me. They don't have to do future retirement plans, they don't even have to think about tomorrow. If they survive they do.. else they just go. But can we live like that? Never.

Hence I strongly believe that we humans are the most unfortunate because we can see/feel/think everything.

I had a neighbor in mysore, who used to feed their dog with dairy milk chocolates and kaju burfis. given a chance I would swap with snowy anytime!


Vijay said...

Heavy post to start the year off..Perhaps you are right.. the only problem is what is the animals point of view?

I know a guy who heads a large company in Bangalore who has an AC bedroom for his dogs.. in fact he treats them better than his employees....

Kavi said...

Who wouldnt !! With all those sweets and not having to own the responsibility of 'thinking', who wouldnt !!

Happy new year !

shark said...

@vijay: Then in my next birth, I should be born as either my neighbors dog or as a dog in this guy's home ;-)

@kavi: bingo!

vijay said...

@shark if I tell you who it is, you will change your mind :-)

Anonymous said...


happy new year to you.

i like your thinking. however, don't forget that giving chocolate to a dog is like giving arsenic or lead to a human. of course, if one doesn't know that it is unhealthy, one would love to eat the food (with lead and/or arsenic), i guess.

- s.b.

parijaatha said...

Interesting post.Whenever I am annoyed I am convinced that in my next life I want to be born a mosquito-you can annoy anyone u want,no worries..and you are dead before the whole thing gets boring.

But then,you will not be thrilled by a beautiful sunset...or get to daydream about your future.