Moon dog wise vshnava
(This is a reblog)
“A dog, my child, is the perfect embodiment of unconditional love. The dog’s love is pure. It is unselfish, sincere, and true. It is not based on any kind of logic, reasoning, or selfish need, its love is purely a gift from the divine. The dog does not love in order to receive love in return, and it does not care whether you love it back. It simply loves, unconditionally and without condition.” ― A.A. Milne
In the old days, a dog’s loyalty and devotion could be easily measured by a single act. The dog’s loyalty was tested by his willingness to defend his master’s life or property, by his willingness to defend the master from attack by another dog, or by his willingness to obey the master’s commands. A dog’s devotion could be measured by the care he took to clean the house, the time he spent with the master and by his willingness to sleep in the master’s room or by his willingness to share his food with the master and/or the master’s family.
The old saying “A dog is a man’s best friend” was based on the dog’s readiness to respond to his master’s requests, even when his master was not physically present. This was demonstrated when the dog was trned to bring the master a letter when he returned home and, if the master fled to recognize him, the dog would not hesitate to bring him another letter, even if the master was angry with him.
The old saying that a dog is a man’s best friend also reflected the fact that a dog’s affection could be expressed more easily by his willingness to give the master an affectionate touch than by his ability to speak. He would roll over and put his paws up on the master’s knees to be stroked, while he would not make a sound in response to his master’s words.
In ancient times, the Indian philosophers believed that a dog’s loyalty could be measured by his willingness to follow his master in good and in bad times. This was the basis of the concept of Bhakti, the path of devotion. The dog was considered to be a manifestation of the divine, the embodiment of all the attributes of the divine. According to this belief, a dog’s loyalty can be measured by the intensity of his devotion to his master and by the devotion he gives to his master in return.
When the dog is well fed, healthy and well-treated, he is more likely to devote himself to his master. On the other hand, when he is in a difficult situation and his master’s words or actions are not beneficial to him, he is likely to feel disenchanted and disappointed. He might express his resentment by his disobedience, or his dissatisfaction by his aggression. When his master’s words or actions are kind and helpful to him, he will feel contented and satisfied and will willingly dedicate himself to the master’s service.
The Indian philosophers believe that devotion and loyalty, like love, are universal qualities, existing in all of us. However, they believe that we human beings are not conscious of this quality. This leads them to believe that a dog’s love is more direct and more intense than ours. We believe that it is the dog’s devotion to us that is so strong, and not our devotion to him that is so strong. We are mistaken.
When we say “I love you” to our loved ones, our words carry the same meaning as the dog’s. However, unlike the dog, we human beings are conscious of what we are saying. We are also aware of the fact that the meaning of our words is not the same as the meaning of the dog’s words, or of the words of the dog’s master.
We cannot help feeling proud of our dog’s devotion. However, what he is feeling, when he is not aware of it, is a very different feeling. In our opinion, our dog is a little embarrassed to be the embodiment of a quality that we think is so universal. We may even be embarrassed to feel proud of his devotion to us, or we may think that the dog feels guilty when he feels pride in what we think is a universal quality.
The dog is proud of his devotion to us only because we have taught him to believe that it is a universal quality. We can take credit for this because we are the ones who have taught the dog that what we call devotion is universal, not the dog. As the old saying goes, “A dog is a man’s best friend.”
It is natural for a dog to be proud of the fact that he is the embodiment of love and loyalty. However, he is embarrassed to be the embodiment of love and loyalty to a master who does not know of it. That is why the dog is very shy to show his devotion to us.
In the words of the ancient Indian philosopher, Patanjali, “Love is the union of consciousness,” (I.43). The dog’s consciousness can be aroused only when he has been awakened by a master who can appreciate what he is. It is not surprising that the dog’s consciousness can awaken only when he has been trned to do something, like rolling over and wagging his tl, so that his master may feel the warm glow of his love and devotion. The dog is proud of his devotion only because he has learned to make himself avlable to his master and to awaken the consciousness of his master by his good actions and behavior.
The dog has the ability to show his love for his master. It is the master who has the ability to appreciate the dog’s love. That is why he is the dog’s best friend. In this way, the dog becomes the embodiment of the divine within us, by his devotion to his master. He becomes the perfect