Touching Story: Cobra Saveguard Puppies

Source: Save birds and animals @ Facebook

A Heart Opening story from Punjab, India, where two pups fell by accident into a well, while playing with other siblings. The ''owner'' of the pups found 2 puppies missing in the group and later found the mother dog barking near a shallow well. To his surprise, he found the puppies in the well along with a King Cobra. They found that the cobra, which was supposed to be a threat for all animals, including man, was actually safeguarding the little pups from not getting drowned when the pups moved towards the danger area of the well.

This purely shows that cobra, which is supposed to be a dangerous animal to others, also had the sense to know that the pups were merely little creatures who are innocent and loving. Also, that perhaps the snake had the feelings to understand the love behind the mother dog's bark.

People who gathered around didn't have the courage to get into the well and save the pups because the snake was around. The puppies and the snake remained in the well for 48 hours, until the forest authority came and rescued the pups and the snake was released into the forest.

Love can Transform the Severely Hurt Heart

"Love" is an education that is promoted and taught by all religions. Hope that whether one has religion or not, one is able to give "love" from deep inside to everyone, including oneself!

The following quotations are from Jean Vanier (the founder of L’Arche, a world wide community that looks after the mentally handicapped) in his book “Becoming Human,” published in 1998. When he wrote the book, he has already lived day by day for 35 years with people who have mental handicap. He still lives with them today.

Love Transforms Chaos (24-35)
In 1975, we welcomed Claudia into our L’Arche community in Suyapa, a slum area of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She was seven years old and had spent practically her whole life in a dismal, overcrowded asylum. Claudia was blind, fearful of relationships, filled with inner pain and anguish. Technically speaking she was autistic.

Her anguish seemed to increase terribly when she arrived in the community; probably because in leaving the asylum, she lost her reference points, as well as the structured existence that had given her a certain security. Everything and everyone frightened her; she screamed day and night and smeared excrement on the walls. She seemed totally mad; overwhelmed by insecurity, her personality appeared to be disintegrating. Claudia lived a horrible form of madness which should not be idealized or seen as a gateway to another world.

In L’Arche we have learned from our own experience of healing, as well as through the help of psychiatrists and psychologists, that chaos, or “madness”, has meaning; it comes from somewhere, it is comprehensible. Madness is an immense cry, a sickness. It is a way of escaping when the stress of being in a world of pain is too great. Madness is an escape from anguish. But there is an order in the disorder that can permit healing, if only it can be found.

Twenty years after she first arrived at Suyapa, I visited the community and met Claudia again; I found her quite well. She was by then a woman, still blind and autistic but at peace and able to do many things in the community. She still liked being alone but she was clearly not a lonely person. She would often sing to herself and there was a constant smile on her face.

She did get angry at times, when she felt she was not being respected or was put in a situation that provoked feelings of insecurity. One day, I was sitting opposite to her at lunch and said, “Claudia, can I ask you a question?” She replied, “Si, Juan.”

“Claudia, why are you so happy?” Her answer was simple and direct: “Dios.” God. I asked the community leader, Nadine, what the answer meant. Nadine said, “That is Claudia’s secret.”

It was loneliness and insecurity that had brought Claudia to the chaos of madness. It was community, love, and friendship that finally brought her inner peace. This movement from chaos to inner peace, from self-hate to self-trust, began when Claudia realized that she was loved.

There are, for me, seven aspects of love that seem necessary for the transformation of the heart in those who are profoundly lonely. They are:

1.  to reveal,

2.  to understand,

3.  to communicate,

4.  to celebrate,

5.  to empower,

6.  to be in communion with another, and, finally,

7.  to forgive.

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