[Missing from between 04.01.11. ”Hope” and 05.01.11. ”The Pendulum Swings”]
[A letter dated 26.07.09. in response to a question from a friend.]
Let me tell you something which may fall into the category of what Jesus and the Buddha said, viz. ‘There are things I can tell you but you will not understand.’
For a long time I have wondered why animals have to suffer. When some are killed by other animals I have noticed that they show no signs of pain e.g. an insect being eaten by a praying mantis. While the mantis eats from the rear end of the insect the front end seems to be unaffected and, if it had one, would read the newspaper!!
Although I have long known, and written, that all we perceive as real is, in fact, an illusion (dreamlike) – a creation of the collective mind, the link to the answer to my question was not forged until recently when I had a clear neoption that, despite appearances, it was only happening “in the mind”.
NB. Some may use this as an excuse to do what they will to the detriment of others but those who even consider such action should realise that the law of karma applies in the mental state and that suffering is as valid and “painful” in that state because, in any case, it is there that it is acted out!