Ramadahn by Ursula Roberts
Do Animals Survive
you speak briefly about the evolution of the animal kingdom?
The animal spirit,
even as the less evolved human spirit, is in a group consciousness,
for many of those whom you regard as individual souls are really
part of a group soul working up from a lesser plane of development.
Even so is it with the creatures of the earth. They belong firstly
to a group consciousness and then, as the whole soul breaks through
into individualised facets of animal existence on earth, it is
slowly increased in wisdom and power by what each animal brings back
to the whole soul after its period of earthly life. Thus you see
elephants of great power and intelligence. Firstly they are of a
group, they roam the forest together, mate and love, and in time
they come to know certain elemental forces. They will remember that
the fierce striped creature is an enemy, and when the elephant dies
this thought will be returned to the group consciousness. Thus,
other animals will be born with the instinctive knowledge that the
tiger is a fierce and unrelenting enemy against whom they must
In time the elephant will come into contact with man, perhaps
through injury, and man may use his healing herbs and skill upon the
wounded flesh. Thus man establishes an understanding with this
mighty creature so that the elephant will submit unto his will and
come to know that he has skill and wisdom unknown to the elephant
soul. On returning to the group soul at the end of life it will
share this knowledge with the group, and when another elephant comes
to earth it may not fear man but will submit more readily to his
will, labouring for him, and thus it comes to understand more of
When that elephant dies its consciousness also returns to the group
soul, but because it has gained a higher degree of intelligence by
its contact with man, it remains an elephant who is more advanced
than the whole group amongst whom it lives. Thus on returning to
earth once more it will be known as one with great intelligence and
individuality, and on dying and again returning to the group soul it
will be recognised as an individual soul who can help to lead
forward the whole group to a higher degree of consciousness. This is
the way in which the animal group soul slowly advances.
As men develop spiritual power and knowledge which makes them
masters and guides of other men, so do the creatures of the wild
develop their own individuality and wisdom, making them leaders of
their kind also and, when they die, guides of their own groups,
leading them slowly into higher states of individuality.
If love is
necessary for a full life, what about the animals in their wild
The animal in its
own wild state, unloved by man, is ever conscious of its own sense
of joy and unity with the great creative power of life. It will not
feel the lack of man's individual love unless it has already become
conscious of contact with man himself. But if the animal has felt
the stir of devotion to the living master, then if unloved it
suffers loneliness and as a result sometimes develops sickness.
Man's responsibility towards the animal creation is in giving them
love and kindness, otherwise he should leave the living creatures to
work out their own destiny in harmony with the great ebb and flow of
the life forces. But where the animal becomes conscious of man's
influence and its intelligence develops and love is awakened within
the heart, then man accomplishes something of great importance, for
he lifts through his own loving hands some part of the lesser
creation. He individualises a part of the great group soul. When he
himself leaves the mortal body to continue his life within the
spiritual realm, he will find that the individualised animal will
rise with him.
It is good, then,
that love should be given to the animal creation?
If that love is
attracted from the heart by animal creatures, it is good. If man or
woman cannot love the person who is nearest but can give love and
service unto such a creature, still if the channel of love is open,
then it is good and should be increased.
The animals war with each other, but if they are unified by the
love of man they will cease to war and learn the lesson of unity.
There are some spirits who incarnate for the express purpose of
trying to unify these warring parts of the animal creation. Through
their efforts you will see the lion playing with a dog or cat.
If an animal is
slightly vicious and refuses to respond to tenderness and kindness,
when the time comes for it to depart this life will it leave that
No, for the animal
carries within its memory harshness and hurts inflicted upon it in a
previous life experience. You who dwell within your gentle English
land know little of the cruelty which man inflicts upon the
creatures in his care. Even your doctors of medicine in their
experiments bring about great suffering to helpless creatures, who
are unable to wreak vengeance or rebel against them.
Sometimes after a short sojourn within the grounds of happiness
they return into the earthly experience to meet people of kindness.
But their desire for revenge against man may make you say, "This is
an intractable creature." Where you meet such an animal, give it
your love, and even if it has to complete its life in this state of
rebellion still, as it passes back again into the lands of
happiness, it may carry a happier memory of the influence of man and
may come again into a better state of incarnation.
If people become
ill through wrong actions, why do domestic animals become ill?
absorb an impure magnetic force from the radiations of the people
tending them and also become sick and ill because they are not
taught to control their appetites. Men and women are not always wise
in their tending, for even as they indulge their own bodies with
sugar and excessive food, so do they allow the creatures in their
care an excess of food or comfort which weakens the harmony of their
bodies. Animals, too, feel very intensely the lack of love, or
unjustness, of a master. This causes grief or loneliness. Therefore
when you say that people become sick because of emotional upset, so
also does the living creature.
Why do animals
have to kill other animals for food? They seem to have no
alternative food as does man.
Try to view the
whole realm of creation as a unity, then you will see that every
form of life is giving itself in a joyfulness of sacrifice unto the
The moss feeds upon rock, the grass feeds upon moss, and animals
and birds feed upon the grass and herbage. Man himself exists by
reason of his food being obtained from the waters or the living
herbage of the earth, or from the sacrifice of creatures. Therefore
animals in their natural state accept this law of sacrifice.
I find it
difficult to love the destructive tendency found in certain animals;
when a cat catches and plays with a mouse, we know the mouse is
The cat and mouse.
This is not a phase of life governed by the law of love, and because
the cat creation has this cruelty within itself which is against the
law of love, so many of them come under the care and influence of
men and women.
It is to eradicate by love this destructive tendency that the
animal soul incarnates within the cities of the earth. It may take
centuries and many, many times of teaching, but if the master or
mistress would project thought into the consciousness of the cat
whom they love and mentally say to it, "It is wrong; we do not like
to destroy the birds and mice," then gradually the cat will become
less cruel in its approach to forms of life weaker than itself. In
time this intelligence would sink into the whole consciousness of
the cat creation. Not all animals live as they should, and even as
men and woman develop cruelty and disharmony within themselves so
have the lesser creation developed rebellion against the law of love
and harmony. You who are stronger in love should help them to learn
Can you tell us
about animals in the spirit world?
First, I would
speak of this law of harmony and love, for only in your
understanding of this can you begin to understand the animal
Is it not true that where there is harmony there is an absence of
fret and fury, of fear and of hurt? Harmony stems from love, and
where there is love there is a peaceful blending of component parts
into one harmonious whole. So it is in your natural world for if you
sit quietly in woodland or desert places you become conscious of a
peace not found in the city. Here within the spiritual realm of
Peace and Harmony this same law governs the relationship of persons
unto each other, unto the place wherein they dwell and the animal
life around them, as well as the relationship of one animal to
Any man or woman who loves and tends a living creature, no matter
what their failures, no matter what their sins, this one at the time
of death will find a friend and a guide. The animal reasons not, but
only loves. In its lovingness it will welcome one who has fallen or
sinned and lead them away from regret into the light, towards
fulfilment, for this is part of the great and beautiful
interblending of the life of the living creatures with the soul of
human beings. All are part of one another, all are moving onwards
and upwards in a beautiful forward going of evolution, transmutation
and change that the whole earth itself may slowly become refined,
etherealised and filled with the radiance of life and love.
In your desert and wilderness places of earth, until the lion is
hungry he does not destroy the little antelope. Here in the
spiritual realm hunger and thirst are known no more and the animals
roam in great green silences. The lion, the jackal and the tiger
live side by side with the beloved dogs and cats which man has loved
during his earthly experiences. In the spiritual realm, man or woman
may have as a companion a lion, or any other animal, if they have
within themselves a sufficiency of love. Joyful it is to see them
walking together or exploring the counterparts of the forest places.
The animal in its earthly existence has no sense of time as you
understand it, except as it is governed by hunger and thirst and an
awareness of the rhythms of master or mistress. Thus, in the spirit
realm the animal may continue for many years without unhappiness
because it has not the rhythm of hunger or thirst to make it aware
of time, and timelessness makes "time" go swiftly by.
So, when you come to the end of your life's journey, you may step
forth into spirit and find awaiting you the beloved horse upon which
in your youth you rode across the flowing plains, or the gentle cat
who cheered your heart, each aware of you although you may have been
unaware of them.
animals so that thousands die every hour in an atmosphere of great
terror. How is this regarded on your side?
In the spiritual
realm it is regarded as a great wrong because man, by his
interference with the natural laws of the animal creation, upsets
the balance of nature. He breeds animals to his own desire and
destroys them to his own desire, often in a spirit of greed and lust
and with total disregard for the fear and feeling of the animals.
But memory of the creature is a short one; many have simply lived in
a herd consciousness in the care of man and are not yet
individualised. So there is only a short remembrance of terror as
they become aware of the slaughter places. As soon as their spirit
is freed from the body the animal rejoins the herd and will enjoy
itself within the "'happy hunting grounds". But it would be better
if man did not destroy the living creatures.
Is it wrong to
have a pet put to sleep because it frets for the owner who has died?
Such an action, if
carried out as an act of compassion, does no harm because the
creature may be unhappy in its longing for its master or mistress
who has passed to the spirit existence. The release from its body,
if carried out painlessly, will but bring the soul of that creature
into unity once more with the person who loved him. If for any
reason you need to terminate the life of any creature, I would say:
as you bring this into being, send forth to the soul of the animal
the living influence of your loving thought and blessing, for truly
that which is radiating from you will help it in its spirit
How can one
acquire harmony whilst being aware of the suffering of animals?
Harmony can only
come into being deep within the spiritual self. Try to adjust your
consciousness away from the thought of the suffering in the earth
and think upon the happiness within the happy hunting places of
spirit. If your spiritual vision can be opened to see, even for one
moment, the beauty of the vast flowing plains in which animals
disport themselves with an abandonment of complete joy, you will say
even as I have done: "Their memory of fear lasts for such a little
while. There is the joy and compensation of the creature."
reincarnate, do they enter another animal life or do they progress
to a higher form of life?
It depends upon
the amount of intelligence or affection mankind has been able to
stimulate within the soul of the animal. Throughout evolution the
animal soul has become gradually changed out of its elemental and
primal state into that which is extremely intelligent and
affectionate, through man's influence upon certain types of animal.
As he fondles a dog, so does he stimulate the sleeping divinity
within the animal, and this animal soul will continue to live within
the etheric world until such time as the spirit of that man no
longer has interest in it. Then the animal will return unto the
group soul from which it emerged, giving to it the sum total of its
newly developed intelligence so that the whole group soul becomes of
a higher order, and the new animal form which will be born into the
world will be of a higher intelligence than previously.
if the man (or woman) who first stimulated affection within the soul
of this animal possesses sufficient warmth of love for this
creature, he may continue to develop the creature's intelligence
throughout the etheric world, so that the animal evolves a body of
"feeling" in order to follow his master or mistress into higher
states. If the love is strong enough between them, the animal soul
may become externalised in the Land of Light to which the master or
mistress has withdrawn. This is within my own personal experience,
for my own horse has progressed through many states of consciousness
and still remains with me when I withdraw into the Planes of Light.