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Q: They’re killing the white elephants in India because they were killing some villagers there. I wonder if you could comment on that.
A: When humans lose your connection of partnership with the animals and the animals become things to you, then the wildness shows itself in terror rather than kindness. In those villages, there had been a disregard for the families of the elephants. Elephants have very strong family ties. They are very emotional if an elephant baby is hurt or killed. These elephants were particularly upset because someone had killed them or separated them. They do not kill villagers for fun. Again, instead of being mad at either the elephants or the humans, make sure you do not approach nature with either guilt or possessiveness. Approach nature as a brother and sister, as a partner in this world. Be sure you don’t go back to your old habits of being mad at humans for polluting, being mad at humans for killing the seals, being mad at humans for driving cars that melt the ice, because that viewpoint is as poisonous as the pollution. Make sure that every thought is based on compassion. You will find the things that used to worry you when you read the newspaper don’t worry you anymore. A master spends no time worried, regretful, angry, or guilty. On your path to mastery, be sure you get rid of those emotions fast. [laughter]
Q: Could you give some insight to the relationship between the Japanese whale industry and the whales, and how this change came about, why they actually stopped whaling. Was it compassion?
A: Sometimes compassion must work through financial means. [laughter] There were bigger things happening than the whales or the whaling industry. Above the world of form that you can see, there are all kinds of spirits who move and create synchronicities and tip the scale toward goodness, or tip the scale toward wisdom coming in, or scientific breakthroughs. Sometimes the work has gone on a long time in those invisible realms, and then there becomes an action that you see in form. In reality, it was probably neither financial nor compassion, though ultimately it’s always compassion. There is much work happening in the nature realm and the kingdoms of the nature Earth beings and the kingdoms of the beings who live in different dimensions on the Earth—the devas, the spirits, the gnomes, the fairies. They are much more active now, trying to balance what humans have created because humans lost their connection. The best thing you can do for pollution, or for aggression against nature, is compassion and balance in yourself. Connection, compassion—see them in yourself, so when you see something you do not like in terms of how people treat nature, go back to yourself, because not liking it is not a helpful emotion.