is the study of the manifestation of the one in the animals.
It comprises the knowledge of all the hierarchies of being of all the worlds. Because the animal is like a comet, of which only the head is visible, but its tail of light stretches out through the whole spectrum of manifestation. Its physical body is like a television screen, where the various psychological hierarchies appear from time to time. The Egyptians knew this, with their statues of gods with animal masks.
The animal is an infinite play of the divine, in the most extraordinary, most extravagant, most exuberant forms. What artist would dare to conceive such an unimaginable fantasy as the thousands of existing species? The animal is all play: he does not need to work. He is wholly a joy of nature, the divine enjoying himself in a body. To know the joy of having a body you can identify yourself with an animal, feel his movements and his communions, his elan and his rest.
The fragrance of the earth is a thousand times stronger and richer, the coolness of water a thousand times more penetrating, the joy of meeting oneself in another a thousand times more passionate. To live in union with an animal is to live a fairy tale, because every animal is a paradise.
Each animal has its own wisdom, its own knowledge of the manifestation, its own awareness of space-time. The monkey expresses vigilance, the presence of the whole being and the capacity for seeing all the movements of the consciousness. It is the most transparent to the hierarchies and to the future. The *dolphin expresses humour, amiability, and the mystery of a non-human intelligence.
The birds with their sense of direction, that secret memory of a map of the sky for every hour of the night; the fish with their chemical sensitivity that by smell distinguishes not only the different parts of the ocean, but the different rivers; the butterflies with their capacity to recognize a single molecule wafted by the breeze from the female of their species; and the inhabitants of the sea beach, with their feeling for the tides even when far from their ocean.
The animal is a great force of nature. To play with a force – with a river, with electricity, with the atom one must know the playmate. You have to know the rules of the game and respect them.
For all animals, to run means danger. We must never make a sudden movement in their presence. We also have to know the language of the animal, because each animal has not only its own rules but also its own language. The bees speak by dancing, following symbolic curves with their bodies; some insects by their perfume, others by light signals. Man is just beginning to learn the language of the snails, of the wild geese, of the apes and the dolphins. As long as we don't know the language of all the animals on earth, how will we communicate with beings on other planets?
The animals teach us the laws of evolution. They are our history through millions of years. The human embryo takes the forms, one after another, of its animal ancestors: the amoeba, the fish, the frog, the mouse and the monkey. About that power of transformation which is the secret way of being of the individual, of the species and of the whole universe, we have everything to learn from them, as they have everything to learn from us.
Each animal is a king and should be so treated. It was by identification and love that the animal was first domesticated. It was ready to accept a truth greater than its own, the human truth. Because man is greater and more free than the animal, he is also more free to experiment, to make mistakes, and free to go further.
Is man domesticated? Is he ready to accept a truth greater than his own?
The stars – are they domesticated? Are they open to forms of life ever more highly evolved?
Each animal possesses a territory where it doesn't admit a stranger. When the prehominians received the inspiration to welcome into their land the stranger who came from somewhere else, the bearer of secrets, and prepared a feast for him, man was born.
There is no longer enough space for the animals. But some day the earthly paradise will come, with a perfect harmony on earth among the plants, the animals and a new man. When man has conquered the secrets of the DNA, some of the past species will be reborn, like the mammoth and the woolly rhinoceros, the moa, the aurochs and the snowman, and many other happy species.
The animals of the future will be very intelligent. Many will have electronic brains to protect, to teach and to guide them on their way to future evolution. The future of many animals will be on other planets; life will explode into the universe where each one will be the starting point of a new evolution, of new victories of life. But we have to conquer for them the stability of their transparency and their happiness. This will be the work of the chemist, the geneticist and the psychologist, of the artist, the cosmonaut, the yogi, of new creative man.
Man is the son of the animal, who is the son of the carbon ring, who is the son of matter. But the son of man, new man, will give birth to a new animal and a new matter. And that will be a new world, new at each moment. The new animal will represent a new power, a new joy, a liberation for the past and a promise for the future, where each animal is a beatitude.