|As is the
Feeling, so is the Result
"At the time of my departure for East Africa, Easwaramma tried to
dissuade me from going, saying, “Swami! I hear there are many fierce
animals in those forests and the place is full of all kinds of dangers.
Therefore, you should not go there. Whatever You will, all that will
come here. Then, why do you want to go there?” I told her, “I am not
going to see the wild animals there. I am going in response to the
loving prayers of My devotees.”
When I went there, the devotees of East Africa arranged small
aeroplanes. I went round the forest in one such plane. There were
thousands of wild elephants in the Kampala forest. It looked as
though the entire forest was full of elephants. I had taken bananas
with Me and gave one each to some of them. All of them enjoyed
eating it. Bisons were also seen in thousands. We saw lions lying on
the road here and there. Even when we drove our jeep over their
tails, they did not react. Even fierce animals will not harm us if
our mind is good. They will attack us only when we try to harm them.
When we look at them with love, they also will look at us with love.
Yad Bhavam Tad Bhavathi (as is the feeling, so is the result). Our
thoughts are the cause of their enmity or trust. As we went forward
looking at the animals, we saw fifteen lions lying near the road.
Some were suckling their young ones, some others were eating the
meat of an animal brought by them. I said to Dr. Patel and others
who accompanied Me, “When we do not harm them, they also do not harm
us.” Taking a camera from one of those who accompanied Me, I went
near the lions and took their photographs. All of them were happy to
see Me. You can see, none of the lions did any harm to us. When you
approach them with the evil intention of harming or killing them,
they will also try to kill you. We should never go to them with such
wicked thoughts. In fact, we should not look at any being with evil
(Excerpt from Swami’s 2007 Easwaramma Day