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Do Animals Have Souls?

Do animals, especially those we call our pets, have a soul? This is a serious question that many pet owners often ask after a beloved pet dies. Although we know many animal species possess intelligence does this reflect on their having a soul like their human counterparts? And if an animal does possess a soul where does he/she go after death?

These are questions that I asked myself this year after having witnessed the passing of two of my beloved female felines Silver and Missy. And the scare of another male cat facing death after contacting a tick disease which was described as a 50/50 chance of survival {he survived and is in good health}. I nurtured both Silver and Missy to the end and having endured that experience twice I know the emotional impact is as strong as though a loved human makes the final transition. Witnessing the final days of my 'animal children' I feel in my heart they do possess a soul. And that the final transition is no different than that of a human soul. Of course this is my belief and often belief depends on personal religious philosophy which can differ a great deal depending on the belief system. So what does the various belief systems say about the 'souls' of animals and what happens to them upon making the final transition?
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What is the Soul?

Definition of SOUL
1: the immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life. 2: the spiritual principle embodied in human beings, all rational and spiritual beings, or the universe {GOD} 3: a person's total self {Jung}

The above definition of the soul addresses the human qualities. But what about animals especially our pets? My perspective on the soul is one of 'energies' that give all animals, if not things, life. It is the source of the life in each thing. It is not something to be found on an operating table. It is not a thing as such but a primordial energy, the source of human and animal energy of life within the phsyical body. The concept that best addesses this unseen source of energy is the philosophy of the Kundalini. Here is a brief description of this Eastern concept:

The word Kundalini is derived from a Sanskrit word ‘Kundal’ meaning coiled up. It is the primordial dormant energy present in three-and-a-half, coils at the base of the spine in a triangular bone called the Sacrum. The Latin name ‘Os Sacrum’ suggests that it is a holy or sacred part of the body. The ancient Greeks were aware of this and therefore they called it the ‘Hieron Osteon’, noting that it was the last bone to be destroyed when the body is burnt, and also attributed supernatural powers to it. Egyptians also held this bone to be very valuable and considered it the seat of special power.

In the West, Sacrum is symbolised by the sign of Aquarius and by the Holy Grail, container of the water of life.

The Kundalini, which is to nourish the tree of life within us, is coiled up like a serpent and therefore it has been called, ‘The Serpent Power’. It has been described in great detail in the Upanishads. Kundalini Yoga is supposed to be supreme in all the Yogas. Guru Vashistha asserted that Kundalini is the seat of absolute knowledge. The awareness of the presence of this primordial energy Kundalini within the human body was considered by the sages and saints to be the highest knowledge. The Kundalini and Chakras have been vividly described in Vedic and Tantric texts.... read more

When the concept of the Kundalini is applied to all life, the 'spiritual' as well as physical source of life's energy, we can assume all animals {I believe this to be true}, human as well as those in the animal kingdom, possess this same source. Depending on the spiritual concept there is a 'dwelling' for all things after death {excluding atheists who do not believe in a spiritual concept}. So when I think of the souls of my beloved cats Missy & Silver I am comforted in the idea they are in a better place, without the suffering we experience in this life. The energy is released from the body and continues its journey. That source of energy, the Kundalini, transcends into the next realm, leaving the physical body and moving into an existence that can only be described as unknown except for the spiritual concepts we hold as individuals. And no matter where the souls of my pets do go, I know they will remain forever in my thoughts where I can revisit those good moments I shared with them. I still grive at their passing but am comforted in the belief they are in a better place.
  • Jung’s theories on the “soul” or “psyche”
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