Updated: Aug 1, 2021
“ I looked over at Luke, and he looked up at me, his eyes squinting, his ears humbly pressed back against his head. Then, on his own, he lifted up his head for me to kiss it. "
We have a pet mouse named Gauri, beautiful with the shiny color of saffron, who walked into my hand for the first time on her own this week, wanting to be picked up and held. It was a huge gesture of faith and trust for tiny her, after months of being lifted up on her toy, claws holding tightly until being dumped onto my arm. She looked up at me, sniffed my hand, and took the leap, walking slowly onto my palm. This morning, when I left for San Francisco, Luke, our 3 year old boxer, sat quietly near my bag while I hugged Om goodbye. I looked over at Luke, and he looked up at me, his eyes squinting, his ears humbly pressed back against his head. Then, on his own, he lifted up his head for me to kiss it. He stared at me with so much love in his heart and in his eyes, knowing I was leaving and needing our connection before I opened the front door. A few minutes ago, on the plane, I read this in the Bhagavad-Gita: “Foods, dear to those in the mode of goodness, increase the duration of life, purify ones existence and give strength, health, happiness and satisfaction. Such foods are….pleasing to the heart.” As of today, April 5th, 2014, I will never eat another animal.