Apr 3, 2021

Arunachala Animal Sanctuary's March Report

Welcome to our beloved Shelter.
Welcome to our beloved Shelter.

Dear People...Dear Animal Lovers...Dear Supporters...

Namaste'. I  bow to your Innermost Selves.

My Guru...my teacher...many, many years ago during his lifetime, would give a short teaching each night. Many people would come. And he'd always begin with, "I welcome you All with all my Heart. This is my  most important Practice...Welcoming another Being with love."

I'm really old now. This is my last lap. And what a blessing it has been for me.  It isn't often in one's life that they get a chance to be involved in something that lifts so much suffering. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

These are such extraordinarily intense times...But there  appears to be some Light...a softening...a subtle increase in compassionate energy...May we, and all our Dear Ones, be Guided and Protected.

This is a very special Report about a major rescue effort we made to lift suffering from 20 precious dogs...a Report in which we put forth focused effort with Pure Motivation to "lighten the load," to infuse Light, Joy, and Hope. This is a Report about Heart and its healing power.

It's late evening here as I write. My dogs are quiet and resting on their pillows. My cats are probably curled up somewhere. The overhead fan is whirring. And you can feel the approaching  Hot Season.

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Every once in a while we get involved in something that requires unbounded effort, and lifts an incredible amount of suffering from the animals. These last two months one of those special things happened. As I saw it unfolding, I realized how exceptional, love-filled and powerful it was. And I was so pleased with My People.

This outstanding rescue effort was made on behalf of an "unauthorized shelter" in Pondicherry run by a lady named Helen Chitra. It involved two distinct major rescue efforts.

  • One involved her shelter being overrun by ticks.
  • The other, and by far the greater effort, involved rescuing her dogs and puppies that were in imminent danger of drowning due to flooding caused by cyclone Nivar.
  • Each involved a deep, deep total effort.

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TICKS:

Wed. Nov.18th.  We received a call from Helen.

  • She was frantically distressed, and said her shelter was overrun by tens of thousands of ticks, and that no one would help her.
  • She asked that we permanently take her dogs - 20 dogs/4 puppies. I told her we couldn't do that, but that we could swiftly help her resolve the problem.
  • She told me she wanted me to take them, and then commit suicide. Alarmed, I told her I would call back in ten minutes.
  • I had hurried discussions with Dr. Raja and Vishwa. Compounding the problem was that her shelter was 2 to 2 1/2 hours away by car. But we were able to craft a plan.
  • I called her back and told her:
  • (A) Dr. Raja was ordering a costly "cutting edge" medicine  (13,000 rupees--we'd pay) in Chennai that she'd receive in two days (Fri.Nov.20th). It was a very advanced medicine. One dose in pill form for each dog and puppy would magically take care of all the ticks on the animals. No medicated baths were required.
  • (B) The decontamination of her shelter was more complicated. Two were needed, each requiring a flame gun, a special solution, a spray, and several staff. But they would definitively resolve the situation. And she needn't do anything. Vishwa would come with Staff, equipment, and supplies to do it.
  • (C) Dr. Raja also called, and told her tick fever was not life-threatening, and highly treatable. He told her to give all the dogs Doxycycline pills daily. It would be a treatment for those having tick fever, and operate as a prophylactic for those not having it.

Mon.Nov.23rd. Vishwa did the first decontamination. With two staff, he left Tiru at 7am. They arrived at Helen's shelter at 9:30am. It took 6 hours (9:30am to 3:30pm) to decontaminate. (Vishwa confirmed there were tens of thousands of ticks.)

The second and final decontamination that would totally resolve the situation was set for Fri.Nov.27th.

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BUT!!!!!!         

On Thurs. Nov.26th, the day before Vishwa was to do the final decontamination, desperate for help, Helen called at 4pm, and told us......CYCLONE NIVAR HAD CAUSED FLOODING IN HER SHELTER OF UP TO 5 FEET.....ONE DOG HAD ALREADY DROWNED, AND THE OTHERS WERE THREATENED.

  • Time was incredibly short. She called at the last-minute, and it was already late in the day. Vishwa, however, was able to get five Staff who could work throughout the night. And with the large ambulance and a car, they left Tiru before 5pm. But they still didn't get there until after nightfall.
  • It took 2 1/2 hours...in the darkness...wading thru two to five feet of water to rescue the terrified creatures, and get them loaded into the vehicles. But they managed to save all twenty! Bless you Vishwa...Bless you Dear Ones...Om Namah Shivaya!
  • They didn't get back to Tiru until midnight. Everyone was exhausted. And no one realized the terrible condition the Precious Ones were in until they were unloaded in our Shelter.
  • Their ribs were protruding. Their stomachs were sunken in. And they were emotionally broken. It was clear they had been suffering deeply for a long time.
  • Five of our Staff stayed with them throughout the night...nursing them...feeding them. Loving them. Talking to them.

Dr. Raja gave them thorough examinations in the morning. All, without exception, were very, very weak. Several were in life-threatening condition. A number had tick fever.

We put two caretakers on them around the clock...our very best. Stroking. Loving. Kissing. Feeding. Reassuring.

We also prepared a special area for the poor babes within our compound walls while they healed. It was separate from the main Shelter and consisted of two large adjacent retaining cages, 15 by 20 feet--one for the 5 younger dogs(puppies); the other for the 10 adult dogs. And there were two aggressive dogs that were cared for separately. (We initially had 20 dogs, but we lost three in the first week. One pup was attacked by an older dot, and two basically died thru weakness. We simply weren't able to save them.) We also had an area outside the cages in which they could run around and lounge.

Food:

Food was initially available 24 hours a day. Special food: eggs, milk, fruit, Pedigree, dal, and a multi-vitamin syrup. We included a strong ayurvedic immune system booster in their food, and a homeopathic Bach Flower remedy in their water that works directly in healing the emotions. There was also an ayurvedic potion in the food that heals the emotions.

Our dogs are fed twice daily. After the point where their weight and energy were fully restored, and they did only little nibbling throughout the day, the new dogs were moved to that schedule.

They healed and did beautifully. Their healing and recovery in our care was stunning. It shows the Power of Love. We wanted to keep them. But Maneka Gandhi, one of the most influential and best-known animal activists insisted on them being returned to Helen, and she has taken full responsibility for overseeing their care.

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Each of the below links will take you to a short video...(ALERT: TO GET BACK TO THE REPORT AFTER WATCHING A VIDEO, YOU HAVE TO CLOSE THE LINK!!!!) One video was taken the first night and shows the condition of the Precious Ones when they were rescued. The other was taken after they had been in our care for six weeks. The improvement is truly stunning. They don't even look like the same dogs. (The second video will lift your Hearts!)

https://youtu.be/_sxazzwd_Wo

https://youtu.be/yus9Uz1dxMM

May they, going forward, be loved and well taken care of...May they have beautiful lives...Please...Say a prayer for them...Om Namah Shivaya.

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Many of you most enjoy the short rescue stories I write about. Here are some recent ones that our beloved Vishwa has just given me.

  • We got a 5pm call from the bus station. A monkey had gotten an electric shock and couldn't move. Pandi and Dharma went out. The poor babe was unconscious on the side of the road opposite the bus station. He was a 6yr.old male. They bought him in. Dr. Raja gave him an i.v., a painkiller and antibiotics, and treated the burn wounds on his legs and arms. In about two hours he started gaining consciousness. It was about 8pm and Ravi, on the nightshift, lovingly took over. He put him in a small, padded cage in isolation, and gave him little chunks of apples, bananas, and grapes, gently stroking, and reassuring him. After two days our new monkey was moved into the large monkey cage upstairs. He made friends with a female monkey, and they would sit together, touching a little. After three weeks they were released together on Pradakshina Road, a really lovely area. They were very, very happy to be free, and immediately ran together into the forest...Om Namah Shivaya...Be happy, Precious Ones.
  • An 11am call from the railway station. A young, small dog had been attacked by several other dogs. She was hurt. Dharma and Prem went out. The sweetie was a female, about 2 years old. She had deep bite wounds on her neck and back, and was not able to move. She knew she was being rescued and was very glad to see Dharma and Prem. They took her to the Shelter.  Dr. Raja gave her an i.v. with a painkiller and antibiotics. He also started a regimen of anti-rabies vaccine, and treated her wounds. She was put under the loving care of Purehearts Sekar and Supervisor Raja. She bonded with them right away. (Who wouldn't?) There were three other dogs who affectionately accepted her straight away. They lay next to each other and played, some, throughout the day. At the writing of this Report, we've had her for a month, and she's now on the veranda playing a lot. Vishwa will first try to release her into her territory. If she doesn't do well, she's white and very beautiful, and he'll find a good home for her.

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The feeling inside the Shelter is simply uplifting. It is not something that can be contrived. It just is. The Precious Ones feel safe, content, and are happy. The Staff are connected with each other through the Heart. Visiting animal lovers are deeply moved...We are so, so pleased the way everything has unfolded.

The relationship between the people and the homeless animals on the streets is now also very good. It was awful when we first opened in 2007. There were 350 suffering and dying animals on the streets...unbounded suffering... widespread abuse. This is no more. We have 40 to 80 emergency rescues a month. When an animal is in need,  people move to help them and call us.

The Peoples' Hearts have truly opened to the animals. And this is so auspicious! When the Heart opens, it doesn't only open in one direction. It simply opens, and people are nicer to each other, too. It's profoundly there. You can't see it, but it's there. The societal implications for this are immense...

We humans are so complicated. It's so difficult to work with us directly to get us to be nicer to each other. It's so much easier, and more effective, to work on opening our Hearts to the animals, and thereby deepening the compassion we have for each other. It's a real, effective way, of uplifting communities...Om Namah Shivaya.

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This brings us to the end of the Report.

I'm hoping that each of you is doing excellently in these most difficult of times.

As in previous Reports, I've included a collection of photos. Hope you enjoy them. The overall theme is love.

ALSO...At the beginning, I've included several photos of Helen's dogs so you can see the power of loving care in uplifting them. Two of the photos were taken the first night they were rescued. And two of the photos were taken after they had been in our care for six weeks.

Say a prayer for us All...For our beloved World...That we be healed...That we be Blessed, Guided, and Protected.

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PLEASE...REMEMBER...DONATIONS!

THE PRECIOUS ONES NEED US...AND WE NEED YOU!

PLEASE...DIG DEEPLY...AND GIVE GENEROUSLY.

RECURRING DONATIONS, EVEN MODEST ONES, ARE BEST FOR US. THEY GIVE US STABILITY.

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With love, blessings, and wishes for all things good...May we All, each of us, do actions that emit uplifting, healing energy. These are difficult times for our beloved Planet...and each of us can help in a major way.                        

Leslie, The Ageing Expatriate Warrior

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Shanti...Shanti...Shanti...
Shanti...Shanti...Shanti...
Helen's dogs...The first night.
Helen's dogs...The first night.
Helen's dogs--After being in our care six weeks.
Helen's dogs--After being in our care six weeks.
Helen's dogs--After being with us six weeks.
Helen's dogs--After being with us six weeks.
Blessings...Blessings...Blessings.
Blessings...Blessings...Blessings.
Enjoy...With love from Us and the Precious Ones.
Enjoy...With love from Us and the Precious Ones.
Some of the Precious Homeless Ones we protect.
Some of the Precious Homeless Ones we protect.
Two more of the Homeless Sweeties we protect.
Two more of the Homeless Sweeties we protect.
Yet, three more.
Yet, three more.
Some beloved Protectors.
Some beloved Protectors.
And some more Protectors...
And some more Protectors...
Dr.Raja, Dr.Heera and their magical, gentle hands.
Dr.Raja, Dr.Heera and their magical, gentle hands.
Loving and touching is so...so important.
Loving and touching is so...so important.
Every little thing, every little gesture...Helps!
Every little thing, every little gesture...Helps!
PureHeart Sekar...What a blessing he is.
PureHeart Sekar...What a blessing he is.
Sugana is their Mother.
Sugana is their Mother.
They love touching each other...
They love touching each other...
Touching.
Touching.
Touching
Touching
Touching!
Touching!
It's so nice to be greeted beautifully.
It's so nice to be greeted beautifully.
Yes.
Yes.
Isn't she a beauty?
Isn't she a beauty?
And him, too.
And him, too.
This sweetheart fell in a well.
This sweetheart fell in a well.
Vishwa on a well rescue.
Vishwa on a well rescue.
Free!!!
Free!!!
Our beloved Shelter.
Our beloved Shelter.
Another shot of our beloved Shelter.
Another shot of our beloved Shelter.
Om Namah Shivaya.
Om Namah Shivaya.
Om Namah Shivaya.
Om Namah Shivaya.
Swamis Muktananda and Satchidananda.
Swamis Muktananda and Satchidananda.
Swami Muktananda.
Swami Muktananda.
Swami Satchidananda.
Swami Satchidananda.
My Baba (Swami Muktananda) and Hari Giri Baba.
My Baba (Swami Muktananda) and Hari Giri Baba.
My Baba's guru (Swami Nityananda) as a young man.
My Baba's guru (Swami Nityananda) as a young man.
My Baba, and his Guru.
My Baba, and his Guru.
Swami Yogananda and his Guru, Sri Yukteswar.
Swami Yogananda and his Guru, Sri Yukteswar.
One of my main teachers, Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche.
One of my main teachers, Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche.
Honored by Global Giving in 2018--7th out of 4000.
Honored by Global Giving in 2018--7th out of 4000.
Dr. Raja on way home.
Dr. Raja on way home.
After a l--o--n--g day.
After a l--o--n--g day.

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Nov 21, 2020

Arunachala Animal Sanctuary's October Report

Welcome... Welcome...to our beloved Shelter.
Welcome... Welcome...to our beloved Shelter.

Dear People... Dear Animal Lovers... Dear Supporters...

Namaste'. I bow to your Inner-most Selves.

Such incredibly intense times...May All of Us, no exceptions, be blessed with more compassionate understanding. May we, and all our Dear Ones, be Guided and Protected.

This is a Report about lifting suffering...about infusing Light, Joy, and a sense of Well-being into the Community. This is a Report about Heart. About its healing power.

It's afternoon here as I write. I'm in a lovely, lovely restaurant called the Dreaming Tree. It's not very far from our beloved Shelter. Most at the Shelter are now at lunch...Vishwa, Dr. Raja, Dr. Ramakrishna, Dr. Heera, Supervisor Raja, Our devoted Staff... And dear, dear Sugana.

The doctors will be back for our afternoon Clinic. We, all of us, understand the admonition given to me by my Guru many, many years ago..."that the physician heals with the Heart". So love, tenderness, and caring infuses the treatment of all the creatures brought to us. As a doctor is treating one of our Precious Creatures, there is also a Staff person present--touching, stroking, reassuring--just to help the creature feel safe. Without the quiet "love/caring" emitted by the doctor...and the reassurance and touching by the Staff...it can be very scary. Being bathed in that energy helps open the creature's body and Heart to the examination and treatment.

There was so much suffering when we first opened fifteen years ago: Over 7,000 homeless dogs. The stray population was out of control. There was no small animal vet within 75 kms. No treatment facility. Rabies. And widespread abuse... There was unbounded misery: 350 suffering and dying animals on the streets--mostly dogs and puppies, but others too (monkeys, cows, squirrels, peacocks, horses, goats...) It was awful!

But using love, love, and more love...everything has been transformed. We have seven major programs:

  • A sterilization/anti-rabies program. (We do 75 to 125 operations a month.)
  • A busy, busy Clinic. (We have 400 to 800 visits every month.)
  • A hospital.
  • Sanctuary. If a creature cannot make it on its own. (Between the hospital and sanctuary, we have from 200 to 250 creatures in-house at any one time.)
  • Adoption program. We have trained students going out up to 100 kms looking for homes for our Precious Ones... We have placed over 1,300 puppies in good homes.
  • 24/7 emergency rescue. No matter what time, if it's in town we'll be there in 20 to 30 minutes. Sometimes it involves a creature in distress that is 100 to 150 kms out. Our doctors are on 24-hour call. And we have 40 to 80 creatures coming to us a month thru emergencies.
  • Hospice. We are a "no-kill" shelter. If an animal is on the last stretch, we give love, caring, stroking, and protection from pain...They are snuggled by puppies. Kept company by dogs lying alongside. And chants are playing continuously... They are put on a Tibetan Buddhist Red Tara prayer list when they pass. Protective and guiding energy is sent to them for 49 days. Red Tara is the Tibetan Buddhist Goddess of Compassion...Om Namah Shivaya.

Today it is differentThe homeless dog population is decreasing for the first time in forty years, AND it is rabies-free. There are no more suffering and dying animals on the streets. There are 10,000 fewer puppies born each year, almost all of whom would have suffered and died. There is no more widespread abuse, and thus few aggressive dogs, and only a small fraction of dog bites.

The Community's Heart has opened to the Precious Ones. The relationship between them and the people with whom they live day in, day out, has profoundly transformed. And that is the way to truly uplift the quality of their lives...You can experience it as you walk on the street...AND, it gets better and better every year. I think that there is no other community of size in the Nation where the relationship between the animals and the people is so good. Om Namah Shivaya.

When I'm speaking to the Staff, I tell them how important our Work is. How our efforts have not only affected the animal population, but the human population too... For when the Heart opens, it doesn't only open in "one direction", it simply opens more. And tho' you can't see it, people are being nicer to each other, also.

This is a way of uplifting a whole community. It's so difficult to deal directly with us humans to get us to be nicer to one another. We're so complicated. It's so much easier to get us to open our Hearts to the animals, and thru that, to be kinder to each other...Om Namah Shivaya.

Compassion isn't as elusive as we think. The Tibetan Buddhists have practices to deepen one's compassion. When I was first exposed to them, I thought they just wouldn't do anything. My feeling was that one is either compassionate, or not compassionate. But the practices actually worked, and they did deepen my compassion... I remember speaking to one of our doctors a number of years ago whom I felt could benefit. I told him/her to act as tho' they had a lot of compassion for the animal (and for the people), and that in doing this compassion would come... People exposed to people who are moving compassionately are moved by it. It reaches their Hearts, and affects the way they are. We all affect one another...thru interconnectedness.

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I worry about Vishwa sometimes. He puts in unbounded effort, even when he's depleted. It's not unusual for him to go 100 kms at 2am to rescue a baby monkey at the side of the road, or to descend into a 60 foot well in the middle of night to rescue a creature that is trapped and injured.

Here are some recent happenings which many of you tell us you really like.

The first is the story of the rescue of a baby goat that deeply moved me. I want to share it with you in more detail than usual.

  • It was 6pm, getting dark, and Vishwa was 25 kms out, returning from just placing a puppy in his new adopted home. He passed a baby goat lying lifelessly on the side of the road. He stopped the car to bury him, but when he got close, saw there was a shallow breath. The creature's stomach was sunken in and he was starving. The poor babe was only 1 1/2 months old.
  • Vishwa gently stroked, kissed, and whispered to him as he picked him up. He took him to his house and snuggled him on his lap as he gave him a 100 ml nippled bottle of "room temperature boiled milk". The poor sweetie wasn't afraid and started drinking right away. He was too weak to move at the beginning, but enough energy remained to really drink...and he finished three bottles. After the milk, he was able to pick up his head and nestle into Vishwa's tummy.
  • Vishwa called Dr. Raja at the Shelter, who sent some pills for the babe, I think primarily for energy and deworming. (The following morning, he had a full blood panel done.)
  • Vishwa spread a padded bedsheet on the floor and lay down next to the little one and the two cuddled together with Vishwa's arm around him. About 9:30 or 10pm the sweetie took two more bottles of milk. Vishwa slept with him throughout the night. Whenever the babe woke up Vishwa would stroke him and softly whisper, "You're safe, sweetie. Don't worry. I'm going to take care of you...and you're not going to die."
  • Vishwa had two other goats about the same age--a boy and a girl. Now, in the mornings, the three of them go out foraging...and when they come back, they steal Google's food. (Google is Vishwa's giant bull that he rescued a year ago.) But Google loves them, and lets them do it. Sometimes they play by running under and around him.
  • In another two or three months, Vishwa will find a good home for them where they will live out a natural life. 
  • Om Namah Shivaya.

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  • We got a 5:30pm call from one of the "adoption guys". There was a dog with a ten inch wound on his back that had become infested with thousands of maggots. It smelled awful. Vishwa and Arunagiri went in the car. The dog was fast, and it took a half hour to catch him. Dr. Raja gave him a painkiller, and anti-biotic injections. It took him three days to completely clean the maggot wound. This boy has been with us for two weeks at the writing of this note. He's in cage 4, convalescing. His energy is good. Pandi has been treating and feeding him, and the babe has come to love him. He'll be released back into his territory soon. It's a good area...Om Namah Shivaya.

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  • Noon call from the railway station. A dog hit by a two-wheeler. Pandi and Seenu went out. The poor babe was only two years old. She had a seriously mangled back leg. She also had a bad spinal wound. Dr. Raja operated. He couldn't save the leg, but she still had feelings in her back behind the spinal wound. So they were able to bring her all the way back. After a week she started to stand, and then in a few more days, started walking... She made two dog friends on the veranda. They sleep and eat together, wander and play together. And they lay side by side. They mostly like our old office room which is almost like a closet. Sekar, Supervisor Raja, and Anu all bonded with them. (Anu secretly gets special food for them--boiled eggs and gravy. She thinks no one knows.) They'll have a good life. Om Namah Shivaya.

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It feels so good inside our beloved Shelter. It's not something that can be arranged or structured thru practices, schedules, rules, and so on...

It isn't an atmostphere that is contrived, with everyone being "nicey, nice"...The relationships between the Staff and with those overseeing things is close and real. The animals are cared for in real ways. Everyone does it differently, according to their own essence. They aren't doing it as they were told to do it. It's REAL, and the animals know that, are a part of it, and feel safe and secure. They have choices. They have lives. They're not just in captivity with people "being nice to them"... You really have to experience it. I've mentioned to you that sometimes animal lovers coming for the first time get teary because they didn't know a place such as ours existed.

What a blessing this has been for me. Rarely, in life, do you have a chance to be involved in something that lifts so much suffering.

Dr. Raja...Vishwa...Such incredible Beings sent to do this Work... (In another Report I'll talk about Dr. Raja. Thousands of people love that man. Sometimes, joking around, I look at him, shake my head, and say I don't understand it.) But the two of them, who were my students for the first 7 or 8 years, are no longer my students. They are running the Shelter...and have taken it beyond where I could have gotten it, even in my prime... As you might expect, sometimes I feel inadequate!!! Om Namah Shivaya.

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Our stats since opening in 2007 to the present are:

  • Clinic Visits...............................  64,454
  • In-patient Treatments................185,336
  • Emergency Rescues.................    7,105
  • Dogs Sterilized.........................    8,320
  • Anti-rabies Injections................  18,354
  • Animal Adoptions.....................    1,277
  • Other Animals Treated..............    6,895
  • "Other Animals Treated" includes: (2,064 cow & calves,1,805 goats/sheep,1,129 cats,1,064 birds, 234 rabbits, 233 monkeys / 114 horses/pigs/squirrels/peacocks/eagles/parrots/bullocks/deer / snakes/turkeys/ducks/chickens/mongoose/chameleons/turtles)

Sometimes it's stunning for me to see the stats...But the most important thing is HEART...HEART...HEART. It really is uplifting to experience it inside the Shelter, and it feels so good to see, on the streets, how the Precious Ones' lives have changed.

We are so grateful the way it has unfolded...We pray, and it is so important to millions of animals across the country...that the knowledge that has been given to us spreads...and that their relationships with the people they live with, day in, day out, may be transformed.

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This brings us to the end of the Report.

I'm hoping that each of you is doing excellently.

These are such difficult times we're going thru. Let us remember, it's important for us to connect with the Light inside. And equally important to put that energy into the World.

May we all be unfolding. May we all be getting more and more space inside. May we all be getting closer to our own Hearts.

As in previous reports, I've included a collection of photos. Hoping you enjoy them. The overall theme is Love...

Say a prayer for us All...For our beloved World...That we be healed...That we be Blessed, Guided, and Protected.

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PLEASE...REMEMBER...DONATIONS.

THE PRECIOUS ONES NEED US...AND WE NEED YOU!

PLEASE...DIG DEEPLY...AND GIVE GENEROUSLY.

RECURRING DONATIONS, EVEN MODEST ONES, ARE BEST FOR US. THEY GIVE US STABILITY.

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With love, blessings, and wishes for all things good...May we All, each of us, do actions that emit uplifting, healing energy. These are difficult times for our beloved Planet...and each of us can help in a major way....                          Leslie, The Ageing Expatriate Warrior

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Enjoy....With love from Us and the Precious Ones.
Enjoy....With love from Us and the Precious Ones.
Three of the Precious homeless dogs we protect.
Three of the Precious homeless dogs we protect.
Yet, another two.
Yet, another two.
And four more.
And four more.
Some beloved Protectors.
Some beloved Protectors.
Dr.Raja, Dr.Heera and their magical,gentle hands.
Dr.Raja, Dr.Heera and their magical,gentle hands.
Dr.Raja and Dr.Ramakrishna.
Dr.Raja and Dr.Ramakrishna.
They simply love Vishwa.
They simply love Vishwa.
Loving and touching is so...so important.
Loving and touching is so...so important.
She feels so alone...but safe, now.
She feels so alone...but safe, now.
I thought we bought these chairs  for people.
I thought we bought these chairs for people.
He's feeling food. You can tell by the eyes.
He's feeling food. You can tell by the eyes.
Nothing too grand for a princess.
Nothing too grand for a princess.
They told me I'd be beautiful again.
They told me I'd be beautiful again.
Best friends.
Best friends.
We really like photos.
We really like photos.
They add shakti and warmth.
They add shakti and warmth.
Another view of the Shelter.
Another view of the Shelter.
And I love this shot.
And I love this shot.
Sometimes there are no words for scenes like this.
Sometimes there are no words for scenes like this.
Well rescue. I sometimes worry about our Staff.
Well rescue. I sometimes worry about our Staff.
Vishwa on a rescue.
Vishwa on a rescue.
Dr. Raja on emergency call.
Dr. Raja on emergency call.
Anjali, sweetie, before treatment.
Anjali, sweetie, before treatment.
Anjali, three months later.
Anjali, three months later.
Poor Satya babe when he came in.
Poor Satya babe when he came in.
Dear Satya, several months later.
Dear Satya, several months later.
His dog was fine...But he was suffering.
His dog was fine...But he was suffering.
The most moving adoption poster I've ever seen.
The most moving adoption poster I've ever seen.
So-so beautiful.
So-so beautiful.
Another beauty.
Another beauty.
Sacred Arunachala. Worshipped for 1000's of years.
Sacred Arunachala. Worshipped for 1000's of years.
Our Shelter puja...
Our Shelter puja...
My Baba (Swami Muktananda) as a young man.
My Baba (Swami Muktananda) as a young man.
Again...My beloved Guru...Baba Muktananda.
Again...My beloved Guru...Baba Muktananda.
Dr. Raja, Leslie, and Vishwa...Blessings.
Dr. Raja, Leslie, and Vishwa...Blessings.
Honored by Global Giving in 2018--7th out of 4000.
Honored by Global Giving in 2018--7th out of 4000.
Dr. Raja on way home...
Dr. Raja on way home...
After a l--o--n--g day.
After a l--o--n--g day.

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Aug 1, 2020

Arunachala Animal Sanctuary's June Report

Welcome! Welcome to our beloved Shelter.
Welcome! Welcome to our beloved Shelter.

Dear People... Dear Animal Lovers... Dear Supporters...

From my Heart to your Heart... Difficult, difficult times for our beloved Planet. We are being critical of each other. The issues are many...This is such an important time. No matter what's being debated. Having nothing to do with what's happening on the outside. We must uplift our Inner State...It's a time for healing. For lightening. We must reach inside ourselves...For Light...For Joy...For caring...For love...We really do need each other. We need support. We need Light.

Shantideva, a 7th Century Buddhist Master said, "All the joy the world contains has come through wishing happiness for others... All the misery the world contains has come through wanting pleasure for oneself."........One of the great 20th century Masters whose entire life was an offering to others said, "I have shown the methods that lead to inner liberation...but you should know that liberation depends upon yourself."

There is so much Light within us--memories, thoughts, feelings. This is a time to connect with those "Heart things", and feelings thereby uplifting ourselves...AND to project that energy outwards. It depends upon us. Thru "interconnectedness", the energy we exude affects those we come in contact with. And they, in turn, pass it on to those they come in contact with. And on and on. We are all connected and affecting each other. This is the time to look for Light inside, and to project it out...It is so, so important. All good actions/energies are immeasurably transferred.

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A very beautiful thing happened with the homeless animals and people in Tiruvannamalai during the pandemic lockdown, which was country-wide.

All the provision and snack stands where the homeless dogs would normally get food were closed...and there were few, few people on the streets from whom the dogs also normally get food. I was really concerned about the Precious Ones going hungry. It's the "hot season," too, so I was also concerned about them having sources for water.

Elaine, who was with us for several years, is now beautifully caring for animals in Mamalapuram. The lockdown was throughout India, so she was faced with the same situation. That normal food sources were no longer there, was a real crisis for her. The animals were going hungry. So she and two other ladies have been spending three hours a day feeding 100 to 200 homeless dogs. (They are also feeding hungry cows.)

But here in Tiru, there are 7,000 homeless dogs, a number of wandering cows, and many, many monkeys. The possibility of having to feed them is almost overwhelming. Repeating...I was really, really concerned.

Vishwa has been going around the Municipality periodically to see how things are. And miracle of miracles, there is no problem here!  All the creatures are okay.

This is a manifestation of the transformed relationship between the dogs and the people amongst whom they live, day in, day out. We knew this relationship had been totally transformed, that the Community's Heart had opened to the Precious Ones, and that it was very, very good.  (Not only for dogs...but for all animals--cows, monkeys, goats, and so on.) And we knew this relationship existed here in Tiru like in no other municipality of this size in India. And it gets better and better each year...What happened here with the lockdown is that the people were aware of the Precious Ones' predicament and the possibility that they could starve, and they have been finding ways to get food to them and are also making water available.

Bless them. Bless them. Bless them...Om Namah Shivaya.

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Concerning coronavirus, the Tiru Municipality is slowly opening. Thank God, the impact of the virus is not overwhelming here. Our beloved Vishwa, though, was exposed to a neighbor who had just returned from Bangalore and tested positive, so Vishwa has just gone thru a 15 day quarantine. Otherwise, everyone else in the Shelter is clear. Thru Supervisor Raja, Vishwa was able to oversee the operation of the Shelter from home.

The real danger to the Shelter, though, is the possibility that someone on our Staff tested positive for coronavirus, with the Municipality overreacting and requiring the entire Staff to do a 15 day quarantine. That would leave no one to care for our Precious Ones and would really be bad. To minimize the risk of this happening, Vishwa divided the Staff into two sections. These sections work alternately for two week stretches. If one were quarantined completely, the other would still be free to work...And if it so happened that both were quarantined, Vishwa has a skeleton crew of individuals who would live in the Shelter until our regular Staff were free.

I'm  comfortable with the steps we've taken operationally. What I'm concerned about is the financial impact of the pandemic on our donations going forward. Please say a prayer for us...And if you can interest new people in supporting our beloved Shelter, please do! This is a time of need.

Love, Leslie

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The energy inside our beloved Shelter feels s-o-o-o good. Our Precious Ones still feel safe, cared for, and loved....AND are happy. Vishwa says that our Staff, too, is really "Up"....Thank God for our two pillars who are running the Shelter -- Dr. Raja and Vishwa. And thank God, too, for Drs. Heera and Ramakrishna, and our devoted Staff.

It's been another busy quarter. The stats for March, April, and May are:

  • Clinic.....................................1,372
  • In-patient Treatments..........6,960      
  • Emergency Rescues...............164
  • Dogs Sterilized..........................33
  • Anti-rabies Injections..............218
  • Animal Adoptions.........................7
  • Other Animals Treated............212
  • (61 cows & calves, 69 goats & sheep,
  •  31 cats, 32 birds, 7 rabbits, 9 horses,
  •  2 monkeys, 1 pig)

("Dogs Sterilized" and "Animal Adoptions" are significantly lower than prior quarters because of the lockdown for the pandemic.)

A little note...As mentioned, it's the "hot season" here, and it gets REALLY hot during the day...Vishwa has just finished  a 10 x 12 foot pool, 1 1/2 feet deep, for the dogs. And he is working on a 12 x 16 foot shaded enclosure for cats, away from the dogs.

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The stats are impressive. But that's not the main thing. THE IMPORTANT THING IS HEART! For deep healing...for profound transformation to take place...a creature has to feel safe, cared for, and loved. You can really experience it when you're in the Shelter. Some animal lovers experiencing it for the first time get teary because they didn't know that a place such as this existed.

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Here are some recent Shelter rescues. (Many of you tell us this is your favorite part.)

  • An 8:30pm call from a nearby village. A dog had fallen into a well. Vishwa, Pandi, and Kanagaraj went. The well was 50 to 60 feet deep. They lowered Vishwa in with a rope. There was three feet of water and no ledge, so the poor babe was paddling to stay above the waterline. She was three years old. Exhausted. And afraid of Vishwa. And gentle, as she didn't try to bite him. Pandi and Kanagaraj lowered a basket. They brought her topside. She seemed healthy, and had no wounds...just exhausted and afraid. She ran away as soon as they finished examining her. I imagine she was very happy to be free...Om Namah Shivaya.
  • A 9:30pm call. A homeless dog had collapsed in front of someone's house and wasn't moving. Vishwa went out. The poor guy was 2 years old. A male. Unconscious...Vishwa called Dr. Raja, who met them at the Shelter. The dog had apparently eaten something that was poisonous. Dr. Raja gave him an i.v. that included antidotes and Neurobion for nutrition. Three hours later, he regained consciousness. Ravi gave him special attention throughout the night. He was given i.v.'s morning and evening for the first five days. He bonded with Ravi and made two dog friends. (They hung out together during the day, and slept together at night.) We kept him for another two weeks, then released him into his territory. The person who had originally called was very fond of him and very happy to see him. And the Precious One was very happy to be released...Om Namah Shivaya.
  • A shopowner called about 10pm. A dog had been hit by a vehicle. She was bleeding a lot from the mouth, and her right back leg was injured. Ravi and Venkatesh went out. The babe was 2 years old. She was only moving a little, but not much. Ravi and Venkatesh were able to pick her up and bring her to the Shelter. Dr. Raja met them, and treated her. Her wounds weren't serious, and her leg was not broken. We kept her for two months. She started out on a mattress in the old clinic. She bonded with Ravi, but didn't make any specific dog friends, tho' she was friendly and played during the day. The shop owner who had called loved her. And they were both happy when she was released...Om Namah Shivaya.
  • A mechanic called the Shelter about 10am. An "owner dog" was chasing another, had fallen down, and was having difficulty getting back up. Dharma and Prem went out. She was a 4 year old female and was just lying there when they arrived. She seemed to be afraid of everything. Dr. Raja checked her out, and found she was basically okay. He gave her a nutritional i.v. that included something for shock. He also gave her a 7-in-1 injection...We kept her for three hours. Then the owner picked her up.
  • 9:30am call from a nearby shop owner. A homeless dog  was running around with a wire around one of her legs, which was cutting in deeply. Pandi and Prem went out. She was a year old, and was limping badly. She'd become entwined by the wire from a trap, and tho' the cut was deep, and she probably got it a month ago, it wasn't badly infected. But she was in pain...They snipped the wire off with a wire cutter, and brought her into the Shelter. Dr. Raja treated her. After two days, she was running around and playing. She loved Pandi. She had no dog friends in particular, but she was friendly and enjoyed playing. The shop owner who had called was very fond of her. And she was happily released into her territory several weeks later...Om Namah Shivaya.
  • 2am. Vishwa heard two kittens crying outside his house. They were only 3 weeks old, and somone had dumped them under his car. They were weak and anemic. Vishwa kept them at his house. Leslie (his daughter) and Sundari (his wife) cared for them--need I say, with a lot of love an affection. Vishwa found a good home for them after three weeks. They both went into the same home, where there were three children--a 9 year old boy, and two girls, 13 and 14. Vishwa checked back a week later. The family adored the kittens, who were very, very happy...Om Namah Shivaya.
  • A 2:30pm call from two foreigners at the backside of Yogi Ram Surat Kumar Ashram. There was a dog with a wire around her right front leg, which she'd got from a trap. The leg was badly infected, and she probably was in pain. Vishwa went out. She was young, 8 or 9 months, and difficult to catch. She ran away as soon as she saw Vishwa....Then Vishwa, Pandi, and Prem all went out several times and still couldn't catch her. Finally, on the fifth day, late at night, the three of them ran her down. (It took a half hour.) Dr. Raja treated her. She bonded with Pandi and Supervisor Raja and was generally happy.  We kept her a month and then released her into her territory. It was a very good place for dogs and she was very happy to be free...Om Namah Shivaya.

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This brings us to the end of the Report.

I'm hoping that each of you is doing excellently.

Remembering....These are such difficult times we're going thru...It's so important for us to connect with the Light inside. And equally important to put that energy out into the World.

May we all be unfolding...May we all be getting more and more space inside...May we all be getting closer to our own Hearts.

May each of us, no exceptions, be blessed with more compassionate understanding...May that understanding spread throughout our troubled World.

As in previous Reports, I've included a collection of photos. Hoping you enjoy them. The overall theme is Love... 

Say a prayer for us All... For our beloved World... May we all be Blessed, Guided,  and Protected.

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PLEASE...REMEMBER...DONATIONS.

THE PRECIOUS ONES NEED US...AND WE NEED YOU!

PLEASE...DIG DEEPLY...AND GIVE GENEROUSLY.

RECURRING DONATIONS, EVEN MODEST ONES, ARE BEST FOR US. THEY GIVE US STABILITY.

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With love from All of Us here, Precious Ones included.

Leslie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Again....Welcome to our beloved Shelter.
Again....Welcome to our beloved Shelter.
Here are two of the Precious Ones we protect.
Here are two of the Precious Ones we protect.
And here are two more.
And here are two more.
And, another.
And, another.
And, yet, five more!
And, yet, five more!
Some beloved Protectors
Some beloved Protectors
Dr. Raja with his magical hands and pure Heart.
Dr. Raja with his magical hands and pure Heart.
Dr.Ramakrishna and PureHeart Sekar.
Dr.Ramakrishna and PureHeart Sekar.
Talking things over.
Talking things over.
What a beautiful creature.
What a beautiful creature.
Isn't she a sweetheart?
Isn't she a sweetheart?
Here's another beauty.
Here's another beauty.
Innocence.
Innocence.
Charlie Chaplin taking a break.
Charlie Chaplin taking a break.
Dear Mani.
Dear Mani.
Touching is important.
Touching is important.
They love him.
They love him.
The babe came with her mom for treatment.
The babe came with her mom for treatment.
We treat any creature in need.
We treat any creature in need.
They simply l-o-v-e to snuggle.
They simply l-o-v-e to snuggle.
The inner veranda.
The inner veranda.
The outer veranda.
The outer veranda.
Reading the birthday card that Dr.Heera made.
Reading the birthday card that Dr.Heera made.
Hello Sweetiepie!
Hello Sweetiepie!
He's very scared.
He's very scared.
Free!
Free!
Oh my!
Oh my!
Everything will be fine, Little One.
Everything will be fine, Little One.
Asking for Blessings, Guidance, and Protection.
Asking for Blessings, Guidance, and Protection.
Sri Swami Muktananda--Ananda Ashram.
Sri Swami Muktananda--Ananda Ashram.
Saying goodbye to Swami Muktananda.
Saying goodbye to Swami Muktananda.
Sri Mooji.
Sri Mooji.
Ramana Maharshi and his favorite dog.
Ramana Maharshi and his favorite dog.
Hari Giri Baba, and my Baba (as a young man).
Hari Giri Baba, and my Baba (as a young man).
Gurumayi (Swami Chidvalasananda).
Gurumayi (Swami Chidvalasananda).
Anandamayi Ma and Swami Yogananda.
Anandamayi Ma and Swami Yogananda.
Ramakrishna.
Ramakrishna.
Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna's main disciple.
Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna's main disciple.
Dr. Raja, Leslie, and Vishwa...Blessings.
Dr. Raja, Leslie, and Vishwa...Blessings.
Honored by Global Giving in 2018--7th out of 4000.
Honored by Global Giving in 2018--7th out of 4000.
Dr. Raja on way home...
Dr. Raja on way home...
After a l--o--n--g day.
After a l--o--n--g day.

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