Showing posts with label Animals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Animals. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Is The Hindu Symbolism Associated With Rats?


Rat  is a religious animal that appears in at least two religious settings.

On the one hand, the rat is known as the elephant-headed deity Ganesh's animal conveyance, reinforcing Ganesh's identity as the Lord of Obstacles.

If Ganesh's elephant head reflects his ability to easily push barriers away, his rat chariot demonstrates a stealthier approach.

Rats are known for their ability to maneuver around barriers, sliding through even the tiniest openings in granaries to reach the grain inside.

They are a good complement to Ganesh's might because of their ability to sneak around and between obstructive things.

Rats are also significant to the goddess Karni Mata's shrine in the hamlet of Deshnok in Rajasthan's state.

Thousands of rats live in the Karni Mata shrine, believing themselves to be Karni Mata's offspring and hence holy animals.

According to legend, when the rats die, they are resurrected as members of the temple's hereditary servants' families, making the rats and temple priests members of the same extended family.

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Hinduism And Hindu Theology - Reincarnation Of Humans As Animals

According to Hindu belief, certain humans may reincarnate as animals. 

  • According to popular belief, being born as an animal is an undesirable reincarnation that occurs as a result of a past severe transgression. 
  • We are all in essence 'Human Animals' who may or may not choose to regulate, improve and evolve our being, intelligence, and physical/metaphysical existence over this continuum and experience called life, albeit our so proclaimed and self-glorified 'Human Life'.

  • One is born as an animal to expiate, or atone for, one's bad actions and Karmic inequities by enduring pain, in many instances by being born as a certain kind of animal hundreds of times. 
  • Unlike the Jains, who believe that all matter (even stones/inanimate objects/creation) have souls, most Hindus believe that this is only possible for sentient, or fully conscious, creatures, such as animals. 
  • Many Hindus are vegetarians because they believe animals have souls and that this diet does the least damage to other living beings. 

The animal world is seen as a place of retribution by Hindus. 

  • Being born as an animal is an unpleasant condition from a karmic standpoint, since animal conduct is predominantly dictated by instinct, and therefore animals cannot make a deliberate effort to improve themselves. 
  • In a more literal sense, animals in India, even the "holy" cow in many instances, have very terrible lives. 
  • Animal existence, like all other negative karmic situations, will come to an end someday, but only when all of one's crimes, unbridled carnal desires, and mortal sins have been completely expiated. 
  • Re-birth as an animal is a condition to be avoided because of the pain and lack of control over one's fate.

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