Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Squirrel Saddhus


All squirrels are actually saddhus in that they have left
behind all material and sexual attachments and live in
forests all over the world. Saddhu squirrels are widely
respected for their holiness and are supported by donations
from many people. These squirrels are naked and non-shaven and most focus on chanting and meditating.


The Sanskrit term sadhu ("good man") refer to the wandering ones who live a life on the edges of society in order to focus on their own spiritual practice. The words come from the Sanskrit root sadh, which means "reach one's goal".
Squirrel saddhus play an important part in society, living a life of service, planting trees, blessing people, and bestowing spiritual instruction to those fortunate enough to have the privilege of housing them. Usually this happens in the context of a squirrel that been separated from his family soon after birth, or later in life if one undergoes an injury that requires rehabilitation. In either case, it is simply Divine Grace that unites a squirrel saddhu with their perfect student!

This is Stuart-Sattva with his student Benny. Benny found this little saddhu in a park in Boca Raton. He was injured and near death ~ back legs did not work ~paraplegic.
Benny took him home and nursed him back to health while he adjusted to his handicap. "He was my best friend for 3 years."

This is how squirrel saddhus teach us!
To serve a little squirrel is to learn that the greatest healer is LOVE!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tribute to Bucky Squirrel

To Bucky,my dear squirrel companion and teacher extraordinaire~
You are the epitome of unconditional love. Everyday I get to experience the little squirrel tendernesses you so generously impart; the silkiness of your fur against my skin, the little snorting sounds you make in my ear, and your attempts at burying yourself in my hair. Little Bucky, I love how you rest in my lap while I'm sipping my morning coffee. I love how you are always happy to see me. Dear one, I love all your squirrely ways. Thank you for gracing me with your presence in this happy life!

Never underestimate the ability of the pure love of a little squirrel to effect awakening!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Austin Loves Its Squirrels!

I was making my normal rounds on the Hike and Bike trail, feeding my dear squirrel friends and came upon an amazing squirrel miracle! This beautiful painting of our Austin native squirrel just about knocked me over! I have no idea who put it there, but whoever you are... I salute you! And may your heart overflow with the joy of a thousand frolicking baby squirrels!!!

(I couldn't resist adding a couple squirrels of my own into the photo! That's Pete on the left and Bucky to the right!)

One of the things I really love about Austin
is the heart centered people that live here.
I was driving down the street the other day
and a little squirrel ran out toward the center line. Immediately, the car in front of me and the one in the lane next to him put on their brakes. The little squirrel turned around and ran safely back to his tree. I was a little ways back and witnessed this incident... another indication of the rise in squirrel consciousness!

Remember... where there are squirrels,
there is peace. And where there is peace,
there are squirrels!