August 29, 2010 § 14 Comments
Hello blogworld. It’s been awhile hasn’t it?
The past few days I’ve been doing doing sponsor training for an Asian American students sponsor program, and our schedules are literally from 9am-9 or 10pm every single day. That leaves none to minimal time on the computer. Now that August is coming to a close, the weather is getting chillier, and summer is bidding us a “See ya later!” Which also means that school is starting.
Can you believe I’m starting my senior year in college? Okay, maybe you can, but I can’t! It feels like I will “officially” be an adult once I graduate from college. I will be working full-time, be on my own. Me, and the big world. It’s a scary thought, but not completely horrendous.
However, this scary world also has its beauty when we least expect it. For example, the following story I’d like to share with you all today. The story is actually a news report from a Buddhist temple in Korea, and this story absolutely just astounded me.
There’s a cat who lives in a Buddhist temple in Korea. This cat, however, is very different from other cats–it doesn’t eat meat, and it doesn’t prey, hunt, or kill. More astonishingly, the cat would sit in front of a Buddhist statue and look at it humbly every morning and every night as if the cat is paying its respect or praying to the deity before it. The cat would usually sit there like that for hours, until it’s meal time then would it leave unwillingly.
This cat was discovered by a monk of that temple four years ago. The cat was severely burnt when the monk found it, and was merely a kitten. Well naturally, the cat was taught to be quiet and respectful when in the praying hall, follow a vegetarian diet, and to not kill. Those who own cats would know how hard it is to train a cat, but this cat obeyed every single rule of the Buddhist temple, and have never misbehaved in all these four years.
When it was time to eat, the cat would follow the other monks to the dining hall, but would only sit quietly while waiting for its owner to feed it leftovers from her palms. Often times, the cat would drop tears as it ate, as if it was dropping tears of gratefulness.
After hearing about this cat, several tourists would come visit the temple and take a look at this mysterious cat. They would purposely tease the cat by putting grilled fish or meat in front of it, but the cat merely ignore everything, turn its head, and walk away.
Here’s a video that shows the cat and its behaviors. I don’t understand a single word, but it’s really cute and seriously just amazing!
My mom and I speculated that perhaps this cat was some sort of Buddhist god or a spiritual being of Buddhism in his/her past life, but had done some wrong deeds and was thus punished to be a cat in his/her next life. I think this cat is the perfect example of karma and incarnation that the Buddhist philosophy keeps stressing over and over again.
On another related note…
This was sent to me by Dmitri a few weeks ago. At first, I wouldn’t believe what I’m reading, until I googled the term “cat yoga” and BAM! there it is, 285,000 Search results.
Like the excerpt pointed out, cat yoga has gained much popularity in recent years. I’m just kind of skeptical about how to train the cat to do poses like that. I believe the story above, I really do, but I just don’t see it as an exercise that cats would willingly delve themselves into. I could be wrong.
However, if everything is indeed true, from the story to the popularity of cat yoga, then I think we have all learned a lesson. Yoga isn’t just for the human body. Yoga doesn’t shun anyone or anything. Yoga is made for all living beings on earth. Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word “yuj”, meaning “to yoke” or “to unite“. This alone, can mean many different things. It can mean the uniting of one’s body, mind, and soul, it could mean the union of all things, whether living or nonliving, on earth, or it could mean the sharing of the same benevolent, nonharming spirit amongst all living things.
Perhaps we really should give more credits to cats for their feline power.