Today after work I decided to take a walk, in futile attempt to counterfight my obesity.
While walking, suddenly I felt something is happening with my leg and instinctively jumped and turned around. And there it was - a sneaky wicked dog, already cowardly retreating in silence, with lowered tail, growling almost silently to himself.
His sneaky ambush didn't succeed, he didn't hurt my leg, but he made two holes in my sweatpants.
Not a big deal, I know, but it gave me a sudden flash of revelation - good and evil must exist on all levels of beings! From bacteria to crocodile or tiger or elephant, all beings are given free will, in some extent, and they can choose good or bad. And where is free will, there is also a judgment! This evil dog will not become a human anytime soon! 😎
This free will is, of course, constrained by circumstances, instincts, level of sentience etc., but it must be that free will in some extent always exists.
This mischievous dog had absolutely no reason to attack me - I haven't stolen his food or entered his territory or threatened him in any way. He decided to ambush and attack me deliberately, with cunny, sneaky intent to bite me, just because he decided to be a nefarious, mean dog!
The Ahyeh book speaks about animal, demonic and the angelic natures within people, in Monologue 54: Integration - Priestly Training VI:"
It is said and it is so, that there are three natures within that war for the mastery of your soul: The animal, the demonic, and the angelic.
The animal is not truly evil, as much as it is instinctual, primal, basic, base, primordial, and carnal. In this work, I have termed the animal level the Elders of Mother Nature . These are the personified natural archetypes at work within most humans and animals, manifested by the imperatives of breeding and survival.
The demonic is true evil, for it is viral, lower than animal, the perversion of the instincts, so that one obsesses not only on domination, but is consumed with violent and cruel impulses; and not only on the need to breed, but obsesses on the constant need for sensual release, without concern for the proper intentions of nature or the sacred marriage of man and woman. This is the level of Babylon and the Beast, unchained appetites for sex and aggression.
The angelic is conscience, the moral and ethical yearnings and fixations of humanity, the call to altruistic (selfless) effort and abstract ideals, and the ability to conceive of something more, something unseen (belief). The angelic is also the very hope and audacity to place faith in ideas, values, and goals that are completely counter-instinctual, or which go against the reasoning of animal consciousness.
The demonic and the angelic both war for control of the animal race of mankind – the one willing humanity to unlife (growing the ranks of the shadow race), and the other working to lead mankind to illuminated life (growing the ranks of the solar race).
I would argue that such strugle do exist in animals too, although in some more rudimentary form.
Is there a demonic influence on animals too?
Anyway, if there is any excuse for the evil dog, there is none for evil people. Not only that, but we are measured proportionaly to our gifts. There is no "one size fits all", no, we are judged by what is given to us.
Luke 12:48 states, "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked."
The Ahyeh book says: "Even God and the angels themselves expect much from the rich man, and that burden I will not remit, for as it is written, so I write again, "Where much is given, much is required."
So, let us not be evil dogs, but rather meek ones.