Buffy, Celia & Tarun
Cherian reveal an experience that is sure to set tongues
Everybody knows dogs can talk. ‘Splosh’ when a tongue
comes at the unearthly hour of 6.00 in the morning, insisting it’s time to
go for a walk. Or when a ‘whooo’ announces that she’s starving. Or when a
wag knocks over that figurine.
Animals can talk. But most believe that
a ‘bow wow’ or paw is the limit of conversation. That’s not
28th August 03, I take our dog Buffy for a
walk. Celia, my wife, who refuses to wake up before 9.00 stays at home.
When we returned, Celia asked Buffy who she had seen. “A white dog” she
told Celia. Bang on. We had seen a white Pomeranian that doesn’t normally
visit our neighbourhood. Now, this is not an isolated instance. For more
than half a year, we have consistently used the walk to confirm the
Cows, the number of dogs, boxers in
cars, girls with red t-shirts, the places Buffy makes Ka-Ka… the sheer
number of instances and details are overwhelming. There have been
instances when the details have been vague, uncertain, distorted. But
roughly only one when what Buffy has told us has been completely divergent
from fact. Once, on the walk she smelt a strange red substance that
terrified her. Later she told Celia that she had smelt the spilt blood of
a doggy friend, who arrived hale and hearty shortly after.
to animals can lead to some interesting snippets. Celia asked a friend’s
dog whether he was happy. “Yes”, he replied except for one thing, he
wasn’t allowed to eat some brown square thing. What was that, we asked the
friend. Well it was no biscuits for the dog – since he was such a
History sez, it’s not new
While today it appears fairly
unusual, animal talk has been recorded many times in distant and
In the book Communicating with Animals
author Art Meyers, relates how a pup’s owner had asked animal
communicator, Kate Reilly to speak to the dog, to get to know it better.
The telepathic conversation with the pup, revealed that the seemingly
healthy pup actually had a disease of the joints, something an x-ray at
the vets later confirmed.
Lydia Hiby is another well recorded
animal communicator, who works principally in U.S. and Europe. In fact she
was encouraged to write about her experiences by her co-author, Bonnie S.
Weintraub. A skeptic who did an about face, when Lydia helped save his dog
when it faced a life-threatening situation.
Gandhi related in the Indian Express about her encounter with an animal
In the book Mutant Turtle Down Under the author
relates how she learned the aboriginal way to draw animals towards one.
From across the world, be it Borneo, Hawaii or Brazil, hunters have been
known to use mind-speak to hunt animals.
to animals can be useful. For example, a psychic in the USA has been known
to talk to animals to help give police clues to solve crimes!
instances of animal communication deal with being able to deal better with
animals and solve problems. One moving instance related by an owner speaks
of how she was talked out of committing suicide by her two cats, who
essentially asked ‘what about us?’
Our own experience confirms
animal-talk’s usefulness. The other day Buffy came down limping from the
terrace in great pain. ‘Had she broken it? Had she hit something?’ we
asked. “Something bite me,” she told us. We went to the terrace, and found
a half squashed bee. We cancelled the vet’s appointment. An hour later,
she was prancing around.
Survivors of calamities like earthquakes
often speak of how animals sometimes try to warn owners of impending
One of the strangest recorded instances of animal talk
must be the case of Missie, a Boston terrier who could see into the
future. According to author Bill Schul, who examined the case, Missie
predicted accurately the outcome of the presidential election in the 6o’s!
In another instance she predicted the sex, date of birth and weight of a
It can be useful…but…
In a Sherlock Holmes story, the dog
that didn’t bark spoke volumes. By converse, Dear Mr Holmes, the dog that
talks can equally hold possibilities of solving crime, snooping around…
However, in our own experience dog-witnessing has clear
For, not everything that animals tell us is the gospel
truth. For example, we asked Buffy if we could feed a street dog with
extra bones. “Oh no!” said Buffy, “Tiger doesn’t like chicken at all.” And
how did she know? “Tiger told me,” came the glib lie. More importantly,
for humans, seeing is believing. Our evidence is most strongly visual.
Other animals don’t share our sensory orientation. For example in October,
Buffy told Celia that she had met three dogs on the walk. Bruno, Ghoda and
Midgie. While Buffy and I had met the first two we hadn’t met the
On further reflection, I realised that what we had met was
Midgie’s owner whom Buffy had smelt Midgie on. Yes, she had met Midgie.
But not in our terms of reference.
Second, violence of any kind has
a disruptive effect on the inner conversation. The instinctive patterns
appear to let the imagination go into overdrive.
Any doggy and perhaps
anybody can do it.
While we humans are more tuned in to dogs, we
can mind-talk to practically every species. Our other animal conversations
have included crows, squirrels, cows, cats, snakes, insects, viruses,
cockroaches, butterflies, ants, dolphins… One of the most disturbing
contacts with other species for us has been with rats. Where the
experience of mind-merge leaves one with a strange creepy-crawly feeling.
The feeling is probably mutual considering what one has in store for
The greatest gift animal talk offers is a humbling one. It
shoves us humans off a pedestal, we have in our post renaissance history
believed we occupied. There are many times when Buffy says she can’t tell
us things about scents because we simply wouldn’t understand!
fact is not only can animals talk but in many instances have wisdom far
deeper than ours. Roughly a decade ago, a dolphin gave me a healing and
psychic symbol of such tremendous power that it forms the cornerstone of
our meditation classes.
In a recent interview, Jane Goodall, the
famed animal researcher, proposed that chimps are spiritual – from her
observation they seem to yearn, praise, perhaps even pray!
while this may seem heretical to the physicalist, ‘ho hum’ say the more
religiously inclined pointing out that the legendary sage, Dattareya had a
host of animals as gurus! Besides, virtually every pantheistic religion
has had animal god forms. Indicative of the knowledge that animals far
from being below us, are equal in spirit, and perhaps in some ways even
Philosopher haryali kebab anyone?
“Hey hang on don’t
bite into the tangdi kebab, is it a great earth philosopher or scientist?”
Did we hear a smirky, sarcastic objection? Valid point. For if animals are
not just technically alive, but even superior in many ways to us then does
one have the right to eat them?
Struggling with this question, I,
coming from a Syrian Christian family that has to have meat twice a day,
have turned vegetarian. (Not that this is anything but a compromise
solution, for I have talked to trees too.)
Recently we posed the
question to Buffy. For she had one day informed us that all food comes
from the red box – translation; fridge. Did she know chickens had to be
killed to give her food? And if so was it OK? Her answer was that if we
didn’t kill it for her, she could do it for herself. To which we asked her
that if it was OK to kill chickens, what if someone came and killed her?
She gave us a child’s reply, “you will stop them”.
perspective on this came from a dead cricket. On seeing a cat kill a
cricket and snack on it, Chayanth a 11 year old reiki healer wanted to
intervene, his mom told him “no”. We assured him that in the natural dance
of life the prey doesn’t resent being killed. How did we know? Chayanth
wondered. Good question. We took him through a specific process that
allows one to talk to beings that have died. The cricket’s enigmatic reply
was, “I am not dead”.
How to start a dialogue?
are dying to try this out are no doubt asking themselves, ‘is there any
special technique that we use?’ Frankly, the only one we believe is of any
real use is openness. Talk to the animal with the belief it can
understand. Then listen. The process of talking to animals in our
observation involves a wordless mind-speak which is retranslated at a
level slightly higher than the usual egoic one. For example in the rare
instances that Buffy talks to me the vocabulary is far larger than the one
she uses with Celia. This I suspect is because Celia believes Buffy’s
verbal abilities are more limited, this belief acts like an inner filter.
By converse I believe the greater the human verbal interpretation given to
the stream of inner-speak the more distortive the channel.
animals like to talk to humans. Some prefer to reply by more
emotionally-sophisticated modes like cuddling closer. Cats often react to
voices in their heads by suddenly letting rip with their claws. But
largely the issue tends to be that most often we have little to say to
each other. Imagine yourself having a conversation with a being you
believe is sometimes as sadistic as an SS Guard. What would you say to
someone who says he would like to talk to you, but is scared that if you
reply he has ghosts in his head?
Animals can talk. Maybe it’s time
for mankind to listen. For our own good.
(However, there is a
rider, like any other language animal-talk may take years to pickup. And
if in the interim relatives cart you off to a padded cell, don’t blame