Commonly, Buddhists believe in rebirth and Hindus in reincarnation according to the worldly-deeds before death. According to this, the present life is only a simple link in a chain of lives that extends back into the past and forward into the future. This chain of lives is called samsara. Carts pulled by bullocks are also seen in rural areas today, though not abundantly like before. The cart riders keep on hitting unnecessarily. The animals cannot do anything to protest. If the above belief of rebirth is right, what we may presume that the riders might be reborn as those animals which would pull the carts.
Wild dogs live in the jungles but domestic ones in or around our houses. The wild ones are ferocious especially because of living together like packs of wolves. But the domestic ones are usually obedient and powerless in our vicinity. There are a lot of stories implying the faithfulness of a domestic dog, especially of a pet one. Those which are powerful can fulfill their needs even by force if required. But what about those which are powerless? In a word, they are sticky like those boys unable to connect themselves with the girls they need to develop relationship with. What is the want of a dog? A house? A couch? A companion? A love? A care? An affection? Actually, nothing but a sufficient amount of food. Now the question is who will give it food if it is not a pet one.
All a dog can do is leave its prestige and get as sticky as it can—waiting and waiting mainly in the yard of a house unless someone gives it some food whatever amount it be. Maybe you are taking lunch on the veranda as usual in a village house in the winter season. And the dog is swinging its tail staring at you with perseverance at its utmost, no matter how long it has been hungry. Will it make a sound or a noise? No. Will it bark and draw your attention? No.
You have already finished your meal but somehow have not marked the dog’s predicament. The rest of the lunch is there. Will the dog have the food then? Will it take the food away? No. Then what? Nothing but waiting as usual. Maybe your brother did the same, so did your sister. Somehow the dog was left unfed and ravenously hungry. What will the dog do then? Will it go to another house and give it a try or test its luck? No. There is a vital problem. It has managed to keep other dogs away from your house. In this case if it leaves for another place for food, it has to undertake a fighting with another dog in the next house.A question may arise here why it has not eaten the rest of the food in a sly or whimsically. It is because the dog knows well what consequences will befall it if it has done so. A severe punishment will follow and the dog will lose the chance of staying in the house any further. Nothing but the dog had better stay calm and wait for the moment someone will give it some food some time or someday.
Now another question may arise why it does not live in a jungle or a forest. The answer is, it will eat nothing other than the kinds of food a man usually has. It will not eat anything the other animals living in the jungles eat. The result we have found is that the dog must live like this. They have no choice. There is no better alternative. The manner it will develop is sticky and gluey, calm and quiet, tolerant and persevering like an unsuccessful but authentic boy with his admirer.
Dogs are happy with the leftovers given after meals. If the dog is alone, it will have it peacefully whatever is given. The problem arises naturally when there is more than one dog. Barking, scratching and attacking will continue among them. It becomes even more interesting when a dog gets or takes away some food scraps especially bones. Like children the adult dogs will keep on barking away the other dogs. The similar situation is usually visible in affairs. The girl who has changed the boy and starts with another boy who is not the expected type of the first one will bark away the previous one.
Especially in the suburban areas some dogs make a group and do not allow another neighbouring group of dogs in. At times the two groups keep on barking from a little distance. In case of a tiger it has an unofficial area or an imaginary demarcation where no other tiger is allowed in for both its prey and the tigress. The ferocious animals are alike, which is similar to the spoilt boys who create the same encounters to avoid risks in their affairs with girls.
Commonly, Buddhists believe in rebirth and Hindus in reincarnation according to the worldly-deeds before death. According to this, the present life is only a simple link in a chain of lives that extends back into the past and forward into the future. This chain of lives is called samsara. A Buddhist may easily presume that the dog unfed and uncared may be a close relative like the brother or the father reborn as the dog because of his ill-deeds while alive. Carts pulled by bullocks are also seen in rural areas today, though not abundantly like before. The cart riders keep on hitting unnecessarily. The animals cannot do anything to protest. If the above belief of rebirth is right, what we may presume that the riders might be reborn as those animals which would pull the carts.
While working with WHO personnel mostly from America, they unanimously expressed their objections that many youngsters in particular hit or kick or hurl brick-chips to the dogs whimsically or impulsively while passing by.
Domestic dogs are also very faithful and we know some stories. Still animals are not accepted accordingly. Islam says there are as many as 18,000 species and humans are the best species. We must not forget a dog is one of the species too. It is much more difficult to feed dogs when we have so many people unfed, untreated and uncared. Still it is important that we do not hurt them unnecessarily or whimsically.
The writer is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Language Centre at University of Information Technology & Sciences (UITS).