the cat buddha story
this photo shows a cat conducting an olfactory investigation of a buddha statue.....so now, here is the story behind that picture.
the buddha's many disciples over the centuries have spent countless hours in meditation halls visualizing beneficial energy for the world. because each disciple sat in one spot for a very long time, not only did the concept of time dissolve around them but they also learned that they could manipulate time when they needed to.
they believed strongly in the beneficial energy they were producing for the world, and even tho centuries of history were passing by with the problematic scenarios of people all living in one ecosystem, buddha's disciples believed that one day the buddha would come back to the world, at which time the problematic scenarios would resolve into an appreciation of the world, and that every living being would experience a wonderous feeling of joy.
one day a few of the disciples had gotten wind of a rumor that the buddha was going to appear to the world in the form of a cat. thinking about the joyous world awakening they believed in, surely this was a joke that the buddha was going to be a cat. they asked the buddha about the rumor. "it's true" he said. the disciples were upset that the wonderous world awakening would just turn out to be a silly practical joke. the disciples were concerned about all the people who believed that one day something wonderful would happen.
the buddha smiled gently. "something wonderful will happen, and this is the best way. everyone will wake up to a joyous understanding of what is important for all life forms, not just for cats. the awakening is gentle and people need to pay attention. if i came back as a person, many people would just start yakking at each other about who believed what and who was closer to right and who wasn't and on and on. instead, none of that will need to be said. instead of yakking at each other they will pay attention to the world and the needs of all the life forms."
the disciples went back to their meditation halls to ponder the situation. in about 4 minutes of condensed time they had communicated the situation to the multitude of disciples thru time. all the disciples had always expected to participate in the future world awakening in a spiritual form, but with the new turn of events they realized they very much wanted to be there first hand, in bodily form, to witness the buddha as a cat. they approached buddha to ask if this would be possible.
the buddha pondered for one second of condensed time, and then said "yes, i can arrange that for everyone who wants to go, but there are some conditions that you must consider. you would need to be willing to come back as cats also. and to do this, until the time was right, you would not remember anything about buddha or world awakenings but rather you would live your lives as actual cats. there are behaviors you have already transcended, but for awhile you would have to be in some mundane behaviors and just not worry about it. that would include hacking up hairballs, cat fights, marking territory by spraying, excessive breeding with cats you hadn't even met before, all sorts of mass-marketed food, remedies that would be inserted into your body one way or another, and possible issues around a litter box. some of you would be transported to events where people you don't know would look at you and handle you and evaluate you solely on your physical attributes. after which your pictures might get sent around on a device called the internet where more people would evaluate you on your physical attributes. and last but not least, many of you will get neutered."
the disciples pondered this for about 2 seconds of condensed time and realized whatever they had to go thru would be worth it compared to sitting around in a meditation hall. so those who wanted to participate asked buddha to please set up the scenario that included this possibility.
the scenario was created and buddha's recommendation to them was: practice keeping your powers of observation clear and simple. when you become a cat you will not remember any of this, but at the appropriate times the universe will send you clues that will help wake up your awareness of who you are. these clues will look like simple everyday events and coincidences that will come and go. if you do not have clear powers of observation, you might miss your clues that would help you wake up. this is all individual and involves random and circumstantial events that most people would not even notice." the buddha's final words to them as explanation were "good luck."
this was all long ago, but it explains the picture that shows a cat receiving a clue about the buddha. and thankfully this cat is interested, gathering more information about the buddha thru it's olfactory senses, and probably taking it's first steps in waking up. and the important thing for each of you in reading this story is to realize that when your cat appears to be sleeping most of the time, that it may actually be in some meditation hall.
©anita klinger 2008