According to the accounts of many travelers the negro women of Dutch Guiana, the Obeah women, excel in taming very large snakes called amodites, or papa; they make them descend from the trees, follow, and obey them by merely speaking to them.
We have seen in India a small brotherhood of fakirs settled round a little lake, or rather a deep pool of water, the bottom of which was covered with enormous alligators. “These amphibious monsters crawl out and sun themselves a few feet from the fakirs. …
When Iamblichus, Herodotus, Pliny or some other ancient writer tells us of priests who caused asps to come forth from the altar of Isis, or of thaumaturgists taming with a glance the most ferocious animals, they are considered liars and ignorant imbeciles. … But despite materialistic skepticism, man does possess such a power…” ~H. P. Blavatsky

Throughout history there have been stories of people able to exercise some odd power or control over wild animals. In the Christian world, the best known of these is probably St. Francis of Assisi, but there have been many others. In a few cases, we find tales of people who are apparently able to get animals to do their bidding, but usually this power is manifest more in the ability to get animals that are usually very violent and dangerous, to stay calm and friendly for a time and not hurt anyone.

While this may all seem like variation on a single theme, there is a difference between the people practicing the two types of control over animals. First, there is the dark side. Those who are, in essence, using demonic powers to control animals and get them to do their bidding. This may be anything from getting the animals to leave a particular area to getting them to attack and kill people. The main difference between these and the other, however, is that they are forcing these animals to obey them and do their will. This, obviously, is an evil and demonic use of such power and karma usually gets those who behave like this.

On the other side, there are those who also “control” dangerous animals, in a sense, but they do it by agreement. In short, they deal with the animal as if it is an equal and has equal rights. Rather than using force-of-will to control the animal, they ask the animals to do something, usually in exchange for giving the animal something they want such as food or shelter. The founder of our Cosolargy community here is Reno was able to do this. Our sanctuary in the mountains here has many rattlesnakes in it. I think the estimate is around 1,500. But when the sanctuary was first opened, the founder talked to the snakes and made an agreement with them: if they would stay away from us when we were having spiritual events in the sanctuary, we would agree to not hunt them and kill them. And to this day, several years after our founders physical death, we still rarely see any snakes in the sanctuary, although we see plenty of evidence that they are there.

In short, just as with people, you will get a lot more cooperation from animals by getting agreements with them rather than trying to force them to obey you.


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