neighborhood around the Los Angeles Center has been designated as
a rat protection zone. As a result, the Center has turned into a "rathskeller"
for these night creatures. Its premises have been badly damaged and
the kitchen has become virtually a night bazaar for the rodents. Some
fellow initiates suggested that the optimal solution to this perplexing
problem was to keep cats. Others put forth a counter proposal of keeping
the environment clean, storing the food properly, setting traps, and
releasing captured rats in the mountains. After all, the worst the
rodents could do, while seeking to survive as nature demands, was
to cause an ephemeral material loss for the Center. If the environment
were to be protected by having cats hunt down the rats, the intangible
intent of killing would destroy the peaceful and positive energy at
the Center. As the highest form of all living beings and as spiritual
practitioners, could the initiates facilitate destructive confrontations
between these animals?
two sides stuck to their positions; neither could convince the other.
However, just as they were about to agree on ridding the Center of
rats with the cats, they received an unexpected call from Master.
She said, "No cats at the Center." This instruction reduced
the initiates to shame for having troubled Master over this issue
of cats and rats. It also strengthened their conviction that Master
is omnipresent, omniscient, and constantly guiding initiates in the
right direction. Thank You very much, dear Master!