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see if they could get out. While the horses were helpless,
        a donkey got out by lifting idle latch and opening the
        gate.
            Why go so far? Even in our Ashram the Mother's cat
        Chikoo was extraordinarily clever. One day she was con-
        fined in a room. It was discovered that she was trying
        to open the window in exactly same way as the Mother
        used to do. Evidently Chikoo had watched the Mother
        carefully.
           We  had  a  dog,  a  bitch  left  by  somebody  in  the  first
        house we rented. One day she was locked out. Finding it
        impossible to push the door open, she just sat in front of
        it and began to think, "How to get in?" The way she sat
        and the attitude of her head and eyes showed clearly that
        she was thinking. Then suddenly she got up, as saying
        to herself, "Ah, there is the bathroom door. Let me try it.
        And she went in that direction. The door was open and
        she got in.
           It is the Europeans who make a big difference between
        man and animal. The only difference is that animals can't
        form concepts and can't read or write or philosophise.
           N: They can't do Yoga, either.
           Sri Aurobindo : I don't know about that. Once, while the
        Mother and I were meditating, a cat happened to be pres-
        ent. We found that she was behaving oddly. She passed
        into a trance and was almost on the point of leaving her
        body and dying, when suddenly she recovered. Evidently
        she was trying to receive something.
                                      Talks with Sri Aurobindo, pp. 223-224







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