Sri Sri and Mr Cobra

02 Nov

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji loves going out for morning walks. Back in 2006, it was a regular feature. Everyday during the walk a snake used to cross his path; As if it was a daily ritual, the glimmering reptile  would wait for Sri Sri and slither away after seeing him walk by. He was a majestic cobra with a mark of 1o on his hood. His mud abode glorified the lawns of the garden outside Sri Sri’s kutir.

One fine day during his morning walk, Sri Sri found that the movement of Mr cobra was unusual. The cobra was seen on one side of the path, but it did not endeavour to cross the path like it would do everyday. Sri Sri mentioned to Dilip, who was with him that morning, that something was amiss and the cobra needed to be attended to.

By the time we came in to check, the long, glimmering and majestic creature was lying on the ground almost motion less, though it was still breathing. When we touched him to find whether he had any movement, he would just widen its hood laying flat on the ground signifying life. What a plight it was to see this, for in its full glory, it is almost impossible to find a live agile cobra allowing anyone to be near (snakes are solitary reptiles with their territory clearly marked).

The cobra exudes the beauty and grandeur of the king of snakes when it raises the hood to show off its handsome mark. And now it was struggling to raise the hood, breathing very slowly. Something had to be done immediately! Very often, the animal world depends upon humans for help. When animals come near humans, seeking  help, do nut shoo them off. Many organisations ready to help are just at a phone’s length away.  Snakes are very shy creatures. At the faintest sound they rush to hide in crevices in stone.

So our cobra surely needed medical help immediately. I got in touch with Dr Salem of Banerghatta Rescue Centre. He sent trained volunteers to pick our critical patient, who was carefully picked up and packed for a comfortable and safe journey to the Hospital. He was admitted in the intensive care unit and monitored for about one and half months. There, by series of injections in his tail, the cobra was cured of the poisoning and the lung infection.

Probably he had eaten an infected frog who had consumed some pesticide used by the farmers on the neighbouring farm.  The lung infection was due to the chemicals used in the detergent as the cobra used to stay in a water pipe. Humans have created a havoc by heavily using chemicals and pesticides. Sri Sri had once warned us that even if one species is wiped off from the planet, we are inviting a catastrophe. Let us refuse to use products in our daily life which may be harmful to the Earth.

A few weeks later Sri Sri asked how our fellow being of the gardens was doing. I went to see the cobra.  By now he was very strong, though still confined to a glass chamber. When injection was given in his tail he would promptly raise the hood in resistance to the prick and almost would (may be just on impulse) want to turn and attack. It was a delight to see his natural glory restored!

I wondered whether he ever understood that he survived due to the treatment he received due to Gurudev’s attention. Sri Sri wanted him back in his home on the farm, where he belonged to.

After two months, when he was strong and fit to be released, the authorities decided to release him deep in the forest where the conditions would be very natural. As for me, I believe that he would be much more happier to come back to his land where his master trod.

Posted by Meenal Moray, trained architect from J J School of Arts, who cares for the animal world. She lives and teaches yoga and meditation at the Art of Living International Ashram, Bangalore.


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17 responses to “Sri Sri and Mr Cobra

  1. Krishna

    November 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    This is one of the most beautiful things I have read of late..thanks a lot or posting

  2. Shaswat

    November 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Nice read 🙂

  3. Neema

    November 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Lovely piece. I second Meenal’s appeal: “Let us refuse to use products in our daily life which may be harmful to the Earth.”

    There are so many options available now. Let it be our choice to use more natural and eco-friendly products.

    Touching to see someone being sensitive to animals and that too to the ferocious cobra.

  4. chandanyogendra

    November 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Even the reptiles (without having a developed nervous system like humans) know where to go, when in trouble :).
    Also this experience is just another testimony amongst the list of experiences in which ppl have felt that SriSri is not just an ordinary human being. Who else can have that fearlessness & care towards the most venomous creature? (Even a thought of mighty Cobra triggers a shiver along my spine)

    Yes, we need to be more careful towards our life style regarding its impact on environment.

    Thank U so much for sharing.

    With gratitude

  5. Anonymous

    November 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    But for Guruji’s intervention, the cobra would have been no more, even the deadly reptiles need the grace and blessing’s.

  6. meenald

    November 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    A touching tale of Guruji’s love for the blessed reptile. It remind us that man is bestowed with the stewardship of the environment. Being on top of the food chain, what we use at the first trophic level i.e. on plants not bioaccumulates but also biomagnifies at the next level of the food chain………….so it is more deadly &dangerous by the time it reaches our plates.

  7. Jayasree

    November 3, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Nice to read.
    How do we get safe replacements for chemicals?

    • Nischay

      November 3, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      organic farming- use manure as fertilizer and perhaps dried neem as pesticide and fungicide

  8. Anonymous

    November 3, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Very interesting & valuable post. Thak u verymuch……..

  9. Akshaya

    November 3, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Very interesting & valuable post. Thak u verymuch……..

  10. Anonymous

    November 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    thanks for sharing such amazing Guru story ..Love

  11. Anonymous

    November 4, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Amazing is the word! He does not miss anyone or anything,takes care of all. Jgd.

  12. chandantaluja

    November 4, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    ossum ossum ossum….

  13. Dipak Kumar Jalan

    November 5, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Thanks for sharing

  14. J.P. Samala

    November 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    beautiful story of Guru grace in animal kingdom!

  15. Deepa Jha

    June 24, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Such a nice article. I wish I could get some more info on this Sri Sri ashram in Bangalore. Meenal I would love to connect with you again- Deepa

  16. harshmalhotrasite

    July 26, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Sure, we must eliminate harmful chemicals from our daily needs. We don’t have an idea how much damage has already been done! Thanks a lot for writing about this.


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