Breakfast With the Ants
Sadhguru: One of the things my great-grandmother used to do was to take platefuls of her breakfast and go about keeping a little bit for all the creatures around – the ants, the sparrows, the squirrels, the rats… Before she even ate, at least three-fourths of her breakfast would go all over the place. When she put food for the many creatures, she would be talking to them – sometimes verbally and sometimes not. Naturally everyone dismissed her as crazy but I didn’t think so. Somehow, this fascinated me so much because she was just there with them. It looked quite natural to me – as you communicate with people she was communicating with them. It was very normal for her and as a child it was very normal for me – “Okay, she does that.”
Many times she wouldn’t eat and when someone would ask her why, she would say, “I ate with the ants.”
She fed them and felt full and it was real for her. It was not an emotional response. It was very real for her. It was only much later when I started experiencing things that every little thing she had done suddenly meant so much to me.
Godzilla in the Making
Sadhguru: My house is generally full of all kinds of creatures. Sometime ago a young monitor lizard walked in. He was quite little and lived on the roof tiles in the corridor. He was well protected in the garden because they are no predators and he is the biggest guy. He started eating the birds, squirrels and snakes and having quite a good time. As the days passed he grew quite big and is almost four feet long now.
These days he camps out quite a bit, so it is okay but otherwise he keeps disturbing the tiles because he is too big. So long as he stays above the corridor it’s fine, but if he gets on the roof above the house, he dismantles the tiles when he moves and rainwater starts to get in. But we don’t want to chase him away because I am the alien resident, he is the local resident. According to my sense of property, I am the alien resident and he is the local resident, so he has more right than me to be there.
According to my sense of property, I am the alien resident and he is the local resident, so he has more right than me to be there.
So I’ve been getting the roof tiles fixed in a certain way so that at least he cannot get inside the house, he can stay in the outside corridor.
An Unexpected Invasion
Sadhguru: We have a lot of trees around the house, especially fruit trees. As a rule, we don’t pluck any of the fruits because we have enough food to eat, so we leave these trees alone for the birds, squirrels and others. Because there is so much food, they multiply in plenty. When the season comes, suddenly you find dozens of baby squirrels running all over the place. Generally, I travel most of the time and am not in the house. One day when I returned, I found that these squirrels had found their way into my bathroom. My room has a huge window and some kind of mesh has been fixed on it, but these guys are ingenious. If they find the tiniest opening, they will open it up.
I saw a few squirrels active and building their homes in my bathroom. I said okay, somehow they have managed to come, so let them finish and leave.
Because of the protected atmosphere with no predators or anything, all of the children grew up. But now the “son-in-law” wanted to build another house and chose my bookshelf in the bedroom. The son-in-law and daughter began playing havoc in my bedroom. 4:30 in the morning, they would be screaming their heads off, because they want to go out and I would have to open the door. I went through this because after all what can you do? Then another guy, maybe their uncle set up another house – because the real estate is so cheap and good! The whole house would be full of their “cheek, cheek cheek,” the whole night. Then, they got interested in my books. Unfortunately, they don’t know how to just read, they have to digest the whole thing! They began to really “read up” all my books. They were just all over the place, boldly running up and down the stairs and coming through the door.
I am a visitor in the house because of my travel, and once in a way when I entered the place, these guys would just look me up and down wondering “Who is this guy?”
If you observe squirrels they have all these expressions on their face. They were just sizing me up looking at this guy who had just walked in! Then I decided this squirrel business was going too far. We sealed up all the holes they could enter from and chased all the squirrels out.
That night I went and turned on the lights in the bathroom. There is a small crack in one of the walls and I saw two tiny little squirrels putting their heads out and sitting because both momma and daddy hadn’t turned up. I can’t forget that scene. So, I set up a trap with some nice food and we caught them. But then where to leave them? They were still too young. So we set up traps outside to catch the older ones. We caught two of the older ones. I don’t know whether they were uncles and aunts or the parents. It must be the parents because they were trying to get back to this particular area. We put all of them in one box and let them be for a few hours and let them out in the forest after that.