Schuon on Animals

Most animals are horizontal, since
Their homeland is not other than this Earth;
But man’s essential stance is vertical;
Free will to choose Salvation proves his worth.
Nobility some animals possess:
The genius of their symbol lives in them.
They can be more than a corrupted man;
Only their possibilities are less.
Be humble when you meet creation, for
An animal may be a sacred door.
Do not despise a noble plant, a stone:
They bring a message from God’s blessèd Throne.

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