Lesson 21: The lion and the lamb
This part will become more of a history lesson and less of a mystery lesson, although history and mystery are connected due to lack of knowledge. Mystery is simply all the things we don't know much about, which means there is a lot to learn from it. The lion is one of those historical mysteries. Not many people know of the philosophical meaning of the lion. Most of us know the lion as the king of animals and as a horoscope connected to people born in a period during summer. It use to have a lot more meaning and is used as a symbol in many teachings.
To fully understand why the lion is such an important symbol it is important to look at its behavior and it's way of life. There aren't any real enemies for this magnificent hunter, only competition. The lion has nothing to fear really, it stands on the top of the food chain, being only hunter and never prey. But besides that, a lion has it's dignity as well. Even though it can kill almost every animal in its habitat, it doesn't kill for fun. If they would, a lot of animals would already be extinct. The most interesting thing is the fact animals don't really think, but act only on needs. This aspect is also one of the most important things to learn in many different spiritual teachings. There is a huge difference between behavior based on needs and behavior based on desires. One of the most important differences is the fact it is a lot easier to fulfill our needs then it is to fulfill our desires. Living based on desire creates a lot of disappointment. We aren't always able to fulfill all our desires. The only way to deal with this is acceptance. Still, this isn't the most important thing. What's really interesting is the fact the lion has been used as a very important symbol until the uprising of Christianity. In the bible the known philosophy of the Greek which compared leaders and followers to sheep and lions suddenly got a bit softer. We are now speaking of sheep and shepherds, which is quote strange. Nothing changed to the comparison of followers with sheep, but the lion became a shepherd. What a lot of people don't realize is this is a corrupt statement. When comparing human behavior to the behavior of animals, there shouldn't be any sign of a shepherd, since it is a profession of a human being instead of an animal type. Truth is, there isn't a single type of animal which guides a herd or defends it against another species, this is pure human behavior. So what's really going on?