Sri Sri and Mr Cobra


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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  1. 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.

  2. 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

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

  4. 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.

  5. Thank you, Meenalji, so beautiful. I have seen this cobra in Bangalore Ashram, we had a “meeting” one day on the road by Vasuki…….I heard a strong “hiss” and knew there were no cars nearby, with a tire leaking air, hair went up on my neck, he, in his shyness, was already turned away and leaning forward, away from me to his place of feeling safe, from little me, without poison fangs, ha, ha. He is huge, I hope he comes home some how. Guru can do this, hmmmm?
    Love from Ann G., Annji

  6. This is so amazing, indeed lot to learn, and also gives a glimpse , Guruji…is always there to rescue..all his dear ones..

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