(or more correctly, we are all spirit souls, sparks of God)
So I was feeding the Rosey Barb fish in the lily pond in the garden, and over time I’ve noticed they all have their individual traits. They are all little personalities.
One is a bully, and no matter how much seaweed food I feed them, he always tries to stop the others getting any. Another is Mr. Energetic who swims dartingly around as fast as he can….all the time. Then there’s Mr. Timid, who stays towards to bottom and waits for the food to fall down and come to him. Another likes to go into the greenery and massage herself against the weed. And still another will come to the surface and allow me to gently pat him. They are not all the same.
When I watch ants on their trails on the footpath in the garden it is also interesting. Some will be like the hoons of the road and try to pass all the others. Some will get off the main track a little for a breather. Some will make sure they do not carry too big a piece of whatever food they select to take back to their home. And of course there’s always a bully, making everyone else get out of his way. (Do all species have bullies? That’s a worry!).
But I should not be surprised:
The humble sage, by virtue of true knowledge, sees with equal vision a learned and gentle brāhmana [scholar], a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog-eater [outcaste]. Bhagavad Gita 5:18
A person is said to be still further advanced [in self realization] when he regards all – the honest well-wisher, friends and enemies, the envious, the pious, the sinner and those who are indifferent and impartial – with an equal mind. Bhagavad Gita 6:9