Zentraveler on Blind Men and an Elephant!

Blindmen trying to describe Elephant

There are quite a few versions to this story originating from India about the blind men and an elephant. As a test to reach for the ultimate truth.

A Jain version of the story says that six blind men were asked to determine what an elephant looked like by feeling different parts of the elephant’s body.

The blind man who feels a leg says the elephant is like a pillar; the one who feels the tail says the elephant is like a rope; the one who feels the trunk says the elephant is like a tree branch; the one who feels the ear says the elephant is like a hand fan; the one who feels the belly says the elephant is like a wall; and the one who feels the tusk says the elephant is like a solid pipe.

A wise man explains to them:

“All of you are right. The reason every one of you is telling it differently is because each one of you touched the different part of the elephant. So, actually the elephant has all the features you mentioned.”

This resolves the conflict, and is used to illustrate the principle of living in harmony with people who have different belief systems, and that truth can be stated in different ways.

So there you have it everyone since the beginning of time defends their religion and will fight to the death if their religion is challenged, but this very simple fable shows how you can be different and still reach harmony.

QUOTE: “There is a saying that different religions are like blind men trying to describe an elephant.”

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:Look at You! Along with dolphins, apes, and humans, elephants are among the only animals known to recognize their reflections in a mirror. ~source: Scientific American online

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Elephants! Unless we act quickly we are losing one of the greatest species on this earth at warp speed. Poachers still illegally kill these magnificent animals for their ivory… farmers, homesteaders and loggers are burn slashing their natural habitat at an alarming rate. What can you do? Get involved by volunteering with one of the many agencies to save the elephant or go to your checkbook and write a check! Extinction is forever!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone!

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