I underestimated the elephants.

After a raft trip on the river that run through a jungle I was happy to have soaked in the natures healing energy. I was feeling good and wasn’t expecting anything extraordinary for the rest of the day. I wasn’t looking forward to watching ” the elephant show”, I thought it would be just simple tricks that poor elephants had to learn for hours and now were made to perform for us the humans. I was not looking forward to watching them to say the least, I would rather they were in the wild enjoying the beauty of the nature just as I has experienced it that very morning. I started to feel sad for the elephants.

Elephant the Painter

Another Master Painter - out of the 65 elephants in this village only 4 have revealed that they can paint, the rest I think are too shy !!!!

Then something extraordinary happen, three elephants were given paint brushes and I thought they were going to make few spots on the paper and that would be the end of it. But no , they were producing master piece paintings, that I would have hard time painting myself. The painting captured the movements in the picture perfectly. These elephants could think and conceptualize, I was humbled; why does man think that they are the only species that have the gift of creating art….which is one of the highest cognitive functions and one that suppose to separate the humans from animals. I thought hummm…from now on I will either have to call myself an animal or I will have to say elephants are more the just an animal….because to say elephant is just an animal suddenly didn’t seem right… unless we redefine the word ” animal”.  Something to think about,…. this ought to suggest animals have ethical rights too and man cannot treat animals as means to their own ends.

After the elephant encounter I went to fill myself with the beauty of the orchids by visiting an orchid garden. The following orchids are dedicated to all the elephants who should be in nature, filling themselves with natures beauty.

I remain in gratitude for the wonderful experiences I have been able to have in this wonderful, magical universe we live in. I feel my energies are restored and my soul is more aligned. May these gifts flow to others too.

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