This is so beautifully rendered. Thank you.
A note to readers of the 1/10/13 writings above…Deb shared with me that she received a short post from a FB friend who briefly mentioned an amazing incident of elephants who paid their respects to a man they knew who had passed away. That was all the info Deb had and was immediately impulsed to write the above through the Big Elephant (or should I say, vice versa?). Anyway, I was intrigued by this and started a google search and here are some excerpts from two of several folks who had written about this. Amazing how the Big Elephant's writing has captured the heart of this story….
Excerpts from The Daily Galaxy 10/5/12:
On March 7, 2012 Lawrence Anthony (a legend in South Africa and author of "The Elephant Whisperer") died. Two days after his passing, wild elephants showed up at his home led by two large matriarchs. Separate wild herds arrived in droves to say goodbye to their beloved man-friend. A total of 31 elephants…walking slowly for days, making their way in a solemn one-by-one queue from their habitat, had patiently walked miles, to get to his South African House. Lawrence's wife, Francoise, was especially touched, knowing that the elephants had not been to his house prior to that day for well over 3 years. they stayed for 2 days 2 nights without eating anything. Then one morning, they left, making their long journey back home.
Excerpts from Rob Kirby of BeliefNet:
For 12 hours, two herds of wild South African elephants slowly made their way through the Zululand bush until they reached the house of late author Lawrence Anthony, the conservationist who saved their lives. The formerly violent, rogue elephants, destined to be shot a few years ago as pests, were rescued and rehabilitated by Anthony, who had grown up in the bush and was known as the “Elephant Whisperer.”
For two days the herds loitered at Anthony’s rural compound on the vast Thula Thula game reserve in the South African KwaZulu – to say good-bye to the man they loved. But how did they know he had died? Known for his unique ability to calm traumatized elephants, Anthony had become a legend.
The first herd to arrive at Thula Thula several years ago were violent. They hated humans. Anthony found himself fighting a desperate battle for their survival and their trust, which he detailed in The Elephant Whisperer.
So how, after Anthony’s death, did the reserve’s elephants — grazing miles away in distant parts of the park — know?
“A good man died suddenly,” says Rabbi Leila Gal Berner, Ph.D., “and from miles and miles away, two herds of elephants, sensing that they had lost a beloved human friend, moved in a solemn, almost ‘funereal’ procession to make a call on the bereaved family at the deceased man’s home.”
“If there ever were a time, when we can truly sense the wondrous ‘interconnectedness of all beings,’ it is when we reflect on the elephants of Thula Thula. A man’s heart stops, and hundreds of elephants’ hearts are grieving. This man’s oh-so-abundantly loving heart offered healing to these elephants, and now, they came to pay loving homage to their friend.”
Can there be any doubt … we are all One