How Big is Your Elephant?

This is posted because Paulfg made me think of it this morning, even though it was originally posted in The Postmodern Mystic on New Year’s Eve… 2012! Lol. Enjoy, Paul… and all others!

ELEPHANT AND THE BLIND MEN

Once upon a time, there lived six blind men in a village. One day the villagers told them, “Hey, there is an elephant in the village today.”
They had no idea what an elephant was. They said, “What’s an elephant?” and decided, “Even though we will not be able to see it, let us go and feel it anyway.” All of them went where the elephant was. Every one of them touched the elephant.
“Hey, the elephant is a pillar,” said the first man who touched his leg.
“Oh, no! it is a rope,” said the second man who touched the tail.
“Oh, no! it is a thick branch of a tree,” said the third man who touched the trunk of the elephant.
“It is a big hand fan” said the fourth man who touched the ear of the elephant.
“It is a huge wall,” said the fifth man who touched the belly of the elephant.
“It is a solid pipe,” Said the sixth man who touched the tusk of the elephant.
They began to argue about the elephant and everyone of them insisted that he was right. It looked like they were getting agitated.
A wise man was passing by and he saw this. He stopped and asked them, “What is the matter?” They said, “We cannot agree on what an elephant is.” Each one of them told what he thought the elephant was. The wise man calmly explained to them, “All of you are right. The reason every one of you is telling it differently because each one of you touched only part of the elephant. So, actually the elephant has all those features what you all said, but is yet much more.”
“Oh!” everyone said. There was no more fight. They felt happy that they were all right.
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12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. [1 Corinthians 13]
My little perspective and experience of my Infinite Elephant is far too small and limited to argue with anyone else’s. How’s yours?
Grace to you, Gentle Reader.
Little Monk

7 thoughts on “How Big is Your Elephant?

  1. LM, I love this. I seem to have grown up with this (or a similar) tale when it came to God stuff. My godmother I think it was who introduced me to this (and the 10 mile perspective).

    Thank you 🙂

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  2. You know, I was just thinking of this the other day in a comment and for the life of me can’t think of who it was too! But no matter, I have it in my notes somewhere and couldn’t remember it so didn’t use it!! Just like the Lord to bring it up anyway and I’m sure, real sure, those meant to see it have gotten to see it now!! God bless you Little Monk for (re-) posting this!!

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