Anyone who is amazed and mesmerized by elephants as I am, already knows: they mourn their dead. How else to say it? I am not going to include the common disclaimer ‘allegedly’. It has been witnessed and studied by hundreds of students and professors, and shown on countless documentaries for us all to witness. They possess empathy, a characteristic previously believed to only be held by humans.
A wise and gentle soul passed away suddenly this spring, on March 7th. His name was Lawrence Anthony and he was known as the Elephant Whisperer. In a highly publicized event that is still capturing the worldwide attention of us humans, two different herds of elephants travelled for 12 hours to arrive at the family compound in Africa, named ‘Thula Thula’.
Lawrence Anthony spent a lot of time with both these herds, sincerely loving them. With one herd in particular he helped in bravely calming their angry fears towards humans so that they could release their earlier moniker of ‘rogues’. He worked hard to help save them from being ‘shot as pests’.
As Rabbi Leila Gal Berner, Ph.D. put it so eloquently: “A good man dies suddenly, and from miles and miles away, two herds of elephants, sensing that they had lost a beloved human friend, moved in a solemn, almost ‘funeral’ 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’s 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.”
All of life on this planet is much more powerfully connected than our minds can begin to comprehend. This precious blue and green globe is a beautifully sacred home for all of us here. Let us remember to feel gratitude in our hearts, that we are here, that we are Home. If we are here today, we are meant to be. We are meant to Love One Another. And this includes the animal kingdom, and indeed Nature itself.
Amazon review: “The Elephant Whisperer is a heartwarming, exciting, funny, and sometimes sad account of Anthony’s experiences with these huge yet sympathetic creatures. Set against the background of life on an African game reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, it is a delightful book that will appeal to animal lovers and adventurous souls everywhere.”
View it here on Amazon.com
(A note: I only include Amazon links in many of my posts simply because I love books. I want you to be able to see what I am referring to easily and effortlessly. Checking second-hand bookstores is something I do frequently. Libraries rock. But Amazon is awesome too. I’m just a fan of access to books)