Saturday, July 14, 2007

Blessed by an elephant

13 comments:

ben said...

Is that you on the video?
That must be a unforgettable experience.

Hugs

Dushka said...

It is and it was! The elephant is so big and strong, and is not tied to anything, so I was extra cautious. Its skin is rough and thick, but warm. The tip of the trunk is something between a nose and a hand, and it's so soft and moist. And the eyes are like an old person's, with really long eyelashes. I loved him. I wonder how expensive it would be to keep a temple elephant at home? I'd ask visitors and friends to bring a lot of coconuts.

Ben said...

I'd make an spiritual trip to California to be blessed by your temple elephant, if you ever get one.

I'll bring coconuts, too. :-p

Dushka said...

HA! That would be excellent!

Miguel Cane said...

Dear Dushka,

What a wonderful experience! Now, it's something to look forward to, when I go to India next year.

Much love,

M

Carol Miller said...

The elephant blessing is one of the most charming things I've ever seen. But a question comes to mind. After standing in the hot sun all day, on the blazing hot pavement, and proffering blessings, what's in it for the elephant?

Dushka said...

While I am a firm believer that wild animals belong in the wild (hence my hesitation in getting close to him) this elephant gets washed and fed and treated well. He's 54 years old. It's better than the fate of so many others in India.

David said...

How fabulous. I'm going to ask Emma whether we can get an elephant. That would stop the homeless people peeing on our doorstep for sure!

Dushka said...

And we can have elephant play dates!

Beverly said...

Amazing footage!! Did it feel like a vacuum cleaner on your head?

Dushka said...

LOL!
No. There was no suction. He was petting me.

Dan Muñoz said...

I was catching up on your latest blog postings and I was totally amazed by this gentle giant. Great vid!

Dushka said...

Isn't he the coolest? Luca is getting me one. (Right.)