Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The Spirituality of The Elephant
The elephant has a powerful significance in many traditions around the physical world and in the realm of spirit. For instance, witnessing an elephant in a dream is said to represent power, sovereignty, stability, and stead-fastness.
The elephant also symbolizes a spiritual presence that is divine and dignified. In Hinduism, the supremely revered Ganesh takes the form of an elephant, and is the God of luck, fortune, protection and provides a blessing upon all new projects. Ganesha is said to be the 'remover of obstacles' - trampling hardships with a mighty stomp.
In Asian and Buddhist tradition, the white elephant is considered the most sacred of all animals. When a pregnant woman dreams of a white elephant, it is believed to signify that her unborn child will grow to be a great teacher or master. According to legend, while she was pregnant, Buddha's mother dreamt a white elephant entered her womb.
African cultures who lived closely with the elephant clearly recognized the animal's strikingly advanced consciousness.
The African Ashanti holds that they are human chiefs from the past, and regard the elephant as kind and noble creatures. In African fables, the Elephant is seen as the wise chief who acts as a mediator -- waving a fair and impartial trunk when settling disputes among other creatures.