Sri Chinmoy takes an elephant ride at an elephant camp outside Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.


The Elephant Ride

by Sri Chinmoy


In India if you see an elephant in the street, you get frightened to death. But the elephants in Chiang Mai in the elephant park are all tame. This is the first time I have ridden an elephant.

I feel sorry when the trainers strike them. The elephants are mild, with so much strength. We use the term ‘inner strength’. Is this mildness not their inner strength?

When I saw Lucy riding on the neck of an elephant, my ego came forward. So when I took a second ride, I also did not use the seat.

Published in The World-Experience-Tree-Climber, part 7


Photo by Rikshā-wāllā


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