The Forgotten Wisdom
by Dr. Scott Zarcinas, Founder, Unlocking Your Life seminars
#15 The Disciples & The Elephant
Five blind disciples were making their way through a village in India to visit their master when they stumbled upon an elephant. Their master, who saw them approach the animal, called out to them, “Whoever can correctly tell me the nature of this beast will be my guest of honour tonight.”
The first blind disciple, feeling the elephant’s leg, said, “It is like a tree trunk.”
The second blind disciple, feeling its trunk, said, “No, it more like a python.”
The third blind disciple, feeling its ears, said, “No, it is more like a large fan.”
The fourth blind disciple, feeling its tail, said, “No, it is like a piece of rope.”
The fifth blind disciple, feeling its stomach, said, “No, it is like a wall.”
Their master said, “Alas, you are all correct and you are all wrong. Nobody is deserved of being my guest of honour until you learn to see the whole.”
This parable is said to highlight the differences in the five main religious teachings – Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism – and their attempts to describe Oneness. Others suggest that it shows the limitations of the five senses – sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell – and that neither sense on its own can discern Wholeness.
Dr. Scott Zarcinas is the Founder of Unlocking Your Life seminars. He is the author of numerous books, including Your Natural State of Being.