Posted by: Rizwan | February 21, 2007

Echo of the Elephants

One of my friend sent me this and I simply had to post it here, image is edited by me.

“As I was passing the elephants, I suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg.

No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not. I saw a trainer near by and asked why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.

“Well,” he said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

I was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?”



  1. Subhan’Allah, what a nice concluding question. One should really ponder of it.

  2. sorry, of course one should ponder over it, not of it. where was my mind going?!

  3. Thank God i had never been like that! partly because i have a very weak memory – i never really did remember seriously at my past. the bad side of it is i often forgot about what bad things i did to other people!

  4. so true, our life of manipulation started at the very moment we were born, or to be honested before we are the elephants of a higher power that we have placed there ourselves.

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