With the world so traumatised by terrorism , the world is responding with movements for peace.
Elephants Have Wings is a unique illustrated text engaging young people and adults with a search for peace.
Endorsed by The Blake Prize for Art and Poetry
The Blake Prize is named after the legendary British artist and poet William Blake (1757-1827). Established by Jesuit priest, Michael Scott and a Jewish artist, Richard Morley to create significant works of spiritual art in 1951 in the search for understanding and peace. The Blake Poetry Prize was added in 2008.
The Labyrinth – a walking meditation – opened by Governor Marie Bashir to the blessings of the Wisdom Keepers from Aunty Ali Golding Aboriginal Elder Biripi Nation and many leaders of many faiths – Sikh, Buddhist, Muslim, Roman Catholic, Unity Church, Jewish, Zen, Anglican …. and others.
The Sydney Sacred Music Festival joins Stephanie Dowrick author and minister for an Interfaith service in Sydney’ s Uniting Church:-
‘If light is in your heart you will find your way home’. Rumi
The music played and sung by Dr Kim Cunio touched the heart.
Elephants Have Wings published by Ford Street Publishing.
‘Elephants Have Wings’ is the beautiful story of two children embarking on the great journey of discovery, nestled in the wings of a mystical white elephant. They fly across the world, seeing its beauty, then conflict, to discover, there is a pathway to the humanity in all of us.
Why is it called Elephants Have Wings?
In Hindu mythology during the monsoons that refresh the earth with life-giving rains, the clouds bringing rains are regarded as the WINGS OF ELEPHANTS.
The Parable of the Blind Men and the Elephant
‘Elephants Have Wings’ is a re-visioning of the parable of the Blind Men and the Elephant for everyone.
There are many versions of the story of the blind men and the elephant. tale, where a group of blind men (or men in the dark) touch an elephant to learn what it is like. Each one feels a different part. They argue over what they feel, until they realise they are touching the one elephant.
It opens discussion about what is truth.
This parable is told in Buddhism, Sufism, Hinduism, Jainism and many Asian- Indian religions and studied in philosophy universally.
What does the Elephant symbolise?
Elephants are both revered in religion and respected for their prowess in war. Ever since the stone age, there have been images of elephants in art and mythology surrounding them
Elephants for many cultures represent courage, hope, endurance, wisdom.
Buddha was re-incarnated into a white elephant and at his birth, a white elephant appeared in the sky.
Garuda the mythological bird created from the cosmic egg hatched the eight elephants supporting the universe.
Ganesh, venerated Hindu Elephant God, is Lord of Obstacles and Beginnings.
In Islamic tradition, the year 570 is when the Prophet Muhammad was born and is known as the Year of the Elephant.
In Christianity the elephant has become symbolic of Biblical stories. The elephant, if ridden by Peter, symbolizes the church going forth to conquer the world. http://www.christiansymbols.net/animals_7.php
Elephants are represented in art, faiths, wildlife across the world.
Elephants are Asian or African and very intelligent and show grief, joy, anger and play. They form deep family bonds and live in a herd led by the oldest and often largest female elephants. Extremely intelligent, they have memories that span many years. Roaming in herds and consuming hundreds of pounds of plant matter in a single day, elephants need a lot off food, water and space. However their habitats are being lost and hunters are poaching them for their ivory tusks.
They are loved but their survival has been threatened.