[INDOLOGY] The Buddha and the elephant

Michaels, Axel michaels at hcts.uni-heidelberg.de
Mon Jun 1 10:42:54 UTC 2020

Dear all,

a friend asked me, whether I now the origin of Malraux’s following epitaph: “The elephant is the wisest of all the animals, the only one who  remembers his former lives; and he remains motionless for long periods of time, meditating thereon.-BUDDHIST TEXT”. It’s in Malraux’s Anti Memoirs.

I have no clue. Anybody of you?

Axel Michaels



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