QotD: Crazy Horse.

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on Nov 4, 2009
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crazy horse

I salute the light within your eyes where the whole universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am at that place within me, we shall be one.
~ Chief Crazy Horse, Oglala Sioux, 1877


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8 Responses to “QotD: Crazy Horse.”

  1. Liz the Aunt says:


  2. I have stopped being astounded when I hear quotes from other traditions that sound like they could have come right out of the ancient Yoga texts. The deepest spiritual truths are universal.

    In most religions these deepest truths have been long superseded by elaborate ritual, rigid dogma, and magical beliefs, so that the universal truths have been relegated to almost fringe element status. But they are still to be found in almost every religious tradition it one takes the time to look.

    (I happen to be particularly attracted to the version of universal truth as expressed in the Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita, because they are expressed with such powerful and purity there.)

    Bob Weisenberg

  3. thinker says:

    Where did this quote come from? I hope it wasn't misappropriated as the image was. This photograph is highly disputed, there is outstanding evidence that Crazy Horse was never photographed (See below for starters). Its a shame that Elephant Journal would use the sufferings of the Lakota people to promote its own agenda:

    Tom Buecker, "The Search for the Elusive (and Improbable) Photo of Famous Oglala Chief," Greasy Grass 14 (May 1998). Jack Heriard, "Debating Crazy Horse: Is this the photo of the famous Oglala?", Whispering Wind Magazine, vol. 34 no. 3 (2004) pp. 16-23.

  4. elephantjournal says:

    Hunh. Thanks, thinker.

    To "promote your own agenda"? You mean, our mission, to be of benefit? To bring such remarkable present-day and historical figures as Crazy Horse to our audience?

    This image is not misappropriated…perhaps you mean 'disputed.' In any case, we offer this simply as inspiration. This quote has dozens, if not hundreds, of sources, but I'm certainly happy to change the credit if you can give us any indication that it's factually incorrect.

    Thanks for your comment.

  5. elephantjournal. I support you in your defense. Hard to imagine what thinker even means by promoting your "own agenda."

    Bob Weisenberg

  6. Thanks, Jay. Your comment here is very helpful to me.

    Bob W.

  7. James Cirrito says:

    The truth of the matter is that this is not the disputed photo. That is a photo of the Oglala warrior "Little Big Man" . (Not from the movie) The very person who held Crazy Horses Arms while a solider plunged a bayonet into his side. They had rode together before the surrender but this happened later. There are a few photos that are said to be Crazy Horse-Tashunka Witco-in Lakota (His horse is enchanted) One in particular has been argued over and it's kind of 50-50 as to the truth of it. A couple of the witnesses are kind of convincing but we'll never know.