There are other extraordinary examples of someone receiving bhakti from a devotee, which some
readers may find hard to believe. One example is that of the sixteenth-century Bengali saint Çré
Rasikänanda, who fearlessly confronted a mad elephant. He lovingly preached to that violent beast,
which had killed many men and destroyed many homes. With tears in his eyes, the elephant fell at
Rasikänanda’s feet and then respectfully circumambulated him. Rasikänanda initiated the elephant with a mantra and named him Çré Gopal. Afterwards, the elephant never attacked anyone and was very humble and gentle.
- From H.H Purna candra Goswami Maharaj Book