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April 21, 2010

Blind men and an elephant

Filed under: Stories with morals — dydara @ 2:44 pm
What I’ve posted or written FB is right for me, you can’t say I am wrong. This is what I went through and what I believe! 🙂 One good sentence cannot apply to all situations, but most of them do. what you say is right too. It can be one thing of the whole features. Read this story you’ll understand what I am talking about.I just realized if you understand the moral of this story, you’ll understand my personality! 
There are two sides of every story. I mean, when someone think of me as a bad person, what he or she saw just some of half-truths. I think I am not that bad and this also apply to this theory when someone says I am a good person. I think I am not that good. I can write something to make myself sound good and it is true but at the same I also can write something to make myself sound bad as well.
The story of the blind men and an elephant originated from India.
In various versions of the tale, a group of blind men (or men in the dark) touch an elephant to learn what it is like. Each one touches a different part, but only one part, such as the side or the tusk. They then compare notes on what they felt, and learn they are in complete disagreement. The story is used to indicate that reality may be viewed differently depending upon one’s perspective, suggesting that what seems an absolute truth may be relative due to the deceptive nature of half-truths.
The Buddha here tells the story of a king who had six blind men gathered together to examine an elephant.
“When the blind men had each felt a part of the elephant, the king went to each of them and said to each: ‘Well, blind man, have you seen the elephant? Tell me, what sort of thing is an elephant?”.
The six blind men assert the elephant is either like a pot (the blind man who felt the elephants’ head), wicket basket (ear), ploughshare (tusk), plough (trunk), granary (body), pillar (foot), mortar (back), pestle (tail) or brush (tip of the tail).
The men cannot agree with one another and come to blows over the question of what an elephant really is like, and this delights the king. The Buddha ends the story of the king and compares the six blind men to preachers and scholars who are blind and ignorant and hold to their own views: “Just so are these preachers and scholars holding various views blind and unseeing…. In their ignorance they are by nature quarrelsome, wrangling, and disputatious, each maintaining reality is thus and thus.” The Buddha then speaks the following verse:
O how they cling and wrangle, some who claim
For preacher and monk the honored name!
For, quarreling, each to his view they cling.
Such folk see only one side of a thing.
A moral of the story Is:
“All of you are right. The reason every one of you is telling it differently is because each one of you touched the different part of the elephant. So, actually the elephant has all the features you mentioned.”
This resolves the conflict, and is used to illustrate the principle of living in harmony with people who have different belief systems, and that truth can be stated in different ways “
The difference makes the world beautiful. It means that everyone is unique in his/her own way and don’t look down on someone who is different from you. If everything is white then the whole world is white. 🙂

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