Blind men and an elephant

Once upon a time a number of disciples went to Buddha and said, Sir, there are living here in Savatthi many wandering hermits and scholars who indulge in constant dispute some saying that the world is infinite and eternal and others that it is limited and not eternal some saying that the soul dies with the body and other that it lives on forever, and so forth. what sir, would you say concerning them? “

And Buddha answered, Once upon a time, There was a certain raja who called his servant and said, Come, good fellow!! go and gather together in one place all the men of Savatthi who were born blind and show them an elephant.

‘Very good sir,’ replied the servant and he did as he was told. He said to the blind men assembled there, here is an elephant and to one man he presented the head of the elephant, and to another its ears, and to another the tusk, and to another the trunk, the foot, the back, the tail and tuft of the tail, saying to each one that was the elephant.

 “When the blind men had felt the elephant, the raja went to each of them and said to each, ‘ well, blind man, have you seen the elephant? tell me, what sort of things is an elephant?’.

Thereupon the men who were presented with the head answered, Sire, Elephant is like a pot, and the man who had observed the ear replied, ‘An elephant is like a winnowing basket.’ Those who had been presented with a tusk said, ‘sire, it is like a plough ‘. Others said the body was a grainery, the foot is a pillar, the back, a mortar; the tail of pestle the tuft of the tail, a brush. Then they began to quarrel, shouting. Yes, it is! ‘ no, it isn’t! An elephant is not that! yes, it’s like that and so on…

Till they came to blows over the matter. ” Brethren, the raja was delighted with the scene.”  “Just so are these preachers and scholars holding various view blind and unseeing…

In their ignorance, they are by nature quarrelsome, wrangling, and disputatious, each maintaining reality  is thus and thus.”

Then Buddha rendered this meaning by uttering this verse of uplift: ” 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 sees only one side of a thing . . .”

Moral:- You see in life everyone sees the world through his own eyes, hears the world through his own ears, smell the world through his own nose, and feels the world through his own skin each to his own we mustn’t quarrel about definitions and what not because the sake of an argument, is not the argument but the enlightenment. So say no to those who just came for a quarrel say no to those who don’t want to understand that each has his own different view and respect that…

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