Recently #Motispire has been kind of slow for me. Piles of school work and working part time lead me to no time to write a blog post. But the good news is the end of the semester is quickly approaching with more time to spend on blogging.
Today I thought about perspective. It is all about perspective.
The way how you see life is the way your life will be. Like a wise man said, think positive thoughts and life will be good.
Have you heard about that one story where there were a bunch of blind men and they were touching an elephant but everyone had different answers as to what they thought they touched?
According to Jain World
ELEPHANT AND THE BLIND MEN
Once upon a time, there lived six blind men in a village. One day the villagers told them, “Hey, there is an elephant in the village today.”
They had no idea what an elephant is. They decided, “Even though we would not be able to see it, let us go and feel it anyway.” All of them went where the elephant was. Everyone of them touched the elephant.
“Hey, the elephant is a pillar,” said the first man who touched his leg.
“Oh, no! it is like a rope,” said the second man who touched the tail.
“Oh, no! it is like a thick branch of a tree,” said the third man who touched the trunk of the elephant.
“It is like a big hand fan” said the fourth man who touched the ear of the elephant.
“It is like a huge wall,” said the fifth man who touched the belly of the elephant.
“It is like a solid pipe,” Said the sixth man who touched the tusk of the elephant.
They began to argue about the elephant and everyone of them insisted that he was right. It looked like they were getting agitated. A wise man was passing by and he saw this. He stopped and asked them, “What is the matter?” They said, “We cannot agree to what the elephant is like.” Each one of them told what he thought the elephant was like. The wise man calmly explained to them, “All of you are right. The reason every one of you is telling it differently because each one of you touched the different part of the elephant. So, actually the elephant has all those features what you all said.”
“Oh!” everyone said. There was no more fight. They felt happy that they were all right.
The moral of the story is that there may be some truth to what someone says. Sometimes we can see that truth and sometimes not because they may have different perspective which we may not agree too. So, rather than arguing like the blind men, we should say, “Maybe you have your reasons.” This way we don’t get in arguments. In Jainism, it is explained that truth can be stated in seven different ways. So, you can see how broad our religion is. It teaches us to be tolerant towards others for their viewpoints. This allows us to live in harmony with the people of different thinking. This is known as the Syadvada, Anekantvad, or the theory of Manifold Predictions.This story kind of reminded me of the how each person had their own perspective on life, because we are all at a different place. But ultimately, it is one big picture. We stand on different sides to the elephant in every situation, and yet we just do not know what is on the other side. But force yourself to think about the other perspective and carve a path to seeing that what you think you see is ultimately the elephant.
So, sometimes we think we know there is all we need to know. Sometimes we think we know what is coming our way, predicting our every move, but at the end, it is the unknown that guides us to our elephant.