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13 Sep, 8 tweets, 2 min read
“The Blind Men and the Elephant - Buddhist Parable”

There was a Raja who called a man and said, ‘Go and gather all the blind men that are in the city.’
‘Very good, Your Majesty,’ replied the man, and in obedience to the raja gathered all the blind men, took them with him..

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..to the raja and said, ‘Your majesty, all the blind men of the city are now assembled’.
‘Then, my good men, show these blind men an elephant.’
‘Very good, Your Majesty,’ said the man, and did as he was told, saying, ‘O blind men, behold an elephant.’

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And to one man he presented the head of the elephant, to another the ear, to another a tusk, the foot, back, tail, saying to each one that that was the elephant.

Now that man having presented the elephant to the blind men, came to the raja and said:

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‘Your Majesty, the elephant has been presented to the blind men. Do what is your will.’

Thereupon, the raja went up to the blind men and said to each: ‘Have you studied the elephant?’

‘Yes, Your Majesty.’
‘Then, tell me your conclusions about him’

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Thereupon those who has been presented with the head answered, ‘Your elephant is just like a pot.’ And those who had observed the ear replied: ‘An elephant is just like a winnowing basket.’ Those who touched a tusk said it was a ploughshare.

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Those who knew only the trunk said it was a plough. ‘The body,’ said they, ‘is a granary; the foot, a pillar, the back, a mortar; its tail, a pestle.’ Then they began quarrelling; ‘It is this, no it isn't’.

The raja was delighted with the scene.

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Just so as sectarians, who are wanderers, blind, unseeing, knowing not the truth, but each maintaining ‘it is this!’

Then the exalted one said: ‘For, quarrelling, they all cling to separate views. Such folks see only one side of a thing.’
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