Do We Know The Complete Truth?

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Estaba hablando con mi brother Claudio, hace varias semanas, de como es que existen varias religiones en el mundo, que sus principios centrales son bien similares entre si. Estos son temas que decidimos no pensar en ellos, porque es mas fácil aceptar lo que otros dicen en vez de pensar por nosotros mismos. Después de hablar por unos minutos de esto Claudio se recordó que habia leido una historia antigua que se origino en India. Una historia de unos hombres ciegos que los llevaron por primera vez enfrente de un elefante. Uno por uno tocaron al elefante y lo describieron de diferentes maneras.

El que toco el lado dijo que el elefante era como una pared, el que toco un pie dijo que era como un pilar, el que toco la cola dijo que era como una culebra y el que toco la punta de la cola dijo que era como un cepillo. El punto es de que todos estaban en lo correcto porque el elefante tenia todas las cualidades que dijeron los ciegos, pero ellos estaban limitados y no podían ver al elefante completo.

Nuestra realidad es individual, vista solamente de nuestro punto de vista y todo lo nuevo que aprendemos lo aprendemos con una perspectiva similar a nuestras experiencias pasadas. Cada ciego que toco al elefante primero experimento algo y según su experiencia lo describió. Para nosotros, estas experiencias son nuestra niñez, nuestra juventud y prácticamente todo lo que esta en nuestro pasado (esas experiencias que nos formaron). Por eso nuestra realidad de la vida es completamente “nuestra“, diferente a la de los demas, y nunca vamos a poder contener la verdadera realidad Universal. los ciegos tenian un limite en su realidad, era que no podian ver. Que tal si nosotros que podemos ver estamos limitados de percibir algo mas grande. el hecho que nuestras memorias esten grabadas en primera persona (a través de nuestros ojos) nos limita a experimentar la realidad universal. Pensemos en lo que sabemos del mundo, de la historia, de la ciencia, del amor, de la vida son cosas que han visto nuestros ojos y lo hemos aprendido. Pero hay mas que no ha pasado y nunca pasara por nuestros ojos, entonces hay mas que no hemos experimentado.

Religiones se formaron por personas, personas que nacieron en diferentes paises, con diferentes pasados y diferentes culturas. Unos pobres y otros con mas dinero. Como es posible que estas personas pueden contener, en sus religiones, la COMPLETA VERDAD? Yo creo que NO pueden, pero talves es como los ciegos, TODOS estaban en lo correcto.

Porque todos describieron al mismo elefante.

mas información: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_men_and_an_elephant

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6 responses to “Do We Know The Complete Truth?

  1. Considering the Absolute transcends right and wrong, we can think of the actual elephant as being absolute truth since it is what the blind men are interpreting through their senses. The blind men interpret it as many things depending on their experience and that experience is just as real in their minds as the actual elephant; therefore one cannot say that these interpretations are “wrong” or aren’t “real” because to the blind men, it was reality. What we think is real makes us act according to the beliefs, and if it can affect you in such a way wouldnt you say it’s real? because the reality itself is intangible to the blind men, they can only understand what they believe to be reality, and so it is reality. To grasp the elephant is to transcend that individual tunnel-vision reality that only permits us to see one side of a thing(right or wrong), thereby reaching the Absolute Truth.

  2. I believe that no one has the whole truth, there is so much we only have some information and we interpret as we think or feel it’s best.
    But sometimes people can teach their own beliefs as real when they are completely wrong, I mean the blind men didn’t actually said what was real but they said what they thought was real, it was an elephant part they could have said facts like the skin was hard or soft or hairy but not one blind men said something true, all of them said what it appeared to them… Could it be possible we are all wrong??? Or some may actually be giving true facts some but not all the true facts????

    • I think that we are NOT all wrong, because if we are humans and we exist then there is truth within us. There is a connection with the divine that is given with our existence, as a creation. But how do we access that connection, how do everyone experience God? We simply can’t know, but I believe that as long as the individual is aware of this connection then the path will present itself. You point out an important issue, the fact that some “blind men” do teach their beliefs as being the complete and absolute truth. There are people with low levels of awareness about reality that let themselves be guided by BLIND men, this should not be like this. People need to learn that there is a path within each and everyone of us, and that taking the word, or experience of ONE person as TRUTH, can be misleading.

  3. All religions will never come to an agreement. Most religions teach you how to love others and be wise when making critical decisions in life. Why are blind men used in this painting? Well, blind people make critical decisions everyday. They cannot judge upon appearances and cannot criticize without touching or listening. In Blind men and an elephant all blind me are to touch then and then describe what it is they think they touched. Do you think two blind men will think agree on the same thing if they were to touch the same part? Like a leg per say.? The reality would be the elephant and their belief would be what they believe they feel and with the up most commitment. Some believe God is in heaven. For those who belive God is in heaven may not agree that Karma is real as it would be for Buddhists. Is either one correct? maybe. Are they wrong? maybe. Do they believe it is real? yes. I hope this makes sense. haha

    • Good comment man, with good points. The blind men in the story, as you say, were not able to agree in something, and even if they all touched the same part of the elephant they would still disagree because there are qualities that they wouldn’t know about, for example the color of the elephant. for us that are able to see, what guarantees us that what we SEE is everything there is to see? Science describes many things but cannot explain them, there are things we can’t explain, and that is how it is supposed to be, we just need to understand that.
      This story leaves us with a modified question of yours: Is it possible that God in Heaven and Karma are different things trying to explain the same?? just like the blind men, all them describing differently the same elephant.
      peace Raf, looking forward to your reply.

  4. For each person the elephant is different, but the elephant is the same elephant. Each person’s experience in this world is different even though they live in the same world. They are all touching different parts of the whole, there’s no point in fighting over the parts when you can integrate them to embrace the whole.

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