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The Explorer


The explorer returned to his people, who were eager to know about the Amazon. But how could he ever put into words the feelings that flooded his heart when he saw exotic flowers and heard the night-sounds of the forests; when he sensed the danger of wild beasts or paddled his canoe over treacherous rapids?

He said, “Go and find out for yourselves.”

To guide them he drew a map of the river.

They pounced upon the map.

They framed it in their Town Hall.

They made copies of it for themselves.

And all who had a copy considered themselves experts on the river, for did they not know it’s every turn and bend, how brood it was, how deep, where the rapids were and where the falls were?

But no one took the journey. No one wanted to experience the journey themselves!



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(Photo Credit Visualphotos)

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Suppose our instrument of perception, let us take the eye, is made like a telescope or a microscope. Our view of the universe would be entirely different. The 3 dimensions of an object that we see before us, will be different. The shape may be different, the view may be different.

So can we conclude, what we see is entirely dependent upon our instrument of perception, in this case, the eye?

Secondly, the eye is the instrument and by a process the image is being interpreted by brain.

Could it be a possibility that what the brain interprets and what is out there, is not same?

Would do you say?


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It is said, once when Buddha was preaching in a city, there came to him a woman whose only son had died. She came to the Buddha, put the dead body of her little son, baby, before him, bowed low and said, “O great Buddha, the enlightened one, please bring life back to my son, for thou art capable of anything that thou wishes to do.”

What did the Buddha do? The Buddha said to her, “Leave your son, the body of your son here lady, please follow my instructions; go to all the houses in this area, enquire from them if anyone has ever died in their house now or many years ago; and if you find somewhere where nobody has died ever; get me a mustard seed from there and I shall bring your son back to life.”

So the lady went looking for the mustard seed from a house where no one had ever died. The search was futile because there was nowhere or no house where someone had not died at some point or the other. So she came back to the Buddha and told the Buddha, “O enlightened one, I haven’t found a house where no one has died.”

Then the Buddha said to her kindly, “Sit down lady, understand this that death is inevitable to anyone who is born, anything that is born has to die, there is no one who can escape death. So, therefore, think how to free yourself from sorrow while you are still living. That is the most important teaching that I can give you. As for the rest, I sympathise with you.”


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