A couple of days ago, we had a project management meeting. In this meeting we were discussing about challenges faced by the team during the software project development. We were discussing, how to collect the requirements from customers in software development.
The speaker used an example mentioned in one of the software requirement books. How can a blind person touch the elephant and describe it? How can a blind person touch the trunk and assume it was a big snake. How can someone touch the ear and assumed it was a big fan. How can a blind person touch the feet and think it was a big tree. This example looks pretty reasonable when you are talking to a customer. You have no idea what this person is dreaming or thinking, but this is your professional ability to go in his mind by asking questions and build his thoughts.
Suddenly everyone in the room was stunned, when an improper question was raised by Mr. Max. Mr. Max is a blind man and he is one of the best project managers in our IT department.
This example may be true when normal person acts like a blind person.A blind person has many other senses to understand the object. Touch is only one of them, he said.
Now the speaker was feeling guilty, the writer of the book never dreamed or imagined a blind person could be an application designer, project manager, or software developer. The speaker immediately apologized for the comment and asked Mr. Max, would he like to say in detail?
Mr. Max said, people have very wrong perceptions about a blind man, in reality a blind man has very high sense of sensitivity. He also has a deep analytical power, a very high hearing capacity, and a unique power of touch. They can establish a clear picture by utilizing all this senses together. A blind man can visualize the elephant in the same way as a normal person does. This was something new for me and this discussion opened a new dimension of exploring the field of meditation
Now a question comes in my mind, “how difficult is it for a blind person to survive in daily life?”by using their will power and extra efforts in listening, smelling and touching they minimized the deficiency of blindness.
Why do we act like blind people in the process of meditation? If you talk about meditation in front of a blind person, he/she will laugh at you! His/her first question will be how can you get the peace and knowledge just by closing your eyes?
His/her next question will be, if meditation has such a high power than how come the blind people suffer and live in such destitute conditions? Why are they not scientist, Gurus or billionaires? Every moment of their life they are forced to do meditation.
Before you go for meditation in your life think about a blind person and his/her challenges. While thinking like a blind person, you will understand real knowledge is not when you close your eyes but when open your eyes to scrutinize the world.
The knowledge comes when you open your eyes; you visualized the things in detail and try to solve the problems not by hiding yourself from them.
We have to be thankful that we can see our love ones. Thankful we can see this beautiful world and can adore the beauty of this universe. Why do we have to listen something which doesn’t make any sense? How can someone see the light by closing their eyes? How can someone learn something by just sitting ideally?
If this is the case why do we waste so much time in reading books? If you cannot see anything clearly with your eyes open. I am sure that you can’t see anything with your eyes closed?
Meditation is just an illusion in where a lost person calls other person to search something he/she does not know. Maybe Meditation is an act in which a normal person acts like an “EGRET” to catch a divine fish.
What do you think?
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