View Differs For Different Vision

Posted: 23.10.2007
Updated on: 30.11.2012

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One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the expressed purpose of showing him how poor people live.

They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son:

"How was the trip?"
"It was great, Dad."
"Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.


"Oh yeah," said the son.
"So, tell me, what you learned from the trip?" asked the father.


The son answered:

"I saw that we have one dog and they had four.
We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.
We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.
Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.
We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.
We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.
We buy our food, but they grow theirs.
We have walls around our property to protect us; they have friends to protect them."

The boy's father was amazed to hear an entirely different description from his son that he had never thought off.

This is a good example to understand the concept of Non-absolutism.

Doctrine of Non-absolutism says that a single thing can be viewed from numerous angles and each angle is right in its own aspect. The truth is relative to its aspect as no body except Kevali (person who attains the complete knowledge) knows the each and every angle of truth. View differs from person to person but this doesn’t mean that one person is right and other is wrong. Both are right with respect to their views. In this example, both son & father are correct as they have different outlook for the same view.

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