PARABLES OF RAMA | CHAPTER XVI | 118 | RAMA राम
|| REALITY CONCEALED | BIRBAL & AKBAR THE GREAT ||
Rama is reminded of a story associated with Birbal , the wittiest courtier of Ruler Akbar , the Great .
One day the Ruler asked the courtiers , if the blind persons were in majority , or those who could see .
All those present said that those who could see outnumbered the blind .
The Ruler also had the same opinion . But Birbal kept quiet .
When directly questioned , Birbal said :
" Your Majesty , in my humble opinion , the blind are in majority " .
The Ruler was surprised and further enquired , " How ? "
Birbal said that the assertion would be practically proven within two days .
The same afternoon , Birbal went to the Royal Darbar with a big turban on the head .
The Ruler asked why Birbal had put on such a big turban .
Birbal kept quiet .
The next morning , it being rather cold , Birbal went to the Darbar with a shawl covering the back and shoulders by it .
The same evening , Birbal went to see the Ruler with a Dhoti ( loin cloth ) over the trousers .
All those present there jeered at Birbal .
Akbar also resented it and said ,
" What is all this ?
Do not forget that you are appearing before the Ruler . This is the height of unmannerliness . "
Birbal , then , submitted very politely :
" Your Majesty , this is my answer to your query regarding the blind being in majority or minority . "
The Ruler said ,
" I can understand nothing of this . "
Birbal said ,
" Yesterday , I had a long-cloth as a turban on my head .
This morning , I used the same cloth in the form of my shawl .
And now , I am using the same piece , as my Dhoti .
All the persons here are blind .
They called it a turban , a shawl , and a Dhoti .
In fact , it is only a piece of cloth , it is only cotton .
But these blind persons mistake something for something else .
They do not see the original cotton , they only see its converted forms , the turban , the shawl , or the Dhoti .
That is why I say that the blind are in great majority .
It is a pity that they make a mess of it , and are entangled in the external show of Names and Forms .
They are incapable of seeing the Reality , and are , therefore , in the category of the blind persons . "
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