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The blind men and the elephant


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The parable of the blind men and the elephant is an excellent teaching tool to understand the limitations of partial viewpoints in fostering delusion and its inability to grasp the bigger picture.

Blind men and an elephant - Wikipedia

The moral of the parable is that humans have a tendency to claim absolute truth based on their limited, subjective experience egotistically without studying all other viewpoints that may be able to shed more light on truth.

In the Upanishads, the story of Virochana is similarly described who deludedly came to the conclusion that Brahman or the Self is his own body, and decided that pampering his own body is true worship.


Virochana lacked the patience to study other viewpoints on Brahman with due diligence and adhering to due process, and consequently became immersed in delusion and ignorance, and spread the same to his kinsmen.

The character of Virochana is often cited during the study of the Upanishads to ensure the disciple or student is not lead to false and erroneous ways of thinking and conclusions.