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THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT - a Story from the Buddhist Sutra

Several citizens ran into a hot argument about God and different religions, and each one could not agree to a common answer. So they came to the Lord Buddha to find out what exactly God looks like.

The Buddha asked his disciples to get a large magnificent elephant and four blind men. He then brought the four blind to the elephant and told them to find out what the elephant would "look" like.

The first blind men touched the elephant leg and reported that it "looked" like a pillar. The second blind man touched the elephant tummy and said that an elephant was a wall. The third blind man touched the elephant ear and said that it was a piece of cloth. The fourth blind man hold on to the tail and described the elephant as a piece of rope. And all of them ran into a hot argument about the "appearance" of an elephant.

The Buddha asked the citizens: "Each blind man had touched the elephant but each of them gives a different description of the animal. Which answer is right?"

"All of them are right," was the reply.

"Why? Because everyone can only see part of the elephant. They are not able to see the whole animal. The same applies to God and to religions. No one will see Him completely." By this parable, the Lord Buddha teaches that we should respect all other ligitimate religions and their beliefs.


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මෙය අමෙරිකා එක්සත් ජනපදය තුල ප‍්‍රථම වරට කි‍්‍රයාත්මක කෙරෙන්නක් බවයි පූජ්‍ය ඇත්කදවක සද්ධාජීව හිමියෝ ප‍්‍රකාශ කරති. මීට අමතරව ජගත් සංවිධානයට අයත් රාජ්‍යයන් 192 ක නියෝජිතයන් සහභාගි වන විශේෂ සම්බුද්ධත්ව ජයන්ති වැඩසටහනක් ද නිව්යෝර්ක්හිදී පැවැත්වීමට නියමිතව තිබේ. ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ මූලිකත්වයෙන් සිදුකෙරෙන මෙම වැඩසටහන සදහා ජගත් සංවිධානයේ ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා නිත්‍ය නියෝජිත පාලිත කොහොන මහතා සහ නිත්‍ය උපනියෝජිත මේජර් ජනරාල් ශවේන්ද්‍ර සිල්වා මහතා ඇතුළු කණ්ඩායමක දායකත්වය හිමිව ඇතැයි සදහන්ය.

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"Sabba papassa akaranam
Kusalassa upasampadha
Sachitta pariyodapanam
Etam buddhanu sasanam"
(To keep away from all evil, cultivate good, and purify one’s mind is the advice of all Buddhas)

Buddha's Life

Gautama Buddha (approximately 563 BC - 483 BC) (1) was born Siddhartha Gautama (Sanskrit form, or Siddhatta Gotama, Prakrit form); the title Buddha (enlightened one) was later bestowed upon him by his followers. He is also commonly known as Shakyamuni (or Sakyamuni), "The sage of the Shakya/Sakya clan", and as the Tathagata (untranslatable: roughly, "The thus-come one" or "The thus-gone one", emphasizing the nature of a Buddha to go about in the world without adding or subtracting anything from his experience.)

The Buddha is a key figure in the religion of Buddhism.

Biographical sketch
Accounts of his life were passed down by oral tradition and first written a few hundred years after his death. The Buddhist scriptures do contain accounts of metaph…