Perception- the other side of the coin.
“Until the lions write their own story, the tale of the hunt will continue to glorify the hunter”. Ain’t we all are part and parcel of this? Some of us might be lions searching for audience, some of us might be hunters already glorifying our stories.
When I was living in Mumbai I used to read lot of books in my free time during travels in train, and used to reflect upon what I was reading.I came across this thought of “Perception” from books that I read which deeply touched my life from then on. Let me explain:
If Ramayana was written through perception of some devotee of Ravana or Ravana himself, Ravana would have been portrayed as God. I mean even authors of Ramayana did not denied Ravana as a true Brahmin and true Shiva devotee. He made his kingdom from gold for his people, He worshiped lord Shiva,He did his part of true brahmin when Rama needed to do puja for construction bridge to Lanka. He kidnapped Sita but never touched her against her will. Incidents like acid attacks, rapes or human trafficking actually make him look like gentleman don’t they? Incidents like bribery and corruption makes him look like good king don’t they?
Reading this do you still think that Kauravas were bad? What was the crime of Dhritrashtra whose only disability was his blindness but was otherwise powerful and able king?Why was Pandu s medical condition of anemia was neglected while declaring him as king? How a king is supposed to rule with this kind of condition who might at any time collapse due to anemia? When he went for deer hunting for Madri, what good his able eyes did for him that he still killed rishi who had taken transformation of Mrigya(visibly different than normal animal). Why Lord Krishna s trickery in Mahabharata battle are regarded as “Leela” where as Shakuni s as “Cunningness”. Shakuni who acted out of love for his sister Gandhari, stayed with her when her husband was denied of his birth right, who left his kingdom so that his nephews and sister can prosper.My point is if Mahabharata was written from perception of Duryodhana, Shakuni might have been portrayed as a beloved “Mama shri” just like Arjuna might have portrayed Lord Krishna.Who s to tell what happened some 3000 years ago.
When you see these books after reading above points, you might realize that both side has good as well as evil attributes, and that every story is a “Circle” where we try to create our “angles” of good and bad depending on how we look at it. You might say that whatever happens at the end “good triumphs bad” and I might say that “author triumphs characters”. well that s also a perception.
sometimes perception also takes birth from miscommunication,less or no knowledge,disbelief etc, but most of the time its attitude of “to hear” instead of “to listen”.Classic example of this is“Telephone” game we played as kids. Where even within 6 to 7 persons an information shared from one end, ends up modified like anything to the other end when every body pitches in.
“We never listen to understand, we always hear to judge”
In routine life we may feel this way about many things, and I bet that every day we think that we are victim of some evil or we are true heroes living life against all odds while other people are just useless. Just to give one example. the other day I scolded my maid for coming late every day thinking she is not interested in earning money through hard work like I do in my office and thinking that how lucky she is to get generous boss like me. However when she explained her side I literally had a sickening feeling, she was doing 3 other odd jobs so her son can study while my poor reason for anytime I get late for work is cause I could not wake up on time.
Moral of today s article was not to hurt any religious feelings. I myself derive most lessons of life from Shrimad Bhagvat Geeta and respect all religions and their books. but this article was to written to provoke thinking something different.To have curiosity to look at the other side of the story. Last but not least “Do not judge solely based on one side of the coin. Check on the other side of the coin and you will realize a “tale” is waiting for you.”