Blind man & The Cripple

I recently read a story with  which is featured in the book named courage the art of living dangerously. Story has a strong message and it’s worth reading.

​In a remote village in the outskirts of Punjab there lived 2 sworn enemies.  One chap was blind and the other was a cripple.  They just could not get along.  No matter what one did, it would upset the other and visa versa.  For years this battle raged on and the animosity between them grew fierce and caustic.
As fate would have it though, during one very hot and dry summer a terrible fire broke out in the village and began consuming everything in its path.  The villagers began to flee in fear as there was no stopping the inferno.  In the panic, the blind man and the cripple were forgotten about and left to fend for themselves.  They now had a big problem.  The blind man did not know which way to go in order to escape the fire, and the cripple, who could see the path to safety, could take no action regarding it.  So both were stuck.
Luckily for them, the desire to live was greater than their hatred for each other, so they decided to work together in order to save their lives.  The blind man put the cripple on his shoulders, who then directed him on which way to go in order to escape.  Thus, working as a team, they were successful and even ended up becoming friends.
Who is the blind man and who is the cripple?  The blind man is your mind and the cripple is your heart.  What is the fire?  The fire is your suffering.  The mind is the instrument through which you can move, act — but it is blind, in that it does not know which way to go.  It endlessly debates, weighing pros and cons, wobbling between what will be gained and what will be lost if certain action was to be taken.  It cannot see how to escape the suffering.  The heart, on the other hand, can see clearly the way out, but does not have any means to act.  In order to act, it needs the mind.  So they need each other.  But, more importantly the heart needs to sit on top of the mind, as the cripple sat on the shoulders of the blind man.  With the heart leading the way, the mind becomes intelligent.  Give the heart its precedence and wisdom will then emerge and guide you safely out of your suffering.


Author: Aaditya Maurya

Voracious reader, Vegetarian foodie, solo traveller and love to write. so stay tuned!! *For feedback connect with me on instagram profile. instagram username: aditya_maurya01

13 thoughts on “Blind man & The Cripple”

  1. As from my prespective heart is blind and mind is crippled. That’s the reason its on the top. Heart always compells us to take irrational decisions as it can’t see what lies ahead.for me heart driven by mind is much more compasionate than mind driven by heart.

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    1. Respect but I think we don’t take decisions that our heart want us to take and personally in my case I think my mind has a better say than my heart while taking decisions and many of us don’t have enough courage to follow our heart as it seems irrational but at the end that’s the only thing we want, that’s all what matters the most
      Atleast I don’t remember a time when I choose my heart’s advice and something went wrong .

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