Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Black!

Recently i heard someone saying 'Nothing is as difficult as teaching a blind person, what colour is'.Very true! Imagine the situation of a person who has not seen anything in this world. He does not know how a girl looks like, not seen a tree, the beach, a computer, a road, a bus, a baby, a theatre. The only colour he knows is black. He does not know how a strawberry ice cream looks like, he only knows it is sweet when it hits his taste buds, he only knows its cold when he touches it, he only knows it is soft when it melts in his mouth.

He is one person who will stand near Mount Road signal(a busy place in Chennai) without any tensions, unlike others who would be heading back home waiting to cross the road. Make him stand in the rain, he will feel the water on him-as if someone is pouring ;but wont be able to see the downpour. Take him to a restaurant, he wont know what he is going to eat till he takes it to his mouth. Just imagine if we would afford to live like that for a day. This is their life everyday.

Has he ever seen a sunrise? For him the entire life is in the night. But he is one person who would walk alone without any fear in the dark, as he lives in it. The busy itineraries ,shopping malls, dating, beach walk, colourful flowers, the buses, lipstick shades, spicy cuisines nothing would have affected him. This reminds me of Rani Mukherjee in 'Black', when the little Michelle wants to know how love feels like.

Here is a song which would definitely create empathy waves in every heart.All Non-Tamil viewers please excuse. I have not found the translation of this song yet.

(A song from the movie Autograph)

Ovvoru pookalumey solkirathey
Vaazhvendraal poaraadum poarkalamey
Ovvoru vidiyalumey solkirathey
Iravaanaal paghal ondru vandhidumey
Nambikkai enbathu vaendum num vaazhvil
Latchiyam nichchayam vellum oru naalil
Maname oh maname nee maarividu
Malayoa athu paniyoa nee moadhi vidu

Ullam endrum eppoadhum
Udainthu poaghe koodaathu
Enne indhe vaazhkayendre
Ennam thoandre koodaathu
Endhe manithan nenjukkul
Kaayam illai sollungal
Kaalapoakil kaayamellaam
Marandhu poaghum maayangal

Uli thaangum karkal thaaney
Mun meethu silayaaghum
Vali thaangum ullam thaaney
Nilayaane sugham kaanum
Yaarukillai poaraatam
Kannil enne neeroatam
Oru kanavu kandaal
Athai thinamum endaal
Oru naalil nijamaaghum

Maname oh maname nee maarividu
Malayoa athu paniyoa nee moadhi vidu

Ovvoru pookalumey solkirathey
Vaazhvendraal poaraadum poarkalamey


Vaazhkai kavithai vaasippoam
Vaanamalavu yoasippoam
Muyarchi endrai ondrai mattum
Moochu poale swaasippoam
Latcham kanavu kannoadu
Latchiyangal nenjoadu
Unnai velle yaarumillai
Uruthiyoadu poaraadu
Manitha un manathai keeri vithai poadu maramaaghum
Avamaanam thaduthaal neeyum ellaame uravaaghum
Thoalviyindri varalaaraa?
Thukkam enne en thoazha?
Oru mudivirunthaal athil thelivirunthaal
Andhe vaanam vasamaaghum

Maname oh maname nee maarividu
Malayoa athu paniyoa nee moadhi vidu

5 comments:

NIROOP said...

True!!!
Teaching a blind person the different colors is indeed difficult.But why teach him.!!It isnt going to help him in any case!!!
Nevertheless never pity a blind person!!!he does not need your sympathy.I sincerely feel, what a blind person wants most, is not us to teach him what he cannot see, but to see him as equal to a normal person who can see. That way he sees that he has no need to see things as we see, but to continue living a happy life however he sees it!!!.

A comment.... I don't get the point in your blog.Whats your main focus on, the COLOR black or the blind person?

that said, very nice thought!!!I liked it.

Ed Vis said...

He is one person who will stand near Mount Road signal(a busy place in Chennai) without any tensions, unlike others who would be heading back home waiting to cross the road. Make him stand in the rain, he will feel the water on him-as if someone is pouring ;but wont be able to see the downpour. ... Just imagine if we would afford to live like that for a day. This is their life everyday.

What you wrote is very true. Amazing it may sound, the whole yoga philosophy mirrors what you wrote.

Hindu scriptures teach us 1. FIRST TO CONTROL THE MIND 2. THEN TO ERADICATE THAT MIND.

By doing so we will attain the state of that blind man, who is not aware of anything that is happening around him.


Sage Patanjali in Patanjali Yoga Sutra summarized YOGA as CHITTA VRITHI NIRODHA.

CHITTA means MIND
VRITTI means VIBRATIONS
NIRODHA means STOPPAGE

So according to him, SELF-REALIZATION means
” Stoppage of Mental Vibrations or mental activity within a man.”

Sage Vasishta told Lord Rama in the Yoga Vasishta:

“Chit Chalathi Samsare;
Nichale Moksha Muchayatha
when chit [mind] vibrates”


When the mind vibrates [when one thinks];
This whole world come to existence”
When the mind stop vibrating [stoppage of thoughts];
This whole world is destroyed;
And person attains salvation

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Anuradha said...

@Niroop

The whole concept is regarding a blind person.
And this is not a sympathy Niroop. Its Empathy!

@Ed Vis,

That was a nice explanation about Mind.

payyan said...

Your trasnscryption is pretty good. Seems there is still hope for a world gone dyslexic.

Rajesh

Anuradha said...

Thanx Rajesh,

my profile reads "actually normal, with a little abnormal thoughts..." so maybe that gives a dyslexic effect??? :-$