Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What is your view?

From the time we were very young, we observed things around us and started forming views. Some things we liked and they made us happy. Some other things we disliked and we tried to avoid them.

In this age of IT revolution, we are overloaded with information of various kinds. At every moment, we are exposed to news and developments from around the world. Thanks to our fertile minds, we end up forming a view on each of these events.

If there are 10 people in a room and a topic comes up for discussion, we will end up having at least half a dozen views. There is merit in variety & diversity and these differing views help us take a well thought through decision. The real problem comes up when some people cling obstinately to their views and refuse to change it. Such a stand (many a times without logic) results in stalemate or sub-optimal decisions.

So, should one have a view or not? And, should one be flexible enough to change it when presented with a better logic? These are two questions to ponder upon.

My own take on this is as follows. We should form a view on subjects which we are well aware of. We should have the honesty and the humility to confess that we do not know enough of a topic to form a view. And we should have an open mind to let others influence us with a better reasoning. Many a times, we realise later that our views are biased based on our own experiences & expectations.

By refusing the temptation of forming a view, we are actually freeing up our mind space. When we form views, we become attached to them as well as agitated. By not forming views, we are going into a meditative state of merely observing things as facts. When we don't have a view, we are becoming non-judgemental about things. We are reaching a state of Nirvana. Isn't that great?

What is your view?


Whirlwind said...

I completely agree. My opinion is that one should have a view about topics they feel passionately about and on which they possess good amount of knowledge. Others they needn't have a view and can humbly accept the fact they are still learning.

KParthasarathi said...

True having an open mind is desirable.It is easy where we do not know much of the issue.But in many commonplace occurrences,we do have a view based on our experience and knowledge.A wise man is one who is ready to change if there are strong reasons for it.There is no detraction from dignity by changing.

Sonal Raisinghani said...

Picked up from "Upanishad Ganga" TV serial website since it exactly mentions about the state of Nirvana/ a state of no views; explained in your blogpost.
Quoting exactly as mentioned.
"A person who has experienced his unity with the Supreme Truth is called a saint. Although a saint lives amongst us, he operates from a totally different state that we, being in our present condition, are unable to imagine. Such a person is unaffected by all pairs of opposites - happiness and sorrow, pleasure and pain, and accolades and insults. Such a person while living is liberated from life. When he dies, there is no rebirth for him because he is free from ignorance - which is the cause of rebirth."

Kanchan said...

I totally agree on this. If we have good knowledge on topic then, we should be open minded to form a view. And one should be flexible to change, if there is good reason and has influenced to think again....
Also, one must honestly accept the thing that they cannot make a view, as they dont possess much knowledge about it.
In the state of Nirvana, we are free from all Desires,Pains and Worries....

Ananthanarayanan Vaidyanathan said...

God's schemes are on an eternal canvas, and we are created or sent to this earth for fleetingly tiny slots of time.

Judging by the bafflingly huge canvas, does it really matter whether we have an opinion of an issue or not..

A man standing on the top of the Empire state building and contemplating of jumping down may be having conflicting views for himself..

But does it matter much to the building as such..?

I do not feel that on the face of the infinite and eternal wisdom of that Supreme being (I do believe it is Krishna), even a Vyasa or Emerson or a newborn baby or an illiterate would make much of a difference in the realm of thought and wisdom

Krishna said it subtly in Gita.. PanditaaH samadarshinaH..