“What is God?” they asked Buddha.
The Buddha asked for an elephant and four blind men to be brought before him.
He then asked the Blind men to feel it and say what it was.
The blind men did as instructed.
“It looks like a pillar,” said one who felt its huge leg.
The second who ran his hand over the elephant’s belly replied, “That can’t be so, it’s actually a wall.”
“It’s certainly a thick rope,” said the third.
“I think it’s a piece of cloth,” said the fourth that held its ears.
The Buddha then asked his followers, “Each of these people seem to say different things about the same elephant. Which one is right?”
Notes: The world is not the same to all. Each person’s experience shapes the way one sees the world. The truth can be experienced in many ways. There is no single way. Each one must explore and discover the truth.
Source – eBook 51 Short Motivational Stories from Zen, Buddha and Ancient Tales.