October tenth is celebrated as “World Mental Health Day” Many time we think that others are wrong in their mind. We do not look at ourselves. Our eyes are blind many times which prevent us from judging correctly. “Without taking the plank out of our own eye, we dare to take the speck in others eyes”
Our short vision, impatience, prejudices, superstitions, bitter experiences of our past, carelessness, etc. make us pass on wrong judgments and conclusions. When we analyze facts patiently, we can find out the real situations of things and come to better conclusions. It needs some training to reach correct conclusions.
An incident during a train journey opened my eyes to see things in a broader outlook. The compartment in which I was sitting was unusually crowded that day. People of all ages were struggling hard even to breathe. There were children; there were college students and there were some tottering old people also present. The youngsters were chatting and chattering in loud voice as if the whole train was their property. They never bothered about others.
In the corner seats, sitting on both sides near the window, there were an old man of sixty and a young man of thirty years. He was the son of the old man. Both of them were looking outside enjoying the sights that were passing by. Each and every sight outside made the son jump in joy. Others inside the train were looking at these two for some time, wondering what made the young man comment on the scenes outside in such surprise.
“Look at that daddy, how beautiful they are! I find them running after me, daddy,” shouted the young man like a child of four years in an exciting voice.
The onlookers were annoyed at the talk of this thirty year-old man. Now everyone in the compartment began to comment on the behavior of the young man. “He should be mad!” that was every ones conclusion. But unmindful of what was going on around him, the young man was enjoying the scenes outside. One middle aged man was telling his wife, “I think the young man should be mental. Otherwise why should he shout in joy looking at these trees and sky?”
Suddenly it began to rain. Rain drops fell on the young man and others through the open window. The young man’s joy doubled when he saw the rain and felt the cooling drops. The rain began to pour inside and wet a young bride’s new sari. She began to shout. Her husband also joined in her anger.
But this young man was enjoying the rain in great excitement. “Look daddy, how nice it is!” His joy was beyond words.
The new bridegroom burst out in anger, “You old man, don’t you see the pouring rain? Instead of closing the window, both of you are enjoying the scene?” Some others near them also got wet and passed on angry remarks.
“If your son is a mental, take him to a mental hospital. Don’t make others suffer because of you,” the middle-aged man’s anger fell out in harsh words.
“Please excuse us sir,” the father began to explain. “My son was discharged from the hospital only today. He had been blind from his birth. With the eyes donated by a benevolent man, he is able to see now. He is seeing all these trees and rain for the first time in his life. Please excuse him for the trouble,” the father was nearly in tears.
Silence prevailed there for sometime!
We too judge like this in haste without knowing reality. Our narrow vision, prejudices, jealousy, and one-sided judgments lead us to wrong conclusions. We never bother to look things from others’ angles. We fail to see the truth.
Before passing on judgments, let us try to see things clearly. We should not dare to wound others with our blind vision.
God has given man wisdom to perceive things clearly. We should try to understand others in a broader outlook. Let us remember the words of our Lord, “Do not judge and you will not be judged. In the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and the measure you use for others will be used for you.”(Matthew 7: 1-2)