“Opening your eyes is all that is needing. The heart lies and the head plays tricks with us, but the eyes see true. Look with your eyes. Hear with your ears. Taste with your mouth. Smell with your nose. Feel with your skin. Then comes the thinking, afterward, and in that way knowing the truth.”
I spent a few minutes pondering what to write in my first blog. Should I write something about me as introduction or a story or some poetic lines? Beside my laptop lay George R.R. Martin’s famous book “A Game of Thrones“, which I was reading a while ago. And suddenly, I flipped open the page where the bookmark was kept. It took me only a few seconds to pick up, from that page, the aforementioned quote by one of the characters in the novel. I decided to pen my first blog dedicated to the most spectacular sense organ of the human body – eyes! No doubt, this quote, stretches to lay importance on not the visual sense organ only, but also the other four senses – auditory(ears), olfactory(nose), gustatory(tongue) and finally, tactility (touch by skin), but for me, the eyes occupy the kingly position! Call it being biased to the other senses, but I can’t help it. After all, my name “Kunal” means “one with beautiful eyes” or “the one who sees beauty in everything”.
The quote mentions the words “The heart lies and the head plays tricks with us”. People may claim that one should listen to the heart when the heart-head conflict sees no end. I say you shouldn’t listen to either of them! The head seldom remains stable, the overflowing thoughts sometimes mix in the most wrong proportions and your head tricks you into doing something stupid, reckless, regretful! The heart, unless armoured by a strong and clear conscience, is a weak entity and gives an ‘ideal’ not ‘real’ answer to your doubts and questions. And I believe ideality is farther away from the truth that the reality presents, sometimes with a bitter taste! “But the eyes see true”. Indeed, the eyes are your window to the truth and agree or not, they rarely lie. (Unless, you have a bad eyesight! ) All the other sense organs may give you false information many-a-times in your life, but what you see can seldom be denied. A question arises at this moment that in this age of cheating and fraud, the truth is often concealed in a shroud of duplicity, so what we see may not be true in real! In such situations, the first glance obviously fools you unless your strong conscience cuts through the deceit. Closer observation through the eyes would definitely help you see through the veil of falsehood and bring you closer to the truth because your eyes connect with the inner conscience. Man often does not pay heed to this closer observation and relies solely on first glances, hence he remains distant from the truth.
Therefore, your eyes holds the key to unlocking the truth in real-life situations. In the end, I quote the words of Swami Vivekananda:
“All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.”