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Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by HariLakhera, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. HariLakhera

    HariLakhera Platinum IL'ite

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    Difference between looking and seeing

    As per dictionary to look means to turn eyes to gaze in a particular direction and to see means to feel the presence of a person. He looked at me or he saw me, may mean the same in a polite way. But there is a difference, depending upon how you were looked at. Being looked at may have a annoying connotion, bordering at staring at or even stalking. There are ways and ways of looking. Some bordering discourtesy, some very rude. When I say I looked into his or her eyes, it may sound as if I challenged him or her or I tried to understand him or her better.

    Seeing is different. It's like meeting some one, close to shaking hands and even hugging. I saw his or her face. It means I saw the happiness or sadness in his or her face. I saw her eyes, means I could read her feelings or at least I tried to understand her better. Poets have coined so many romantic words for this. This possibly explains why ladies wear kohl or Kazal.

    Seeing may also mean overlooking. I saw him may mean I just glanced at him or I think that was he. It's like seeing people in crowded bus or train. Most of the time this is what we do. This amounts to indifference. We do not want to look because it may be branded uncivil. We do not want to see because it does not concern us. Given a choice we would like to look than see. Men are more prone to this. May be this helps in starting a friendship.

    Now what do you do when you meet a person and shake hands with him? Do you look into his eyes or see his face or simply look beyond his shoulders? Looking into his eyes may suggest he is a equal. Avoiding his eyes may suggest, eye contact not needed. Seeing his face may suggest, reading his mind. Looking beyond over his shoulders may mean, who cares?

    This is in real world. What about virtual world? How can we look or see a person? By his words? May be. But that may simply be clouding. By looking or seeing a person face to face may help in reading his mind, though some guys are very good actors. I think in both cases it's a wild guess.

    Is it possible to understand a person by his looks or his words? God has given us eyes, ears and mouth for this very purpose but how inadequate and helpless we feel aftermath of some cheating and deceit.
     
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    blackbeauty84 IL Hall of Fame

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    Reflecting on your last lines we often say Looks often cheat us, I think it means we look at the person but not saw through him completely.
     
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    @HariLakhera,
    Your post reminded me to watch my words, they can be interpreted differently right.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
     
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    Dear Hariji,
    Looks can be of various kinds.....both positive and negative looks. Casual, romantic, ugly and many such adjectives used before it. One look from a saint can change completely a person's perspective. Paul Brunton, a German came to India in 1930s in search of peace and gain more knowledge about saints in India. He visits many places but he does not find what he wanted. Atlast he goes to Tiruvannamalai to see Ramana Maharishi. I still remember the page in which he writes about his first meeting. He stands near the door, Ramana Maharishi looks at him. Not a word spoken.....that one look changes his whole life and stays in Ramanashram for many years .
    Yes, see has a deeper meaning. It has no adjectives before.
    We form an opinion by looks, body language, manners, conversation.....whether we like that person and vice versa also.
    Virtual world....only what one writes is the scale. But even that becomes strong many times. We learn and exchange ideas. Many times virtual world gives us courage to say things which otherwise in normal conversation we do not say....too formal.
    Deviated from the topic? Sometimes, why sometimes, many times we deviate. Chain of thoughts....go on.
    Syamala
     
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    :hello:wonderful to see your jotting on a subject seemingly simple yet compelling when we look profoundly delve deep into it. I looked into various aspects that govern this thread. when I approached a speaker from afar, he was able to make as to who am I. He is a blind Teacher. He had seen and looked!!!!!!!!! A saint in penance, with eyes shut was seeing things (viswamitra and dancing Meneka) and a person hypnotized is seeing things with eyes open where as a gyani with closed eyes able to look. Seeing and looking is well exemplified in the following anecdote:
    a dad with daughter walking in shopping area. While the girl was able to see beyond various things that appear at a distance behind an angel (Diva) where as Dad could see only diva . who was lookin and who was seeing?
    it would be interesting to analyse similar distinction between hearing and listening. In court it is hearing in radio it is listening et al.
    In telepathy, are they see or look at happenings at a distance?
    Good dilemma indeed. Regards. Thanks. god Bless Us all.
     
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    Viswamitra IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Hariji,

    Sometimes, those words mean something else also. When someone says, "I am seeing someone" it means, he or she is dating someone. Some people respond, "I hear you" to acknowledge that they have understood the view point expressed.

    Viswa
     
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    HariLakhera Platinum IL'ite

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    Shri Thyagarajan,
    Thanks. If in fact your take on the subject is much deep. I was trying to explore in worldly affairs. It's so complex. A blind person sees or looks through his other senses hearing or touching or just feelings. A saint has a very spiritual angle. We can see within, near, distant, beyond and what not. As I said it is more complex than I comprehended.
    Thanks and regards.
     
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    Dear Viswa ji,
    That's another angle. In our everyday talks there can be many such examples, like I will look into it or I will see. Yes same applies to hearing and listening as Shri Thyagarajan indicated.
    I am not sure if same thing applies to the corresponding words in other languages also. As far as I can figure out in Hindi there is only word for both - dekhna.
     

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