Episode # 16 – Why should we “share” our excessive property with the poor and the needy???

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In the previous episode we had witnessed a very important answer from Vidura to King Dhirdhiraashtra. He had listed down five categories of people who are sleep-deprived. However, King Dhirdhiraashtra did not fall under any of those five categories. Now Vidura smartly comes to the main point and pokes King Dhirdhiraashtra with his sixth category of sleep-deprived people – He says that the sixth category of sleep-deprived people are those who had illegally “abducted” others’ property in the name of their’s!

This answer shakes King Dhirdhiraashtra off his chair as Vidura has hit the jackpot straightaway! He was right on the money! King Dhirdhiraashtra starts to feel guilty, however he doesn’t want to give up. He requests Vidura to continue further. What does Vidura speak now? Let’s witness today!

“Vipareetha tharshcha thvam bhaagadeye na sammathaha!

Archishaam prakshayaanchaiva dharmaathma dharmakovithaha!!”

Vidura explains further thus, “Oh King Dhirdhiraashtra! Do you know what is your biggest mistake? You are failing to act as per the agreement that the kingdom be split into two – one part for Duryodhana and the other for Dharma-puthra (Udishtra)! Thus you’re failing in your duty as a righteous king!”

He continues further, “That person who refuses to share his clothes with others, that person who refuses to share his food with others, that person who refuses to share his house with others and denies a shelter for the needy, will compulsorily be sleep-deprived!”

This is a very important message for all of us. Here comes the significance of the quality called “sharing”. It is important for us to share our belongings with those who are in need. We might be having all the riches and property in this world and with that, we may be able to lead a luxurious lifestyle. However we should note that this luxury can give us happiness only for a few days or (in other words) for a short period of time. As time passes by, we would slowly lose interest in these luxuries and start to worry about them! You might ask me how!

First and foremost, we would start worrying what others would think about we having so much of luxuries!

Second worry would be what if thieves enter inside and loot away all our luxuries and thus we would spend more time thinking how to protect all of them!

Third worry would be, what if our own sons/daughters start fighting amongst themselves or with us, so as to own the luxuries in future, thus creating a rift within the family!

Fourth most important worry would be, what if government officials come to know about our luxuries (if unaccounted)! What if “Income Tax” officials knock doors one fine morning and freeze all of our assets!

We can witness innumerable cases in the modern day wherein people who have excessive property with them, suffer mental trauma and stress because of one or more of the above-mentioned reasons and thus fall into the sleep-deprived category! It is only because of this reason that King Dhirdhiraashtra is exactly suffering here too – He doesn’t want to let go of his “excessive” property owing to greed and his excessive affection towards his son Duryodhana. This is why we say that if we have excessive property (in the form of money, gold, ornaments, land, house(s), etc.), Vidura gives us the valuable advice to share it or donate it to those who are in need. Of course, we should possess the property for fulfilling our basic needs. I’m not trying to argue on that. But what I’m trying to emphasize here is that, if we have excess amount of property with us after our needs are fulfilled, we should have the heart to donate it to those people who are in dire need. This is the “generosity” that we need to inculcate in us. Rather, if we have that greed to keep all the property with ourselves and if that greed multiplies further to acquire more and more property, we would have to face the consequences later on!

Thus Vidura explains to King Dhirdhiraashtra “Oh Dhirdhiraashtra! In this context, I’m not asking you to even donate or be generous! Atleast, you should have the heart to give what you are supposed to give! If someone is entitled for something, as a king you need to give that to them straightaway! Failing thus, it becomes a great crime on your name! Moreover, please remember that all our actions are being recorded inside Lord Krishna’s heart then and there! If in any case, Lord Krishna has to fume because of your wrongdoing and sins, trust me, we cannot live peacefully in this world from that moment onwards!”

Saying thus, Vidura advises King Dhirdhiraashtra to act immediately and do the needful as per the duties of a righteous king. We have also learnt a very important lesson about “Sharing” things with everyone, rather being stingy to keep everything with ourselves! Let us try and reflect upon this important point for today. We shall wait till the next episode to look into Vidura’s further answers to King Dhirdhiraashtra! Stay tuned! 🙂

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Kerala, India. A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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