In the previous episode we had a detailed discussion about a very important modern day phenomenon called “Work-Life Balance”, wherein we tried to link the last two steps towards Bhakti to this important aspect. In due course we had witnessed some practical modern day situations wherein we tend to fail in achieving a proper balance between our personal, professional and spiritual lives. We concluded that having a regular time frame for every activity of ours is extremely important and should make sure that we do not “over-do” anything.
Thus so far we’ve discussed all the seven steps leading to Bhakti in detail – Viveka, Vimoka, Abhyaasa, Kriya, Kalyaana, Anavasaadha and Amuddarsha. So now we can evaluate our own self as to where do we stand and which step are we in currently. Even if we’re not even in the first step, there is nothing to worry about! What has gone, has gone and we cannot regain it back. Atleast from now on we should make a conscious effort to follow these seven steps meticulously. Let me also tell something – Following these seven steps is not a difficult task and all we require is the proper mindset to follow.
Now moving on with our Vidura Neeti, in the coming sloka, we are going to witness some more important characteristics of a “Panditha”.
“Yasya krithyannajaayanthi manthram vaa manthritham pare!
Krithamevaascha jaananthi savai panditha ucchyathe!!”
Here, Vidura is discussing about an extremely important characteristic of a “Panditha” or a “Learned scholarly person”. Who is a Panditha? He is a person wherein he never discloses to the outside world, his strategy and action plans as to how to go about and finish a task or a mission. We can see this in the modern day too – For instance let us take sports – Cricket for example. Each team has its own strategy to counter the opposition, both in terms of batting and bowling. We would see captains strategizing each and every move of the game, making plans to counter each of the important opponent team’s batsmen and bowlers, but not letting the opposition know about it even a bit. Why is this secrecy important? If the opposition team comes to know the strategy of ours, they would be prepared to take on, and thus they would become unbeatable! Eventually our team would end up being on the losing side of the match.
Thus we can understand here that, planning and strategizing are very important for a leader and for his/her team. More than just planning and strategizing, secrecy behind the plan and strategy is important. Finally, when the strategy or plan is executed successfully and when we see the opposition crumbling because of our well-thought about and secret strategy, only then success evolves and the whole world would be in awe to see us successful! It should be noted that only with the “Secrecy” behind the plan and strategy, we can see successful leaders emerging and this is the way through which successful leaders can outsmart others.
Even if we see in modern day business organizations, every organization would have something called “trade secrets”, which they strictly maintain within the four walls of the room. Why is it like that? It is because, if the competitor comes to know about the “trade secret” of this organization’s successful business model, he/she can easily replicate the idea and snatch away the success from our organization. Thus it is important that while we work on a task or a mission, the strategy and plans undertaken to execute the mission should always be kept as a secret. However, once the execution is over and the outcome of the mission is in the public domain, we can always share our strategies to the outside world as to how did we achieve the desired result. This is an extremely important quality of a “Panditha”. Thus here we can see that a “Panditha” is not only a learned person, but also a smart person too!
We can see many more instances too – We would have heard of our great country undertaking a great nuclear test at Rajasthan in a place called Pokhran. This nuclear mission was conducted under extreme secrecy wherein none of the countries like the United States of America, Britain, France, etc. did not even have a clue of what was going to happen! After the mission was successfully executed by our ex president of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the whole world was shocked and awestruck with India’s achievement! This is the power of secrecy!
Also, with the present day Indian government under the able leadership of our Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, we can witness a very important example – “Demonetisation”. The entire world is talking about it and appreciating the mission only because of its secrecy. In fact, the entire mission was a success only because of the secrecy behind it. On the 8’th of November 2016, when the Prime Minster announced that all 500 and 1000 rupee notes cease to exist, the entire nation was taken aback with utter disbelief and shock! In fact it was a masterstroke move because, if this secrecy would not have been maintained, all those corrupt people who possess truck loads of black money, would have been alerted and they would have found ways to escape the onslaught of the Prime Minister. It was only because of the secrecy and daring attitude of our Prime Minister, the “Demonetisation” scheme gained huge success!
Thus from all these instances we can see the importance of secrecy in our plans and strategy towards executing any mission. Only when the mission is accomplished, the “secret behind success” story should be narrated to the world! Let us think about this important idea today and try to appreciate it’s significance. We shall wait till the next episode to discuss the next important aspect of a “Panditha”. Stay tuned! 🙂