Episode # 31 – “The value of a thing is in its proper usage!” – Vidura explains!!!

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In the previous episode we had witnessed yet another important quality of a “Panditha”, as explained by Vidura to King Dhirdhiraashtra. Here, Vidura had said that a “Panditha” is a person who has enormous patience to listen to others, before talking. Moreover, a “Panditha” is a person who does not talk unless extremely necessary. We discussed the application of these two important attributes of the “Panditha” in the modern day context, wherein almost all of us waste a lot of time in unwanted gossiping and talking unnecessary things that would create unwanted controversies. Eventually, we concluded that talking unwanted things would only show out and expose our ignorance and foolishness. Moreover, by entering into loose talks, people around would brand us that we are “chatter boxes” and even if we’ve to talk something important, nobody would listen to us! Thus, a “Panditha” is a person who talks only when necessary and this is an important lesson for all of us today!

Now moving on further, we shall see the next attribute of a “Panditha” as narrated by Vidura.

“Na appraapyam abhivaamchanthi nashtam nenchanthi shochithum!!”

Here Vidura explains that a “Panditha” is a person who does not worry about what he/she has lost in life. Also, a “Panditha” is a person who doesn’t grow desires on those things that should be ignored!

To elaborate this further, there are certain things that we should not over-desire in life. We see a lot of people today having a “craze” for many things in life – Little do they know whether that particular thing would add any value to their lives, however, just because of maintaining a “social status”, they would like to go behind those things. For instance, all of us now have a mobile phone. Normally if we go to a mobile phone retail centre, we would see various price segments for a mobile phone. That is, there are phones starting from Rs. 2,500 ranging till Rs. 1 Lakh. However, many of us would go for the most expensive mobile phones, just because someone else amongst our peers would be having one! The irony in this case is that, many of them would not even know the salient features of a Rs. 1 Lakh mobile phone! All they would know is to press the “Call” button and to send an “SMS”. My question is that, if a person doesn’t know any application on an expensive mobile phone and if the person’s usage is to just make calls, why to invest so much of money in a mobile phone? Rather, that money could have been diverted into some charitable activities or by doing some service to the needy!

Thus we should realize that we should desire and possess only those things or objects that would really add value to our lives. As per the old proverb, “The value of a thing is in its use!” Thus we should desire only for those things that would be of use to our daily lives. If we keep some objects that are way too expensive and without the knowledge of how to use them, we are inviting lot of unwanted complications – What if that particular expensive mobile phone gets lost? We would then crib by saying “Oh! I’ve lost that phone worth 1 Lakh rupees!” We would only tend to think of the money that is behind that object, rather than the object itself! Moreover, this person would not even have used that mobile phone fully too! All he knew was to make calls and nothing else! However if we closely analyze this situation, this person would have used that 1 Lakh-rupee mobile phone only for a worth of Rs. 2,500 – Because, he only makes calls and nothing else, which ideally a Rs. 2,500 mobile can easily do. Hence, ideally this person has lost a mobile phone worth of Rs. 2,500, but our mind would say that we’ve lost a mobile phone worth Rs. 1 Lakh. Thus, we should analyze our needs and wants and then buy only those kinds of objects that would fulfill our needs and wants.

However, the readers should note here that I’m not discouraging people to go for expensive products. That is not the point here! The point is that, if our needs require expensive products, we should definitely go for them. However, going for expensive products without understanding their significance and usage and just for attaining a “social status” is what is wrong!

Thus the important message from today’s episode is that, all of us should cultivate the habit of not getting into lavish and unwanted expenses. We should of course spend money for what is required, but care should be taken not to “over-spend” money! Rather, the money can be used for useful activities like offering to temples, charitable activities, etc. wherein the society can benefit as a whole, rather than only one individual benefitting from the money! Let us for today, think and introspect about this important attribute. We shall wait till the next episode to find out the next attribute of a “Panditha”. 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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