Episode # 37 – “All that glitters is not gold!” – Vidura explains!!!

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In the previous episode we had commenced a very important discussion on who is a “Mooda” or a “Fool”. We had discussed four important attributes of a “Mooda” and I hope we would have introspected ourselves with those four attributes. Today we shall move on with the next few attributes of a “Mooda” as explained by Vidura that we need to eliminate from ourselves.

Now Vidura explains the following:

“Samartham yahaa parithyajjya paraartham anuthistathi!

Mithyaacharathi mithraarthe yascha moodaha cha ucchyathe!!”

A person is considered to be a “Mooda” if he thinks low of what he is, but at the same time, thinking that doing the job of others’ is always better than doing ours! For instance, we would have done our education in one particular domain. However we would feel that we should have undertaken our studies in a different domain, just because we feel that it’s useless! For example, we might have meticulously worked hard and did an MBBS degree to become a successful doctor. After that, we would have started a clinic too, to receive patients for giving them the treatment. However on some days there might not be many patients visiting our clinic owing to several reasons! At this time, there might be a lawyer next building and he would be having innumerable clients visiting him every day. Now upon seeing this, we would start thinking, “Oh! We could have also studied B.L and we could have also become a successful lawyer! Why did I do this stupid MBBS and waste my 5 years of life?” This is an important attribute of a “Mooda” or a “Fool” – Rather than strengthening oneself with the education that he has obtained, and rather than focusing on improving his knowledge on his domain, he would desire to become something else that is completely out of reach!

We have an old proverb that states, “All that glitters is not gold!” Many a times, we get carried away with such a feeling – If we’re not very successful in our profession, we would start comparing ourselves with our friends who would be in another profession and would say, “Oh! That guy is very successful as a lawyer, or an IT professional, or whatever!” But, little do we know and understand what kind of problems does that person face in his respective profession. Moreover, if we’ve to get into a new profession altoghether, we would not have any experience in it. We’ve to start it afresh! We would not have any knowledge of what is what and who is who in that profession! Hence, leaving one profession and getting into another one is not as easy as we might think! There might be innumerable nuances there and we would have no idea of all that! Hence if we have such thoughts of disappointment in our own profession, we should only focus our mind on how to excel in this particular profession only, rather than switching over! Thus this is what is an important attribute of a “Mooda” and we should try and stay away from such thoughts. Rather, we should only focus on what is given to us and we should strive to give our 100% efforts to what we perform.

“Mithyaacharathi mithraarthe” – A person who tries to pull down and cheats a good friend or a close relative or a brother. is a “Mooda”. Here is where Vidura pokes King Dhirdhiraashtra of what he is doing. Vidura says, “Oh Dhirdhiraashtra! You are trying to cheat your own brother’s sons, who are very close to you and who have great respect for you! This is what Lord Krishna would never forgive you for! Do you know what is your biggest mistake? You’re trying to cheat those Paandavas who Lord Krishna loves a lot! You’re trying to cheat those Paandavas who are authorized to rule the Hasthinaapura kingdom but you are trying to favor your son Duryodhana who is an epitome of a “Mooda”! This is making Lord Krishna extremely angry! You might be a good person and generous by heart but because of this mistake, you are indirectly becoming a victim of Lord Krishna’s anger!”

Thus we’ve seen two more important attributes of a “Mooda” in today’s episode. For today, let us introspect within ourselves by thinking of the above two attributes and their applicability to our daily lives. We shall wait till the next episode to find out more such attributes! 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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