Episode # 53 – “If Character is lost, everything is lost!” – Why are people “opportunistic” today???

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In the previous episode we had witnessed two important aspects as explained by Vidura to King Dhirdiraashtra. Here he had spoken about the essential duties of people from different castes – A Brahmin’s main duty is to master the Vedas and scriptures of our Sanaathana Dharma and propagate it to the world effectively. A Kshathrya’s main duty is to gain expertise in warfare and ably protect the country from its enemies. A Vaishya’s main duty is business and making money from it. All in all, it is the primary duty of the Kshathrya and the Vaisya to protect the Brahmins and encourage them to propagate the Vedas and other spiritual texts to the world. But are we seeing this happening today? We witnessed an important discussion on the modern-day menace of “Religious Conversions” that are happening at ease – Innocent Hindus are being converted forcefully into other so-called “religions”, whose sole aim is to destroy the roots of Hinduism and make a business out of it! Hence as Hindus and as ardent followers of our “Sanaathana Dharma”, we need to be aware of these anti-social elements and be very careful to not fall prey to them! In fact, one of the most important aims of commencing this blog was to create awareness amongst all of us about the significance of our “Sanaathana Dharma”. Hence given today’s challenges from these fringe elements, it becomes our bound duty to safeguard and protect the “Dharma” and uphold it at any cost!

Now moving on to the next sloka, Vidura says thus,

“Dve karmanee naraha kurvan asmin loke virochathe!” 

Here Vidura explains that if one performs these two duties, he would be hailed and appreciated by this world in a grand way! Which are those two duties?

“Abruvan parushan kinchit asathaha anarchayanstathaa!!”

From the above line, Vidura says that we should not appreciate or hail a person who is evil, wicked and not worth it! We should keep ourselves away from these kinds of people. This is an extremely important point here – Whom should we follow and whom should we appreciate? We can appreciate a person who has an impeccable character and who does not talk in a way that hurts others. Can we appreciate and follow a person who is low on character (cheap and mean), just because the person is rich and having innumerable properties under his possession? This is called “Opportunism”! Isn’t it? Hence we need to be able to differentiate between “good” and “bad” people. On what basis do we differentiate and discriminate? It should be done with respect to character and not with respect to wealth! As the old proverb goes, “If money is lost, nothing is lost! Whereas, if character is lost, everything is lost!” We should be able to clearly view this in others.

Now we might ask a counter question here: “So what if we appreciate a person who scores “low” on character? What would happen?” This question can be answered in many ways – One way of looking at it is that, on an individual level by doing so, we are deviating from the path of “Dharma” and all of us know this very well. This point needs no big description. However the bigger point that we need to focus is with respect to the society. How is that? If we start appreciating and going behind wicked people, the people around us might get influenced by us and they would also start going behind them! If many people start praising and appreciating this wicked person, he would start assuming that whatever he is doing is correct and there is nobody to question him! This is where all the problems would start!

We can see this phenomenon happening in the modern day as well – How many times have we seen people “blindly” following a person? Do you think that these people follow them just because of their “charisma”? Never! Most of the time it is for money and power! Even now we are seeing this same thing happening in one of the south-Indian states in the political scenario – Wherein, just for the sake of gaining power and position, one political party is trying to ally with another party, which is an epitome of “corruption” in Indian politics! The irony here is that, to support this “unholy” alliance, there are several other small political parties who have joined hands together! Now what can we infer? If we’ve to apply this particular sloka to this scenario, we can clearly see that one political party is solely desperate to hold on to power through hook or crook. In order to support this unethical party, there are few others who have joined them! Indirectly, all these political parties (from their proven record in the past) are standing united to loot and destroy India altogether, just to gain their political mileage!

How do we overcome this situation that is currently taking shape in India? It is we, the citizens of India who should be able to differentiate between what is good for our nation and what is bad. We should exercise our right of franchise to uphold the good and eliminate the evil. This is exactly what Vidura is explaining here – We should never go behind those people who are known and proven to be evil and corrupt and support them at any cost! We should use our discriminatory power to analyse and understand the reality and act accordingly.

So for today, let us think about this important aspect and analyze the ground situation. We shall take this important discussion forward again in the next episode wherein we shall look into this aspect from a personal and an individual point of view. 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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