In the previous episode we had witnessed yet another important piece of advice from Vidura, this time for men! 🙂 He had clearly indicated that some sweet words and company of strangers should not easily carry men away. Men need to be extremely careful in discriminating and analyzing the other person before making friendship with him or her. We had witnessed few instances from the modern day scenario too to emphasize this important point.
Now moving on further, Vidura is going to explain two important “thorns” that we need to carefully pull out and eliminate them from our lives. What are they?
“Dvaavimau kantakau thekshnau shareera parishoshini!
Yascha adhaanah kaamayathe yashya kupyathaneeshwaraha!!”
Here Vidura explains the two thorns – “Adhaanah kaamayathe” means, even though we do not have the money in hand, but we keep desiring of buying certain things that are out of reach for us to buy! This desire only keeps growing in us the more we see this expensive thing being possessed by others! Thus, this unwanted desire is one of the thorns that keep pricking us always. Thus the message from this phrase is that, if we keep constantly desiring for things that seem out of reach for us, it keeps poking and pricking us like a thorn and thus we lose peace of mind.
“Yashya kupyathaneeshwaraha” means, if a person tries to accomplish something, but doesn’t have the required power or position to do so, also experiences a constant prick like that of a thorn. Here, the thorn is “Anger” and “frustration” that keeps pricking us because we aren’t able to achieve what we want to since we do not have the requisite position or power to do it. Thus the message from this phrase is that, only those who have the power and position should feel agitated, motivated, etc. to accomplish the respective tasks. Those people who do not have that power and position should never get angry and frustrated for things that are not in their hands!
How relevant are these two thorns in our daily lives? Here again, Vidura is talking about “Kaama” (desire) and “Krodha” (anger). But here, the context is slightly different. For instance, if someone is driving an expensive car or using an expensive mobile in front of us – The moment we see that, an internal desire starts propping up within us – “Oh! One day we should also use such an expensive item and see how it feels!” If this feeling starts creeping in, over a period of time it starts poking us and eventually pricking too! When it starts pricking, we tend to crave to achieve that desire somehow, hook or crook! This is where many people tend to take “short-cuts” to earn more money in a quick time, unable to bare the pricking!! I’ve already spoken about this at length in one of our previous episodes. Earning money is not wrong – But this money should be earned in a legitimate way, by not cheating others, by not harming others and by not letting others suffer. This is where we need to be extremely careful.
To add to this point further in the context of a country – Why is corruption rampant in many countries (especially in developing countries like India)? There is a psychological analysis to it and this analysis would best suit this context of discussion. Here for instance, I shall talk about the Indian context since I hail from India. For over 200 years, India has been under the clutches of the British rule wherein slavery was the order of the day. People have been kept in the downtrodden level and were treated as slaves and inferior. Hence even after India gained independence, sadly this mindset of people continues even today after 70 long years. This slavery mindset of people is being used by our politicians to their advantage and thus involve themselves in corrupt practices, just because they are in “power” and people do not hold any of them accountable for anything! Moreover, those who are politicians today have also been subjected to slavery in the past wherein they would also have suffered for getting one meal a day! Now once when they see money in their hands, they start craving for more! This results in widespread corruption and they go to any extent for earning money!
Similarly for the next thorn, we see many instances wherein we get angry for things that are not in our control. We need to think for a moment at this point – “What is the use of me getting angry for this? Is anything going to change on the ground just because I’m feeling angry?” If we stop ourselves and think this way, half of our anger can be bought down and controlled!
Thus the message from this episode is that we need to be aware of the two thorns called “Kaama” (Desire) and “Krodha” (Anger) and we need to take steps to control their “pricking”! For today let us ponder over these two important points and introspect within ourselves! We shall wait till the next episode to find out the next important point that Vidura is going to explain. Stay tuned! 🙂