In the previous episode we had witnessed yet another important aspect as explained by Vidura – A wealthy person meets his downfall if he is a miser and is not ready to spend even a single penny for constructive purposes in life and a poor and a downtrodden person meets his downfall if he is unable to tolerate his current situation and desires for more! We witnessed an interesting discussion yesterday as to how this is applicable to the modern day scenario as well. We keep seeing practical instances too every passing day as to how successful people fall down the ladder so quickly because of their excessive and unwanted greed and desire over something.
Now moving on further, Vidura explains the next set of people who are extremely respected by the world. Who are they?
“Dvaavimao purushavyaagra soorya mandala bhedhinau!
Parivraat yoga youktashya rane cha abhimukho hataha!!”
Here, just like the two categories of people explained in the previous episode, Vidura explains two more categories of people who would be even more highly regarded and at the end of their worldly life, reach the “Surya Mandala” (Path of the Sun God). Who are those two people?
“Parivraat yoga youktashya” – A Sanyasin who is an expert in the practice of intense “Yoga” and “Vairaagya” (Persistence to follow immense spiritual practices) and “Dhyaana” (Complete focus on Meditation). “Rane cha abhimukho hataha” – A person who is a “Kshatriya”, fights and gives his life in the process of defending his country or kingdom. These two people, Vidura says, command extremely high respect in the world and can easily transcend even way beyond the “Soorya-Mandala”.
This can be witnessed even in the modern day – Everywhere in the world, army men who go to fight the enemy and who lose their lives in the process are highly revered and respected! In India we can see many instances wherein those army personnel who fight and lay down their lives are not considered to be “dead”. There is a special term for addressing such kind of an unforeseen death – We say that the army men are “martyred”! This term is given only for those people who selflessly fight for the cause of the country and it’s people and lay their lives for the same! For instance, during the infamous terrorist attacks that was carried out in the Indian city of Mumbai in 2008 (Commonly referred to as the “26/11” incident), there was a senior police officer by name Major “Unnikrishnan” who had been martyred by the terrorists. He had instantly and single-handedly taken it upon himself to fight and gun down those terrorists who were slated to attack Mumbai, but unfortunately we had to lose him during the process.
Even today, we have memorials constructed in remembrance of such great people who have sacrificed their lives for the country. This shows how much the nation respects these people and their selfless services. Apart from those people who are martyred, the ones who selflessly safeguard and protect our national territorial borders round the clock, deserve special respect! They sacrifice their family life, social life, personal desires, etc. for our country and it is our bound duty to respect such great people, without whom, our nation would become vulnerable for any kind of invasion from any side! Hence from this episode, one of the important messages is that, we should respect our army personnel and regard them highly for the amount of sacrifice they do for our country’s well being and prosperity.
The other category of people who are highly revered and respected are saints who meticulously practice “Yoga”, “Dhyaana” by having extremely high “Vairaagya” or perseverance. Especially in this “Kali Yuga”, given innumerable challenges from different dimensions, it is extremely difficult for anybody to have such a “Vairaagya” to be a full-fledged saint. However there are few exceptional people in the likes of Kanchi Mahaa Swaamigal (Shri Chandrasekhara Swaamigal), Shirdi Sai Baba, Puttaparthi Sai Baba, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (AMMA), Bhagawan Shri Ramana Maharishi, etc. who are revered and respected Spiritual Gurus from India in the modern days. We can see every passing day, millions of devotees thronging to have a glimpse of these spiritual masters. It is indeed a blessing that we are having an opportunity to live in the presence of these Spiritual Gurus and in their vicinity. There is going to be an special episode soon wherein I’m going to discuss an important aspect as to why all these Spiritual Gurus are born only in India and not anywhere else in this world. At that time, I shall give a much more detailed explanation about the significance of these Spiritual Gurus and why is it important for all of us to follow the words of a Guru meticulously in our day-to-day lives.
Hence for today, we shall ponder about these two important categories of people – An army personnel and a revered Spiritual Guru who has devoted his/her life for “Tapas” and penance. We shall wait till the next episode to witness the next explanation of Vidura. Stay tuned! 🙂