Episode # 80 – Why should we ensure “complete control” over all our five senses? Vidura’s important explanation!!!


In the previous episode we had witnessed Vidura’s important and beautiful explanation on five categories of people who would follow us like a shadow wherever we go and whatever we do in our lives. They are “Mithraa” (A Friend), “Amithraa” (An Enemy), “Madhyastha” (A neutral person), “Upajeevya” (A person who is going to be of immense help to our lives) and “Upajeevinaha” (Those people who are going to be benefitted from our help). Of course, if there is a friend in our life, there would also be an enemy along with that! In this world, we can never be friends with everybody around us. There would definitely be someone or the other who would oppose us for our views, and there would always be someone who would try and pull us down. If we were attaining substantial growth in our lives, there would always be someone who would feel jealous about our growth. Hence it is obvious that we cannot be “good” to the whole world! There would be someone or the other in some corner, who would see us like a “villain” for something or the other!

In the due course, we had also witnessed an important discussion on what we call Mentoring” in the modern-day Human Resources Management as explained by Vidura thousands of years back. Here Vidura invokes the explanation on “Mentoring” with the help of two terms “Upajeevya” and “Upajeevinaha”. These two terms signify that those people who are mentoring or guiding us and those people who are getting mentored by us would always be with us at every point in our lives! Moreover, who can be our greatest mentor? He is none other than Bhagawan himself! He is always with us, residing in our hearts and it is upto us to feel him and realize His presence within us. It is really amazing to see how “Vidura Neeti” closely explains innumerable Management and Leadership concepts that we explain today in the modern-day scenario. It can be clearly seen here that Vidura and other people who lived in the yesteryears were “Dheerga-Darsis” (Long-term visionaries). In no other scripture apart from our Hindu “Sanaaathana Dharma” in this world, would we find such in-depth literature on various issues pertaining to the modern day.

Now moving on further, Vidura is explaining the next five aspects. What is the context here? Let’s look at it in today’s episode. Here, Vidura is talking about the five sensesEyes, ears, nose, tongue and touch. If even one of the five senses start running uncontrollably towards fulfilling some desire, the remaining four of them would automatically follow and hence, ruin us completely! Vidura explains this beautiful point through the following sloka:

“Panchendriyasya marthyaschidhramcheth ekam indriyam!

Tatosyasravathih pragnyaa drutheh paathraadivodhikam!!”

Now let us look at Vidura’s beautiful explanation from the above sloka. If there is a small hole in a huge pot containing water upto its brim, the entire water starts gushing out of the pot through that small hole. Similarly, even if one of the five senses develops a “hole”, all the other four senses would start gushing out through the hole. For instance, if I start to look at something that is not to be seen, what would happen next? Our mind would “motivate” us to look at it more and more and it would start thinking about it deeply. Eventually our mind would start wandering here and there and would urge our tongue to start talking about it to someone. Now because of the eyes seeing something bad, the tongue also starts talking about that particular bad thing. Now the next sense – the nose would start to go towards that bad thing, by thinking how would it smell! Thus here we can see that even if one of our senses starts going towards a bad aspect, all the other four senses would follow suit!

Let us take a live example – Assuming that I’m a “Sugar Patient”. In other words, I’m a person who is Diabetic and my “insulin” level is extremely uncontrollable. I’ve gone for a check up to a doctor and the doctor has given a stern warning that I should never even have a dream of consuming sweets! 🙂 Now, if I’m going to a bakery shop that sells cakes, biscuits, some sweet items, etc. what would happen? The moment I set my eyes on some beautiful chocolate cakes that are kept in the tray, my eyes would immediately send signals to my mind! Instantly my mind would start thinking, “Wow! How beautiful these cakes are! Wish we can taste them once!” At the same time, my nose also becomes active by the smell that erupts from the freshly baked cakes! Now my mind would start thinking, “Okay! Although I’m diabetic and my doctor has warned me, what’s wrong in tasting a cake once? Since I’m taking adequate medication, having a cake once would not cause trouble!” 🙂 Now, I go and buy that cake and eventually start consuming it!

What is happening here? Just because my eyes have started to feast on some beautiful freshly baked cakes, my nose, my mind and my tongue follow suit! This is exactly what Vidura is trying to explain here. At a time when we are trying to control our senses, even if one of them goes in a wrong direction, all the other senses would follow suit and thus lead us to a disaster! Thus is extremely important for us to keep a strong vigil on our five senses individually and we should take care to ensure that not even one of our senses go towards the wrong path!

Thus the message from today’s episode is that, we should strive towards controlling our five senses, but at the same time, we should ensure that even one of them doesn’t deviate from the controlling mechanism! This is an extremely important advice for all of us in every walk of life to follow! Thus for today, let us introspect and analyze our five senses and try to control their deviations! With this, we come to the end of the slokas that explained five aspects in each. From tomorrow we’re going to witness slokas wherein Vidura is going to explain six aspects in each of them! Let us begin from tomorrow! 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 International School of Business & Media, Pune, 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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