In the previous episode we had witnessed six important elements that we need to win over in our daily lives so as to become successful. They are “Kaama” (Desire), “Krodha” (Anger), “Lobha” (Obsessiveness), “Moha” (Completely lost in one’s own word), “Mada” (Thinking too much about oneself) and “Maatsarya” (Jealousy). These six characteristics are extremely dangerous and can pull us down at any point of time. Thus we need to be extremely careful not to fall into such a trap.
Now moving on further, Vidura is explaining the next six aspects today. What are they? These six elements are six categories of people who are dependent on six other people for their success and living. Who are they and how? Vidura explains thus:
“Shadime shatsu jeevanthi sapthamo nopa labhyathe!
Chowraaha pramathe jeevanthi vyaadideshu chikitsakaaha!!
Pramadaaha kaamayaaneshu yajamaaneshu yaajakaaha!
Rajaa vividhamaaneshu nithyam moorkeshu pandithaaha!!”
Here Vidura explains six sets of people who are interdependent on each other. We shall witness three of them today and the rest of the three in tomorrow’s episode.
“Chowraaha pramathe jeevanthi” – Here Vidura is explaining that thieves are dependent on those who are fools and ready to be cheated! How relevant is this to the modern day scenario! While we mention the term “thief”, I’m not only referring to those who steal or pickpocket small items while we travel on a bus or train. I’m looking at a bigger picture here – For instance, just because our society is obsessively running crazy behind some so-called “professional” educational courses like engineering, medicine, etc. there are giant thieves who make a killing by using this foolishness of ours! How many times we see colleges charging and demanding exorbitant fees from students? Why is this happening? It is only because of our foolishness – We as a society create an “artificial demand” for certain “professional” courses and as a result, colleges offering those courses make use of this demand and charge hefty amounts of money from us, thus ultimately end up “stealing” all our hard-earned money! At this point we need to think – “Is this course matching my personal interest? Is this really worth spending so much money to obtain such an educational qualification just because of societal pressure?” If each of us start thinking this way, we would be able to move away from being big-time fools and eventually escaping out of the traps laid by these giant thieves!
“Vyaadideshu chikitsakaaha” – Here Vidura explains that a medical practitioner depends on his patients for success! In other words, a doctor becomes successful if he’s able to handle more and more sick people efficiently. How relevant is this in today’s world? How do we differentiate between good, experienced doctors from the others? Why do we have “family doctors”? It is only because of the experience that these people have. We can see many a times that there might be innumerable number of patients waiting in queues to meet one doctor who might be less qualified and on the contrary, there might be no patients visiting a doctor who might be highly qualified on paper! The reason for this is the amount of experience and the ability to diagnose the disease in the patients correctly and the ability to cure the diseases within a minimal time frame, medicines and money! Such doctors are obviously in high demand. Hence Vidura explains here that doctors are more successful when they meet more and more patients, understand their problems and suggest treatments accordingly.
“Pramadaaha kaamayaaneshu” – Here Vidura explains that prostitutes make a killing with lot of money only when they come across more men with excessive sexual desires. We are able to see this today too wherein we witness young girls in their teen ages and in the 20’s making huge money via prostitution. Of course we can argue that it’s their personal choice to take up such things in life, but as a responsible human being, avoiding such things are advisable. There are innumerable challenges that one has to fade if involved in such unnecessary things in life. We should always remember one thing – Earning money via shortcuts is extremely dangerous in life. Money should always be earned in the legitimate way and in the normal way through honest and sincere working. If someone gets to know that we invoked ourselves in such aspects, our reputation amidst our family and society would go for a toss. If money is lost, nothing is lost – But if character is lost, everything is lost! We need to remember always that there cannot be a shortcut to earn huge money! If done so, the money would not be sustainable in our hands. More than even the reputation part of it, in today’s scenario we come across dangerous diseases that are being transmitted through these anti-social activities – Some are sexually transmitted diseases that can be incurable at times! Should we sacrifice our entire life just because of that momentous physical desire and the desire for money? Let us think!
Thus through this sloka, Vidura sows the seeds for some important lessons for our everyday life. We’ve seen three out of the six aspects that Vidura explains in this sloka. So for today let us spend some time to introspect within ourselves and to check if we’re falling into any of the above traps. We shall wait till the next episode for the next three lessons. Stay tuned!! 😊