Episode # 103 – “Hunger & desire for power kill relationships & fundamental values of life!” – Vidura’s caution to King Dhirdiraashtra!!!

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In the previous episode we had witnessed the continuation of the discussion as to what are some important qualities of a successful “Guru”. Of course we can see here that these qualities are not only pertaining for a “Guru” in the modern day, but for all of us. In the previous episode Vidura had made a special reference to the “Art of Giving” and explained its significance to King Dhirdiraashtra. In fact it was an indirect poke at King Dhirdiraashtra because he is refusing to give a portion of the Hasthinaapura empire to the Paandavas. He is unfortunately getting along with the unjust demands of his wicked son Duryodhana.

In fact, at the end of this important discussion, Vidura directly addresses King Dhirdiraashtra thus, “Oh King! So far you’ve heard many important aspects that is essential for leading a righteous life in this world. Especially after listening to the last explanation on the “Art of Giving”, please introspect within yourself whether your mind has changed. Please try to mend your ways by doing the right thing atleast from here on. Please divide the Hasthinaapura empire in due accordance and give its due share to Uddishtra and his Paandava brothers!”

“Vane jaathaaha shaapa dagdhasya raagnyaaha!”

 Vidura continues further, “Oh King Dhirdiraashtra! Rather than solving this issue by splitting the kingdom duly, you’ve let your wicked son Duryodhana to resort to “Adharmic” means, by sending the Paandavas on exile to the forest and made them experience immense sufferings so far! Please think for a moment whether this is right on your part as a righteous king to let such things happen right under your nose?”

“Paadoh puthraaha pancha panchendra kalpaaha!!” 

Vidura continues further, “Oh King Dhirdiraashtra! Please think for a moment here – The five Paandava brothers, Udishtra, Bheema, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahaadeva – Each of these five brothers are equivalent to Indira and other Celestial Beings in terms of their strength and power. They are capable of ruling all the three worlds together at the same time. Please remember King Dhirdiraashtra! These Pandavas grew up with you only as your own sons after your brother Paandu passed away. So these five Paandavas are like your own kids. Now why do you suddenly have such a lot of hate towards them? What wrong did they do to you? It was you, Bhishma, Guru Dhronachaarya, etc. who grew them up, accepted them as their students and educated them, etc. But now just because of this silly property issue, why did all of you change your stance against the pure-hearted and innocent Paandavas? Afterall this empire is just a piece of dust! Just for the sake of being a king and with the hunger for power, you are prepared to sacrifice even the fundamentals of humanityLove, affection, teacher-student relationship, family-relationships! Thus with this non-realization of yours, all the slokas whatever I’ve told till now, would be rendered a waste! This is the effect of “Kaama” (Desire) and “Krodha” (Anger), “Mada” (Greed), etc. Thus oh King Dhirdiraashtra! I plead to you! Please come out of all the above-mentioned bad qualities and only then you’ll be able to realize what I’m trying to tell you.

Thus I advise you again! Please change your stance and try to split the kingdom into two and give away the due share of it to the Paandavas. Please do not make a mistake henceforth. Please give them what is to be given, and please give the kingdom to them with the good intention that they would rule this kingdom in a righteous manner. This would be good both for them and for your entire clan and dynasty!”

Thus Vidura tries his best to convince King Dhirdiraashtra and makes him understand the reality and practicality of the situation. But does King Dhirdiraashtra relent his stance atleast now? We need to wait and witness in the upcoming episodes! However, irrespective of King Dhirdiraashtra relenting or not, we should make it a point that we honour Vidura’s each and every word of advice and caution and we should make it a point that we implement these important principles of Dharma in our everyday life. We shall wait till the next episode to find out more! 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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