Episode # 111 – “If you’ve to mend your ways, do it now!” – Vidura lambasts King Dhirdiraashtra!!!

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The three previous episodes have witnessed intense discussions on how does a ruler or an administrator deal with public money. We’re in the process of discussing the important do’s and don’ts of an administrator and in that way, yesterday we had discussed yet another important point pertaining to this aspect wherein Vidura has explained about “self-satisfaction” and “contentment” with whatever we have and possess. The moment we start giving room for greed, it starts to blow our desires out of proportion and therefore we end up going to any extent to make money!

This is where many of our modern day politicians are stranded – We can see their mindset very clearly, that is, to make money, grab public wealth through any means that is illegitimate and get away easily as well! However, little do they realize that even though they possess so much of wealth and money, they lose out their peace of mind as they’re in a constant run to save and protect their illegitimately earned wealth. My question to all these third-rated politicians is, why can’t you have a satisfaction that “enough is enough”? Why do you want to run behind money so crazily in such a way that you let down your morality and social ethics?

Thus the important lesson here is that we should realize that we are none other than the “Aathman” or the “Soul” and we’ve to keep our senses and mind under control, rather than the vice versa situation. It is we who have to instruct our mind to go by the principles of our “Sanaathana Dharma” and lead a peaceful life, rather than going behind all sorts of crazy worldly pleasures and spoil both our family and ourselves.

In fact, all of us are gifted to be in direct connection with our Hindu “Sanaathana Dharma” and trust me – No other religion in this world has such principles written in depth with lot of research and analysis. Of course I’m making a blunt statement here, but what’s wrong to be blunt if we are telling the truth? Hence we need to realize how lucky and fortunate all of us to get an opportunity in being followers of our “Sanaathana Dharma”. It is also because we can see that many other people from other religions, other countries and cultures are not even exposed or aware of such things in life and in that way, we should realize that we are fortunate enough to have access to such highly researched spiritual ideas and value systems for life.

Now moving on further, Vidura says thus:

“Yasthu yethaani pramaanaani yathokthaan yanu pashyathi!

Yukthaha dharmaarthayo gnyaane sa raajyam adhi gacchathi!!”

Thus through the above sloka Vidura firmly asserts and drives home the important point that a person who knows the limits for the above explained four or five important aspects in life, he/she can lead a contended and a happy life with adequate and sufficient amount of peaceful sleep.

“Na raajyam praapthamitthyeva varthithavyam asampradham!!”

Vidura continues to lambast King Dhirdiraashtra thus, “Oh King! You’re currently thinking that the whole integrated and undivided kingdom of Hasthinaapura is yours! Please think of one more point here – Just because you are the king today and you think that the whole kingdom is under you and it will be under you forever! Please realize that this is not going to last long!The moment you have others’ property under your possession, you are forced to be even more careful than normal and as a result, you are always going to be under some sort of tension every time. Thus if you’re not going to wake up from your inactive state, you are going to lose all of your peaceful sleep completely! Currently you’re unable to sleep only tonight! But if this status quo continues, you’ll be unable to sleep for the rest of the nights too! You would only keep looking for ways and means as to how to protect your illegally acquired wealth!”

How valid is this argument today! If we’ve to start a new business venture, is it enough that we start and then keep quiet? We need to make sure that we administer the business venture properly every passing day and because of that we would always be tensed and a touch nervous. This is because of the constant fear that what if the competitor overtakes us and grabs away our market share and clients! Thus if we begin to do something, there is no end to it and we need to keep doing it continuously. In the same way, if we start stealing and grabbing others’ property, this “Adharma” would never let us go scot-free. We would only tend to continue doing it on and on. Thus Vidura advises King Dhirdiraashtra that if he has to mend his ways, he has to do so now! It is now or never! It is a do or a die situation! Similarly in our case, if we’ve to stop doing an “Adharma”, we need to stop it right away! If we keep postponing it, we would only continue doing the “Adharmic” activity and eventually we would be pulled into the trap of destruction and downfall.

So for today let us ponder over this extremely important advice from Vidura and let us introspect within ourselves. If we feel that we are performing any activity that is against “Dharma”, let us make a decision to stop it right away, rather than feeling sorry later on. We shall wait till the next episode to expand this discussion further! 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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