Episode # 117 – We should have a “steady” approach towards everything in life – Vidura’s golden words of advice!!!


In the previous episode we had witnessed yet another important discussion on why should we have a steady and a steadfast approach towards any task that we undertake in life. Moving on from the significance of food, Vidura explains subtly that with the “Sathva” Guna that grows in us, thanks to the balanced diet that we consume everyday, our approach towards any task in life becomes steady. In the due course of the previous episode we had also witnessed few modern day situations where we tend to get tensed and nervous while working. We understood that if we get a touch nervous and tensed, we start fumbling and our mind loses the balance. Hence, we start making mistakes that might be even deliberate and outright, thus the entire activity in hand goes for a toss. Thus, care should be taken to plan and strategize our approach towards any task that we do in a systematic way, so as to avoid last minute tensions.

Thus Vidura advises King Dhirdiraashtra that he is trying to take a short cut urgently by snatching away the kingdom that is due to the Paandavas. Rather, if King Dhirdiraashtra can take some time to mend his son Duryodhana, try and convince him to let go off a portion of the kingdom to the Paandavas and if Duryodhana begins to walk the path of Dharma slowly, he himself will understand that he is doing something wrong. Instead of this, what is the hurry here? Vidura asks why is King Dhirdiraashtra hurrying to give away the whole of the kingdom to Duryodhana alone. Vidura now explains this in more detail with a beautiful analogy thus:

“Vanaspaterapakvaani phalaanih prachinodiyaha!

Sanaapnothi rasam thebhyaha beejam chaasya vinasshyathi!!”

Here Vidura compares this situation of King Dhirdiraashtra with a beautiful natural phenomenon – A fruit can become sweet only if it ripens fully. That is, when the fruit appears in the tree for the first time, it is very hard and is not ripe and thus is very bitter in taste. More the fruit is made to ripen, the tastier it becomes. Thus we need to have the patience for the fruit to ripen, before we pluck it from the tree to eat. Thus, just like an impatient person plucks the fruit from the tree without waiting for it to ripen, he would never be able to enjoy the sweet taste of that fruit (“Sanaapnothi rasam thebhyaha”). This is the same mistake that King Dhirdiraashtra is also doing here – He is not ready to wait till the situation brazens out and things to settle. He is in an urgency to give away everything to Duryodhana, which is a big blunder.

Moreover, Vidura indirectly explains another important point here – If we happen to pluck the unripe fruit from the tree, try to eat it and throw the seed inside the fruit because of it’s bitterness, the next tree from the seed would never arise! Whereas if we wait till the fruit ripens, then pluck it and eat, and then throw the ripened seed on the ground, a new tree can grow from that seed! Similarly, if we wait for the situation to become favorable and then perform our actions correctly with a steady approach, we can ensure that our actions would definitely give us the desired end-result.

This can directly be linked to a business process in the modern day – If an entrepreneur is in a hurry to start a business without analyzing the situation, risks involved, cost calculations, etc. he would eventually meet disaster very soon! Whereas, if he is able to wait for the right time and situation to capture a particular business opportunity, he can earn exceedingly impressive profits, which in turn can be invested to further grow and diversify his business! This is one example wherein we can directly see the applicability of Vidura’s advice in modern day Management and the business arena!

Here Vidura advises King Dhirdiraashtra thus, “Oh King Dhirdiraashtra! Please be patient and think for a while! Like I explained with the example of the fruit, with your impatient attitude, you are not only going to diminish the existing kingdom of Hasthinaapura, but also is trying to put a full stop for the kingdom’s further growth and expansion in future!

Thus the message here is that, we need to patient till the fruit ripens, so as to pluck it and eat. Similarly, we need to exhibit patience and a steady approach for any action of ours to become successful. Hence for today let us ponder over this very important point and introspect within ourselves. We shall try to mend our ways in whatever we do, so as to cultivate a steady approach towards everything in life. With this steady approach, let us wait till the next episode to witness Vidura’s next important advice. 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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