Episode # 121 – Every action of ours should have a definitive purpose behind it – Vidura’s keynote advice!!!

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In the previous episode we had witnessed an extremely important point pertaining to modern day leadership and management, that Vidura has beautifully explained to King Dhirdiraashtra. He has asserted his point of view that for any mission to be undertaken, we should analyze and identify both the short-term and long-term advantages and disadvantages. We need to weigh them and focus more on the long-term goals to achieve sustainable success. Of course, short-term success is also required, but this short-term success should be in such a way that it doesn’t affect the long-term perspective of the mission. This an extremely important lesson for modern day leaders in any walks of life.

Now moving on further, today Vidura is going to explain yet another interesting point – For every action, there should be a reason or a purpose behind it. For instance, if a person feels happy, there would be a reason for it. Similarly if someone feels sad, there would definitely be a reason behind it as well. In the same lines, if one gets angry there should be a purpose behind that anger. Now here is an important aspect that we need to focus – There should be a purpose behind every action that we undertake and every emotion that we exhibit from within us. For instance if we trace back to the Ramayana, Lord Rama exhibited his happiness and this happiness resulted in the people of Ayodhya lived happily under his rule (Rama Rajya). Similarly when Lord Rama expressed his anger and frustration because of losing Sita to Ravana, his anger resulted in the destruction of all the “Raakshasas”.

Thus exhibition of happiness and anger should serve a definitive purpose in this world and result in a constructive change. We say this especially for anger – One should exhibit his or her anger only if he or she feels that this anger would ultimately result in a constructive change. For instance in our daily life, we would see our parents or teachers/professors getting angry at some of our actions. Why are they exhibiting their anger towards us? It is for the good reason to correct us to the right path. That’s why we would see that the anger in our parents and teachers would decline sharply once they see that we’ve realized our mistake. In fact, they would be the happiest people on this earth to see us successful in life.

If anger and frustration that arise in us doesn’t fulfill any purpose, what is the use of getting angry? Sometimes for instance while would read the newspaper, we would come across news that some politician looted money as part of a scam. Yes, we would feel really angry and frustrated that these politicians are none other than third-rated criminals. It might be true that they are what they are! But what is going to change on the ground as a result of our anger? The sad reality is that in the present day, none of us, common people can question these politicians as to why they’re involving themselves in corrupt activities. We use the term called “Democracy” but sadly we still are slaves put under siege by certain politicians who have their personal agenda to fulfill, more than that of the taxpayers’. Given this situation if we’ve to get angry, there is nothing that is going to change. So why to waste our time in unwantedly getting tensed? Why to spoil our health by unwantedly raising our “Blood Pressure” levels? Why can’t we mind our own business and move on with our life? Let us think about it.

This is exactly what Vidura is mentioning here – If there is happiness or anger, there should be a reason behind it, else it is not beneficial both for the individual as well as for the society at large.

“Prasaadho nishphalo yasya krodhashchaapi nirarthakaha!

Natham bharthaaram icchanthi shandma pathimivasthriyaha!!”

Through the above sloka Vidura drives home this point with the help of an analogy – A woman would not like to marry a person who is impotent, because there is no use in such a marriage happening. Similarly, anger or happiness would be effective only if it can create a constructive change in the existing situation. Else, there is no use of getting frustrated or excited too!

So for today let us think over this important point of Vidura and introspect within ourselves. If we feel that we are getting angry or frustrated for unnecessary reasons, let us consciously try to cut down on it. This would enhance both or physical and mental health and ultimately we would be able to obtain peace of mind. If we’ve to achieve this, we should first stop poking unnecessarily into others’ matters. The more we poke into what others are doing, the more we get anxious. Expectations would grow and flare up. If this expectation doesn’t go in line with what happens on the ground, we tend to get angry. The moment we get angry, we start yelling at people. But if this yelling creates no positive impact on anybody or anything on ground, isn’t it a waste? Let us think collectively today! We shall wait till the next episode for the next advice of Vidura! 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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