In the previous episode we witnessed a big bashing that Vidura has started giving to King Dhirdiraashtra, in a desperate attempt to mend his ways in the path of Dharma. He lashed out at King Dhirdiraashtra that he was in euphoria for money and property than anything else and he went on to criticize him by saying that the euphoria for alcoholism seems to be much better than compared to the euphoria for money and property! He lambasts King Dhirdiraashtra that he is behaving as if he’s from a very low class or section of the society and that his attitude and activities aren’t in the behest of a righteous king!
Moreover, Vidura adds on to his lambasting by bringing in the context of the ill effects of not controlling our five senses! He says thus,
“Indriyayir indriyaartheshu varthamaanair anigrihaihi!!”
Here Vidura explains that if we let our five senses to roam around with absolute freedom, we would never be able to achieve anything in our life and nothing would be under our control. In fact, these five senses – Eyes, ears, nose, tongue and touch integrated together is the trap laid by Bhagawan for all of us! It is just like a fishing net that used to catch fish from the waters. Thus, just like how fishes get dangerously trapped in the fisherman’s net, we too every passing day get caught dangerously in the trap called “Five senses”. However, it is not just the trap that Bhagawan has laid for all of us. He has given us the power of “Discrimination” in our mind, so as to think and analyze the situation correctly and to escape out from not falling into the trap! Hence it is upto us to utilize this sense of “Discrimination” to know what is right and what is wrong for us and to act accordingly.
Here Vidura lashes out at King Dhirdiraashtra by saying, “Oh King! These five senses are extremely important for a man to keep under control! However as a righteous king you’ve failed in doing so because, you’ve just gone behind money and property on the behest of everything else! You’ve failed to put a check on your desires, which in turn are motivated by your five senses! If you do not tame them atleast now, disaster is waiting at your doors knocking!”
This is an extremely important point, not only to King Dhirdiraashtra, but also for each and every one of us today! In the modern day we’re exposed to innumerable kinds of things – Right from the television to the social media to the Internet of things, and so on! We can virtually get everything in this world in the touch of a button! Such is the growth of technology in today’s world. However, this tool called “technology” can well be a boon and a bane too! Of course we can say that technology is a boon in today’s world owing to the ease of doing things with minimal effort. However, this same technology can become a disaster if used in the wrong way to harm people and other living beings. For instance, if there is a knife in our hands, it can be used for two purposes – One is to cut vegetables or fruits beautifully for eating them, so as to make a healthy living. The other way is to use the knife to stab at people! We should know thus, which is that activity we should undertake and which we should not!
Similarly we talk about the social media today – Facebook, Whatsapp, Skype, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc. If these media are used for a constructive purpose – For instance, during the recent flood situation in Kerala, India, social media was put to such a constructive use that many people were rescued from the rising floodwaters with SOS messages through Facebook! At the same time, this same Facebook can be used for different bad purposes too – We see many people misusing social media by befriending strangers, torturing them for money, etc.
Hence the message from this episode is that, we have our five senses that can be used for our professional, personal and spiritual development, if used in the right channel. If it’s on the contrary, these same five senses can be five traps laid by Bhagawan to bring us down from where we are! However we need to realize that Bhagawan has also given the sense of discrimination and we should consciously utilize it and decide which is good and which is bad for our growth. So for today, let us introspect on this extremely important point and analyze within us. We should find out where do we let our five senses go loose and should try and tighten the grip on them at the appropriate time! We shall wait till the next episode to witness more of Vidura’s advice to King Dhirdiraashtra! Stay tuned! 🙂