In the previous episode we had witnessed yet another extension to the discussion on the “Aathman” and its significance. We had yesterday discussed a couple of analogies and a few examples to go with it, in order to explain that our actions should not be obsessively focused on outcomes. Rather, the outcomes should be of a very high level and should be surrendered to Bhagawan’s feet. If we do this, we needn’t worry about the result of our action and focus our full attention and efficiency in performing our actions to the 100% of our capability. In other words, we should give our full attention to the task in hand and not on the result that is expected out of the completion of the task.
Again, if for example I would start thinking that, the purpose of writing this blog – “The Indian Dharma” on Vidura Neeti and Valmiki Ramayana just for the sake of enriching my name and fame and for making money out of it, I would get prepared to do anything and everything – Good or bad to achieve that. If my focus goes into achieving commercial results, name and fame, I may go to any wrong extent to achieve it! Whereas if my aim is for a good cause of making our people aware of the richness of our “Sanaathana Dharma” and thus trying to create atleast a small change in the approach and behavior of our people through this mission, this would be a higher level outcome that I would be thinking of. Moreover, on top of this, if I can surrender this whole outcome to the feet of Bhagawan and think that Bhagawan is using me as an instrument to propagate the greatness of the “Sanaathana Dharma” to the world, this would automatically motivate me to give my 100% effort in my writing, rather than becoming obsessive with the name and the fame that I would get out of doing it. We should be aware that if we give our 100% to whatever we do, name and fame would automatically follow us, rather than we running behind it. This is what all of us should realize by reading these last couple of episodes of our blog. And finally if we’re able to surrender the results or outcomes of our actions to Bhagawan’s feet, our “Paapa” and “Punya” accounts would be untouched because of these actions.
Now the next question would arise – “Oh! Are all these things possible for us to execute?” The answer is a big “yes”. Any scriptural text of our “Sanaathana Dharma” would never preach anything that is impossible to execute by us. All our ancient Maharishis and Gurus have only propagated those principles of life that are easy and possible for us to follow. If this was the contrary, and if the principles that Ramayana and Mahaabharata talk about were impossible for us to implement in our lives, these would have become fiction books and would have disappeared from the world long back! But that hasn’t happened, isn’t it? The Ramayana and Mahaabhaarata are texts that can never be destroyed by anything or anybody in this world isn’t it?
Even if we look back at our India’s history, how many invasions has our country witnessed? Right from the Muslim invasions to the Mughals to the British, French, Portugese, etc. – Although they were successful in conquering and ruling India for long periods of time, were they able to destroy the roots of our “Sanaathana Dharma”? Were they able to destroy the Ramayana or Mahabharata or the Vedas or Upanishads? The answer is “No”! None of them can even touch our scriptural texts and the amount of knowledge our forefathers and ancestors had on the subject! In majority of the cases, the invaders couldn’t even change the lifestyle of the people of India, because it is deeply rooted to our “Sanaathana Dharma” principles, which of course the Ramayana and Mahabharata talk about! Hence we should realize that our “Sanaathana Dharma” can never be destroyed, no matter how much anybody tries to and hence, we should make a conscious effort to follow what is prescribed in our “Sanaathana Dharma” literature, which is completely doable by any means! Since the principles are executable, it is up to us to make up our minds to take a conscious step and follow them in the right way.
This is exactly what Vidura is advising King Dhirdiraashtra to do. Vidura says thus, “Oh King Dhirdiraashtra! Please make use of this golden opportunity to execute your “Karma” in the proper way! You’re trying to run away from your duties by anticipating the result of your actions. Please do not do this. Please make up your mind to perform your duties, although they are tough in nature! You’re trying to only postpone your duties owing to your excessive obsession towards your wicked son Duryodhana and thus you’re only looking at a short-term benefit of your son. You’re not looking at the long-term benefit of the kingdom of Hasthinaprua and by this, you are going to accumulate more and more sins for yourself and also for your sons!”
With all the above explanations that we’ve seen for quite a few episodes now,it should be remembered that Vidura is trying to drive home the point to King Dhirdiraashtra that Bhagawan would not be at the back of us every time to remind or signal us for our wrongdoings. It is for this reason he has given us brains and the power to discriminate between the good and the bad and right and wrong. Hence, it is upto us to use our brains in the channelized way to correct and resurrect ourselves whenever we feel that we’re walking the wrong path of Adharma. Hence there is no point here by expecting Bhagawan or someone else to warn us of our wrongdoings. We need to realize them by ourselves.
“Na devaa dhandamaadhaayam rakshanti pashu paalavath!
Yanthu rakshitum icchanthi buddhyaa sam vibhajanthi tham!!”
Hence for today, let us realize the fact that it is upto us to correct ourselves by using the discriminatory power that Bhagawan has given us in whatever way possible. Of course this itself is an action, and the result of which, we should surrender to Bhagawan. Correcting us in the right direction is his job! But taking a conscious step forward towards it is ours! So let us do our job with utmost involvement and perfection! We shall wait till the next episode to witness what Vidura is going to explain next! Stay tuned! 🙂