Episode # 164 – “The more we gossip about others, the more we expose our ignorance to the world!” _ Vidura’s startling remark!!!


In the previous episode we had completed the discussion on the seven different categories of people we should never encourage as part of having them as a witness or seeking their advice for any important aspect in our life. The seven important categories are: A person claiming expertise in Palmistry, a person who was once a thief but is in a high position today by whatsoever means, a doctor (medical practitioner, if in case of calling him/her as a witness), a friend, an enemy and finally a person who never leads a righteous life at all!

By explaining thus, Vidura pauses for a while and looks at King Dhirdiraashtra as if to say, “Oh King! I hope you would have got my message by now!” It was because, Sahuni exactly falls under this last category of people to be avoided completely! Vidura thus reminds King Dhirdiraashtra that Sahuni is such a notorious and an irresponsible person and that, he should not get carried away by his words of advice! In fact, Vidura warns King Dhirdiraashtra that he should not even encourage Sahuni to open his mouth and utter even a single word!

Saying thus, Vidura moves on further:

“Thrinolkayaagnyaathe jaatharoopam vridhena bhaadraha!

Vyavahaarena saadhuhu shooraha bhayeshu artha krithseshu dheeraha!

krishvesvaapatsu suhrudascha arayascha!!”

Here Vidura clearly explains as a continuation for the previous discussion saying that at a certain point in time, all things in this world would expose their inner true colour to the world. For instance he says “Thrinolkayaagnyaathe jaatharoopam”, which means that the true color of gold would be exposed only when we heat it to extremely high temperatures. Today we go to any jewellery shop and try to buy a 24-carat gold bangle. We see it glittering and sparkling and wear it constantly on our hands every passing day. Finally after 4-5 years we see that the bangle has lost its sheen and hence we take it to another jeweler to replace it with something else. Now when the jeweler takes the bangle and heats it, he might well say that this is not exactly 24-carat gold but maybe 18 or 17-carat. We might be surprised upon hearing this and only then we would realize that we have been fooled by the other jeweler four years ago! Thus when would we know that this gold bangle is not worth 24-carat and is worth much lesser than that? When would we know the true color of the gold that we wear in our hand or body as an ornament? It is only when we heat and boil it.

Now moving on to the next one, Vidura says “Vridhena bhaadraha!” A person’s attitude stands exposed to the world by the actions that he/she performs. If a person performs good activities, he is hailed to be a good person. Whereas, if a person commits wrong and illegal activities, he is dumped by the world as a wicked person. Thus a human being is exposed to the world by his/her actions or “Karma”! This is why we always stress upon the fact that our actions should be good and beneficial for our own self as well as for the society to which we belong.

The next point – “Vyavahaarena saadhuhu” – Here Vidura explains a critical point – A person who is hailed as a “Saadhu” would be exposed if he opens his mouth and talks for a few minutes! Here the word “Saadhu” means a person who doesn’t talk much to the outside world. Now if this person opens his mouth and utters few words, he would be exposed to the world and we would know if this person is really a “Saadhu” or not! This is again why we say that we should avoid unwanted gossiping in our everyday life. The more we talk unwantedly about others by criticizing them, the more we are trying to expose ourselves and our ignorance to the world! Hence it is always important that we should remain as silent as possible and try to remain indifferent to gossips that others tempt us to do! Of course I’m not saying that we should never talk at all! We should always talk when there is a necessity and when there is an important communication to be done. All I’m saying here is that, we should cut down on unnecessary gossiping about others in their absence. The more we do this, the more we expose ourselves!

So for today, let us introspect upon these important points and realize how we get exposed to the world uunwantedly! Let us strive hard to plug in the loopholes that we have and take a step forward in achieving perfection within ourself! We shall wait till the next episode to witness the remaining factors through which exposing happens! 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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