Episode # 180 – The real meaning of “Lokah Samasthah Sthukino Bhavanthu!” – Vidura’s important message!!

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In the previous episode we witnessed a beautiful and an important explanation from Vidura with regards to communication. Vidura clearly explained in the yesterday’s episode that “Silence” is the highest aspect in life. However, if we’re unable to keep silence at all times, we need to stick to the truth (“Sathyam”). It’s not enough if we are only true in our words. We also need to convey the truth in a lucid and a loving way, so that it reaches all people. The truth should be conveyed in a manner that the entire world benefits out of it. Thus finally it is not enough if we just were loving and over-compassionate. If we’re crossing the limit here, we would start talking “Adharma” and would try and appease people unnecessarily by motivating them to do wrong things. Here is where we need to balance between love, compassion and “Dharma”. In other words, even if we are loving and compassionate in our words and actions, we should always stick to the “Dharma” and never deviate from it. We should explain the “Dharma” in a lucid way so that people would be able to appreciate it and implement it in their lives.

Now moving on further, Vidura is now invoking more of Dattathreya’s important messages to drive home certain key points to King Dhirdiraashtra. Vidura says thus:

“Bhaavamichhati sarvasya naabhaave kuruthe manaha!

Satyavaadi mrudhuddhaanthaha yasya utthama purushaha!!”

Vidura now explains here who is an “Utthama-Purusha” in this world? Here the word “Utthama-Purusha” means an exceptional person who is hailed by the entire world! Vidura lists down the characteristics of such a person through the above sloka.

He says, “Bhaavamichhati sarvasya” – This means, a person who is always concerned about the welfare of the entire world along with its living beings. It is to be noted specially here that our Hindu “Sanaathana Dharma” focuses only on praying for the entire world, not only for the individual self. Our “Sanaathana Dharma” believes firmly that if the entire world is protected by Bhagawan, we would automatically be protected too! Hence there is no point in praying only for our own self. There are few other religions existing in this world that propagates praying for the self! Such things are non-existent in our “Sanaathana Dharma” and this is the reason why our Hinduism is hailed as the world’s best religion to follow!

This is where we chant the famous manthra of “Lokah Samastah Sthukino Bhavantu!” This means that the entire world should live in peace and happiness – Not just one individual living in peace and happiness! This is the major difference in approach towards Bhagawan via our “Sanaathana Dharma” and via other religions. Other religions focus on the selfish part of mankind, but “Sanaathana Dharma” focuses on the “selfless” part of mankind, which makes it very special. I’m emphasizing this point more than once because, if our prayers towards Bhagawan are selfish and for fulfilling our own needs, what would happen? For instance, if I live in the 10’th floor of a huge multi-storeyed building and there is a fire accident on the ground floor – Can I sit happily on the tenth floor by saying that the fire is not on my floor and there’s nothing to worry about? How much time would it take for the fire to quickly spread its way to the tenth floor? It would be instantaneous, isn’t it? Hence even if only the ground floor gets affected, I need to run out of the building as quickly as possible to save myself. Similarly with respect to prayers, can I be the only person who is happy when others are suffering? It is only when all living beings are happy, we can also be happy and contented! Similarly, can I pray to Bhagawan that only my house should get uninterrupted water and power supply? Will the clouds come over only to my house and rain? Will Bhagawan himself send the clouds only to our house and make them rain all the water into my well? It’s never going to happen this way! If the clouds rain the water, it is for the whole world to benefit from it and not one single individual!

Hence we can clearly understand here that if any religion propagates selfishness or praying only for our own self, it cannot be called a religion at all in the first place! Thus, we need to be extremely careful in differentiating the inner meaning of prayer. The message from this episode is that, prayer is meant for a universal cause and not for an individual cause. If the prayer is only focused on an individual cause, it is definitely not going to give us any fruit. Whereas if we start praying together for the benefit of the whole world, we would ultimately be able to melt Bhagawan’s heart, and through His love and compasison, the whole world is going to be peaceful and without any problems. Hence for today, let us invoke this important fact and try praying for the whole world, rather than praying for our individual self only! We shall wait till the next episode to explore more of this important sloka 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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