In the previous episode we had witnessed Vidura’s yet another important explanation on different things that we crib about in our daily lives, yet we do not have any control over them. For instance, we worry so much about birth and death of a person, getting older and weaker as age progresses, being rich or poor and also about our ever-changing moods and emotions. Thus the message from yesterday’s episode for all of us is very simple – Never get carried away by those things that aren’t in our hands and never feel sad or happy about these kinds of things! Let us focus on those things that we have a control on and let us invoke Bhagawan’s blessings for those things to happen successfully!
Bhagawan Krishna explains the above point in the Bhagawad Gita as follows:
“Jaatasya hithdhruvo mrithyuhu druvanjanma mritasyacha!
Tasmaath aparihaaryerthe nathvam shochisumarhasi!!”
Here Bhagawan explains thus, “Oh Arjuna! If there is a living being on earth, there is definitely going to be a birth and a death for that being. This is inevitable and this is going to happen come what may! Just because you are feeling happy or sad, is the birth and death cycle going to stop? Hence, why waste time in thinking about birth and death? If there is a cause, there will automatically be an effect! This is the law of the world and nobody can change it. Hence, do your duty correctly within the stipulated time between your birth and death and this would add value and purpose to your living in this world. Your mind should be focused only on the duty and not on cribbing and feeling sad about birth or death!”
If Bhagawan Krishna explains to us so clearly, we need to give it a serious thought and try and not to feel sad for everything in life. Bhagawan again says in a different section of the Bhagawad Gita thus:
“Sarva dharmaan parithyajya maam ekam sharanam vraja!
Aham tvaa sarva paapebhyo moksha ishyaami maashuchaha!!”
This is quite a famous sloka of the Bhagawad Gita wherein Bhagawan declares openly that He is the only solace in this world for all of us. He is the one who takes care of all our “Paapa” and “Punya” (Good and Bad Karma) and He is the only person who grants us the highest “Moksha” or “Salvation”. Hence given this fact, Bhagawan finally says “Maashuchaha”, which means, “Please do not feel worried or sad!” If Bhagawan Himself is saying that we shouldn’t feel sad or worried, why are we to worry? He’s there to take care of us! He’s ever ready to come to us if we’re in dire problem! He’s there to protect us at critical times! If we develop this thought within us, we would automatically never fear for anything in life.
But are we able to practise this in reality? Every passing day we keep worrying about something or someone. Why are we doing this if Bhagawan is saying “Maashuchaha”? There might be two possible reasons – Either Bhagwan should be lying, or we’re unable to accept Bhagawan’s words! Never are we going to say that Bhagawan is lying – This is never going to be possible. If Bhagawan says something, it is for the benefit of the whole world and He would never go back on his words. So the problem is that, we’re somewhere down the line unable to accept and realize Bhagawan’s words! If Bhagawan says “Please do not worry”, we should make up our mind not to worry or crib about anything in life. We should have belief and trust in Bhagawan’s words. If we do not trust His words, then whose words in this world are we going to trust?
Hence it is upto each and every one of us to introspect this important point and try to mend our ways. We should realize that there’s no point in cribbing about anything or anybody in this world. We’re not here to change the world. We’re not here to correct and mend other people’s ways. We’re here to mend our own ways and reach Bhagawan at the end of this birth. Our focus should only be on this point. If the world has to be mended or changed, Bhagawan is there to take care of it. We’re nowhere in the picture for that.
Hence for today, let us ponder this important fact again! I’m repeatedly re-iterating this point for the third episode in a row, because this is the crux of our entire “Sanaathana Dharma” – We’re born in this world because Bhagawan has given us an opportunity to clean ourselves up, so that we become ready to reach “Vaikunta”. So our focus should only be on this, rather than cribbing about worldly happenings and getting carried away in the “Maya” (Illusion) of this world! So let us give it a serious thought and let’s focus our mind in doing the needful! We shall wait till the next episode to witness Vidura’s next important message! Stay tuned! 🙂