In the previous two to three episodes we’ve been discussing an important point as to why we should not always keep cribbing about worldly happenings and how do we insulate ourself from all these unwanted things. Of course there are certain things that happen in this world, which is beyond our control and there is no point in worrying about those happenings. Hence rather than wasting time on all these activities, we should always aim for the higher spiritual advancement in our individual lives. We need to realize Bhagawan Krishna’s words – “Maashuchaha”, which means “Please do not feel afraid!” Hence it is upto each and every one of us to introspect this important point and try to mend our ways. 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?
Now moving on further, Vidura suggests solutions how to implement the points that we’ve been discussing for the past 2-3 episodes. He suggests four ways. What are those four ways? Vidura explains thus:
“Vidyaa tapasaha indrya nigrahaath anyatra lobha santhyaadaath!!”
Here Vidura lists down the four ways through which we can realize our true potential – He commences with the first way, “Vidyaa” – This of course all of us know, which is nothing but quality education. Education is the first requirement for many aspects in life. This is why even in the modern day we give so much importance to quality education. If a person is educated in the correct way, he/she would automatically know which is right and which is wrong. The power of “discrimination” that we’ve been talking about for so many episodes now, would get activated more and more as we get educated more and more. Hence, education occupies a prime importance in a person’s life, both in terms of professional growth as well as spiritual growth.
The next one being “Tapas” – The ability of an individual to control his mind and engage in penance. If I use the word “Penance” it does not always mean that one should be in a meditative state by sitting in one corner and by closing his eyes. If we’re performing our actions with complete detachment and with complete devotion towards Bhagwan, this itself is a penance or a “Saadhana”. Thus, if we’ve to perform our actions with detachment, which is the primary aspect that is required for it? It is the mind! Thus, complete control of our mind would automatically result in detachment. The moment our mind is going to wander here and there and go towards the fruits of our actions, we’re going to land up in sorrow and depression if we’re unable to achieve what we wanted to! This is the reason why we always keep saying that the lesser our expectations from this world, the happier we become. The more our expectations and desires, the more we’ve to suffer. Hence we need to realize this important point.
Of course this is still a difficult proposition to many of us, but can we just ignore it because it is tough to implement? For instance, if we fall sick and when we go to a doctor, he prescribes some medicines and an injection. Now just because I do not like to take a bitter medicine and since taking an injection is painful, do I say to the doctor that I’m not interested to take the medication? Similarly, just because it is difficult, it doesn’t mean that we ignore it. We should keep trying constantly to practice detachment. The more we practice detachmnent again and again, irrespective of failing multiple times, the more perfect we become!
Now miving on to the third one, Vidura says – “Indrya nigrahaath” – The ability to control our five vital senses effectively. This is of course the continuation of the previous point and we’ve spoken a lot on this as well. The moment we lose control on our senses, it means that we’re going behind unwanted activities in life, which is going to lead us to disaster. Hence, controlling our senses is a very important task that all of us should focus on.
Now Vidura explains the fourth and the final way – “Anyatra lobha santhyaadaath!” – This means, controlling and letting go of excessive greed and desire from us. As explained above, the more we desire, the more closer we’r getting towards disaster in life. Hence we’ve to constantly have a check on our desires. Of course I’m not saying that desires are totally unwarranted. If it leads to a constructive purpose, desires are good. For instance, if we desire to reach Vaikunta and attain the closeness of Bhagawan, this is a good desire and this would make us work meticulously towards it. Whereas, if the desires go into worldly aspects, it is only then they create problems in our lives.
Thus these four ways according to Vidura would be helpful for any person in this world so as to grow spiritually upwards. The message is very clear and we need to start implementing these ways immediately. Let’s try! We shall wait till the next episode to explore what is Vidura going to explain about “Unity”! This is a very important phase of Vidura Neeti! Stay tuned! 🙂