In the previous episode we had taken forward the discussion on “Unity” and had witnessed some dangers that are looming large on us owing to the lack of unity within ourself. Hence it should be realized that any team or any community or any religion or any organization can never succeed without this factor called “Unity” and it is upon us to develop that positive synergy within, so as to take on the forces that oppose us in whatever way possible.
Now moving on further, Vidura explains thus,
“Dhuumaayante vyapetaani jvalanti sahitaanicha!!”
Here again Vidura explains the importance of “Unity” with a beautiful analogy – If we’ve to start a fire in a “Homa-Kunta” (A place where a fire is commenced to do spiritual offerings to Agni Bhagawan), one or two wooden sticks aren’t enough. If the fire is commenced just with that one or two sticks alone, only smoke would come and the fire wouldn’t be able to burn with the yellow flame. It is only when numerous sticks are clubbed together in the “Homa-Kunta” combined with ghee, the fire glows with the characteristic yellow flame for a long time. Similarly Vidura uses another analogy here – If in a forest there is only one tree that stands tall, this tree would be shaken very badly when there is a big gust of wind. However, if there are many trees standing there in unison, this one tree would not be fully affected by the wind gust. All the trees around would ensure that the wind gust doesn’t have much impact on this tree. This is why Vidura repeatedly emphasizes the point that Unity is extremely important and it has loads of benefits for mankind. Thus Vidura is advising King Dhirdiraashtra as to try and unite both the Paandava and Kaurava camps and this would be beneficial for the kingdom in future.
“Sandhassva tvam kaurava paandu putrair maatentaram ripavah praartayantu!
Satyesthithaasye naradena sarve duryodhanam sthaapaya tvam narendra!!”
Adding on thus, Vidura explains and advises King Dhirdiraashtra, “Oh King! Please take this one-time opportunity to mend Duryodhana’s ways as a father and as a king. This is your duty – If you fail in your duty in mending your son’s ways now, you’re going to face a huge risk in terms of your whole clan! Thus, educate your son about this important point on unity and try to make him understand that he should not be fighting dirtily like this with his brother Yudishtra. Please make him realize his folly and ask him to forget the bitter past. Please make him united with the Paandavas and this is the most important step that you need to do right away! Please do not delay it. Enough is enough! This kingdom has seen enough and more of bitterness between the two groups of brothers. Thus before this fight escalates into a full-fledged war, try to unite the two camps on an urgent basis. You’re supposed to share the kingdom with the Paandavas and please do so immediately without delay. Your kingdom would strengthen only if these two camps are united. Hence, please try and satisfy the requirements of the Paandavas and make them happy. By doing so, you’re going to stand by the “Dharma” and Bhagawan Krishna is overseeing all this. Please do not go against the will of Bhagawan Krishna. This might bring about disastrous consequences, which would make you and your sons totally extinct from this world altogether!”
Slamming thus, Vidura repeatedly tries to make King Dhirdiraashtra understand his folly and is putting his best effort to mend his ways by changing his mindset. But is it going to work? Sadly all of us know what conspired later on and how did the infamous family war at Kurukshetra destroyed the whole of the Kaurava community! Of course if King Dhirdiraashtra did not pay heed to Vidura’s golden words of advice, it was his problem! But we can always listen to Vidura’s words and mend our ways in our lives, isn’t it? Hence let us make a conscious step forward in understanding each and every advice of Vidura and try to implement it in our every day life. We shall wait till the next episode to witness Vidura’s next important message! Stay tuned! 🙂