In the previous episode we had commenced our discussion on Vidura’s explanation of the seventeen categories of people who deserve to go to Hell right away! In that, we’ve discussed the first category of people wherein they tend to engage themselves doing unwanted activities and wasting their valuable time. It is important that we realize the very purpose of our human birth, realize our potential and talents and contribute to the world in a useful way by employing our talent. This would of course not only benefit us but would also benefit the world and the society at large. We should always be clear that our talent should be used in a constructive way so that many people find solace through us.
This is exactly what Vidura is explaining here too. He says to King Dhirdiraashtra that he has to of some use to the whole world as a righteous king, but not only to his wicked son Duryodhana. By favoring him, Vidura says that King Dhirdiraashtra is becoming a disgrace to the whole world.
Moving on further, Vidura explains the next category of people going to hell:
“Dhaanavendrascha dhanuranaamyam namathobraveeth!”
Here Vidura explains that those who try and create conflicts with those people who are powerful and influencial, are not fit enough to live normally and peacefully in this world. Here again Vidura pokes King Dhirdiraashtra by saying thus, “Oh King! Now look at your son Duryodhana! What is he doing? He’s trying to create a rift directly with Bhagawan Krishna, who is the almighty and the supreme power of this whole world! Please look at the folly of your stupid son! What is he trying to do here? Can he even dream of winning a battle against Bhagawan Krishna? How is this possible in this earth?” By slamming King Dhirdiraashtra, Vidura clearly explains that there is no point in exerting one’s smartness or games against a person who is all powerful and influential. It is only a waste of time and energy!
In today’s life we also keep doing this. In an organization there might be different kinds of people who are working along with us. For instance, if I find my boss not being regular to office and if I find him whiling away time by doing nothing, can I go and exert my frustration to him and ask him the reasons for his misbehaviour? My job would be at stake if I do so, isn’t it? Why? It is because he is more powerful than I am in the organization setup. Only those people who are on top of him as part of the organizational hierarchy should raise this issue and mend his ways. It is not my job to do that! Hence we should understand that there’s no meaning in creating conflicts with those people who are more powerful and influential than us. By doing so, we are only wasting our time and effort.
Next, Vidura explains thus,
“Athaha atho mareecheenaha paadaan agraahyaan grinhatastathaa!!”
Here Vidura is explaining that those people, who try to achieve the unachievable and defend the indefensible, will definitely go to hell! For instance, if someone is trying to fly higher and higher with the aim of capturing the sun and bringing it to his house – Will this be possible? 🙂 It might sound funny but we need to realize that there are people who behave this way! We need to understand that we need to be careful not to waste time in those activities that are practically unachievable and impossible for us to finish. This is to do with something called “Over-ambition”. Thus the message from here is that, we should be ambitious in life, but not over-ambitious. This would make us fall into unwanted trouble and we would become answerable to unwanted people at the wrong time.
Hence for today let us understand these two important categories of people who are fit to go to hell! We shall wait till the next episode to witness the next category as explained by Vidura. Stay tuned! 🙂