In the previous episode we had witnessed the continuation of the discussion on the seventeen categories of people who deserve to go to hell. So far we’ve discussed three of those seventeen categories wherein Vidura explained that a person whose activities are in such a way that are in no way beneficial to this world are destined to go to hell. Secondly he says that those people who try and create unwanted conflicts with more powerful people also fall under this category. This is because these people are only interested in creating problems for themselves and for others and such people are unfit to live in this world. Thirdly Vidura explains that those people, who try to achieve the unachievable and defend the indefensible, will definitely go to hell! 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.
Now moving on to the fourth category of people, Vidura explains thus:
“Yascha asishyam shaastivai..”.
Here Vidura explains that if a person is sharing some information with someone who is ineligible for it to be shared, this person goes to hell as well! From this it is clear that we should know and understand what to talk to whom! We should be very careful before sharing any information with anybody and before sharing it, we should judge if he/sheis the right person to do so. We should analyze if this person would execute the implications of the information correctly or not and only then share the information.
How relevant is this in today’s life? We’re in the present day exposed to loads and loads of information through various sources such as print, social media, online platforms, etc. Of course technological advancements should be widely appreciated, but this is not the point here – The problem here is, whether we assimilate this huge load of information and how do we use this information in the correct way. Of course again, there are smart people who know the nuances of this and adjust themselves accordingly so that they escape the wrath of getting caught due to misuse of information. Today, the social media has grown leaps and bounds and people all across the world are just under a touch away from getting connected to each other. Although there are extremely important advantages of such a technological development, there are some pitfalls as well, which are important to be addressed. Every passing day in the social media we might come across strangers who are completely unknown to us in any way! If we’re befriending strangers on the social media (be it for any purpose), we should be extremely careful with the information that we dissipate from our end – Be it our personal information or professional or any kind of information. We should be extremely careful before we open ourselves up to these strangers as we would never know as to who would use/misuse our information in what way! Today we’re seeing innumerable incidents of people getting into trouble by sharing some sensitive information to the wrong people.
This might be seen even in certain departments of the Government of any country such as Defence, Army, Finance, etc. There might always be external people who would be eager to grab critical information from these departments so as to use it in their own crooked ways to make some personal gains. One such common method of grabbing critical information illegally is by laying a “Honey Trap” – This typically happens in the Defence sector wherein some people from the enemy or the opposition camp would like to grab critical insider information with the help of a sweet-talking woman. This is becoming very common nowadays and we can see such incidents in the everyday news reports! With the help of this woman, external people put these sensitive people into a trap and obtain all critical information from them!
Hence from all these examples we should understand that “information sharing” is extremely critical – Be it personal or professional. We should make sure that we share the right information with the right people, in such a way that the information that we convey is put into the correct constructive purpose. Before sharing any piece of information to someone, we should first judge them, analyze them and only then share it.
Bhagawan Krishna explains this critical aspect in the fag end of the Bhagawad Gita as follows:
“Idam te naatapaskaaya naabhaktaaya kadaachana!
Na cha ashruushave vaakyam..!!”
Here Bhagawan explains to Arjuna that he should not be transmitting this sacred Bhagawad Gita to the people who are an epitome of jealousy, greed, desires, crooked mindset, etc. Bhagawan continues to explain that Arjuna should not transmit the Gita to those people who hates Bhagawan Krishna and also to those people who do not wish to understand the significance of Bhagawan! Hence it becomes clear from Bhagawan’s explanation that not all information should reach all people. Important information should reach only to those people who deserve to understand the importance of it.
So for today let us realize this important fact of life and act accordingly. We shall wait till the next episode to witness the next category of people going to hell! Stay tuned! 🙂