In the previous episode we had witnessed two very important points as part of the discussion on the seventeen categories of people who directly go to Hell! We had witnessed an extended discussion on why we should refrain from talking about or glorifying an enemy and most importantly why we should not consume food at an enemy’s place. We saw how Bhagawan Krishna himself was an epitome of this point and how did he practically illustrate the significance of this point to the world. Eventually we moved on to the next category wherein we witnessed that those people who are using their daughter as a source of income and luxuries, and eventually delaying her marriage and happiness would also go to hell!
Now moving on to the next important category, Vidura explains thus. So far we’ve discussed seven categories and now we’re moving to the eighth category here.
“Yascha ayaachyam yaachyate kathyate!”
Here Vidura explains that if a person goes and begs for money or whatever to a wrong person by glorifying him/her with some wrong attributes, would go to hell! Normally in this world, there are two ways through which one can glorify another person – One way is to glorify him/her with the attributes that are present in that person, and the other way is to glorify him/her with the attributes that are absent in that person! But in our daily lives, which way do we normally adopt to glorify someone? We would mostly adopt the second way! It is because, only if we try and glorify a person in some way or the other, we would be able to get our things done! For instance, if a person is a bald-headed fellow, but he’s a wealthy guy, I would still go to him for the want of money and praise him that he has wonderful hair on his head! 🙂 This is how the world functions today! We’ve started to become selfish and can go to any level to get our things done! However according to Vidura such things would only take us to the brink of the Naraka-Loka or Hell! If we either sing false praises of others or if we constantly keep praising ourselves amongst everyone, we’re sure to reach Hell! We should make sure that we do not go for an obligation to a person who doesn’t deserve that status. If we do so, we should be prepared to either be insulted very badly by that person, or to get used by him/her in a wrong way! We keep witnessing this in many movies and even in real life too! If we go for an obligation to a wrong person, that person may exploit us in some way or the other and we should be extremely careful about it. Similarly, it is also wrong to sing false praises about people, just to fulfil our wishes and needs. This is also a big mistake and we should avoid it at any cost!
Now moving on to the ninth category, Vidura explains thus:
“Yascha abhijaataha prakarotya kaaryam!!”
Here Vidura explains a very important point – If a person is born in a particular highly respected clan or community and he involves himself in activities that are not behest of that clan, he goes to Hell too! If I’m born in a particular clan, or a particular caste or a particular “Varnaashrama”, I should make sure that I stick to my “Varnaashrama Dharma” at any cost and I shouldn’t deviate from it even for a single moment! For instance, if I’m born in a Brahmin community, I should make sure that I peform my “Sandya-Vandanam” thrice a day, perform my “Gayatri-Japa” regularly, be a scholar in the Vedas and make sure that I follow the principles laid by the Vedas in my life. This is my “Varnaashrama-Dharma”. Similarly, all of us should make it a point that we follow our “Varnaashrama-Dharma” correctly without fail, and if we fail to do it, we should be prepared to go to hell!
So for today let us ponder over these two important points and reflect upon ourselves. There is an important discussion that is to follow with respect to the last point that we discussed just now. We shall wait till the next episode for this important discussion! Stay tuned! 🙂