Episode # 205 – “Voluntary Service” is not a time-pass activity – Vidura’s strong message!!!


In the previous episode we had witnessed yet another important point out of the seventeen categories of people who go to Hell, as explained by Vidura. The last two points that we’ve seen this far pertains totally to a Management and a Business context wherein we witnessed that we shouldn’t directly collude with a competitor who is many a times stronger than us. If we’re doing so, this competitor is capable of wiping us out totally from the market, which marks the question on the very existence of our business! Subsequently in yesterday’s episode we witnessed that we need to recruit the right person for the right job at the right place and at the right time. This is how we hand over a job to a well-qualified employee to obtain a successful result or an output! By analyzing these points closely, we can witness how Vidura was an excellent Management consultant some five thousand years ago!

This concept is more applicable to people who come to ashrams, temples, etc. nowadays to offer service! Now what is this concept called “service”? A “Service” is something that is done by a person voluntarily out of his/her own interest, without an expectation of anything in return. This is a difference between working in an organization professionally and doing service – If we’re in a professional setup, we’re getting paid by the organization and we’ve to be diligent and legitimate in our work. Whereas, if nobody is paying us for our service, and if it is something that we do voluntarily, we tend to take it quite easily and without much dedication to it. In fact, this is what I’m saying, should be avoided! If it is a voluntary service that we’re doing in any ashram or a temple, we should take it up more seriously than even a job in the professional environment. Unfortunately this is what is lacking in today’s world – The moment we say “Service”, people tend to take it for granted as if it’s their moral birthright to come and sit on top of many people’s heads! If we’ve to do service, we should realize that Bhagawan is directly supervising our activities and He’s keeping a check on the quality and dedication towards our work. Hence, given that Bhagawan becomes our direct supervisor here, we should be even more careful while discharging our duties as part of service. Hence the message from this small discussion is that, “Service” is something that should be done with utmost sincerity and dedication because we are doing something for Bhagawan and not for ourselves. We should always realize that Bhagawan is our ultimate boss or supervisor and if we’ve to directly report to him, we need to be perfect in our work! Thus as an employer in these kinds of organizations such as ashrams, charity hospitals, temples, etc. we need to make sure that we employ those people who are really interested in doing service for the betterment and upliftment of the society at large! We should be very careful not to hand over important tasks to those people who come for time passing and doing nothing!

Now moving on to the next point, Vidura explains the twelvth category of people who deserve to go to Hell. Vidura explains thus:

“Yascha akaamyam kaamyate narendra!!”

Now Vidura explains one of the most important points for our daily life here – If a person desires on someone or something that he/she shouldn’t desire upon, Hell is waiting for this person without a doubt! For instance, if I’m affected by Diabetes or Blood pressure, my doctor is going to advice me not to consume certain food items. However due to my excessive desire, if I’m going to consume those food items, which the doctor has strongly advised me not to consume, I’m definitely going to end up in the world of “Naraka”! How? The after-effects or the repercussions that I’m going to face after consuming the unwanted food items itself is equivalent of a Naraka world only. This is because, the doctor is going to torture me with injections, drips, more medicines, etc. and this itself would serve as a “Trailer” show of what we’re going to experience when we enter the Naraka world in the near future! 🙂

Similarly there might be many other aspects too – For instance, if I’m going to go after another person’s wife, I’m sure to enter Hell! If I’ve to go behind someone’s wealth or property or money or whatever, I’m definitely going to go into Hell very soon! Thus the message from this point is that, if we start desiring for those things that we’re not supposed to desire for, we can be sure that Bhagawan is going to push us into Hell! So for today, let us realize this point and ponder over. Let us check within ourselves if our desires are under control. If we uncontrollably desire for something, this is the right opportunity for us to correct ourselves and mend our ways! We shall wait till the next episode to witness the next category of people who are destined to enter Naraka! Stay tuned! 🙂

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at International School of Business & Media, Pune, India. A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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