In the previous episode we had witnessed six important aspects that we should avoid in our lives, so that we are able to live for a long duration of time and with peace of mind! Vidura explained that we should avoid jealousy and ego, refrain from talking a lot, controlling of anger, developing a selfless attitude, refraining from spoiling others’ happiness unwantedly and trying not to betray people who are close and supportive to us! If we make sure that we follow these six attributes meticulously, Vidura assures us that we would be able to have a long lifespan with peace and satisfaction.
Now moving on further, Vidura explains some noble qualities that one should possess in this world. Vidura explains thus,
“Griheetha vaakyaha nayavith vadaanyaha sheshaanna bhoktaahi avihimsa kascha!
Naa anartha nitya kulithaha krutagnyaha satyo mruduhu svargam upaiti vidhwaan!!”
Here Vidura explains to King Dhirdiraashtra that these following categories of people directly go to Heaven or Bhagawan’s abode of Vaikunta or “Svarga”. So far we’ve seen seventeen categories of people who go to Hell (“Naraka”). As Vidura explained those seventeen, King Dhirdiraashtra had a doubt within him as to if there are so many people going to the “Naraka”, aren’t there anybody who goes to “Svarga” or Heaven? Vidura’s reply is an obvious “Yes”, but the amount of people who go to Heaven are far lesser than those going to Hell! As there were seventeen categories of people who go to the “Naraka” or “Hell”, there are only eight categories of people who go to “Svarga” or “Heaven”!
Vidura thus gives an important answer to King Dhirdiraashtra’s doubt. He commences with the first category – “Griheetha vaakyaha” – If a person carefully and meticulously listens to the advice given by elders, he goes to Heaven! Bhagawan likes people who pay heed to the important and valuable advice rendered by elderly people, Gurus, Mahatmas, etc. If we’re able to lend our ears to great people’s advice, we shall be able to please Bhagawan’s heart!
Next, Vidura says – “Nayavith” – A person who correctly knows what exactly is right and wrong becomes eligible to go to Heaven. Here we should understand that we should develop the ability to analyze a situation carefully, know both sides of the argument and then decide which might be right or wrong for that particular context. If we’re developing such a capability, we can surely be eligible to book a ticket to Heaven! 🙂
Moving on to the third category, Vidura says – “Vadaanyaha” – If a person has the distinct quality of “giving” and “sharing”, this itself is enough to take us to heaven! This is why we always keep saying that we should be “selfless” in our approach towards life. The moment we develop this “Selfless” attitude in us, we would never think of any item to be ours. We would automatically start sharing important items like food, shelter, clothing, etc. with those who are in dire need! Thus the message here is that, we should be ready to share and give things to others in a selfless manner.
Moving on thus, Vidura explains the fourth category of people who go to Heaven – “Sheshaanna bhoktaa” – If a person who consumes only that food which is offered to Bhagawan, he/she becomes eligible to reach Heaven! This is why we insist that we do the “Neivedhyam” or “Offering” of food to Bhagawan before we consume it. In the worldly sense too, we’ve seen that if the food is offered to Bhagawan before we eat, it becomes “Prasad” and even if there are some toxic elements in the food item, Bhagawan would take care in such a way that it doesn’t affect our health! In addition to this of course, if we offer the food to Bhagawan before we consume, Bhagawan becomes happy with our devotion and He directly grants us a ticket to Heaven!
Hence for today let us ponder over these four important categories of people going to Heaven and let us incorporate these important features in ourselves slowly and gradually. We shall wait till the next episode to witness the next four categories of people who go to Heaven as per Vidura! Stay tuned! 🙂