Episode # 219 – Eight categories of people going to “Svarga” (Heaven) – Vidura’s message continued!!!

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In the previous episode we had commenced the next discussion on the different categories of people who go to Heaven. Of course we had witnessed a long marathon discussion over so many episodes on the seventeen different categories of people who go to Hell! If there are seventeen categories on that side, there are only eight categories here! Thus we can clearly see here that the number of people who go to Hell are more than the number of people who go to Heaven! 🙂 If we witness our human nature, all of us are embodiments of three important Gunas or Charactersitics – “Satva Guna”, “Rajo Guna” and “Tamo Guna”. If readers might remember, we’ve had a detailed discussion on these three Gunas in our earlier episodes. However the point to be noted here is that, “Rajo Guna” and “Tamo Guna” are enemies to mankind and only the “Satva Guna” is a friend of us! It might seem that Bhagawan has played an unfair game here by giving us two enemies and one friend! Why can’t he give us equal number of friends and enemies 🙂 ? We might tend to ask this question often because these two enemies are so ferocious that they can bring us down in no time! However it is very difficult to develop the friend called “Satva Guna” in us! Isn’t this unfair on Bhagawan’s part? 🙂

The answer to this question is “No”! This is because, if we’re able to develop the “Satva Guna”, the fact of the matter is that, we would be able to easily demolish the other two enemies of “Rajo Guna” and “Tamo Guna”! This is of course difficult in the beginning, but if we meticulously try to improve the “Satva Guna” in us, we would become a more balanced person in terms of our physical and mental activities and this would automatically tame the other two enemies effectively! Hence let us give it a try! 🙂

Now moving on further, we shall witness the remaining four categories of people who go to Heaven in today’s episode. For the convenience of our readers, we shall witness the sloka pertaining to this context once more. Vidura says thus:

“Griheetha vaakyaha nayavith vadaanyaha sheshaanna bhoktaahi avihimsa kascha!

Naa anartha nitya kulithaha krutagnyaha satyo mruduhu svargam upaiti vidhwaan!!”

Vidura now explains the fifth category of people going to Heaven – Avihimsa kaha”If a person tries not to create any trouble for other fellow human beings or any other living beings around him/her, this person goes to Heaven! Here by saying “Not creating trouble”, Vidura not only means physical trouble, but also mental trouble too! We should ensure that we neither create troubles for anybody, both physically and mentally through our words! Today we see many a times, people engaged in killing other beings in this world for whatsoever reasons. More than that, we keep verbally abusing other people around for our selfish needs. Both are to be stopped with immediate effect, if we’ve to go to Heaven! In fact, Vidura goes one step further by saying that we should not even think of something bad or abusive about another person! I really wonder how many of us would be able to follow this, but this is what Vidura says! 🙂

Next, Vidura explains an allied category of people going to Heaven – Naa anartha nitya kulithaha”If a person tries not to create any kind of problems or issues with another person or another living being in this world, he/she would also definitely go to Heaven! We should always note that if we’re incapable of contributing something good to someone, we should atleast try not to create problems and issues with people around us! That itself is equivalent of doing something good to people! If we’re not creating problems, we’re of course making people happy and satisfied, isn’t it? Hence, let us give it a try!

Now Vidura moves on to the seventh category here – Krutagnyaha”If a person never forgets the help that was rendered by others at any stage in his/her life and if a person tries to reciprocate the help that others have rendered to him/her would definitely please Bhagawan’s heart and go to Heaven! If readers might remember, during our Ramayana project, we witnessed this particular characteristic as one of the sixteen “Kalyaana Gunas” when Vaalmiki Maharishi describes Bhagawan Rama! As we’ve witnessed in the entire Ramayana, at every stage Bhagawan Rama was an epitome of this particular characteristic. We’ve seen how Bhagawan Rama had reciprocated the help rendered by Jataayu by directly sending him to “Moksha”! We’ve seen how Bhagawan Rama reciprocated Hanuman’s help in tracing the whereabouts of Mother Sita in Lanka! We saw how Rama felt so bad and ashamed that he did not have anything to give Hanuman as a token of gift for the noble help that he has done, and hence he hugs Hanuman with all his love and grace! This moved Hanuman to tears of joy! How gifted was Hanuman to get a direct hug and some affectionate words of recognition from his Bhagawan! 🙂 Hence the message here is that, we should never ever forget even a small help that was rendered to us by someone at some stage in our life, which might have helped us to grow to whatever we are today!

Moving further, Vidura now explains the last but important category here – Satyam” & “Mruduhu”A person who constantly at any point in life, stands by the truth and “Dharma”, would definitely go to Heaven without any doubt! It should be remembered here that we should always speak the truth at whatever situation we might be in our life! Of course it is not only enough if we speak only the truth – Our approach towards others should also be soft and soothing. We should never show aggression unwantedly towards anybody or any living being. Thus, “Sathya” and “Mruduhu” go hand in hand wherein we should realize that we should talk the truth as much as possible and at the same time we should also have a soft and a soothing approach towards people and also towards other living beings in this world. The moment we develop this “combo” in us, we can be sure that we would reach Heaven with Bhagawan’s grace!

So for today let us ponder over these important points and let us make a conscious step forward to start implementing these points in our daily lives! We shall wait for the next episode to begin the next important discussion of Vidura! 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 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Kerala, 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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