Episode # 243 – “Never ever hurt living beings in this world for no fault of theirs!” – Vidura’s emotional advice!!

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In the previous episode we had witnessed yet another important point emphasized by Vidura wherein he explains that whatever action we’re doing as part of our everyday life, should be of some benefit either to us or to the society around at large. Strictly speaking, all our actions should be more beneficial to the society and the world at large, more than to ourselves. However, if I start talking this way, I’m sure none of our readers would read our blog further! 🙂 But we need to begin it somewhere isn’t it? We should slowly start cultivating that selflessness attitude within us, so that we would be ready to extend a helping hand to others without an expectation. If we start doing this, Bhagawan is going to get pleased with our actions and thus He’s going to take care of us in a wonderful way.

Moreover, it is always believed that the more we think of the welfare of others around us, our welfare would automatically be taken care of by Bhagawan! We do not really need to think and care much about our welfare at all. Hence let us take a vow to develop this attitude within us – Let our actions be devoted and dedicated to the welfare of the world, and not only for us. In this way, we also discussed in detail during yesterday’s episode that we need to spend time in understanding the principles of our “Sanaathana Dharma” and try our best to inculcate them to our younger generation. By this way, the younger generation would learn to appreciate our “Sanaathana Dharma” and its significance and also would be strong enough, not to get carried away by those anti-Hindu elements that try to thwart our Hinduism for their personal hidden agenda! We should focus all our efforts towards this path and as ardent followers of our “Sanaathana Dharma” it would add to a huge service if we’re ready to take up this assignment.

Now moving on further, Vidura explains to King Dhirdiraashtra that as a king, he should ensure that none of his subjects – Including the Paandavas should face unwanted destruction. For instance, if there is a dense forest, there should always be a group of wild animals such as lions, tigers, leopards, etc. that would add beauty to it. If we tend to kill all these animals for no fault of theirs, we’re creating an imbalance in the global ecosystem. Similarly here too, Vidura explains to King Dhirdiraashtra that if the Paandavas are destroyed, then who is going to protect the kingdom of Hastinapura? Vidura advises here that King Dhirdiraashtra should develop an “ecosystem” wherein both his sons and the Paandavas should live in peace together, without infighting. Vidura says thus:

“Dhaartharaashtraavanam raajan vyaagraaha paandu suthaamathaaha!

Maavanam chindi savyaagram maavyaagraa neelashan vanaath!!”

Here Vidura thus explains with a beautiful analogy of a forest ecosystem. As mentioned above, all living beings should live at its own comfort zone and with peace so that the ecological balance is maintained. For instance, if we tend to go against nature and destroy snakes, the population of rats and other organisms (that would be prey to the snakes) would increase, thereby creating many unwanted problems to the world. In turn, if the creepers and other related organisms that prey upon snakes for their food are killed, the population of snakes is going to increase manifold! Similarly if we tend to kill living beings indiscriminately for no fault of theirs, we’re going to create a huge “ecological imbalance” in this world, which can have real adverse effects!

Unfortunately we’re witnessing this “ecological imbalance” big time in today’s scenario. We’ve come to a stage wherein we’re forced to take a census of the number of wild animals like tigers, lions, elephants, etc. in a forest area. This is because their numbers have been steadily declining due to the indiscriminate killings by human beings for various purposes. It brings tears into my eyes while realizing that many species of animals and plants have already become extinct from this world or are at the verge of becoming extinct! What wrong did these poor animals do to us, so that we destroy them like this so mercilessly?  We should realize that just like we human beings deserve a place to live in this world, these animals too deserve equal space and rights to live in this world. Nobody has any right to kill any living being in this world, and this is the duty of Bhagawan! Hence as far as possible, we should refrain from killing animals or hurting them in any manner. We should realize that animals too undergo the same pain as we do if we get hit by something or someone. As ardent followers of “Sanaathana Dharma” we should never ever hurt anyone or any animal and we should make sure that we do not inflict pain unwantedly.

Saying thus, Vidura explains to King Dhirdiraashtra that he should make sure that his son Duryodhana follows this same principle – He should not unwantedly poke into the Paandavas and hurt them for no fault of theirs! It is only then the kingdom of Hastinaapura would live at peace. So for today, let us ponder over this important point that Vidura explains and let us try to meticulously implement it in our daily lives from today! We shall wait till the next episode to witness Vidura’s next important point! 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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