Episode # 284 – “Even now it is not too late to act!” – Vidura’s advice to King Dhirdiraashtra!!!


In the previous episode we had witnessed the extended discussion on the important point of Vidura wherein he stresses the significance of the “Panditha” or a learned scholar. He emphasises the importance of the sense of discrimination and indirectly slams King Dhirdiraashtra for not exercising it properly. Vidura pokes King Dhirdiraashtra and advises him to mend his son Duryodhana’s ways as quickly as possible. He requests King Dhiridiraashtra to analyze the dangerous repercussions that he and his sons are going to face by walking this path of “Adharma”.

This is a very important message not only for King Dhirdiraashtra, but also for all of us in today’s world. In yesterday’s episode we had witnessed couple of important examples wherein leaders, although they might be scholarly in knowledge and understanding of the scriptures, ultimately fail when the discrimination and implementation of the “Dharma” is absent! Ravana and King DHirdiraashtra himself are best examples for this! We witnessed how Ravana was ultimately defeated because of his lack of analysis of the situation in hand and also due to his ego.

Thus we should know and understand exactly as to which activities we should perform, so that it would result in our professional and spiritual upliftment. We should also know and understand which of those activities we should avoid and eliminate from our lives that would end up in wastage of our precious time.

Now moving on further, Vidura explains the next point – He repeatedly emphasizes the fact that if King Dhirdiraashtra does not split the kingdom equally with the Paandavas, his sons – the Kauravas would be reduced to rubbles, just like how King Mahaabali was destroyed by Bhagawan Vaamana (Another incarnation of Bhagawan Vishnu).

“Tam drakshasi paribrashtam tasmaathvamachiraadhiva!

Aiyshwaryam adha asammoodham balim lokatrayaadiva!!”

This is the concluding sloka of the 38’th Adhyaaya of the Vidura Neeti and here Vidura concludes this Adhyaaya by saying thus, “Oh King Dhirdiraashtra! So far I’ve explained you all the important aspects of the Raaja Dharma in detail. Now it is upto you and your sons to mend your ways accordingly before it becomes too late! Even now things are not late. It’s like a do or die situation for you now. Even now if you show some grits and criticize Duryodhana for what he is doing, things might witness a change. Ultimately my aim is that both the Paandavas and your sons should be at peace and harmony with each other. For this to happen, you should make a compromise. You’re the most senior person in the family and the kingdom. Hence it is your responsibility to ensure that there is no infighting between the two sets of brothers. Hence, please do the needful to split the kingdom of Hastinaapura equally between the Paandavas and the Kauravas. Even now it is not too late! If you still manage to pull it off, Bhagawan Krishna would be the happiest person on earth and He would ensure that Hastinapura kingdom attains all prosperity in the future. Enough of fighting! The kingdom has seen enough and more of this now! Let us be united and propel the kingdom forward!”

Saying thus, Vidura concludes the 38’th Adhyaaya and as mentioned earlier, the 39’th and 40’th Adhyaayas are the concluding chapters of the Vidura Neeti. Vidura is going to finish off the entire accord in style! What is he going to say? Let us wait till the next episode to find out! 🙂 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 Bharatidhasan Institute of Management (BIM) Trichy, 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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