In the previous episode we had witnessed the concluding remarks of Vidura as he completes the 38’th Adhyaaya of the Vidura Neeti, in which he says to King Dhirdiraashtra that he still has a chance to mend his ways. He says thus, “Oh King Dhirdiraashtra! So far I’ve explained you almost all of the important aspects of “Dharma” that is to be followed in this world! Hence it is upto you now to analyze and implement them in your life! This is the only time that is left with you to mend your son Duryodhana’s ways. If you miss this time, trust me, the entire Kaurava clan would be reduced to rubbles, just like how King Mahabali was rendered powerless by Bhagawan Vaamana in the previous Yuga! Hope the message is loud and clear!”
Saying thus, we now move officially into the 39’th Adhyaaya of the Vidura Neeti. As we look into the first sloka of this Adhyaaya, Vidura’s turn of talking is now over and King Dhirdiraashtra replies him thus:
“Aneeshwaroyam purushaha bhavaabhave shootraprothaa dharumayeeva yoshaa!
Ghaathraatu thishtasya vayegruthoyam tasmaath vada tvam shravane dhrutomaham!!”
Here King Dhirdiraashtra appreciates the words of Vidura and says thus, “Oh Vidura! I’m so pleased to listen to each and every word and sentence that you’ve spoken to me just now! Every word that you had conveyed has lot of meaning in it. I totally understand and appreciate all of them! My heart wants to listen more and more of your words! Please tell me more! Please do not stop with this. You have successfully given me an opportunity to relinquish the “Dharma”! I would like to hear more and more from you pertaining to the various aspects of Dharma!”
As King Dhirdiraashtra says thus, Vidura quickly quips him by saying that it is not enough if he just listens to the “Dharma” and goes away! More than listening, implementation is very important. Vidura replies thus, “Oh King Dhirdiraashtra! I’m happy that you liked what you heard! However that is not my expectation here! I want you to tell me that you would implement whatever I said till now! Listening to Dharma without implementation is just like a set of junk! From the reaction and body language of yours, all I’m seeing is that you don’t seem to be interested in the implementation part of even one sloka that I had told you till now! It is not enough if you listen and appreciate its significance with your words! Please take a step forward to implement!”
This is true not only for King Dhirdiraashtra but for all of us! Many a times, we listen or read on various good things that we should be following in our daily lives, but how many of those good things do we really bring to practice? Many a times, we just read them, appreciate them and go away with whatever we keep doing every passing day! The real test comes only if we’re able to witness a significant change in our lifestyle after reading such good things!
Of course it is also true that we would not be able to do good things and reap benefits for them if our time is not good! In our lives, there might be both ups and downs. We might feel happy and spirited on few occasions and it might be the opposite of it on other days! Hence just because we have dull days full of frustration, it doesn’t mean that it’s going to be like this for the entire duration of our life. Things keep changing and revolving everytime. Hence it is important for us to understand this and be patient sometimes and wait for the right time and opportunity to exhibit ourself. For instance, if we have some big problems at our workplace, do we everytime think of changing our jobs? It’s not the case, isn’t it? So we need to patient enough to wait till things settle down. It might take few months or even a year or two, but we need the patience to stick on! Just because there is some problem and if we start acting in a hasty manner immediately, it doesn’t sound good of a professional at work!
Hence the message from today’s episode is that, implementation of “Dharma” is the key to success and for the implementation to happen in the right way and at the right time, we need to have the patience and perseverance to do it. These two things coupled together is the fundamental requirement for success both in professional and our spiritual growth! So for today let us spare a thought by introspecting within ourself as to how do we develop this patience and perseverance, coupled with the effective implementation of “Dharma” whatever we’ve learnt so far! We shall wait till the next episode to continue what Vidura is going to say in the 39’th Adhyaaya! Stay tuned! 🙂