Episode # 286 – Importance of “Patience” & “Perseverance” in life as highlighted by Bhagawan Krishna!!!


In the previous episode we had witnessed the commencement of the 39’th Adhyaaya of the Vidura Neeti, wherein King Dhirdiraashtra poses a request to Vidura that he needs to listen to more and more of the principles of Raaja Dharma. However Vidura counters him that King Dhirdiraashtra is only interested in listening things, but isn’t ready to jump off his chair to implement them in practice. Thus it is clear that nothing gets fruitful without implementation. If we just listen to good things and messages and go away to our old practices, there is no point! Similarly here too, we should remember that it is not enough if we just read through this Vidura Neeti and appreciate the contents of it. We should take a conscious step forward to begin the implementation part of it, because implementation is what would bring about a change in the society. We can appreciate Vidura’s advice with lot of kind words, but if Vidura’s advice isn’t put to practice in the right sense, there is no use! Hence we should remember this point always in our mind as we move on to the next point.

Moreover in the previous episode we had seen the importance of doing the right things at the right time. There might be ups and downs in all of our lives at some point or the other. At times when we face negative headwinds in our life, there might be situations wherein whatever we do would end up in a disaster! But that doesn’t mean, we’re going to have an entire life like this! We need to patient enough with perseverance to wait for the right time and opportunity to do things. This is also an extremely important point that all of us should remember. We should never get dejected if something good and productive is not happening to us at certain times. Rather, we should keep trying and trying till we succeed in it. Just like how we should wait for the fruit to take its time to ripen before it could be plucked, just like how we need to wait for a baby to grow for ten months inside the mother’s womb before it could come out, we should wait for the right time for anything in this world to happen. Just because we have a sense of urgency, things would not take place in this world according to our whims and fancies! We need to have that patience and perseverance to wait for things to fall in place before enjoying the fruit of it.

When we look at the sequences of the Mahabharata war, Arjuna was in a dire urgency to kill Jayatrada, who was in turn the killer of Abhimanyu – Arjuna’s son. Arjuna was trying to seek vengeance towards Jayatrada that he would kill him within that day’s sunset. Knowing this ploy of Arjuna, Jayatrada started to give Arjuna the miss and fled away to a distant place! Angered by this, Arjuna asks Bhagawan Krishna to drive the chariot towards the direction of Jayatrada’s escape route with great speed! Bhagawan Krishna obeyed Arjuna’s words and rode the chariot, following Jayatrada’s. The chase was for a long time and by the time it was going to be late evening, the horses that pull the chariot started to become tired and exhausted. Bhagawan Krishna had a special concern for the poor horses that were pulling the chariot and hence he stopped the chariot for a while, made sure that the horses were given a well-deserved break by giving them some water to drink and food to eat. He was caressing the horses so as to relax them a little bit.

However at this point, Arjuna was exceedingly becoming impatient. He had fixed a target in his mind to kill Jayatrada before sunset! However here was Bhagwan Krishna who did not care about Arjuna’s deadline and was busy caressing the horses without any tension! Upon seeing this, Arjuna quipped Bhagwan Krishna thus, “Oh Vasudeva! What are you doing here? We’re getting late and it’s already late evening! I had set a deadline to finish off Jayatrada before today’s sunset, and here you are without any sort of motivation to do so! Come soon and let us start!”

Upon listening to this from Arjuna, Bhagawan Krishna replies back, “Oh Arjuna! What kind of a warfare are you doing? It seems that you do not know the technique to kill the enemy at all! You fail to understand the weakness of your enemy and thus ended up chasing him for a long time and why are you forcing these poor horses now to dance to your foolish tunes? So, wait! Let the horses take some rest now! These are poor animals! They would not be able to cope up with your sense of urgency. The time has to come so as to finish off Jayatrada. Don’t be in such a damn hurry! If you’re hurrying for everything like this, you’re never going to win over the Kaurava army. Don’t set foolish deadlines for yourself like this! Let things unfold in its own pace!”

Here we can see the valuable advice given by Bhagawan Krishna to Arjuna with regards to the vital point that we’re discussing currently. The highlight is on the patience and perseverance to pursue anything in life that is challenging and important. If we’ve to start hurrying for everything in life, we’re going to land ourself into lot of mess! Thus the message from today’s episode is that we should learn to be mature enough by exhibiting patience and perseverance in whatever we do!

Of course I’m not saying that we shouldn’t fix deadlines for our work. We can do that, but shouldn’t be too rigid with it that we do whatever it takes to achieve the result within the deadline! If there are situations that might create headwinds, we need to be a little more patient to overcome it and this might entail some delays! We need to take all this into account while we plan something! This is an extremely important message to all leaders across professions and hence for today let us ponder over this point! We shall wait till the next episode to witness Vidura’s next message! 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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