In the previous episode we had witnessed yet another important point from Vidura to King Dhirdiraasdhtra. In fact, this is a re-iteration and re-substantiation of his stance that Duryodhana is unfit in all ways to succeed King Dhirdiraashtra to the throne of Hastinapura kingdom. He emphasizes by recalling the fact that he has analyzed Duryodhana’s horoscope on the day when he was born and on that very day he had advised King Dhirdiraashtra to keep an eye on Duryodhana’s activities. However King Dhirdiraashtra was completely carried away by his excessive affection towards Duryodhana that whatever mischief he did, went completely unnoticed. Finally today after so many years, Duryodhana stands at the brink of destruction for all what he has done over these many years! Vidura also warns that it is not only Duryodhana who is at the brink, but also all his other ninety nine brothers who followed Duryodhana’s “Adharmic” path. This is because, each of the ninety nine Kaurava brothers were at different stages, responsible for the humiliation of the Paandavas. Saying thus, Vidura warns King Dhirdiraashtra to mend Duryodhana’s ways atleast now, to save his sons and the kingdom from going into a full-fledged succession war, which was looming large!
Now as King Dhirdiraashtra listens to these words from Vidura, he becomes pained at heart deeply. King Dhirdiraashtra asks Vidura back thus: “Oh Vidura! You might be right in whatever you’ve said! But at the end of the day, Duryodhana is my son! Just because he might be bad in his attitude and actions, how can I desert him? Isn’t it difficult for me to do that as a father? How can I reject Duryodhana like how you’re advising me? Don’t you think it is not feasible by any means?”
Listening to this, Vidura doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry! On one side Vidura is amused at the deep level of ignorance King Dhirdiraashtra is in! On the other side, he is deeply pained that King Dhirdiraashtra is failing to understand the practicality of what he’s trying to advice! Thinking thus, Vidura replies back, “Oh King Dhirdiraashtra! When did I say that you’ve to leave Duryodhana completely and desert him? My point is not that! Please do not misunderstand and twist my words. All I’m saying is that, just because you’ve to favor your son, please do not inflict harm on others! Just because your son should rule Hastinapura tomorrow, why do you want to torture the Paandavas? What wrong did they do to you?”
This is an extremely important point that Vidura is going to emphasize here. Vidura continues thus, “Oh King Dhirdiraashtra! For the sake of abducting the due share of the kingdom from the Paandavas, what do you think Duryodhana would do? Did you ever think of that? However having said that, if at all Duryodhana succeeds in abducting the kingdom from the Paandavas, do you think that he is going to be contented with it? He will still try to torture the Paandavas and finally even would go to the extent of killing them! Fine enough! But will Duryodhana be happy even then? Neither he nor you is going to gain any sorts of happiness by doing such things! Already both you and your sons are accumulating sins after sins and if Duryodhana takes the extreme step of killing the Paandavas tomorrow (if at all it might be possible), do you think that you would be able to sleep peacefully henceforth? Already you’re suffering from lack of sleep today! Do you think there is going to be any sorts of improvement if Duryodhana succeeds the throne in a hostile manner? Please remember King Dhirdiraashtra – There can never be a situation wherein one can succeed in life by dethroning and demoralizing others! It is only with one’s own effort will one be able to taste success in life! Today we can cheat someone, humiliate someone and win over them. But do you think that this victory is sustainable? It is never going to be! Ultimately “Dharma” will win and will win in a canter! So if you’re not going to mend Duryodhana’s Adharmic ways now, there is no use feeling sorry later on!”
This is an extremely important message that Vidura is giving out to all of us here – We can never taste real victory by defaming or dethroning others! Many of us have a myth that if we’ve to win, we need to push someone down and move forward. This is a totally wrong perception. Our victory should be because of our sincere and conscious effort towards the path of “Dharma” and not by demeaning or undermining the efficiency of others. If we go against “Dharma” and try to win over others, this is where “dirty politics” arise! Unfortunately in today’s world we are witnessing many such incidents of “dirty politics” wherein people try to “outsmart” each other through illegal ways. People propagate lies, fake stories, trying to pull each other down, defaming each other and sometimes even going to the extent of murdering the other person! What kind of a world are we in? Isn’t it like a jungle wherein lions and tigers fight amongst each other this way? What is the difference between us human beings and wild animals like them, if we’re going to reduce ourselves to resorting to third-rated crimes to prove supremacy over others? We should really spare a thought on this as we move forward in our life.
So for today, let us ponder over this important point from Vidura. Let us together ask this question within us: “What are we going to achieve upon winning over another person by resorting to any extent possible? Is someone going to give us a trophy for our so-called victory? What are we trying to prove to the world? If we resort to such winning, is our reputation in the society going up or down?” Thus the main point to ponder upon is that, we can never win over another person by defaming him/her! We shall wait till tomorrow’s episode to take this point further and thus move forward to the next point! Stay tuned! 🙂