In the previous episode we had witnessed Vidura slamming King Dhirdiraashtra that his actions are not matured as they should be for his age and experience. He criticizes King Dhirdiraashtra’s excessive “Putra Vatsalya” towards his son Duryodhana, who is an embodiment of all sorts of Adharma. The main problem is that, King Dhirdiraashtra is approving all sorts of “Adharmic” actions and decisions that his son takes, and eventually he becomes a spineless king, just as a mute spectator to what is happening in the Hastinaapura kingdom. It is here where Vidura makes an important caution to him that King Dhirdiraashtra should have some sort of a maturity to keep a line of control for Duryodhana’s actions. He cannot simply keep approving whatever nonsense Duryodhana is doing! He needs to have a check on Duryodhana at every point. This is what is failing to happen!
This situation is not only for King Dhirdiraashtra but also for all of us – We’ve witnessed yesterday as to how we get carried away by “easily implementable” “Adharmic” ways of doing things, and at the end, act foolishly to spoil the entire purpose of our life. This is exactly what Bhagawan Krishna points our in his Bhagawad Gita – If we’re foolishly getting carried away by the worldly pleasures around us, we’re going to lose focus on our ultimate aim of reaching Bhagawan’s feet (“Moksha” or Salvation). As a spiritual aspirant, we should develop that maturity to draw a line between our worldly and spiritual activities.
Of course I’m not saying that we should stop working, stop earning money, stop taking care of our family, etc. All I’m saying here is that, we should be able to draw that line between all these worldly activities and our spiritual intents. At no point in time should our worldly activities overtake our spiritual pursuit. This would become dangerous and would ultimately lose that concentration towards Bhagawan. So the message from this point to all of us is that, we should thread very carefully along the path of our worldly pursuits and should develop that maturity to focus equally on both professional commitments and our spiritual progress. We shouldn’t get carried away by anything worldly – just like how King Dhirdiraashtra is now getting carried away here by his excessive attachment towards his son! We should develop that maturity in such a way that we should be able to keep everything aside that is personal in nature, when it comes to decision making and our spiritual progress. Let us consciously try to implement this from today!
Now moving on further, Vidura explains the next point that is again connected to this loop of discussion. Here Vidura cautions King Dhirdiraashtra that these are the same near and dear ones of yours, who might come to the rescue when you’re in trouble, and at the same time, they can dig your grave too! Vidura explains thus:
“Nyaatayastaarahantheeha nyaatayo majjahanthicha!!”
This is an important warning from Vidura here – If we’re taking care of our near and dear ones in the way Vidura is advising us to do, they would take care of us when we are in a catastrophic situation. They would give us a helping hand at that critical time of ours. Whereas if we are failing to take care of these people at their critical times, we need to understand that it is this same set of people who will dig our grave and bury us completely when we face critical times in our life. Hence we should be careful here!
This is where King Dhirdiraashtra is also losing the plot – To appease his sons, he’s not willing to take care of his brother Paandu’s sons (Paandavas). He’s trying to ditch them completely just because his sons should gain the most. However, little does he realize that the Paandavas are going to be his worst enemies in the near future. Vidura is thus trying to educate King Dhirdiraashtra and to make him aware of what is happening. Vidura is cautioning King Dhirdiraasthra that he is indirectly “creating” his own enemies rather than enemies coming from outside the kingdom. He is trying to warn King Dhirdiraashtra that rather than breeding enemies within the kingdom, he should immediately take steps to address this problem by making peace and friendship with his brother’s sons. If this is not going to happen soon, Hastinapura kingdom is going to be in a huge mess!
So for today, let us start thinking about this important point and we shall take this discussion forward in tomorrow’s episode! Stay tuned! 🙂