In the previous episode we had witnessed Vidura’s repeated assertion of the point of taking care of our near and dear ones meticulously come what may! In the last episode we gave a different dimension to it by asserting that if we take care of them well today, they would be of great help tomorrow when we might face a catastrophic situation in our life! However if we ignore their welfare today, they would turn out to be enemies when the going gets tough for us in future. This is exactly where King Dhirdiraashtra and Co. are losing the plot and Vidura slams King Dhirdiraashtra that he doesn’t need any enemy from outside because he’s grooming his own enemies due to his sheer ignorance and selfish motives. Just because his son Duryodhana should bear all the fruits of the Hastinapura kingdom, King Dhirdiraashtra is hell-bent that the Paandava brothers (sons of his own brother Paandu) should suffer distress. This is ultimately going to result in a fully blown family war and there is going to be an existential crisis looming large for Duryodhana owing to his “Adharmic” actions and thoughts. Vidura thus repeatedly warns King Dhirdiraashtra of this threat looming large and urges him to take corrective action immediately to prevent this from escalating further.
We should realize here that it was not only King Dhirdiraashtra who was plagued with this issue, but also all of us in the modern day too! When the going is easy today for us, we tend to scold and abuse our near and dear ones, just because we have the power and money in hand! Little do we realize that this same power and money could go into the hands of other people tomorrow and once that happens, we would be in a complete soup! This is the problem within many families, many corporate companies, etc. that exist today. Within the family we see innumerable fights between brothers and sisters, between parents and children, etc. for the want of property. We are in today’s world prepared to go to any extent to obtain that property from our parents, isn’t it? How many families are we witnessing today wherein there are no contacts in between brothers or sisters at all! How many families are we witnessing today wherein the parents and children are not on talking terms at all, because of property and other issues! Little do we realize the dangerous repercussions behind all these!
If we’re going to keep fighting lie this within our close family members, not only is the relationship factor going to be cut off, but also is a threat that is looming large from members outside our family to loot away all our wealth! This is exactly what happened to our “Bhaarata Desha” centuries ago – Kings within the country were not united amongst each other, which led to foreigners invading India and capture all our wealth and prosperity!
Thus the message here is very important – If we’re unable to put up unity amongst our near and dear ones, two things might happen – Firstly, our so called relatives would themselves turn to be our biggest enemies in life, owing to our arrogance and misbehavior towards them. However if that is not happening, secondly, there is always a threat that outsiders might be waiting to grab an opportunity to claim possessions of whatever property we have. This is even a bigger threat than the first one – We should always be extremely careful here, not to disclose our property possessions to any third party at any cost! If we do so, we would be facing an eminent danger of the third party plotting something against us at some point in time!
So for today, let us ponder over this extremely important point of putting up a united face as a family or as a company, mainly to avoid external threats that always keep looming large. Of course, if we do not maintain a good relationship within our family, we would always risk ourselves for a backlash from our own family members at some point in time. We shall wait till the next episode to move into Vidura’s next point of discussion! Stay tuned! 🙂