Episode # 308 – “Lack of self-awareness will pull our wealth down drastically!” – Vidura’s assertion!!!


In the previous episode we had commenced an important discussion on six important “doors” that need to be shut in order to safeguard our wealth carefully. We’ve discussed two of it already wherein we spoke about “Madham” or arrogance and “Nidhra” or excessive sleep. If we start displaying arrogance in whatever we do, there is a huge risk that we’re going to lose all our hard-earned money. This is where we can witness many people who have a huge public life displaying arrogance and get trolled and pulled to courts for litigation and defamation. Whatever we talk on public domain should carefully be backed up by relevant data to support and validate our points. If on the contrary, we make public statements without back up, and if we occupy a top position, it only displays our arrogance to make wild allegations and ultimately we risk the possibility of being dragged into court proceedings by the affected party. Hence if we’re in the public domain, we should be very careful of what we talk! Thus arrogance is one important door that needs to be shut at any cost, so as to safeguard our wealth properly. Similarly, Vidura speaks about the next door called “Sleep”. Too much of sleeping only enhances our “Thaamasic” (Lethargic) character and thus our productivity and thinking power comes down. This would make us careless in whatever tasks that we perform and we in turn face huge risks of taking the wrong decisions in terms of money matters and thus end up losing all our property to someone else!

Moving on further, Vidura explains the third “door” called “Avignyaanam”. This means, “Lack of Self-Awareness”. If we’re not able to understand or strengths and weaknesses ourselves, how are we going to protect all our wealth? People would take advantage of our weakness and try to exploit us to take away all our money! Such things should be avoided and for avoiding it, we should examine and introspect ourselves frequently to ascertain our own strengths and weaknesses.

This is why at the end of every episode I keep telling all our readers that we need to introspect the points that we discuss in each of the episode. This is because, each and every episode contains a message and if that message is to be followed and incorporated in our daily life, we need to introspect what we’re doing right and what we’re doing wrong! This introspection is extremely important for both professional and spiritual growth of a human being. Thus the message here is that, the door called “Avignyaanam” or “Lack of Self-awareness” should be shut completely so that our property or wealth stays safe within.

The next door that Vidura is talking about is “Aatma-Sambhavam” or “Lack of control of our expressions”. Many of us have this habit – The moment we feel angry or distraught with someone, we immediately tend to show it on our face, in front of that person itself! This is an extremely wrong habit. Whatever might be the situation, we should never try to “show it on our face”! We need to work keenly on our facial expressions and the way in which we present ourselves in public. If we start showing “faces” to people even for small things, the trust factor goes for a toss, which in turn leads to unfortunate hostile happenings that have the probability to pull down our wealth and property. Thus the message here is that, we should “shut” the door called “Aathma-Sambhavam” or “Showing faces” to everyone around us for all the wrong reasons!

Especially when we get angry on someone, this is why we always advice that we quietly move out from that particular place without uttering anything or without showing that anger on our face. The moment we start exhibiting our anger through our facial expressions and body language, this would lead to escalation of the anger and ultimately would lead us to disastrous consequences. Hence we should be extremely careful not to fall into the trap and this is why Vidura is cautioning us on this.

Next, Vidura explains that if a king has ministers who are corrupt and crooked in his courtroom, all his property would start dwindling in no time! Here again, Vidura pokes King Dhirdiraashtra about the credibility of his ministers who adorn his courtroom. He indirectly points out that many of his so-called trusted people are only interested in their own personal agenda and not on the welfare of the king or the kingdom. We can witness this today too – If the leader doesn’t appoint the right people under him or her to carry the administration forward, corruption starts happening at every level and thus the entire country’s wealth gets swindled even without the knowledge of the leader! Unfortunately we’ve seen this happening in India from 2004 till 2014. All we can do at this point is to pray that India does not go back into the hands of the same political dispensation that was ruling the country during the above said time period.

So for today let us stop with this and let us try to introspect on all these important points. We shall wait till tomorrow’s episode to build on the last point further and thus take to the sixth important “door” to be shut. 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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