Episode # 310 – “Claiming something without adequate proof is foolishness” – Vidura’s message to today’s leaders!!!


In the last couple of episodes we had witnessed six important doors to be shut if we’ve to safeguard our wealth carefully. Vidura explains King Dhirdiraashtra the six important doors as “Madham” (Arrogance), “Nidra” (Excessive Sleep), “Avignyaanam” (Lack of Self-Awareness), “Aatma-Sambhavam” (Lack of control on our expressions & moods “Dushta amaartheshu vishrambham” – If a king keeps corrupt people as his ministers) and finally “Vishrambam dhootascha aakuchalaalapi” – If a king has messengers who are inefficient and useless, the wealth would start exiting through them.

Explaining thus, Vidura uses this opportunity again to slam King Dhirdiraashtra for his indifferent attitude towards the Paandavas and towards his corrupt set of people around him. In fact, while Vidura explains the last door, he pinpoints to King Dhirdiraashtra that his messengers should never lack the credibility as they are the key dissipants of vital information of the kingdom. If there is any instance wherein there is a lapse of secrecy from the messengers’ side, there is a huge risk of important secrets of the kingdom getting leaked out! Saying thus, Vidura concludes this section of the discussion.

Now moving on to the next, Vidura explains the different ways and means a person loses his wealth for good! In other words, he explains how a person incurs irrepairable loss to his property. Vidura explains thus:

“Nashtam samudre patitham nashtam vaakyamashrinvati!

Anaathmani sutham nashtam nashtam punathagnikam!!”

Here he says, “Nashtam samudre patitham” which means that if we throw something into the sea or ocean waters, we’re never going to retrieve it back! It’s going to be gone forever! This is why we always maintain our vigil whenever we go to the beach, either on a casual outing or while doing a religious offering. It is because, if we accidentally drop something into the ocean waters, it would be washed away forever and chances are grim that we’re going to get it back. Hence we should be careful! Next, Vidura explains an important point – “Nashtam vaakyamashrinvati!” Here he explains that if we keep talking something on our own, either without any proof or backup or without any kind of references to credible sources, our words will lose credibility over time and thus will fade away!

How important is this point today? We can witness direct applications to the current day scenario – As a leader if we’re talking something in the public domain, we should always have some credible back up of data to support our points. If on the contrary we’re going to keep talking whatever and wherever, maybe for the first few days, there might be some interest amongst the people to listen to us. However as days pass by, people will start loosing interest in whatever we’re saying. This is because, they don’t see credibility in what we say! Today in the national political scene in India, we can find a perfect example of a leader who just gives “empty talks” without any sort of proof and ultimately gets bashed down! We can witness the main so-called “Leader of the Opposition” making empty claims of a scam in a popular defense dealing repeatedly over time, without any credible data to back up his claim and allegation. Initially it sparked up lot of interest amongst the public (Thanks to the biased media that India has), however as time progressed, people have started realizing that this leader only makes “empty allegations” without any solid proof behind it. Thus this leader has started to lose respect amongst the public and is currently risking his public image at a crucial time when the general elections are slated to take place within a couple of months time! Such is the risk of spreading “information in the air” without any credibility.

Moreover, if it involves religious “Upanyaasams”, whatever the person talks, should be credibly backed up with relevant references from the corresponding spiritual texts. Of course there is no dearth of information in our Hindu Sanaathana Dharma literature for anything and everything for our modern day life. Thus the message here is that, whatever we speak, should be backed up with credibility and authenticity, else we would risk our image taking a beating amongst people.

Next, Vidura explains amother important point here – “Anaathmani sutham nashtam!” If a person tries to accumulate knowledge from various sources, but without the control of his/her five senses, all the knowledge that he/she accumulates goes to the drain! Basically if we’ve to see, the sole aim of acquiring all the knowledge through proper education is to develop a control over our senses. This is the basic requirement and expectation from a human being who is called “Educated” and “Literate”. If this basic control of senses is not there, then all what we’ve learnt would go in vain, isn’t it? For instance, if a person involves himself in pick pocketing in a crowded bus and is getting caught red-handed by the public, what would be the first question that people would ask? Everyone would ask “Which school or college did you study in? Is this the value system that your teachers and parents have taught you?” Hence it is evident that if we’re calling ourselves as “educated people” we need to understand and uphold our basic value system in life. This of course directly comes with our education and the way in which we are brought up at home. Hence we should be very careful here.

Finally Vidura says, “Nashtam punathagnikam!” – If we’re doing a spiritual offering to “Agni Bhagawan” (God of Fire), we should never do it when the fire in the “Agni-Kundam” is smoky and without a flame. Such an offering, Vidura explains, is useless! We should note here that when we make offerings to Agni Bhagawan, we should do it only when the flame is bright and well-lit without too much of smoke. This is an extremely important point that all of us should note. If the fire is half-burning and with lot of smoke, we first need to make the fire burn with the flame, and then give the offering into it.

Thus through all these points, Vidura explains clearly the important ways through which a person loses his property and offerings. So for today let us ponder over these important points and we shall wait till tomorrow’s episode to witness the next important point of Vidura! Stay tund! J

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 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Kerala, 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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