Episode # 311 – “Transforming WEAKNESSES into OPPORTUNITIES for growth & success!” – Vidura’s key advice to managers!!!



In the previous episode we had witnessed yet another important accord of Vidura explaining the four different ways through which our wealth would dissipate away from us forever! If we’re trying to protect our wealth in a proper way, we should make sure that these four aspects are taken care of. The first aspect is that, if we’re dropping some expensive item of ours in the sea waters, it is never going to be got back! Hence we need to be careful with regards to this and take care of our belongings accordingly. Secondly, 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! By doing so, we would also risk of entering into a zone of uncertainty wherein we might have to face some legal litigations. This might drain away our energy and wealth gradually. Hence care should be taken to talk meaningful stuff with back up of data. Thirdly, 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! This again directly results in us entering into an unwanted zone of problems that would again trigger the exit of all our wealth and reputation that we’ve tried to build on for years together. Finally, 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. This is also extremely important because spiritual offerings are to be given only according to a set of procedures. If we’re trying to manipulate them for our own convenience, we should be prepared to pay the price for it later on!

Saying thus, Vidura moves to the next point of discussion – He says that all of us have some kind of drawbacks as human beings and it is normal! But the real test comes in the way of how we convert our weakness or drawbacks into opportunities to grow and succeed in life! Vidura here lists down four examples to highlight this important point.

“Akeerthim vinayo hantheem hanthyanartham paraakramaha!

Hanthinithyam kshamaah krodham aachaaro hanthyalakshanam!!”

Here Vidura tells King Dhirdiraashtra thus, “Oh King Dhirdiraashtra! I do not have a problem in you having certain weaknesses in you! That’s normal for every human being! But the problem with you is that, you’re trying to play the ‘victim-card’ with the weaknesses you’re having! You’re not taking steps to mitigate those weak points that you possess!” Saying thus, Vidura lists down few of the weakpoints and how can we come over it! This is a very interesting and a very important discussion.

The first one – “Akeerthim vinayo hantheem” – If we’re polite during a time when we’re experiencing a harsh punishment for our wrongdoing, this politeness has the capability to even reduce the intensity of the punishment. For instance, when a person is jailed for some wrong activity for a period of say 10 years and if this person realizes his mistake and doesn’t further indulge himself into any wrongdoing of any sort inside the prison, the government or the judiciary considers the “reduction of the punishment” for this person. This is quite common in today’s world and we’ve been seeing this quite often in the news too! Why do we have something called “mercy petition”? It is only to state that this person who is punished for a crime, has realized his mistake and has taken a vow not to repeat this again in his life. Hence this person is rightfully deserving a better lifestyle along with the normal people of the country and hence should be realeased from prison! Thus we can see here that with astute politeness, one can get over even harsh punishments with ease. Of course, doing the mistake is fine and is normal. Even if it is a capital crime, the newspapers and media would keep talking about it for just a few days and that’s it! It is at this time when lot of buzz would go around, spoiling our reputation and if we’re trying to be polite and astute at this time, we can prevent lot of further damage to our reputation.

Next, Vidura says, “Hanthyanartham paraakramaha” – There are of course certain situations in life wherein our physical strength should be exhibited to overcome them! Not all the time we can be polite in life! Sometimes the stick should talk as well! 🙂 Hence we need to clearly judge and analyze such situations in our lives, and act accordingly.

Next, Vidura explains, “Hanthinithyam kshamaah krodham” – If we’re having extreme anger or frustration towards someone or something, the best medicine for overcoming it is by having and developing “patience”. Why do we often advice people who get angry, to chant a “Manthra”? If we start chanting the “Manthra”, our mind would get calmed down and the anger would slowly and eventually vanish! This is where we need to develop the remedy – It is nothing wrong to get angry or tensed. But it is upto us how we control this anger and tension and channelize it in the right way.

Finally Vidura explains “Aachaaro hanthyalakshanam!” – If a person is not so attractive in terms of looks and appearance, what can replace it? How do we overcome this defect in us? Many of us have this question lingering in our minds everytime isn’t it? Of the crores and crores of people living in this earth, how many would be beautiful in appearance? Only a few of them! However, in what way can we compensate this lack of beauty? This can be done with our “Value system” and discipline that we follow in our life. If we have good values and virtues built within us, external beauty can be no match to this in anyways! Hence, it is fine and normal if we don’t have the external beauty in us. We can use this as an opportunity to rather build up on our core value system and hence succeed in our life!

Thus Vidura gives four beautiful examples on how do we convert our weakness and drawbacks into opportunities for growth and success! So for today let us ponder over closely on these four important points and try to relate to ourselves. Let us meticulously take a step forward in converting our weaknesses into opportunities for growth! We shall wait till the next episode to witness Vidura’s next point of discussion! 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 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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