Episode # 315 – “We should develop a “fear” for doing something wrong” – Vidura’s deeper explanation on “Senses-control”!!!

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We are at a critical juncture of an important discussion on controlling of our five senses. In yesterday’s episode Vidura has asserted his view point that it is extremely difficult in controlling our senses as we’re exposed to innumerable challenges in the form of illusion or “Maya” in which we get carried away easily. If Vidura has to give such an explanation in the “Dvaapara Yuga”, we can imagine what would be the state of affairs in our existing “Kali Yuga” 🙂 Thus given innumerable disturbances and their sources, it becomes extremely tough for us to control the mind from going behind our five senses. Of course in the last episode we had also witnessed an interesting story of “Garuda” (Bhagawan’s vehicle) who was also no exception to this menace! We witnessed how and what he spoke to his own mentor, Bhagawan Vishnu when he was denied his prey! Thus we can witness how hunger can play spoilsport even in maintaining our basic relationship with our people and most importantly with Bhagawan! If we’re extremely hungry, we can even go to the extent of criticizing Bhagawan with abusive words for the condition we are in!

But having said this, can it be taken as a license to do all sorts of wrongful activities in this world? Just because we cannot control our senses, can we take this weakness as granted? Can we be happy about it? Vidura continues this discussion forward by saying that, even though we’re unable to control our senses properly, we should have that constant fear within us that what if something wrong happens because of this menace. The moment we develop this fear within us, we can gradually reduce the impact that is created owing to the lack of control of our sense organs. The problem comes only when there is absolutely no fear for anything and when we go hammer and tongs in misusing our sense organs to commit nonsense activities. The moment this fear creeps inside that Bhagawan is watching each and every action of ours and we’re going to be graded according to the actions that we perform, we would start being watchful in whatever we’re doing. Of course I’m again not saying that we can completely eradicate all the bad activities that we perform due to our senses. All I’m saying here is that, we can minimize them in such a way that we’re trying to live up to Bhagawan’s expectations.

Also here, someone might ask a counter question – Why should we develop fear within us? Won’t this fear cripple our self-confidence? If we develop this fear, won’t it spill over to all our routine activities, thus bringing down our productivity? This is a very valid question and here we’ve to differentiate very clearly – The “fear” that I’m talking about is not “fear of self-confidence” or “fear about our own capabilities”. This is very different – The “fear” that I’m talking about here is the “fear of wrongdoings”. This is no way to be confused with the other “fear” that might bring down our self-confidence. This is a “constructive” face of fear which all of us should have. When we say that we’ve to be “God-fearing”, it doesn’t mean that we should be afraid upon seeing Bhagawan! The point here is that, we should fear our wrongdoings, in a way that if Bhagawan comes to know about it, we would be punished. For instance, there are road rules while we drive our car. Can we say that we are driving our car on the right lane and with the right speed owing to the “fear” of the traffic police? We never say this isn’t it? However, we have the fear internally within us that if we do not drive properly, we would end up in jail or paying a hefty fine. This “constructive fear” makes us drive more carefully by not drifting into the wrong lane and by obeying all the traffic signals properly. Similarly here also, if we develop this “constructive fear” of not doing something wrong owing to the wrath of our five senses, it doesn’t mean exactly that we’re getting afraid, but it is just that we’re trying to be “careful” in what we do!

This is exactly what Vidura means by saying that it is impossible for us as human beings to control our five senses. Indirectly he is warning us to be careful in what we do, so that we do not repent for our wrongdoings at a later stage in life. Hence for today, let us ponder over this important point and try to apply and reflect it into our daily lives. Let us all create a change in our behavior and actions by taking this point into consideration! We shall wait till tomorrow’s episode to witness Vidura’s next important point! 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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