In the previous episode we had witnessed a very important point of discussion from Vidura to King Dhirdiraashtra wherein Vidura confronts him directly by saying that a person who shows the legitimacy in his/her approach to recover illegally lost wealth or name or fame or whatever it might be, the world would hail him/her as one of the best human beings! It can clearly be seen that the Paandavas headed by Yudhsitra stood by the “Dharma” at every stage of their life so as to recover the legitimate wealth and kingdom what they’ve lost to Duryodhana’s atrocities. In fact, if required, the Paandavas couold have easily retaliated Duryodhana’s crooked behavior by equal crookedness and regained what they had lost, however they never did it. This only shows their magnanimity and their high level of stature, and not foolishness or weakness.
This is exactly what Vidura explains to King Dhirdiraashtra. In fact, Vidura tells him that indeed Duryodhana should consider himself to be blessed because he did not receive any sort of a backlash from the Paandavas for whatever he did to them. Had Duryodhana received even one backlash, he would not be seen alive today this way! This is not because the Paandavas were a weak lot of people, but it was their respect towards King Dhirdiraashtra as their own father, and Durodyana as their own brother that kept them at bay. They were undergoing all the torture quietly because they were waiting for the right time to exercise their “Dharma”.
Similarly in our lives too, it is very important that we be patient and never lose our legitimacy in whatever we do. There might be testing times, and many a times we might feel that we are suffering just because of someone’s atrocities or harsh behavior towards us. However if we’ve to explode immediately through illegitimate means, just because the other person was also illegitimate, what would be the difference between that person and us? Our stature and respect would rise higher if we exercise “Dharma” even during tough times.
In the Ramayana project, we had witnessed innumerable instances wherein Bhagawan Rama himself had to undergo innumerable trials and tribulations in his life. For instance, when Bhagawan Rama knew that he had lost Mother Sita to the wicked Ravana, he could have easily found her out and recovered her in innumerable ways, such as firing arrows directly towards Lanka and Ravana from wherever he was, or by making friendship with Vaali rather than Sugriva.
This is a very interesting point here – Why did Rama make friendship with Sugriva instead of Vaali to search for Mother Sita? All of us know the strength of Vaali – The moment Vaali would have called up Ravana and instructed him to release Mother Sita from his clutches, Ravana would have immediately done so, owing to the fear that he had for Vaali. Bhagawan Rama knew this very well, and yet he went to Sugriva (who was at that time completely powerless). We might ask a question here as to why Rama did this. The point here is, Vaali was an epitome of “Adharma” (Unrighteousness). Bhagawan will never side up with a person who is “Adharmic” in nature to get his task done. Even thought the task might have been easier with Vaali, Bhagawan Rama never considered this option. Rama sided up with Sugriva, even though he knew that the process of obtaining Mother Sita back is going to be complex. This is because, Sugriva stood by his “Dharma” (Righteous path) and he had people like Hanuman who were completely following this path. Hence Bhagawan Rama did not mind whether his wait for Mother Sita would get longer or not. He was more interested in the legitimacy of his path and this is why we hail Bhagawan Rama to be an epitome of “Dharma”!
Thus the lesson to be learnt from this episode by all of us is that, even if the path is circuitous and treacherous, it is worth to follow it if it leads by the way of “Dharma”. If the path leads us to the goal by a short cut, but through “Adharma”, we should never go near it. Ultimately we should realize that if we’ve to follow and uphold “Dharma”, the path will obviously be treacherous and difficult. Only those who sustain all these difficulties along the path of “Dharma” will finally succeed. This is what we can learn from this particular episode of the Ramayana and also from the Vidura Neeti. Vidura is exactly explaining the same thing here too – If we’re going to follow the path of “Dharma” it is going to be tough and treacherous. However if we’re successful in doing so, the whole world is going to hail us as one of the greatest human beings!
So for today let us ponder over this important point and let us try to implement this in our everyday lives. We shall wait till the next episode to witness Vidura’s next important point! Stay tuned! 🙂