In the previous episode we had witnessed an important discussion on the point 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. This is where we saw a beautiful illustration wherein Bhagawan Rama during his pursuit to find Mother Sita stuck to the path of “Dharma” irrespective of how treacherous and circuitous it was. Ultimately more than the attainment of the goal, the path taken to attain the goal assumes more significance here. Vidura too stresses this important point to King Dhirdiraashtra wherein he highlights the fact that the Paandava brothers, irrespective of whatever torture and difficulties they had to undertake in their exile period, stood steadfast in their Dharma, without compromising even a small bit of it. Whereas in the case of Duryodhana, all his actions towards the Paandavas do not have even a small iota of “Dharma” in them. The only aim of Duryodhana is to capture the throne by hook or crook.
This is where we should realize for our modern day life that there can never be any short-cut for real and sustainable success. Irrespective of any domain that we are in, we should ensure that our actions pertain to the path of “Dharma”, even if the going is tough. This is where we lose the plot many a times – If the going gets tough, we start looking out for shortcuts to come out of the problem immediately, rather than going ahead and facing the problem head on. As ardent followers of our “Sanaathana Dharma” we should never ever fall into this trap. This is where Bhagawan Krishna clearly mentions in the Bhagawad Gita thus:
“Karmanyevaadhikaaraste maa phale shukadaachana!”
This is why we see Bhagawan Krishna is categorically exhorting that we need to keep doing our actions without expecting the result of it. The moment we start focusing on the end-result, we would immediately start thinking of how to attain it by hook or crook! The more we perform our actions with detachment from worldly benefits, the more closer we would start walking towards the path of “Dharma”. With this understanding if we now witness and analyse each of Duryodhana’s actions, we can realize where did he exactly go wrong in his life. His only goal in life was to capture the throne of the Hastinapura kingdom. It becomes like a vicious cycle. The moment this goal occupied a firm place in his mind, it turned out to be an attachment to a worldly affair. This attachment over a period of time becomes excessive and he became obsessive towards it. This obsession kindled him to do whatever it takes to achieve the goal – Irrespective of whether is “Dharma” or “Adharma”. This is the greatest danger here – If we become obsessed towards something or someone, the natural psychological tendency of a living being is to go behind it blindly and ultimately would be ready to do anything and everything so as to attain it! Our eyes would become blinded to see if we’re walking the path of Dharma or not! Our ears would be shut and we would stop listening to the advice rendered by elders. All these characters in our scriptural texts like Duryodhana, King Dhirdiraashtra himself, Ravana, etc. illustrate this important point. At different points in their lives, they had worldly attachments towards someone or something and it led them to pursue a wrong path, which ultimately led them to be eliminated by Bhagawan.
Hence we need to be very careful here. There might be some instances in our daily lives too wherein we would be tempted with the end goal of any task and we might be kindled to take short cuts to achieve it. Especially when it comes to money and any sort of wealth like gold, property, power, position, etc. our mind’s “Avatar” changes completely! This is the main reason why people like few politicians, doctors, etc. try to make “quick money” by using their position and status. If we do not develop our self control in all these aspects, it becomes very difficult to pull ourself out from this trap. We should always remember that if we’re able to make enormous amounts of money today by means of short cuts and illegitimate ways, there is always going to be a huge repercussion tomorrow that is waiting to kill us! Thus we try to re-iterate the point that there can be no short-cut for success and we’ve to work our way up in life. Only if we do this, we can sustain our growth model and by this, name, fame, money, etc. would follow automatically, rather than we going behind it.
So for today let us try and ponder over this important application of Vidura’s point and let us try and put it in perspective for our day-to-day life in whatever domain or profession we might be in. We shall wait till tomorrow’s episode to witness Vidura’s next point of discussion. Stay tuned! 🙂