In the previous episode we had witnessed the extension of the discussion of Vidura’s important point that as a “Panditha”, we should be able to foresee and anticipate future potential problems and try to find solutions in advance to mitigate them easily and comfortably. This point in the Vidura Neethi assumes tremendous significance and is one of those points that are directly applicable to our modern-day life – Both our professional and spiritual life. In the professional front, in yesterday’s episode we had discussed the importance of why we should have a “Plan-B” for whatever projects or missions that we undertake. According to the philosophy of Operations Management, any project cannot be deemed successful without having multiple approaches towards completing it successfully. This is because there might be innumerable number and types of hurdles that might surface up during the execution stage of the project. For instance, if we are undertaking a major infrastructure project in a city like a “Metro-Rail” project, there might be many types of hurdles that might surface in the middle of such a huge project like opposition from city residents over the alignment of the project, issues pertaining to land acquisition, issues with respect to the contractor to whom the work is outsourced, government policies, etc. For each and every such issue, it is extremely important for the agency implementing this project to have an alternative solution, if in case any or many of these problems surface. All these should be conceptualized during the “Planning stage” of the project itself and this is very important. Similarly in our spiritual life too, we might come across many hurdles that might prevent us from progressing forward with our spiritual growth and development. We should try and make it a point that we are able to foresee such issues well in advance and try to come up with some specific solutions to tackle these issues and move forward.
Having said thus, Vidura moves on to the next important point. This is an allied point to the previous one wherein Vidura emphasizes in the same sloka that a “Panditha” is also a person who has that will-power to complete the undertaken task, irrespective of whatever hurdles he/she faces during the mission. This again is important and many a times we fail in this aspect. Lack of will-power is a big problem with many today because, we easily tend to get distracted through various sources. Now given the advent of the internet and the social media, our exposure towards information and communication around the globe has come to our finger tips. Having said that, unfortunately, there is a negative effect to this as well – We tend to get carried away by whatever is being said by people, without even verifying the facts behind it. This ultimately raises doubts within ourselves, which might pave the way of losing our will-power and ultimately we tend to give up our mission or task. Such should not be the case if we are ardent followers of our “Sanaathana Dharma”. This context might be more applicable towards following our spiritual practices and aspirations. In the modern-day, there are many anti-Hindu elements spreading venom against our “Sanaathana Dharma” and are trying to ridicule those people who are ardent followers. It is at this time, all of us should be united and careful against such elements that try to create a rift between us, Hindus, for their own personal gains. The moment we lose our will power, we should always remember that there are these anti-Hindu and anti-national elements waiting to prey on us and try to cash in on our weakness.
This is where we have to be very careful and this is exactly what Vidura explains too. We should have the will-power in whatever we do and this is extremely important. We should make sure that we complete our mission successfully by not giving in to those elements that try and derail us from what we do. So the message from today’s episode is that, will-power is very important and we should make it a point not to get distracted by external elements that try to create problems for us. There are of course innumerable examples of people who were extremely successful in whatever they do by following this point and some people who fell into the trap too! For instance, why do we speak so high of Dr. Kalam today? It is only because of his persistence to his mission right from his childhood days. Whatever challenges came through his life in various forms like poverty, lack of money, etc. he was able to overcome all of them with his will power. This is the important lesson that we can learn from the illustrious life of Dr. Kalam, who went on to become one of India’s greatest and most admirable Presidents.
Hence for today let us ponder over this important point and we shall wait till tomorrow’s episode to witness Vidura’s next important point of discussion. Stay tuned! 😊