In the previous episode we had discussed Vidura’s yet another important assertion to King Dhiridraashtra that will-power is of prime significance in whatever task that we undertake in life. It is important that we complete our mission without giving up at any point, irrespective of whatever hurdles that might surface up during the implementation. Vidura explains this to King Dhirdiraashtra that it is not enough that he sits in front of him and listens to whatever he says. Vidura urges King Dhirdiraashtra to have some guts and will power to stop the atrocities of Duryodhana and to face backlashes with grit if any. Vidura repeatedly emphasizes the point to King Dhirdiraashtra that there is no point sitting this way and letting things to happen according to the whims and fancies of Duryodhana.
Now moving on thus, Vidura explains the next important point. Here Vidura talks about three important aspects for a task to be completed successfully. What are those three aspects? Vidura explains thus:
“Karmanaa manasaa vaachaa yadabheekshnam nishevate!
Tadevaa baharathyenam tasmaath kalyaanamaachareth!!”
Here Vidura explains to King Dhirdiraashtra that a mission or a task would be successful only if we have an intact co-ordination between what we do on the ground, what we talk about it and what we think about it. This is like a sequence – If we’ve to taste success in whatever we do, our mind should be able to have the focus on the task completely. Once the focus is achieved, this should reflect in whatever we talk. Our words and thoughts should be coherent in nature and not different from each other. Once this coherence between the thoughts and words are achieved, this should reflect in our coherent actions concurrent to what we think and talk about. Our actions thus should be in such a way wherein we should give our 100% effort on the ground to execute the task successfully. Thus only if all these three parameters fall into place, will our tasks our missions that we undertake would become successful.
This is directly applicable to all our modern-day activities that we do – Both at home as well as at work. We should thus ensure that to attain perfection in whatever we do, we should put our mind, words and action at tandem and should also ensure that all three work with perfect sync and co-ordination. This is what we call “perfect concentration” in whatever we do. If on the contrary, our mind thinks of something else and keeps wavering here and there into unwanted issues and our hands keep monotonously doing what they should do, it is very difficult to attain that involvement and meaning in whatever we do. Only if there is a full 100% co-ordination between these three elements, we would know what we’re doing and whether we’re in the right track or not.
It might be of interest to our readers that there is a beautiful psychology behind this. Let me give an example – This might be a small test within ourselves – Try to recollect what did we eat for breakfast today morning, yesterday morning and day before yesterday morning. Many a times we would be able to recollect only what we had today morning and, in few cases, yesterday morning. But if we’ve to check our capacity to recollect what did we eat day before yesterday, most of the times we wouldn’t be able to remember! Why is this so? It is because we had taken “eating” as a monotonous activity as part of our routine life that we never focus our mind, words and action in whatever we eat. Whereas if we’re able to give 100% involvement while eating, trust me – We would be able to remember what we had for breakfast 2-3 days back too! This might sound a bit weird but it might be worth to test our memory this way.
Thus the underlying point from this small psychological test is that, the more we put in our co-ordinated involvement in any activity we do, the more we would be able to remember things easily and effectively. SO for today, let us try this test and check within ourself, our ability and art of remembrance. By slowly putting these Vidura’s words into practice let us witness a change in our way of life in the positive direction! We shall wait till the next episode to witness Vidura’s next important point. Stay tuned! 😊