Episode # 326 – “Motivation (Anirveda) – A prime requirement for success!” – Vidura’s important explanation!!!


In the previous episode we had witnessed yet another important point wherein Vidura explains the significance of our mind, words and actions working at tandem to finish a mission successfully without any blemish. Vidura explains here that our mind should be completely focused on the given task, coming out with different ideas as to how to finish it in the most efficient manner. Similarly our words should match the thoughts that we have in our mind and subsequently our actions should be in sync with our efficient ideas being put into practice. Thus we can see here that these three parameters are of prime importance if we’ve to finish a task or a mission successfully.

This is what we call in modern-day management terminology as “Brainstorming. This is usually done at the beginning stage of any important project or a task. All the people who are concerned with this project, sit together and put all possible ideas on to the table. Once all ideas come out from all of them, each idea is taken up for detailed discussion – it’s pros’ and cons’ are discussed in detail and the feasibility of each idea is worked out as a group together. Once all the ideas are worked out this way, the best amongst the lot is selected for implementation and this idea is taken forward for execution of the project. Thus here we can see that thoughts (ideas), words (brainstorming and discussions) and actions (implementing the best idea) are of prime importance for any project.

Now moving on further, Vidura explains the next point thus, called “Motivation”. How can motivation be a success parameter for a person who is a leader? Vidura explains thus:

“Anirvedaha shriyo moolam laabhasyacha shubhasyacha!

Mahaan bhavat anirvinnaha sukham cha aanantyam ashnute!!”

Here, “Anirvedaha” means motivation and self-confident person. If there is one person whom we can associate very easily as an epitome of “motivation”, it is Hanuman and nobody else. During the Ramayana project we’ve witnessed how Hanuman exhibited this characteristic at every instance of his search for Mother Sita. He started to search in each and every place, nook and corner of Lanka city, Ravana’s palace, his minsters’ homes, etc. Although he put in all his efforts in the right direction, he was not able to trace Mother Sita anywhere and because of this, Hanuman started to lose hope. However, he did not give it up. He repeatedly motivated and rejuvenated himself and thus restarted his search in Ravana’s palace. At one stage he spots a beautiful woman sleeping beside Ravana and initially he mistakes this woman to be Mother Sita. Susbequently he again reassures his mind that this woman was Mandodhari (Ravana’s wife) and Mother Sita would never be sleeping so happily with a “Raakshasa” like Ravana even in her wildest dreams and continues his search further into the “Ashoka Vana”. At one stage, Hanuman became so vexed up and sat in a corner of Ravana’s palace thinking thus, “Oh my goodness! After such a long and tiring search, I’m unable to find Mother Sita! How will I go and tell this to Rama? Won’t Rama kill himself with this grief of losing his beloved wife? So I shoudn’t go back to Kishkinta! I shall stay here itself and keep searching again and again!” Thinking thus, Hanuman gets up again and starts searching for Mother Sita. He fails again and goes and sits in a corner! Hanuman is now feeling more upset that after repeated pursuits, he had failed yet again! However, while looking around that place, he spots this place called “Ashoka Vana” wherein Hanuman hasn’t searched yet! He again motivates and rejuvenates himself and gets up from there and goes into it with full positive energy!

As Hanuman ventures his way through, he prays to Bhagawan Rama and Mother Sita that his mission should somehow succeed and rather than him searching for Mother Sita, she herself should appear in front of him, showering her grace on him! Finally, after a lot of hue and cry, Hanuman was able to trace Mother Sita in the “Ashoka Vana” and this was achieved after a lot of ordeal.

Thus, at every stage Hanuman was an epitome of motivation and self-confidence. Therefore, we chant the popular sloka thus:

“Buddhir balam yasho dhairyam nirbhayatvam arogathaa!

Ajaatyam vaakpadudhvamsa hanumadh smaranaath bhaveth!!”

Here this sloka implies that if we worship Hanuman, we would become an epitome of “Buddhi” (Knowledge), “Balam” (Strength), “Yashas” (Smartness), “Dhairyam” (Courage), “Nirbhaya” (Fearlessness). Thus all these qualities combined together in a person leads to what we call “Motivation” and “Self-confidence”. This is of course extremely important for all of us, without saying. So for today, let us start pondering over the significance of “Motivation” and we shall wait till tomorrow’s episode to expand this deeper. 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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