Episode # 327 – “Never give up, if faced with failure!” – Vidura advises King Dhirdiraashtra!!!


In the previous episode we had witnessed the significance of “motivation” (“Anirvedha”) and how motivation is the key for success in life. In due course of the discussion, we had seen one of the prime epitomes of this important characteristic from the Ramayana, who is none other than Hanuman himself. We witnessed various instances wherein Hanuman had exercised this “Anirvedha” to succeed in pursuit of Mother Sita. We witnessed that at one point, Hanuman became extremely upset with himself for not able to find the whereabouts of Mother Sita and he goes and sits in one corner of Ravana’s mighty palace. With all his negative thoughts in mind at one stage, Hanuman even thinks whether he should kill himself because he did not want Bhagawan Rama to listen to him saying that he couldn’t find Mother Sita! Out of immense love and respect for Rama and his king Sugreeva, Hanuman decides to end his life or to never go back to Kishkinta again unless and until he finds out Mother Sita. Finally, when his eyes fell upon the famed “Ashoka Vana”, Hanuman realizes that he hadn’t searched this place so far! So immediately he jumps up with courage and confidence and gets ready to go inside the “Ashoka Vana” to search for Mother Sita. In the pursuit, he backs himself up by mustering every bit of confidence and thus prays to Bhagawan Rama and Mother Sita.

It might be very interesting for readers to note a point here – Till this point, Hanuman was thinking within himself that he is searching for Mother Sita all along, he has crossed the ocean seamlessly, he has defeated whatever hurdles that he had faced in his pursuit, etc. But now Hanuman changes his prayer a little bit here. He prays to Mother Sita thus, “Till this point, I had thought that I had searched you everywhere possible. But now I pray to you Mother – Please show and reveal yourself to me! Only when you reveal yourself to me, will I be able to see you and receive your grace, not till when I have this selfish motive that I searched for you!” Interestingly the moment Hanuman prayed thus, he was immediately able to see Mother Sita sitting under the same tree on which Hanuman was sitting on. Thus here is another lesson for all of us to learn – Along with motivation, we should also have the complete surrender towards Bhagawan in whatever task we do. This combination is extremely important for success.

This is exactly what Vidura is explaining here too – If we have the right attitude, coupled with motivation and surrender towards Bhagawan in whatever we do in life, success is guaranteed. Here Vidura advises King Dhirdiraashtra that he should have that motivation to stand up and question Duryodhana on whatever he is doing, because at that point in time, it was King Dhirdiraashtra’s duty as a father and as a king to set things right in the Hastinapura Kingdom. When a succession war is looming large, it is the king who should step in at the right time to doze off the situation and broker peace between the two warring camps. Rather, King Dhirdiraashtra is taking sides towards his crooked son, which is what Vidura is trying to educate him on. As King Dhirdiraashtra is sulking to question Duryodhana, Vidura is trying to motivate and energize him to stand up and do his duty. Since it is now or never, this was the apt time for King Dhirdiraashtra to stand up and intervene, before things go out of hand completely. When the war starts, there is nothing that can be done to hold things back and it might be too late! Hence Vidura is trying his best to motivate him to act immediately.

How applicable is this for our modern day? During the course of our professional and personal life, we come across innumerable problems and challenges that might push us to the brink of hopelessness. It is at this time we should remember Hanuman and his ways of motivating himself. It is normal for all of us to have problems in life. But the challenge lies in how we bounce back from our problems. It is important that we take problems as challenges and face them with courage and motivation. It is only then that the world would look at us and hail us.

We should always remember that those people who have succeeded in their respective domains, have struggled and toiled extremely hard in due course. For instance, we talk about the electric bulb and the great scientist Thomas Edison who invented it for the first time. We would have read something about Edison, but one remarkable thing about him is that, he never gave up! He failed in his attempts more than 20 times while creating the electric bulb emitting light, but he never stopped at it, just because he encountered multiple failures in his path. Every time he failed, he motivated himself saying that he would surely succeed next time! This is how we move on with whatever happens in life. We should make a sincere attempt to learn from our failures and take these learnings into the next attempt to ensure that we do not make the same mistake to fail. Most importantly, we should never ever get dejected by repeated failures. Rather, we should be able to make up our mind to stand up again after every failure with even more confidence and motivation.

So for today let us ponder over this important point focused by Vidura and Hanuman. We should realize that motivation is one of the keys to success and we should never let ourselves walk down the wrong path in life. We shall wait till the next episode to witness Vidura’s next important point! 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 Bharatidhasan Institute of Management (BIM) Trichy, 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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