In the previous episode we had concluded an important discussion on the different categories of people near whom Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth) never comes! We witnessed that Goddess Lakshmi never comes near those people who are “Saadhaks” or staunch practitioners of “Dharma”. Secondly, those people who do not maintain a clear account of whatever income and expenses they incur, invite the risk of Goddess Lakshmi running away from them. Thirdly, Goddess Lakshmi avoids those who focus excessively on physical strength and trying to bully others with that. Fourth on the radar are those people who perform spiritual practices all throughout their lives continuously. Finally, Vidura explains that Goddess Lakshmi never comes near people who think too high and proud about themselves in whatever they do.
Saying thus, Vidura emphasizes the point that Goddess Lakshmi Devi never comes near these above mentioned five categories of people. We might wonder at this point as to why is Vidura mentioning this point. For instance, why should Vidura mention that Goddess Lakshmi never comes near “Saadhaks” or people who perform regular spiritual practices? Of course, we can understand if Vidura says that Goddess Lakshmi doesn’t come near those people who are jealous, those who fail to maintain their accounts properly, etc. Of course, these people can be considered to be insulting Goddess Lakshmi in some way or the other owing to their irresponsible behavior. But why doesn’t Goddess Lakshmi come near those who try to maintain their sanctity with their spiritual practices and devotion towards Bhagawan? Here is an interesting answer – A person who is extremely knowledgeable or who is trying to search for the ultimate truth in life would always pray to Bhagawan that Goddess Lakshmi should never come near him or her! The problem is, if Goddess Lakshmi comes near him, his mind would start dwelling into monetary matters, which is ultimately one type of a worldly pleasure.
In fact, Bhagawan Krishna himself says at one point thus: “If I want to bless and protect someone in a special way owing to their intense devotion towards me, the first thing I would do is to take away all his wealth and all his possessions from him! I never let him roam around in this world with all his richness! Only if his richness is removed from him, will he truly start thinking about me! Till that point, his mind will only be wandering around worldly pleasures, including wealth and richness!”
Thus it is clear from the words of Bhagawan that He blesses and protects people only when Goddess Lakshmi is removed from that vicinity! This is exactly why Vidura is mentioning the point that Goddess Lakshmi never goes near a person who is a complete “Saadhak” (Extreme follower of the principles of “Dharma”) and those people who completely focus their entire life on performing spiritual practices. It is not that these people are bad. The point here is that, only if these people are devoid of wealth, name, fame and richness, will they be able to progress in their spiritual journey further without any hassles.
Hence the lesson that we should learn from this episode is that, rather than running behind money, richness, name and fame, we should develop the attitude that money should come to us. This is of prime importance in today’s life as we are sadly witnessing just the opposite of what Vidura is trying to explain. Everything today is measured only in terms of money. If this trend continues further, we would start losing the “human-touch” in whatever we do. This should not happen and we as ardent followers of our “Sanaathana Dharma”, should make sure that we do not run behind wealth and money, but allow money to come to us. Of course, I’m not saying that we should shut the door for Goddess Lakshmi to come to us, given our personal and professional commitments that we have every passing day. However the point I’m trying to stress here is that, we shouldn’t crave behind money and by that, we should never forget the basic human values that our parents and grandparents have imparted to us.
So for today, let us ponder over this important point and we shall wait till the next episode to witness Vidura’s next point of discussion. Stay tuned! 😊