Episode # 331 – “Let’s not service money! Let money service us!” – An important food for thought!!!

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In the previous episode we had witnessed the extension of the discussion on why Goddess Lakshmi never comes near certain categories of people, especially those who are “Saadhaks” and ardent followers of “Dharma”. For such people, Vidura clarifies that there is no need for Goddess Lakshmi to come near them because they never invite her in the first place! The moment Goddess Lakshmi comes to them in the form of wealth and money, all problems would start.

Hence the lesson that we should learn from this point 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.

Moving on further thus, Vidura explains the next set of categories of people near whom Goddess Lakshmi never goes. In fact, Vidura gives a long list of people and has allocated two slokas for explaining this. So let us witness the second sloka pertaining to this context. Vidura says thus:

“Na chaadi gunavatsveshaa naathyantham nirguneshucha!”

Here Vidura explains that Goddess Lakshmi never goes near those people who are excellent and robust in their character, and to those people who are devoid of any good character in them! These are two extreme poles of people – The one who is impeccable in character and the other who is a fine zero! It can be inferred here that Goddess Lakshmi never needs to go near the person who is impeccable in character because he never allows her to come near! He clearly can distinguish which is the problem-giver in life and he can avoid it straightaway! On the other hand, a person who scores very bad in character faces a risk of complete desertion of Goddess Lakshmi because she becomes scared to come near this person. The important question that Goddess Lakshmi would ask here is that, what will this person do if she blesses him with wealth? Won’t he misuse it and create harm to others with it? It is because of this fear that Goddess Lakshmi will never come close to a person who is a “zero” in terms of character.

Thus, from all these discussions and points, we can witness that Goddess Lakshmi never stays at one point constantly at all times. She keeps wandering and roaming here and there just like how a mad cow or an elephant would keep running amock! Of course I’m not trying to demean Goddess Lakshmi here by any means and the reader shouldn’t misunderstand the context here. All I’m trying to emphasize here is that, Goddess Lakshmi keeps wandering from place to place and from person to person and never stays constantly at one place. This is the reason why our elders keep advising us not to run excessively and obsessively behind money. What we call it as “Ours” today, is going to be someone else’s tomorrow! This might be harsh for us to digest in reality, but unfortunately this is the fact of the world. We can see innumerable examples wherein people might have been super rich yesterday, but due to some sudden disastrous happening, they would become beggars overnight! I had heard from few people who were affected by the deadly earthquake that hit the Indian state of Gujarat way back in 2001 – Few of them were leading a luxurious life with all sorts of amenities and facilities until the previous night and once the earthquake struck their place, all their luxuries were just reduced to rubbles and they had to wait in the queue with a plate, struggling to get even one meal a day! It was so pathetic to listen to their accords, but sadly it can be seen how true it can be!

Thus the lesson from today’s episode is also the extension of the previous episode’s – That is, we should somehow control the urge to obsessively run behind money by forgetting everything, including Bhagawan. We should learn to pause for a while, take a step backwards and develop that sense of satisfaction within us that we have enough money to survive. Only if this mindset is developed, we would stop running behind money like crazy.

So for today, let us ponder over this once more and let us make a conscious decision to do the needful! We shall wait till tomorrow’s 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 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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