In the previous episode we had witnessed the continuation of the discussion on Vidura’s point that Goddess Lakshmi would not come near certain categories of people. In due course, we discussed yesterday that this applies to people who are impeccable in their character and also to those who are devoid of any character at all and who are rogues. Of course, we could easily make sense that Goddess Lakshmi feels afraid to go near those who are rogues, because of their obsessive desire to do anything and everything for money.
By saying this, Vidura indirectly points out to King Dhirdiraashtra that his son Duryodhana somewhere falls under this category. This is mainly because of Duryodhana’s wicked character that he is ready to punish and torture the Paandavas in whatever illegal and inhuman way possible, so that he can retain the Hastinaapura kingdom somehow by hook or crook. If his father, King Dhirdiraashtra tries to question him on his crooked actions, Duryodhana is even ready to go one step further to act against his father too! Such is the craze he has over wealth and power and this is where Vidura’s point finds complete relevance. In fact, it is only because of the fear of backlash from Duryodhana, King Dhirdiraashtra is somehow keeping quiet and tolerating all what is happening! Of course, King Dhirdiraashtra also has that inner desire that only his son Duryodhana should be his successor, but still, inspite of all the crooked activities that Duryodhana does, King Dhirdiraashtra is still putting up with all of that. Thus, by saying so, Vidura tries to drive home the point again and again that King Dhirdiraashtra should get up from his fear and slumber and act. He should somehow question Duryodhana’s atrocities despite the fear of backlash that looms large on him.
Now moving on further, Vidura explains the next important point. He now explains four different actions and their corresponding results that we achieve by performing them. Vidura explains thus:
“Agnihotra phalaa vedaaha Sheela vriddham phalam shrutham!
Rathiputhra phalaa naari taktha bhuktha phalam dhanam!!”
First, to start with, Vidura says “Agnihotra phalaa vedaaha” – The action of learning the “Vedas” and becoming scholarly in us, should lead us to using it in performing as many spiritual offerings as possible. The effect of learning the “Vedas” and obtaining a mastry over it should reach Bhagawan and make him happy. This is very important for all of us to ponder upon. Nowadays, many of us have started to commercialize spiritual offerings, art forms such as music, dance, etc. Somewhere down the line, we’ve forgotten that these activities are performed to please Bhagawan and attain “Moksha”. Rather, we’ve started to use these activities to make truckloads of money! Of course, we’ve discussed this point in detail in one of our previous episodes and we should take a conscious resolution to opt against doing such noble and spiritual activities for the sake of attaining worldly pleasure. If it is done thus, we should realize that the results of these spiritual activities would be totally diluted and it is a sheer waste of performing them!
Next, Vidura explains thus: “Sheela vriddham phalam shrutham” – Here Vidura explains that the ultimate purpose of educating ourselves in our “Shaastras” or scriptural texts is to help those people who are in dire need. If we’re just reading the scriptural texts and aren’t ready to follow what has been mentioned in them, it is a sheer waste of time and energy in doing so. Hence we should realize that we should take a leaf out of the scriptural texts and implement whatever is being said in them. In fact, this is the very purpose of commencing and meticulously pursuing this blog. It is thus not enough for all of us to read this and go away without thinking and implementing what we’ve read. It is each and everyone’s responsibility to think over and try to practice whatever Vidura or Bhagawan Rama or Bhagawan Krishna or anybody for that matter says.
Subsequently Vidura explains – “Rathiputhra phalaa naari” – Here Vidura explains that the main purpose of marrying a decent woman from a good family is to lead a life according to the principles of our “Sanaathana Dharma” and to obtain children with all the charactersitics of “Dharma” preached to them. In fact, during our Ramayana project, we’ve witnessed how Valmiki Maharishi laid enormous emphasis on the very purpose behind the “Sita-Rama wedding” – He categorically stressed that the essential purpose of getting married is to follow the path of “Dharma” together in unison. This is exactly the same thing that Vidura is stressing here too. Hence it is for us to realize this fact and act accordingly.
Finally, Vidura says – “Taktha bhuktha phalam dhanam” – The very purpose behind why Bhagawan has gifted us with wealth and momey is to share them with others who are needy of it. In fact, we should all consider ourselves to be gifted by Bhagawan – By giving us this much amount of wealth, however big or small it might be, Bhagawan has given us the opportunity to serve as many people in this world as we can. Hence we should take this in the positive way and try to offer service to mankind with a selfless attitude. As the old adage goes by, “Service to mankind is service to Bhagawan”, we should take these words seriously and do the needful.
Thus by explaining all these four points, Vidura explains the results of whatever good actions we perform. So for today let us think and ponder over these points. We shall wait till the next episode to witness Vidura’s next important point! Stay tuned! 😊