Episode # 335 – “Never laugh at others suffering!” – Vidura’s stern message!!!

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In the previous episode we had witnessed a crucial point that Vidura emphasizes, wherein he firmly says that we should always stand up against “Adharma” wherever and in whatever way possible, if we see it happening in front of our two eyes. There is no point in keeping quiet if someone in our workplace is taking the system for a ride for his / her own personal benefits and agenda. In fact, if we look at the trail of events that unfold in quite a few modern-day corporates that have seen worst possible scams and illegal activities, we shall find exact relevance to what Vidura has mentioned. If we’re restraining from voicing out our concerns and pointing out the “Adharma” that takes place, there is no point in complaining about it or feeling bad at a later stage. Had people pointed out problems at an earlier stage, perhaps many problems could have been solved at the grassroot level and we wouldn’t have seen such scams of huge intensity being blown out! Of course, there are other internal dynamics that every organization would have, and this might have to be taken into consideration before coming to conclusions. But the point here is that, if we happen to witness any form of “Adharma” that is happening around us, irrespective of whether it is being pointed towards us or not, we should have the bravery and courage to stand up against it and report it to our higher-ups. This is our fundamental duty as an ardent follower of our “Sanaathana Dharma” and we should all collectively try to implement this wherever we are and however we are placed in life.

Now moving on further, Vidura emphasizes the last important point for this “Adhyaaya”. He asserts with confidence that we should always have the notion that others should never suffer like the way we suffer in life. If for example, we go through a tough phase in our life, we should always think that let none in this world face such a bad situation that we’re facing currently. Such noble thought is the most fundamental idea behind all of our “Sanaathana Dharma” put together! Vidura says thus:

“Na tath parasya sandhathyaathprathimoolam yathaathmanaha!

Sahrahenaishadharmaasyaath kaamaa dhanyah pravathathe!!”

Here Vidura explains that it is the most important characteristic of a wise person (Panditha) and we should never ever think bad for others. Even in the modern day we see loads of applications for this one particular point. In fact, when I was doing my PhD, I’ve seen few professors preaching at the beginning of the program that PhD is a tough course and going through the PhD journey is a big nightmare for many people. If we’ve to analyze this statement very carefully, we would come to know certain interesting but painful facts. Many a times if we see, the inordinate delay which a doctoral student would face during his journey is not because of his / her fault. It is either the system or the student’s guide/s who would be creating the trouble. It’s painful to witness the mindset of certain people (I’m not saying all are this way.. But just a few) thus: “Oh! During the days of my PhD, I had gone through a lot, and hence my student should also go through the same level of suffering and difficulty as I did!” Because of this mindset, even if the student performs exceedingly well, the people who are decision-makers would purposefully keep delaying the process by citing one reason or the other for not completing it. This is what irritates and pains the students who undertake the research journey. To be frank, PhD is such a wonderful journey wherein we are free to explore and do whatever we feel like. However, if the guide and others who are involved can co-operate well with the student, this journey would become one of the best for anyone in this world!

So the point that I’m trying to emphasize here is that, if we’ve encountered a problem in life, we should make sure that others would not fall into this same trap. Rather than sitting at one corner and enjoying at people’s sufferings, we should educate them and create an awareness amongst them that this is the problem and try to bring them out of it. We should never have this intention that “They should also suffer because I suffered!” This is a wrong attitude and if at all at the corner of our minds and hearts we have such a thought, we should immediately erase it out. If we see someone suffering, we should have the heart to run towards that person and help them out.

So for today, let us ponder over this important last point of this “Adhyaaya” of the Vidura Neeti. We’re still left out with only one more “Adhyaaya” and with this, we would be done with the entire project. In this upcoming last “Adhyaaya”, Vidura is going to give his concluding remarks for all the above explanations that he had given so far. We shall wait till tomorrow’s episode to commence the last “Adhyaaya” of the Vidura Neeti. 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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