In the previous episode we witnessed the extension of the discussion on why should live and let everyone around us live in peace and harmony. If we’re able to control our ego and let go of certain things, this can be achieved easily. However, this is what we’re not able to do, including King Dhirdiraashtra and Duryodhana! It’s mainly our ego which comes to the fore as we try to defend ourselves and our stance even when the situation becomes inevitable. It is only due to the ego that we’re simply unable to give up what is required at that point, and due to this, the situation escalates into something unwarranted! This is the main reason why we witness quarrels between close family members over various issues like property, money, etc. At times when we’re over possessive over something, our ego easily takes over us and ultimately we lose our thinking ability. Thus the important point here is that, such things should not happen. There should not be any rift between close family members, unlike the case of Duryodhana and the Paandavas, wherein Duryodhana is fueling the crisis more and more with his ego and arrogance. We should ensure that all of us along with our near and dear ones are happy and with peace of mind. We should ensure that we make our near and dear ones happy by giving what they require and what they deserve rightly. If we start becoming possessive with what we have, this is where the problem starts. So we should learn this lesson from Duryodhana and King Dhirdraashtra as to how not to lead a possessive and a selfish life.
Now moving further, Vidura re-emphasizes this important point in a different angle here – Vidura explains that all the inhabitants of this earth such as, crops, trees, fruits, vegetables, rain, water, air, cows, etc. are for everyone’s benefit in this world and not just for one person. If we start becoming selfish with all this, there is no point in being a king and being a righteous king at that! Vidura says thus, “Oh King Dhirdiraashtra! Just think for a while here – You’re behaving in such a selfish manner along with your son Duryodhana! If everybody in this world start behaving selfish like you and your son, what would be the status of the world today? For instance, what if the river Ganges becomes selfish and what if Mother Ganges drinks up all her water for herself? If that happens, how will the world survive without water? If the tree becomes selfish and eats all the fruits that it bears, how will the animals and human beings in this world survive? If the cow becomes selfish and feeds its milk only to its calf, how would other living beings in this world get nourished? Thus all these beings are more for the world, than for themselves isn’t it? Has the cow ever been selfish? Has the river Ganges ever been selfish? Has the tree ever been selfish? Oh King Dhirdiraashtra! Please realize that it is only we human beings who are selfish to the core and are destroying the whole world with our selfish nature! Please realize that nothing in this world is only for you. Whatever Bhagawan has created in this world, including fellow human beings, land, water, animals, plants, air, etc. is for the benefit of every living being in this world and there is a definitive ecosystem behind it. You’re not understanding all this because of your ego and your selfishness. Why don’t you share whatever you have with others, so that all of them would be able to live in harmony and peace?”
Vidura continues thus, “Oh King Dhirdiraashtra! Please don’t mistake me here – I’m not asking you to share your property and things with someone who goes by on the road and who is a stranger to you! All I’m asking you to do is atleast to share your property and things with your own family members and your own step-sons. In fact, you should be generous enough to share your things with anybody and everybody. However, I’m not going to get into that at the moment. Atleast you should have the basic courtesy to share the kingdom with your own sons, who are the right propreitors of it, isn’t it? This is the basic level of sharing that I’m talking about. I’m just saying that you’ve to share the kingdom’s reins to the Paandavas who have a right upon it. This is your duty as a king and you’re somehow refraining from it, fearing the wrath of your crooked son! Hence King Dhirdiraashtra! Please give it a thought and do it immediately!”
Saying thus, Vidura advises King Dhirdiraashtra to come out of his possessive attitude and to take a progressive step forward to doze down the tension between the two rival camps. Thus the lesson that we’ve to learn from today’s episode is that, we should also try and come out of our selfish attitude and should develop our mindset to share our belongings with others, atleast our close near and dear ones, so that all of us can live with contention and peace of mind. So for today, let us ponder over this point and shall wait till the next episode to witness Vidura’s further continuation of his final piece of advice to King Dhirdiraashtra! Stay tuned! 😊