In the previous episode, we had witnessed the extension of an important point that Vidura is emphasizing here with regards to luxuries and education. It is a common sight even in today’s scenario too, that those people who are financially rich and with all sorts of luxuries in the world, would never succeed in terms of academic education (barring few people of course), whereas, those people who are financially weak and devoid of luxuries, would succeed extremely well in education.
This is true not only for academic education literally, but also for all other professions too. If we take successful sportspersons, we might witness that many of them would have hailed from a very humble personal background. One good example that we might consider for this case is a boy from a remote city called Ranchi in the eastern part of India. During his intial days of life, he was a porter in a railway station in eastern India and with his dedicated efforts and persistence, went on to become one of India’s most successful captain of the Indian Cricket team – This boy from Ranchi is none other than Mr. Mahendra Singh Dhoni! 😊 The entire world of cricket reveres him for his wonderful exhibition of people skills as well as for his shrewdness and smartness on the cricket field with his swift moves as a wicket-keeper, as a batsman and as a captain! He is such an expert in out-smarting opponent teams with his agile decisions with smart implementation and is an epitome of leadership too! Another excellent example is a girl from Hyderabad, India, and she too was from a relatively humble family background. This girl had the unique talent of playing badminton and eventually her talent was recognized by the badminton veteran of India – Mr. Gopichand and eventually she went on to make a mark for herself in the Olympic games and many other badminton tournaments conducted internationally across the world! Her meticulous hard-work and work ethic made her a prolific and an industrious badminton star and she is none other than Ms. P. V. Sindhu!
Hence, the important point to be highlighted here is that, luxuries are not very important in life. Our hard work, sincerity, persistence to failures, relentless pursuit towards excellence in whatever domain we are in, is what matters in life the most! Once this dedication sets inside us, achievements automatically come towards us and in turn, luxuries, name, fame, etc. would eventually follow! Thus, rather than we going behind luxuries, money, name and fame, luxuries, money, name and fame should follow us! Sadly in today’s world there are many individuals and institutions that run behind all these things and compromise on their value systems and the fundamental identity of existence.
Especially in the academic front where I work currently, it is very sad to witness the fact that many Indian universities (private) are now running behind national and world level rankings by taking short-cuts and whatever it takes to reach there! Little do they know and understand that even by hook or crook if they reach the pinnacle, sustaining in that position is not going to be easy, without consistent efforts and work ethics. All what people nowadays think is that, by hook or crook, by taking any sort of short-cut, by whatever means and ways it takes, they should reach the number one spot! This is a huge blunder that is being done and is a blatant disservice to the student community in terms of providing quality education and also to the knowledge addition front in terms of quality research. Little do these money-minded cheap and third-rated universities realize that this short-term “happiness” of being number one is going to backfire at them very badly in the near future! All we can do is to pray to Bhagawan that this craze of running towards rankings and other short-term benefits should backfire at them, so that these money-minded academic institutions are shown their place!
This is exactly whay Vidura is saying here too – He clearly explains that if we’re going to get obsessed with money and luxuries like this, Goddess Saraswati (Goddess of Knowledge & Education) is never going to be present in these places and ultimately these kinds of institutions are only going to end up in a huge disaster in the future to come! Thus for today, let us realize that education comes first, and money, luxuries, name and fame would automatically follow if we’ve got that sincerity, dedication, persistent hard work and the zeal to succeed! We shall wait till the next episode to witness Vidura’s next important point! Stay tuned! 😊