In the previous episode, we had witnessed the extension of a very important point that Vidura makes in the final Adhyaaya of the Vidura Neeti. He says that if we’re going to give more importance for luxuries that include money, status, name, fame, etc., our education and perfection in whatever activity we perform would start taking a backseat. Whereas on the other hand, if we’re prepared to compromise on our level of luxury, name, status, fame, etc. for that time period when our work, education, etc. are of prime importance, we would be able to taste real success. This is why I always believe that money, name and fame should come towards us, rather than we running behind them.
Sadly, as we discussed yesterday, in the present day, many individuals including corporate leaders, professionals from diverse fields like politics, sports, fine arts, etc. and institutions are mainly focusing on the short-term goal of achieving money, rankings, name, fame, etc. and run obsessively towards them! In their path, these individuals and institutions become absolutely ready to compromise quality on anything and everything that they do, which may lead to dangerous and disastrous results in the long-term. Such people and institutions might be happy and might celebrate their short-term “success story” of climbing up to the pinnacle level, but on the long term, this strategy would backfire heavily upon them and ultimately raise the important question of existence in the chosen field.
Thus, the point from this section is that, we should focus on our quality, strive hard to keep improving ourselves day by day by putting in the hard work. As we travel through this path, we shouldn’t care a damn for the short-term achievement that might be petty in nature and that might carry us away from our long-term motto. This is where we witness many talented individuals and institutions fail. We might ask a question here as to why do people and institutions which are extremely talented and having tremendous potential to succeed, go down miserably in the records as a big failure! For instance, we might witness many sports persons falling into this trap. I do not like to take names for this case, but we’ve seen many talented cricketers, footballers, and stars from other sports getting carried away by the enormous amount of money and fame that they receive while playing their sport, and eventually fall into traps of taking illegal drugs, getting into match-fixing, betting, etc. and ultimately lose their entire sporting career when proved guilty! Why do all these people resort to such unwarranted activities? It is just to make a few extra bucks of money in the short-cut method! Unfortunately, little do they realize that if found guilty, all their money, name and fame would just result in becoming shambles within minutes! We can see this pathetic situation in virtually every sport around the world. This is the reason why the respective authority that governs the sport comes up with stringent rules and regulations to catch these kinds of people who try to “cheat” their way to success!
This is where we need to realize that there can be no short-cut to success! Success, if needs to be achieved, would come to us only if we follow the legitimate and the laid-down procedures, rules and regulations. This situation is not only in sports, but also in almost every possible domain. As mentioned yesterday, academic institutions in India are now entangled in a new “craze” of running behind “University rankings” and some private universities are ready to do anything and everything, irrespective of their actions being ethical or unethical, so as to achieve the desired ranking! In this process, they take an easy short-cut called “Research publications” and heavily bank on the number of academic research publications done by professors and students to push up their ranking. Little do they realize the importance of “quality” in research that is extremely critical! Thus it is extremely sad that these academic institutions are falling prey to the trap called “ranking”, in which, the quality of research output takes a huge hit and sadly nobody realizes it at this point!
So for today, let us extend our pondering on this very important and critical point that Vidura is trying to drive home. We should realize that there is no short-cut for success, and we should take the hard path compulsorily. If we’re going behind short-term goals like obtaining luxury, money, name, fame, status, etc. it is just next to nonsense. Our ultimate aim should be to attain sustainable and a long-term success in whatever activity we perform! We shall wait till the next episode to witness Vidura’s next important point! Stay tuned! 😊