In the previous episode, we had witnessed yet another extension to Vidura’s important point of discussion, wherein he emphasizes that if we happen to touch money or wealth that has come to us through an illegal manner, we are committing one of the greatest sins of our life! This is because, this illegally gotten money or wealth, should have ideally been someone else’s, and if we’re going to take something that rightfully belongs to someone else, isn’t it a great sin that we’re committing knowingly itself? IN our day to day life we keep committing innumerable amounts of sins, both knowingly and unknowingly. However, it is not in our hands that we can control our sins that we do unknowingly every passing day. We’ve to live with it anyways. But having said that, we can have a definite control on the sins that we’re committing knowingly isn’t it? It’s because, we’re aware of what is going on in front of our eyes and we’re having the knowledge too that if we’re going to commit ourselves to a particular action, it is going to be a sin! The irony here is that, although we are aware of a particular action resulting in a sin, we still keep doing that again and again, and most of our problems that we face in life is only because of our sheer ignorance like this!
So in this context, it is important for us to understand that we should never ever strive to earn money or any form of wealth through the illegal way and if at all something comes to us illegally wherein our legitimate effort is not put, we should develop the mental capacity to move away from it! For instance, if we find a 500 rupee note on the floor of a temple, amidst a big crowd, and if this 500 rupee note is lying there unclaimed, do we take it and keep it in our wallet, just because nobody has claimed right for it? Instead, what should we do at such a situation? Either we take that unclaimed 500 rupee note and put it into the “Hundi” of the temple wherein, this money goes for a charitable and a noble cause, or we take that 500 rupee note and (if we’re able to spot the person who has lost it) give it to that person straightaway! Now the question here is that, do we have this maturity in us! Some of us have the notion that, the moment we see something unclaimed, we immediately pick it up and put it into our pocket! 😊 This is what should be avoided! Thus, the important lesson that we need to learn from this episode is that, if we come across any form of wealth that is either unclaimed, or has come to us illegally, we do not have the moral right to even touch it! We should develop this maturity within us and this would prevent us from accumulating more and more of “Praarabdha”! We should always remember – Today we might go unnoticed by people around us, but we would never be able to escape the law book of Bhagawan! He is making note of each and every sin that we’re committing and as per Newton’s third law of motion, every action of ours has an equivalent and opposite reaction! Hence, we should be very careful here and shouldn’t give into some petty temptations like this and unwantedly spoil our precious human life.
Now moving on to the next point, Vidura talks about yet another important aspect of human life – “Satisfaction”. Here Vidura is using a string of beautiful analogies to bring out this important point and its significance. He says, just like how a fire never gets satisfied with the amount of oil or ghee or wood that it is burning, just like how an ocean is not satisfied by having more and more rivers emptying their waters into it, our human beings are never satisfied, irrespective of how many ever desires that we try to satisfy ourselves with!
What an amazing comparison is this! Here Vidura is trying to poke King Dhirdiraashtra and slams the level of dissatisfaction he and his son are always having! Vidura says thus, “Oh King Dhirdiraashtra! Look at the plight here! Your son Duryodhana has managed to cheat the Paandavas in whatever way possible! He has tried to witch-hunt them and kill them by pushing them into a palace deliberately made of wax. He tried to invoke them into an infamous game of gambling and pulled out all their remaining wealth and property! He tried to insult Draupathi in the public in front of the entire courtroom! Not withstanding, he even exiled the Paandavas for a period of 12 years! Now what more does he want? Even after inflicting so much of torture on to the Paandavas, your crooked son Duryodhana is not satisfied! Rather than putting a limit for what he has done, he is only trying to inflict more and more troubles on them, so that he gets petty satisfaction of ruling the Hastinapura kingdom. What is going on here? If you’re not keeping a check on the level of satisfaction that you’re going to have in life, you’ll keep doing sin after sin and eventually face disaster! This is exactly what is going to happen now if you’re not trying to put a brake on what Duryodhana is doing!”
Slamming thus, Vidura brings out the importance of “Satisfaction” in our every day life and how we should develop this within us. We shall expand this discussion further in tomorrow’s episode and till then, let us start pondering on this important point and reflect it upon ourselves. Stay tuned! 😊