In the previous episode we had witnessed the extension on the important point of “Satisfaction” and how is it significant in our everyday lives today. Of course, we had discussed the context in which Vidura is explaining this point to King Dhirdiraashtra and thereon, we’ve started to discuss its significance in out modern-day scenario as well. We’ve witnessed how we go behind money, craving for more and more each day and also get into unwanted trouble because of it. As Vidura explained in his previous point, we shouldn’t touch money or wealth that comes to us through an illegal route, and this lack of satisfaction with what we have, coupled with the craving attitude, would make us go behind wealth and money, even if it is through an illegal way! We’ve to connect the dots between these two points of Vidura and understand here.
This is in fact, one of the main reasons why many people, although they might be extremely talented and capable, end up in a disastrous failure in life. As mentioned couple of episodes earlier, if we look at few of the modern-day sports persons, irrespective of whatever game they play, these people make enormous amounts of money by representing their countries in the sport that they play. Apart from this, these players make truckloads of money with their endorsements for advertisements of many top-quality brands. Although they get this much money through these sources, some never get satisfied! The moment they are approached by the so-called “bookies” for match-fixing, betting, or some other illegal activities like consuming drugs that are banned by the sports authorities, they signal their clear intent of craving for more money. Now why is such a thing happening in the first place? The main reason behind it is lack of satisfaction with whatever money they get! Although these people earn money in millions of rupees, they aren’t satisfied! This shows the plight of us human beings in the modern-day world!
If this is on one side, there are innumerable instances wherein people get carried away with relationships that are unwarranted. It’s becoming pretty common in the modern day to witness people getting into extra-marital relationships, which might look very attractive and pleasurable for that moment, but as we move on into the future, there are potential possibilities that this extra-marital relationship would kill our personal space completely. Imagine what would happen if our spouse comes to know of this illicit relationship that we might have. What might happen? The entire bonding called “marriage” gets broken and there are innumerable problems that come with it! This is where, satisfaction with our spouse matters a lot. If our mind goes stray and haywire by going behind other people beyond our marriage, it is ultimately going to ruin our life.
This is exactly what Mother Sita advises Ravana when he comes and seeks her love and permission to marry her. Mother Sita advises Ravana thus, “Oh Ravana! You have so many beautiful wives with you and why don’t you satisfy yourself with them? Why do you want to go behind someone else’s wife to satisfy your worldly pleasures? Oh Ravana! Imagine this situation – If someone else tries to stalk any of your wives without your knowledge and if you come to know of it, what would be your reaction? Won’t you fume and try to protect your wives from getting stalked by other men? Similarly, if my husband Rama comes to know that you’re stalking his dear wife, how do you expect him to keep silent? If Rama gets angry and wages a war against you, you’ll meet a disastrous and a ghasty end to your life in no time!”
Saying thus, Mother Sita warns Ravana for his misconduct towards her and this incident from the Valmiki Ramayana is again an example of how people fall into disastrous traps by not able to derive satisfaction with whatever they have! Apart from Ravana, the Valmiki Ramayana also talks about Vaali and how did he meet a disastrous end to his life. His mistakes were that, he was too greedy over his Kishkinta kingdom and he too abducted his brother Sugriva’s wife, Ruma, even while Sugriva was alive! Accordingly, Bhagawan Rama arrived with a bang and eventually showed him his place.
Thus the lesson from today’s extended discussion on the point of satisfaction is that, we should learn to keep ourselves satisfied with whatever we have in our hands. If we start to desire on things that are out of reach for us and if we’re starting to go after them, we’re eventually going to meet disaster very soon. So for today, let us ponder over this important point and we shall wait till tomorrow’s episode to witness Vidura’s next important point! Stay tuned! 😊