In the previous episode we had witnessed yet another extension on Vidura’s one of his final concluding remarks wherein he says that when it comes to our personal life at home, we should be contented with what we have and what we earn. Of course, I’m not saying that we should develop ourself professionally by obtaining more qualifications and thus earning more money. This can be done and many of us are doing it every day. This is the perfect way of doing things and unless and until money comes to us legitimately, there is no problem! The problem comes only when we get greedy and go behind money through illegal ways and means. Hence, we should make sure that we are very watchful when it comes to money and financial matters and we should make sure that money comes to us only in the legitimate way from our own blood and sweat of hard work. There should be no second thought on this.
Thus, it is important for us to strike a balance somehow and somewhere. One on hand we require money and a decent standard of living for our daily survival. On the other hand, we shouldn’t make it a point that just because we require money, we do not run behind us irrespective of whatever might be the path. This is where, King Dhirdiraashtra and Duryodhana are losing the plot heavily – Especially Duryodhana, because he is just trying to run behind wealth and fame, at whatever expense! Despite Bhagawan Krishna being at the behest of everything what is going on in the Hastinapura kingdom, there were many people including the likes of all Kaurava brothers and their great father, King Dhirdiraashtra, who went behind name and wealth, rather than “Dharma”. Little did they realize the worth of being in such a close vicinity of Bhagawan Himself, who was trying to guide them by leading from the front.
Now moving on further, Vidura launches his one final assault on King Dhirdiraashtra with the slightest of the positive hope that he would atleast budge for this one. He slams King Dhirdiraashtra one last time by linking the previous point with “Dharma” and says thus, “Oh King Dhirdiraashtra! Whatever you and your crooked sons are desiring for today – Name, wealth, fame, luxuries, etc. are all subjected to change with time! However, the one that you’re refusing to accept – “Dharma” is never going to change. You’re trying to defend the indefensible! You’re trying to defend “Adharma”, which is never going to be successful! You and your sons are only going behind materialistic things in this world, which is never going to stay permanent with you! What do you call “yours” today is going to be someone else’s tomorrow! Whether you like it or not, whether you accept it or not, or whether you hate it or not, this is the fact of life! Every living being goes through this transition and change! Thus, change is inevitable! However, if there is one thing that is never going to change in this world, even after thousands and thousands of years, it is the principles of Sanaathana Dharma!”
Vidura continues thus, “Oh King Dhirdiraashtra! The irony thus with you and Duryodhana is that, you’re not able to accept the one that is permanent, but you’re ready to accept the one that is temporary and susceptible for change constantly! Thus, please catch hold of the one which doesn’t change and leave the one that keeps changing! Please try to mend your way and this is the right opportunity for you to do so!”
Saying thus, Vidura brings out the importance of “Dharma” and its significance and this is a very important concluding segment of the Vidura Neeti. This is exactly what Bhagawan Krishna himself tries to bring out to Arjuna through the Bhagawad Gita. Thus, this one point is the very essense of our entire Sanaathana Dharma put together. Hence for today, let us realize the significance of this point and we shall wait till the next episode to continue this discussion further! Stay tuned! 😊