In the previous episode, we had witnessed an important extension of Vidura’s point on how to cope up and live along with change, and where exactly do King Dhirdiraashtra and Duryodhana are losing the plot. The only reason why both of them are facing so much of heat from various quarters is that, they’re unable to accept the changing reality and practicality of the situation. Their ego is coming in the middle of everything and preventing them to take a constructive step forward to prevent hostility. This is what Vidura is trying to explain here – He says to King Dhirdiraashtra clearly that there should be no space for the ego to come in between while analyzing the practicality of life and making a firm decision to move forward according to the situation.
In fact, many of us make the same kind of mistake in our daily life too – Sometimes, we tend to get carried away by the situation or by the excessive attachment or affection towards someone or something, in such a way that we would start repenting heavily over the loss of that someone or something owing to various reasons. In other words, we would get completely stuck up because we wouldn’t be able to accept the practical situation at that point in time and move on further with life. Such things should not happen. Of course, I understand that as our readers read through this, all of us might think that it’s easier said than done! Yes, agreed! But there’s no option in life! We need to live up with change and try to move on as quickly as possible. Of course there would be certain amount of sadness or whatever bad feeling that might get associated with, but we need to get over it quickly and move on. The moment we let those bad feelings take over us, we would get stuck into the same trap as what King Dhirdiraashtra is getting stuck here – His excessive attachment towards his son (“Putra-Vaatsalya”) is the “trap” that is pulling King Dhirdiraashtra down every time and also making him turn deaf ears to whatever Vidura is trying to tell him. Thus, the message here is that, we should be extremely careful not to let our ego or similar thoughts associated with our attachment towards things, take over us at critical times. If we let that happen, it would become very tough for us to move on and take wise decisions.
Now, moving on further, Vidura issues a huge warning to King Dhirdiraashtra here – He reminds King Dhirdiraashtra that there were innumerable kings before him who fell into the huge “trap” laid by Yama-Dharma-Raaja, by misusing their power and position as a king and thus finally entered into “Naraka” (Hell) by meeting a ghasty end to their luxurious lives. Vidura explains thus:
“Mahaabalaan pashya mahaanubhaavaan!
Prashaasya bhoomim dhana dhaanya poornam!!
Raajyaanihitvaa vipalaam cha bhogaan!
Gathaan narendraan vashamanthakasya!!”
Here Vidura invokes the significance of King Ravana, King Hiranya Kashibu, King Kamsa, etc. and explains how much of richness, luxury and fame did each one of them possess during their times. However, due to their misconduct and misbehavior for whatever reasons, all of these people met terrible ends to their illustrious lives. Thus citing this point, Vidura asks King Dhirdiraashtra as to why should he follow the footsteps of these kings. Vidura poses as question as to why should he be known for all the wrong reasons after his demise.
In fact, all of us know and we’ve spoken so much about Ravana’s significance. Valmiki Maharishi gives an account of Ravana’s richness and luxuries in the “Sundara Kaanda” of the Ramayana in detail and we’ve witnessed it during our Ramayana project. Valmiki Maharishi explains the luxurious and lavish lifestyle of Ravana in Lanka as Hanuman goes in search of Mother Sita. In fact, he has devoted close to 13 Sargas (Chapters) in the “Sundara Kaanda” to explain this! Similarly, if we witness that of King Hiranya Kashibu, it was of a similar accord. He was a great king with lot of name, fame and luxuries, but because of his arrogance and ignorant attitude towards Bhagawan, and inspite of child Prahlaadha explaining, advising and warning his father about Bhagawan Vishnu, King Hiranya went into the trap! Similarly, King Kamsa’s story explains this point – Irrespective of innumerable warnings from various people, Kamsa was in no mood to relent from his intention of killing Bhagawan Krishna, come what may! Right from when Bhagawan Krishna was a baby till he was a young boy, Kamsa unleashed all tricks in his trade to get rid of Bhagawan Krishna, but failed miserably! Ultimately Kamsa had to meet a ghasty end for all what he had done!
Explaining all this, Vidura warns King Dhirdiraashtra that he is next in the list and that, Bhagawan Krishna is closely watching all the developments that are happening on his side. Vidura slams King Dhirdiraashtra for his indifferent attitude towards “Dharma” and says sternly that he is walking dangerously over fire!
So for today, let us ponder over this important point and let us learn the lesson here. We shall wait till tomorrow’s episode to extend this discussion further! Stay tuned! 😊