In the previous episode, we had witnessed the extension of yet another important point wherein Vidura is stressing the significance of keeping ourselves away from the path of our predecessors who went against “Dharma” and met a ghastly end to their lives! Just like we learn many good things from various role models that we might have for ourselves, we should also learn not to perform some bad things in life from various people who have done that in the past and ended up in misery. Just like how we witnessed few instances from our scriptures in the past couple of episodes, including the yesterday’s example of Sahuni, we have so many such examples in the present day lives too. Even in our workplace, there might have been few people in the past, who must have exhibited bad conduct (in whatever ways) and eventually would have lost their jobs because of that. We should listen to such episodes and stories from our colleagues carefully and should make sure that we do not walk the same path as those few people did!
Now moving on further, Vidura is trying to play the emotional card here. He pokes King Dhirdiraashtra with an emotional appeal by illustrating the continued point that an individual who is born on this earth, is always accountable for all the good and bad deeds that he / she commits during the lifetime. Here, Vidura stuns King Dhidiraashtra with his selective words, so as to drive home this important point.
Vidura says thus, “Oh King Dhirdiraashtra! Just for a moment, assume that Duryodhana is dead!”
The moment Vidura utters these words, King Dhirdiraashtra couldn’t bare it and looks at him with a stunned face! This is where King Dhirdiraashtra’s “Putra Vaatsalya” (Excessive attachment towards his son) is in full display for everyone to see! As the stunned King Dhirdiraashtra looks on, Vidura continues thus, “Oh see! The moment I said this sentence, look at the reaction on your face! This is exactly what is holding you back from performing your Dharma! Anyways, now just assume that your son Duryodhana is dead. What would happen next? You would weep for a while, but what would you do next? Since it is not advisable to have a dead body at home beyond a point, you would keep the body of Duryodhana outside your home. You wouldn’t respect it anymore! Whom you called once as “Duryodhana”, you would call him as just a “body”! You would never respect and preserve it anymore! You would close it with a white cloth! Even ants and other small living beings wouldn’t respect it anymore! Thereafter, this body is taken to the burial ground and is burnt to ashes! Once the body is burnt, you come back and take bath. You have food too! However, are you going to go away with your dead son Duryodhana? No, you are not! However, there is one thing that the dead person takes along with him / her – It is nothing but the “Paapa” (Sins) and the “Punya” (Good deeds). Oh King Dhirdiraashtra! This one thing is never visible to anyone else in this world! However, everyone of us should bear our sins and good deeds on our shoulders while we pass away from this world! Just because Duryodhana was your son, can you or your wife Gaandhaari bare all his sins or good deeds? You can’t! So please understand this important point and act accordingly!”
Saying thus, Vidura drops a huge bombshell in King Dhirdiraashtra’s heart and mind! This moves King Dhirdiraashtra to tears! The moment Vidura pulls up his own son Duryodhana to illustrate his point, King Dhirdiraashtra couldn’t digest it anymore! But is this enough for him to mend his ways and change his stance? Let’s continue this discussion further in the next episode! Stay tuned! 😊