Episode # 376 – “When it comes to money, people automatically become selfish & opportunistic” – Vidura’s assertion!!!


In the previous episode we had witnessed yet another dimension of answer for the important question as to why do we blame Bhagawan when we encounter sorrow and suffering in life. If we’re encountering some joyous and happy phases in our lives, many of us tend to completely forget Bhagawan during those times! We focus only on enjoying those happy times and little do we care to even thank Bhagawan for such wonderful times! This is where the problem lies. Hence the point here is that, we should learn to take life as a “balance” between happiness and sorrow. We should learn to treat both happiness and sorrow in an equal manner. Neither should we jump in joy while being happy, nor should we sit in a corner and cry while being sad. This is the level of maturity that all of us should try and develop within ourselves, and this is exactly what Vidura is advising King Dhirdiraashtra too. When Vidura says that all our “Karma” will keep following us birth after birth, we should see it in a positive way so as to face them and burn them out, rather than brooding over it.

Now moving on to the next point of Vidura’s concluding remarks thus – Vidura again tries to poke King Dhirdiraashtra with an important analogy here. He says, just as birds like eagles, vultures, etc. would try to feed on a person’s dead body, if let alone on a huge open space, our wealth, money, luxuries, etc. would be fed upon by many other people after we pass away from this world! Moreover, while the dead body is burning, the fire (Agni Bhagawan) “tastes” the dead body along with the vultures and eagles too! Saying thus, at the end of this point, Vidura asks King Dhirdiraashtra a question – Although the fire tastes the human body, along with the vultures and eagles and many other birds or animals, although many other people might pounce upon all the wealth and luxuries that this person has left over while dying, nobody including people, fire, vultures, eagle, etc. ever touch the “Paapa” and “Punya” that this person has committed all through his life! Why is that so? It is because, if someone has to bear all the good things that we’ve accumulated in our life – like money, power, wealth, luxuries, etc., they would be ready to do! However, if the same someone has to bear up our bad things like sins (“Paapa”), none would come forward! This is how opportunistic the world is! Thus driving home this point, Vidura advises King Dhirdiraashtra to understand this selfishness of the world and act accordingly, without accumulating much of unwanted sins.

Here in this point, Vidura is trying to explain something very important, which we can witness even in the present day – Many people going behind the wealth and money accumulated by “others”! The word “others” might signify our own parents, brothers, sisters, organizations, etc. How many cases are we witnessing in today’s world wherein brothers and sisters engage in huge fights to acquire their parents’ property, post their death? How many cases are we witnessing people swindling money from an organization in various illegal ways, so as to satisfy some venomous personal agenda? How many cases are we witnessing people fighting with each other even in spiritual organizations like temples, ashrams, mutts and other religious places of worship? We might ask a question here – Do people even keep their hands on the wealth of religious and spiritual places too? The sad answer is “Yes”! Even in a small temple or a place of worship, there is so much of politics that go on between people who maintain the temple! Many of us might have witnessed it in various temples across the world.

Thus the point here is that, when it comes to “money”, “wealth”, “fame”, “name”, “luxuries”, etc. people automatically become selfish and tend to grab more and more of them without a sense of satisfaction! This is exactly what Vidura is indirectly explaining to King Dhirdiraashtra here. He’s poking King Dhirdiraashtra that his crooked son Duryodhana is exactly an epitome of whatever he had explained in this point so far! He is taking every little chance possible to harass the Paandavas and to see the back of them – Only to swindle away all the wealth and property that they’re entitled for legally! Explaining thus, an emotionally disturbed Vidura asks King Dhirdiraashtra that for how long is this going to continue!

Hence for today, let us ponder over this important point of Vidura and let’s reflect this upon our lives in the current day! We shall wait for the next episode to witness the continuation of this discussion forward. Stay tuned! 😊

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Bharatidhasan Institute of Management (BIM) Trichy, India A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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