Episode # 380 – “Leave behind opportunism when it comes to our fundamental duties of life” – Vidura’s important message!!!


In the previous episode we had witnessed yet another important and an assertive statement let out by Vidura to King Dhirdiraashtra wherein he urges that King Dhirdiraashtra should move on with the path of “Dharma” irrespective of whatever consequences that might happen from Duryodhana’s side. Vidura once again takes potshots at King Dhirdiraashtra for his excessive affection towards his son Duryodhana. He says that Duryodhana is one of the greatest epitomes of opportunism in this world and he would never hesitate to even kill his own father for his opportunistic needs. Thus given this characterstic, Vidura questions King Dhirdiraashtra’s stance towards his son and thereby slams him for his ignorant attitude.

This point is of course not just applicable to King Dhirdiraashtra, but for all of us as well. If we come to understand that one of our closest people in our circile (might be sons / daughters, close family members, etc.) are behaving in an opportunistic fashion, how many of us have the guts to put up our hands and (atleast) criticize them for such behavior? How many of us have the courage to question the “adharma” that happens?

For instance, if an elderly parent comes to know that his / her son / daughter is walking the wrong path in life, how many of them have the courage to question their children for such acts? This is where the problem arises at home. This is another reason why fights happen at home between sons and daughters over issues such as property, taking care of aged parents, etc. It is a pathetic sight in many homes, especially when it comes to taking care of elderly and aged parents. If there is more than one brother or sister at home, the quarrel starts – Who will take care of parents and for how much time! When we were kids, did our parents think like this? Did our parents ever think, “Oh! We have two kids! We’ll take care of our first child for the first 6 months of the year, and the next one for the rest of the 6 months!” We need to ponder over this point very seriously! Had our parents been opportunistic like this, would we be what we are today? Didn’t our parents treat us equally in taking care of us, in educating us, in making sure that we’re set up in a good job and a career, in getting us married to a good spouse, etc.? If our parents have done everything for us in an equal manner, where is the right for us to even talk about “taking turns”, and thus escaping from the most important duty of taking care of them when they get old? This is where opportunism comes into the picture.

Thus the point that I’m trying to drive home here is that, when it comes to our fundamental duties, there is no question of escaping away and opportunism! If we’ve to take care of our elderly parents in a nice and comfortable way, it is a rule prescribed by Bhagawan for each and every one of us and there are no questions to be asked, nor no short-cuts available! Of course, many of us in today’s world are running behind “short-cuts” for many things, but here, there is no question of short-cut! We should throw away our opportunistic behavior and perform our duties towards our parents, come what may! If at all there are some misunderstandings that come in between brothers or sisters at home, it is our duty to solve them amicably and thereby ensure that our parents are not hurt. Ultimately, if we fight amongst each other, we should always understand that the first persons to get pained by these fights are our parents! If we fight in front of their two eyes, what would they feel? Would they be happy in the first place? Hence, we should ensure that we maintain the unity and harmony within ourselves and ultimately keep all our opportunisms apart, when it comes to serving our important duties towards our parents.

This is where the Mahabharata teaches us loads of lessons and it is our bound duty to learn from what all conspired between Duryodhana, King Dhirdiraahstra, Paandavas, etc. We should make sure that we do not repeat the same mistakes that they committed in their lives, because we’re witnessing all the repercussions, they faced for all their wrongdoings and how Bhagawan Krishna made sure that they suffered for all what they did! Thus, we should make sure that we should keep out all sorts of opportunisms when it comes to performing our fundamental duties of our life. We shall wait till the next episode to witness Vidura’s next important concluding point! 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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