In the previous episode, we had witnessed an important discussion as to why India can only be a “Hindu-Raashtra” or a “Hinduism-dominated country” and nothing else. There is no place in India for the word “Secularism”, although, other religions can still find a small place for themselves. India will and always remain the land of “Sanaathana Dharma” and no external forces can ever succeed in changing this. Here is where we find apt relevance to what King Parikshit and Kali Purusha say. As King Parikshit says that Kali Purusha will dwell in four places wherein gambling, insulting women, drinking of excessive alcohol and animal killing happen! These kinds of heinous crimes would never take place where “Sanaathana Dharma” dwells. This is the reason why we re-iterate the point that if we’re focused followers of our Sanaathana Dharma, no external evil forces that try to encourage gambling of various sorts, conduct beef parties and do other nonsensical activities would be able to thrive. We’ve to remember this point as we move forward.
As King Parikshit declares these four places for him to stay thus, Kali Purusha is not satisfied! He replies back to King Parikshit, “Oh King! I’m not just a small person in stature as you think, and just four places are not sufficient for me to make a living in this world! Give me more!” Hearing this from Kali Purusha, King Parikshit thinks for a while and says thus, “Okay! Now let me give you a fifth place – In places wherever people are craving and crazy for gold, you can go and dwell over there!”
Now here is the biggest paradox! I wonder at what time King Parikshit came up with such an announcement – The moment he declared thus, India started importing gold in huge volumes! Even today, India is the biggest importer of gold in the world! 😊 The paradox is that, we are the people who propagate this Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana text to the world and say that Kali Purusha resides in gold! However, on the contrary, we are the biggest importers of gold! How hypocritic is this? Hence, we should realize from this point that we should keep ourselves distant from gold as much as possible. Of course, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t buy gold. All what I’m saying is that, we shouldn’t run crazy behind gold!
Although King Parikshit gives the fifth place thus in the form of gold, Kali Purusha is still not satisfied! He asks for more! Now King Parikshit realizes that these five aren’t enough and he has to give five more places! What are those five more places?
“Tataha anrutham madam kaamam rajo vairancha panchamam!”
Now here are the next five places that King Parikshit is giving into the hands of Kali Purusha to take over! “Anrutham” means “talking lies”. “Madam” means having lot of “head-weight” that I’m everything in this world! “Kaamam” means having excessive desire. “Rajaha” means extreme anger. “Vairam” means “enmity” over someone, or taking vengeance against someone for some reason. Thus, these are the next five places wherein Kali Purusha dwells in this particular Yuga. Hence, we should be extremely careful not to fall into these categories.
Now we can see that the trap is getting bigger and bigger! Initially till yesterday we thought that there were only four traps, and we were rejoicing that we’re not into any of them! However, next came the fifth trap in the form of gold! I cannot ascertain as to how many of us would be falling into this one as this looks big! 😊 Notwithstanding, King Parikshit now has listed down five more traps, thus taking the tally to ten! Many of us, or almost all of us might fall into atleast one of these “huge traps”! For instance, do we refrain ourselves from speaking lies to people around us? Or, do we refrain ourselves from going into excessive desire towards something in this world? Even if we might be able to control these two to a certain extent atleast, are we able to control our anger? As a small example, when we’re driving our vehicle on the road and if someone comes in between our path, don’t we fume at that person immediately? How raging is our anger at this point? This is just a simple example as to how we vent out our anger! Moreover, in today’s world everything is about “competition” and “survival”. In this “race for survival”, we end up in lot of enmity between people (from within our family and outside as well). How much of professional rivalry, power struggles and politics do we see in the modern-day organizations? Although we talk a lot on personal and professional ethics on paper and text books, do we really follow all that in practice? There are many breaches in ethics and value systems in today’s world, which result in enormous amounts of problems and sufferings, not only for us, but also for the society and the nation at large! For instance, politicians involve themselves in corruption – This is a widely known fact across the country and also in many parts of the world! Why is this corruption happening? It is only because of desire (Kaamam) for more and more money and wealth! As a resultant of widespread corruption, who are the sufferers? It is the common public, isn’t it? But sadly enough, does anybody gives a thought to this in today’s world? The answer is “No”!
This is how we’re entertaining Kali Purusha to dwell in this world more and more! When King Parikshit gave away 10 places to him, it didn’t seem so huge! But if we look at the magnitude of these places in today’s world, it is so mammoth in size that we feel that Kali Purusha is “omni-present” everywhere! Now who is responsible for all this mess? Bhagawan has given the capability of “discrimination” to all of us, to differentiate between the good and the bad. Moreover, he has given us the awareness that Kali Purusha resides in certain places, where we shouldn’t venture out into! Knowing all these, are we able to resist our temptation, not to go into those places? This is where we falter!
Hence for today, let us spare a thought on these ten important “traps” laid by Bhagawan, and let us think of ways how not to fall into these traps and get caught in the hands of Kali Purusha! We shall wait till the next episode to continue this discussion further! Stay tuned! 😊