Yesterday’s episode marked a special edition of the entire blog series, as we’re starring a major health crisis across the world. We had witnessed the significance of “Seva” in the current-day perspective and how can we contribute to stemming the onslaught of the Coronavirus outbreak. We had witnessed four important pointers pertaining to this. To re-iterate once more, firstly we should ensure that we maintain “social distancing”, which means that we shouldn’t gather together at a public place and create nuisance. As much as possible, we should stay indoors and let others stay indoors as well. This itself is a great “Seva” at this critical juncture because, we shouldn’t become a potential carrier of the virus in us. This would trigger a full-fledged “community transmission” of the disease and might turn abysmal for people of older age. It is our Seva thus, to take care of all our people at this time. Secondly, as we’re witnessing a shut down in many places, we should ensure that people like our domestic and daily-wage workers are given holidays along with pay. This would ensure that they can also sustain their daily living without any hassles, as well as serving the purpose of staying indoors. Thirdly, it is time for us now to acknowledge the relentless and persistent “Seva” of our beloved and respected doctors, paramedical staff, hospital staff, etc. who are risking their own lives to ensure our safety. What can we offer them in return? We should ensure that we follow our basic precautionary measures by sanitizing our homes, washing our hands with soap frequently, etc. so that, we would not be creating more burden to these selfless people. Finally, let us follow our Prime Minister’s footsteps and take part in the “Janta Curfew” slated for tomorrow. If we’re in any part of India, let us make it a point that we do not venture out of our homes for the whole day tomorrow for anything, except for some emergency conditions. This would set the tone for disciplining ourselves, and also to “break the chain” of the virus from spreading more into our community.
Thus, we can witness practically today, the importance of “Seva”, which is a critical aspect of “Dharma” as narrated by Sage Sukhaachaarya to King Parikshit. The important point here is that, we should be ready to serve the world in whatever small or larger way as possible, without any hesitation. If there’s an opportunity for us to serve, we should make the full use of it, by being in the forefront of things. This pro-activeness of ours to come forward and serve the world would definitely please Bhagawan’s heart and this would in turn pave the way for us to attain “Moksha”.
Moving on thus with the next aspect of “Dharma”, Sage Sukhaachaarya narrates the significance of “Adjusting and being contented at all times and at all places” – “Graamyeha uparamah shanaihi”. This is extremely important here. We should ask this question to ourselves thus: “Now that most of us are in cities and urban centers and have gradually moved out of villages – How many of us would be comfortable to have a one-night sleep amidst the natural breeze, without our air conditioner, our cozy bed and pillow? Would we be able to adjust if all of these are not there?” Many a times, the answer would be “No”! This is where our problem lies today. We’re so getting used to a “luxurious” lifestyle, in such a way that our physical body is unable and unwilling to adjust to any sort of small adversity if it has to face. This is indeed a dangerous situation that we are heading towards in the modern day. We should make sure that we develop the tolerance and maturity to make ourselves comfortable even with the smallest of the small facility available.
This issue comes to the fore especially when we go out on long tours to visit many places. At every place within India and abroad as well, we would not get the same amount of luxury, same varieties of food, etc. We should learn to consume any kind of food (of course, in small quantities while we are on travel), should be able to adjust with whatever small accommodation facilities that are given to us and should still be able to enjoy the trip. Many people tend to take this otherwise – The moment there is a dip in the facilities and luxuries available, people start complaining and making politics out of it. If we start doing all these, the purpose for which we’ve undertaken the tour would totally be defeated. We should not let this happen. Thus, rather than complaining about things unnecessarily, we should make up our mind in advance and be prepared to face the worst of the worst situations. This is exactly the level of maturity which Sage Sukhaachaarya wants all of us to attain.
So for today, let us start pondering over this aspect of “Dharma”. Let us start developing the level of tolerance within us, so as to face any adversity in our life with a strong will. We shall continue this discussion forward into the next episode as well. Stay tuned! 😊