In the previous episode, we had witnessed yet another important aspect of “Dharma” as being narrated by Sage Sukhaachaarya to King Parikshit, called “Aatma-Vimarshana”. This pertains to the fact that before blaming others for anything, we should first introspect within ourselves whether we’re perfect. It is very easy to blame others and to find fault. But if we’ve to put ourselves in their shoes and get the work done, many a times, we would also face similar situations and challenges that others did. Thus, rather than involving in “blame games” over not doing something properly, we should make sure that we work hand in hand with others, to get the job done. Ultimately our focus should be on our task in hand, and not playing politics unnecessarily.
For instance, as the world is currently being gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic and as the total number of “positive cases” is all set to cross the crucial six hundred thousand (SIX LAKH) mark today, governments across the world are scrambling with whatever limited resources they have, to tackle the situation. This is the same case in our “Bhaarata Desha” (India) as well. As responsible citizens of this great country, what should be our role to play? We should make sure that we obey whatever the government’s instructions are – Both the Central and State governments. Ultimately we should realize that the government is advising us with certain norms to follow, only for our benefit. If we follow them correctly, we can overcome this huge pandemic challenge.
The government has advised all of us to stay indoors for the next 3 weeks. Rather, if we start roaming around on the roads every day, by defying the government’s orders, we’re going to become “potential carriers” of the disease in due course! I’m repeatedly appealing to all our readers and to the world through “The Indian Dharma” blog page – Please, let us all refrain from venturing out of our homes for the next three weeks or so, whatever might be the requirement. I’m very particular on this because of the great danger that this virus possesses – Even though there might be people exhibiting symptoms of the disease, there might be many who are “asymptomatic”. This means that the virus particles might be present inside that person, but he / she might not be showing symptoms of the disease. This is the greatest danger here. Even if we come in contact with such “asymptomatic” people while going out, chances are very high that we might contract the disease too! And let us all remember one important thing here – There is no medicine yet to cure this disease! Of course, our esteemed doctors and researchers all over the world are leaving no stone unturned to come up with a vaccine for this, as early as possible. But till that time, isn’t it our personal and social responsibility to safeguard ourselves as well as our fellow people?
Moreover, we should also be aware that developed countries like the United States of America, Italy, Spain, France, the United Kingdom, etc. are reeling under the impact of this disease today, primarily because they failed to take adequate precautionary measures during the early stages. We’re witnessing in the news everyday that there are overwhelming number of patients in their hospitals and the doctors are stretched far beyond their personal capacities to treat these patients. As a result, their health systems are collapsing rapidly and subsequently the number of people dying of the disease is on the rise!
Given this scenario, rather than blaming the government for anything and everything, isn’t our responsibility to make sure that such a catastrophic situation doesn’t arise in India? Given our various limitations with respect to our healthcare systems, if at all such a situation arises, do we realize what kind of a danger are we posing to our society, for our family members and for our nation as a whole? If such a catastrophic situation arises in future, what would be our immediate reaction? We would shamelessly say, “Oh! The government should have taken adequate steps in the earlier stages itself to control the pandemic!” Do we even have the right to say such things, if we’re not following the protocol laid down by the government? Hence, rather than playing the blame game later on, we should think and introspect within ourselves whether we follow the rules and norms set by the government during this early stage itself.
This is exactly what Sage Sukhaachaarya is explaining here, through the concept of “Aatma-Vimarshana”. As a practical application of this “Dharma”, let us take this situation as an opportunity to implement what we’re learning here. We should always have the confidence within ourselves that we can overcome this danger effectively with minimal amount of damage. Let us also remember one thing – Even now it is not too late. We’re still at a very much manageable situation, as compared to many other countries worldwide. So, let us do the needful immediately before things fall out of hand!
We shall wait till the next episode to move on with Sage Sukhaachaarya’s narrative further. Until then, let us firmly take a resolve to stay indoors as much as possible and stay safe! Stay tuned! 😊