Episode # 345 – Lesson from a “Kumari” (Young Woman) – Why do we witness politics in organizations?

In the previous episode, we had witnessed a detailed accord on why “innocence” as a quality is of paramount importance for us to attain spiritual progress. We’ve witnessed how vengeance taking is detrimental, both for our personal and professional lives. If both of these are affected, ultimately our spiritual progress is also hampered. Hence, we should cultivate the innocence of a three-year-old child in whatever we do. Only with this innocence, we would be able to grow. Our physical bodies have grown in length and width over the years, but our minds have never grown the same way. This is because we’ve lost that innocence in us as we grew up with age. We should be able to forget and forgive people with a compassionate heart at all times. Once we start doing this, our heart would automatically become pure and our minds would automatically start feeling lighter. Many of us today complain about mental depression, stress, etc. isn’t it? The primary reason behind this is that, we’re having so much of unwanted thoughts and feelings about so many people around us. Once we start forgiving and “letting go” of things, we would start feeling lighter.

In fact, this is exactly what Vidura too had explained in his “Vidura Neethi” to King Dhirdiraashtra in the Mahabharata. We’ve witnessed this as a big project previous to this one, and readers can recall our earlier episodes on this. Vidura explains to King Dhirdiraashtra that it is only because of his wicked and vengeance feelings against the Paandavas, he is not getting proper sleep during the night. Of course, King Dhirdiraashtra never paid heed to Vidura’s advice, but we can pay heed, isn’t it? Vidura’s words are like gold, because he himself is an embodiment of “Yama-Dharma-Raja” and is automatically the “hub” of all Dharma in this world! Hence, we should realize this important concept of “innocence” and try to inculcate this in our minds as we progress further with our lives.

Moving on thus, in yesterday’s episode, we had also witnessed an important lesson that we can learn from the bird (Kuraraha). We had witnessed that people would swarm behind us if we possess lot of valuable items like money, ornaments, houses, etc. However, if we are devoid of all such things, nobody would even come close to us for anything. We should understand that this world is extremely opportunistic in nature and hence, the whole concept of “detachment” comes into the fray here – Why should we waste our time in attaching ourselves to people who are opportunistic in nature? Except for Bhagawan and perhaps our own parents, who on this earth aren’t opportunistic? Our siblings would always be on the constant lookout for property and would be ever ready to start a dispute over it, if some sort of inequality comes in. Our friends – We do not even need to say! Our relatives – Again.. They would be always jealous to see our growth and prosperity and if they see that we’re growing beyond what they’ve done, obviously they’re going to be jealous and are going to try to pull us down! Our professional lives – Of course, it is full of opportunism wherever we go! Hence, we understand here that the entire world, except Bhagawan is totally opportunistic in nature, in some way or the other. This is why Bhagawan Krishna is repeatedly trying to drive home the point to all of us that we shouldn’t get carried away by the “Delusions” (Maya) of this world. He did the same to Arjuna during the Mahabharata war, and now He’s doing the same to Uddhava too. Bhagawan Krishna has now taken nineteen such items in this world to explain different forms and necessities for being detached in this world.

As we progress further thus, we now move into the twentieth item – Kumari (A young woman). As the “Avadhoota” Sanyasin was passing once through a house wherein a young woman was cooking a meal for few guests at her place, he found a peculiar thing – She was newly married and had five to ten bangles on her hands while she was cooking. As the cooking process was going on, the noise of the bangles became unbearable for the woman, and hence she removed two or three of it. As the number of bangles in her hands came down now, the sound halved by 50%! However, still the sounds were coming and was still irritating. Now the woman decides to remove all the bangles from her hands, except one in each. Thus, she removes them and continues cooking. Now the sounds stopped totally!

With this incident, the Sanyasin explains thus, “Oh Yadhu! Just like how the woman realized that more than two bangles in her hands are going to make noise, I also realized that two or more people at a place are definitely going to make noise and are going to create a fight. This is where we should realize that if we’ve to progress spiritually, we should be alone as much as possible. If we start having people around us, gossiping is going to start, and eventually it is going to disturb our spiritual progress very badly. Thus, this is the important lesson I learnt from a young woman!”

Not only for our spiritual progress, this point is very much applicable for our personal and professional lives every passing day! Rather than sitting and gossiping around with two or more people, and eventually creating politics, if we individually focus on what is in our hand, and if we put the meticulous effort for it in the right direction, success would be ours, isn’t it? This is the important lesson that we should learn from the young woman. So for today, let us understand this important point and let us wait for the next episode to witness the learning from the next item! 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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