In the previous episode, we’ve had an extended discussion as to why we should always maintain a sense of detachment towards our “Samsara” and how we shouldn’t get carried away too much with it. Obviously we should perform all our duties towards our family and children, but that shouldn’t transform into excessive possessiveness and attachment. The more we get possessive towards someone or something, the more we get into all sorts of trouble. In these lines, we’ve witnessed in yesterday’s episode as to how King Dhirdiraashtra fell into this trap and how he couldn’t digest that fact that his son Duryodhana was a wicked person by nature. This is what we often refer to as “Putra Vaatsalya”. Even though Vidura had given a lengthy set of advice to King Dhirdiraashtra, which we’ve also seen as part of our”Vidura Neeti” project, King Dhirdiraashtra didn’t pick up even an iota of it to change himself and his stance towards Duryodhana. Ultimately this led to the destruction of the entire “Kaurava” clan and all of us know how it conspired.
Thus, the important point that Sage Jada-Bharata is emphasizing here is that excessive attachment is going to bring us down, which ultimately is the biggest enemy for our spiritual progress. Instead, it would be fruitful if we show all our love and attachment towards Bhagawan, which ultimately would lead us to the highest “Moksha”. In due course of time, with excessive attachment towards unwanted worldly things, we’ve totally forgotten Bhagawan! We’ve to always understand one thing clearly here – We do not even know the exact reason for our very existence itself. So let us ask this question to ourself now – Who are we and why are we born to this particular set of parents? We wouldn’t be able to give a definitive answer to this, isn’t it? Of course, we can say that we’ve got these parents in this birth because of our “Karma”, however, many other people who have accumulated good “Karma” over their previous births might not have got the same good type of parents today isn’t it? We cannot assure that.
Similarly, if we’ve to say that we’ve got a good job because we’ve qualified ourselves well with good education, etc., we should always think – Many people in this world have equal or even better qualifications than us, and they might not be in good jobs as we are, isn’t it? Thus, if we start thinking and reasoning in these lines, we wouldn’t even understand why we exist in this world. So we’re understanding from this argument that nobody in this world is responsible for what we are today, isn’t it? If nobody is responsible for us, we are still the way we are, isn’t it? If that is the case, who is making us sustain in this world in the way we are right now? It should be Bhagawan, isn’t it? Hence, isn’t it our duty to remember Bhagawan in our daily routine? Isn’t it our basic courtesy to thank Bhagawan for what He has given us?
Every passing day we go to work, earn money, take care of our family, etc. and with this, almost the entire day goes for a toss. Even during weekends, we are busy cleaning our house, washing clothes, etc. and getting ready for our upcoming work-week. If this is going to be the same cycle that repeats every passing week and month, where is the time for us to think about Bhagawan and where is the time to thank Him for what He has given us? Thus, the point here is that, even though we might have a busy schedule right through the day, we should make sure that we allocate some time for Bhagawan, atleast to thank Him for what He has given us for our life. Of course I’m not saying that we should sacrifice our work for this, but it is our moral duty towards Bhagawan that we perform our “Nitya-Karma” everyday without fail.
So for today, let us understand this point clearly and let us do our duties towards Bhagawan meticulously. I’m emphasizing this point repeatedly because this is extremely important for all of us to follow. We shall wait till the next episode to continue this point further. Stay tuned! 🙂