Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
While inquiring about the conversation between Vidura and Maitreya Muni, the sages headed by Shaunaka Muni glorify the qualities of Vidura. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.20.2 Shaunaka Muni says,
kṣattā mahā-bhāgavataḥ kṛṣṇasyaikāntikaḥ suhṛt
yas tatyājāgrajaṁ kṛṣṇe sāpatyam aghavān iti
Śaunaka Ṛṣi inquired about Vidura, who was a great devotee and friend of Lord Kṛṣṇa and who gave up the company of his elder brother because the latter, along with his sons, played tricks against the desires of the Lord.
The word 'tatyāja' in the above verse means 'abandoned'. Vidura abandoned the company of his elder brother Dhrtarashtra and his 100 sons - because they were 'aghavān' or offenders to Lord Krishna. Until I read this verse, I was of the understanding that Vidura left the palace because he was blasphemed by Duryodhana. Both Shaunaka Muni and Srila Prabhupada very nicely clarify the actual reason why Vidura left.
In Caitanya Caritamrta Adi lila verse 7.50 purport Srila Prabhupada says, "One should be very meek and humble in his personal transactions, and if insulted a Vaishnava should be tolerant and not angry. But if there is blasphemy against one’s guru or another Vaishnava one should be as angry as fire. This was exhibited by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. One should not tolerate blasphemy against a Vaishnava but should immediately take one of three actions. If someone blasphemes a Vaishnava one should stop him with arguments and higher reason. If one is not expert enough to do this he should give up his life on the spot, and if he cannot do this, he must go away."
The same rule holds true to deal with people who blaspheme Lord as well. When Kauravas did not heed to the request of Lord Krishna, when He came to them as peace messenger, Vidura was not satisfied with their behaviour. Srila Prabhupada very nicely mentions in the purport, "When Krishna tried to stop the war and mitigate the misunderstanding between the cousin-brothers, they refused to accept His counsel; therefore Kshatta, or Vidura, was unsatisfied with them, and he left the palace. As a devotee,Vidura showed by example that anywhere that Krishna is not honored is a place unfit for human habitation. A devotee may be tolerant regarding his own interests, but he should not be tolerant when there is misbehavior toward the Lord or the Lord's devotee. Here the word aghavān is very significant, for it indicates that the Kauravas, Dhrtarashtra's sons, lost the war because of being sinful in disobeying the instructions of Krishna."
Vidura as a good well-wisher of Kauravas tried his best by reasoning and arguments, to make Dhrtarashtra understand the impact of disobeying Krishna's instructions. But when Duryodhana interrupted his arguments and began to blaspheme him, he realised that it is not possible to correct them. Had he taken the blaspheme of Duryodhana personally, he could have taken his Shiva-dhanush and joined the Pandavas camp and fought against the Kauravas. But Vidura did not do so because being a true Vaishnava he did not mind personal blaspheme. Instead he left the Shiva-dhanush at the doorstep of the palace and left the place. In his previous position as Yamaraj, he could not spend time visiting the pilgrim places in the earth. Even in this birth as Vidura, all along he was spending most of the time in administration and counsel. So he humbly considered this as golden opportunity to visit holy dhams and serve the Lord and His devotees in these places and thereby purify himself.
May we always remember the instructions of Mahaprabhu and the personal example of Vidura and never engage in blaspheming Lord or His devotees and abandon such offenders.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi
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