Lessons from the life of Dhrtarashtra - Part 6

Lessons from the life of Dhrtarashtra - Part 6

9th Aug 2018
Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

 This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Lessons from the life of Dhrtarashtra" based on glorious verses present in first canto, 13th Chapter of Srimad Bhagavatam. In the previous offering we saw how when we are insanely attached in material affairs time just slips away without our knowledge. Now we shall see further.

Our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says that "old-age without Krishna consiousness is such a great pain for the miseries will make us really mad. Our body will not co-operate with us and we will not be able to do whatever we want. So unless we take shelter of Krishna and Srimad Bhagavatam and learn to depend only on Krishna alone, the four walls of our household itself will tear us apart." Seeing his elder brother Dhrtarashtra still attached to royal throne Mahatma Vidura asks him to leave the palace immediately and take to path of self-realisation. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.13.18 he says,

viduras tad abhipretya / dhrtarashtram abhaashata
raajan nirgamyataam sheeghram / pashyedam bhayam aagatam

"Mahatma Vidura knew all this, and therefore he addressed Dhrtarashtra, saying: My dear King, please get out of here immediately. Do not delay. Just see how fear has overtaken you."

From the beginning Dhrtarashtra always yearned to be the king, although he was not qualified for the same. He was born blind due to past karma. But he could never accept the fact that he was unfit to be a king. So his whole life was miserable and full of anxieties. He was happy to become king when Pandu died early, but then again he was anxious that his son Duryodhan should occupy the throne after him. This attachment to royal throne killed his peace of mind.  Maharaj Yudhishtira, knowing the mental condition of his aged uncle Dhrtarashtra very graciously allowed him to hold on to the royal throne even after the war. But since it is not correct for Dhrtarashtra to still continue like that, Vidura specifically addresses Dhrtarashtra as "rajan" - "My dear king". 

Srila Prabhupada very nicely says in the purport to the above verse, "Vidura, as a saint and as the duty-bound affectionate youngest brother of Dhrtarashtra, wanted to awaken Dhrtarashtra from his slumber of disease and old age. Vidura therefore sarcastically addressed Dhrtarashtra as the "King," which he was actually not. Everyone is the servant of eternal time, and therefore no one can be king in this material world. King means the person who can order. The celebrated English king wanted to order time and tide, but the time and tide refused to obey his order. Therefore one is a false king in the material world, and Dhrtarashtra was particularly reminded of this false position and of the factual fearful happenings which had already approached him at that time. Vidura asked him to get out immediately, if he wanted to be saved from the fearful situation which was approaching him fast. He did not ask Maharaja Yudhishthira in that way because he knew that a king like Maharaja Yudhishthira is aware of all the fearful situations of this flimsy world and would take care of himself, in due course, even though Vidura might not be present at that time."
Just like how Dhrtarashtra was after the false position of "king", we all hanker after our own imaginary false positions. We fail to realise the fact that we cannot get these positions in this material world, when they are not in our quota, even if we hang ourselves upside down. Even if we get some position here as per our quota, still it is temporary only. So instead of hankering for such illusory positions and becoming miserable, it is important that we wake up to the reality and strive to become servant of the servant of the Supreme Lord - for that is our real eternal identity.

Krishna willing we shall continue to meditate on the instructions provided by Vidura to Dhrtarashtra in the subsequent offerings.

Hare Krishna
Thank you very much
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.