When we give the priority to the right things in life, then everything else will fall in place by the mercy of Guru and Krishna. But most of the times we forget this and think ourselves as the doers of everything.
arada Muni informs Maharaj Yudhishthira about how his uncles and aunt have traveled to Himalayan mountains and how Dhrtarashtra would be performing austerities and leaving the body, by burning himself by the power of yogic fire...
Krishna is omnipresent. He is all pervading - present within the hearts of all people - those who are favourable to us, as well as those who are not favourable to us. He is also present outside of everything.
The phrase "Closing all accounts in the material world" is worth meditating. Without closing the accounts, if we leave the house and go to the forest, then that renunciation will not last long as our thoughts will always be on the open accounts.
Dhrtarashtra had suffered the effects of his own misdeeds by the will of the Lord, but Maharaja Yudhishthira was thinking only of his own unavoidable misdeeds. That is the nature of a good man and devotee of the Lord.
Throughout his life he was ill-treated by the Kauravas. Now that the Pandavas were in rule, he would have definitely been well-received and respected in the Kuru assembly. But Vidura was not after any honour, position or power. As soon as Dhrtarashtra left, Vidura also left the palace.
Now by the arrangement of Supreme Lord, all his sons were killed and Vidura wanted to make the best use of this opportunity to give him the final dose of transcendental knowledge. In this material world when we stay for few years in a particular home, city or work-place - we tend to get attached to it.
Our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says that as soon as Dasaratha Maharaj saw one white hair on his head, he decided to do the coronation ceremony for his son Lord Ram and take to renounced order of life.
Once Yudhisthira Mahraj is questioned by Yaksha as to what is the most wonderful thing in this world? Yudhishtira Maharaj replied, "The most wonderful thing is that although everyday innumerable humans and their animals go to the abode of death, still a man thinks he is immortal."
Alexander the great, conquered so many countries. When he was dying, his servants asked him what is his wish. He said, "Please put my body in the coffin, with my hands out, so that people should see that I came wit nothing and I am going back with nothing.
Death is inevitable. But time and again we find that we don't want to accept this plain truth and somehow or the other try to find some remedy to escape from death and prolong our stay in the material world.
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.
In his wonderful purport to the above verse Srila Prabhupada says, "Our duration of life is measured, and no one is able to enhance it even by a second against the scheduled time ordained by the supreme will.
Since Suta Goswami is mentioning 'yaavad dadhaara shudratvam' - meaning "as long as Vidura was playing the role of shudra", Srila Prabhupada gives very nice explanation on how the role of shudra does not deny one from giving spiritual knowledge to others.
To do good or to wish good for those who like us or wish good for us is very easy. But to show mercy, kindness to people who have insulted or dishonoured us is indeed a very glorious attitude. That is why Vidura is being addressed here as "Mahatama" Vidura
When Vidura returned to the palace, all the members of Kuru family felt very happy to see him again. They gave him warm welcome and after offering him the due respects, food etc, Yudhishtira Maharaj began to glorify him.
Prior to the Kurukshetra war, Vidura being insulted by Duryodhana, considering it as special mercy of Lord Krishna leaves for pilgrimage. During that time he met the great sage Maitreya Muni and received transcendental knowledge from him.
In the previous offering, Maharaj was explaining how we should sing to the Lord with bhaav, with love. Maharaj sings some of the verses, in his unique transcendental voice, vibrating the syllables so lovingly, and thereby teaches us how to do.
We have come to our Lord with devotion. Lord is very dear to us. And we have to glorify Him very nicely. When you are alone, you try to recite some verses glorifying the Lord with devotion. You have to try reciting them with devotion. Without the devotion everything becomes dry.