Chapter 8 Vidura Another Mortal Form of Dharma
The wise Mandavya, who had developed mental fortitude and knowledge of the scriptures, dedicated his days to practising righteousness.
On the outskirts of the city, in the woods, he maintained a hermitage. One day, when he was engrossed in deep thought behind the cover of a tree outside his tent of leaves, a band of thieves escaped through the forest, followed closely by officials of the monarch.
The fugitives believed the ashrama would be a good spot for them to conceal out. They concealed themselves in a nook with their loot. The king’s men followed their tracks and arrived to the ashrama.
In a commanding tone, the soldier’s captain addressed Mandavya, who was absorbed in profound meditation: “Have you seen the robbers leave? What happened to them? Please respond right away so that we can pursue them and apprehend them.”
The sage didn’t say anything; he was too busy doing yoga. Insolently, the commander asked the same question again. However, the sage was silent. Some of the attendants visited the ashrama in the interim and found the stolen items laying there.
They informed their commander of this. They all entered and discovered the looted items and the thieves who were hiding.
The general’s thought was: “Now I understand the brahmana’s pretext for seeming to be a quiet guru. He is, in fact, the leader of these thieves. He is to blame for this heist.” Then he went to the king and informed him that the sage Mandavya had been discovered in possession of the stolen valuables. He then gave orders to his men to secure the area.
The thieves’ leader had the arrogance to dress as a brahmana guru in order to fool the world, which infuriated the monarch greatly. He gave the order to impale the evil criminal, as he believed him to be, without first checking the details.
The commander delivered the stolen goods to the king after going back to the hermitage, impaling Mandavya with a spear.
Despite being stabbed by the spear, the moral sage survived. He was doing yoga when he was impaled, hence the force of yoga kept him alive.
Sages from various sections of the forest came to Mandavya’s hermitage and inquired about his origins in that terrifying pass.
Mandavya answered: “Whom am I to blame? The world’s protectors, the king’s servants, are the ones who have brought about this penalty.”
When the impaled sage was told that he was still alive and that the other forest sages were surrounding him, the king was shocked and terrified. With the help of his entourage, he hurried to the forest and immediately gave the order to remove the sage from the spear. He then fell on his knees and sincerely asked for forgiveness for the wrong he had unintentionally done.
The king did not infuriate Mandavya. What crime have I committed that warrants this torture? he questioned Dharma, the heavenly administer of justice, who was sitting on his throne.
Knowing the sage’s enormous power, Bhagwan Dharma responded in utter humility: “You have tormented bees and birds, wise man. Do you not realise that every action, no matter how minor, has a reaction, either good or bad?”
When Bhagwan Dharma’s response caught Mandavya off guard, he enquired, “When did I commit this offence?”
When you were a youngster, Bhagwan Dharma retorted.
Then Mandavya cursed Dharma, saying: “This penalty you have imposed is considerably more severe than the punishment for a mistake made by a little kid. So, come into the world and be born a mortal.”
Bhagwan Dharma, who was thusly cursed by the sage Mandavya, took on the form of Vidura and was born of Ambalika, Vichitravirya’s wife, and her servant-maid.
The purpose of this incident is to demonstrate that Vidura was a manifestation of Dharma.
The great men of the world believed Vidura to be a mahatma who was unmatched in his understanding of dharma, sastras, and statesmanship as well as being completely free of attachment and rage. While he was still in his teens, Bhishma designated him as the principal advisor to king Dhritarashtra.
According to Vyasa, no one in the three realms could match Vidura’s morality and wisdom. When Dhritarashtra agreed to the dice game, Vidura knelt at his knees and sternly objected: “Bhagwan and King, I cannot support this action. Your sons will start fighting as a result. Please, please, stop this.”
Dhritarashtra made valiant efforts to sway his evil son as well. To him, he said: “Don’t play this game any further. Vidura, the knowledgeable and highly intelligent being who is constantly concerned for our welfare, disapproves of it. He asserts that the game would inevitably lead to a fierceness of hatred that will devour both us and our kingdom.”
However, Duryodhana disregarded this counsel. Dhritarashtra gave Yudhishthira the crucial invitation to the game while being carried away by his adoring affection for his son.
Keep Mahabharat Book at Home and Read Daily – DO NOT FALL TO FAKE PROPAGANDA and Allow Enemies to Weaken our Dharma and Bharat
This historical epic Mahabharat is known as fifth Veda. It is a common misconception spread by mlecchas; muslims and christian missionaries, and secular Hindus that reading Mahabharat or keeping it at home will likely lead to arguments and fighting. All of this misinformation was spread by illiterate mlecchas and anti-Hindus, and it is completely incorrect. It is done to mentally weaken Hindus so that they avoid reading Mahabharat. Because Mahabharat invokes bravery, pride and sense of confidence in Hindus.
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