(Understandings from Swami Mitrananda’s talk to Yuva Veers of Youth Empowerment Program 6thbatch)
Jatilomundi lunchitakeshah, kaashaayambara bahukrutaveshah
Pashyannapi chana pashyati moodhah, udaranimittam bahukrutaveshah || 14 ||
Meaning: There are people who have knotted hair, shaven heads, and hair cut here and there; covered with ochre robes and dressed in different manners (pretending to be renuntiates). Knowing this is wrong; still they do for the sake of earning a livelihood.
This verse was the first of Chaturdashamanjarika Stotram which was given out by one of Shankara’s foremost disciples – Padmapada.
While travelling with Shankara, Padmapada must have seen this sight often which must have made him sad. Even today we can see people begging for alms but dressed like a Sanyasi. What happens when people do this? Everyone starts losing faith in the genuine Sanyasis. It’s not that these imposters are doing it for the sake of livelihood. In that case, there are so many other professions to do and earn a living in the right way. But they choose an easy way out to earn money.
People who are in a profession but deceive people being in their profession can be seen everywhere. Today, we see so many corrupt policemen, doctors, lawyers, sportsmen, high court and even supreme court judges, politicians, etc. People who should be serving the nation themselves are corrupt. As a result, the sincerity of good people are also doubted. Such kind of cheating should never be done. It’s not that people don’t know this, but still they do it. Why?
Sometimes it’s a temptation which people can’t resist. At times it’s the storm of desires that grow beyond a limit. Whereas, many turn into such farce masters for easy money. Struggle is considered as a pain rather than an opportunity to grow. This attitude can be seen in school children too. This only shows the lack of values in the individual and the society. If our values are stronger, we won’t yield to easy ways.
It can be any value, but we need to hold on to it very strong. It’s not difficult to do so once we make a decision. Most of us ‘Try’ to hold on to it. Trying leads us to nowhere. Our resolution should be firm. Holding on to one value can make an individual great. Gandhiji held on to Ahimsa. He was very firm that, come what may, I will stand by it. Nobody could break his will. Thus holding on to just one value, Mohandas became a Mahatma.
‘If you don’t stand for something, you fall for everything’ – Swami Tejomayananda