Introduction to Vibheeshana Gita
– Understandings from Swami Swaroopananda ji’s talk for Youth Empowerment Programme – 6th batch
Everyone wants to be successful. Yet, there are only a few who taste success. Why is this so? If we could find an answer to this, it will be like cracking the ‘Success Formula’.
Firstly, let us try to define ‘success’. What is ‘success’ or who is a successful person? A common answer would be – those who achieve their ambition in life can be called successful people. In that case, Osama Bin Laden was also famous. In fact, he successfully carried out his activities with his army and was able to achieve his ambitions. That, definitely, is not success. When a person is successful, he becomes a contributor to the society and people are not hurt because of him. Who are the successful people whose names flash into our minds? The most common examples would be of business tycoons, sports persons, celebrities, etc. So, can we say ‘Success = Fame’ or ‘Success = Wealth’? If that is so, then what happens to their success when their fame & money is lost? The people who achieve their goals are no doubt successful, but only in their particular fields. Most of them are not successful in other areas of their lives. Some of them have a very sad personal life. One of the best examples of such a person would be Charlie Chaplin. A man who could make the audience burst into roars of laughter by his mere presence on the screen was a very unhappy man in his personal life. He had admitted that he had even thought of committing suicide many times. In the newspapers we can read of renowned doctors, celebrities and other personalities committing suicide. That means these people, whom we call as successful personalities, could only earn fame, wealth, good careers, etc but were very miserable in their life as a whole.
Some say, success is Power. A king attacked his neighbouring kingdom and won the battle. He now ruled two kingdoms. But after 6 months, another king attacked and captured both the kingdoms. So, the power of the first king lasted only for 6 months. The new king was thrown away by his own brothers. He also lost his power in no time. So, can we say, ‘Success = Power’?
If fame, prosperity, power, etc, these are not components of success, then what is success? How can we define a success?
The best example of a successful man is Lord Rama. He had to spend a golden part of his life in forest for fourteen years, he had to send Sitadevi away when she was expecting, he did not conquer any kingdoms and gained power; still, even today, people sing His Glory. That is Success!
Success is not measured in terms of wealth or power. Success depends on what values in life you live upon, it depends on how good individual you are, it depends on how much you are willing to sacrifice for the well-being of others, it depends on how many hearts in which you reside in. Lord Rama was Famous – for his good deeds & virtues. He was Rich – with a strong value-system. He had Power – for, he conquered not lands, but hearts.
The problem arises when we run behind success, but we ourselves are not very clear or rather, have a wrong definition of success. We all are striving for success but the path is not clear to all of us. This path, this Ultimate Success Formula is what Lord Rama explains to Vibheeshana in ‘Vibheeshana Gita’. Vibheeshana Gita is a part of the poetry ‘Tulsi Ramayan’, written by Goswami Tulsidas in Avadhi dialect of Hindi. Here, Lord Rama explains to Vibheeshana, what are the things required by a man to be successful. If we are able to contemplate upon these verses given by Lord Rama, and instill those values in our hearts, then there is no doubt that success will be at our feet.
How beautifully the ‘Art of Being Successful’ is capsulated by Tulsidasji in a few lines of poetry, shall be seen in the articles that follow.