(Excerpts from Daily Lectures on Shriman Mahabharata by Sadguru Dr. Acharya Atmadasa, Founder, Atmashrama)
Compiled By - Sriram Balaji, Student, Atmashrama Gurukulam
Mahabharata teaches us how to lead a successful life. It tells that if a person does good work people surrounding him will also get benefited. In the Tirtha Yatra Parva occurring in Vana Parva, Sage Lomasha is describing how Bhagiratha's effort brought the holy river Ganga to the Earth and also his great-grandfather’s father benefited by getting heaven. Sage Lomasha also goes on to narrate the story of Rishyashringa, a saint who was very disciplined and righteous in his way of behavior. His characteristics were as follows - Though he had abundant resources his mind was always set towards seeking the highest goal of one's life. He never fell to the mundane pleasures. Likewise, we also should be careful about using the resources available to us. Like Rishyashringa, we need to use them wisely .
One more thing we can learn from Rishyashringa's story is that we should not get inspired by mundane people and make them as our role model but our role models should be people like Rishyashringa. It is said that Sage Rishyashringa had great wisdom.
He is well known as the Rain Sage. Pleased by his penance, Rain Gods used to bring showers where ever he puts his steps. Today don't we need someone like Rishyashringa, to quench the thirst of millions of unfortunate people who do not have access to even a single drop of water, largely due to overflowing greed of the modern man?
We should not get carried away by disturbed thoughts and unmindful people.