The gudielines for an ideal life contained in the Divine law are being faithfully followed by many sincere people. But, at times they too are baffled by challenging problems. They get distressed and wonde why they are being punished for no fault of theirs.
Scriptures provide explanations for such riddles and prescribe acts of atonements to mitigate their sufferings. As Hinduism is founded on the principle that pious acts will fetch good results while wicked deeds will results in unpleasant consequences, comfort can be derived that some mistakes in the past might be the cause of thier grief.
To avoid getting involved in wordly activities and refrain from indulging in prohibited acts, those who’rely on scriptural authority have been asked to abide by the law of Virtue. The measures needed to lead a peaceful life, have been palced before them, in the form of the Vedas. When any clarification is necessary people can seek their guidance or from those who are well versed in them. Men of merit acquire spiritual powers and saintly qualities by virtue of the study of the vedas daily for about 15 years from a very young age.
For others not privileged to memorise the Vedic commandments, the teachings have been made avilable in the Epics and the puranas. The characters in these scriptural texts are synbols of virtue. In the Ramayana, the hero is portayed as the replica of righteousness. Even His foe certifies that He would never violate the law, under tempting circumstances too. In the other Epic, the chief villan to know who will win war. When it was stated that sucess was assured for thosw who stand by the moral law, he acknolwedged that his opponents were the gnuine upholders of the Divine Law. The two epics bring out the consequences of avarice and passion.
In his discourse, Sri N. Babu Dikshitar said, the Mahabharatha, called the fifth veda, is full of morlas. It is a misconception that the poem is not to be studied at home. While pointing out that human life is a precious gift of God. Scriptures describe all men belonging to the four divisions as friends. The Pandavas placed total reliance on the advice of men of wisdom, never swerveed from the path of righteous conduct and depended on the support of God in every move they resorted to. Hence sucess was theirs in the war between good and evil.
Their cousins, who stooped to demoniac deeds to achieve their goal were revengeful, cunning and showed scant respect for the suggestions of experienced elders and disobyed Divine rules. Dhritarashtra instead of curbing their heinous designs abetted their wicked schemes. In the clash between virtue and vice, the former was vindicated and truth triumphed.