Learning, wealth and strength
विद्या विवादाय धनं मदाय शक्तिः परेषां परपीडनाय l
खलस्य साधोर्विपरीतमेतद् ज्ञानाय, दानाय, च रक्षणाय ll
A wicked person’s (खलस्य) learning (विद्या) is used to argue (विवादाय). His wealth (धनं) serves to make him insolent (मदाय). And he uses his strength(शक्तिः) to inflict pain on others (परेषां परपीडनाय ).
A good (moral) person behaves in an exactly opposite manner (साधोर्विपरीतमेतद्). His learning is used to gain knowledge (ज्ञानाय). His wealth is given away as charity( दानाय). And he uses his strength to protect others (रक्षणाय).
The gifts of learning, wealth and strength are used in completely different ways by wicked persons and good persons.
Opening any newspaper, we come across many examples of the former. Educated people use their intelligence to defend deplorable acts committed in society. Influence is used by people in positions of power to torture the general public. A wealthy person knows that he can get away with anything.
The offspring of rich people can commit any crime and avoid justice. They can drive under the influence of drink and mow down policemen who try to stop them. The power of their parents’ influence will enable them to escape punishment.
Edmund Burke said that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. But not all good people do nothing.
There are still some good people who use their learning, wealth or strength for the benefit of society. And they are the reason that there is still hope for the human race.