In a big joint family, the ever wise Head of the family used put certain restrictions on the day to day activities of the grown-up Members of the family advising them repeatedly to be in the ‘Right Path'.... The Members were agitated a bit with those restrictions by the Elderly man and one day all of them together asked him the justification in doing all that….
The Head said firmly, “My dear! You know that there is fire in this house and you equally know that it is very much useful to us if we use it carefully but causes damage and destruction if we are careless in that…Similar to this, if Truth is missing in our actions filled with too many pleasures of life, that situation soon brings misery and pain to every one around us!”
“But we are grown up and we know what is Right and what is Wrong.... Why are you advising us on what is already known to us? It is really ridiculous!” said a member with a bit of impatience and frustration….
The Elderly smiled and said, “It is not that simple, dear! I’ll explain…. Any action of ours involving 'Pleasure' invariably produces a negative effect in this Universe and this can never be compensated subsequently through any other action from us except bringing out some solace to the affected…. Contrary to this, actions of ours involving 'Welfare' do not carry this negative entity but produce an ultimate balancing effect around for betterment…. And here alone lies the trick of leading a good life!
The Great Men of the world had seen this effect in depth and thus constantly advised us the mortals having our own needs, to restrict the pleasures to a certain extent allowing limited numbers in a streamlined way and simultaneously encouraged us do the welfare activities around as much as possible.... Of course, these Great Men almost freed themselves from the earthly needs except for Traces, allowed them freely 'OUT' for the inevitable good to the world through Proclamations and minimal Actions…. No doubt we the ordinary humans, are far, far away from this Level and thus the Ordained duties with us which invariably bring good for all of us are attached to our living restricting the energy flow in the direction of pleasures....
In this context, the young and more energetic but directionless are ever kept under the vigil of the wise learned and experienced who can guide them for their own betterment and for the betterment of the society at large…. And here, if you permit me to say I am exactly doing my part of that duty with all honesty and you..... if you understand truly all this background should allow me to play my this Role effectively!”
To confirm on what the Elderly said, Srimad Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 Sloka 64 was heard in low tone being recited on the distant loud speakers with the meaning explained by the side....
raga dvesa vimuktais tu visayan indriyais caran
atma vasyairvidheyatma prasadam adhigacchati
'The self controlled man who follows the vedic injunctions while living amidst the objects of senses, freed (to the extent possible) from attachment and aversion, with senses under a definite restraint will attain the ultimate peace!'