Inquisitiveness or Curiosity is one of the most important psyche in human development. It can be seen right from infancy to the adulthood in mankind. In the epic of Mahabharata, this psyche is represented through the character of Vichitravirya.

Vichitravirya was younger son of Shantanu and Satyawati. Post death of his elder brother Chitrangada, Vichitravirya was made the king of Hastinapur. He was very young at the time of his coronation. It is said that Vichitravirya emerged as the richest king in the history of mankind. At very young age after 7 years of his marriage, Vichitravirya fell sick and died due to over consumption of alcohol.

The psyche of Inquisitiveness and Curiosity are quite similar to the life of Vichitravirya. It keeps a person in pleasure. The richness of Vichitravirya can be compared to “Satisfaction of Curiosity”. A query is open ended unless it is mitigated with some answer. Such mitigations lead to the feeling of richness as it adds up in the knowledge. Vichitravirya has been shown as king since his childhood. The inquisitiveness of a child is not same as “Quest of a serious Voyager”. A child may simply ask question but may not have serious apprehension capabilities to understand and transform.

Such Inquisitiveness may result in wealth of knowledge but may not be an important character in the voyage of truth. Looking deeper in psychology, you would notice that curiosity is generally linked with tangible rewards. The closure of a query acts like a reward and gives the feeling of a neuron-stimulator. Curiosity is hence intoxicating in nature and rightly shown through the death of Vichitravirya in the epic of Mahabharata.

Inquisitiveness is arousing and one may like to remain in arousal rather than really find truth. Such a character is useless and dies without producing any offspring.