The Pandavas practiced goodness and still suffered - so the worth of goodness was questioned by some, the teacher said. But the question is whether the Pandavas themselves had felt that goodness had been worthless ! It was Eashwaramma's logic again, that the reward of goodness is always given - and the reward is manashanthi. Peace. At having let belief and act harmonize.
The teacher said she was reading the Kunti stotram ... where Kunti begs the god to keep her cup of sorrows full - as that keeps her thoughts close to God. Annasamy Anna told me the same thing - how the mendicant who begs for his daily meal is most fortunate because he remembers god all the time.
Everything that is in the Geeta or the Mahabharatha, I am able to find echoes of in the words and stories of the common, illiterate people of the villages.