Ramcharit Charcha CCCXXXVIII

September 16, 2014

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

दीख मंथरा नगरु बनावा। मंजुल मंगल बाज बधावा।।
पूछेसि लोगन्ह काह उछाहू। राम तिलकु सुनि भा उर दाहू।।
करइ बिचारु कुबुद्धि कुजाती। होइ अकाजु कवनि बिधि राती।।
देखि लागि मधु कुटिल किराती। जिमि गवँ तकइ लेउँ केहि भाँती।।
भरत मातु पहिं गइ बिलखानी। का अनमनि हसि कह हँसि रानी।।
ऊतरु देइ न लेइ उसासू। नारि चरित करि ढारइ आँसू।।
हँसि कह रानि गालु बड़ तोरें। दीन्ह लखन सिख अस मन मोरें।।
तबहुँ न बोल चेरि बड़ि पापिनि। छाड़इ स्वास कारि जनु साँपिनि।।
दो0-सभय रानि कह कहसि किन कुसल रामु महिपालु।
लखनु भरतु रिपुदमनु सुनि भा कुबरी उर सालु।।13।।

We covered up to Doha 13 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Manthara, the servant-maid of Kekeyi was displeased when she learnt of impending coronation of Shri Ram and being a woman without a good upbringing but of tricky mind she wanted to delve in sphere which should never have been touched by her; she wanted to turn the tables overnight, taking away what people in Ayodhya longed for. With this in mind she approached Queen Kaikeyi with her long drawn face, shedding tears and sighing heavily; she did not respond to inquiry by the queen as to what made her so upset. Knowing character of the woman Kaikeyi thought she must have been rebuked by Lakshman but also feared for Shri Ram, the king and other three brothers and inquired of their welfare. Manthara got further worked up by the response of queen.
कत सिख देइ हमहि कोउ माई। गालु करब केहि कर बलु पाई।।
रामहि छाड़ि कुसल केहि आजू। जेहि जनेसु देइ जुबराजू।।
भयउ कौसिलहि बिधि अति दाहिन। देखत गरब रहत उर नाहिन।।
देखेहु कस न जाइ सब सोभा। जो अवलोकि मोर मनु छोभा।।
पूतु बिदेस न सोचु तुम्हारें। जानति हहु बस नाहु हमारें।।
नीद बहुत प्रिय सेज तुराई। लखहु न भूप कपट चतुराई।।
सुनि प्रिय बचन मलिन मनु जानी। झुकी रानि अब रहु अरगानी।।
पुनि अस कबहुँ कहसि घरफोरी। तब धरि जीभ कढ़ावउँ तोरी।।
दो0-काने खोरे कूबरे कुटिल कुचाली जानि।
तिय बिसेषि पुनि चेरि कहि भरतमातु मुसुकानि।।14।।

Controlling herself, wicked Manthara told Kaikeyi,” O Mother, who is going to give me right advice and on whose strength would I talk big however the only one who has big time is Ram, he has been given the status of Yuvraj by the master of people of Ayodhya, King Dashrath. It seems that Kaushalya is now most favored one of the creator. She is not able to contain her pride concealed in her bosom now (she was telling this without having met Kaushalya and was clearly manipulating the queen) . Why don’t you see the preparations and decor out side in the city which I have just seen and have felt dejected. You are careless while your son is away in another country. You have just one consideration that the king loves you most (and hence no harm will come to you and your son from his side). Further you are so given to relaxing all the time (and remain unconcerned with the environment developing around you) and remain sleeping on the comfortable bed in the bed-room. This has made you blind towards king’s machinations and deceit.” Listening to words of Manthara laced with concern for herself though spoken in bad mood the queen rebuked her with a touch of appreciation and asked her to stop to be a one who separates the family members. The queen also warned her about trying to speak with a view to create misgivings and discord in the family. Any further attempt in this manner would invite her wrath and she would not stop short of even getting her tongue cut off practically, added the queen as warning to Manthara.

Now queen funnily said to Manthara,”i know that one-eyed, lame and humped are mostly crooked and scheming, on top of it you are a woman besides being a personal attendant (meaning that deformed people carry a natural grudge against all without reason, the women get insecure easily and doubt every thing and that only a servants who is always around may take liberties like taken by Manthara)”, then the queen smiles herself (giving Manthara an idea that she had chance to still implore further, the queen should not have been relaxed after such attempt by a lowly placed person, it gave Manthara encouragement and try to pursue the matter further with the queen).

We have now covered up to Doha 14 of Ayodhya Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!

Shri Janakivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samj ko pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCXXXVII

September 15, 2014

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

सुनि सुर बिनय ठाढ़ि पछिताती। भइउँ सरोज बिपिन हिमराती।।
देखि देव पुनि कहहिं निहोरी। मातु तोहि नहिं थोरिउ खोरी।।
बिसमय हरष रहित रघुराऊ। तुम्ह जानहु सब राम प्रभाऊ।।
जीव करम बस सुख दुख भागी। जाइअ अवध देव हित लागी।।
बार बार गहि चरन सँकोचौ। चली बिचारि बिबुध मति पोची।।
ऊँच निवासु नीचि करतूती। देखि न सकहिं पराइ बिभूती।।
आगिल काजु बिचारि बहोरी। करहहिं चाह कुसल कबि मोरी।।
हरषि हृदयँ दसरथ पुर आई। जनु ग्रह दसा दुसह दुखदाई।।
दो0-नामु मंथरा मंदमति चेरी कैकेइ केरि।
अजस पेटारी ताहि करि गई गिरा मति फेरि।।12।।

We covered up to Doha 12 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Saraswati regretted that the gods wanted her to act against the interest of people in Ayodhya but when the gods pressed and prayed her time and again and reminded her to consider the real nature of Shri Ram of which she was more aware than anyone else, she reluctantly went to Ayodhya but kept thinking that the great gods had only self interest at heart. She then thought the knowledgeable poets would not blame her in future and then happily set out to do what the gods wanted. Saraswati selected devious Manthara (personal attendent of Kaikeyi) for the purpose (of destabilizing Ayodhya) and impacted her mind; in the process she ensured Manthara to become a bundle of tarnished image.

दीख मंथरा नगरु बनावा। मंजुल मंगल बाज बधावा।।
पूछेसि लोगन्ह काह उछाहू। राम तिलकु सुनि भा उर दाहू।।
करइ बिचारु कुबुद्धि कुजाती। होइ अकाजु कवनि बिधि राती।।
देखि लागि मधु कुटिल किराती। जिमि गवँ तकइ लेउँ केहि भाँती।।
भरत मातु पहिं गइ बिलखानी। का अनमनि हसि कह हँसि रानी।।
ऊतरु देइ न लेइ उसासू। नारि चरित करि ढारइ आँसू।।
हँसि कह रानि गालु बड़ तोरें। दीन्ह लखन सिख अस मन मोरें।।
तबहुँ न बोल चेरि बड़ि पापिनि। छाड़इ स्वास कारि जनु साँपिनि।।
दो0-सभय रानि कह कहसि किन कुसल रामु महिपालु।
लखनु भरतु रिपुदमनु सुनि भा कुबरी उर सालु।।13।।

Manthara while roaming the streets of Ayodhya noted that city was being decorated and festive music was being played and asked what was it all about. When Manthara learnt from people that the rejoicing was on account of the announcement about Ram’s crowning, she felt grudge and her heart burned. The low-born who now also had crooked mentality began to think (the low-born may not be taken in any other meaning, it just means that she had been born in a family that could not have imparted in her high thinking and virtuous tendencies) that how could it be made possible to derail the idea and convert it in to a disaster during the intervening night itself (the impact created by Saraswati was now at work because by the consideration of her status it was not sensible for her to think of upsetting the royal order); Manthara was now thinking on the lines of a cunning native huntress who begins to design to get honey as soon a honeycomb is seen by her.

Manthara immediately went to Kaikeyi bearing a gloomy look to which Kaikeyi laughingly responded saying why was she so dejected. Manthara did not respond by answering, rather she began to shed tears and sighed heavily in a way that is typical of women of crafty nature. Kaikeyi further told Manthara that she was prone to speak out of turn or in uncouth terms and possibly Lakshman had admonished her (whose reputation was that he could never stand non-sense from any body). The wily and wicked personal attendant of Kaikeyi did not still give any answer, she rather began to hiss like a venomous serpent.

It was now enough for the queen to become concerned and she asked fearfully whether Ram and King Dashrath were fine (Kaikeyi was particularly fond of Shri Ram and was more near to King Dashrath, she became more anxious for them therefore), she inquired further about the welfare of other three sons namely Lakshman, Bharat and Shtrughan.

(We should keep in mind that so far Kaikeyi is not having any undue regard or concern for her real son Bharat, we will later see how the company of bad people makes a good person become distracted, how hidden insecurities provide the fertile ground for absurd and improper thoughts.)

We have now covered upto Doha 13 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki jai!

Shri Janakivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

khidmat karo sabhi ki mazaa aaye…

September 14, 2014

kaisa daur aa gayaa shairi meiN aaj,
na koi lucknow hai na dilli,
na koi bachaa alam-bardaar sukhanwar
na miltii ab hai wo tasalli.
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pyaar ki wo barisheyN kahaaN ab,
diloN ki zameen geeli kahaaN ab,
qadamoN ke nishaaN chhuteyN kaise,
pattharoN se pata hai jahaaN ab!
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aaNkh meiN paani nahiin hoga,
ragoN meiN khuuN nahiiN hoga,
toH is duniya meiN jo hoga,
hameyN manzuur nahiiN hoga!
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ehasaas e khuda jab itna saaf ho jaaye,
ke har shay meiN usika aks nazar aaye,
khudaai mein aur khud meiN fark kaisa,
khidmat karo sabhi ki to mazaa aaye!

‘kayar’

Ramcharit Charcha CCCXXXVI

September 14, 2014

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

बाजहिं बाजने बिबिध बिधाना। पुर प्रमोदु नहिं जाइ बखाना।।
भरत आगमनु सकल मनावहिं। आवहुँ बेगि नयन फलु पावहिं।।
हाट बाट घर गलीं अथाई। कहहिं परसपर लोग लोगाई।।
कालि लगन भलि केतिक बारा। पूजिहि बिधि अभिलाषु हमारा।।
कनक सिंघासन सीय समेता। बैठहिं रामु होइ चित चेता।।
सकल कहहिं कब होइहि काली। बिघन मनावहिं देव कुचाली।।
तिन्हहि सोहाइ न अवध बधावा। चोरहि चंदिनि राति न भावा।।
सारद बोलि बिनय सुर करहीं। बारहिं बार पाय लै परहीं।।
दो0-बिपति हमारि बिलोकि बड़ि मातु करिअ सोइ आजु।
रामु जाहिं बन राजु तजि होइ सकल सुरकाजु।।11।।

We covered up to Doha 11 of Ayodhya Kand in Rmacharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that while the whole city of Ayodhya was happily celebrating and people were eagerly awaiting for accomplishment of their heart-felt desire, the gods were upset at the prospect of Shri Ram’s coronation. They prayed before Goddess Saraswati to find a way whereby Shri Ram would go to jungles rather than become the king of Ayodhya (here we can very well see that the Supreme God, that Shri Ram is actually is, is not interfering in the affairs of Ayodhya or at the level of gods. Events are taking place without His guidance or even His prior knowledge. This is how cycle of worlds go on, it is how the neutrality of God remains while people do as per their basic nature).

सुनि सुर बिनय ठाढ़ि पछिताती। भइउँ सरोज बिपिन हिमराती।।
देखि देव पुनि कहहिं निहोरी। मातु तोहि नहिं थोरिउ खोरी।।
बिसमय हरष रहित रघुराऊ। तुम्ह जानहु सब राम प्रभाऊ।।
जीव करम बस सुख दुख भागी। जाइअ अवध देव हित लागी।।
बार बार गहि चरन सँकोचौ। चली बिचारि बिबुध मति पोची।।
ऊँच निवासु नीचि करतूती। देखि न सकहिं पराइ बिभूती।।
आगिल काजु बिचारि बहोरी। करहहिं चाह कुसल कबि मोरी।।
हरषि हृदयँ दसरथ पुर आई। जनु ग्रह दसा दुसह दुखदाई।।
दो0-नामु मंथरा मंदमति चेरी कैकेइ केरि।
अजस पेटारी ताहि करि गई गिरा मति फेरि।।12।।

Goddess Saraswati listened to the prayer of gods and stood with a sense of remorse that she was going to be like the cold night for lotuses i e she thought she would be acting to upset the applecart in Ayodhya. When the gods saw Saraswati in somber mood, they beseeched her by saying, “she needed not worry for she was not going to get bad-name or be faulted for it. The superior among the Raghus is never inclined to be dejected or rejoice in any manner regarding any matter (they indicated that Almighty God practices equanimity in all situations). More than any one else it is you who knows the real nature of Shri Ram (Saraswati being the goddess of learning and knowledge). The Jeevas (the living beings, here the humans as beings) get whatever becomes ordained as good or bad, pleasure or pain according to their actions (actions that become potent on account of motives and interests behind the actions). You must go to Avadh simply for the sake the gods (who have been suffering on account of excesses of demons and wrong-doers).”

The gods grabbed the feet of Saraswati and ultimately she went ahead with reluctance but thinking about the Vibudhs (the gods who had special intellect) for their having skewed and selfish understanding (always thinking to protect their high status). She thought that these gods lived in higher realms but were inclined to do lowly acts. They, by their very nature, can’t stand the welfare and well-being of the others (this time of the citizens of Ayodhya). Saraswati then concentrated on the task ahead and expected that the Kavis (the enlightened historians and the enlightened poets) would understand her predicament and make known the real reason behind what she was going to do and keep her interest in mind. Now relieved of the burden of bad thoughts, Saraswati happily visited the city ruled by King Dashrath, making her way in like the stars and planets move to form a combination that’s brings unbearable pain (this signifies how powerless one becomes when the stars become unfavorable and suffers worst kind of fates helplessly on account of the positioning of stars in which he has no role. It must therefore also be understood that while events may take place which are unfavorable but the real suffering comes because of one’s own mind-set, the inclinations and preferences. We will see later how some remain unruffled and some suffer immensely for the same set of events).

Reaching Ayodhya, Goddess Saraswati selected the personal maid-servant of Queen Kaikeyi, who was known as Manthara (meaning one who moves at slow speed) and who was dull-witted or rather had rather bad kind of temperament, to accomplish what she intended to do for the sake of gods. The goddess of speech Saraswati used her power and corrupted the mind of Manthara, making her a bundle of tarnished image or container of ill-repute.

 

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

duniya kahti rahii…

September 13, 2014

ghaneemat yehi ke sitam aapke hamney utthaaye,
hotey jo aap aashiq aapsey na utthaaye jaatey!
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jo chup rahey aaogey dekh ke qatl kisi ka,
qatl khud bhi kya na ik roz kiye jaaogey!
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hamaarey aaNsoo jab nikaley haalaat e daur dekh kar nikaley,
duniya kahati rahii aur kahati hai ke ham rotey bahut haiN..
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joDD rakho saamaan e sukuuN taa umr ke liye,
par narm bistaroN pe bhi aksar insaaN rota hai!
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barat ke dekho to shayad samajh bhi lo,
kinaare baith ke koi geela nahiiN hota.

‘kayar’

ab jee letey haiN chain sey…

September 12, 2014

gham barhhaaty rahe jo zakhm muhabbat se miley saarey,

ab jee letey haiN badey chain se unhi ke sahaarey!

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ghazal meri muhabbat ka izhaar nahiiN mahaz,
muhabbat ki gahraaiyoN ka kuchh andaaz lijiye,
jo samajhni hai kaifiyat meri bataur e aashiq,
to roo b roo guftgoo khamosh rah ke kijiye.

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aiwaz meiN yaar ki yaad ke sab kuchh nahiiN bhooley,
phir ishq nahiiN koi aur beemaari rahi hogi tumheyN!

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kya kahiye ro paDDatey haiN jab ‘daagh’ yaad aata hai,
paddh daaltey haiN jald jo haath uska likha aataa hai.

‘kayar’

Aur Ghalib ka ek sher neechey parhhiye:

“बेनियाज़ी हद से गुजरी बन्दा परवर कब तलक । हम कहेंगे हाल-ए-दिल और आप फारमावेंगें क्या!” -ग़लिब

Aur do sher ‘Meer’ ke bh parhhiye neechey:

Qasr o makaaN o manzil ekoN ko sab jagah hai, ekoN ko jaa nahiiN hai duniya azab jagah hai…#meer Qasr=mahal jaa=sthaan
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Ishq ko tasqeen nahiiN ashq e damaadam se bhii, is zamaaney meiN gayii hai barqat gham se bhi …#Meer
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Ramcharit Charcha CCCXXXV

September 12, 2014

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

बरनि राम गुन सीलु सुभाऊ। बोले प्रेम पुलकि मुनिराऊ।।
भूप सजेउ अभिषेक समाजू। चाहत देन तुम्हहि जुबराजू।।
राम करहु सब संजम आजू। जौं बिधि कुसल निबाहै काजू।।
गुरु सिख देइ राय पहिं गयउ। राम हृदयँ अस बिसमउ भयऊ।।
जनमे एक संग सब भाई। भोजन सयन केलि लरिकाई।।
करनबेध उपबीत बिआहा। संग संग सब भए उछाहा।।
बिमल बंस यहु अनुचित एकू। बंधु बिहाइ बड़ेहि अभिषेकू।।
प्रभु सप्रेम पछितानि सुहाई। हरउ भगत मन कै कुटिलाई।।
दो0-तेहि अवसर आए लखन मगन प्रेम आनंद।
सनमाने प्रिय बचन कहि रघुकुल कैरव चंद।।10।।
We covered up to Doha 10 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Guru Vashishtth praised Shri Ram for his unmatched qualities and perfect manners and informed him about the decision of the king to hand over the kingdom of Ayodhya. Guru also gave him some good advice suitable to the occasion and returned. Knowing this Ram thought with a sense of remorse that why was he chosen for the regal status while all the brothers were of the same age, had been brought up in the same way and had similar occasions of celebrations including marriage. He considered it to be the only practice in the high family of Raghus which could be faulted. Ram’s line of thinking would guide the wily to reform themselves, the poet Tulsi expects. Shortly Lakshman came to visit Ram and he was put at ease by Ram by addressing him with sweet words, Shri Ram had always been a source of delight to his family members.
बाजहिं बाजने बिबिध बिधाना। पुर प्रमोदु नहिं जाइ बखाना।।
भरत आगमनु सकल मनावहिं। आवहुँ बेगि नयन फलु पावहिं।।
हाट बाट घर गलीं अथाई। कहहिं परसपर लोग लोगाई।।
कालि लगन भलि केतिक बारा। पूजिहि बिधि अभिलाषु हमारा।।
कनक सिंघासन सीय समेता। बैठहिं रामु होइ चित चेता।।
सकल कहहिं कब होइहि काली। बिघन मनावहिं देव कुचाली।।
तिन्हहि सोहाइ न अवध बधावा। चोरहि चंदिनि राति न भावा।।
सारद बोलि बिनय सुर करहीं। बारहिं बार पाय लै परहीं।।
दो0-बिपति हमारि बिलोकि बड़ि मातु करिअ सोइ आजु।
रामु जाहिं बन राजु तजि होइ सकल सुरकाजु।।11।।

On the other hand, there was continuous play of various musical instruments in the city which was in great celebratory mood. Every one of the citizens were wishing for return of Bharat (who was away on visit to his relatives on the side of his mother); they wanted him to come soon to be able to watch the spectacle of Shri Ram’s coronation and have the best reward for having eyes. There was unprecedented rush on the streets and markets, all were busy asking each other what was the time fixed for the event, when it would be the moment when Brahma, the creator will fulfill our deepest desire (i e Shri Ram becoming the king of Ayodhya). They visualized Shri Ram and Bhagwati Sita sitting together on the golden throne which they thought would bring light of knowledge to their conscious self (when one perceives Ram and Sita in control of his life or puts them in charge of all aspects of life, enlightenment happens). Every one was now eager to see the next morning, the next day but the gods were busy in scheming. The gods were not happy to see Ayodhya in celebratory mood (i e they didn’t want Shri Ram to settle back in Ayodhya), it was like thieves despising the full-moon night. The gods called up on Devi Saraswati and prayed before her and fell at her feet time and again in oblation.

The gods said to Maa Saraswati, “O Mother we are just now in deep trouble which you may see also. You must do something to save the situation. We want Shri Ram to go to jungles to do what we the gods have already begged to be done (the gods had prayed before the Supreme God to kill the demons who had made their lives difficult, Ayodhya was a place where demons never visited hence gods wanted Ram to visit such places where demons were active).”

We have now covered up to Doha 311 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki jai!

Shri Janakivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCXXXIV

September 11, 2014

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

 

तब नरनाहँ बसिष्ठु बोलाए। रामधाम सिख देन पठाए।।
गुर आगमनु सुनत रघुनाथा। द्वार आइ पद नायउ माथा।।
सादर अरघ देइ घर आने। सोरह भाँति पूजि सनमाने।।
गहे चरन सिय सहित बहोरी। बोले रामु कमल कर जोरी।।
सेवक सदन स्वामि आगमनू। मंगल मूल अमंगल दमनू।।
तदपि उचित जनु बोलि सप्रीती। पठइअ काज नाथ असि नीती।।
प्रभुता तजि प्रभु कीन्ह सनेहू। भयउ पुनीत आजु यहु गेहू।।
आयसु होइ सो करौं गोसाई। सेवक लहइ स्वामि सेवकाई।।
दो0-सुनि सनेह साने बचन मुनि रघुबरहि प्रसंस।
राम कस न तुम्ह कहहु अस हंस बंस अवतंस।।9।।

We covered up to Doha 9 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that King Dashrath requested Guru Vashishttha to give some timely advice in matters of dos and don’ts before the coronation to Shri Ram as also some lessons in state craft. Guru Vashishttha then went to Shri Ram who recieved him at the door and duly honored him before taking him in side the house. There he worshiped the Guru observing all sixteen ways and told him that it was auspicious when a master visits house of a servant but if there was any task to be performed than He could have been summoned. He was thankful for the Guru’s affection and his visit which had made his own place sacred and wanted to know what it was that he could do in service of the Guru and said that as a servants his prime duty was to serve the master, the teacher and the elders. Muni praised Shri Ram for his words of wisdom and that Ram had always observed the great traditions of the family known as descending from sun.
बरनि राम गुन सीलु सुभाऊ। बोले प्रेम पुलकि मुनिराऊ।।
भूप सजेउ अभिषेक समाजू। चाहत देन तुम्हहि जुबराजू।।
राम करहु सब संजम आजू। जौं बिधि कुसल निबाहै काजू।।
गुरु सिख देइ राय पहिं गयउ। राम हृदयँ अस बिसमउ भयऊ।।
जनमे एक संग सब भाई। भोजन सयन केलि लरिकाई।।
करनबेध उपबीत बिआहा। संग संग सब भए उछाहा।।
बिमल बंस यहु अनुचित एकू। बंधु बिहाइ बड़ेहि अभिषेकू।।
प्रभु सप्रेम पछितानि सुहाई। हरउ भगत मन कै कुटिलाई।।
दो0-तेहि अवसर आए लखन मगन प्रेम आनंद।
सनमाने प्रिय बचन कहि रघुकुल कैरव चंद।।10।।

After the great Muni finished recounting virtues and humility in behavior of Shri Ram, he addressed Ram with passion saying, “the king has arranged for granting you the status of Yuvraj, you must observe some austerities today to please Brahma and secure his blessings for the successful and trouble-free accomplishment of the intended objective (it is advisable to eat rightly, avoid vigorous exercise and avoid visits outside and remain energetic and smart for someone who is about to be given an important responsibility).”

Thus giving some pieces of good advice Guru Vashishtth left to meet the king but Shri Ram began to think with circumspection (as he never craved for this or even thought that this was coming his way). Ram reflected that He and His brothers were born almost at the same time, they were all brought up in the same manner in terms eating, sleeping or playing in their childhood; they had undergone the rituals of piercing of ears, Yagnopaveet (sacred thread ceremony) and even were married simultaneously, the occasions of celebration were the same for them all then how was it proper in the family of pure traditions and high standards for one of the equals to be given status of kingship. He thought this was definitely a fault that the tradition of family required the elder to be anointed as king. This kind of noble thought, born out of love for the brothers which made Ram uneasy for the sake of brothers may always be the reason for the indiscreet to shed their wicked ways, wishes Tulsi.

Around the same time when Ram was engrossed in his thoughts which had somewhat unsettled Him, Lakshman approached him with upbeat mood and divine joy and Shri Ram, the one who used to delight the family of Ragus like a moon does the lilies, received him saying nice words.

We have now covered up to Doha 10 of Ayodhya Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar ki jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCXXXIII

September 10, 2014

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

 

प्रथम जाइ जिन्ह बचन सुनाए। भूषन बसन भूरि तिन्ह पाए।।
प्रेम पुलकि तन मन अनुरागीं। मंगल कलस सजन सब लागीं।।
चौकें चारु सुमित्राँ पुरी। मनिमय बिबिध भाँति अति रुरी।।
आनँद मगन राम महतारी। दिए दान बहु बिप्र हँकारी।।
पूजीं ग्रामदेबि सुर नागा। कहेउ बहोरि देन बलिभागा।।
जेहि बिधि होइ राम कल्यानू। देहु दया करि सो बरदानू।।
गावहिं मंगल कोकिलबयनीं। बिधुबदनीं मृगसावकनयनीं।।
दो0-राम राज अभिषेकु सुनि हियँ हरषे नर नारि।
लगे सुमंगल सजन सब बिधि अनुकूल बिचारि।।8।।

We covered up to Doha 8 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that the queens gave away clothes and ornaments to the ones who gave them the news about king’s decision to give Ram the status of Yuvraj; the queens then started to decorate the palace, worship the Vipras, the village deities and gods and ask for their blessing for welfare of Shri Ram. Around the same time the beautiful ladies there began to sing festive songs in their melodious voices. All the citizens also thought that Brahma was now favorably inclined as their own wish was going to become a reality and they began to get ready for the occasion.
तब नरनाहँ बसिष्ठु बोलाए। रामधाम सिख देन पठाए।।
गुर आगमनु सुनत रघुनाथा। द्वार आइ पद नायउ माथा।।
सादर अरघ देइ घर आने। सोरह भाँति पूजि सनमाने।।
गहे चरन सिय सहित बहोरी। बोले रामु कमल कर जोरी।।
सेवक सदन स्वामि आगमनू। मंगल मूल अमंगल दमनू।।
तदपि उचित जनु बोलि सप्रीती। पठइअ काज नाथ असि नीती।।
प्रभुता तजि प्रभु कीन्ह सनेहू। भयउ पुनीत आजु यहु गेहू।।
आयसु होइ सो करौं गोसाई। सेवक लहइ स्वामि सेवकाई।।
दो0-सुनि सनेह साने बचन मुनि रघुबरहि प्रसंस।
राम कस न तुम्ह कहहु अस हंस बंस अवतंस।।9।।

While the preparations were afoot, the king requested Muni Vashishttha to go to the living quarters of Shri Ram and give him some good pieces of advice (king was aware that it was a turning point in the political history of Ayodhya and Ram was supposed to be given some deep and basic advice by the Guru Vashishatth who had long experience in matters of state).

When Shri Ram learned that was Muni Vashishtth was coming to meet him, he rushed to the door and bowed down at the feet of Guru. He honored him by first offering water etc and then brought him inside; there he treated Guru with respect by worshiping in all sixteen ways (it was not that Guru was routinely visiting Shri Ram at his living quarters and hence Ram gave him full honor and attention).

Afterwards  joined by Sita, Shri Ram once again grabbed the feet of Guru and spoke to him keeping His own hands folded, “it is but an occasion that brings all good fortune and eliminates all bad-luck when the master visits the home of his servant but it is also the right practice that the servant is summoned when ever he is required to perform a task, O Master. You have not preferred to be just the master but have shown affection towards me; by your coming here this place has become sacred (for it is good tiding whenever a revered Guru comes in side the home of his disciple). You may now order me to do whatever that would please you. The servant gets good name only when he engages himself in service of master and teacher.”

When the Guru listened to the affectionately spoken words of Shri Ram, he began to praise Ram saying, “why would you not speak in such nice words, you are after all scion of the Sun-dynasty (which family has always been upholding the righteous practices and showed humility to Gurus and elders).”

We have now covered up to Doha 9 of Ayodhya Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar ki jai!

Shri Janakivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

 

chaand taaroN ke aagey…

September 9, 2014

waqt ke gaal par dharka jo aaNsu,
ShahjahaN ki aNkh se tapka wo aaNsu,
jantey haiN usko sab TajMahal hai,
rone ke liye kis pe haiN aisey aansu!

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aiy dushmanoN laut aao waar khali gaya tumhara,
jaaN chahiye to mujhsey puuchho atki kahaaN hai!

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chaand taaroN se aagey chale aaye jo safar kartey,

wo bhi lautney baat kareyN to kya paaya pyar karke.

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ye beemaari har dil ki hai kya bataayeN,
pahli muhabbat kyuN bhooli nahiiN jaati!

‘kayar’


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