Ramcharit Charcha CCCXIV

July 22, 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

नृप करि बिनय महाजन फेरे। सादर सकल मागने टेरे।।
भूषन बसन बाजि गज दीन्हे। प्रेम पोषि ठाढ़े सब कीन्हे।।
बार बार बिरिदावलि भाषी। फिरे सकल रामहि उर राखी।।
बहुरि बहुरि कोसलपति कहहीं। जनकु प्रेमबस फिरै न चहहीं।।
पुनि कह भूपति बचन सुहाए। फिरिअ महीस दूरि बड़ि आए।।
राउ बहोरि उतरि भए ठाढ़े। प्रेम प्रबाह बिलोचन बाढ़े।।
तब बिदेह बोले कर जोरी। बचन सनेह सुधाँ जनु बोरी।।
करौ कवन बिधि बिनय बनाई। महाराज मोहि दीन्हि बड़ाई।।
दो0-कोसलपति समधी सजन सनमाने सब भाँति।
मिलनि परसपर बिनय अति प्रीति न हृदयँ समाति।।340।।

We covered up to Doha 340 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Maharaj Dashrath is ready to leave along with his people and King Janak along with his people has come to see them off. When the marriage party left to go, King Janak and his people followed them but after some distance King Dashrath pleaded with the elite of the city to go back and distributed gifts to beggars satisfying them fully. King Janak still did not stop following them and hence King Dashrath climbed down from his car to impress up on him the need to return as he had come a long distance with them. King Janak at this point expressed his profound gratitude about his having achieved a high status just through his relationship with King Dashrath. King Dashrath and King Janak met each other once again with emotions overflowing.

मुनि मंडलिहि जनक सिरु नावा। आसिरबादु सबहि सन पावा।।
सादर पुनि भेंटे जामाता। रूप सील गुन निधि सब भ्राता।।
जोरि पंकरुह पानि सुहाए। बोले बचन प्रेम जनु जाए।।
राम करौ केहि भाँति प्रसंसा। मुनि महेस मन मानस हंसा।।
करहिं जोग जोगी जेहि लागी। कोहु मोहु ममता मदु त्यागी।।
ब्यापकु ब्रह्मु अलखु अबिनासी। चिदानंदु निरगुन गुनरासी।।
मन समेत जेहि जान न बानी। तरकि न सकहिं सकल अनुमानी।।
महिमा निगमु नेति कहि कहई। जो तिहुँ काल एकरस रहई।।
दो0-नयन बिषय मो कहुँ भयउ सो समस्त सुख मूल।
सबइ लाभु जग जीव कहँ भएँ ईसु अनुकुल।।341।।

King Janak once again bowed down before the Munis accompanying King Dashrath and received blessings from them all. He them met the sons-in-law, the four brothers who were a treasure of beauty, good-behavior and virtues. King Janak spoke with his lotus like hands joined together in love-laced words, “Ram, in what words can I really praise you, you are the one frolicking in the Mansarovar (a sacred lake in Himalayas) of minds of Munis. You are the one for whom the Yogis do Yoga (the exercise that combines them with the God Supreme) and shed all the attitude of anger, false-attachment, possession and conceit in process of preparing themselves. That omnipresent God who is not visible to eye and who has no end, who is ever blissful and is the very consciousness , who is without attributes yet is a mine of virtues, who is not understood or known by the mind nor can be described by speech, who can’t be established through logic or argument but is always tried to be known and made known by inference and supposition, whose is tried to be singled out by process of negation and elimination of perceived phenomenon of the world by the Vedas and who only is one who remains changeless over the time known as past, present and future, the same you have become subject for my eyes enabling me to have a look, this has become a source of all joy and good-fortune for me. When the Isha (God,known as Shiv too) is sympathetic and benignant, the Jiva (living beings) draw all kinds of benefits in this world (which does not otherwise have any thing of substance to provide i e this mundane world becomes rewarding for him not distracting).”

(King Janak now has confirmed through his personal experience that the formless God so far known to him is none other than Ram, who became his son-in-law and who could be seen and felt even with the senses while otherwise God is beyond the sense perception. Realization of God through devotion to and contemplation on a form of His is therefore not a far cry but is the easier and more rewarding course, subject to grace of Isha i e Shiva, the God of faith.)

Bhavani Sahnkar Ki Jai!
Shri Siatramabhyam Namah!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCXIII

July 21, 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

सुक सारिका जानकी ज्याए। कनक पिंजरन्हि राखि पढ़ाए।।
ब्याकुल कहहिं कहाँ बैदेही। सुनि धीरजु परिहरइ न केही।।
भए बिकल खग मृग एहि भाँति। मनुज दसा कैसें कहि जाती।।
बंधु समेत जनकु तब आए। प्रेम उमगि लोचन जल छाए।।
सीय बिलोकि धीरता भागी। रहे कहावत परम बिरागी।।
लीन्हि राँय उर लाइ जानकी। मिटी महामरजाद ग्यान की।।
समुझावत सब सचिव सयाने। कीन्ह बिचारु न अवसर जाने।।
बारहिं बार सुता उर लाई। सजि सुंदर पालकीं मगाई।।
दो0-प्रेमबिबस परिवारु सबु जानि सुलगन नरेस।
कुँअरि चढ़ाई पालकिन्ह सुमिरे सिद्धि गनेस।।338।।

We covered up to Doha 338 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Sita and other princesses received a lot of love and affection in the palace of King Janak from the friends and mothers as time for leaving the mothers' place had come near. King Janak also reached the palace where everyone had tears in eyes and even the pets and birds reared by Sita were very upset sensing that Sita was about to leave them. King Janak though known to be a realized person and above any kind of emotional weakness failed to remain composed and broke down, his knowledge couldn't protect his heart going weak for Sita (Sita represents Bhakti and King Janak now had become like a Bhakta cherishing Bhakti Bhava i e strong sentiment of devotion now not just remain a Gyani with dry knowledge of the abstract God Supreme, it was his encounter with Shri Ram as avatar that had also made him enjoy His company drawing his heart which used to constantly rest in thought of formless God). Janak later acknowledging that it was the auspicious hour for Sita to leave made her be seated in side nicely decorated palanquin.

बहुबिधि भूप सुता समुझाई। नारिधरमु कुलरीति सिखाई।।
दासीं दास दिए बहुतेरे। सुचि सेवक जे प्रिय सिय केरे।।
सीय चलत ब्याकुल पुरबासी। होहिं सगुन सुभ मंगल रासी।।
भूसुर सचिव समेत समाजा। संग चले पहुँचावन राजा।।
समय बिलोकि बाजने बाजे। रथ गज बाजि बरातिन्ह साजे।।
दसरथ बिप्र बोलि सब लीन्हे। दान मान परिपूरन कीन्हे।।
चरन सरोज धूरि धरि सीसा। मुदित महीपति पाइ असीसा।।
सुमिरि गजाननु कीन्ह पयाना। मंगलमूल सगुन भए नाना।।
दो0-सुर प्रसून बरषहि हरषि करहिं अपछरा गान।
चले अवधपति अवधपुर मुदित बजाइ निसान।।339।।

King Janak imparted the required understanding in many ways that would help her in her in-laws house, he told her the gist of Nari-Dharm (the essence of duties expected of the women in their in-laws house) and idea about the family traditions that should be kept with utmost care. He sent along a number of servants and maids who were liked by Sita and could be trusted (the one who used to remain in personal service of Sita at her father's place). When Sita was ready to move the citizens of Janakpuri felt uneasy and disturbed but the good omens appeared all around as if to ensure well being of Sita in a big way. King Janak along with his ministers and the Brahmins accompanied Sita up to the place where King Dasrath stayed and to further see them all off. It was now time to blow horns and play music, the Baraties climbed chariots and became astride the elephants and horses. Of the Baraties, the Vipras were given respect specially and the were bestowed with gifts satisfying them fully. King Janak took the dust of their feet to his forehead and in return got their blessings which made him happy and enthused. The marriage party now moved to go back remembering Lord Ganesha, the good omens signified the comfortable journey back home.

The gods rained flowers and the Apsaras sangs songs when King Dashrath happily commenced journey from Janakpuri to go to Ayodhya under constant beating of drums.

We have now covered up to Doha 339 of Balkand.

नृप करि बिनय महाजन फेरे। सादर सकल मागने टेरे।।
भूषन बसन बाजि गज दीन्हे। प्रेम पोषि ठाढ़े सब कीन्हे।।
बार बार बिरिदावलि भाषी। फिरे सकल रामहि उर राखी।।
बहुरि बहुरि कोसलपति कहहीं। जनकु प्रेमबस फिरै न चहहीं।।
पुनि कह भूपति बचन सुहाए। फिरिअ महीस दूरि बड़ि आए।।
राउ बहोरि उतरि भए ठाढ़े। प्रेम प्रबाह बिलोचन बाढ़े।।
तब बिदेह बोले कर जोरी। बचन सनेह सुधाँ जनु बोरी।।
करौ कवन बिधि बिनय बनाई। महाराज मोहि दीन्हि बड़ाई।।
दो0-कोसलपति समधी सजन सनमाने सब भाँति।
मिलनि परसपर बिनय अति प्रीति न हृदयँ समाति।।340।।

The esteemed citizens followed the Barat and King Dashrath pleaded with them politely to go back and summoned the beggars with some respect and gave them ornaments, clothes, horses and elephants. The needy people received King Dashrath's love too and felt now empowered and capable; they sung the virtues of the king and returned with the image of Shri Ram in their hearts. King Janak refused to return back out of his love though Dashrath pleaded with him many times. King Dashrath told Janak every time in pleasing words," O Lord of the land, you have come too far," but it didn't carry weight with Janak. Lastly King Dashrath dis-embarked his own chariot with his eyes over-flowing with tears of love, at this point King Janak folding his hands spoke with words soaked in life-giving nectar of love," I am at loss of words to thank you enough for the high-honor and status that you have imparted on me, O Monarch."

The king of Koshala too responded with great respect for the benign relation of his and both of them took each other in their arms expressing excessive love for each other which had no bounds.

We have now covered up to Doha 340 of Balkand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Sitaramabhyam Namah!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

ghair apna bhi ho sakta hai…

July 19, 2014

zindagi kiski na haathoN se phisalti hai,
waqt ke saath kya cheez nahi pighalti hai,
jeena seekha jisney usey jeena aaya,
baazi bas aisoN ke hi haath lagtii hai!
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beparwaah jiya jaaye bas gunaah na kiya jaaye,
har dil meiN ik dard hai mehsoos usey kiya jaaye!
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mehfil ka har rang ho mehfil ki tum jaan ho,
mehfil tere bagair hogi ye na kisi ko gumaan ho!
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hijaab meiN chhipe ho jaise khuda ho kisi ke,
dil meiN bulaa ke dekh liya hijaab kya karey!
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na is qadar udaas ho bande wo meherbaan badda hai,
aakhiri lamhoN tak usney kiya kya kya na ataa hai!
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umeesd pe duniya qaayam hai kya kya nahi ho sakta hai,
apney ban jaayeN ghair aur ghair apna bhi ho sakta hai!
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Chahtaey yehi ke tere dil pe na bojh aaye,
par dard ka zor inta hua ke aah nikal paDDi.
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meezaaN galat tha aur mujhey taula gaya,
dil pe wazan tha aur badan taula gaya!
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zindagi ik khwaab se barhh kar nahiiN hai,
jo khwaab samajh dekhiye to kya kamee hai!

‘kayar’

Ramcharit Charcha CCCXII

July 18, 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

देखि राम छबि अति अनुरागीं। प्रेमबिबस पुनि पुनि पद लागीं।।
रही न लाज प्रीति उर छाई। सहज सनेहु बरनि किमि जाई।।
भाइन्ह सहित उबटि अन्हवाए। छरस असन अति हेतु जेवाँए।।
बोले रामु सुअवसरु जानी। सील सनेह सकुचमय बानी।।
राउ अवधपुर चहत सिधाए। बिदा होन हम इहाँ पठाए।।
मातु मुदित मन आयसु देहू। बालक जानि करब नित नेहू।।
सुनत बचन बिलखेउ रनिवासू। बोलि न सकहिं प्रेमबस सासू।।
हृदयँ लगाइ कुअँरि सब लीन्ही। पतिन्ह सौंपि बिनती अति कीन्ही।।
छं0-करि बिनय सिय रामहि समरपी जोरि कर पुनि पुनि कहै।
बलि जाँउ तात सुजान तुम्ह कहुँ बिदित गति सब की अहै।।
परिवार पुरजन मोहि राजहि प्रानप्रिय सिय जानिबी।
तुलसीस सीलु सनेहु लखि निज किंकरी करि मानिबी।।
सो0-तुम्ह परिपूरन काम जान सिरोमनि भावप्रिय।
जन गुन गाहक राम दोष दलन करुनायतन।।336।।

We covered up to Doha 336 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas and learned that Shri Ram and His brothers have reached at the palace of King Janak for taking formal leave before going back to Ayodhya. The four brothers were treated with love and given bath first before offering them large varieties of food. The queens and ladies in the Janak household became emotional and embraced the daughters again and again. The hands of the brides were then given in to hands of their husbands. Overwhelmed Sunayana ji prayed Ram saying that Sita, who is very dear to everyone in Janakpuri, may be taken in His service and be given as much love as she has for Ram and she recounted Ram’s virtues in a way revealing the divinity of Shri Ram.

अस कहि रही चरन गहि रानी। प्रेम पंक जनु गिरा समानी।।
सुनि सनेहसानी बर बानी। बहुबिधि राम सासु सनमानी।।
राम बिदा मागत कर जोरी। कीन्ह प्रनामु बहोरि बहोरी।।
पाइ असीस बहुरि सिरु नाई। भाइन्ह सहित चले रघुराई।।
मंजु मधुर मूरति उर आनी। भई सनेह सिथिल सब रानी।।
पुनि धीरजु धरि कुअँरि हँकारी। बार बार भेटहिं महतारीं।।
पहुँचावहिं फिरि मिलहिं बहोरी। बढ़ी परस्पर प्रीति न थोरी।।
पुनि पुनि मिलत सखिन्ह बिलगाई। बाल बच्छ जिमि धेनु लवाई।।
दो0-प्रेमबिबस नर नारि सब सखिन्ह सहित रनिवासु।
मानहुँ कीन्ह बिदेहपुर करुनाँ बिरहँ निवासु।।337।।

Finishing her emotionally charged address towards Ram, Queen Sunayana grabbed feet of Shri Ram, her speech was lost as if it had sunk deep in the quagmire of love. Ram who had been listening to the affectionate address of His mother in-law, pleased and honored her in many ways. Ram asked for her leave with hands folded and bowed down reverentially many times before her and was blessed. Shri Ram and brothers once again paid respects and left the palace of Janak. All the queen mothers kept the pleasure giving and engaging persona of Shri Ram and His brothers in their heart but became weak due to excess of love and concern for them. Collecting themselves they called the princesses and the mothers then met with them many times while they repeatedly took them up to the door and brought back, all the while their love for them kept increasing in a big way. The friends who were going to be left behind also met individually with their just married friends displaying the kind of emotion a cow has for the calf.

It was a very emotionally charged atmosphere in the palace of Janak due to everyone feeling disturbed and heart-broken on account of impending separation from the most loved daughters of Janakpuri.

We covered upto Doha 336 of Balkand.

सुक सारिका जानकी ज्याए। कनक पिंजरन्हि राखि पढ़ाए।।
ब्याकुल कहहिं कहाँ बैदेही। सुनि धीरजु परिहरइ न केही।।
भए बिकल खग मृग एहि भाँति। मनुज दसा कैसें कहि जाती।।
बंधु समेत जनकु तब आए। प्रेम उमगि लोचन जल छाए।।
सीय बिलोकि धीरता भागी। रहे कहावत परम बिरागी।।
लीन्हि राँय उर लाइ जानकी। मिटी महामरजाद ग्यान की।।
समुझावत सब सचिव सयाने। कीन्ह बिचारु न अवसर जाने।।
बारहिं बार सुता उर लाई। सजि सुंदर पालकीं मगाई।।
दो0-प्रेमबिबस परिवारु सबु जानि सुलगन नरेस।
कुँअरि चढ़ाई पालकिन्ह सुमिरे सिद्धि गनेस।।338।।

Parrots and Sarika (starling or mayna) which were reared by Sita and were kept in cages made of gold and were also taught to repeat some lessons (as these birds can reproduce speech like humans when trained) became restless and uttered words like ‘where is Vaidehi Sita’, who would not be impatient and edgy listening to such words. When the pets and birds became bewildered and puzzled like this who could tell the condition of humans up on being separated from a loved one like Sita. Around the time when Sita was to leave Janak and his brother came there, they both had tears of love coming out of eyes. When they glanced at Sita they lost their balance although Janak had been known to remain dispassionate in all conditions on account of deep spiritual understanding and realization of truth that world was just an illusion. King Janak took Sita in his arms and displayed weakness for her negating the real knowledge he had. All the ministers of Janak attempted to tell Janak that it was no occasion for him to show weakness of this kind as others would be upset all the more but King Janak still brought his daughter to his bosom time and again; then Janak asked for the well made and decorated palanquins for Sita and other brides.

Though the whole family was still under spell of emotions, King Janak made the princesses clime the palanquin remembering Lord Ganesh (the god who removes the obstacles) and his consort Siddhi as it was the auspicious time of the day for sending the daughters off.

We have now covered up to Doha 338 of Balkand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Sitaramabhyam Namah!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCXI

July 17, 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

सबु समाजु एहि भाँति बनाई। जनक अवधपुर दीन्ह पठाई।।
चलिहि बरात सुनत सब रानीं। बिकल मीनगन जनु लघु पानीं।।
पुनि पुनि सीय गोद करि लेहीं। देइ असीस सिखावनु देहीं।।
होएहु संतत पियहि पिआरी। चिरु अहिबात असीस हमारी।।
सासु ससुर गुर सेवा करेहू। पति रुख लखि आयसु अनुसरेहू।।
अति सनेह बस सखीं सयानी। नारि धरम सिखवहिं मृदु बानी।।
सादर सकल कुअँरि समुझाई। रानिन्ह बार बार उर लाई।।
बहुरि बहुरि भेटहिं महतारीं। कहहिं बिरंचि रचीं कत नारीं।।
दो0-तेहि अवसर भाइन्ह सहित रामु भानु कुल केतु।
चले जनक मंदिर मुदित बिदा करावन हेतु।।334।।

We covered up to Doha 334 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that King Janak arranged and then sent to Ayodhya lot many things of value as dowry including live stock and valuable clothes, things made of gold and the precious stones. In the palace the queens and the companions of Sita embraced her time and again and showered their love and gave valuable tips to Sita by way of advice for her smooth adjustment in Dashrath’s household. Right then Ram and His brothers reached there too for taking leave of the mothers in-law and take along the brides.

चारिअ भाइ सुभायँ सुहाए। नगर नारि नर देखन धाए।।
कोउ कह चलन चहत हहिं आजू। कीन्ह बिदेह बिदा कर साजू।।
लेहु नयन भरि रूप निहारी। प्रिय पाहुने भूप सुत चारी।।
को जानै केहि सुकृत सयानी। नयन अतिथि कीन्हे बिधि आनी।।
मरनसीलु जिमि पाव पिऊषा। सुरतरु लहै जनम कर भूखा।।
पाव नारकी हरिपदु जैसें। इन्ह कर दरसनु हम कहँ तैसे।।
निरखि राम सोभा उर धरहू। निज मन फनि मूरति मनि करहू।।
एहि बिधि सबहि नयन फलु देता। गए कुअँर सब राज निकेता।।
दो0-रूप सिंधु सब बंधु लखि हरषि उठा रनिवासु।
करहि निछावरि आरती महा मुदित मन सासु।।335।।

The ladies and gentlemen of Janakpuri rushed to meet the four brothers who were known to be very affable and good-natured. Some of the citizens informed that Shri Ram and brothers were to leave today itself and King Janak had made preparations for it. They opined that it was the opportunity to have full benefit of seeing them and appreciate their beautiful forms, its only today that the four sons of King Dashrath will remain as our dear guests here. They talked of their good deeds that compelled Brahma, the creator, to present these princes before our eyes to savor their beautiful forms. They thought its nothing less than that a person who doesn’t have hope to live any longer gets a dose of nectar; its like a person hungry for some thing since birth gets Kalp-vruksh (divine tree that fulfils all desires). The wise thought that by fixing a careful glance on Shri Ram, His beautiful form should be taken to heart (for future benefit), it should be so carefully kept alive in heart as a snake keeps Mani on his head (some snakes have a ever-shining stone on their head and is called Mani, they fight fiercely if it is to be snatched away from them. Right then the princes went inside the palace offering everyone present there the life time benefit for having eyes.

When the ladies in the Janak’s household saw the oceans of beauty that these four brothers looked like, they did Aarati of them and the mothers in-law gave gifts to servants enjoying the ecstatic moments.

We have covered up to Doha 335 of Balkand.

देखि राम छबि अति अनुरागीं। प्रेमबिबस पुनि पुनि पद लागीं।।
रही न लाज प्रीति उर छाई। सहज सनेहु बरनि किमि जाई।।
भाइन्ह सहित उबटि अन्हवाए। छरस असन अति हेतु जेवाँए।।
बोले रामु सुअवसरु जानी। सील सनेह सकुचमय बानी।।
राउ अवधपुर चहत सिधाए। बिदा होन हम इहाँ पठाए।।
मातु मुदित मन आयसु देहू। बालक जानि करब नित नेहू।।
सुनत बचन बिलखेउ रनिवासू। बोलि न सकहिं प्रेमबस सासू।।
हृदयँ लगाइ कुअँरि सब लीन्ही। पतिन्ह सौंपि बिनती अति कीन्ही।।
छं0-करि बिनय सिय रामहि समरपी जोरि कर पुनि पुनि कहै।
बलि जाँउ तात सुजान तुम्ह कहुँ बिदित गति सब की अहै।।
परिवार पुरजन मोहि राजहि प्रानप्रिय सिय जानिबी।
तुलसीस सीलु सनेहु लखि निज किंकरी करि मानिबी।।
सो0-तुम्ह परिपूरन काम जान सिरोमनि भावप्रिय।
जन गुन गाहक राम दोष दलन करुनायतन।।336।।

The mothers looked at Ram with a love-laced glance and under weight of their love for Him bent down again and again and touched His feet. They shed all reservations as the heart was overwhelmed with emotion of love; it was natural flow of affection for Him (as the son-in-law) and therefore can’t be described by others. Shri Ram and the brothers were given bath extensively using all ointments and fragrant pastes and then were offered food of every variety. Finding an opportune moment Shri Ram hinted the mother of Sita displaying affection, softness and humility, ” my father, King Dashrath, was now ready to move away and therefore we have been sent to take leave from all of you; O Mother, please allow us to go with a cheerful heart and consider us your own child, we deserve your affection and love on a daily basis. The mothers of brides and other ladies became restless and super charged with emotions listening to these words of Shri Ram and took to bosom their daughters and later handed their hands in to their husbands’ and prayed.

Sita was submissively joined with Ram and mother Sunayana told Him , “I would be pleased to go to any extent for Your sake, very learned and knowledgeable, You know the fate of every one. Sita is more dear than life itself to the whole family, the citizens and to the king.” She further said, ” O Lord of Tulsi (Tulsi plant is very dear to Lord Vishnu, there is story regarding Tulsi’s relationship with Lord Vishnu. Son in-law is supposed to be representing Lord Vishnu and daughters are taken to be like Lakshmi and therefore are joined with the Lord), you may appreciate Sita’s love for you and Her decent behavior. Please consider Her to be in your service at all times. You are the one who fulfills every desire of every one, you the wisest and you know all but more than that you have special regard for sentiment of love towards you, O Ram, you value the qualities of your devotees but the faults in them are destroyed by you, you are the abode of mercy and grace.”

(Here the divinity of Shri Ram has been pointed out in every way. The form of Lord should be kept in heart by devotees, they should look for all opportunities to get the reflection of His beauty by visiting temples. Lord should be worshiped by taking all steps like bathing him, offering Him food as Bhog, do Aarati and give alms. Lakshmi i e your wealth should be offered for the cause of Lord. The moment of separation from Him should be making emotions flow. The Lord’s glories should be sung and He should not be feared for having faults which get removed on course of devotional services offered to Him, the virtues become more ingrained in a person who worships the Lord. The abstract form of Lord is difficult to concentrate up on but the God as Avatar and His Leelas are easy to be reflected upon. By practice He comes very near to self and can be seen in Dhyana and felt as being around. He can be related in any desired way like as a friend, as master as son, as father or any other way. Surrender before Him should be constantly practiced. He knows fate of all and does care for the devotee hence no worry regrading future should be nursed. Since He knows all, nothing should be tried to kept concealed from Him. Physically doing Puja of Lord is a sure way to impart in you greater love for Him. Mentally remembering Him is also a great aid in calming the mind. Repeating His name with love works at a very subtle level and devotees progress fast. The company of those who love Him is the company that should be kept. Its just to give an idea that the episode of Ram’s marriage with Sita has divine connotations, with slight idea you may discover many angles that show us the path.)

We have now covered up to Doha 336 of Balkand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Sitarambhyam Namah!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

na mera aur tera hai…

July 16, 2014

agar zamaanaa ye is qadar bura hai,
haath ismeiN kya na mera aur tera hai.
-
kitne bhi tanhaa ho jaayeN toH bhi,
aa baittha koi dil meiN nikalta hi nahiiN,
faisley apney aap liye jaayeN kabhi,
mauqa mil jaaye aisa kyoN hota hi nahiiN.

‘kayar’

Ramcharit Charcha CCCX

July 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

जनक सनेहु सीलु करतूती। नृपु सब भाँति सराह बिभूती।।
दिन उठि बिदा अवधपति मागा। राखहिं जनकु सहित अनुरागा।।
नित नूतन आदरु अधिकाई। दिन प्रति सहस भाँति पहुनाई।।
नित नव नगर अनंद उछाहू। दसरथ गवनु सोहाइ न काहू।।
बहुत दिवस बीते एहि भाँती। जनु सनेह रजु बँधे बराती।।
कौसिक सतानंद तब जाई। कहा बिदेह नृपहि समुझाई।।
अब दसरथ कहँ आयसु देहू। जद्यपि छाड़ि न सकहु सनेहू।।
भलेहिं नाथ कहि सचिव बोलाए। कहि जय जीव सीस तिन्ह नाए।।
दो0-अवधनाथु चाहत चलन भीतर करहु जनाउ।
भए प्रेमबस सचिव सुनि बिप्र सभासद राउ।।332।।

We covered up to Doha 332 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that King Dashrath appreciated the respectful treatment by King Janak and his resourcefulness. King Dashrath used to express desire to be allowed to return to Ayodhya almost everyday but King Janak used to insist on his staying for some more time showing great love for him; Janak used to serve and honor King Dashrath increasingly every passing day. The festivities went on for some more days when Muni Vishwamitra and Guru Shatanad convinced Janak to let King Dashrath go whereupon Janak called his people and announced to make arrangement for King Dashrath’s journey back; everyone who learned of this became overwhelmed with emotions.

पुरबासी सुनि चलिहि बराता। बूझत बिकल परस्पर बाता।।
सत्य गवनु सुनि सब बिलखाने। मनहुँ साँझ सरसिज सकुचाने।।
जहँ जहँ आवत बसे बराती। तहँ तहँ सिद्ध चला बहु भाँती।।
बिबिध भाँति मेवा पकवाना। भोजन साजु न जाइ बखाना।।
भरि भरि बसहँ अपार कहारा। पठई जनक अनेक सुसारा।।
तुरग लाख रथ सहस पचीसा। सकल सँवारे नख अरु सीसा।।
मत्त सहस दस सिंधुर साजे। जिन्हहि देखि दिसिकुंजर लाजे।।
कनक बसन मनि भरि भरि जाना। महिषीं धेनु बस्तु बिधि नाना।।
दो0-दाइज अमित न सकिअ कहि दीन्ह बिदेहँ बहोरि।
जो अवलोकत लोकपति लोक संपदा थोरि।।333।।

When citizens of Janakpur learned that time for departure of Barat was now near, they didn’t believe it and kept confirming with each other. When it dawned on them that it was true, they became saddened and remorseful in the same manner as the lotuses wilt in the evening time. Arrangements were made to provide all kinds of raw stuff on all those points where the Barat had halted while coming from Ayodhya; various preparations of dryfruits (which do not get spoiled early) and means to prepare food were loaded on back of bulls and sent along with cooks and helpers. King Janak prepared one lac horses and twenty five thousand chariots which were duly decorated for being sent. Ten thousand elephants in musth which were very beautiful and divine like the elephants guarding the different directions in the horizon, were also readied. Carts loaded with golden apparels and precious stones along with she-buffaloes and other items of use were now ready to be sent along as dowry,

King Janak gave so much as dowry as can’t be described and which could very well exceed the worldly possessions of lords of kingdoms around the world.

(The dowry given by the parents is an expression of love and shows the spirit of sharing with the family of the daughter, all of their possessions. Being liberal in giving dowry is being large hearted and it is not in exchange for any favor.)

सबु समाजु एहि भाँति बनाई। जनक अवधपुर दीन्ह पठाई।।
चलिहि बरात सुनत सब रानीं। बिकल मीनगन जनु लघु पानीं।।
पुनि पुनि सीय गोद करि लेहीं। देइ असीस सिखावनु देहीं।।
होएहु संतत पियहि पिआरी। चिरु अहिबात असीस हमारी।।
सासु ससुर गुर सेवा करेहू। पति रुख लखि आयसु अनुसरेहू।।
अति सनेह बस सखीं सयानी। नारि धरम सिखवहिं मृदु बानी।।
सादर सकल कुअँरि समुझाई। रानिन्ह बार बार उर लाई।।
बहुरि बहुरि भेटहिं महतारीं। कहहिं बिरंचि रचीं कत नारीं।।
दो0-तेहि अवसर भाइन्ह सहित रामु भानु कुल केतु।
चले जनक मंदिर मुदित बिदा करावन हेतु।।334।।

King Janak sent all of that which he had collected to be given to Ayodhya without obliging King Dashrath to carry it. When the ladies in the household of King Janak got to know that the Barat was ready to move away, they became like fishes in shallow water. They began to embrace and pull Sita in their lap time and again and gave her their blessing as also motherly advice. They told her, “you must remain dear to your husband, we bless your husband to live longer. You must serve in-laws and Guru with attention. You should judge the mood of husband and act accordingly.” Under spell of too much love for Sita her wise and experienced companions gave friendly advice to Sita telling what were the duties of a lady at her in-laws place but in a soft manner. The other young brides were also treated and advised by the queen-mothers similarly; they took them to their bosom many times over and expressed their dismay about the purpose behind creation of women by the creator (at young age they had to leave their father’s home and enter the world entirely unknown to them. It didn’t seem them right that tender girls should become very responsible and shed their child-like innocence in a matter of minutes).

It was then that Ram, the scion of Sun-dynasty, reached at Janak’s palace along with his brothers with a view to take final and formal leave before leaving Janakpur.

We have now covered up to Doha 334 of Balkand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Sitarambhyam Namah!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCIX

July 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

दंड प्रनाम सबहि नृप कीन्हे। पूजि सप्रेम बरासन दीन्हे।।
चारि लच्छ बर धेनु मगाई। कामसुरभि सम सील सुहाई।।
सब बिधि सकल अलंकृत कीन्हीं। मुदित महिप महिदेवन्ह दीन्हीं।।
करत बिनय बहु बिधि नरनाहू। लहेउँ आजु जग जीवन लाहू।।
पाइ असीस महीसु अनंदा। लिए बोलि पुनि जाचक बृंदा।।
कनक बसन मनि हय गय स्यंदन। दिए बूझि रुचि रबिकुलनंदन।।
चले पढ़त गावत गुन गाथा। जय जय जय दिनकर कुल नाथा।।
एहि बिधि राम बिआह उछाहू। सकइ न बरनि सहस मुख जाहू।।
दो0-बार बार कौसिक चरन सीसु नाइ कह राउ।
यह सबु सुखु मुनिराज तव कृपा कटाच्छ पसाउ।।331।।

We covered up to Doha 331 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsdas in the last post and learned that King Dashrath bestowed on Munis and Brahmins cows of good breed with humility and gave them thanks for having achieved so much in life and received their blessings. King also gave the required items of value to all beggars and needy. All of them thanked him and went away singing his praises. King Dashrath expressed his extra-ordinary gratitude towards Muni Vihwamitra too who had been instrumental in the marriages of his sons and for other things.

जनक सनेहु सीलु करतूती। नृपु सब भाँति सराह बिभूती।।
दिन उठि बिदा अवधपति मागा। राखहिं जनकु सहित अनुरागा।।
नित नूतन आदरु अधिकाई। दिन प्रति सहस भाँति पहुनाई।।
नित नव नगर अनंद उछाहू। दसरथ गवनु सोहाइ न काहू।।
बहुत दिवस बीते एहि भाँती। जनु सनेह रजु बँधे बराती।।
कौसिक सतानंद तब जाई। कहा बिदेह नृपहि समुझाई।।
अब दसरथ कहँ आयसु देहू। जद्यपि छाड़ि न सकहु सनेहू।।
भलेहिं नाथ कहि सचिव बोलाए। कहि जय जीव सीस तिन्ह नाए।।
दो0-अवधनाथु चाहत चलन भीतर करहु जनाउ।
भए प्रेमबस सचिव सुनि बिप्र सभासद राउ।।332।।

King Dashrath commended King Janak too about his affection, his courteous behavior and for going to great lengths to please them all and appreciated for very sumptuous treatment of all. Almost every day King Dashrath asked leave to go back to Ayodhya but King Janak used to lovingly force him to stay. King Janak gave the marriage party greater respect and new occasions to celebrate every passing day. So many new entertaining events were being organized in the city and none of the citizen wanted Dashrath to leave for Ayodhya. Many more days passed in this manner and it seemed that the Baraties were tied down by a love-cord. One day Muni Vishwamitra and Guru Shatanand thought that it was now required to return to attend to duties for both sides and therefore they approached King Janak and convincingly said, “you must now let King Dashrath go even if your affection and love for him deters you.” King Janak immediately got the point (that nicest of things have to come to an end) and summoned his ministers who immediately turned up and wished for long life of King and bowed down before him.

King Janak declared that King Dashrath now wants to leave for Ayodhya and this be informed to queen inside the palace; all of the people present their including the king himself, the Vipras and the courtiers became overwhelmed listening to this final declaration of King Dashrath’s departure from Janakpuri.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Sitaramabhyam Namah!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCVIII

July 14, 2014

II Shree Guruvey Nmah 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

नित नूतन मंगल पुर माहीं। निमिष सरिस दिन जामिनि जाहीं।।
बड़े भोर भूपतिमनि जागे। जाचक गुन गन गावन लागे।।
देखि कुअँर बर बधुन्ह समेता। किमि कहि जात मोदु मन जेता।।
प्रातक्रिया करि गे गुरु पाहीं। महाप्रमोदु प्रेमु मन माहीं।।
करि प्रनाम पूजा कर जोरी। बोले गिरा अमिअँ जनु बोरी।।
तुम्हरी कृपाँ सुनहु मुनिराजा। भयउँ आजु मैं पूरनकाजा।।
अब सब बिप्र बोलाइ गोसाईं। देहु धेनु सब भाँति बनाई।।
सुनि गुर करि महिपाल बड़ाई। पुनि पठए मुनि बृंद बोलाई।।
दो0-बामदेउ अरु देवरिषि बालमीकि जाबालि।
आए मुनिबर निकर तब कौसिकादि तपसालि।।330।।

We covered up to Doha 330 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that people in Janakpuri were enjoying new celebrations every day after the marriage of Ram and Sita along with the marriage party and the days seemed to pass quickly. One morning King Dashrath got up and realized that he has had all his wishes fulfilled and he should now give healthy and decorated cows to Vipras and Munis (as the cows provide all that is needed by them). Guru Vashishtth called all the great Rishis and other people engaged in Tapa and all came there honoring Vashishtth Muni’s call.

दंड प्रनाम सबहि नृप कीन्हे। पूजि सप्रेम बरासन दीन्हे।।
चारि लच्छ बर धेनु मगाई। कामसुरभि सम सील सुहाई।।
सब बिधि सकल अलंकृत कीन्हीं। मुदित महिप महिदेवन्ह दीन्हीं।।
करत बिनय बहु बिधि नरनाहू। लहेउँ आजु जग जीवन लाहू।।
पाइ असीस महीसु अनंदा। लिए बोलि पुनि जाचक बृंदा।।
कनक बसन मनि हय गय स्यंदन। दिए बूझि रुचि रबिकुलनंदन।।
चले पढ़त गावत गुन गाथा। जय जय जय दिनकर कुल नाथा।।
एहि बिधि राम बिआह उछाहू। सकइ न बरनि सहस मुख जाहू।।
दो0-बार बार कौसिक चरन सीसु नाइ कह राउ।
यह सबु सुखु मुनिराज तव कृपा कटाच्छ पसाउ।।331।।

King Dashrath worshiped them and prostrated before all the Munis who had come there and offered them best of seats to sit. Then King Dashrath ordered his people to get four hundred thousand cows of fine breed which were as good as the Kaamdhenu (the divine cow that is capable to give whatever is prayed for). These cows then were dressed with all kinds of ornaments; the king presented these cows to Mahidevas (Vipras and Brahmins) with pleasure. The King supplicated and pleased them in many ways and said, “today I have got from this world the benefit of being born.” The Brahmins and Vipras then blessed the king making him immensely happy. The King in lineage of Sun-god then summoned the beggars and needy and gave them gold, clothes, jewels, horses, elephants and chariots/carts etc after checking with them what they needed. All the recipients sang glories of guardian of the Sun-dynasty while leaving. This was how the Ram’s marriage was being celebrated with aplomb and was hard to be described by a thousand mouths.

The King then many times told Muni Vishwamitra placing head on feet of Muni that all the pleasures now being enjoyed by himself precipitated only on account of Muni’s graceful glancing in his direction (the King at first had been reluctant to send Ram and Lakshman with Muni Vishwamitra but heeding advice of Muni Vashishtth dis send them. The king wanted to tell Muni Vishwamitra that he would have spoiled what he had received and Muni Vishwamitra’s visit to his palace was that graceful act of Muni that ensured it all for him. Thus he endorsed that those who follow Gurus’ command always profit and not lose).”

We have now covered up to Doha 331 of Balkand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Sitarambhyam Namah!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCVII

July 13, 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

पंच कवल करि जेवन लअगे। गारि गान सुनि अति अनुरागे।।
भाँति अनेक परे पकवाने। सुधा सरिस नहिं जाहिं बखाने।।
परुसन लगे सुआर सुजाना। बिंजन बिबिध नाम को जाना।।
चारि भाँति भोजन बिधि गाई। एक एक बिधि बरनि न जाई।।
छरस रुचिर बिंजन बहु जाती। एक एक रस अगनित भाँती।।
जेवँत देहिं मधुर धुनि गारी। लै लै नाम पुरुष अरु नारी।।
समय सुहावनि गारि बिराजा। हँसत राउ सुनि सहित समाजा।।
एहि बिधि सबहीं भौजनु कीन्हा। आदर सहित आचमनु दीन्हा।।
दो0-देइ पान पूजे जनक दसरथु सहित समाज।
जनवासेहि गवने मुदित सकल भूप सिरताज।।329।।

We covered up to Doha 329 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas
in the last post and learned that King Dashrath’s side enjoyed the feast given by King Janak; all kinds of flavors and variety of foods were offered which were prepared and served by expert cooks. King Dashrath and others immensely enjoyed the raillery indulged in King Janak’s side without minding it as it was an an occasion for such things. King Dahsrath and party later went back to their resting place with an elevated mood.

नित नूतन मंगल पुर माहीं। निमिष सरिस दिन जामिनि जाहीं।।
बड़े भोर भूपतिमनि जागे। जाचक गुन गन गावन लागे।।
देखि कुअँर बर बधुन्ह समेता। किमि कहि जात मोदु मन जेता।।
प्रातक्रिया करि गे गुरु पाहीं। महाप्रमोदु प्रेमु मन माहीं।।
करि प्रनाम पूजा कर जोरी। बोले गिरा अमिअँ जनु बोरी।।
तुम्हरी कृपाँ सुनहु मुनिराजा। भयउँ आजु मैं पूरनकाजा।।
अब सब बिप्र बोलाइ गोसाईं। देहु धेनु सब भाँति बनाई।।
सुनि गुर करि महिपाल बड़ाई। पुनि पठए मुनि बृंद बोलाई।।
दो0-बामदेउ अरु देवरिषि बालमीकि जाबालि।
आए मुनिबर निकर तब कौसिकादि तपसालि।।330।।

There were new kind of celebrations in Janakpuri every day and therefore the days and nights passed like a few moments. One day Dashrath, the jewel among the kings of the day, woke up in the early morning when the beggars and the needy began to sing praises of him; the King then saw his sons along with their respective brides and felt an unspeakable surge of joy. King Dashrath finished his daily routine and stepped out to meet Guru Vashishtth greatly pleased and steeped in love for all.

Bowing down before the Guru with hands folded he spoke in very sweet voice saturated with nectar and said, “O, high among Munis, with your grace I have today accomplished all that I set out to. O Master, now you may call all the Vipras and give them cows duly decorated (the king had been reminded by mendicants by singing praises of him that some thing had remained to do by way of pay back for having such good fortune which had fulfilled all his desires till date).”

Knowing what King Dashrath now wanted, Guru Vashishtth appreciated his decision and sent messengers for calling the Munis and all like Vamdev, Jabaali, Devarshi Narad and Valmiki as also the great Muni Vishwamitra along with all the rest of the Munis engaged in Tapa came as per the wishes of Guru Vashishtth.

(Whenever a king has accomplished his own desired objectives which happens only on account of guidance, good wishes and efforts of Vipras and Munis, it becomes duty of the king to immediately take care of needs of Munis. Cows provide every thing that Munis need hence the king and other people in society give it great importance to give cows and means to look after them to the Munis.)

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Sitaramabhyam Namah!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal


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