Ramcharit Charcha CCLIV

April 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

We covered up to Doha 261 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Ram broke the bow of Shiv in a fraction of a second (in fact the bundle of ego of all represented by bow of Shiv could not stand in front of the Supreme God, the real doer behind every act, the spec of consciousness in every individual is part the conscious whole that Supreme God really is). All then exclaimed hailing Ram for His victory, even demons saw themselves as inferior to Ram at this moment (they had become powerless in even lifting the bow).

That Lord Ram had dropped the two pieces of the bow on earth, all the people present at the venue became happy and pleased (they had been wishing for it, had even staked all their good deeds for it).

Muni Kaushik (Vishwamitra) looked like an ocean of pure water of love, in which any one could have taken a dip and become pure himself. The love-ocea like persona of Muni became enlarged (like ocean tide) upon seeing the moon like beauty of Ram. Muni’s body thrilled and his sighs of pleasure seemed like waves in the ocean (Muni was particularly happy to see the power of Lord Shri Ram whom he had already known as the God, when the endoresement of belief is unmistakenly had, the sense of achievement and fulfillment is natural).

Drums sounded in the heavens and godesses danced and sang songs. Brahma ji and other gods, Siddhas and Munis, all praised Lord Ram and gave their blessings too (Ram as son of King Dashrath used to pray to them), they showered flowers of many types and wreaths of flowers of different colors. The Kinnars also sang interestign songs fitting the occasion, there was so much noise that filled the place with shouts of Victory to Ram that the reverberation of sould of bow-breaking became subdued. All were only talking happily that Ram has broken the formidable bow of Shiv at that moment (they knew importance of this as Sita was now married to Ram technically).

The bards and other contigents of servents sang praises with patience and substance. All those present started giving away horses, elephants, money, jewels and clothes wishing welfare of the young and victorious Ram after invoking the blessings of gods (it is customery to offer distribute goods and valueables among the needy when a loved one accomplishes some thing or any event is organized around them).

We have now covered up to Doha 262 of Balkand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki Jai!
Sant Samaaj Ko Pranaam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCLIII

April 20, 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

We covered up to Doha 260 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Lakshman readied himself as well all others like elephants, tortoise and the serpent (heavy bodies, hard crests and invisible formation like a serpent with many spread out fangs  keep earth like planets and other celestial bodies in a certain orbit and stable, any big application of extra force requires to be countered to keep all the worlds in  order, breaking of bow Shiv by Ram therefore required Lakshman to take care of post event unheaval, it was his assigned duty). The  distress of people, the belied hopes, doubts of some, repentance of Janak, agony of Sita and worrisome attitude of the queen, the foolish arrogance of bad princes etc could have survived only if the bow was not broken but Ram’s absolute strength was not to offer any escape. Ram then saw people stilled in their seats and Sita in very great stress in particular showing sign of the same bodily.

Ram noticed that Vaidehi Sita’s agitation was so much that every moment felt like a Kalpa (time taken in a whole creative cycle of Brahma) to Sita. Ram thought that it would be useless to offer a whole lot of nectar to some one who has died of thirst without getting water. Rain has no meaning when the crop has wholly dried, an action not performed in time would not save a situation even if a lot of repentation is done later.

When Ram looked at Sita with such an impression on His own mind, He too became delighted in heart, He had noticed that Sita’s love for him was no ordinery kind of love.

Ram then made obeisace to Guru inside His heart (Ram is demostrating that at all times God should be remembered, God only is the real doer, Guru is supposed to be representing God only) and picked up the bow with utmost dexterity and finesse, the bow shined like a flash of lihtening in the sky when Ram grasped it. The bow then became similar to a circle in the sky but no body could actually see Ram picking it, stringing it and pulling it, in the very same instant Ram broke it in to two parts; this filled whole space with harsh and thunderous sounds of very high decibles.

The harshness of this high sound was so great that the horses carrying Rath of Sun strayed from their assigned path, the elephants holding the quarters trumpeted and the earth itself shaked; the tortoise, the serpent and the boar (perceived to be stablizing the spheres in distant horizons) also restlessly changed postures. The gods and the demons and the Munis, all pressed their hands on their ears and thought out the effect of the event with concerns according to their own internal make up and they all shouted that Ram has broken the bow and praised Him for His great victory (even the demons could not check themselves and praised Ram’s this accomplishment).

All those feelings that were riding on bow like on a ship to cross over the ocean-like strength of Ram, drowned as they had been born out of ignorance and foolishness without having any base (all had seen Ram as having divinity and unparalleled charm, beauty and strength, in one way or the other).

(The bow of Shiv represnted ego of all in the universe, the bow could not have been broken by any body in the whole creation of which Shiv is the first among gods. If any body tried to break the unversal ego, the sense of doership, he would have had to first negate his own ego which no body understood and tried his hand at breaking the bow of Shiv. Lord Ram is the Supreme God providing basis of ego of all, hence also ego of master of all egoistic entities, He only therfore could break the Bow of Shiv. This is the importance of this Yagna and conveyor of this ultimate reality.)

We have now covered up to Doha 261 of Balkand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki Jai!
Sant Samaaj Ko Pranaam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCLII

April 19, 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

We covered up to Diha 259 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Sita is at pains to control her state of great unease and eventually prays God saying that He knows what goes on in Her mind, He would give her opportunity to serve Lord Ram as it always happens that a true love results in union ultimately. Sita then looked at Ram with love and became statue like, Ram, abode of mercy,did know all that was going on in Sita’s mind (He is Himself God Supreme and would naturally know every thing but here Sita’s physical condition also was telling the condition of Her heart). To give a comforting signal to Sita Ram looked at the bow as would Garuda look at a small serpent. Lakshman observed that Ram was now ready and hence took the precaution of pressing his foot down firmly to keep the universe stable (i e as ever vigilent Sheshnaag he is ought to be ready when any big event is going to take place and breaking of bow of Shiv is no ordinery event).

Lakshman ordered the guarding elephants in all directions, the tortoise on whose back earth rests and the serpent on whose fang the universe remains placed to be patiently holding the earth without letting confidence shake at any point in time as Ram is now ready to break the bow of Shiv. He asked them all particularly to be vigilent after listening to his command.

On the otherside, when Ram reached near the plateform where the bow was placed, all those present prayed gods and staked their good deed (for fulfilment of their desire that Ram breaks the bow).

The doubts of some regarding Ram breaking the bow, ignorance of others (about Ram’s real nature), the arrogance of bad kings, the prententious attitude of Parasuram (a great sage in line of Bhrigu) about the bow of Shiv being very big and heavy, the display of weak sentiments by gods and Munis, Sita’s great anxiety, the King Janak’s remorse and the queens unbearable agony, all such matters rested on the big bark of bow of Shiv for remaining valid but without any body to sail it across the vast ocean like strength of Ram’s arms which is indeed undefeatable (this means that Ram’s atrength and capacity was far more and all the people’s anxiety,doubts and distress had no scope of remaining valid in view of it).

When Ram looked around He saw all people as painted on a canvass ( i e motionless and static keenly observing what was going to happen with total concentration) and then He glanced at Sita. Ram, the gracious one, knew at once that Sita was in greatly disturbed mood (hence she required instant relief now).

We have now covered up to Doha 260 of Baklkand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki Jai!
Sant Samaaj Ko Pranaam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCLI

April 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

We covered up to Doha 258 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas and learned that Sita while soaking the beauty of Shri Ram by looking is equally concerned and distressed at Her father’s thoughtless vow; she thinks that Janak’s ministers did not give him right advice and neither the wise elders in society cared to see the futility behind such a vow. She thinks that Ram is of tender body and the bow of Shiv is made of very hard stuff and is heavy too. She even wants the bow made of material to look at Ram which would make it have a soft heart and become light by transferring its own foolishness of being heavy while Ram like decent and loveable person is ready to lift it. She finds that time has stopped moving for her and feels Her mind giving unbearable pain and becomes busy looking at Ram now and at earth then.

Her lotus-like mouth restrained Sita’s bee-like voice in side as if it didn’t want it to escape in the night time due to save its own modesty (the lotus closes at night and bees which hover near it to drink nectar get trapped). Sita’s tears also did not fall out of eyes though eyes got filled with tears, in the same manner as a very miserly person keeps his gold. Sita now was aware of Her own great mental stress and wanted to become regain Her confidence and bring back Her optimism. She thought, “My resolve is true in terms of thought, word and action (when these three faculties become directed by just one resolve, the success has to happen) and I have placed my conscience at the lotus feet of Raghupati Shri Ram totally. If this is true then O God, you remain present in every heart (and therefore must be aware of what is status of my conscious thought) and must make me an exclusive servant of Shri Ram. It is a well-known fact that one who has a true love for someone gets him (i e the beloved) in the end and without doubt and unfailingly.”

Sita then stiffened bodily due to excessive love for Ram when She set Her intense glance on Ram. Ram, the mercy-ful Lord knew all about what was going on in Sita’s heart. He saw Sita (with love) first and then at the bow in a manner like Garuda (the king of birds and carrier of Lord Vishnu who is also a sworn enemy of serpents) looks at some small-sized serpent (Ram wished to give strength to Sita by looking at bow in this manner (smallest gesture and actions mean a lot more than a whole volley of words to some one who is so totally submerged in sea of emotions as Sita was at that moment).

When Lakshman saw that that Raghuvanshmani Shri Ram has sized up the bow of Shiv (i e the time for its being broken has arrived), his body became light and ready for action too and he wished to speak out (words of caution) but first put his foot firmly down to keep the universe in place (as Shiv happens to be the highest among gods, and when His bow going to be broken a big up-heaval was expected).

We have now covered up to Doha 259 of Balkand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki Jai!
Sant Samaaj Ko Pranaam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCL

April 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

We covered up to Doha 257 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas and learned that wise friend of Sita’s mother comforted her. Sita on the other hand became very concerned and prayed all gods and godesses and found her some relief when she remembered Bhagwaan Shiv and Parvati and prayed them too asking them to make the heavy and formidable bow to be lighted for Ram. She then invoked Lord Ganesha to lighten it further and got immersed in thought of Ram with eyes filled with tears of love and bodily thrilled.

Sita’s beautiful eyes enjoyed Ram’s charming beauty fully but she mentally became agitated when she reflected up on Her father’s vow and thought,” Oh father you have aken this difficult vow without understanding the benefit or loss on account it (she thought there is hardly any benefit, father could have done without it, at least after he saw Ram in person); my father’s ministers are under awe of him and therefore could not give him a piece of good advice. This kind of unwarranted thing is happenning right in presence of the intelligent and enlightened people;
there is this bow which is harder than a stone on one side and on the other there is this dark complexioned young man of tender body (who is expected to lift and break it). O the creator, how then can I find solace and confidence, can one ever expect a flower leaf’s end pierce a diamond. Whole of this assembly of people have become dumb. I have only the bow of Shiv now to place my hopes on, may it shift its hardness and  stubbornness of his heart on the people and become light hearted by looking at Raghupati Shri Ram (who is having such a lovely personality and a tender body).”

Sita had so much agitation afflicting Her mind that minutes became like Yugas i e an equivalent of many time cycles for Her.

She shifting glance, now looking at Lord Shri Ram and now towards earth (as a child looks towards mother, Sita was born from earth while Janak was tilling a field) with Her two beautiful eyes and restlessness of Her eyes resembled like two cupid’s fishes playing in the round bowl of moon.

We have now covered up to Doha 258 of Balkand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki Jai!
Sant Samaaj Ko Pranaam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCXLIX

April 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

We covered up to Doha 256 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that
When Sita’s mother expressed her emotions for Ram and her concern that He is being asked to do something which many great brave people failed to do, one of her wise friend told her that the potential to do bigger things may not be noticeable but remains and the smaller size is no impediment for accomplishments and gave example of Kumbhaj Rishi, orb of sun and Ankush (goad).

Friend of mother of Sita further said,”that Kaamdev (god of love) keeps in hand a bow of flowers only but who does not fall under his influence. O Devi Sunayana, you may not carry doubt about Ram breaking the bow (of Shiv).” Listening to her friend’s words of wisdom Sita’s mother felt reassured and her feeling of dejection went away, rather she now had greater love (for Shri Ram because it seemed to her very much possible that she will be getting Him as her son-in-law).

On the other hand Vaidehi Sita looked at Ram and became anxious and started praying many gods and godesses in her heart (an excess of love for someone makes one unstable at times) and became depressed with fear of unknown. Right at that moment of weakness she remembered Lord Mahesh and Maa Bhavani and prayed them for being pleased, she asked for reward for having served them and wanted to be favored by Shiv by making his bow lighter in weight and size (Shiv and Parvati are the only divine personalities who impart instant relief to unstable and stressful minds, they are personified Vishwas (faith) and Shradhha (belief) and when we rely on them all anxiety goes away providing instant relief in all situations).

Then she propiciated Lord Ganesh (the god who removes obstacles and is son of Shiv and Parvati) and said,” it is for this day that I have served you hence please listen to my repeated requests and you too reduce the weight of bow to a further low extent (when your father has reduced it to as much possible for him).”

Looking back in direction of Ram, time and again and trying to bring various gods to extend their help but with sobered feelings now (as she had now relied on Shiv,Parvati and Ganesh which had provided her the necessary stability in heart). She had her eyes filled with tears of love and had repeated pangs of shiver (due to uncontrollable emotional upsurge).

(It is very normal for unmarried young ladies to be behaving in the manner Sita behaved i e giving in to total concern for just only the one whom they have started loving. We will see later that Sita is becoming totally immersed in thought of getting near Ram by gradually concentration on just one thought. This is how we may have nearness to God, by having a very soft emotional make up of heart and single pointed attention towards Him.)

We have now covered up to Doha 257 of Balkand.

Bhavani Shanakr Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki Jai!
Sant Samaaj O Pranaam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCXLVIII

April 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

We covered up to Doha 255 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that when Ram got up following Guru’s instructions, the kings in the assembly bacame hopeless (because Ram looked all set to break the bow to them and all could now realize that Ram was not an ordinery prince). Ram made all the people happy by His graceful strides towards the centre and all of them wished for Ram’s success (out of their love for both Ram and Sita though it wasn’t required) but Sita’s mother seemed deeply under influence of emotions of love and affection when she saw Ram and summoned friends to speak something.

Sita’s mother called out, “O dear ones, all those who are supposed to be our well-wishers are in fact only inclined to watch with interest what is going to happen here (they are in fact not really wel-wishers), noneof them has taken trouble togo up to Guru Vishwamitra that it I is not right to insist on a child like Ram to breaking the bow of Shiv which Ravan didn’t even dare to touch and rest of the kings have already lost hope of succeeding after becoming aggressive first in their attmpts. Such a bow to be handled by the young prince would be like asking a fawn to lift the mountain of Mandar.

I considered King Janak to be having intelligence
but seems he has lost it, O dear friend, the ways of Brahma, the creator, can’t be understood.”

The wise friend replied softly,” O queen, its not right to judge potetially strong to be little in effect, Rishi Kumbhaj was only an ordinery human born of a jar being to look at but he drank the vast ocean (there is such reference in Puranas, symbolically it means that he could absorb the whole ocean of knowledge through his studies), he has been therefore kept in high regard by all in the world. You see the aura of sun as limited but when it rises the whole darkness in the three worlds disappears.

“A Mantra though small i e having a few syllables, can bring the trinity of great gods like Brahma,Vishnu and Mahesh as well as rest of the gods in to its command, and you know that a huge elephant even when furious can be brought in to control by an Ankush (a small piece of poited rod).”

We have now covered up to Doha 256 of Balkand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki Jai!
Sant Samaaj Ko Pranaam!
Gowswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwalwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCXLVII

April 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

We covered up to Doha 254 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Ram stopped Lakshman from further speaking about own and Ram’s real nature in high-sounding words and Muni Vishwamitra while appreciated what Lakshman told also asked Ram to get up and break the bow to comfort Janak immediately. Ram then rose up and bowed down at Guru’s feet and made the saints and kind hearted other people’s eyes dance with pleasure, expectation and relief.

When Ram rose up (like a morning sun) the kings felt their own hope vanishing like night when its dawn, their chatter died down like the string of stars becomes faded (in front of rising sun). Those of the kings who were very arrogant began to withdraw within themselves like Kumud flower closes (upon day break) and those of the kings who were falsely posing (i e without any inner strength) disappeared from scene like owls go hiding in the daytime. Munis and gods felt pleased and became active like birds shedding their feelings of gloom and began showering flowers by way of their offerings to pay homage.

Ram on the other hand after paying respects at feet of Guru with affection went to rest of the Munis to take their permission and blessings (because it is never right to ignore elders and learned in any way, it is never liked by a good teacher and Muni Vishwamitra was such a one).

Ram, the master of the universe, then set his foot forward in a manner that is natural to him, it was as graceful as walk of a lovely elephant who is in upbeat mood. When Ram walked all the ladies and gentlemen of Janakpur city became restless bodiy but very happy in their hearts. They invoked manes and gods and recounted their good-deeds for being rewarded at that moment and prayed saying, “O Ganesha (the God who is able to remove obstacles), you are our master, we are ready to trade our Punyas for Ram breaking the bow
of Shiv like a stalk of lotus.”

Sita’s mother became overwhelmed with love (like that of mother for the child) looking at Ram with affection and summoned Sita’s female friends and spoke in words which reflected her setiments and her unease.

We have now covered up to Doha 255 of Balkand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki JAI!
Sant Samaaj Ko Pranaam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charha CCXLVI

April 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

We covered up to Doh 253 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Lakshman having got angry about Janak’s lamantations regading earth being without any brave people (capable of breaking the bow of Shiv) and therefore about possibility of Sita remaining unwed, in total disregard of the Ram, a descendent of Raghus, being present in the midst of the people there. Lakshman then proclaimed his own natural power of being able to lift universe, smash it; he claimed to string the bow and break it like a stalk of lotus or a mashroom adding that it was all due to the power and influence of Lord Shri Ram (meaning thereby that Ram can do much more than that, his anger was that of a Bhakta who can’t stand a statement made disregarding the God, particularly when He was present takig a form right before the eyes and Janak had already had this understanding).

When Lakshman angrily spoke like this, the elephants that balance the earth in different directions started shaking (because Lakshman as avatar of Sheshnaag on whose fangs the universes rest had become agitated with anger). This made all the people and the kings fearful (of some impending disaster) but Sita felt pleased and Janak felt ashamed. Raghupati Shri Ram, His Guru Vishwamitra and the Munis felt amused and repeatedly thrilled (Ram because His younger brother was so brave, Vishwamitra because his own disciple fearlessly told some facts and the Munis because there was some body who never kept quiet after listening to a statement that did not give weightage to presence of Lord Shri Ram).

Ram now made a gesture to quieten down Lakshman and pulled him to sit down near Himself (Ram didn’t want Lakshman to keep praising himself which is a not a right trait in brave persons).

Rishi Vishwamitra saw it to be right moment (as delay would have upset Sita, Janak and the people sitting there and no act of goodness is meaningful if not done in good time) and softly spoke with words laced with love, saying,” O Ram, get up and take off the unbearable weight of worry off Janak’s heart”.

Listening to the precise instruction of Guru, Ram bowed His head down at feet of Guru without any display of elation or depression in His heart (eleation that He now has the opportunity to have His beloved Sita as wife and depression that there was a big challenge ahead, it is such feelings that come in way of performance as whole rush of emotions distracts).

Rising up from His seat placed at a high platform and standing in His natural posture which would have shamed a young lion, Ram seemed as if the morning sun had appeared over the mountain ranges in the east. The appearance of Raghuvar Shri Ram made the lotus-like hearts of saints (i e the saints whose hearts do not have any kind of malice) surge with happiness and their eyes danced like bees in expression of that feeling (the lotus blooms at dawn and bees become active, Ram was also a memebr of sun-dynasty and had risen up dispelling the darkness of gloom).

We have now covered up to Doha 254 of Balkand.

Bhavani Shanakar Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki Jai!
Sant Samaaj Ko Pranaam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCXLV

April 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

We covered up to Doha 253 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that
Janak let his sentiment out at not seeing any one succeed to even lift or move the bow of Shiv, leave apart stringing or breaking it. He expressed his disappointment saying that it seems that Sita will remain unmarried and the world is without any brave persons. He lamented saying that he would not have taken the vow as he did if this had been known earlier to him. Listening to Janak’s outpourings, all became sad but Lakshman became angry and wanted to speak something straightaway but being under discipline of Shri Ram, his elder brother, he first bowed down at His lotus feet and began to speak in authoritative and high-piched voice.

Lakshman said,” it is never right to speak in a gathering where there is a descendent of Raghu present, in the manner that Janak has spoken; he has known that the ever shining jewel (Mani) in the family of Raghus is very much present here.”

Lakshman then turned towards Ram and said,” O the one like sun for the lotus-like (i e blemish free) sun-dynasty to make it bloom, I wish to speak something not out of sense of pride and arrogance but as reflection of my inner nature but after Your due permission, please listen therefore. I can lift the universe like a ball (Lakshman is avatar of Sheshnaag who does indeed balance universes on his many fangs right after their creation). I can break it in to pieces like a vassel of raw-mud or glass. I can uproot the Meru Mountain and like a radish, all due to Your influence, power and glory, what then is worth of the wretched old bow. Considering this if You would permit me I will do all this playfully for You to watch with interest. I would string the bow handling it like a stalk of lotus and run for a thousand miles with it in my hand(though the weight of bow is too much for anyone else present here to handle) .

“O Master, with power of Your influence and glory, I would break it like a stalk of mushroom. I promise to not ever touch a bow or a quiver in future if all this is not accomplished by me, I swear by Your feet, O Lord.”

(Lakshman could not keep qiet after listening to what Janak said because a Bhakta can not appreciate any one talking without recognizing the absolute power of Almighty God. Janak had known Ram to be as an avatar of Almighty God and was aware that He was present in the midst of people there but still made a statement ignoring this fact and thus it seemed not right to him. Janak, a Gyani, used to remain in contmplation of attribute-less and form-less God and though he had become aware that Ram is none other than God in human form but by practice he had not yet been perfect in that understanding. A true devotee of Sagun Brahma i e God with form and attributes, is never tense and anxious, he can engage all his senses and mind in the seeing the form and thinking of virtues instantly and avoid the moments of worry turning in to anger etc.)

We have now covered up to Doha 253 of balkand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki Jai!
Sant Samaaj Ko Pranaam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal


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