Ramcharit Charcha CCCXIX

July 29, 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

धूप धूम नभु मेचक भयऊ। सावन घन घमंडु जनु ठयऊ।।
सुरतरु सुमन माल सुर बरषहिं। मनहुँ बलाक अवलि मनु करषहिं।।
मंजुल मनिमय बंदनिवारे। मनहुँ पाकरिपु चाप सँवारे।।
प्रगटहिं दुरहिं अटन्ह पर भामिनि। चारु चपल जनु दमकहिं दामिनि।।
दुंदुभि धुनि घन गरजनि घोरा। जाचक चातक दादुर मोरा।।
सुर सुगन्ध सुचि बरषहिं बारी। सुखी सकल ससि पुर नर नारी।।
समउ जानी गुर आयसु दीन्हा। पुर प्रबेसु रघुकुलमनि कीन्हा।।
सुमिरि संभु गिरजा गनराजा। मुदित महीपति सहित समाजा।।
दो0-होहिं सगुन बरषहिं सुमन सुर दुंदुभीं बजाइ।
बिबुध बधू नाचहिं मुदित मंजुल मंगल गाइ।।347।।

We covered up to Doha 347 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that the mothers had been eagerly awaiting to welcome Shri Ram and other sons fully prepared but were also emotionally very surcharged. The citizens also had decorated city’s every nook and corner. The king’s palace looked so elegant and attractive as to make the city of gods look inferior. The good omens were noticeable and the gods showered flowers, their consorts sang and danced while Guru Vashittha gave signal for the Barat to enter the city of Ayodhya.

मागध सूत बंदि नट नागर। गावहिं जसु तिहु लोक उजागर।।
जय धुनि बिमल बेद बर बानी। दस दिसि सुनिअ सुमंगल सानी।।
बिपुल बाजने बाजन लागे। नभ सुर नगर लोग अनुरागे।।
बने बराती बरनि न जाहीं। महा मुदित मन सुख न समाहीं।।
पुरबासिन्ह तब राय जोहारे। देखत रामहि भए सुखारे।।
करहिं निछावरि मनिगन चीरा। बारि बिलोचन पुलक सरीरा।।
आरति करहिं मुदित पुर नारी। हरषहिं निरखि कुँअर बर चारी।।
सिबिका सुभग ओहार उघारी। देखि दुलहिनिन्ह होहिं सुखारी।।
दो0-एहि बिधि सबही देत सुखु आए राजदुआर।
मुदित मातु परुछनि करहिं बधुन्ह समेत कुमार।।348।।

Bards, poets and lyricists sang praises (of the solar-dynasty) and the savvy actors skillfully demonstrated through plays the same themes. Calls of victory and pious recital of Vedas in steady voice could be heard from all the ten directions giving a feeling of well-being and good fortune. A number of musical instrument were being played filling the skies with music and making the gods and citizens enchanted. The Baraties were smartly dressed and looked dignified, they were all bubbling with happiness. The citizens paid respects to king and complimented him and when they looked at Shri Ram they were delighted. They started to throw around him jewels and clothes (for the servants and the needy) their eyes filled with tears and bodies thrilled with joy. The ladies of Ayodhya did Aarati of Shri Ram and the brothers with great pleasure and also peeped in to covered palanquins to have a look at the young brides with great interest and felt very pleased.

Making everyone happy and cheerful, the princes reached the doorsteps of the palace and the mothers delightedly came forward to do the Aarati of the newly wedded couples.

We have now covered up to Doha 348 of Balkand,

करहिं आरती बारहिं बारा। प्रेमु प्रमोदु कहै को पारा।।
भूषन मनि पट नाना जाती।।करही निछावरि अगनित भाँती।।
बधुन्ह समेत देखि सुत चारी। परमानंद मगन महतारी।।
पुनि पुनि सीय राम छबि देखी।।मुदित सफल जग जीवन लेखी।।
सखीं सीय मुख पुनि पुनि चाही। गान करहिं निज सुकृत सराही।।
बरषहिं सुमन छनहिं छन देवा। नाचहिं गावहिं लावहिं सेवा।।
देखि मनोहर चारिउ जोरीं। सारद उपमा सकल ढँढोरीं।।
देत न बनहिं निपट लघु लागी। एकटक रहीं रूप अनुरागीं।।
दो0-निगम नीति कुल रीति करि अरघ पाँवड़े देत।
बधुन्ह सहित सुत परिछि सब चलीं लवाइ निकेत।।349।।

The mothers kept waving the lighted lamps over around them for longer than ordinarily done out of their excitement and love which knew no bounds. They gave away ornaments, jewels and various kinds of clothes in various ways to the servants and the needy. The mothers felt having out of the world type extreme pleasure and satisfaction when they set their eyes upon the four brothers along with the brides. They wished to look back again and again at Ram and Sita to enjoy their beauty and did so, in this way they felt the complete fulfillment of the ultimate need of their lives. The friends of the mothers also appreciated the beautiful face of Sita and looked at her again and again, they acknowledged it to be the result of their own good deeds in the past that they had such an occasion. The gods continuously showered flowers, sang and danced at this great moment, ever ready to provide whatever was the need. The Goddess Sharda looked for a suitable metaphor to describe the four heart-stealing couples now present before her eyes but failed, nothing else could ever be even a near comparison; she kept looking with one pointed attention at them with affection and appreciation.

The mothers performed all rituals as mentioned in Vedas, they also did every thing in line with the local custom; they then took along the sons and their brides in to the interior of the palace, the carpets were laid along the way for them.

We have now covered up to Doha 249 of Balkand.

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

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCXVIII

July 26, 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

भूप भवन तेहि अवसर सोहा। रचना देखि मदन मनु मोहा।।
मंगल सगुन मनोहरताई। रिधि सिधि सुख संपदा सुहाई।।
जनु उछाह सब सहज सुहाए। तनु धरि धरि दसरथ दसरथ गृहँ छाए।।
देखन हेतु राम बैदेही। कहहु लालसा होहि न केही।।
जुथ जूथ मिलि चलीं सुआसिनि। निज छबि निदरहिं मदन बिलासनि।।
सकल सुमंगल सजें आरती। गावहिं जनु बहु बेष भारती।।
भूपति भवन कोलाहलु होई। जाइ न बरनि समउ सुखु सोई।।
कौसल्यादि राम महतारीं। प्रेम बिबस तन दसा बिसारीं।।
दो0-दिए दान बिप्रन्ह बिपुल पूजि गनेस पुरारी।
प्रमुदित परम दरिद्र जनु पाइ पदारथ चारि।।345।।

We covered up to Doha 345 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that the Barat has returned to Ayodhya and the city of Shri Ram has been decorated by the citizen in choicest ways with keen interest. The mothers (the queens of King Dashrath) are upbeat so much so that they have forgotten to take care of themself. King’s palace is surcharged with activity and its decoration makes the gods and even Brahma envious. All now have a great desire to have glimpse of their loved one Shri Ram and His bride Sita as soon as possible.

मोद प्रमोद बिबस सब माता। चलहिं न चरन सिथिल भए गाता।।
राम दरस हित अति अनुरागीं। परिछनि साजु सजन सब लागीं।।
बिबिध बिधान बाजने बाजे। मंगल मुदित सुमित्राँ साजे।।
हरद दूब दधि पल्लव फूला। पान पूगफल मंगल मूला।।
अच्छत अंकुर लोचन लाजा। मंजुल मंजरि तुलसि बिराजा।।
छुहे पुरट घट सहज सुहाए। मदन सकुन जनु नीड़ बनाए।।
सगुन सुंगध न जाहिं बखानी। मंगल सकल सजहिं सब रानी।।
रचीं आरतीं बहुत बिधाना। मुदित करहिं कल मंगल गाना।।
दो0-कनक थार भरि मंगलन्हि कमल करन्हि लिएँ मात।
चलीं मुदित परिछनि करन पुलक पल्लवित गात।।346।।

Ecstatic and joyful mothers found there legs unable to move and physical strength ebbing, they were now eagerly awaiting the moment when they would have their dear Shri Ram before their eyes. They were now fully prepared for Parichhan and various sorts of musical instrument were now being played. The youngest of the queen Sumitra joyfully readied all the needed holy stuffs like turmeric, Durva (a type of grass), curd, leaves, flowers, betel-leaves & nuts, grains of rice, sprouted plants, Roli (red power made from lime) and Tulsi leaves etc. The nice round-vessels were painted beautifully and covered with leaves, they looked like the nests made by birds of god of love, the spray of perfumes of high quality portended good fortune. The queens wore all the ornaments and make-up signifying welfare and good-fortune. Taking care of all aspects of the Aarti to be performed they started singing melodious songs inviting good times.

With the golden round trays in their hands which were loaded with all the auspicious materials the mothers cheerfully went ahead to perform welcome ritual, the surge of emotions afflicted their bodies.

We have covered up to Doha 346 of Balkand.

धूप धूम नभु मेचक भयऊ। सावन घन घमंडु जनु ठयऊ।।
सुरतरु सुमन माल सुर बरषहिं। मनहुँ बलाक अवलि मनु करषहिं।।
मंजुल मनिमय बंदनिवारे। मनहुँ पाकरिपु चाप सँवारे।।
प्रगटहिं दुरहिं अटन्ह पर भामिनि। चारु चपल जनु दमकहिं दामिनि।।
दुंदुभि धुनि घन गरजनि घोरा। जाचक चातक दादुर मोरा।।
सुर सुगन्ध सुचि बरषहिं बारी। सुखी सकल ससि पुर नर नारी।।
समउ जानी गुर आयसु दीन्हा। पुर प्रबेसु रघुकुलमनि कीन्हा।।
सुमिरि संभु गिरजा गनराजा। मुदित महीपति सहित समाजा।।
दो0-होहिं सगुन बरषहिं सुमन सुर दुंदुभीं बजाइ।
बिबुध बधू नाचहिं मुदित मंजुल मंगल गाइ।।347।।

The incense burning was so intense that it made the skies dark, so much so that it looked as if that in the month of Shravan clouds laden with water had overcast the skies. The gods dropped garlands made of flowers of Kalptaru (divine tree) which looked like the rows of herons flying over the skies. The festoons made of strings of jewels looked like rainbows in sky. The elegant and glamorous ladies were peeping down the parapets now and then and it looked like the flashes of lightening. The drum beating sounded like the thunderous noise of clouds, the clamoring by beggars matched the mixed sounds made by the frogs, Chatak and the peacocks. The aromatic rain-drops from heavens made every one utterly happy. The the right auspicious moment arrived when the Guru instructed Shri Ram, the jewel among the Raghus, to enter the precinct of the city who remembering Lord Ganesh and Maa Parvati did enter along with the King and rest of the people in the Barat.

Ram’s entry was signal of good times approaching and good omens started to appear and the gods began to rain flowers and blowing horns, their consorts went about dancing while singing beautiful songs to celebrate the occasion.

We have now covered up to Doha 346 of Balkand.

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

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCXVII

July 25, 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

बार बार करि बिनय बड़ाई। रघुपति चले संग सब भाई।।
जनक गहे कौसिक पद जाई। चरन रेनु सिर नयनन्ह लाई।।
सुनु मुनीस बर दरसन तोरें। अगमु न कछु प्रतीति मन मोरें।।
जो सुखु सुजसु लोकपति चहहीं। करत मनोरथ सकुचत अहहीं।।
सो सुखु सुजसु सुलभ मोहि स्वामी। सब सिधि तव दरसन अनुगामी।।
कीन्हि बिनय पुनि पुनि सिरु नाई। फिरे महीसु आसिषा पाई।।
चली बरात निसान बजाई। मुदित छोट बड़ सब समुदाई।।
रामहि निरखि ग्राम नर नारी। पाइ नयन फलु होहिं सुखारी।।
दो0-बीच बीच बर बास करि मग लोगन्ह सुख देत।
अवध समीप पुनीत दिन पहुँची आइ जनेत।।343।।

We covered up to Doha 343 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that King Janak has returned back after meeting the sons-in-law and others and has paid respects to the Munis; Janak expressed his immense sense of indebtedness to Muni Vishwamitra telling him that it was him whose very sight gave him the benefits one could ever expect in life (even the fruitful and very ingratiating glimpse of Shri Ram, the avatar of the Supreme God with whom he now had established relationship). Completing the journey from Janakpuri to Ayodhya, halting at many points and enabling people on the way to have glimpse of Shri Ram, the marriage party has reached the outskirts of Ayodhya on an auspicious day.

हने निसान पनव बर बाजे। भेरि संख धुनि हय गय गाजे।।
झाँझि बिरव डिंडमीं सुहाई। सरस राग बाजहिं सहनाई।।
पुर जन आवत अकनि बराता। मुदित सकल पुलकावलि गाता।।
निज निज सुंदर सदन सँवारे। हाट बाट चौहट पुर द्वारे।।
गलीं सकल अरगजाँ सिंचाई। जहँ तहँ चौकें चारु पुराई।।
बना बजारु न जाइ बखाना। तोरन केतु पताक बिताना।।
सफल पूगफल कदलि रसाला। रोपे बकुल कदंब तमाला।।
लगे सुभग तरु परसत धरनी। मनिमय आलबाल कल करनी।।
दो0-बिबिध भाँति मंगल कलस गृह गृह रचे सँवारि।
सुर ब्रह्मादि सिहाहिं सब रघुबर पुरी निहारि।।344।।

There was a great roar of the drum-beating, blowing of conch-shells and the mix of neighing of horses and trumpeting of elephants. Sweet tune through Shahnaai (a musical instrument that is played by blowing) was being played and the cymbals clashed along with other instruments being played when the citizens of Ayodhya learned of return of the Barat and became thrilled. They decorated their beautiful houses as also the markets, the gates and the courtyards. In the streets fragrant water was sprinkled and at places beautiful designs were made on ground with colored earths. Flags, banners and canopies were adding grace to the beautiful decorations in the markets. To add touch of nature, many kinds of trees which had fruits and flowers hanging on them were transplanted in the marketplace along with decorative other trees. Around the bases of trees exquisite stones were used to encircle and beautify them further.

Propitious Kalashas (round vessels) with designs made with different colors were placed over all the houses. Ayodhya, the city of Shri Ram’s birth looked so elegant and marvelous that the gods and Brahma, the creator themselves felt jealous (gods because their own capital was inferior and Brahma, the creator because he couldn’t have created something like this himself).

We have now covered up to Doha 344 of Balkand.

भूप भवन तेहि अवसर सोहा। रचना देखि मदन मनु मोहा।।
मंगल सगुन मनोहरताई। रिधि सिधि सुख संपदा सुहाई।।
जनु उछाह सब सहज सुहाए। तनु धरि धरि दसरथ दसरथ गृहँ छाए।।
देखन हेतु राम बैदेही। कहहु लालसा होहि न केही।।
जुथ जूथ मिलि चलीं सुआसिनि। निज छबि निदरहिं मदन बिलासनि।।
सकल सुमंगल सजें आरती। गावहिं जनु बहु बेष भारती।।
भूपति भवन कोलाहलु होई। जाइ न बरनि समउ सुखु सोई।।
कौसल्यादि राम महतारीं। प्रेम बिबस तन दसा बिसारीं।।
दो0-दिए दान बिप्रन्ह बिपुल पूजि गनेस पुरारी।
प्रमुदित परम दरिद्र जनु पाइ पदारथ चारि।।345।।

The palace of King Dashrath also looked so charming that it stole the heart of even the Kaamdev by its decor. The auspiciousness and good omens, the magnetic appeal, the sumptuousness and accomplishments lured everyone and the place had all the riches. The avidity and mirthfulness had surrounded the home of King Dashrath, besides who could have remained without an intense desire to have a look at the newly wedded couple, Shri Ram and Sita. The married ladies in groups started to move in direction of the palace, they were themselves capable of defying the charm of Rati, the consort of Kaamdev. They held Aarati-Thaals (dish containing the auspicious stuffs and lighted lamps) and were singing and it seemed as if goddess Bharti (the goddess of knowledge and speech) had herself come there taking many forms. Furor and excitement filled the palace and these moments of rejoicing were inexplicable. Kaushlya and other two mothers were had come under spell of love and affection that they even forgot to take care of themselves. The Pujas of Ganesh (the god who eliminates the obstacles and is worshiped first) and Lord Shiv were performed and the Vipras were bestowed upon enormous gifts who felt as if men without means had been rewarded in all four ways (they had been materially rewarded, their desires fulfilled, they had received it as part of ritual completing the Puja and were happy to have been the part of celebration of marriage of none other than Shri Ram, the Supreme God in human forms. No body could have received such rewards at one time and one place, the grace of God had got them all this).

We have now covered upto Doha 345 of Balkand.
Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Sitaramabhyam Namah!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tusidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

zindaa dili nahi milti…

July 25, 2014

ghar jal jaayeN to naye banaaney honge,
apne se pahle duusro ke basaaney honge!

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ro lene do dil ko khantm ho jaaney do iske aansu,
phir na rore roye to falak ki tarh khushi ke aansu!

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zindagi mil gayii par zindaa dili milti nahi,
maut phir tuu kyoN aaney se pahle chali aaye!

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baddi be-mazaa baat kabhi kabhi hoti hai to hoti hai,
chaaroN taraf hawa ho ujaalaa to bhi ghutan hoti hai!

‘kayar’

qalam e bekhauf se likho…

July 24, 2014

likho jo bhi likho prem ki chashni meiN alfaaz bhigo ke likho,
jazbaat e ishq jo bayaaN karo pyaare qalam e bekhauf se likho!

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bataa bhi na sakaa unko ke maiN khud nahi aayaa,
qusoor kashish ka hai teri jo saamaney aa gira!

‘kayar’

Ramcharit Charcha CCCXVI

July 24, 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

सबहि भाँति मोहि दीन्हि बड़ाई। निज जन जानि लीन्ह अपनाई।।
होहिं सहस दस सारद सेषा। करहिं कलप कोटिक भरि लेखा।।
मोर भाग्य राउर गुन गाथा। कहि न सिराहिं सुनहु रघुनाथा।।
मै कछु कहउँ एक बल मोरें। तुम्ह रीझहु सनेह सुठि थोरें।।
बार बार मागउँ कर जोरें। मनु परिहरै चरन जनि भोरें।।
सुनि बर बचन प्रेम जनु पोषे। पूरनकाम रामु परितोषे।।
करि बर बिनय ससुर सनमाने। पितु कौसिक बसिष्ठ सम जाने।।
बिनती बहुरि भरत सन कीन्ही। मिलि सप्रेमु पुनि आसिष दीन्ही।।
दो0-मिले लखन रिपुसूदनहि दीन्हि असीस महीस।
भए परस्पर प्रेमबस फिरि फिरि नावहिं सीस।।342।।

We covered up to Doha 342 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that King Janak expressed his gratitude towards Ram for accepting him as someone His own and said that he had an unparalleled fortune on that account. King Janak also mentioned that Shri Ram has such abundance of virtues that nobdy could describe. In his own humble opinion he could mention one most prominent one that is Shri Ram’s appreciation of devotee’s love for Himself. Janak was then given a treatment equaling that Ram used to give His father and Guru. Later Janak met with other sons-in-law in a similar manner and blessed them.

बार बार करि बिनय बड़ाई। रघुपति चले संग सब भाई।।
जनक गहे कौसिक पद जाई। चरन रेनु सिर नयनन्ह लाई।।
सुनु मुनीस बर दरसन तोरें। अगमु न कछु प्रतीति मन मोरें।।
जो सुखु सुजसु लोकपति चहहीं। करत मनोरथ सकुचत अहहीं।।
सो सुखु सुजसु सुलभ मोहि स्वामी। सब सिधि तव दरसन अनुगामी।।
कीन्हि बिनय पुनि पुनि सिरु नाई। फिरे महीसु आसिषा पाई।।
चली बरात निसान बजाई। मुदित छोट बड़ सब समुदाई।।
रामहि निरखि ग्राम नर नारी। पाइ नयन फलु होहिं सुखारी।।
दो0-बीच बीच बर बास करि मग लोगन्ह सुख देत।
अवध समीप पुनीत दिन पहुँची आइ जनेत।।343।।û

The brothers took leave of Janak in a very polite manner giving him due respect and joined elder brother Ram. King Janak then went to Muni Vishwamitra and grabbed his feet, he took the dust of Muni’s feet to head and eyes (denoting that he had totally got the message of Muni Vishwamitra and had embedded it in his mind and had gained the vision that made him see in Shri Ram the God Supreme). He told Muni that there remained nothing unfathomable after he had the insightful personal interaction with the great Muni, such was his belief. Janak told Muni that the very sight of Guru Vishwamitra had provided him all that kind of pleasure, name & fame that the kings long for but whom can they ask i e not ask others (being responsible themselves for the provisions for all their countrymen and not having anybody else to look up to for it); saying such humble words King Janak time again bowed down before Muni. Muni gave his blessings to the king and the king now saw it proper to return back and did. The marriage party also moved while drum beats filled the skies, all of them, the aged and the young, were happy now in the company of there own groups. The villagers, man and women, felt very pleased to have a glimpse of Shri Ram, it was a big reward for their eyes.

In this manner the marriage party, halting at many places and giving occasion to people on its way to be happy and delighted (by having glimpse of Shri Ram), reached the outskirt of Ayodhya on an auspicious and pious day.

We have now covered up to Doha 343 of Balkand.

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

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCXV

July 23, 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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 341 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that King Janak who had come too far following the marriage party returning to Ayodhya met King Dashrath and Munis with great love and respect finally before turning back. He met the sons-in-law too and then addressed Shri Ram with folded hands saying praises of Him with realization that He was none other than the same very blissful God whom He had known as a formless one, indescribable and all-pervading.

सबहि भाँति मोहि दीन्हि बड़ाई। निज जन जानि लीन्ह अपनाई।।
होहिं सहस दस सारद सेषा। करहिं कलप कोटिक भरि लेखा।।
मोर भाग्य राउर गुन गाथा। कहि न सिराहिं सुनहु रघुनाथा।।
मै कछु कहउँ एक बल मोरें। तुम्ह रीझहु सनेह सुठि थोरें।।
बार बार मागउँ कर जोरें। मनु परिहरै चरन जनि भोरें।।
सुनि बर बचन प्रेम जनु पोषे। पूरनकाम रामु परितोषे।।
करि बर बिनय ससुर सनमाने। पितु कौसिक बसिष्ठ सम जाने।।
बिनती बहुरि भरत सन कीन्ही। मिलि सप्रेमु पुनि आसिष दीन्ही।।
दो0-मिले लखन रिपुसूदनहि दीन्हि असीस महीस।
भए परस्पर प्रेमबस फिरि फिरि नावहिं सीस।।342।।

King Janak told Ram, “you gave me high status and great honor, you even accepted me as one of your devotee and now I am your own. There may be ten thousand Goddess Sharda and Shesh Naag who keep an account of a ten million Kalpas (time cycles) to find some one who is as lucky as me or to speak of stories to explain all your virtues and benevolent acts but would fail to cover it entirely. I would dare to speak only of one of your leaning and preference as far as my understanding goes and it is that You value and get pleased only by a pure sentiment of love for You.I only wish to be granted just one boon by You and it is that I should never ever be having a mind or mental state that is forgetful of Your feet.”

When Ram listened to the considered opinion and profound sentiments of King Janak which were enriched with his heartfelt love for Him, Lord Ram gave assurances and satisfied Janak who even otherwise had achieved and enjoyed all that is there in the world. Lord Ram praised His father-in-law saying some thoughtful words considering him no less than His own father (King Dashrath) and Guru Vishwamitra. King Janak then pleased Bharat with kind words and showered his affections and blessings on him. Lastly King Janak met Lakshman and Shatrughan too in a similar manner and blessed them too.

We have now covered up to Doha 342 of Balkand.

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

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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’


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