rahey dil meiN ummeed…

October 19, 2014

mijaaz meiN turshi kyoN lahzey meiN hai taav,
alfaaz meiN tanj kyoN diye haiN gahrey ghaav,

hamsey le lo udhaar jo muhabbat meiN kami hai,
bol meetthey bolo dil ki gahraaiyoN se aaye aawaaz!

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rukhsaar pe khushi ho rahey dil meiN ummeed,
jang e khudaai jeet lo baqaayadaa batahzeeb,

baahar nikalana seekh lo duniya ke fareb sey,
kyoN ke kai baar jeet haar hai haar hai jeet!

‘kayar’

Ramcharit Charcha CCCLV

October 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

आगें दीखि जरत रिस भारी। मनहुँ रोष तरवारि उघारी।।
मूठि कुबुद्धि धार निठुराई। धरी कूबरीं सान बनाई।।
लखी महीप कराल कठोरा। सत्य कि जीवनु लेइहि मोरा।।
बोले राउ कठिन करि छाती। बानी सबिनय तासु सोहाती।।
प्रिया बचन कस कहसि कुभाँती। भीर प्रतीति प्रीति करि हाँती।।
मोरें भरतु रामु दुइ आँखी। सत्य कहउँ करि संकरू साखी।।
अवसि दूतु मैं पठइब प्राता। ऐहहिं बेगि सुनत दोउ भ्राता।।
सुदिन सोधि सबु साजु सजाई। देउँ भरत कहुँ राजु बजाई।।
दो0- लोभु न रामहि राजु कर बहुत भरत पर प्रीति।
मैं बड़ छोट बिचारि जियँ करत रहेउँ नृपनीति।।31।।

We covered up to Doha 31 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Kaikeyi took response of King Dashrath as very offensive and looked at him so menacingly that king felt that she was bent on taking his life. King summoned courage and told her pleadingly in sweet words that why she had to speak such harsh words in an inappropriate manner which doesn’t seem to take in to account her regard, love or trust for himself. King said that Bharat and Ram were truly like his two eyes, which fact even Lord Shankar would endorse. He committed to send for Bharat next morning itself who would rush back along with Shatrughan and later on an auspicious day he would be declared king publicly. King said that Ram had not been interested in the empire and had great love and regard for Bharat; that it was him only who had so decided keeping in mind the royal policy of senior getting to rule the state rather than the junior.

राम सपथ सत कहुउँ सुभाऊ। राममातु कछु कहेउ न काऊ।।
मैं सबु कीन्ह तोहि बिनु पूँछें। तेहि तें परेउ मनोरथु छूछें।।
रिस परिहरू अब मंगल साजू। कछु दिन गएँ भरत जुबराजू।।
एकहि बात मोहि दुखु लागा। बर दूसर असमंजस मागा।।
अजहुँ हृदय जरत तेहि आँचा। रिस परिहास कि साँचेहुँ साँचा।।
कहु तजि रोषु राम अपराधू। सबु कोउ कहइ रामु सुठि साधू।।
तुहूँ सराहसि करसि सनेहू। अब सुनि मोहि भयउ संदेहू।।
जासु सुभाउ अरिहि अनुकूला। सो किमि करिहि मातु प्रतिकूला।।
दो0- प्रिया हास रिस परिहरहि मागु बिचारि बिबेकु।
जेहिं देखाँ अब नयन भरि भरत राज अभिषेकु।।32।।

The king then addressed Kaikeyi and explain further, “I swear by Ram and even otherwise I am disposed only to say the truth and hence you should believe that there is no hand of Kaushlya in this. However since I did all this without first asking you, I have all my heart felt wishes annulled. It is now only proper for you to stop agitating and be propitiously dressed up for only a few days from now Bharat will be the crown prince of Ayodhya. I am really upset only by what you asked as second boon which is disturbing and not in line with what you should want. My heart burns even at this moment by the fire it created. Tell if it is a temporary reaction on account of your anger or it is just that you are joking, also if it is what you really intended.

“You may better stop being angry and tell what wrong has Ram done; all the people say all the time that there is no one as much gentle and noble in disposition as Ram is. Besides you have been appreciating him all the time and have been affectionate towards him but what you just now said makes me doubt veracity of your behavior. How on earth some one whose temperament and conduct is favorable to even an enemy of his can be seen to be acting against his own mother.

“In this light I beseech you to drop any misgivings or the banter, whatever it is and you must demand any thing only thoughtfully and rationally so that I may practically see and enjoy the crowning ceremony of dear Bharat in full measure.”

We have now covered up to Doha 32 of Ayodhya Kand.

जिऐ मीन बरू बारि बिहीना। मनि बिनु फनिकु जिऐ दुख दीना।।
कहउँ सुभाउ न छलु मन माहीं। जीवनु मोर राम बिनु नाहीं।।
समुझि देखु जियँ प्रिया प्रबीना। जीवनु राम दरस आधीना।।
सुनि म्रदु बचन कुमति अति जरई। मनहुँ अनल आहुति घृत परई।।
कहइ करहु किन कोटि उपाया। इहाँ न लागिहि राउरि माया।।
देहु कि लेहु अजसु करि नाहीं। मोहि न बहुत प्रपंच सोहाहीं।
रामु साधु तुम्ह साधु सयाने। राममातु भलि सब पहिचाने।।
जस कौसिलाँ मोर भल ताका। तस फलु उन्हहि देउँ करि साका।।
दो0-होत प्रात मुनिबेष धरि जौं न रामु बन जाहिं।
मोर मरनु राउर अजस नृप समुझिअ मन माहिं।।33।।

The king further said to Kaikeyi, “It may be possible for the fish to live without water, it may also be possible for a snake to live like a grieving and powerless being when his prized possession i e the Mani (certain types of snakes have a hard, ever shining stone, on their fangs and when it is removed from there they become almost lifeless and very very sad) is removed from its head but you may take it very seriously that I wouldn’t be alive when separated from Ram, it is not a bluff but rather ingrained character of mine. O smart lady, you are dear to my heart, you must be able to clearly see this, I live only to see Ram around.”

Embittered Kaikeyi listened to soft words of the king and erupted like flaming fire when fuel is added and responded saying, “you may try millions of means (to pacify me) but your game plan will not work with me. Either you grant what I have asked for or opt for the bad-name for declining to honor your word, I am not interested in your pretentious behavior. That Ram is noble and virtuous and you are too along with being wise; on top of it Kaushlya is very benign and genial, I understand all of it. The kind of welfare Kaushalya keeps in her mind for me, I am going to deliver a similar type in return, this is my resolve.

“If by next morning Ram doesn’t leave for the forest in garb of Munis, you may better be sure of my death and spread of your own disgraceful reputation (there are not going to be any other two ways about it).”

(We learnd above that King Dashrath expressed his inability to feel Ram, the God, around although He is always there and never leaves us, he had still not reached that stage of God-orientation but had become fond of Him and wanted to always see Him around. This tells the difference between the capacities of people who can concentrate also on God as an abstract phenomenon but most of people however high in status or however righteous fail to enjoy His formless company unless they see His form. Tulsidas earlier has already explained while discussing the importance of Ram Naam that name is the bridge between the form and formlessness of God and that when name is taken the form comes to be seen in mind as well as thought also holds Him in contemplation. In the end there is nothing that can equal knowledge, ‘na hi gyaanen sadrusham pavitramih vidyatey’ i e there is nothing so holy as Knowledge; the king ought to have gained full knowledge about God which he had not so far. The king is perplexed because of missing this real understanding about Shri Ram as God Supreme. Also Tulsi’s view remains that though knowledge about God is a necessity, it is also that pure knowledge is difficult to retain at all times on one hand and on the other it doesn’t please and amuse the heart so much unless the devotee has Bhakti which can be strengthened by keeping name and form at center. Thorough devotion (Bhakti) leads to knowledge as also realization about God should lead to love for the Lord having form and name. King Janak had absolute understanding and knowledge about the Supreme God’s real nature but when he looked at Shri Ram, who was none other than the avatar of the Supreme God, his heart became overly joyful that gave him idea about who Shri Ram really was even before some one telling him so. This was the moment when he felt an immense relief in heart besides his intellectual discovery of the reality of the Supreme God earlier which had not given him such blissful pleasure.)

We have covered up to Doha 33 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCLIV

October 13, 2014

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jao Ram II
II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II
II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

एहि बिधि राउ मनहिं मन झाँखा। देखि कुभाँति कुमति मन माखा।।
भरतु कि राउर पूत न होहीं। आनेहु मोल बेसाहि कि मोही।।
जो सुनि सरु अस लाग तुम्हारें। काहे न बोलहु बचनु सँभारे।।
देहु उतरु अनु करहु कि नाहीं। सत्यसंध तुम्ह रघुकुल माहीं।।
देन कहेहु अब जनि बरु देहू। तजहुँ सत्य जग अपजसु लेहू।।
सत्य सराहि कहेहु बरु देना। जानेहु लेइहि मागि चबेना।।
सिबि दधीचि बलि जो कछु भाषा। तनु धनु तजेउ बचन पनु राखा।।
अति कटु बचन कहति कैकेई। मानहुँ लोन जरे पर देई।।
दो0-धरम धुरंधर धीर धरि नयन उघारे रायँ।
सिरु धुनि लीन्हि उसास असि मारेसि मोहि कुठायँ।।30।।

We covered up to Doha 30 of Ayodhya Kand of Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that King Dashrath began to introspect and assessed the damage on account of Kaikeyi’s demands but his pathetic condition charged Kaikeyi and she began to berate the king asking whether Bharat was not his son, had the king purchased her, why was he so upset to listen what she asked for, why didn’t the king speak first considering the implication etc. She pressed the king to know if the word given to her was going to be honored or not and reminded that he was known to be the most truthful among the Raghus. She admonished the king to refrain from giving any boon or promise any thing in future, he should stop claiming himself a votary of truth and be ready to bear the prospect of having his name spoiled by deviating from course of truthfulness. She reminded the king that only after giving great importance to keeping the cause of truth he had offered to redeem the boons given, it is not on for him to expect that something of little value would be asked for. She related the stories of King Sibi, of Rishi Dadhichi and or demon king Bali who had kept their promises even at the cost of their body, life and possessions. In this way queen kept uttering harsh words as if smearing salt on wound inflicted earlier. King later collected himself and slowly opened his eyes while turned his head uncomfortably and just sighed heavily and could speak words to the effect that she had struck at the selected weak spots with deadly consequences.

आगें दीखि जरत रिस भारी। मनहुँ रोष तरवारि उघारी।।
मूठि कुबुद्धि धार निठुराई। धरी कूबरीं सान बनाई।।
लखी महीप कराल कठोरा। सत्य कि जीवनु लेइहि मोरा।।
बोले राउ कठिन करि छाती। बानी सबिनय तासु सोहाती।।
प्रिया बचन कस कहसि कुभाँती। भीर प्रतीति प्रीति करि हाँती।।
मोरें भरतु रामु दुइ आँखी। सत्य कहउँ करि संकरू साखी।।
अवसि दूतु मैं पठइब प्राता। ऐहहिं बेगि सुनत दोउ भ्राता।।
सुदिन सोधि सबु साजु सजाई। देउँ भरत कहुँ राजु बजाई।।
दो0- लोभु न रामहि राजु कर बहुत भरत पर प्रीति।
मैं बड़ छोट बिचारि जियँ करत रहेउँ नृपनीति।।31।।

King saw Kaikeyi standing before him enraged and furious as if the wrath itself had shown its naked sword which had its butt made of nastiness, its edge representing heartless cruelty which had been sharpened on the crooked stone that was Manthara. The king looked at her and thought that might be this menacing sharp weapon in form of Kaikeyi would really take his life. Ultimately the king regaining some strength in his heart chose to address the queen with humility and in pleasing words and said, “O dear, what kind of words do you speak in such inappropriate manner, you have let go of all the fear of me, confidence in me and love for me. Bharat and Ram are like my two eyes, this the reality and Lord Shankar would confirm the same as having witnessed. First thing in morning, I would send a messenger and both the brothers, Bharat and Shatrughan, would rush back; then after selecting an auspicious day and making due preparations I will confer kingship on Bharat with fanfare.

“Ram has no greed for holding empire besides he has great affection towards Bharat. It was my own attempt at keeping the tradition of transferring the kingship to the elder one instead to the younger of the two.”

(What is paradoxical here is that the king is ready to break the long held tradition of eldest son getting the right to be the king but has come under tremendous pressure on account of prospect of breaking the tradition of holding the promise while in first case people would have been happier and in the later case people would be most unhappy. As a king he should have thought of his people also. This is how an able and just person also loses ability to think clearly when he is under under duress and thinks himself to be victim of circumstances. Dashrath did give more weight to the prospect of his own name getting spoiled for not keeping his word, a personal loss but is ready to neglect the duty as a king. If he had surrendered to the God completely and calmly witness what was going to happen and may be this way the situation would have been saved for him but here it may be understood that destiny has to play out in the end and Dashrath’s momentary weakness remained.)

We have now covered up to Doha 31 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas ki jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

dard ko dawaa maan ke pii liya…

October 11, 2014

mohabat wo cheez aisi hai ke bhulaa deyN khud ko,
aur jo mil jaayeN wo to mitaa bhi deyN khud ko!
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muskurana bhi hai dil lagaanaa bhi hai, sajde meiN sar ko jhukana bhi hai,
dil ko apney manaa ke chaley aaiye, milney ka mauka bhi hai bahaana bhi hai!
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dua kareNge ham aap mutmaiin rahiye, khata aap ‘gar khunsuurat sii kariye!
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ik baar chhorhhiye jo aap apna bankey,
aapka bankey hazaar baar dikhalaayeNgey!
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maiy se duur the kabhi parhez chuune se bhi tha,
nasheeli aaNkhoN se dekho nahla diya tumney!
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ibteda meiN hi itna ro liye, ab anjaam se darna kya,
ishq jo chhup chhup ke kiya, ab khuleyaam kareyN parda kya!
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dil ke raaj meiN khush raho,kismat khud roti rah jaayegi,
arey chal apne dil ki kar ley,sandesa raqiib se kahalaayegi
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aaj tthukaraayegi duniya kal duaayen bhi degi,
saadagi ki chamak kabhi khoney nahiiN paayegi!
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khuda ko manzuur jo wahi hua karta hai, zaalim ik roz bina marey maraa karta hai!
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hamsa bhi dekh liya unki aaNkhoN ne hazaaroN meiN,
mareezaaN e ishq ko wo pahchaan hi letey haiN!
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kya maaluum tha aisey munsif O’ maseeha hoNgay,
ke merey gunaah kam un sabkey ziadaa hoNgey.
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dilkash baDDi haiN adaayen tumhaari,
upar se itthalaana na itthalaaya karo,
dil ko bhi sambhalney ka mauqa to chahiye,
gharhii gharhii usko na thirakaaya karo!
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jo peelii do ghuuNt nainoN ke saagar se churaa ke,
jab dekh kay paimaana aakhoN ka chhalak jaayega,
isko bhi gunaah kah key mujhey zaleel na karna,
maiNey nahiiN pii hai kisi maikhaaney meiN jaa key!
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Ishq hua to bhi hameyN maluum na hua,
hue deewaaney tab kisi ne aakar kahaa!
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hamney to dard ko dawaa maan ke pii liya,
harek ko kaheyN yahi karo himmat nahiiN hoti!

‘kayar’

Ramcharit Charcha CCCLIII

October 11, 2014

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II
II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II
II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

सुनहु प्रानप्रिय भावत जी का। देहु एक बर भरतहि टीका।।
मागउँ दूसर बर कर जोरी। पुरवहु नाथ मनोरथ मोरी।।
तापस बेष बिसेषि उदासी। चौदह बरिस रामु बनबासी।।
सुनि मृदु बचन भूप हियँ सोकू। ससि कर छुअत बिकल जिमि कोकू।।
गयउ सहमि नहिं कछु कहि आवा। जनु सचान बन झपटेउ लावा।।
बिबरन भयउ निपट नरपालू। दामिनि हनेउ मनहुँ तरु तालू।।
माथे हाथ मूदि दोउ लोचन। तनु धरि सोचु लाग जनु सोचन।।
मोर मनोरथु सुरतरु फूला। फरत करिनि जिमि हतेउ समूला।।
अवध उजारि कीन्हि कैकेईं। दीन्हसि अचल बिपति कै नेईं।।
दो0-कवनें अवसर का भयउ गयउँ नारि बिस्वास।
जोग सिद्धि फल समय जिमि जतिहि अबिद्या नास।।29।।

We covered up to Doha 29 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Kaikeyi, upon getting firm commitment from Dashrath, utilized the first boon to ask for crowning of Bharat instead of Ram and against the second boon proceeded to ask Dashrath to send Ram in to the jungles for fourteen years clad in garb of a hermit with total neutrality in affairs of Ayodhya. Listening to her softly spoken words but carrying a death like message, Dashrath felt very much grieved at heart, he became nervous and totally discolored under impact of those words. Dashrath closed eyes and held his forehead in hand as outward sign of agonizing distress and began to think of the unfortunate fall out for Ayodhya. King thought that he would be subjected to scornful criticism for his trusting a woman, his own wife though. He felt his disgrace was like a seeker slipping right at a moment before getting enlightenment after spending a life time of penance and sacrifice.

एहि बिधि राउ मनहिं मन झाँखा। देखि कुभाँति कुमति मन माखा।।
भरतु कि राउर पूत न होहीं। आनेहु मोल बेसाहि कि मोही।।
जो सुनि सरु अस लाग तुम्हारें। काहे न बोलहु बचनु सँभारे।।
देहु उतरु अनु करहु कि नाहीं। सत्यसंध तुम्ह रघुकुल माहीं।।
देन कहेहु अब जनि बरु देहू। तजहुँ सत्य जग अपजसु लेहू।।
सत्य सराहि कहेहु बरु देना। जानेहु लेइहि मागि चबेना।।
सिबि दधीचि बलि जो कछु भाषा। तनु धनु तजेउ बचन पनु राखा।।
अति कटु बचन कहति कैकेई। मानहुँ लोन जरे पर देई।।
दो0-धरम धुरंधर धीर धरि नयन उघारे रायँ।
सिरु धुनि लीन्हि उसास असि मारेसि मोहि कुठायँ।।30।।

In this way king reflected on disturbing thoughts rising up in his mind as a result of listening to sudden words of Kaikeyi which carried a message that he thought would dismantle a possible dream carefully nursed by him. Finding the king totally perplexed and in quandary, the ill-witted queen felt a surge of grouse in her own heart (she thought that king may not do what she wished for and this being tantamount to denial of promise made to her).

Kaikeyi said to the king, “Do you not consider Bharat as your own son, was I purchased in exchange for money? If my words have pierce you like arrows then why did you not give me your word weighing pros and cons earlier (and save this situation)? I want an straight answer from you whether you will keep promise or not. You have been known to be the most particular in the family of Raghus to be truthful and attempting to save it at all costs. You proclaimed to reward me against boons but now never ever grant any boons to any one. You may now better ignore the truth and invite bad name for yourself (she knew that Dashrath can’t stand even a remote possibility of neglecting to honor the truth). You first acknowledged that truth stood on top of all other considerations and then promised regarding the two boons (i e it is not that you have not been aware of what you are promising). Did you think I will just want some thing to munch to satiate a one time hunger of the body. Haven’t you listened to the story of King Sibi* who gave his own body flesh in exchange for saving life of a trapped pigeon, haven’t you listened to the story of Rishi Dadhichi* who promised to give his bones to gods and therefore died voluntarily and don’t you know that King Bali* gave away every thing to Vaman (an avatar of God) in spite of knowing the reality of his disguised form as an ascetic only to deprive him of his worldly possessions and his pride; all of them gave away body, life and wealth only in interest of keeping the word and their commitments.”

In this manner Kaikeyi spoke very harsh words as if she was out to smear salt in the wounds of burn caused by her own earlier uncouth and barbaric demands.

Lastly the brave king, well established in righteousness, collected himself with patience and opened eyes, he uncomfortably moved about his head and sighed badly saying, “she has really hurt me striking at vulnerable soft spots.”

We have now covered up to Doha 30 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!
Shri Janakivallabhi Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

*the stories of Sibi, Dadhichi and Bali are very interesting and also popular stories, these stories find mention in Puranas.

Ramcharit Charcha CCCLII

October 9, 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

जानेउँ मरमु राउ हँसि कहई। तुम्हहि कोहाब परम प्रिय अहई।।
थाति राखि न मागिहु काऊ। बिसरि गयउ मोहि भोर सुभाऊ।।
झूठेहुँ हमहि दोषु जनि देहू। दुइ कै चारि मागि मकु लेहू।।
रघुकुल रीति सदा चलि आई। प्रान जाहुँ बरु बचनु न जाई।।
नहिं असत्य सम पातक पुंजा। गिरि सम होहिं कि कोटिक गुंजा।।
सत्यमूल सब सुकृत सुहाए। बेद पुरान बिदित मनु गाए।।
तेहि पर राम सपथ करि आई। सुकृत सनेह अवधि रघुराई।।
बात दृढ़ाइ कुमति हँसि बोली। कुमत कुबिहग कुलह जनु खोली।।
दो0-भूप मनोरथ सुभग बनु सुख सुबिहंग समाजु।
भिल्लनि जिमि छाड़न चहति बचनु भयंकरु बाजु।।28।।
मासपारायण, तेरहवाँ विश्राम

We covered up to Doha 28 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that the king jokingly told Kaikeyi that he considered her display of anger as her favorite sport (to add spice to exchanges between them). He added that she only was keeping the two boons like a treasure for later use and that he just forgot about them due to his own forgetful nature; she shouldn’t be fussy about it and is welcome to ask four boon instead of four. The told that truthful Raghus had always been ready to lay life rather than go back on word, they knew truth is the root of all the good deeds, the scriptures so confirm, on top of it he had taken oath in name of Ram to honor every word of his who happened to be the ultimate example of love and righteousness. When Kaikeyi saw king was fully committed she got ready to overwhelm the king with deadly words of hers.

सुनहु प्रानप्रिय भावत जी का। देहु एक बर भरतहि टीका।।
मागउँ दूसर बर कर जोरी। पुरवहु नाथ मनोरथ मोरी।।
तापस बेष बिसेषि उदासी। चौदह बरिस रामु बनबासी।।
सुनि मृदु बचन भूप हियँ सोकू। ससि कर छुअत बिकल जिमि कोकू।।
गयउ सहमि नहिं कछु कहि आवा। जनु सचान बन झपटेउ लावा।।
बिबरन भयउ निपट नरपालू। दामिनि हनेउ मनहुँ तरु तालू।।
माथे हाथ मूदि दोउ लोचन। तनु धरि सोचु लाग जनु सोचन।।
मोर मनोरथु सुरतरु फूला। फरत करिनि जिमि हतेउ समूला।।
अवध उजारि कीन्हि कैकेईं। दीन्हसि अचल बिपति कै नेईं।।
दो0-कवनें अवसर का भयउ गयउँ नारि बिस्वास।
जोग सिद्धि फल समय जिमि जतिहि अबिद्या नास।।29।।

Kaikeyi began to speak to king, “listen O King, you are dearer than life to me, you may grant first boon in form of giving right to rule over the kingdom to Bharat and the other boon that i ask with hands folded and you must also take of care this heartfelt desire of mine;it is that you send Ram to stay in jungles for fourteen years putting on garbs like ascetics do, he must remain particularly neutral in matters of the state of Ayodhya while staying in the jungles.”

Though Kaikeyi had spoken these words very softly but they made the king very grieved in his heart just as the Chakore bird feels when it moonlight touching its body (but is reminded of its separation from moon, Dashrath felt the agony of separation just when a mere mention was made). The king got dumbstruck at the ferocity and fright contained in words of Kaikeyi which were spoken so suddenly without letting king have any premonition, it was like a hawk pouncing on a small bird in the forest. The king became pale by impact of those words in the same way as a green palm tree would become when lightening strikes it. The king placed his hand over his forehead (a reflex action of a perplexed person) and closed his eyes; king had become an embodied form of grief itself and had become engrossed in thoughts worrying badly (i e Dashrath’s body displayed all signs of a person in agony while his mind was thinking of the unbearable implications of the turn of event there). The king thought what he had planned and desired was like a flowering celestial tree (the tree that grants all the desires of people who go to him and ask, Dashrath had such belief and expectations from Ram as king that all the people in kingdom and outside would have got what they needed) and right before it was going to bear fruit, it had been uprooted by an elephant, a female one; king thought Kaikeyi would almost ruin and destroy Ayodhya in a manner that the very foundation of Ayodhya would have everlasting imprints of bad luck and unfortunate happenings.

The king reflected that it was an occasion of good tidings and what it had turned into (i e an unspeakable hardship was now looking in the face of Ayodhya); king thought it was all due to his having faith in his own woman. King thought that it was like when a seeker who is about to have enlightenment, gets destroyed by the ignorance resurfacing in his mind.

(Maya becomes ineffective for all time to come when the enlightenment happens but till it happens there is every chance that ignorance (Maya) will take over and make one fall in to the cycles of rebirth. King felt himself caught between the pairs of opposite i e whether to be true to his words or let his name be spoiled and see Ram rule Ayodhya i e his own mental world. Those who engage themselves in thought of the Lord while discharging duties in the world do get in to situations where they become unclear about the duty. Guru can definitely guide that person easily but in case of Dashrath it was middle of night and by the dawn the chance of getting that guidance was possible but Manthara had so educated Kaikeyi that it would not be possible for Dashrath to have that chance. Dashrath here seems to be disturbed by the possibility of separation from Ram as a loved son but is not seeking guidance out of this predicament from Ram the Supreme God, Dashrath was not given the Viraat Ruup Darshan by Shri Ram (the cosmic view of Himself) as was given to Kaushalya and Dashrath had always reinforced his relationship for Ram as father and son never as the Bhakta and Bhagvaan).

We have now covered up to Doha 29 of Ayodhya kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki jai!
Shri Janakivallabhi Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj ko Pranam!
Goswami tulsidas ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCLI

October 7, 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

पुनि कह राउ सुह्रद जियँ जानी। प्रेम पुलकि मृदु मंजुल बानी।।
भामिनि भयउ तोर मनभावा। घर घर नगर अनंद बधावा।।
रामहि देउँ कालि जुबराजू। सजहि सुलोचनि मंगल साजू।।
दलकि उठेउ सुनि ह्रदउ कठोरू। जनु छुइ गयउ पाक बरतोरू।।
ऐसिउ पीर बिहसि तेहि गोई। चोर नारि जिमि प्रगटि न रोई।।
लखहिं न भूप कपट चतुराई। कोटि कुटिल मनि गुरू पढ़ाई।।
जद्यपि नीति निपुन नरनाहू। नारिचरित जलनिधि अवगाहू।।
कपट सनेहु बढ़ाइ बहोरी। बोली बिहसि नयन मुहु मोरी।।
दो0-मागु मागु पै कहहु पिय कबहुँ न देहु न लेहु।
देन कहेहु बरदान दुइ तेउ पावत संदेहु।।27।।

We covered up to Doha 27 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that King Dashrath tried to cool down Kaikeyi’s wrath and tried to convey to her that some thing dear to his heart was to happen i e the coronation of Shri Ram was to take place tomorrow, all were upbeat hence she should too get nicely dressed for the occasion. Kaikeyi concealed her immense hurt listening to these words and instead used her womanly charm and demonstrating greater affection said to the king smilingly that he had umpteen times prompted her to ask some thing from him but such an occasion never came; she further said that even the two boons that were given to her might not yield anything for her was what she feared.

जानेउँ मरमु राउ हँसि कहई। तुम्हहि कोहाब परम प्रिय अहई।।
थाति राखि न मागिहु काऊ। बिसरि गयउ मोहि भोर सुभाऊ।।
झूठेहुँ हमहि दोषु जनि देहू। दुइ कै चारि मागि मकु लेहू।।
रघुकुल रीति सदा चलि आई। प्रान जाहुँ बरु बचनु न जाई।।
नहिं असत्य सम पातक पुंजा। गिरि सम होहिं कि कोटिक गुंजा।।
सत्यमूल सब सुकृत सुहाए। बेद पुरान बिदित मनु गाए।।
तेहि पर राम सपथ करि आई। सुकृत सनेह अवधि रघुराई।।
बात दृढ़ाइ कुमति हँसि बोली। कुमत कुबिहग कुलह जनु खोली।।
दो0-भूप मनोरथ सुभग बनु सुख सुबिहंग समाजु।
भिल्लनि जिमि छाड़न चहति बचनु भयंकरु बाजु।।28।।

King Dashrath still not fully appreciating what the situation was like told Kaikeyi, “I now get what is at the bottom of it all, you get some sadistic pleasure by being angry with me; you kept the boon granted to you in reserve and I forget to ask you to redeem them in line with my forgetful nature. You must not put me to blame imagining things wrongly, you may ask not two but four boons if you so like. In the family of Raghus the long establish practice is to lay down life rather than not honor the given word, being untruthful is worse than a whole lot of sins put together. The millions of small grains can’t equal a mountain such is the relationship between the various other sins and going back on words. The truth is the very root of all the righteousness and of pious actions which in fact form the only right course for one to adopt, this has been amply recommended in the Vedas, the Puranas and is also the teaching of father of all, King Manu.

“On top of it I have avowed in the name of Ram to keep my promises and do what you want, Ram is himself the best example covering the entire spectrum of beings representing love and good deeds.”

Getting these ultimate commitments from the side of the king, Kaikeyi, the ill-advised queen, smilingly readied herself to unfold the hawkish plan of hers when the prey was there right in the view to be attacked with finesse. If the king’s heartfelt humble desire to put Ram in charge of the kingdom be a lovable forest and the pleasures of the masses be the bird chirping in it, the huntress Kaikeyi had planned to release the hawk like volley of her words and destroy the peace of all.

We have now covered up to Doha 28 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shanakar ki jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas ki jai!

HariOm,
krishna Khandelwal

मासपारायण, तेरहवाँ विश्राम

Ramcharit Charcha CCCL

October 6, 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

अनहित तोर प्रिया केइँ कीन्हा। केहि दुइ सिर केहि जमु चह लीन्हा।।
कहु केहि रंकहि करौ नरेसू। कहु केहि नृपहि निकासौं देसू।।
सकउँ तोर अरि अमरउ मारी। काह कीट बपुरे नर नारी।।
जानसि मोर सुभाउ बरोरू। मनु तव आनन चंद चकोरू।।
प्रिया प्रान सुत सरबसु मोरें। परिजन प्रजा सकल बस तोरें।।
जौं कछु कहौ कपटु करि तोही। भामिनि राम सपथ सत मोही।।
बिहसि मागु मनभावति बाता। भूषन सजहि मनोहर गाता।।
घरी कुघरी समुझि जियँ देखू। बेगि प्रिया परिहरहि कुबेषू।।
दो0-यह सुनि मन गुनि सपथ बड़ि बिहसि उठी मतिमंद।
भूषन सजति बिलोकि मृगु मनहुँ किरातिनि फंद।।26।।

We covered up to Doha 26 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Dashrath kept cajoling Kaikeyi and assured her to do whatever she wanted to the one who had hurt and agitated her and that he could dethrone a king, take somebody’s life and even fight the gods. He told her she was the very throb of his heart and he wanted to keep looking at her charming face all the time; also said that his sons, all the family members and the members of public were at her command. King went further ahead and swore in name of Ram to please her in all ways and wanted her to get ornamented and properly dressed because it was not proper time for her to be upset like this. Weighing the situation carefully Kaikeyi, the poor witted queen, rose up and began to ornament herself as if to prepare a noose for the king.

पुनि कह राउ सुह्रद जियँ जानी। प्रेम पुलकि मृदु मंजुल बानी।।
भामिनि भयउ तोर मनभावा। घर घर नगर अनंद बधावा।।
रामहि देउँ कालि जुबराजू। सजहि सुलोचनि मंगल साजू।।
दलकि उठेउ सुनि ह्रदउ कठोरू। जनु छुइ गयउ पाक बरतोरू।।
ऐसिउ पीर बिहसि तेहि गोई। चोर नारि जिमि प्रगटि न रोई।।
लखहिं न भूप कपट चतुराई। कोटि कुटिल मनि गुरू पढ़ाई।।
जद्यपि नीति निपुन नरनाहू। नारिचरित जलनिधि अवगाहू।।
कपट सनेहु बढ़ाइ बहोरी। बोली बिहसि नयन मुहु मोरी।।
दो0-मागु मागु पै कहहु पिय कबहुँ न देहु न लेहु।
देन कहेहु बरदान दुइ तेउ पावत संदेहु।।27।।

Thinking that the queen was now mollified, the king repeated in soft and pleasing tone with elation, “O the graceful one, what’s going to happen is only fulfillment of your own heart felt desire, every home is filled with joyful celebration. I am going to make Ram the next king of Ayodhya it is therefore nice, O the beautiful eyed one, that you also get dressed up elegantly. The queen whose heart was now hard like stone got up with jerk as if a sore abscess had been touched; the queen outwardly smiled while concealing a tearing pain felt inside her heart in a manner like the wife of thief who can’t openly weep over the fate of her husband when he is caught. The king couldn’t make out her cunning and wickedness, she had already been forewarned to be careful and not give herself away before the ripe moment by a top class vile teacher like Manthara. Though the king was very much an expert in statecraft and knew the diplomatic nuances but here he was faced with the trickery employed by women which have unfathomable depths like ocean’s. Reinforcing her false affection for the king, the queen turned her head a bit, threw an enticing side glance and said smilingly to the king,”O my dear, you have many times prompted me to ask you for some thing but we never transacted anything. Do you remember that you had granred me two boons and I am not sure whether even that promise will be honored by you what to expect anything against a simple demand.”

We have now covered up to Doha 27 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

kaleja chaak bhi ho jaayega…

October 5, 2014

ham bhi koi poshiida to nahiiN haiN,

aap phir saamney kyuN nahi aatey,

lab pe misra machal raha hai merey,

aap kuchh kyoN nahi gungunaatey!

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ruuheyN toh milti haiN jahaaN ruuhoN ki basti hai,

duniya e fanii meiN jo miliye tab to sambhalega ye dil!

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amal pe zor hai apna magar phal usko dena hai,

man lagaa ke sab kar leyN par dua hi kaam aayegi.
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dard e mustqil mil jaaye to jaano jaaN meiN jaaN aa gayii,

roz roz talaashatey raho naye naye kam se kam ye zaroorat gayii!

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naukari mil gayii samjho baisakhi mil gayii,

langrhey nahiiN ho to kya ik roz banaa degi.

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aaj bewafaa haiN kal ahsaas bhi ho jaayega,

phir se kii bewafaai kaleja chaak bhi ho jaayega!

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Har jeeney waley ko tooney dedii sazaa-e-maut,

phir bhi log baney haiN kyuN dusham jaan ke.

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Dard ki chaadar orhi hamney jispe kaseedaakaarii hai,
Dil pe hamaarey bhoujh badaa hai jiska utarna bhaarii hai,

Sazaa jo tumne hamko dii wo toH bhugatana zaarii hai,
Phir bhi kushii ye hai ke hamney bas tumsey baazii haarii hai.

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sazaa toh mili par qazaa kyoN na aayii,

gunaah bahut badey they maafii kyon dilaaii.

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pahloo meiN mere ab dil hai hi kahaaN,

sazaa mili magar dil wapas mila kahaaN.

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milaa nahi jald mauqaa koi ke kah leyN apni apni,

sazaa bhugatani hogi dono ko qasoor ho ke na ho!

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qusoor hamaara ho gaya saabit baddi khushi ki baat hai,

sazaa bhi lambi denaa aur phir giraft meiN apni rakhana!

‘kayar’

Ramcharit Charcha CCCXLIX

October 4, 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

 

कोपभवन सुनि सकुचेउ राउ। भय बस अगहुड़ परइ न पाऊ।।
सुरपति बसइ बाहँबल जाके। नरपति सकल रहहिं रुख ताकें।।
सो सुनि तिय रिस गयउ सुखाई। देखहु काम प्रताप बड़ाई।।
सूल कुलिस असि अँगवनिहारे। ते रतिनाथ सुमन सर मारे।।
सभय नरेसु प्रिया पहिं गयऊ। देखि दसा दुखु दारुन भयऊ।।
भूमि सयन पटु मोट पुराना। दिए डारि तन भूषण नाना।।
कुमतिहि कसि कुबेषता फाबी। अन अहिवातु सूच जनु भाबी।।
जाइ निकट नृपु कह मृदु बानी। प्रानप्रिया केहि हेतु रिसानी।।
छं0-केहि हेतु रानि रिसानि परसत पानि पतिहि नेवारई।
मानहुँ सरोष भुअंग भामिनि बिषम भाँति निहारई।।
दोउ बासना रसना दसन बर मरम ठाहरु देखई।
तुलसी नृपति भवतब्यता बस काम कौतुक लेखई।।
सो0-बार बार कह राउ सुमुखि सुलोचिनि पिकबचनि।
कारन मोहि सुनाउ गजगामिनि निज कोप कर।।25।।

We covered up to Doha 25 of Ayodhya Kand  in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that King Dashrath found it difficult to move legs when he learned of Kaikeyi’s bad mood and that she was occupying the room mostly used by distraught member of household. Powerful though the king was but he felt weak because of his passionate love for Kaikeyi. It is not uncommon that strong people can’t withstand the onslaught of the cupid in their weaker moments. When Dashrath saw Kaikeyi ill-clad and the ornaments thrown about discarded from her body, he tried to placate Kaikeyi by asking sofly as what was troubling her.  Kaikeyi reacted like a hurt snake ready to strike when she was touched by Dashrath but Dashrath still looked at it as just an act of playfulness in the sphere of erotic love. King kept addressing her as a woman with beautiful face, eyes, voice and gait etc and inquired repeatedly as what was the cause of her anguish (king dared not call her as Sumati, a one with good intellect, Dashrath was so truthful in his life that even for making Kaikeyi happy he couldn’t this term because he had noticed that she now had no balance of mind).

 
अनहित तोर प्रिया केइँ कीन्हा। केहि दुइ सिर केहि जमु चह लीन्हा।।
कहु केहि रंकहि करौ नरेसू। कहु केहि नृपहि निकासौं देसू।।
सकउँ तोर अरि अमरउ मारी। काह कीट बपुरे नर नारी।।
जानसि मोर सुभाउ बरोरू। मनु तव आनन चंद चकोरू।।
प्रिया प्रान सुत सरबसु मोरें। परिजन प्रजा सकल बस तोरें।।
जौं कछु कहौ कपटु करि तोही। भामिनि राम सपथ सत मोही।।
बिहसि मागु मनभावति बाता। भूषन सजहि मनोहर गाता।।
घरी कुघरी समुझि जियँ देखू। बेगि प्रिया परिहरहि कुबेषू।।
दो0-यह सुनि मन गुनि सपथ बड़ि बिहसि उठी मतिमंद।
भूषन सजति बिलोकि मृगु मनहुँ किरातिनि फंद।।26।।

 

King went further ahead showing his concern for Kaikeyi and said, “O my dear, who has done a bad turn to you, who thinks that he has two heads (because one I am going to cut off for his act of offending you), who is now wanted by the god of death. Just tell me for I can make a pauper a king, I am also ready to expel a satrap out of my kingdom. Even a member of the body of gods would be eliminated by me if he happens to be your enemy, what then is the worry about worm like men and women. O my special one, you are well aware of my nature and my leanings, I wish to keep looking at your face like Chakor does viz a viz moon in the sky. O my darling, you have total control and right over my sons, all that I possess, whole of my family members, all citizens of my kingdom even over my life. O talented one, i swear in Name of Ram if i have told you anything evasively or with a view to cheat you.

“You are welcome to demand with pleasure whatever is dear to your heart but at least put on the ornament back on your lovely body. You must look at the appropriateness of time (in a way king wanted to indicate that Ram’s coronation was round the corner, he also expected that she was now aware and was some how upset with this development); you must, my dear lady, now speedily shed this inappropriate dressing style.”

As soon as Kaikeyi listened to king taking the biggest oath that he could take, she weighed options in mind and the dumb-witted then got up smilingly and began to decorate herself with ornaments; it looked as if a huntress was preparing a trap noticing a prey around.”

(When the cupid strikes the mind becomes numb, the king was now committing to do anything just for the pleasure of one, he now was declaring his total control and command on all people including the family members while was himself being controlled by a certain member of his own family. Clearly he was going wrong in his assessment and was committing overly but was also mindful of Ram. Whatever king proclaimed was going to happen i e a king was going to be sent in to jungles, someone to live as a recluse but rule over Ayodhya, none of the gods had tried to influence Kaikeyi directly hence were saved, he wanted to know whose life was needed by the god of death and it was his own life, he staked his life and will lose it too. King said that all the citizens and the family were under command of Kaikeyi and they would really have to bear worst times at her instance. We will see these paradoxical situations emerging as the Shri Ram Katha unfolds further.)

We have now covered up to Doha 26 of Ayodhya Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal


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