Ramcharit Charcha CCCXXII

August 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

बिनय कीन्हि उर अति अनुरागें। सुत संपदा राखि सब आगें।।
नेगु मागि मुनिनायक लीन्हा। आसिरबादु बहुत बिधि दीन्हा।।
उर धरि रामहि सीय समेता। हरषि कीन्ह गुर गवनु निकेता।।
बिप्रबधू सब भूप बोलाई। चैल चारु भूषन पहिराई।।
बहुरि बोलाइ सुआसिनि लीन्हीं। रुचि बिचारि पहिरावनि दीन्हीं।।
नेगी नेग जोग सब लेहीं। रुचि अनुरुप भूपमनि देहीं।।
प्रिय पाहुने पूज्य जे जाने। भूपति भली भाँति सनमाने।।
देव देखि रघुबीर बिबाहू। बरषि प्रसून प्रसंसि उछाहू।।
दो0-चले निसान बजाइ सुर निज निज पुर सुख पाइ।
कहत परसपर राम जसु प्रेम न हृदयँ समाइ।।353।।

We covered up to Doha 353 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that upon returning to Ayodhya King Dashrath honored everyone of the Baraties and gave them all suitable gifts before sending them off, he specially treated the Gurus and the Brahmins by calling them inside his palace, offered them food and satisfied them with a lot of gifts with love and respect. King asked Muni Vishwamitra to spend the night at his palace and served him personally along with his queens, king also placed his entire wealth and the services of the sons at the command of Muni but he accepted only as much as was customarily required to be taken on such an happy occasion in the family and gave his blessings before leaving.

सब बिधि सबहि समदि नरनाहू। रहा हृदयँ भरि पूरि उछाहू।।
जहँ रनिवासु तहाँ पगु धारे। सहित बहूटिन्ह कुअँर निहारे।।
लिए गोद करि मोद समेता। को कहि सकइ भयउ सुखु जेता।।
बधू सप्रेम गोद बैठारीं। बार बार हियँ हरषि दुलारीं।।
देखि समाजु मुदित रनिवासू। सब कें उर अनंद कियो बासू।।
कहेउ भूप जिमि भयउ बिबाहू। सुनि हरषु होत सब काहू।।
जनक राज गुन सीलु बड़ाई। प्रीति रीति संपदा सुहाई।।
बहुबिधि भूप भाट जिमि बरनी। रानीं सब प्रमुदित सुनि करनी।।
दो0-सुतन्ह समेत नहाइ नृप बोलि बिप्र गुर ग्याति।
भोजन कीन्ह अनेक बिधि घरी पंच गइ राति।।354।।

King Dashrath honored everyone in every way possible with an heart bubbling with  intense joy and warmth before entering the interior of his palace, the living quarters of the his queens where he keenly looked at the newly wedded couples i e his sons and daughters-in-law; the king then got the princes on to his lap and felt very very pleased. Later he seated the brides too on his lap out of his love for them and hugged while his heart overflowed with kind emotions. The queens and their attendants were amused by looking at this sight and their hearts were now abode of divine pleasure (and why not, a Bhakta i e Dashrath was now enjoying the benefit of the boon; Dashrath  in an earlier life  had done great Tapa and had asked the boon to have the Supreme God as his own son). King Dashrath then started to give an account in detail, of the marriage related celebrations which made all the listeners happy. King then praised Janak and his kingdom for the virtues, graces, glories and wealth and the affectionate ways of treatment in many ways just like a bard would. The queens were delighted to listen to all that King Dashrath said (they had not attended the marriage but king’s vivid description filled the gap to their satisfaction).

The king and the sons took bath first and then king called Gurus, the Brahmins and the people of his clan. All of them then enjoyed various preparations till past mid-night.

We have now covered up to Doha 354 of Balkand.

मंगलगान करहिं बर भामिनि। भै सुखमूल मनोहर जामिनि।।
अँचइ पान सब काहूँ पाए। स्त्रग सुगंध भूषित छबि छाए।।
रामहि देखि रजायसु पाई। निज निज भवन चले सिर नाई।।
प्रेम प्रमोद बिनोदु बढ़ाई। समउ समाजु मनोहरताई।।
कहि न सकहि सत सारद सेसू। बेद बिरंचि महेस गनेसू।।
सो मै कहौं कवन बिधि बरनी। भूमिनागु सिर धरइ कि धरनी।।
नृप सब भाँति सबहि सनमानी। कहि मृदु बचन बोलाई रानी।।
बधू लरिकनीं पर घर आईं। राखेहु नयन पलक की नाई।।
दो0-लरिका श्रमित उनीद बस सयन करावहु जाइ।
अस कहि गे बिश्रामगृहँ राम चरन चितु लाइ।।355।।

While the king and others were having their food, festive songs were being sung by aristocratic women and the beautiful night had become source of all joys, the night itself had pleasure as its root. After rinsing mouths all had betel-leaves which were rapped around fragrant stuff. Treated with sandal-paste and scents and duly ornamented, all the people there looked graceful and decent. Having a look at Shri Ram fondly and obtaining permission from the king, people went back to their homes. It is difficult to describe the rejoicing, the repartee and gracefulness and attraction of the gathering at this occasion even by a hundred Sharadas and Sheshas or even by Vedas, the Brahma, Shiva or Ganesha how then an humble poet like him could do it, says Tulsidas, is it ever possible for a reptile of earth i e earth-worm to keep the whole earth on its head. The king later summoned his queens with all respect and in sweet manner and said, “the young brides have come from a different family and different place, they should be cared for like the eyelids protect the eyes (they are inexperienced and this is a strange place for them just now hence they should not be treated harshly). The boys are also now feeling sleepy and are tired, they should be made to sleep too.”  Saying thus, the king went to his own resting place while thinking of the what Ram had accomplished during his stay with Muni Vishwamitra , what journeys Ram had undertaken along with Muni etc (Dahsrath had listened about Ram’s various activities and successes and was now pondering over it; the Bhaktas also listen to Ram-kathas and they should be also pondering over it while they are ready to rest after the daily chores, it rewards them with deeper meaning in to what is told as Ram-charit, the Ram’s life’s course gradually the ultimate truth will reflect and the knowledge gained).

We have now covered p to Doha 355 of Balkand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Sitaramabhyam Namah!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

 

Krishna Khandelwal

 

Ramcharit Charcha CCCXXI

August 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

देव पितर पूजे बिधि नीकी। पूजीं सकल बासना जी की।।
सबहिं बंदि मागहिं बरदाना। भाइन्ह सहित राम कल्याना।।
अंतरहित सुर आसिष देहीं। मुदित मातु अंचल भरि लेंहीं।।
भूपति बोलि बराती लीन्हे। जान बसन मनि भूषन दीन्हे।।
आयसु पाइ राखि उर रामहि। मुदित गए सब निज निज धामहि।।
पुर नर नारि सकल पहिराए। घर घर बाजन लगे बधाए।।
जाचक जन जाचहि जोइ जोई। प्रमुदित राउ देहिं सोइ सोई।।
सेवक सकल बजनिआ नाना। पूरन किए दान सनमाना।।
दो0-देंहिं असीस जोहारि सब गावहिं गुन गन गाथ।
तब गुर भूसुर सहित गृहँ गवनु कीन्ह नरनाथ।।351।।

We covered up to Doha 351 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that the four princes and their brides have entered the palace and have been given treatment like it is given to gods while worshiping them as per the guidance given in the Vedas, by the mothers who also did many more things as per the local custom. The newly wed couples participated in the rituals with some degree of circumspection but Shri Ram watched the goings on with amusement and smiled within his heart. Gods were asked to bless the couples by the mothers and they did bless them to the satisfaction of mothers. King Dashrath liberally distributed gifts to the members of the marriage party, to other needy people and the beggars and went in to the palace along with the Brahmins.

जो बसिष्ठ अनुसासन दीन्ही। लोक बेद बिधि सादर कीन्ही।।
भूसुर भीर देखि सब रानी। सादर उठीं भाग्य बड़ जानी।।
पाय पखारि सकल अन्हवाए। पूजि भली बिधि भूप जेवाँए।।
आदर दान प्रेम परिपोषे। देत असीस चले मन तोषे।।
बहु बिधि कीन्हि गाधिसुत पूजा। नाथ मोहि सम धन्य न दूजा।।
कीन्हि प्रसंसा भूपति भूरी। रानिन्ह सहित लीन्हि पग धूरी।।
भीतर भवन दीन्ह बर बासु। मन जोगवत रह नृप रनिवासू।।
पूजे गुर पद कमल बहोरी। कीन्हि बिनय उर प्रीति न थोरी।।
दो0-बधुन्ह समेत कुमार सब रानिन्ह सहित महीसु।
पुनि पुनि बंदत गुर चरन देत असीस मुनीसु।।352।।

When in side the palace, King Dashrath did every thing that Guru Vashishtth directed him to do which covered both the Vedic aspects as well as local tradition. The queens noted that many Brahmins had come there and felt pleased; they respectfully got up to wash their feet and arranged for their taking bath. They were later worshiped by the king and were satisfied with sumptuous meal. The Brahmins appreciated the honor,love and the gifts given to them and left after giving their blessings to the king.

King Dashrath worshiped Muni Vishwamitra with great enthusiasm and praised him wholeheartedly saying, “O Master, there is no body as blessed and fortunate as me (for the grace of Muni had resulted in the marriage of his four sons).” King bowed down before the Muni along with his queens and picked dust of the feet of Muni and placed it over heads. Muni Vishwamitra was given room to stay in the interior region of the palace and was carefully attended throughout the day and night by the ladies of the household and king himself. The princes and the brides also followed the king and the queens and paid their respects at the feet of the Guru Vishwamitra and received blessings of the great Muni.

(Guru Vishwamitra was not an outsider anymore and king ensured that he receives treatment as an elder in the family and more. The Brahmins and the Gurus are expected to be aware of the goings on in the family as only then they may point out any defect in the day to day living style of the householders. Their authority is ever unchallenged, King Dashrath had received such a wonderful reward for unquestionably doing what Muni wanted him to do though initially he was skeptic. He demonstrated a firm resolve to accept the dictates of Guru-like figures in life by his actions and conduct and to remain obliged for the graces of them at all times.)

We have now covered up to Doha 352 of Balkand.

बिनय कीन्हि उर अति अनुरागें। सुत संपदा राखि सब आगें।।
नेगु मागि मुनिनायक लीन्हा। आसिरबादु बहुत बिधि दीन्हा।।
उर धरि रामहि सीय समेता। हरषि कीन्ह गुर गवनु निकेता।।
बिप्रबधू सब भूप बोलाई। चैल चारु भूषन पहिराई।।
बहुरि बोलाइ सुआसिनि लीन्हीं। रुचि बिचारि पहिरावनि दीन्हीं।।
नेगी नेग जोग सब लेहीं। रुचि अनुरुप भूपमनि देहीं।।
प्रिय पाहुने पूज्य जे जाने। भूपति भली भाँति सनमाने।।
देव देखि रघुबीर बिबाहू। बरषि प्रसून प्रसंसि उछाहू।।
दो0-चले निसान बजाइ सुर निज निज पुर सुख पाइ।
कहत परसपर राम जसु प्रेम न हृदयँ समाइ।।353।।

The king placed all his wealth and the services of his sons at the command of Muni Vishwamitra with absolute pleasure (because he was now aware of the Muni total commitment to society and a an attitude of guardianship of the Muni) but Muni took just as much as was customarily required of him to accept (also the Sadhus do not accept any thing more than the immediate need, they never hoard material stuff for their future needs and expect the society to take care of their needs which is always minimal) and gave manifold blessings. Muni Vishwamitra now happily left for his Ashram but only after having the image of Shri Ram along with Sita firmly implanted in his heart. The Brahmin ladies were also now called by the king who were offered attractive ornaments and garments. The married ladies who had their husband alive were give the apparels of their choice. The ones who should be honored on such occasions were given desired gifts in accordance with their status. All those relatives and friends who should have special attention and regard from the king’s household were treated likewise. The gods enjoyed the event of Shri Ram’s wedding with great interest and expressed their joyful state by raining flowers from heavens, they retreated to their abodes their hearts overwhelmed with joy; they could not contain their love for Shri Ram in their hearts and it kept flowing out, they kept telling each other the glories of Shri Ram on their way back.

We have now covered up to Doha 353 of Balkand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Sirtaramabhyam Namah!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranaam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna KHandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCXX

August 1, 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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 349 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas and learned that the citizens did Aarti of Shri Ram and felt very pleased. Shri Ram later reached the gate of the palace where the mothers were ready to welcome Him in accordance with the Vedic dictate and the local customs. Mothers performed all rituals with great pleasure and enthusiasm welcoming the four sons and the brides. When they looked at Ram and Sita as couple they felt as if they had been given special reward enriching their life long existence. Later they offered water to the couples as per the ritual and walking them on the carpets took them in to the interiors of the palace.

चारि सिंघासन सहज सुहाए। जनु मनोज निज हाथ बनाए।।
तिन्ह पर कुअँरि कुअँर बैठारे। सादर पाय पुनित पखारे।।
धूप दीप नैबेद बेद बिधि। पूजे बर दुलहिनि मंगलनिधि।।
बारहिं बार आरती करहीं। ब्यजन चारु चामर सिर ढरहीं।।
बस्तु अनेक निछावर होहीं। भरीं प्रमोद मातु सब सोहीं।।
पावा परम तत्व जनु जोगीं। अमृत लहेउ जनु संतत रोगीं।।
जनम रंक जनु पारस पावा। अंधहि लोचन लाभु सुहावा।।
मूक बदन जनु सारद छाई। मानहुँ समर सूर जय पाई।।
दो0-एहि सुख ते सत कोटि गुन पावहिं मातु अनंदु।।
भाइन्ह सहित बिआहि घर आए रघुकुलचंदु।।350(क)।।
लोक रीत जननी करहिं बर दुलहिनि सकुचाहिं।
मोदु बिनोदु बिलोकि बड़ रामु मनहिं मुसकाहिं।।350(ख)।।

Four special thrones that looked very elegant and not out of place were placed there, it seemed that these had been crafted by none other than the cupid himself. The princes and their brides were seated as couples on those thrones and the pious feet of them all were rinsed with care. Incense and lamps were lighted and placed before them and sweet dishes were offered to them in line with the Vedic injunction of doing Puja of the bride and the bride-grooms (who are taken to be representing Lakshmi and Vihsnu), they were taken to be source of all good that was to happen to the family. The lighted lamps were taken around them many times over, hand held fans were blown over them and soft cloth was waved over the heads (all these ritualistic acts represent the five basic elements like earth, water, fire, air and sky, the world consists of these elements and these elements which basically belong to God are offered back to him shedding ownership in them). Many sort of gifts were given away and the mothers enjoyed it all immensely. Their level of satisfaction equaled that of a Yogi up on realization of the ultimate truth, they seemed to have a renewed sense of living as is felt by a patient suffering for long time after he gets a dose of nectar. They felt enriched and rewarded like a person longing for possessions since birth feels up on getting the ‘Paras’ (a stone that converts steel in to gold when it touches it). The mothers had as much enjoyment as a blind person gets by having his eyes back. They found themselves as lucky as would a dumb person after getting back his faculty of speech, their elation was no less than that of a brave warrior getting victory over an enemy on the battle-field.

Its not right to speak of their gains as described above, it was in fact a thousands of millions of times more, after all it was an occasion as important as the return of Shri Ram, the source of pleasure to the entire family of Raghu-dynasty, along with his brothers after getting married. The mothers were engaged in carrying out the celebratory and ritualistic affairs honoring the Vedic ways and the local customs and the newly weds out of modesty participated with some reluctance; Lord Ram watched it all with interest and was amused within his heart on account of this celebratory atmosphere and attendant fun and frolic.

We have now covered up to Doha 350 of Balkand.

देव पितर पूजे बिधि नीकी। पूजीं सकल बासना जी की।।
सबहिं बंदि मागहिं बरदाना। भाइन्ह सहित राम कल्याना।।
अंतरहित सुर आसिष देहीं। मुदित मातु अंचल भरि लेंहीं।।
भूपति बोलि बराती लीन्हे। जान बसन मनि भूषन दीन्हे।।
आयसु पाइ राखि उर रामहि। मुदित गए सब निज निज धामहि।।
पुर नर नारि सकल पहिराए। घर घर बाजन लगे बधाए।।
जाचक जन जाचहि जोइ जोई। प्रमुदित राउ देहिं सोइ सोई।।
सेवक सकल बजनिआ नाना। पूरन किए दान सनमाना।।
दो0-देंहिं असीस जोहारि सब गावहिं गुन गन गाथ।
तब गुर भूसुर सहित गृहँ गवनु कीन्ह नरनाथ।।351।।

The mothers then worshiped the gods with devotion and care, they paid homage to the departed elders of the family with great respect. It was their grace that had brought them such good fortune and let them have all the desires fulfilled. They prayed the gods to bless and ensure welfare of Shri Ram and of His brothers. Though not physically seen, the gods gave them their blessing and which bemused mothers collected by spreading part of their Saarees with expression of gratitude. King Dashrath then called the Baraties who had accompanied him as members of the marriage party and offered them carts, clothing, jewels and ornaments which were gracefully accepted by them while remembering Shri Ram and placing his image in their hearts; they later happily left for their homes with a sense of fulfillment, all of them had been honored with garments. Now all the homes reverberated with sounds of congratulatory messages and music. The King also gave to people all that they specifically wanted with pleasure. The servants and helpers were given enough items of gifts with acknowledgement for the services they had offered. All of them wished well of the king and paid respects to him while they mentioned the qualities of their virtuous king. The king now headed towards his living quarters along with the Bhusurs (the Brahmins who are the living gods on earth)

We have covered up to Doha 351 of Balkand.

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

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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


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