Ramcharit Charcha DXXVI

April 16, 2016

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

कपट कुचालि सीवँ सुरराजू। पर अकाज प्रिय आपन काजू।।
काक समान पाकरिपु रीती। छली मलीन कतहुँ न प्रतीती।।
प्रथम कुमत करि कपटु सँकेला। सो उचाटु सब कें सिर मेला।।
सुरमायाँ सब लोग बिमोहे। राम प्रेम अतिसय न बिछोहे।।
भय उचाट बस मन थिर नाहीं। छन बन रुचि छन सदन सोहाहीं।।
दुबिध मनोगति प्रजा दुखारी। सरित सिंधु संगम जनु बारी।।
दुचित कतहुँ परितोषु न लहहीं। एक एक सन मरमु न कहहीं।।
लखि हियँ हँसि कह कृपानिधानू। सरिस स्वान मघवान जुबानू।।
दो0-भरतु जनकु मुनिजन सचिव साधु सचेत बिहाइ।
लागि देवमाया सबहि जथाजोगु जनु पाइ।।302।।

We covered up to Doha 302 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Mans of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Lord Indra, who wants only his own interests to be served even at the cost of others, exercised his powers to spread boredom and discontent among people. His efforts made people confused and delusive but they still retained some sense due to their love for Shri Ram. Fear and disinterest made them fickle minded and they wished to stay there one moment and next wished to go back to their homes. This split mentality made them unsettled and upset but they did not discuss their plights with each other. Lord Shri Ram noted Indra’s mischievous ways and people’s condition and laughed within. The conspiratorial ways of the gods impacted all leaving Bharat, King Janak, the Munis and Sadhus and some of enlightened and alert people.

कृपासिंधु लखि लोग दुखारे। निज सनेहँ सुरपति छल भारे।।
सभा राउ गुर महिसुर मंत्री। भरत भगति सब कै मति जंत्री।।
रामहि चितवत चित्र लिखे से। सकुचत बोलत बचन सिखे से।।
भरत प्रीति नति बिनय बड़ाई। सुनत सुखद बरनत कठिनाई।।
जासु बिलोकि भगति लवलेसू। प्रेम मगन मुनिगन मिथिलेसू।।
महिमा तासु कहै किमि तुलसी। भगति सुभायँ सुमति हियँ हुलसी।।
आपु छोटि महिमा बड़ि जानी। कबिकुल कानि मानि सकुचानी।।
कहि न सकति गुन रुचि अधिकाई। मति गति बाल बचन की नाई।।
दो0-भरत बिमल जसु बिमल बिधु सुमति चकोरकुमारि।
उदित बिमल जन हृदय नभ एकटक रही निहारि।।303।।

The most merciful Lord Shri Ram observed the pitiable plight of people, upset for Him out of their love for Him, now additionally had to bear what chief of gods had done to them, and thus their heart were heavy. The wit of all including the king, the Guru, the Brahmins and the ministers now stood locked and had lost capacity to ponder, due to the devotion of Bharat and its impact on them; they now only fixatedly looked at Shri Ram and became too reserved and could utter only a few words like those who are taught to repeat certain words. Bharat’s warmth, his sober nature and his humility reflected in his speech which was too pleasing to hear but to describe it all in words is a difficult task. A shred of whose devotion could make the Munis and the king go in trance, how then, Tulsi wonders, is it possible for him to sing his glories. That he still attempted it is for the very reason that Bharat’s nature itself had spurred some sensible thoughts in his heart yet considering his own intellect limited and Bharat’s glory immense he has had to observe the limit that the family of poets put on themselves in such cases. He couldn’t tell all his virtues though he had such wish and could produce only some words like a child inspired mentally.

Bharat’s pristine and glorious fame appears like a moon without blemish in mind space of people who have pure hearts and their intellect just observes it like a little Chakor bird with single pointed attention (as the intellect finds such matters beyond its capacity to analyse and weigh, it has to be simply absorbed as it is).

We have now covered up to Doha 303 of Ayodhya Kand.

भरत सुभाउ न सुगम निगमहूँ। लघु मति चापलता कबि छमहूँ।।
कहत सुनत सति भाउ भरत को। सीय राम पद होइ न रत को।।
सुमिरत भरतहि प्रेमु राम को। जेहि न सुलभ तेहि सरिस बाम को।।
देखि दयाल दसा सबही की। राम सुजान जानि जन जी की।।
धरम धुरीन धीर नय नागर। सत्य सनेह सील सुख सागर।।
देसु काल लखि समउ समाजू। नीति प्रीति पालक रघुराजू।।
बोले बचन बानि सरबसु से। हित परिनाम सुनत ससि रसु से।।
तात भरत तुम्ह धरम धुरीना। लोक बेद बिद प्रेम प्रबीना।।
दो0-करम बचन मानस बिमल तुम्ह समान तुम्ह तात।
गुर समाज लघु बंधु गुन कुसमयँ किमि कहि जात।।304।।

Even Vedas fail to assess Bharat’s true nature hence the smallness of the frail intellect of a poet is only to be excused. It is of course normal for anyone to be instinctively devoted to the feet of Bhagwati Sita and Lord Shri Ram and become absorbed while either listening to the account of truthfulness and loving nature ingrained in Bharat’s character or speaking of it. If one misses out to immediately have feeling of love for Shri Ram just when he thinks of Bharat then he really must be carrying a very high level of negativity.

Graceful Lord Shri Ram, who knows the feelings and choices present in everyone’s heart, took note of condition of all those present there. Upholder of Dharma, patient by nature, very civil and policy oriented, and like an ocean of truth, love and bliss, such Raghuraj Shri Ram who never fails to maintain propriety in conduct and never fails to respond to expression of love towards Himself, keeping in mind the time, the occasion, the place and the people, spoke to all present there in words that contained welfare and benefit for all and which entered in ears of all like nectar dripping from moon.

Shri Ram said, “O Taat (my younger brother), you are well established in Dharma,, you know what is to the liking of people i e the commonly established practices and all that is recommended in Vedas and in the matters of love also nothing is concealed from you.

“Besides in practices and deeds, in speech and in purity thinking, you are not equaled by anyone and therefore you are your own match in these respects, I don’t know how to speak of virtues of a younger brother in presence of so many respectable people and in such trying times.”

We have now covered up to Doha 304 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DXXV

April 14, 2016

II Shree Guruvey Namanh 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

सोक सनेहँ कि बाल सुभाएँ। आयउँ लाइ रजायसु बाएँ।।
तबहुँ कृपाल हेरि निज ओरा। सबहि भाँति भल मानेउ मोरा।।
देखेउँ पाय सुमंगल मूला। जानेउँ स्वामि सहज अनुकूला।।
बड़ें समाज बिलोकेउँ भागू। बड़ीं चूक साहिब अनुरागू।।
कृपा अनुग्रह अंगु अघाई। कीन्हि कृपानिधि सब अधिकाई।।
राखा मोर दुलार गोसाईं। अपनें सील सुभायँ भलाईं।।
नाथ निपट मैं कीन्हि ढिठाई। स्वामि समाज सकोच बिहाई।।
अबिनय बिनय जथारुचि बानी। छमिहि देउ अति आरति जानी।।
दो0-सुह्रद सुजान सुसाहिबहि बहुत कहब बड़ि खोरि।
आयसु देइअ देव अब सबइ सुधारी मोरि।।300।।

We covered up to Doha 300 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat very humbly submitted to Shri Ram that though he out of his childish nature had ignored the royal command and had come to Chitrakoot yet Shri Ram did not take it as an offence. Bharat said that now he was near the feet of Lord from which flows the auspiciousness and had found his master favorably inclined; he mentioned it to be a good piece of luck for him that even in view of his big remissness his superior and senior had maintained an attitude of love towards him and had showered his graces in ample measure. Bharat said that he had been obstinate and did not fear the society or the master but Shri Ram on account of His loving nature did not shun him; and said that he had spoken as he pleased in a suitable manner or otherwise and expects to be forgiven. Lastly Bharat mentioned that without speaking too much before knowledgeable and loving master he was ready for doing as he would be instructed by Shri Ram who has always sided with me and helped me.

प्रभु पद पदुम पराग दोहाई। सत्य सुकृत सुख सीवँ सुहाई।।
सो करि कहउँ हिए अपने की। रुचि जागत सोवत सपने की।।
सहज सनेहँ स्वामि सेवकाई। स्वारथ छल फल चारि बिहाई।।
अग्या सम न सुसाहिब सेवा। सो प्रसादु जन पावै देवा।।
अस कहि प्रेम बिबस भए भारी। पुलक सरीर बिलोचन बारी।।
प्रभु पद कमल गहे अकुलाई। समउ सनेहु न सो कहि जाई।।
कृपासिंधु सनमानि सुबानी। बैठाए समीप गहि पानी।।
भरत बिनय सुनि देखि सुभाऊ। सिथिल सनेहँ सभा रघुराऊ।।
छं0-रघुराउ सिथिल सनेहँ साधु समाज मुनि मिथिला धनी।
मन महुँ सराहत भरत भायप भगति की महिमा घनी।।
भरतहि प्रसंसत बिबुध बरषत सुमन मानस मलिन से।
तुलसी बिकल सब लोग सुनि सकुचे निसागम नलिन से।।
सो0-देखि दुखारी दीन दुहु समाज नर नारि सब।
मघवा महा मलीन मुए मारि मंगल चहत।।301।।

Bharat added, “I swear by the dust of Your lotus feet which represents that real substance that makes one go for such noble deeds which ensure maximum pleasure/benefit. In that light only I pour out what’s in my heart and which is to my liking in states of waking, sleeping and dreaming. A benign master can only be served without selfishness, without deceit and without any expectation of the four benefits (Dharma, Artha, Kaama or Moksha). To carry out as ordered by the Lord is the ultimate service that can be rendered to Him hence let me have that graceful reward in shape of Your instructions and direction, My Lord.”

Finishing thus Bharat became overwhelmed with feelings of love for Shri Ram and his body thrilled while eyes became wet. Distressed Bharat then rushed to grab the feet of the Lord, his extent of love and the sight it presented is beyond description. Then Shri Ram gracefully saying sweet words to honor him held his hand and made him sit near Himself. Observing humility of Bharat and his disposition, Shri Ram, the Lord of Raghus, as well as the assembly of people there felt overtaken by feelings of love.

Raghuraj Shri Ram, King Janak, the Munis and Sadhus, all benumbed due to affection for Bharat, thought appreciatively of the brotherliness of Bharat and glory of his devotion. The gods also praised Bharat but were apprehensive while showering flowers from above. After listening to Bharat, Tulsi says, people cringed i e felt distressed like the lotuses do upon fall of night.

Indra, the chief of gods, noted that people from both sides i e Ayodhya and Mithila were now weak due to sufferings and grief, holding grudge in heart for them, he wanted to further hit them as if he wanted to celebrate after killing those who were almost dead already (Indra and gods had interest only in this that Shri Ram remains in exile and kill demons to reinstate them post their defeat at the hands of demons).

We have now covered up to Doha 301 of Ayodhya Kand.

कपट कुचालि सीवँ सुरराजू। पर अकाज प्रिय आपन काजू।।
काक समान पाकरिपु रीती। छली मलीन कतहुँ न प्रतीती।।
प्रथम कुमत करि कपटु सँकेला। सो उचाटु सब कें सिर मेला।।
सुरमायाँ सब लोग बिमोहे। राम प्रेम अतिसय न बिछोहे।।
भय उचाट बस मन थिर नाहीं। छन बन रुचि छन सदन सोहाहीं।।
दुबिध मनोगति प्रजा दुखारी। सरित सिंधु संगम जनु बारी।।
दुचित कतहुँ परितोषु न लहहीं। एक एक सन मरमु न कहहीं।।
लखि हियँ हँसि कह कृपानिधानू। सरिस स्वान मघवान जुबानू।।
दो0-भरतु जनकु मुनिजन सचिव साधु सचेत बिहाइ।
लागि देवमाया सबहि जथाजोगु जनु पाइ।।302।।

The chief of gods, Indra, is known to be most inclined to practice deceit and employ uncalled means for accomplishment of his own goals and spoil the game of others; Indra,the killer of demon Paka, follows the vile practices of crows having a crafty nature and malicious intentions and does not have faith in anyone. He had already contrived by spreading his net over people and spread disaffection and frustration among them; people now suffered due to delusory power of the gods but due to their natural love for Shri Ram they did not feel too disenchanted (i e their love for the Lord kept them holding some semblance of equilibrium though circumstanced had become too demanding and the gods had applied tricks on them, it means that those who have a devotion towards the Lord only have capacity to withstand the trying times which appear in their lives from time to time and where the gods are not supportive rather are the cause of turmoil).

Boredom and weariness and the fear of unknown made them fickle minded, one moment they liked to stay in forest and next moment they wished to enjoy the comforts of their homes. With this kind of double-mindedness they now felt miserable and their hearts now churned like the water of river churns at the point it falls in to the ocean. It is well known that a wavering mind does not allow any one to remain satisfied whatever be the outside circumstances and none of those present there wanted to discuss their inner condition with the other.

Shri Ram, the merciful one, observed what was going on and silently smiling he thought that after all a dog, a young person and Indra have a commonality between them (the words ‘Shwan, Yuwaan and Maghwan’ in Sanskrit language find a similar treatment in grammar), they all are impulsive and crafty.

The impact of the gods mischievous designs have implication on each one in accordance with their inner strength to withstand however it could have no influence on Bharat, King Janak, Munis, the Minister, the Sadhus and whoever was consciously awake and alive to the situation i e self controlled thinkers.

We have now covered up to Doha 302 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DXXIV

April 10, 2016

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

प्रभु पितु मातु सुह्रद गुर स्वामी। पूज्य परम हित अतंरजामी।।
सरल सुसाहिबु सील निधानू। प्रनतपाल सर्बग्य सुजानू।।
समरथ सरनागत हितकारी। गुनगाहकु अवगुन अघ हारी।।
स्वामि गोसाँइहि सरिस गोसाई। मोहि समान मैं साइँ दोहाई।।
प्रभु पितु बचन मोह बस पेली। आयउँ इहाँ समाजु सकेली।।
जग भल पोच ऊँच अरु नीचू। अमिअ अमरपद माहुरु मीचू।।
राम रजाइ मेट मन माहीं। देखा सुना कतहुँ कोउ नाहीं।।
सो मैं सब बिधि कीन्हि ढिठाई। प्रभु मानी सनेह सेवकाई।।
दो0-कृपाँ भलाई आपनी नाथ कीन्ह भल मोर।
दूषन भे भूषन सरिस सुजसु चारु चहु ओर।।298।।

We covered up to Doha 299 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsida in the last post and learned that Bharat came forward to break the ice when all had become quiet after Shri Ram’s declaration and respectfully prayed all to excuse him for being vocal out of turn and then began to address Shri Ram saying, “My lord, you are father, mother, friend and master, you are most respectable, deliverer of ultimate benefit and know my heart. you are a good master of straight nature, help the shelter seekers, recognize qualities of others and remove faults in others and make them sinless. There is none as good a master as you, on the other hand none is as vile as me because I have foolishly come here with all the people ignoring what father wanted. The fact is that none, high or low, good or bad, has capacity to go against will of Ram i e the Supreme Lord of Universe and yet I have obstinately acted. You as my Lord have appreciated my affection and my services, your graceful kindness has done a world of good that my faults have become adornment and have made me famous.”

राउरि रीति सुबानि बड़ाई। जगत बिदित निगमागम गाई।।
कूर कुटिल खल कुमति कलंकी। नीच निसील निरीस निसंकी।।
तेउ सुनि सरन सामुहें आए। सकृत प्रनामु किहें अपनाए।।
देखि दोष कबहुँ न उर आने। सुनि गुन साधु समाज बखाने।।
को साहिब सेवकहि नेवाजी। आपु समाज साज सब साजी।।
निज करतूति न समुझिअ सपनें। सेवक सकुच सोचु उर अपनें।।
सो गोसाइँ नहि दूसर कोपी। भुजा उठाइ कहउँ पन रोपी।।
पसु नाचत सुक पाठ प्रबीना। गुन गति नट पाठक आधीना।।
दो0-यों सुधारि सनमानि जन किए साधु सिरमोर।
को कृपाल बिनु पालिहै बिरिदावलि बरजोर।।299।।

Bharat went on expressing himself and said to Shri Ram, “Your ways, your sublime speech, your greatness are known to all in the world and even the Vedas and other scriptures have sung your such glories. The cruel, the crooked, the wicked, ill-witted and condemnable, as also the mean, shameless, the ones who don’t believe in god hence have no fear of him and those who are ruthlessly unethical are accepted by You when they come before You seeking Your pardon and refuge and bow down with respect. Though You become aware of faults in others yet You do not mind them too much and in case of good qualities in someone that You are told about, You always elaborately mention it in the presence of saints and seers. Who is such a master who shows kindness towards his servants by Himself providing everything needed and yet not, even in a dream, takes credit for it ensuring that the servant never feels obliged or winces.

“I therefore avowedly declared, O My Venerable Master, that such a one other than You is no where to be found. People see animals dancing and the parrots expertly sermonizing but all these qualities and graceful movement are due to the expert teacher and none belong to the animal or the parrot.

“So likewise You have by reforming and giving them their due honor, You have made even ordinary people look like more respected among Sadhus, who else has been seen to be so meticulously nursing and maintaining the host of divine qualities known to all like You do, O Graceful One.”

We have now covered up to Doha 299 in Ayodhya Kand.

सोक सनेहँ कि बाल सुभाएँ। आयउँ लाइ रजायसु बाएँ।।
तबहुँ कृपाल हेरि निज ओरा। सबहि भाँति भल मानेउ मोरा।।
देखेउँ पाय सुमंगल मूला। जानेउँ स्वामि सहज अनुकूला।।
बड़ें समाज बिलोकेउँ भागू। बड़ीं चूक साहिब अनुरागू।।
कृपा अनुग्रह अंगु अघाई। कीन्हि कृपानिधि सब अधिकाई।।
राखा मोर दुलार गोसाईं। अपनें सील सुभायँ भलाईं।।
नाथ निपट मैं कीन्हि ढिठाई। स्वामि समाज सकोच बिहाई।।
अबिनय बिनय जथारुचि बानी। छमिहि देउ अति आरति जानी।।
दो0-सुह्रद सुजान सुसाहिबहि बहुत कहब बड़ि खोरि।
आयसु देइअ देव अब सबइ सुधारी मोरि।।300।।

Bharat continued and said, “Whether out of my affection for You, due to intensity of grief or because of my childish attitude, I have in any case defied the royal command; You took me to Your own side and have considered me to be worthy of being on Your side. In this large and august gathering I have witnessed unfolding of my good fortune that though my omission and delinquency is of grave nature yet still I enjoy Your affection for me. Through Your grace and benevolence, You as Kripanidhi (treasure of grace) have bestowed on me everything in good measure. O Venerable Master, You have maintained an attitude of softness for me which is entirely attributable to Your own dignified self and goodness (without my deserving it in any way).

“Lord, while I have been most irresponsible and have not been courteous towards my master and towards this assembly, I have spoken in a manner of my liking whether politely or impolitely and expect to be excused by my senior knowing me to be under great distress.

“I am aware that to speak too much before a well wisher, before a person who is largely aware of the matter and before a benign master, is uncalled for and foolish; My Master, You may now order and instruct me putting me on right course in every possible way.”

(A good devotee in times of crisis only looks for what the Supreme Lord wants and sees his entire welfare covered in it, he however makes it a point to be in the mode of total surrender. When nothing of his own leanings pull him in this direction or that, he is able to catch the message of the Lord with complete ease.)

We have now covered up to Doha 300 in Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DXXIII

April 7, 2016

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

करि कुचालि सोचत सुरराजू। भरत हाथ सबु काजु अकाजू।।
गए जनकु रघुनाथ समीपा। सनमाने सब रबिकुल दीपा।।
समय समाज धरम अबिरोधा। बोले तब रघुबंस पुरोधा।।
जनक भरत संबादु सुनाई। भरत कहाउति कही सुहाई।।
तात राम जस आयसु देहू। सो सबु करै मोर मत एहू।।
सुनि रघुनाथ जोरि जुग पानी। बोले सत्य सरल मृदु बानी।।
बिद्यमान आपुनि मिथिलेसू। मोर कहब सब भाँति भदेसू।।
राउर राय रजायसु होई। राउरि सपथ सही सिर सोई।।
दो0-राम सपथ सुनि मुनि जनकु सकुचे सभा समेत।
सकल बिलोकत भरत मुखु बनइ न उतरु देत।।296।।

We covered up to Doha 296 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that chief of gods applied his own trick after being spurned by Goddess Saraswati but made out that Bharat held the key to whether outcome will be favorable or unfavorable. Janak and others reached near Shri Ram and the family Guru made Shri Ram aware of what had been the subject of discussion earlier and of Bharat’s considered views, and added that all were ready to carry out as per the wishes of Shri Ram. Shri Ram then politely told Muni that any final words coming from His own mouth would not be proper in presence of His Guru and King Janak and declared that He was ready to do whatever is the royal command and is to the liking of Guru. Such commitment by Shri Ram made everyone reluctant to respond and they all looked up to Bharat for breaking the impasse.

सभा सकुच बस भरत निहारी। रामबंधु धरि धीरजु भारी।।
कुसमउ देखि सनेहु सँभारा। बढ़त बिंधि जिमि घटज निवारा।।
सोक कनकलोचन मति छोनी। हरी बिमल गुन गन जगजोनी।।
भरत बिबेक बराहँ बिसाला। अनायास उधरी तेहि काला।।
करि प्रनामु सब कहँ कर जोरे। रामु राउ गुर साधु निहोरे।।
छमब आजु अति अनुचित मोरा। कहउँ बदन मृदु बचन कठोरा।।
हियँ सुमिरी सारदा सुहाई। मानस तें मुख पंकज आई।।
बिमल बिबेक धरम नय साली। भरत भारती मंजु मराली।।
दो0-निरखि बिबेक बिलोचनन्हि सिथिल सनेहँ समाजु।
करि प्रनामु बोले भरतु सुमिरि सीय रघुराजु।।297।।

Bharat also observed that the whole assembly of people there had become reserved and they were unable to speak out their views but being brother of Shri Ram Bharat was able to keep perfect level of patience at this critical hour (because his life itself depended on what decision Lord Shri Ram was going to take). Thinking that at this moment the overflow of love has to be tamed in the same way as Muni Agastya had once tamed the rising Vindhya Mountain Range (which intended to rise high to obstruct the sun’s path…detailed story of this finds mention in epic of Mahabharat). Here Bharat’s astute and benign intellect came forward to playfully  rescue the pure and virtuous temperament of the people from under the grip of grief which had clouded it, like the Lord’s avatar as boar had once brought back the earth from clutches of demon Harinyaksha (this story has been detailed in Shrimad Bhagwat Poran).

Bowing down before all with hands folded Bharat addressed Shri Ram, King Janak, Guru Vashoshtth and the Sadhus (saintly people) and submitted, “kindly excuse me for I am going to utter some harsh words from my tender mouth that is like mouth of an infirm child.” Taking a pause Bharat invoked graceful Goddess Saraswati in his heart and she obliged him by descending from his mind to his lotus like lips. The intellect of Bharat had pool of pure, discreet and righteous wisdom which respected sound policy and therefore was like Hansa (a bird which can separate milk from a mixture of water and milk and drink it) i e Bharat had ample capacity to see distinctively the right and wrong in any matter.

Seeing the whole matter, with his eyes endowed with power of discretion, which had made the affection oriented people very confused and weak in thinking, Bharat once again did Pranam to all and began to speak while remembering Bhagwati Sita and Lord of Raghus Shri Ram.

प्रभु पितु मातु सुह्रद गुर स्वामी। पूज्य परम हित अतंरजामी।।
सरल सुसाहिबु सील निधानू। प्रनतपाल सर्बग्य सुजानू।।
समरथ सरनागत हितकारी। गुनगाहकु अवगुन अघ हारी।।
स्वामि गोसाँइहि सरिस गोसाई। मोहि समान मैं साइँ दोहाई।।
प्रभु पितु बचन मोह बस पेली। आयउँ इहाँ समाजु सकेली।।
जग भल पोच ऊँच अरु नीचू। अमिअ अमरपद माहुरु मीचू।।
राम रजाइ मेट मन माहीं। देखा सुना कतहुँ कोउ नाहीं।।
सो मैं सब बिधि कीन्हि ढिठाई। प्रभु मानी सनेह सेवकाई।।
दो0-कृपाँ भलाई आपनी नाथ कीन्ह भल मोर।
दूषन भे भूषन सरिस सुजसु चारु चहु ओर।।298।।

Bharat said, “O Lord, You only are my father, mother, well-wisher, Guru and the master, You are to be worshiped and You only ensure ones’ ultimate benefit and You only are that one should see as ultimate refuge, You know what is in everyone’s heart, You are most uncomplicated, a good patron and guide, You are most polite towards all, You take care of those who bow down before You, You know every thing and have keen observation, You are strong and help those who seek refuge in You, You appreciate others’ virtues and if someone comes in Your contact You are able to enable him to drop bad tendencies and make him sinless. My Master, You as Supreme Lord are the only one without a second and none equals You and as for me, I am uniquely of my type (in terms of being the cause of troubles). Just see, Lord, I have come here disregarding the words of father out of my own confusion and stupor and have brought here entire populace of Ayodhya. In the entire world, the good and bad people whether highly placed or low in status, immortal after drinking nectar or heading towards death after consuming poison, none can do otherwise than what’s Your will. In this manner I have acted very stubbornly and still You, My Lord, have taken it to be something done to serve You out of Your love for me.

“You gracefulness and goodness has ensured what’s in my interest and favor, my faults are now being seen as my ornamental decorations and my name and fame has spread all over.”

(Bharat gave glimpse in to the virtues of Supreme Lord which Bharat had seen Shri Ram displaying and practically demonstrating as an avatar in human form since childhood, for him the distinction between the Supreme lord and Shri Ram had completely disappeared. This is how the Bharat like devotees see reality and know that Lord in form and abstract Lord  are very same and reversely the ones like King Janak who contemplate on the abstract and formless Lord also reach the same conclusion when faced with the Lord in form. Who ever appreciates the virtues of the Lord naturally becomes humble and honest.)

We have now covered up to Doha 298 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj ko pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DXXII

April 5, 2016

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

भरत बचन सुनि देखि सुभाऊ। सहित समाज सराहत राऊ।।
सुगम अगम मृदु मंजु कठोरे। अरथु अमित अति आखर थोरे।।
ज्यौ मुख मुकुर मुकुरु निज पानी। गहि न जाइ अस अदभुत बानी।।
भूप भरत मुनि सहित समाजू। गे जहँ बिबुध कुमुद द्विजराजू।।
सुनि सुधि सोच बिकल सब लोगा। मनहुँ मीनगन नव जल जोगा।।
देवँ प्रथम कुलगुर गति देखी। निरखि बिदेह सनेह बिसेषी।।
राम भगतिमय भरतु निहारे। सुर स्वारथी हहरि हियँ हारे।।
सब कोउ राम पेममय पेखा। भउ अलेख सोच बस लेखा।।
दो0-रामु सनेह सकोच बस कह ससोच सुरराज।
रचहु प्रपंचहि पंच मिलि नाहिं त भयउ अकाजु।।294।।

We covered up to Doha 294 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post learned that King Janak and others appreciated much the words and balanced disposition of Bharat as Bharat had very precisely conveyed a lot of sense and substance in a beautiful way. King, Bharat and Muni Vashishtth along with the rest then proceeded to meet Raghuraj Shri Ram while they all were under deep thoughts and also shaky and upset after listening to what BHarat had said but in Shri Ram’s presence they regained happiness. The gods first noted the condition of Kulguru (family preceptor) and then found Janak also very emotionally charged. They found Bharat totally devoted to Shri Ram. This made the gods lose heart. Since all were seen by them in deep love for Shri Ram, the gods became too worried. The concerned chief of gods then told his group members, “Shri Ram is easily bound by love; we therefore need to put in place some design otherwise the unwanted might happen.’

सुरन्ह सुमिरि सारदा सराही। देबि देव सरनागत पाही।।
फेरि भरत मति करि निज माया। पालु बिबुध कुल करि छल छाया।।
बिबुध बिनय सुनि देबि सयानी। बोली सुर स्वारथ जड़ जानी।।
मो सन कहहु भरत मति फेरू। लोचन सहस न सूझ सुमेरू।।
बिधि हरि हर माया बड़ि भारी। सोउ न भरत मति सकइ निहारी।।
सो मति मोहि कहत करु भोरी। चंदिनि कर कि चंडकर चोरी।।
भरत हृदयँ सिय राम निवासू। तहँ कि तिमिर जहँ तरनि प्रकासू।।
अस कहि सारद गइ बिधि लोका। बिबुध बिकल निसि मानहुँ कोका।।
दो0-सुर स्वारथी मलीन मन कीन्ह कुमंत्र कुठाटु।।
रचि प्रपंच माया प्रबल भय भ्रम अरति उचाटु।।295।।

With intention to interfere once again the gods invoked goddess Saraswati and praised her and said, “O Devi, we, the gods, seek your shelter and protection. You may kindly influence the wit of Bharat and turn his mind through your abilities, you have to save the entire of body of gods by deploying some deceitful means for that purpose.”

The wise goddess listened to request of gods and knowing the gods to be very selfish and mindless she told them, “You wish me to deflect what Bharat thinks, your leader has a thousand eyes yet he can’t see bulky Sumeru (a big mountain). What prowess I have under command, the same special powers (Mayic powers) are much more in hands of the creator Brahma, the savior Vishnu and the destroyer Shiv, even they can’t able to look at Bharat’s intellectual profundity with intention to influence it and you ask me to affect the same and make it dumb, it is never possible in the same way as the rays of the moon can’t do a bit to the sun (which is the very source responsible for the shine of the moon). Bharat’s heart is abode of Lord Shri Ram and Bhagwati Sita (as the sole source of what we see is their extension only), can there be any trace of darkness where there is flood of sun’s light.”

Saying this the goddess Saraswati retreated to her world, the realm of Brahma, leaving the gods perplexed and feeling like the Chakravak birds in the night.

The gods who have a mean nature did not still stop short of doing some foul tricks under their own command; they created an atmosphere of fear, confusion, weariness  and disinterest which afflicted the people of Ayodhya, through spread of their deadly powers.

We have covered up to Doha 295 of Ayodhya kand.

करि कुचालि सोचत सुरराजू। भरत हाथ सबु काजु अकाजू।।
गए जनकु रघुनाथ समीपा। सनमाने सब रबिकुल दीपा।।
समय समाज धरम अबिरोधा। बोले तब रघुबंस पुरोधा।।
जनक भरत संबादु सुनाई। भरत कहाउति कही सुहाई।।
तात राम जस आयसु देहू। सो सबु करै मोर मत एहू।।
सुनि रघुनाथ जोरि जुग पानी। बोले सत्य सरल मृदु बानी।।
बिद्यमान आपुनि मिथिलेसू। मोर कहब सब भाँति भदेसू।।
राउर राय रजायसु होई। राउरि सपथ सही सिर सोई।।
दो0-राम सपथ सुनि मुनि जनकु सकुचे सभा समेत।
सकल बिलोकत भरत मुखु बनइ न उतरु देत।।296।।

Putting his mischievous design in place, the chief of gods thought that now it rested in hands of Bharat whether what they desire will happen or some thing reverse to their interest happens.

Back at Chitrakoot King Janak approached Shri Ram; Shri Ram, the star in the family of Raghus, profoundly welcomed him and those who accompanied him. The honorable priest of the Raghuvansh (family of Raghu) Muni Vashishtth then grabbed the opportunity of saying something which would not be seen as contrary to the need of the time, against interest of society or contradictory to Dharma; he mentioned what had transpired between Janak and Bharat earlier and the gist of what Bharat had told them all. Muni told Shri Ram, “O Taat (dear son) Ram, whatever You instruct all should do the same, this is my own opinion (because Bharat would readily agree to the same and all others would not mind to accept it).”

Shri Ram listened and then folded his hands expressing his humility; Ram (who represents the purest truth, the real substance behind every thing that exists as the Brahman) told Muni in very acceptable soft tone, “you and the lord of Mithila, King Janak, are present here in person, if I still speak, out of turn, in their presence it will only be odd and undignified. Whatever is your considered opinion and the royal command of King Janak, I take vow in your name, it will be wholly acceptable to me as the best solution and as my duty to carry it out.”

The declaration under oath by Shri Ram made Muni, Janak and the others present there feel slightly awkward and nonplussed and all looked at Bharat expecting his response as they thought themselves inadequate to put forth a response.

(Shri Ram’s expression of total acceptance, without reservation, of what a Guru and an elder in the family might want conveys to us how we should behave in our lives. Attitude of this kind only puts anyone above confusions; any ifs and buts have no place before such people who can only have our total interest in mind and not a trace of their own interest.)

We have covered up to Doha 296 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DXXI

March 31, 2016

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

सुनि मुनि बचन जनक अनुरागे। लखि गति ग्यानु बिरागु बिरागे।।
सिथिल सनेहँ गुनत मन माहीं। आए इहाँ कीन्ह भल नाही।।
रामहि रायँ कहेउ बन जाना। कीन्ह आपु प्रिय प्रेम प्रवाना।।
हम अब बन तें बनहि पठाई। प्रमुदित फिरब बिबेक बड़ाई।।
तापस मुनि महिसुर सुनि देखी। भए प्रेम बस बिकल बिसेषी।।
समउ समुझि धरि धीरजु राजा। चले भरत पहिं सहित समाजा।।
भरत आइ आगें भइ लीन्हे। अवसर सरिस सुआसन दीन्हे।।
तात भरत कह तेरहुति राऊ। तुम्हहि बिदित रघुबीर सुभाऊ।।
दो0-राम सत्यब्रत धरम रत सब कर सीलु सनेहु।।
संकट सहत सकोच बस कहिअ जो आयसु देहु।।292।।

We covered up to Doha 292 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that the words of Muni Vashishtth had big impact on King Janak and he also came under spell of love forgetting his knowledge and long held attitude of dispassion. Janak thought that it was not right for him to have come here as King Dashrath at least proved his love for Shri Ram by losing his life after he had seen Shri Ram go in exile while for Janak and others it might be a case where they see Ram going still deeper in to jungle and all of them returning happily back and wiser for it. This situation had made all present there feel distraught including the ascetics. Ultimately Janak, remaining patient, left to see Bharat and was received by Bharat with honor who then offered proper seats to all. King Janak then broached up the subject with Bharat saying, ” O Son Bharat, you are well aware of the benign nature of Shri Ram, He is always on side of truth, cares for everyone and loves everyone and is also always ready to suffer for the sake of others without complaints, in this light suggest whatever you think is proper for me to tell others.”

सुनि तन पुलकि नयन भरि बारी। बोले भरतु धीर धरि भारी।।
प्रभु प्रिय पूज्य पिता सम आपू। कुलगुरु सम हित माय न बापू।।
कौसिकादि मुनि सचिव समाजू। ग्यान अंबुनिधि आपुनु आजू।।
सिसु सेवक आयसु अनुगामी। जानि मोहि सिख देइअ स्वामी।।
एहिं समाज थल बूझब राउर। मौन मलिन मैं बोलब बाउर।।
छोटे बदन कहउँ बड़ि बाता। छमब तात लखि बाम बिधाता।।
आगम निगम प्रसिद्ध पुराना। सेवाधरमु कठिन जगु जाना।।
स्वामि धरम स्वारथहि बिरोधू। बैरु अंध प्रेमहि न प्रबोधू।।
दो0-राखि राम रुख धरमु ब्रतु पराधीन मोहि जानि।
सब कें संमत सर्ब हित करिअ पेमु पहिचानि।।293।।

Bharat became overwhelmed listening to what King Janak told him and tears welled up in his eyes but he remained totally composed and very patient and said to the king, “You are my superior, very dear to me and command my respect while my family’s Guru (preceptor) is more competent to ensure my welfare more than my mother and father. Present also are Kaushik and other Munis, the ministers and rest of people; besides you are known as the ocean of wisdom and knowledge in today’s times, you must instruct me as my master knowing me to be a child and a servant of yours who will only follow as instructed.

“At this occasion and place your seeking my views and opinion has put me in a quandary for if I keep quiet I am going to be taken as having malicious intentions and if I speak it will be taken to be a blabbering of someone mad.  I am however inclined to speak authoritatively from a lower position, for which O Taat (father like elder), excuse me considering that the creator has turned against me. The various Shashtras and renowned scriptures have already declared that duties of a servant are difficult to determine and execute in this world and it is always the case that selfish interests and the duties towards the master are ever in conflict. Enmity makes one blind and love makes one lose sense and wisdom.

“I would only pray that you do according to preference of Shri Ram, in line with his vow to uphold Dharma at all times, and knowing me as only his subordinate and dependent; this only will be endorsed by all and only it will have benevolence enshrined in it, only you have to be taking in account the extent of love of one for another as love is the paramount emotion to guide us in these circumstances.”

We have now covered up to Doha 293.

भरत बचन सुनि देखि सुभाऊ। सहित समाज सराहत राऊ।।
सुगम अगम मृदु मंजु कठोरे। अरथु अमित अति आखर थोरे।।
ज्यौ मुख मुकुर मुकुरु निज पानी। गहि न जाइ अस अदभुत बानी।।
भूप भरत मुनि सहित समाजू। गे जहँ बिबुध कुमुद द्विजराजू।।
सुनि सुधि सोच बिकल सब लोगा। मनहुँ मीनगन नव जल जोगा।।
देवँ प्रथम कुलगुर गति देखी। निरखि बिदेह सनेह बिसेषी।।
राम भगतिमय भरतु निहारे। सुर स्वारथी हहरि हियँ हारे।।
सब कोउ राम पेममय पेखा। भउ अलेख सोच बस लेखा।।
दो0-रामु सनेह सकोच बस कह ससोच सुरराज।
रचहु प्रपंचहि पंच मिलि नाहिं त भयउ अकाजु।।294।।

Getting to understand the basic nature of Bharat and observing his exemplary disposition, the king and others were appreciative of the same. Bharat’s words were simple but were very meaningful; his words carried a volume of substance though delivered in concise manner. It was not for all to get at the bottom of the same intricately conceived principles, in the same way as one might hold a mirror in hand which reflects one’s face yet to touch it by hand remains elusive. The King, Muni Vashihtth and Bharat along with others then went up to Shri Ram, the one who always delights the gods and the great Brahmins, to meet him and discuss. This brought cheer to all who were distraught when they reached near Shri Ram in the same way as the first showers after the summers enliven the fishes in drying ponds. The gods first noted the condition of family preceptor Muni Vashishtth and then looked at King Janak known as Videh i e someone above mundane considerations who displayed uncharacteristic emotions of love and attachment at this point in time. Shri Ram took special note of Bharat as being totally devoted to Him which made the gods who only care for their own selfish motives lose their hearts (thinking that Shri Ram might be influenced by Bharat and stay back). The gods were also clueless observing everyone there totally under spell of love for Shri Ram (about what was in really in store for them).

The chief of gods found Shri Ram influenced by the love of people and worriedly told other members of his group to engineer a devious plot once again to save the situation (like they had earlier done to poison the wit of Kaikeyi through Manthara taking help of Goddess Saraswati).

(The gods, though subservient to the Lord Supreme, selfishly care for their own survival so that the cycle of creation goes on unhindered, they reward those who worship them but feel threatened by such demons who control them through power amassed by their own blessings; their mechanical ways remain unaffected by people’s love for the Supreme Lord of Universe.)

We have now covered up to Doha 294 of Ayodhya kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!
Shri Jankival;labho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj Ki Jai!
Goswami tulsidas ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DXX

March 22, 2016

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

राम भरत गुन गनत सप्रीती। निसि दंपतिहि पलक सम बीती।।
राज समाज प्रात जुग जागे। न्हाइ न्हाइ सुर पूजन लागे।।
गे नहाइ गुर पहीं रघुराई। बंदि चरन बोले रुख पाई।।
नाथ भरतु पुरजन महतारी। सोक बिकल बनबास दुखारी।।
सहित समाज राउ मिथिलेसू। बहुत दिवस भए सहत कलेसू।।
उचित होइ सोइ कीजिअ नाथा। हित सबही कर रौरें हाथा।।
अस कहि अति सकुचे रघुराऊ। मुनि पुलके लखि सीलु सुभाऊ।।
तुम्ह बिनु राम सकल सुख साजा। नरक सरिस दुहु राज समाजा।।
दो0-प्रान प्रान के जीव के जिव सुख के सुख राम।
तुम्ह तजि तात सोहात गृह जिन्हहि तिन्हहिं बिधि बाम।।290।।

We covered up to Doha 290 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that King Janak and Queen Sunayana spent whole night recounting virtues of Shri Ram and of Shri Bharat. In the morning all the people from Janakpuri and from Ayodhya got up, observed morning routine and engaged themselves in worshiping their respective deities. Shri Ram too went to His Guru immediately after having bath etc and then first bowing down at his feet he told him that people on His side including mothers were grief-stricken and tired after long journey and people accompanying King Janak also had spent many days suffering and grieving hence Muni Maharaj might do something for their relief and then silently waited for response. Guru Vashishtth appreciated Shri Ram’s concern and told him, “O Son, in fact living without You is like living in hell for people on both side and things of pleasures and comforts are useless for them. You only are the cause of their living, You only are the soul of their souls and You are the sole source of their pleasure, the creator is adverse to him who prefers to go back home without You.”

सो सुखु करमु धरमु जरि जाऊ। जहँ न राम पद पंकज भाऊ।।
जोगु कुजोगु ग्यानु अग्यानू। जहँ नहिं राम पेम परधानू।।
तुम्ह बिनु दुखी सुखी तुम्ह तेहीं। तुम्ह जानहु जिय जो जेहि केहीं।।
राउर आयसु सिर सबही कें। बिदित कृपालहि गति सब नीकें।।
आपु आश्रमहि धारिअ पाऊ। भयउ सनेह सिथिल मुनिराऊ।।
करि प्रनाम तब रामु सिधाए। रिषि धरि धीर जनक पहिं आए।।
राम बचन गुरु नृपहि सुनाए। सील सनेह सुभायँ सुहाए।।
महाराज अब कीजिअ सोई। सब कर धरम सहित हित होई।
दो0-ग्यान निधान सुजान सुचि धरम धीर नरपाल।
तुम्ह बिनु असमंजस समन को समरथ एहि काल।।291।।

Muni Vashishtth continued and said, “all prosperity, practice of prescribed rituals and righteous behavior proves futile if it is bereft of devotion at Ram’s feet (i e feet of the Lord, Muni here refers to Ram as the Lord). All such unions are illusory and all such knowledge is without substance where the goal is not to seek love for Ram (the Lord) and where the purpose is to gather knowledge but not crave for love for Shri Ram. In fact the cause of unhappiness is separation from You and the happiness is to be with You (besides physical separation and closeness, the mental separation and closeness also have the same effect); in fact You (as indweller) know what goes on in every one’s heart and mind, its Your will that ultimately matters for every one and You as being very kind towards all know full well what is best and most desirable course. You might now proceed to Your Ashram.”

Finishing thus, the great Muni Vashishtth became emotionally charged (he had been reminded of the Supreme Lord’s avatar as Shri Ram). Shri Ram then reverentially bowed down before Muni and left as instructed. Rishi Vashishtth then approached King Janak keeping patience and repeated the words of Shri Ram before him, the same words which Shri Ram had uttered earlier in very soft and proper manner reflecting His sober nature and sweet temperament.  Muni then besought King Janak saying, “O King Monarch, kindly do that which will uphold everyone’s enshrined duties as well as uphold his welfare.

“You are storehouse of knowledge, very intelligent and wise, you have pious nature, you are very patient in matters of religion and look after people as a King, who else is more competent or empowered than you to mitigate the confusion at this delicate hour.”

We have now covered to Doha 291 of Ayodhya Kand.

सुनि मुनि बचन जनक अनुरागे। लखि गति ग्यानु बिरागु बिरागे।।
सिथिल सनेहँ गुनत मन माहीं। आए इहाँ कीन्ह भल नाही।।
रामहि रायँ कहेउ बन जाना। कीन्ह आपु प्रिय प्रेम प्रवाना।।
हम अब बन तें बनहि पठाई। प्रमुदित फिरब बिबेक बड़ाई।।
तापस मुनि महिसुर सुनि देखी। भए प्रेम बस बिकल बिसेषी।।
समउ समुझि धरि धीरजु राजा। चले भरत पहिं सहित समाजा।।
भरत आइ आगें भइ लीन्हे। अवसर सरिस सुआसन दीन्हे।।
तात भरत कह तेरहुति राऊ। तुम्हहि बिदित रघुबीर सुभाऊ।।
दो0-राम सत्यब्रत धरम रत सब कर सीलु सनेहु।।
संकट सहत सकोच बस कहिअ जो आयसु देहु।।292।।

King Janak felt very pleased and obliged and felt an emotional surge up on listening to words of Muni and at this stage of his mental make up his attitude of dispassion and knowledge oriented self saw it best to leave him for a while. His affectionate self now weakened his resolves based on deep understanding of the affairs of the world, King Janak thought within that it was not right to have come here (where affection rules and dispassion is defeated). Janak reflected that King Dashrath might have ordered Shri Ram to go in exile and in to the jungles (to honor his commitment) but he did not fail to demonstrate the extent of his love for Shri Ram by by shedding life up on being separated from Him. Janak felt disturbed about the possibility of now letting Shri Ram go from this point in the woods to deeper forests and then returning happily back only being wiser.

The seekers doing Tapa and the Mahisuras, the gods on earth i e Brahmins also listened intently what was said and observed the goings on and therefore were overtaken by emotion of love as well as felt slightly depressed (as they also could make out what was in store).

Taking note of the demands of time and keeping balance, the King left there, along with all others, to meet Bharat. When Bharat saw them arrive at his place, he came forward to welcome them and offered suitable seats keeping in mind the occasion and place.

Having settled there, Janak, the King of Tirhut, said, “O Son Bharat, you are well aware of the nature of Raghuveer Shri Ram.

“Shri Ram is totally for upholding the truth, He remains engaged in observing religious duties and acts righteously, He loves all and keeps everyone pride intact by His polite and decent behavior. He is submissive and doesn’t mind if He has to bear hardships (in line with duty and for others’ sake). Keeping all this in mind you may command me to speak whatever you deem right.”

(King Janak in a way ceded that the strength of his own knowledge was not enough to see things in right perspective while Bharat had the capacity to judge and evaluate the matters more competently. Devotion like that of Bharat outshines the dispassion and knowledge.)

We have now covered up to Doha 292 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DXIX

March 18, 2016

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

सुनि भूपाल भरत ब्यवहारू। सोन सुगंध सुधा ससि सारू।।
मूदे सजल नयन पुलके तन। सुजसु सराहन लगे मुदित मन।।
सावधान सुनु सुमुखि सुलोचनि। भरत कथा भव बंध बिमोचनि।।
धरम राजनय ब्रह्मबिचारू। इहाँ जथामति मोर प्रचारू।।
सो मति मोरि भरत महिमाही। कहै काह छलि छुअति न छाँही।।
बिधि गनपति अहिपति सिव सारद। कबि कोबिद बुध बुद्धि बिसारद।।
भरत चरित कीरति करतूती। धरम सील गुन बिमल बिभूती।।
समुझत सुनत सुखद सब काहू। सुचि सुरसरि रुचि निदर सुधाहू।।
दो0-निरवधि गुन निरुपम पुरुषु भरतु भरत सम जानि।
कहिअ सुमेरु कि सेर सम कबिकुल मति सकुचानि।।288।।

We covered up to Doha 288 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that King Janak appreciated the conduct of Shri Bharat with intense emotionality and told his queen that he was himself unable to fully grasp the hieght that Bharat had achieved though he had ample knowledge and experience in all fields. He said that other learned people as well the Brahma, Ganesha, Shiva and Sharada have highest regard for Bharat and feel pleased when they listen to and reflect upon what Bharat stood for and did; Bharat’s glory is purer than that of divine river Ganges and none can ever claim an status equaling that of Bharat, the wise would never want to compare mount Sumeru of immense proportions with a small unit of weight.

अगम सबहि बरनत बरबरनी। जिमि जलहीन मीन गमु धरनी।।
भरत अमित महिमा सुनु रानी। जानहिं रामु न सकहिं बखानी।।
बरनि सप्रेम भरत अनुभाऊ। तिय जिय की रुचि लखि कह राऊ।।
बहुरहिं लखनु भरतु बन जाहीं। सब कर भल सब के मन माहीं।।
देबि परंतु भरत रघुबर की। प्रीति प्रतीति जाइ नहिं तरकी।।
भरतु अवधि सनेह ममता की। जद्यपि रामु सीम समता की।।
परमारथ स्वारथ सुख सारे। भरत न सपनेहुँ मनहुँ निहारे।।
साधन सिद्ध राम पग नेहू।।मोहि लखि परत भरत मत एहू।।
दो0-भोरेहुँ भरत न पेलिहहिं मनसहुँ राम रजाइ।
करिअ न सोचु सनेह बस कहेउ भूप बिलखाइ।।289।।

King Janak further told Sunayanaji , “to describe the greatness of Bharat is not possible for anyone in the way as it is impossible for the fish out of water to cover any distance over the dry land. O Queen, listen carefully, Bharat’s glories have no limit, only Shri Ram knows how impeccable and pure is the conduct of Bharat but even He will find it difficult to verbalize it.”

Having explained in this manner the subtlety of Bharat’s  character to the queen, King Janak, who had gathered what was in queen’s mind and thought,  told her, “It will just fine, matches the wishes of people, if Bharat accompanies Ram in to the jungle and Lakshman returns. But, O Graceful Lady, the kind of love oriented relationship between Bharat and Shri Ram and their trust in each other is not some thing that can be logically tested or rationally understood (i e brain can not assess it fully); while Bharat’s devotion and absolute attachment towards Him is what constitutes the limits in these matters on one hand and on the other, Shri Ram is known to have the maximal equanimity and evenness in His outlook and behavior. The desire for salvation, the selfish desires and longings for worldly pleasures or comforts have never crossed mind of Bharat, not even in dreams. His sole target and the desired goal in life is to do only that which will increase his love for the feet of Shri Ram, this is what he wants to achieve (as the end) by means at his command; I can only see this as the intent and goal of Bharat.”

“Bharat will not even fleetingly think of disregarding the will of Shri Ram (it is like the will of the Lord Supreme for Bharat); let’s not grieve unnecessarily out of our love for them both,” the king broke down saying these words to the queen.

(King Janak, who was a realized soul himself and had mostly contemplated on formless Supreme God, explained that the relationship between Bhakta and the Bhagawan transcends the intellect and that Bhakta always tries to act according to the will of Lord  
regardless of the demands of time and mundane duties. Also the Lord is never swayed by emotions and unwaveringly prefers righteous solutions and discharge of duties. So there is never an occasion to be disturbed by what the Lord will want and what the Bhakta will do.)

We have now covered up to Doha 289 of Ayodhya Kand.

राम भरत गुन गनत सप्रीती। निसि दंपतिहि पलक सम बीती।।
राज समाज प्रात जुग जागे। न्हाइ न्हाइ सुर पूजन लागे।।
गे नहाइ गुर पहीं रघुराई। बंदि चरन बोले रुख पाई।।
नाथ भरतु पुरजन महतारी। सोक बिकल बनबास दुखारी।।
सहित समाज राउ मिथिलेसू। बहुत दिवस भए सहत कलेसू।।
उचित होइ सोइ कीजिअ नाथा। हित सबही कर रौरें हाथा।।
अस कहि अति सकुचे रघुराऊ। मुनि पुलके लखि सीलु सुभाऊ।।
तुम्ह बिनु राम सकल सुख साजा। नरक सरिस दुहु राज समाजा।।
दो0-प्रान प्रान के जीव के जिव सुख के सुख राम।
तुम्ह तजि तात सोहात गृह जिन्हहि तिन्हहिं बिधि बाम।।290।।

For Janak and Sunayana, the royal couple, the whole night passed very quickly while they fondly recounted various virtues of Shri Ram and of Bharat. At the morning hour people on side of both royal groups got up and promptly had baths and performed their religious rituals. Raghuraj Shri Ram too went to see His Guru immediately after having bath to his Guru and noticing that Guru was ready to lend an ear, Shri Ram said to him,” O Lord, Bharat, other citizens as well as my mothers are upset and troubled due to grief and are uncomfortable on account of arduous journey in the forest. Even King of Mithila and his people have been suffering in a similar way for many days now. O Master, do some thing that is proper in these circumstances, I see that only you can ensure welfare of all.”

Though after saying these words Shri Ram felt much embarrassment yet Muni rejoiced having noticed the discipline and poise of Shri Ram. Muni Vashishtth responded to Shri Ram by saying, “O Ram, without You in their midst, having all kinds of paraphernalia for pleasures and comforts is like living in hell for both the royal sides. You only are the very life for their lives, very soul of their souls, what ever joy they feel flows only out of you, hence O My Dear Son Ram, who ever likes to go and stay in home leaving you here, is really the one who has Brahma, the creator, against him.”

(Muni in a way explained that the Jeevatma is nothing but part of Paramatma, the life of all beings begins when a spark of life emanating from Him touches the bodies made of gross stuff and the joy everyone feels is also borrowed from Him only who really is seat of infinite and total joy; without Him the perishable bodies have no meaning. Saying this Muni also confirmed whether knowingly or unknowingly, every one present there had feeling of this kind, those who did not so feel were as good dead and were as good as dwelling in hell after death, for them only the creator had reserved the worst.)

We have now covered up to Doha 290 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

Hariom,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DXVIII

March 2, 2016

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

प्रिय परिजनहि मिली बैदेही। जो जेहि जोगु भाँति तेहि तेही।।
तापस बेष जानकी देखी। भा सबु बिकल बिषाद बिसेषी।।
जनक राम गुर आयसु पाई। चले थलहि सिय देखी आई।।
लीन्हि लाइ उर जनक जानकी। पाहुन पावन पेम प्रान की।।
उर उमगेउ अंबुधि अनुरागू। भयउ भूप मनु मनहुँ पयागू।।
सिय सनेह बटु बाढ़त जोहा। ता पर राम पेम सिसु सोहा।।
चिरजीवी मुनि ग्यान बिकल जनु। बूड़त लहेउ बाल अवलंबनु।।
मोह मगन मति नहिं बिदेह की। महिमा सिय रघुबर सनेह की।।
दो0-सिय पितु मातु सनेह बस बिकल न सकी सँभारि।
धरनिसुताँ धीरजु धरेउ समउ सुधरमु बिचारि।।286।।

We covered up to Doha 286 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that  Sunayana Ji came back to her camp along with Sita where Sita met all her kith and kin who immensely grieved seeing Sita in garb of ascetics. In the mean time King Janak also came there taking leave of Muni Vashishttha and met Sita feeling a great surge of affection for her in his heart. King Janak’s love for Sita was now topped by his love for Shri Ram and this stream of divine and pure love merging with His constant flows of deep understanding of the nature of the world converted his heart in to another Prayag. king Janak was overwhelmed but his dispassionate intellect did not suffer although it reflected the glory of intense love for Sita-Ram. Sita also at first felt pressured by her own affection for her parents but regained her composure thinking of the difficult times faced by the family and her duty in such circumstances.

तापस बेष जनक सिय देखी। भयउ पेमु परितोषु बिसेषी।।
पुत्रि पवित्र किए कुल दोऊ। सुजस धवल जगु कह सबु कोऊ।।
जिति सुरसरि कीरति सरि तोरी। गवनु कीन्ह बिधि अंड करोरी।।
गंग अवनि थल तीनि बड़ेरे। एहिं किए साधु समाज घनेरे।।
पितु कह सत्य सनेहँ सुबानी। सीय सकुच महुँ मनहुँ समानी।।
पुनि पितु मातु लीन्ह उर लाई। सिख आसिष हित दीन्हि सुहाई।।
कहति न सीय सकुचि मन माहीं। इहाँ बसब रजनीं भल नाहीं।।
लखि रुख रानि जनायउ राऊ। हृदयँ सराहत सीलु सुभाऊ।।
दो0-बार बार मिलि भेंट सिय बिदा कीन्ह सनमानि।
कही समय सिर भरत गति रानि सुबानि सयानि।।287।।

King Janak also noted Sita was dressed like Sadhus (in a similar way as Shri Ram was now dressed) and felt more of affection for her and was very much pleased too. His daughter had sanctified the two families, the family where she came from and the family she now belonged to. Janak said to Sita, “your pristine glory will be sung by all in the world, the stream of your eminence and fame will go much farther than that of the divine river Ganges which confines to this world while yours has spread all the innumerable universes that are there. On this earth Ganga has given exalted status to just three places in its course (Gangotri, where it emerges, Prayag, where it meets river Yamuna and the third Gangasagar, where it unites with sea) while your glory will influence many many groups of the noble and holy people.”

The father’s mention of Sita’s true virtues, in a forceful and likable manner which came out due his intense love for her, made reticent Sita sink in sea of modesty. The parents once more brought Sita close to their heart and gave her some good advice for her benefit as well blessed her. Sita now felt slightly uncomfortable as it was getting late and she did not wish to stay there for the whole night but was reluctant to speak. Sita’s mother however could know her mind and told the king about it who in turn appreciated in his heart the etiquette and sense of protocol of Sita.

Having met Sita and enjoyed her company, her parents allowed her to leave them in an honorable way. After Sita left, her mother saw it a good opportunity to broach up the matter of Bharat with the king; the wise queen told him the condition of Bharat and the best approach to deal with the situation (as had been discussed with Kaushalya Ji).

We have now covered up to Doha 287 of Ayodhya kand.

सुनि भूपाल भरत ब्यवहारू। सोन सुगंध सुधा ससि सारू।।
मूदे सजल नयन पुलके तन। सुजसु सराहन लगे मुदित मन।।
सावधान सुनु सुमुखि सुलोचनि। भरत कथा भव बंध बिमोचनि।।
धरम राजनय ब्रह्मबिचारू। इहाँ जथामति मोर प्रचारू।।
सो मति मोरि भरत महिमाही। कहै काह छलि छुअति न छाँही।।
बिधि गनपति अहिपति सिव सारद। कबि कोबिद बुध बुद्धि बिसारद।।
भरत चरित कीरति करतूती। धरम सील गुन बिमल बिभूती।।
समुझत सुनत सुखद सब काहू। सुचि सुरसरि रुचि निदर सुधाहू।।
दो0-निरवधि गुन निरुपम पुरुषु भरतु भरत सम जानि।
कहिअ सुमेरु कि सेर सम कबिकुल मति सकुचानि।।288।।

When King Janak learned of the approach and further actions of Bharat regarding the exile of Shri Ram, the king relished it like it was gold which also had fragrance (i e his actions were not just seemingly perfect but had deep meaning behind them) and valued it like it was the concentrate of the nectar that oozes from the moon. The king closed his eyes which had become wet and felt a thrill running through his body and loudly appreciated glories of Bharat heartily and delightfully.

King Janak then told her consort, ” O Sumukhi (he meant to convey that she the one who can speak rightly by her attractive mouth) and O Sulochani (he meant to convey that she was able to see the reality with her beautiful eyes), the story of Bharat has potential to liberate anyone from the ties of the world. As far as the matters of statecraft, of the religious and righteous duties and of the contemplation of the Supreme God go, I have, by virtue of my status and experience, known the substance of it all through use of my stable intellect, as much I could do; that intellect of mine is not able to grasp the entire glory of Bharat even with tricks used to understand the intricate matters, it even fails to touch it’s shadow i e is not able to claim to know it superficially.

The Brahma, the Ganesha, the Shesha, Lord Shiva or even the Godesse Sharda, besides them, the intelligent philosophers and poets, the people of great wisdom and expertise, all would enjoy by listening to Bharat’s conduct, his good name and deeds, his righteousness, his humility, his virtues and pristine glories; they all would be pleased to gain deeper understanding of it because it is pure and pious like Ganga and exceeds in taste even nectar.

“Bharat is such a fine man that none stands in comparison, his virtues can’t be matched by anyone, now or ever, so Bharat is to be known as Bharat only; can one sensibly say that the Mount Sumeru (well known for its size) is as heavy a unit of weight (i e such it the status of Bharat viz a viz others known to be also right thinkers and right doers).”

We have now covered up to Doha 288 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DXVII

February 26, 2016

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

रानि राय सन अवसरु पाई। अपनी भाँति कहब समुझाई।।
रखिअहिं लखनु भरतु गबनहिं बन। जौं यह मत मानै महीप मन।।
तौ भल जतनु करब सुबिचारी। मोरें सौचु भरत कर भारी।।
गूढ़ सनेह भरत मन माही। रहें नीक मोहि लागत नाहीं।।
लखि सुभाउ सुनि सरल सुबानी। सब भइ मगन करुन रस रानी।।
नभ प्रसून झरि धन्य धन्य धुनि। सिथिल सनेहँ सिद्ध जोगी मुनि।।
सबु रनिवासु बिथकि लखि रहेऊ। तब धरि धीर सुमित्राँ कहेऊ।।
देबि दंड जुग जामिनि बीती। राम मातु सुनी उठी सप्रीती।।
दो0-बेगि पाउ धारिअ थलहि कह सनेहँ सतिभाय।
हमरें तौ अब ईस गति के मिथिलेस सहाय।।284।।

We covered up to Doha 284 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Kaushalya Ji requested Sunayana Ji to try and convince King Janak in her own way the concern of Kaushalya Ji regarding Bharat and if king be pleased then to send Bharat along with Shri Ram and Lakshman staying back. All then praised Kaushalya Ji for her straight thinking and her sober nature. Now all the queens became quiet observing this development; Sumitra Ji then patiently reminded that it was now pretty late in the night, takin the cue Kaushalya Ji gracefully rose up and submitted before Sunayana Ji that she might well retire for the night and added that for her and for others on her side it was only left to bear what the fate had in store and depend on the King of Mithila for needed help.

लखि सनेह सुनि बचन बिनीता। जनकप्रिया गह पाय पुनीता।।
देबि उचित असि बिनय तुम्हारी। दसरथ घरिनि राम महतारी।।
प्रभु अपने नीचहु आदरहीं। अगिनि धूम गिरि सिर तिनु धरहीं।।
सेवकु राउ करम मन बानी। सदा सहाय महेसु भवानी।।
रउरे अंग जोगु जग को है। दीप सहाय कि दिनकर सोहै।।
रामु जाइ बनु करि सुर काजू। अचल अवधपुर करिहहिं राजू।।
अमर नाग नर राम बाहुबल। सुख बसिहहिं अपनें अपने थल।।
यह सब जागबलिक कहि राखा। देबि न होइ मुधा मुनि भाषा।।
दो0-अस कहि पग परि पेम अति सिय हित बिनय सुनाइ।।
सिय समेत सियमातु तब चली सुआयसु पाइ।।285।।

Listening to benign words of Kaushalya Ji and noticing her affectionate concern, Sunayana Ji got up and grabbed the sacred feet of her and said, “O Devi, you have rightly made your humble suggestion, and why not since you are mother of Shri Ram (who is always concerned with other’s comforts) and you are consort of great King Dashrath. The real great and powerful people always treat with honor even those who happen to be inferior to them or lower in status; isn’t it that fire keeps the smoke over itself and grass etc is allowed grow over its top by mountains. My husband, King Janak, is a servant of yours, be it in words, deeds or the thoughts, as for one who can help you are Lord Mahesh (Shiv) and Parvati, who are know to be always ready for helping the distressed (she meant to say that faith is the real savior in tough times). Your own strength (moral and physical in terms of your state’s power) is such that it can’t be practically be enhanced by any one in the same as a lamp can’t shine up the sun (in this way Sunayana Ji expressed her own humility while also committing to remain by side of Kaushalya Ji).

“Shri Ram would surely come back and rule over Ayodhya for a long long time albeit after He has spent time in jungles and has accomplished what the gods expect Him to do (i e kill demons). The gods, the Nagas and the ordinary citizens, all will then be staying in their own places without fear and live happily because of the strength of Shri Ram’s arms (as then none would pose threat to them seeing them protected by Shri Ram).

“I am saying this because Muni Yagyavalkya foretold this and the sages of such high order don’t speak untruth (and they are competent to know future).” Concluding in this way, Sunayana Ji fell down at feet of Kaushalya with great love and respect and also expressed her polite to send Sita along with her. When she had permission of Kaushalya ji, mother of Sita left for her own camp taking sita along.

We have now covered up to Doha 285 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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