Ramcharit Charcha CDLXXXIV

II Shree guruvey namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

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

We covered up to Doha 110 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

छं0-जय राम सदा सुखधाम हरे। रघुनायक सायक चाप धरे।।
भव बारन दारन सिंह प्रभो। गुन सागर नागर नाथ बिभो।।
तन काम अनेक अनूप छबी। गुन गावत सिद्ध मुनींद्र कबी।।
जसु पावन रावन नाग महा। खगनाथ जथा करि कोप गहा।।
जन रंजन भंजन सोक भयं। गतक्रोध सदा प्रभु बोधमयं।।
अवतार उदार अपार गुनं। महि भार बिभंजन ग्यानघनं।।
अज ब्यापकमेकमनादि सदा। करुनाकर राम नमामि मुदा।।
रघुबंस बिभूषन दूषन हा। कृत भूप बिभीषन दीन रहा।।
गुन ग्यान निधान अमान अजं। नित राम नमामि बिभुं बिरजं।।
भुजदंड प्रचंड प्रताप बलं। खल बृंद निकंद महा कुसलं।।
बिनु कारन दीन दयाल हितं। छबि धाम नमामि रमा सहितं।।
भव तारन कारन काज परं। मन संभव दारुन दोष हरं।।

Brahma, the creator, then began to sing praises of Shri Ram, the Supreme Lord as follows:

Victory to You O Shri Ram, You are the real abode of bliss and steal sense of displeasure; You as Raghunayak, the leader of Raghus, hold bow and arrow for protection of saints!

You kill the elephant, that the world is in terms of our intoxicating existence, as a lion being very swift at it, O Lord; You are an ocean of virtues and very sophisticated, O Omnipresent and Most Exalted Lord.

You have a body that has glamour and charm like that of many cupids together; Your virtues are known to and sung by Siddhas, Great Munis and intelligent people.

Your glorious fame is sacred too, You killed Ravan, the big villain, like a large serpent would be caught and killed by the angry Garuda, the king of birds.

You are the cause of happiness and pleasure of the people, and take away their sense of grief and of fear while You Yourself never have any kind of anger but remain totally calm with real understanding.

This avatar of Yours (as Ram) is very magnanimous and reflects most of Your limitless virtues; it has been taken by You to lighten the burden of earth and display the essence of Your qualities and virtues.

अज ब्यापकमेकमनादि सदा। करुनाकर राम नमामि मुदा।।
रघुबंस बिभूषन दूषन हा। कृत भूप बिभीषन दीन रहा।।
गुन ग्यान निधान अमान अजं। नित राम नमामि बिभुं बिरजं।।
भुजदंड प्रचंड प्रताप बलं। खल बृंद निकंद महा कुसलं।।
बिनु कारन दीन दयाल हितं। छबि धाम नमामि रमा सहितं।।
भव तारन कारन काज परं। मन संभव दारुन दोष हरं।।

O Ocean of Mercy, O Shri Ram, I bow down to You with maximum delight knowing full well that You are since ever hence unborn, You are all-pervading, You are the only one of Your kind and will ever be when nothing else remains.

You are the ornament of the family of Raghu and annihilated the demon known as Dushan (literal meaning fault) and made Vibhishan the king of Lanka while he too was a demon by birth and also helpless but displayed saintly qualities.

I bow down to You, O Ram, daily as the Lord without any thing mundane about You; You are most virtuous, most knowledgeable, without an ego and without any beginning in reality.

Your arms are very strong, Your might is substantial and You are expert in the art of wiping out the hosts of vile characters.

Most of all You are merciful towards the helpless and meek as well ensure their welfare but without looking for a reason to do it; O Abundantly Beautiful One, I bow down to You along with Your consort Rama as You both together seem to be more charming.

You only can take us beyond the world and You are real reason for whom we need to leave the world behind; You only can steal the vices that are born due to play of mind when mind is directed to meditate upon You.

सर चाप मनोहर त्रोन धरं। जरजारुन लोचन भूपबरं।।
सुख मंदिर सुंदर श्रीरमनं। मद मार मुधा ममता समनं।।
अनवद्य अखंड न गोचर गो। सबरूप सदा सब होइ न गो।।
इति बेद बदंति न दंतकथा। रबि आतप भिन्नमभिन्न जथा।।
कृतकृत्य बिभो सब बानर ए। निरखंति तवानन सादर ए।।
धिग जीवन देव सरीर हरे। तव भक्ति बिना भव भूलि परे।।
अब दीन दयाल दया करिऐ। मति मोरि बिभेदकरी हरिऐ।।
जेहि ते बिपरीत क्रिया करिऐ। दुख सो सुख मानि सुखी चरिऐ।।
खल खंडन मंडन रम्य छमा। पद पंकज सेवित संभु उमा।।
नृप नायक दे बरदानमिदं। चरनांबुज प्रेम सदा सुभदं।।

O Ram, The Great King, You possess a set of beautiful bow, arrows and quiver, while Your eyes have a reddish tinge like that of a red
lotus.

O Shri Ram, You delight Shree (Lakshmi) and get delighted in Her company (as Vishnu), and this makes You an abode of bliss and You kill the arrogance in people as well as kill their sense of attachment and uncalled for sense of ownership.

It is difficult do enough while praising You and You are a seemless entity without parts and Your reality is beyond comprehension through the senses which is possible when one transcends beyond their scope; while You reflect in all forms but hardly ever become that Yourself.

What I have said is not a gossip but it has been stated by Vedas; You and Your manifestation should be taken as sun and the heat generated by sun, as one and as different too as per the context.

These monkeys have received sumptuous reward for what they did for You as they have the fortune of having a look at Your face with reverence for You (because the real reward for what we do as Jeevas lies in having glimpse of the Lord).

Even the lives lived having bodies of gods is not so worthy, O Hari, because it is lived without devotion towards You and without remembering You as humans can do.

O Shri Ram, the friend of humble, show mercy and steal the weakness of my own intellect that sees the world as my creation and different from You (the spell of Maya is hard to deny even for Brahma who has been entrusted by Lord to create the worlds and he seeks Lord’s help for it).

I have been doing some things that do not match the mind of Yours at some times because of that weakness and I draw pleasure while it only would be the cause of dissatisfaction and distress ultimately (there seem some phenomenon that are not as per the laws of nature because God is obliged to save His selfless devotees).

O Destroyer of the rogues, and saviour of the this beautiful earth, your feet are worshipped by Lord Shiv and Parvati Uma, now bless me with a boon, O Monarch among kings of earth, that I develop love for Your lotus feet and that way ensure good tidings for self at all times.

दो0-बिनय कीन्हि चतुरानन प्रेम पुलक अति गात।
सोभासिंधु बिलोकत लोचन नहीं अघात।।111।।

In this manner the four-faced Brahma finished his prayers with a thrilling body and his eyes never seemed to be satisfied enough looking at Shri Ram, the ocean of charm.

We have now covered up to Doha 111 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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Ramcharit Charcha CDLXXXIII

II Shree Guruvey namah II

Jai Shri ram,

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

We covered up to Doha 109 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

तब रघुपति अनुसासन पाई। मातलि चलेउ चरन सिरु नाई।।
आए देव सदा स्वारथी। बचन कहहिं जनु परमारथी।।
दीन बंधु दयाल रघुराया। देव कीन्हि देवन्ह पर दाया।।
बिस्व द्रोह रत यह खल कामी। निज अघ गयउ कुमारगगामी।।
तुम्ह समरूप ब्रह्म अबिनासी। सदा एकरस सहज उदासी।।
अकल अगुन अज अनघ अनामय। अजित अमोघसक्ति करुनामय।।
मीन कमठ सूकर नरहरी। बामन परसुराम बपु धरी।।
जब जब नाथ सुरन्ह दुखु पायो। नाना तनु धरि तुम्हइँ नसायो।।
यह खल मलिन सदा सुरद्रोही। काम लोभ मद रत अति कोही।।
अधम सिरोमनि तव पद पावा। यह हमरे मन बिसमय आवा।।
हम देवता परम अधिकारी। स्वारथ रत प्रभु भगति बिसारी।।
भव प्रबाहँ संतत हम परे। अब प्रभु पाहि सरन अनुसरे।।
दो0-करि बिनती सुर सिद्ध सब रहे जहँ तहँ कर जोरि।
अति सप्रेम तन पुलकि बिधि अस्तुति करत बहोरि।।110।।

Matali, the charioteer sent by Indra, left after bowing his head down before Raghupati Shri Ram when he got signal to leave (Shri Ram had just respected the wishes of head of gods in accepting the divine chariot but saw no further use of it as war was over; accepting help for a common cause from others is Okay but not for only selfish needs). The gods who are always mired in their own selfish interests came forward now but speaking in a way showing love for the ultimate objectives in life, they said, “O Friend of Humble and Merciful One, O Raghuraj Shri Ram, O Our Benefactor, You have kindly shown mercy towards us. This lustful one and vile one who has been engaged in destroying the world and followed only the evil ways and bad paths, has been finished due to his own sins. You are the imperishable Brahman (the Supreme Lord) and therefore have a balanced disposition, You have an equanimous self which is beyond anger or favor, You are neutral in a natural way. You are not made in parts, You are beyond Gunas (the traits), You are unborn, You are beyond sinning, You are above afflictions, You are unconquerable and invincible, You posses limitless power and most of all You always are compassionate.

“You took avatars in forms as Meen (fish), as Kamatth (tortoise), as Shukar (boar), as Narsimh (half human half lion), as Vaman (in dwarf form) and as Parashuram (weapon wielding Brahmin). When ever we gods were in trouble You came for rescue in various forms as the need be. This villainous rascal was always engaged in tormenting us and was very lustful, greedy, arrogant and most of all very angry and agitated at all times. This principal character among the most vile also got to attain Your world, this is surely most astonishing factor to us. We gods are most deserving for it but O Lord, we forgot to remain devoted to You on account of our selfish nature (the selfish nature turns away from the Lord, when it is true for the gods, it is more true for us mortals). We always flowed with the currents of this world but now the time has come when to seek Your shelter and refuge.”

After their prayer unto the God, the gods remained there and Siddhas too with their hands folded reverentially; then came the turn of Brahma (the creator) to offer praises with intense love and with thrilled body.

We have now covered up to Doha 1110 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallaabho Vijayatey!
Pawansut Hanumaan Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranaam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXXXII

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

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

We covered up to Doha 108 of Lanka kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post.

प्रभु के बचन सीस धरि सीता। बोली मन क्रम बचन पुनीता।।
लछिमन होहु धरम के नेगी। पावक प्रगट करहु तुम्ह बेगी।।
सुनि लछिमन सीता कै बानी। बिरह बिबेक धरम निति सानी।।
लोचन सजल जोरि कर दोऊ। प्रभु सन कछु कहि सकत न ओऊ।।
देखि राम रुख लछिमन धाए। पावक प्रगटि काठ बहु लाए।।
पावक प्रबल देखि बैदेही। हृदयँ हरष नहिं भय कछु तेही।।
जौं मन बच क्रम मम उर माहीं। तजि रघुबीर आन गति नाहीं।।
तौ कृसानु सब कै गति जाना। मो कहुँ होउ श्रीखंड समाना।।

Sita however did not take any offence about what her Lord Shri Ram said and took His word as command; she, the one who is totally pure and pious at level of mind, of deed as well as of speech, said, ” O Lakshman, you must act as helper in performance of the sacred duty and create a fire for the purpose urgently.” Lakshman listened to words of Sita which were laced with her emotions about separation, were discreet, contained gist of Dharma and honoured propriety; this made him have tears in his eyes and he folded his hands in surrender but dared not raise his voice of protest before the Lord. Lakshman captured mood of Shri Ram and rushed to pick enough of firewood and set it alight to create fire. Vaidehi Sita noted the fire was now ablaze and felt pleased in her heart without a trace of fear. She invoked the lord of fire in her heart and prayed saying, “If I have never had anything to do with anyone else apart from connecting with Raghuveer Shri Ram in terms of my feelings, speech and deeds then O lord of fire, you know what goes on in every ones mind, become as cold for me as sandal-wood paste.

छं0-श्रीखंड सम पावक प्रबेस कियो सुमिरि प्रभु मैथिली।
जय कोसलेस महेस बंदित चरन रति अति निर्मली।।
प्रतिबिंब अरु लौकिक कलंक प्रचंड पावक महुँ जरे।
प्रभु चरित काहुँ न लखे नभ सुर सिद्ध मुनि देखहिं खरे।।1।।
धरि रूप पावक पानि गहि श्री सत्य श्रुति जग बिदित जो।
जिमि छीरसागर इंदिरा रामहि समर्पी आनि सो।।
सो राम बाम बिभाग राजति रुचिर अति सोभा भली।
नव नील नीरज निकट मानहुँ कनक पंकज की कली।।2।।

Sita, the daughter of Mithila, set thoughts on her Lord, Shri Ram, and then entered fire as if applying sandal-wood paste on body while uttering words ‘Glory to Kaushalesh Shri Ram whose feet are worshipped by Lord Shiv, the first among gods, with purest kind of love’. Sita’s unreal form as well as any possible blame or blemish in eyes of the people got burnt in the raging fire. The role of the Lord in what was happening was not seen by any body while the gods, Munis and Siddhas stood witnessing it all from the sky (i e there are some matters concerning the Lord that remain unrevealed before even the most deserving). The god of fire then appeared taking a form and handed Sita with same kind of love to Shri Ram as once the Ksheersagar (the ocean of milk) had done while offering his daughter Indira (Lakshmi) to Lord Vishnu. Sita then took her place on the left side of Shri Ram and was looking very charming and attractive as if a bud of golden lotus was placed near a fresh lotus of bluish hue.

दो0-बरषहिं सुमन हरषि सुन बाजहिं गगन निसान।
गावहिं किंनर सुरबधू नाचहिं चढ़ीं बिमान।।109(क)।।
जनकसुता समेत प्रभु सोभा अमित अपार।
देखि भालु कपि हरषे जय रघुपति सुख सार।।109(ख)।।

The gods showered flower on them and sound of drum beating emerged from sky while Kinnars sang and the consorts of the gods danced riding on their airborne crafts. The monkeys and beers who had never had seen the Lord together with Janak’s daughter Sita were very happy to have this most attractive sight before their eyes and shouted ‘Glory be to Raghupati Shri Ram who is the essence of all pleasure and comfort’.

We have now covered up to Doha 109 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shanakar Ki Jai!
Shri jankivallabho Vijayaty!
Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!
Sat Samaj ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khaandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXXXI

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

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

We covered up to Doha 107 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

अब सोइ जतन करहु तुम्ह ताता। देखौं नयन स्याम मृदु गाता।।
तब हनुमान राम पहिं जाई। जनकसुता कै कुसल सुनाई।।
सुनि संदेसु भानुकुलभूषन। बोलि लिए जुबराज बिभीषन।।
मारुतसुत के संग सिधावहु। सादर जनकसुतहि लै आवहु।।
तुरतहिं सकल गए जहँ सीता। सेवहिं सब निसिचरीं बिनीता।।
बेगि बिभीषन तिन्हहि सिखायो। तिन्ह बहु बिधि मज्जन करवायो।।
बहु प्रकार भूषन पहिराए। सिबिका रुचिर साजि पुनि ल्याए।।
ता पर हरषि चढ़ी बैदेही। सुमिरि राम सुखधाम सनेही।।
बेतपानि रच्छक चहुँ पासा। चले सकल मन परम हुलासा।।
देखन भालु कीस सब आए। रच्छक कोपि निवारन धाए।।
कह रघुबीर कहा मम मानहु। सीतहि सखा पयादें आनहु।।
देखहुँ कपि जननी की नाईं। बिहसि कहा रघुनाथ गोसाई।।
सुनि प्रभु बचन भालु कपि हरषे। नभ ते सुरन्ह सुमन बहु बरषे।।
सीता प्रथम अनल महुँ राखी। प्रगट कीन्हि चह अंतर साखी।।
दो0-तेहि कारन करुनानिधि कहे कछुक दुर्बाद।
सुनत जातुधानीं सब लागीं करै बिषाद।।108।।

After blessing Hanuman profusely, Sita further told him, “O Taat, now do something so that I am able to have a look at the soft and swarthy body of Shri Ram.” Hanuman then went back to Shri Ram and told Him about wellbeing of Sita, the daughter of King Janak and a message from her. Shri Ram who is like an ornament among the descendents of sun, summoned Angad and Vibhishan to promptly leave along with Hanuman, the son of wind-god, and bring back the daughter of King Janak in a respectable manner. They then hurriedly went to where Sita was and found her being served by humble demonesses with attention and regard. Vibhishan then quickly told them what was needed to be done. Following instructions they helped Sita in cleansing and bathing in all possible ways. They then ornamented her sumptuously and arranged a palanquin which was tastefully decorated. Vaideshi Sita mounted it happily remembering her beloved Shri Ram who really happened to be the sole source of her comforts and pleasures.

The guards holding batons were placed on all four sides for protection who were happy to discharge this duty with great enthusiasm. When the monkeys and beers came near to have a look at Sita the guards angrily pushed them away (as if the roles were reversed now). At this stage Raghuveer Shri Ram suggested by saying, “O Friends, kindly take my advice and let Sita come on foot,” and Raghunath Shri Ram, their master now gleefully added, “let all have glimpse of Sita like they would have of their own mother (here He signified the fact of Sita being the inseparable creative power of Himself that is responsible for creation of the whole world and sustains the Jeevas, and that there is no other way to look at her for anybody).”

The monkeys and beers were delighted to hear the words of the Lord (who would not when father points out the long lost mother to children) and the gods showered flowers from the sky above. Now as real Sita had been made to hide in confines of fire earlier by the Lord, He wanted her to manifest back again.

Keeping in mind the above purpose Shri Ram, the Lord who is ever merciful, spoke some derogatory words of condemnation; as soon as the demonesses heard Him say so they were overtaken by grief (as they knew that none of what Shri Ram was saying had any grain of truth for they had been witnessing all that happened in Lanka as first person themselves).

We have now covered up to Doha 108 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shankaar Ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXXX

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

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

We covered up to Doha 106 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

पुनि प्रभु बोलि लियउ हनुमाना। लंका जाहु कहेउ भगवाना।।
समाचार जानकिहि सुनावहु। तासु कुसल लै तुम्ह चलि आवहु।।
तब हनुमंत नगर महुँ आए। सुनि निसिचरी निसाचर धाए।।
बहु प्रकार तिन्ह पूजा कीन्ही। जनकसुता देखाइ पुनि दीन्ही।।
दूरहि ते प्रनाम कपि कीन्हा। रघुपति दूत जानकीं चीन्हा।।
कहहु तात प्रभु कृपानिकेता। कुसल अनुज कपि सेन समेता।।
सब बिधि कुसल कोसलाधीसा। मातु समर जीत्यो दससीसा।।
अबिचल राजु बिभीषन पायो। सुनि कपि बचन हरष उर छायो।।
छं0-अति हरष मन तन पुलक लोचन सजल कह पुनि पुनि रमा।
का देउँ तोहि त्रेलोक महुँ कपि किमपि नहिं बानी समा।।
सुनु मातु मैं पायो अखिल जग राजु आजु न संसयं।
रन जीति रिपुदल बंधु जुत पस्यामि राममनामयं।।
दो0-सुनु सुत सदगुन सकल तव हृदयँ बसहुँ हनुमंत।
सानुकूल कोसलपति रहहुँ समेत अनंत।।107।I

Lord called Hanuman and instructed him to go to Lanka and tell Janki Sita all about the developments and also to inquire about her own welfare and come back. When Hanuman reached the city centre, all the demons and demonesses rushed to meet him and honored him in many ways and promptly took him to where Sita was. Hanuman, the monkey, paid respects to her from a distance itself while approaching her; Janki Sita could make out that it was none else than the messenger of Raghpati Shri Ram. Upon monkey coming near her she asked, “O Taat, tell me that my Master, the very abode of all mercy, is safe and fine along with his younger brother and the his army of monkeys.” Hanuman answered, “O Mother, be assured of welfare of Kaushaladheesh Ram in every way; He has defeated Ravan after a fierce fight (Hanuman used the word here ‘Anamayam’ literally meaning somesome above afflictions and it is an artribute of the Supreme Lord and this way reminded her that your worry is just an unnecessary worry).” Vibhishan now has the privilege to rule over Lanka without any hindrance.” The words of monkey made her heart joyful and relieved of worries.

With her body and mind now overjoyed and her eyes wet Rama (Sita) time and again asked Hanuman what might she give to him as she didn’t think any such thing is available in the entire three worlds that is worthy as reward for such valuable and comforting information that he gave. To this hanuman answered by saying, “Listen O Mother, I think I have as much as the kingdom of the entire world without a doubt after having the fortune of seeing Shri Ram and his brother unscathed while establishing win over the enemy ranks on the battle front.”

Sita still wanted to bless Hanuman and told him, “Listen O Son, may all the finest virtues remain in your heart for ever. May Shri Ram, the Lord of Kaushala, as also Ananat (Lord of Time) Lakshman, remain supportive and agreeable to you for all time to come, O Hanumant.’

We have now covered uup to Doha 107 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shanakar ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXXIX

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 105 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

आइ बिभीषन पुनि सिरु नायो। कृपासिंधु तब अनुज बोलायो।।
तुम्ह कपीस अंगद नल नीला। जामवंत मारुति नयसीला।।
सब मिलि जाहु बिभीषन साथा। सारेहु तिलक कहेउ रघुनाथा।।
पिता बचन मैं नगर न आवउँ। आपु सरिस कपि अनुज पठावउँ।।
तुरत चले कपि सुनि प्रभु बचना। कीन्ही जाइ तिलक की रचना।।
सादर सिंहासन बैठारी। तिलक सारि अस्तुति अनुसारी।।
जोरि पानि सबहीं सिर नाए। सहित बिभीषन प्रभु पहिं आए।।
तब रघुबीर बोलि कपि लीन्हे। कहि प्रिय बचन सुखी सब कीन्हे।।
छं0-किए सुखी कहि बानी सुधा सम बल तुम्हारें रिपु हयो।
पायो बिभीषन राज तिहुँ पुर जसु तुम्हारो नित नयो।।
मोहि सहित सुभ कीरति तुम्हारी परम प्रीति जो गाइहैं।
संसार सिंधु अपार पार प्रयास बिनु नर पाइहैं।।
दो0-प्रभु के बचन श्रवन सुनि नहिं अघाहिं कपि पुंज।
बार बार सिर नावहिं गहहिं सकल पद कंज।।106।।

After performing last rites of Ravan, Vibhishan came back and bowed down before the Lord; merciful Shri Ram then summoned His younger brother Lakshman and asked him to go along with Sugreev, the king of monkeys, Angad, Nal, Neel, Jamwant and Maruti Hanuman who was well versed in matters of state and its intricacies, accompanying Vibhishan back to Lanka for purpose of anointing him as the Monarch of Lanka (important matters like transfer of power have to be handled by the most astute diplomats). Shri Ram explained that He would not be able to attend the ceremony for He had been commanded by father not to visit any city for a period of 14 years and hence was sending His brother who is no lesser than Himself for the purpose and grace the occasion on his behalf (in absence of Ram or his representative at the ceremony the process of transfer of power would not have been proper as He was the one to defeat Ravan). The team of monkeys left immediately honoring the words of the Lord, as advance party, to arrange for the ceremony of incarnation. They placed Vibhishan on the throne with due respect and put the Tilak mark over his head and sang his praises in a suitable manner. All then bowed their heads down before Vibhishan, the king; then they, including Vibhishan, came back and visited Lord Shri Ram. Raghuveer Shri Ram then called the monkeys near Himself and praised them for carrying out His instructions peacefully.

Shri Ram further endearingly addressed them with His voice as sweet as honey and capable of rejuvenating the listener; He said, “it is only on your strength and power that I have been able to finish the enemy. It therefore has been possible for Vibhishan to get the kingdom and you will now have your name and fame spread all over the three spheres permanently which will ever remain fresh even with passage of time.

“Those who will sing your praises while remembering Me too having natural love for Me and you, will be able cross the ocean of being with ease though it is known to be very difficult to go across.”

The group of moneys listened to the words of the Lord but longed for more of the same coming from the mouth of the Lord and reach their ears. They then repeatedly put their heads down on the lotus feet of the Lord as well as grabbed the feet (it is not enough to respect the principles enunciated by Shri Ram, it is important too to understand them and bring in to practice).

(Shri Ram could well have ruled over Lanka as he had defeated the king with his own might but he established a principle that when a vicious and unworthy king is dethroned by king of another region on account of some conflict, the kingdom should be left to be ruled by another capable person from among the local people only. Otherwise the greed of kings will result in wars all the time and the vile kings will be made friends with and not removed. He also established a principle that no kingdom should remain headless for more time then necessary.)

We have now covered up to Doha 106 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho vijayatey!
Pawansut Hanuman ki jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krihna Khandelwal

 

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXXVIII

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 104 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

मंदोदरी बचन सुनि काना। सुर मुनि सिद्ध सबन्हि सुख माना।।
अज महेस नारद सनकादी। जे मुनिबर परमारथबादी।।
भरि लोचन रघुपतिहि निहारी। प्रेम मगन सब भए सुखारी।।
रुदन करत देखीं सब नारी। गयउ बिभीषनु मन दुख भारी।।
बंधु दसा बिलोकि दुख कीन्हा। तब प्रभु अनुजहि आयसु दीन्हा।।
लछिमन तेहि बहु बिधि समुझायो। बहुरि बिभीषन प्रभु पहिं आयो।।
कृपादृष्टि प्रभु ताहि बिलोका। करहु क्रिया परिहरि सब सोका।।
कीन्हि क्रिया प्रभु आयसु मानी। बिधिवत देस काल जियँ जानी।।
दो0-मंदोदरी आदि सब देइ तिलांजलि ताहि।
भवन गई रघुपति गुन गन बरनत मन माहि।।105।।

The words of Mandodari, which were laced with truth about the reality of Shri Ram being the Supreme Lord Himself and about the ignorance of Ravan, were listened to by gods, Munis and Siddhas as they were present on the site and they felt pleased about it. Brahma, Shiv, Narad and Sankadik who were the Munis well aware of what formed the ultimate objective in life, were all looking with total interest towards Raghupati Shri Ram and were pleased to do so.

Vibhishan, as one from the family of Ravan, was dismayed and saw the womenfolk crying and lamenting hence went to them with a heavy heart. He saw the rotten state of his brother and felt remorseful. Shri Ram took note of what was going on and sent His younger brother to console vibhishan as he had some serious duty to discharge now. Lakshman then consoled Vibhishan in many ways so that he could regain composure.  Vibhishan later came to see the Lord and the Lord looked up on him with a kind glance and guided him that he should proceed to perform last rites of Ravan forgetting for while his immense loss. Vibhishan then performed last rites of Ravan observing all prescribed duties according to place and time, as the sole male survivor of the family though he had been turned out by Ravan for none of his fault (Shri Ram had made him realise that animosity should die with the demise of the enemy and that obligation as a member of a family never becomes out of date).

In the end Mandoari and other queens of Ravan paid homage to the departed soul taking sesame seeds and water in hand for the smoother journey of the soul after leaving the body. They went to their palaces remembering the virtues of Raghupati Shri Ram who had taken care of their worries about last rites of Ravan in absence of all males of family.

We have now covered up to Doha 105 of Lanka Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabo Vijayatey!

Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsida Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

 

 

Ramchaarit Charcha DCLXXVII

II Shree Guruvey namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 103 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

पति सिर देखत मंदोदरी। मुरुछित बिकल धरनि खसि परी।।
जुबति बृंद रोवत उठि धाईं। तेहि उठाइ रावन पहिं आई।।
पति गति देखि ते करहिं पुकारा। छूटे कच नहिं बपुष सँभारा।।
उर ताड़ना करहिं बिधि नाना। रोवत करहिं प्रताप बखाना।।
तव बल नाथ डोल नित धरनी। तेज हीन पावक ससि तरनी।।
सेष कमठ सहि सकहिं न भारा। सो तनु भूमि परेउ भरि छारा।।
बरुन कुबेर सुरेस समीरा। रन सन्मुख धरि काहुँ न धीरा।।
भुजबल जितेहु काल जम साईं। आजु परेहु अनाथ की नाईं।।
जगत बिदित तुम्हारी प्रभुताई। सुत परिजन बल बरनि न जाई।।
राम बिमुख अस हाल तुम्हारा। रहा न कोउ कुल रोवनिहारा।।
तव बस बिधि प्रपंच सब नाथा। सभय दिसिप नित नावहिं माथा।।
अब तव सिर भुज जंबुक खाहीं। राम बिमुख यह अनुचित नाहीं।।
काल बिबस पति कहा न माना। अग जग नाथु मनुज करि जाना।।

Seeing the head of her husband Ravan lying in front of herself, Mandodari got very unsettled and fainted due to shock  before falling to ground. Other young ladies around her got up crying seeing her in this condition and brought her to where the body of Ravan was lying, there the wives of Ravan among them cried uncontrollably and were not able to take care of their bodies while their hairs became loose and unkemt. They began to beat their bosom and wept while speaking of the merits and achievement of Ravan (although they knew that Ravan was a vile character but only merits of dead and dead relatives are spoken of); they said, “O Master, you possessed so much power that the earth used to shake on daily basis under its impact; you were able to fade the brightness of fire, moon and also of sun. Even Sheshnaag  and the divine tortoise could not keep the earth balanced over its head an back respectively due to your body’s weight burdening the earth and just see the very same body is now lying smeared in ashes on the battlefield.

“The presiding deities of water (Varun), of wealth (Kuber), of the mind (Indra) and of wind (Sameer) could never stay before you when confronted by you in a fight. You were able to establish win over Yama (the god of death) and Kaal (the time that ensures end of all) but now you are lying abandoned like an orphan. Your enormous strength and its influence was famous all over the world and the strength of your progeny and of members of your larger family could hardly be described, but your enmity and abhorrence towards Ram has brought you to a point where there is none left in your family to mourn your own death.

“The cobweb created by Brahma i e the world was under your feet and the satraps guarding the quarters were bowing daily before you but now your severed arms and heads are being feasted up on by jackals; in a way this is not unexpected in case of a person antagonised towards Ram, the Lord Himself. O Master, you had come under grip of death and your time had come and therefore you never listened to what we told you and kept viewing the master of the entire universe, the Supreme Lord in form of Ram, as just a human being born as ordinary mortal.
छं0-जान्यो मनुज करि दनुज कानन दहन पावक हरि स्वयं।
जेहि नमत सिव ब्रह्मादि सुर पिय भजेहु नहिं करुनामयं।।
आजन्म ते परद्रोह रत पापौघमय तव तनु अयं।
तुम्हहू दियो निज धाम राम नमामि ब्रह्म निरामयं।।
दो0-अहह नाथ रघुनाथ सम कृपासिंधु नहिं आन।
जोगि बृंद दुर्लभ गति तोहि दीन्हि भगवान।।104।।

“Whom you knew as ordinary mortal has been Lord Hari Himself coming down on earth to set the jungle of the demons on fire by His own hand. He is the same before whom Lord Shiv and Lord Brahma and other gods bow down but you, our beloved husband, failed to worship, adore and remember that merciful and kind Lord.

“Right after getting born, you schemed against others and harmed them; in this way your body itself became home of misdeeds and sins. What we are surprised about is the fact that even you have been given a place in His abode by Ram, the Brahman (the Supreme Lord) who is without afflictions and without blemish, we bow down to Him.

“Ahh, Master, there is none as much an ocean of mercy as Raghunath Shri Ram who as God has been pleased to give you that status which is difficult to achieve for even the Yogis (who strive continuously for union with Lord).”

 

We have now covered up to Doha 104 of Lanka Kand.

 

Bhavani Shanakr ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijaayatey!

Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas ki jai!

 

Hariom,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCLXXVI

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Rma Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 102 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

सायक एक नाभि सर सोषा। अपर लगे भुज सिर करि रोषा।।
लै सिर बाहु चले नाराचा। सिर भुज हीन रुंड महि नाचा।।
धरनि धसइ धर धाव प्रचंडा। तब सर हति प्रभु कृत दुइ खंडा।।
गर्जेउ मरत घोर रव भारी। कहाँ रामु रन हतौं पचारी।।
डोली भूमि गिरत दसकंधर। छुभित सिंधु सरि दिग्गज भूधर।।
धरनि परेउ द्वौ खंड बढ़ाई। चापि भालु मर्कट समुदाई।।
मंदोदरि आगें भुज सीसा। धरि सर चले जहाँ जगदीसा।।
प्रबिसे सब निषंग महु जाई। देखि सुरन्ह दुंदुभीं बजाई।।
तासु तेज समान प्रभु आनन। हरषे देखि संभु चतुरानन।।
जय जय धुनि पूरी ब्रह्मंडा। जय रघुबीर प्रबल भुजदंडा।।
बरषहि सुमन देव मुनि बृंदा। जय कृपाल जय जयति मुकुंदा।।

Shri Ram dried the pool of nectar that was embedded in naval of Ravan with one arrow, rest thirty removed Ravan’s ten heads and twenty arms. Ravan’s body without its heads and arms then danced over the battleground; when the torso ran madly it made the ground sink and it was cut in to two parts by the Lord. The sounds coming from mouths of Ravan, while dying, noisily reverberated for some time and he could be heard saying ‘Where is Ram; I would kill him in battle and do challenge him’.

When the body of Ravan finally fell over ground it made the earth tremble, the guardian elephants of the four directions, the big mountains, the rivers and the oceans also seemed affected. Even the body parted in two managed to enlarge itself while falling and buried hosts of beers and monkeys under itself. The arrows carried the arms and heads to where Mandodari was and deposited them in front of her before going back to Shri Ram, the Lord of Universe, and getting parked in His quiver (giving her the message from the Lord that arms were cut to stop further wrong deeds and heads for his wrong thinking).

The gods observed all this and the kettle-drums were loudly beaten. The brilliance of Ravan that he displayed while living entered back in to the divine mouth of the Lord in concentrated form (even the Pranas that can be seen in some vile characters in excess come from the Lord Himself; there is no other source that can put life in inert matter that forms the bodies of Jeevas-the individual souls. Lord Shambhu (the chief of gods) and Lord Brahma, the lord with four faces looking in four directions, were amused to observe this phenomenon (as they pretty well knew that Ravan might have got powers on account of boons given by them but Ravan did not know the fact that the Pranaas (the life force) come from the Supreme Lord only).

Now the atmosphere was filled with shouts of ‘victory, victory’ and ‘victory to Raghubeer Shri Ram who has strong arms’; the gods and the Munis showered flowers while chanting praises of the merciful Lord and the Lord who liberates (referring to Ravan’s release from the curse of Munis, when he was guard at the door of Lord Vishnu).

छं0-जय कृपा कंद मुकंद द्वंद हरन सरन सुखप्रद प्रभो।
खल दल बिदारन परम कारन कारुनीक सदा बिभो।।
सुर सुमन बरषहिं हरष संकुल बाज दुंदुभि गहगही।
संग्राम अंगन राम अंग अनंग बहु सोभा लही।।
सिर जटा मुकुट प्रसून बिच बिच अति मनोहर राजहीं।
जनु नीलगिरि पर तड़ित पटल समेत उड़ुगन भ्राजहीं।।
भुजदंड सर कोदंड फेरत रुधिर कन तन अति बने।
जनु रायमुनीं तमाल पर बैठीं बिपुल सुख आपने।।
दो0-कृपादृष्टि करि प्रभु अभय किए सुर बृंद।
भालु कीस सब हरषे जय सुख धाम मुकंद।।103।।

Their prayers ran as follows, “O Lord you are Mukund (the liberator), Consolidation of Mercy, Remover of Doubts and Duelity, the Ultimate Refuge and the Provider of Comfort and Bliss, there be glory to you. You are the one to end the vile and evilness in them; You are the real source of strength and life but maintain Your benign attitude all the time even when destroying and killing and You possess all powers and riches.”

The gods kept raining flowers and sounded drums joyfully. Over the battle ground Shri Ram stood charmingly with various limbs of body matching the attraction of the Cupid. The flowers entangled in His matted hair looked attractive drawing hearts of onlookers and His body presented a sight alike Neelgiri (the blue mountain) shining under lightening and decorated with twinkling stars over it. His (Shri Ram) hands played with  bow and arrow while His body dotted sumptuously with tiny drops of blood looked beautiful in same fashion as would the small birds called Raaimunis perched on Tamal (a dark colored tree) in a delightful mood.

The Lord then glanced kindly in direction of gods making them fearless (convincing them that though He had just killed their tormentor but they should not imagine any kind of fear from Him), and the beers and monkeys (the incarnation of gods only) now became cheerful hailing Mukund (the liberator) who is abode of bliss.
We have now covered up to Doha 103 of Lanka Kand.

 

Bhavaani Shankar ki jaai!
Shri Jankivallabho vijayatey!
Pawansut hanuman Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

Hariom,
Krishna Khandelwal

 

 

Ramcharit Charcha DCLXXV

II Shree Guruvey namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 101 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

काटत बढ़हिं सीस समुदाई। जिमि प्रति लाभ लोभ अधिकाई।।
मरइ न रिपु श्रम भयउ बिसेषा। राम बिभीषन तन तब देखा।।
उमा काल मर जाकीं ईछा। सो प्रभु जन कर प्रीति परीछा।।
सुनु सरबग्य चराचर नायक। प्रनतपाल सुर मुनि सुखदायक।।
नाभिकुंड पियूष बस याकें। नाथ जिअत रावनु बल ताकें।।
सुनत बिभीषन बचन कृपाला। हरषि गहे कर बान कराला।।
असुभ होन लागे तब नाना। रोवहिं खर सृकाल बहु स्वाना।।
बोलहि खग जग आरति हेतू। प्रगट भए नभ जहँ तहँ केतू।।
दस दिसि दाह होन अति लागा। भयउ परब बिनु रबि उपरागा।।
मंदोदरि उर कंपति भारी। प्रतिमा स्त्रवहिं नयन मग बारी।।

The heads of Ravan kept growing back each time they were severed by Shri Ram in the same manner as every time one has gains after undertaking an endeavor he develops greed for more and more and strives again ie the satisfaction is very hard to come. When the enemy could not be killed and Shri Ram became tired, He glanced towards Vibhishan indicating that he now looks for his advice. Lord Shiv explains this to Parvati, “Uma, the one whose wish is enough to see the end of death (ie the end of cycle of time that sees every thing decay and die) itself the Supreme lord of Universe was merely examining the extent of love of His devotee for Himself (as the enemy happened to be none other than brother of Vibhishan and this could well sway the his heart when telling ways of killing Ravan; point is no relationship however close must be coming in way of love and loyalty towards the Lord).

Vibhishan understood what the Lord expected from him hence told, “You know everything as Friend and Guide of all the living beings and inanimate objects, You are known to save and protect those who seek your shelter and You are the one who is source of pleasure for the Munis and the gods, kindly listen as I explain what I know. O Master, there is nectar inside his navel which keeps Ravan alive. Appreciating what Vibhishan told Shri Ram happily picked a potentially damaging arrow; immediately many bad-omens began to appear here and there like many dogs began to weep together as also the donkeys and jackals made noises. The birds shrieked and screeched indicating arrival of some kind of disaster and the falling stars could be seen crossing skyline all over.
छं0-प्रतिमा रुदहिं पबिपात नभ अति बात बह डोलति मही।
बरषहिं बलाहक रुधिर कच रज असुभ अति सक को कही।।
उतपात अमित बिलोकि नभ सुर बिकल बोलहि जय जए।
सुर सभय जानि कृपाल रघुपति चाप सर जोरत भए।।
दो0-खैचि सरासन श्रवन लगि छाड़े सर एकतीस।
रघुनायक सायक चले मानहुँ काल फनीस।।102।।

Even statues began to shed tears, lightening thundered and speedy winds began to shake the earth. Clouds rained blood, hairs and dust; countless inauspicious things happened all at once. Gods watched this upheaval from above and cried ‘victory, victory for Shri Ram’ but were greatly distressed at the same time. Noting that the gods were scared, Raghupati Shri Ram, the Merciful Lord, wasted no further time and placed the arrow over the bow.

Shri Ram then stretching the string of the bow right up to His ear sent forth a total of thirty one arrows; the arrows then resembled the Sheshnag, the lord of time, in attacking mode with its many heads in action.

We have now covered up to Doha 102 of Lanka Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal