Ramcharit Charcha CDLXIII

July 9, 2015

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

लालन जोगु लखन लघु लोने। भे न भाइ अस अहहिं न होने।।
पुरजन प्रिय पितु मातु दुलारे। सिय रघुबरहि प्रानपिआरे।।
मृदु मूरति सुकुमार सुभाऊ। तात बाउ तन लाग न काऊ।।
ते बन सहहिं बिपति सब भाँती। निदरे कोटि कुलिस एहिं छाती।।
राम जनमि जगु कीन्ह उजागर। रूप सील सुख सब गुन सागर।।
पुरजन परिजन गुर पितु माता। राम सुभाउ सबहि सुखदाता।।
बैरिउ राम बड़ाई करहीं। बोलनि मिलनि बिनय मन हरहीं।।
सारद कोटि कोटि सत सेषा। करि न सकहिं प्रभु गुन गन लेखा।।
दो0-सुखस्वरुप रघुबंसमनि मंगल मोद निधान।
ते सोवत कुस डासि महि बिधि गति अति बलवान।।200।।

We covered up to Doha 200 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat while at the spot where Shri Ram had rested for the night near Shrigverpur while on way to forest, expressed his deep anguish about Sita, Shri Ram and Lakshman having to spend night in the open. He as elder brother of Lakshman saw him to be very young to suffer in this way, contrary to being given kid-glove treatment. He thought Shri Ram had brightened up Ayodhya by taking birth there, He being most amiable, very virtuous and quite handsome was the source of all pleasure for the citizens, the Guru and the family members, even His enemies did not despise Him why then He had to suffer such unwelcome fate. Bharat regretted that his heart did not cringe and break in to pieces even after knowing what his dear ones had to suffer (sub-consciously he held himself responsible for it all).

राम सुना दुखु कान न काऊ। जीवनतरु जिमि जोगवइ राऊ।।
पलक नयन फनि मनि जेहि भाँती। जोगवहिं जननि सकल दिन राती।।
ते अब फिरत बिपिन पदचारी। कंद मूल फल फूल अहारी।।
धिग कैकेई अमंगल मूला। भइसि प्रान प्रियतम प्रतिकूला।।
मैं धिग धिग अघ उदधि अभागी। सबु उतपातु भयउ जेहि लागी।।
कुल कलंकु करि सृजेउ बिधाताँ। साइँदोह मोहि कीन्ह कुमाताँ।।
सुनि सप्रेम समुझाव निषादू। नाथ करिअ कत बादि बिषादू।।
राम तुम्हहि प्रिय तुम्ह प्रिय रामहि। यह निरजोसु दोसु बिधि बामहि।।
छं0-बिधि बाम की करनी कठिन जेंहिं मातु कीन्ही बावरी।
तेहि राति पुनि पुनि करहिं प्रभु सादर सरहना रावरी।।
तुलसी न तुम्ह सो राम प्रीतमु कहतु हौं सौहें किएँ।
परिनाम मंगल जानि अपने आनिए धीरजु हिएँ।।
सो0-अंतरजामी रामु सकुच सप्रेम कृपायतन।
चलिअ करिअ बिश्रामु यह बिचारि दृढ़ आनि मन।।201।।

Still thinking of Shri Ram Bharat further told Nishad Guha, “Shri Ram had never heard of any thing sorrowful and He was being nursed and taken care of by the king like tree of his own life i e like one tends carefully to meet all bodily needs of himself to live and enjoy life. Besides the mothers tended him like the eyelids serve the eyes all the time and like a snake defends the Mani over his head all the while, and now He has to roam about in jungle on foot and have meals of stems, roots, and wild fruits and flowers. I must condemn Kaikeyi who is the root cause of such troubling times for Him by causing death to her own dearest one, her husband and turning against the one (i e Shri Ram) whom she loved like her own life at one time. I stand to be doubly accursed for being an ocean of sin and most unfortunate on account of whom really all this disorder and turmoil has taken place. The creator made me exist in this world as blot on family and my own wicked mother did every thing to make me be known as plotter against my own master.”

Nishad Guha listened to everything that Bharat told him with kindness and understanding (he had understood that Bharat was emotionally very disturbed and required a sympathetic ear to pour out his feelings) and said, “O Master, why should be lamenting in this manner, I know it very well that Shri Ram is very dear to you and you are very dear to Shri Ram and while this is the factual position, rest is just the result of Brahma, the creator, having gone adverse.

“It is torturous event in ill-fated course of life that mother had became almost mad and mindless, otherwise, as for Shri Ram, He was all praise for you through out the night he was here.”

Guha lastly told Bharat (which Tulsi, the poet, also endorses fully),”There is none more dear to Shri Ram as you are and I vouch for it myself. The end will be just right and bear all goodness, knowing this you must have patience in your heart.

“Shri Ram knows inner thoughts of every one, so he knows yours too, His congeniality and compassion and gracefulness is beyond doubt hence you may well take rest now while firmly keeping in your mind what I just told you.”

We have now covered up to Doha 201 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXVII

July 7, 2015

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

जहँ तहँ लोगन्ह डेरा कीन्हा। भरत सोधु सबही कर लीन्हा।।
सुर सेवा करि आयसु पाई। राम मातु पहिं गे दोउ भाई।।
चरन चाँपि कहि कहि मृदु बानी। जननीं सकल भरत सनमानी।।
भाइहि सौंपि मातु सेवकाई। आपु निषादहि लीन्ह बोलाई।।
चले सखा कर सों कर जोरें। सिथिल सरीर सनेह न थोरें।।
पूँछत सखहि सो ठाउँ देखाऊ। नेकु नयन मन जरनि जुड़ाऊ।।
जहँ सिय रामु लखनु निसि सोए। कहत भरे जल लोचन कोए।।
भरत बचन सुनि भयउ बिषादू। तुरत तहाँ लइ गयउ निषादू।।
दो0-जहँ सिंसुपा पुनीत तर रघुबर किय बिश्रामु।
अति सनेहँ सादर भरत कीन्हेउ दंड प्रनामु।।198।।

We covered up to Doha 198 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that all the people accompanying Bharat settled for the night at Shringverpur and Bharat checked with everyone about their needs etc. Bharat then went to see the mothers, made them comfortable and softly spoke to them showing respect and concern; he then left Shatrughan in their service and went along with Nishad Guha with a view to visiting the spot where Bhagvati Sita, Shri Ramji and Lakshman had spent their night earlier. Nishad readily took him to the that particular spot under the rosewood tree where Bharat became overwhelmed with love and prostrated there.

कुस साँथरी निहारि सुहाई। कीन्ह प्रनामु प्रदच्छिन जाई।।
चरन रेख रज आँखिन्ह लाई। बनइ न कहत प्रीति अधिकाई।।
कनक बिंदु दुइ चारिक देखे। राखे सीस सीय सम लेखे।।
सजल बिलोचन हृदयँ गलानी। कहत सखा सन बचन सुबानी।।
श्रीहत सीय बिरहँ दुतिहीना। जथा अवध नर नारि बिलीना।।
पिता जनक देउँ पटतर केही। करतल भोगु जोगु जग जेही।।
ससुर भानुकुल भानु भुआलू। जेहि सिहात अमरावतिपालू।।
प्राननाथु रघुनाथ गोसाई। जो बड़ होत सो राम बड़ाई।।
दो0-पति देवता सुतीय मनि सीय साँथरी देखि।
बिहरत ह्रदउ न हहरि हर पबि तें कठिन बिसेषि।।199।।

At the spot where Shri Ram had rested for the night Bharat found Kusha-grass spread nicely to sleep on and standing there with hands folded in reverence for a while he did Parikrama too (Parikrama or Pradkshina is to take a round in clock-wise manner of the deities in temple; for Bharat the spot carried no less importance). Then Bharat saw some imprints of feet of Shri Ram on the soil there, picking some dust from there he placed it on his head and eyes; the extent of his yearning and tender feelings for Shri Ram is difficult to be described. On a closure inspection Bharat found some small fragments of gold dropping out of ornaments of Bhagvati Sita and placed it over his head showing no less respect that he would have shown towards Sita in person.

Bharat’s eyes were now wet and heart filled with remorse and he spoke to friend Nishad Guha in modulated tone, “These small pieces of gold seem to have lost their luster after getting separated from Sita and have lost worth like the people of Ayodhya who have also become weak and diminished in stature without Sita being with them. Whom can I compare Janak (Sita’s father) with, he holds on his palm all the comforts and luxuries of the world and also remains in continuous thought of the Supreme Lord, the only one in the entire world to have this remarkable quality (Bharat pointed towards the fact most of the people get carried away and lose sight of God in opulent surroundings and availability of means of entertainment to be indulged in); Her father in law, the sun-like personality among people who have sun as ancestral head, is envied even by the Lord of Amaravati (city of gods). My master, Raghunath Shri Ram, happens to be Lord of her life i e her husband and most dear person, part of whose glory only sustains greatness in people (i e only those who connect with Him are ever to be honored).

“She is gem-like among the gracious and praise-worthy women who know only husband as their Lord and She has had to use the bed made of Kusha, O Lord Shiv, my heart has not broken in to pieces by the impact of this unsavory knowledge, might be it is harder than a stone.”

(Bharat here has displayed the quality of a Bhakta whose heart becomes so soft and so pure that it can feel pinch of discomfiture and hardships of another more than his own, such a one cares for only the comforts of the servants and devotees of his Lord and none for his own.)

We have now covered up to Doha 199 of Ayodhya Kand.

लालन जोगु लखन लघु लोने। भे न भाइ अस अहहिं न होने।।
पुरजन प्रिय पितु मातु दुलारे। सिय रघुबरहि प्रानपिआरे।।
मृदु मूरति सुकुमार सुभाऊ। तात बाउ तन लाग न काऊ।।
ते बन सहहिं बिपति सब भाँती। निदरे कोटि कुलिस एहिं छाती।।
राम जनमि जगु कीन्ह उजागर। रूप सील सुख सब गुन सागर।।
पुरजन परिजन गुर पितु माता। राम सुभाउ सबहि सुखदाता।।
बैरिउ राम बड़ाई करहीं। बोलनि मिलनि बिनय मन हरहीं।।
सारद कोटि कोटि सत सेषा। करि न सकहिं प्रभु गुन गन लेखा।।
दो0-सुखस्वरुप रघुबंसमनि मंगल मोद निधान।
ते सोवत कुस डासि महि बिधि गति अति बलवान।।200।।

Bharat further said, “Lakshman, my younger brother, is so charming and handsome, he is to be tenderly loved and cared for; no one has been a brother like him ever and neither would ever be. He is beloved of the citizens of Ayodhya and most dear to the parents; Bhagawati Sita and Shri Raghuvar Shri Ram love him no less than their own lives. He is tender bodied and has pure and unsullied emotions like young person is ought to. He hasn’t ever suffered the draught of hot air (i e has not faced rough out side weather and never did any toiling) and yet he has had to suffer all kinds difficulties in the wilderness. Surely my heart has belittled the hardness of a million hard objects together.

“Shri Ram has taken birth only to enlighten and illumine the world, he is ocean of beauty, of culture, of bliss and of all the virtues. His presence and his behavior is comforting and pleasant to all, the citizens, the family-members, the Guru and also the parents. Even His enemies and competitors praise him because of his manner of speaking, of meeting and demanding are such that it only pleases ones heart rather steals it. The innumerable goddesses of speech and hundreds of Sheshas can’t recount the virtues of Shri Ram or tell the import of the same.

“In short Shri Ram, the gem of Raghu’s family, is embodiment of blissfulness, he is the treasure house of all that is propitious and is enjoyable with elation, even such a one as Him has had to sleep on ground barely covered with Kusha; surely the course of providence is very determined and fated events have to take place.”

We have now covered up to Doha 200 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXVI

July 6, 2015

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

कपटी कायर कुमति कुजाती। लोक बेद बाहेर सब भाँती।।
राम कीन्ह आपन जबही तें। भयउँ भुवन भूषन तबही तें।।
देखि प्रीति सुनि बिनय सुहाई। मिलेउ बहोरि भरत लघु भाई।।
कहि निषाद निज नाम सुबानीं। सादर सकल जोहारीं रानीं।।
जानि लखन सम देहिं असीसा। जिअहु सुखी सय लाख बरीसा।।
निरखि निषादु नगर नर नारी। भए सुखी जनु लखनु निहारी।।
कहहिं लहेउ एहिं जीवन लाहू। भेंटेउ रामभद्र भरि बाहू।।
सुनि निषादु निज भाग बड़ाई। प्रमुदित मन लइ चलेउ लेवाई।।
दो0-सनकारे सेवक सकल चले स्वामि रुख पाइ।
घर तरु तर सर बाग बन बास बनाएन्हि जाइ।।196।।

We covered up to Doha 196 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Maans of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Guha expressed his gratitude towards Shri Ram saying that though he happened to be from low caste, was meek and had not been engaged in righteous activities neither had rich intellect yet when Shri Ram adopted him to be made His own, he had such great reward that all considered him to be respectable. Guha then was met by Shatrughan too and Guha later paid his respects to the queen mothers and received their blessing for leading a long happy life. The citizens also appreciated Guha as an equal of Lakshman and praised him for the being close to Shri Ram. Guha also felt relieved now and ordered his people to prepare suitable places for the stay of Bharat’s army of people and requested all to come along with him.

सृंगबेरपुर भरत दीख जब। भे सनेहँ सब अंग सिथिल तब।।
सोहत दिएँ निषादहि लागू। जनु तनु धरें बिनय अनुरागू।।
एहि बिधि भरत सेनु सबु संगा। दीखि जाइ जग पावनि गंगा।।
रामघाट कहँ कीन्ह प्रनामू। भा मनु मगनु मिले जनु रामू।।
करहिं प्रनाम नगर नर नारी। मुदित ब्रह्ममय बारि निहारी।।
करि मज्जनु मागहिं कर जोरी। रामचंद्र पद प्रीति न थोरी।।
भरत कहेउ सुरसरि तव रेनू। सकल सुखद सेवक सुरधेनू।।
जोरि पानि बर मागउँ एहू। सीय राम पद सहज सनेहू।।
दो0-एहि बिधि मज्जनु भरतु करि गुर अनुसासन पाइ।
मातु नहानीं जानि सब डेरा चले लवाइ।।197।।

Upon sighting Shrigverpur, Bharat felt weakness in his all limbs due to his affection for Shri Ram (because he was reminded of the time when Shri Ram had halted and stayed for the first night in exile at this place in open along with Sita) and took support of Nishad Guha presenting a good sight to look at as one seemed an embodiment of affection and the other the embodiment of submissive humility. In this manner, together with the army of his people, Bharat went to visit the river Ganga from close quarter which has the capacity to purify the whole world; coming close to the spot on the bank where Shri Ram had spent time Bharat reverentially bowed down and became lost in thoughts as if he had met with Shri Ram Himself (in eyes of the Bhaktas all those spots and Tirthas which have been visited by their most loved Lord are fully charged with the power of Him and they feel like being with Him in person whenever they happen to be at such spots). Following Bharat all the citizens of Ayodhya also devotedly bowed down; they felt pleased to look at the water of the river Ganga which is in any case full of effect of the Supreme Lord (as it flows from the toe of Him as the Poranic story goes, this shows slight difference in how the people felt and how Bharat felt). All of them submerging themselves in the holy water of Ganga and drinking it, they wished for, with folded hands, being granted the never diminishing and quite abundant love at the feet of Shri Ram (as Ganga is supposed to bestow any thing wished for provided it holds benefit for the one asking it). Bharat too prayed before the Ganga saying, “O Divine Mother Ganga, the sands where your flow give comfort to all and to your servants its like Surdhenu (the divine cow which can take care of all that is needed); I therefore pray to be given boon which will ensure my natural love at the feet of mother-like Sita and Shri Ram.”

In this manner Bharat took a dip in he purifying water of Ganga and then ensured that all the mothers had also taken bath with water of the flowing divine river; after seeking Guru’s permission he requested all to move towards the camping sights for night’s stay.

We have now covered up to Doha 197 of Ayodhya Kand.

जहँ तहँ लोगन्ह डेरा कीन्हा। भरत सोधु सबही कर लीन्हा।।
सुर सेवा करि आयसु पाई। राम मातु पहिं गे दोउ भाई।।
चरन चाँपि कहि कहि मृदु बानी। जननीं सकल भरत सनमानी।।
भाइहि सौंपि मातु सेवकाई। आपु निषादहि लीन्ह बोलाई।।
चले सखा कर सों कर जोरें। सिथिल सरीर सनेह न थोरें।।
पूँछत सखहि सो ठाउँ देखाऊ। नेकु नयन मन जरनि जुड़ाऊ।।
जहँ सिय रामु लखनु निसि सोए। कहत भरे जल लोचन कोए।।
भरत बचन सुनि भयउ बिषादू। तुरत तहाँ लइ गयउ निषादू।।
दो0-जहँ सिंसुपा पुनीत तर रघुबर किय बिश्रामु।
अति सनेहँ सादर भरत कीन्हेउ दंड प्रनामु।।198।।

Reaching at spots meant for stay, people settled themselves at their respective places and Bharat personally inquired about their convenience. It was now dusk and time to be in service of the gods by performing evening worship (Sandhyavandan) which both brothers did and taking permission of mother of Shri Ram to see her they went to meet her; Bharat then tried to relieve the pain of the feet of mothers by softly massaging them and then pleasantly spoke some words duly honoring them. A little while later Bharat entrusted the service of the mothers to his broher Shatrughan and summoned Nishad Guha to be with himself. When Nishad Guha came, Bharat took his hand in his own hand left for a stroll together with him but he felt numbness in his body due to the surge of emotions under influence of love; while moving around Bharat asked his friend saying, “Show me that particular spot where Sita, Shri Ram and Lakshman spent their night, I want to cool down my eyes and heart and get some comfort from the sense of burning.” Uttering these words, the corners of Bharat’s eyes got filled with tears; Nishad Guha too felt very sad and sorrowful after listening to words of Bharat and straightly took him to that very spot where under the holy rosewood tree the great Raghu Shri Ram had rested for the night. Bharat immediately prostrated there with a deep sense of love and respect for Shri Ram.

We have now covered up to Doha 198 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
GoswamiTulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXV

July 2, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Krishna,

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

भेंटत भरतु ताहि अति प्रीती। लोग सिहाहिं प्रेम कै रीती।।
धन्य धन्य धुनि मंगल मूला। सुर सराहि तेहि बरिसहिं फूला।।
लोक बेद सब भाँतिहिं नीचा। जासु छाँह छुइ लेइअ सींचा।।
तेहि भरि अंक राम लघु भ्राता। मिलत पुलक परिपूरित गाता।।
राम राम कहि जे जमुहाहीं। तिन्हहि न पाप पुंज समुहाहीं।।
यह तौ राम लाइ उर लीन्हा। कुल समेत जगु पावन कीन्हा।।
करमनास जलु सुरसरि परई। तेहि को कहहु सीस नहिं धरई।।
उलटा नामु जपत जगु जाना। बालमीकि भए ब्रह्म समाना।।
दो0-स्वपच सबर खस जमन जड़ पावँर कोल किरात।
रामु कहत पावन परम होत भुवन बिख्यात।।194।।

We covered up to Doha 194 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that BHarat met Guha with intense feeling of love for him in his heart which every one present there appreciated wholeheartedly and the gods also proclaimed there approval and showered flowers from above. Guha though from a low caste, was taken in embrace by Bharat and why not when all those who even take Ram’s name while yawning find themselves purified of all past sins and in case of Guha, Shri Ram had brought him to His bosom and therefore Guha’s whole family and villages got sanctified besides himself. All are aware that Valmiki achieved an exalted status of being an equal to being a Brahmarshi by uttering with devotion Ram’s name even when he mistakenly reversing the order of letters of the name, no wonder therefore people from lowest order of humanity can become pure of heart and mind by taking Ram’s name.

नहिं अचिरजु जुग जुग चलि आई। केहि न दीन्हि रघुबीर बड़ाई।।
राम नाम महिमा सुर कहहीं। सुनि सुनि अवधलोग सुखु लहहीं।।
रामसखहि मिलि भरत सप्रेमा। पूँछी कुसल सुमंगल खेमा।।
देखि भरत कर सील सनेहू। भा निषाद तेहि समय बिदेहू।।
सकुच सनेहु मोदु मन बाढ़ा। भरतहि चितवत एकटक ठाढ़ा।।
धरि धीरजु पद बंदि बहोरी। बिनय सप्रेम करत कर जोरी।।
कुसल मूल पद पंकज पेखी। मैं तिहुँ काल कुसल निज लेखी।।
अब प्रभु परम अनुग्रह तोरें। सहित कोटि कुल मंगल मोरें।।
दो0-समुझि मोरि करतूति कुलु प्रभु महिमा जियँ जोइ।
जो न भजइ रघुबीर पद जग बिधि बंचित सोइ।।195।।

It should not surprise anyone as Raghuveer Shri Ram has ingratiated and has raised up and refined people since ages. This is how gods concluded their proclamation of glory of Ram’s name and all the citizens of Ayodhya felt very pleased on that account. Having met Guha, the friend of Shri Ram with affection, Bharat inquired of his safety, welfare and comforts (as a prince should rightly keep concern with the welfare of subjects and sub-ordinates). Noticing Bharat’s affection for himself and the richness of his behavior, Guha became overwhelmed and forgot all else; first he was skeptic but now his heart was filled with affection and great pleasure, so much so that he just kept looking towards Bharat without blinking eyelids.

A little while later regaining patience he once again bowed down at feet of Bharat and submitted with hands folded, “the very root of my safety and welfare is that I have occasion to look at your lotus feet; now I consider that my security and welfare is ensured in all three states of time i e the past, the present and the future. With your supreme graces bestowed on me, my families in many past births have become blessed and of future births will be blessed and secured too..

“What is my family background and what kind of deeds I have always remained engaged in on one hand and see what is the extent of glorious disposition of Lord Shri Ram on the other that He has been kind to me, those who ponder over it in their heart would understand that those who do not worship the feet of Lord Shri Ram are only the ones who are in fact deprived in this world (the lack of comforts and lack of possessions do not really matter neither the membership of a high family is of importance really but devotion at Lord Shri Ram’s feet is, that only translates in to real benefit in ones life).”

We have now covered up to Doha 195 of Ayodhya Kand.

कपटी कायर कुमति कुजाती। लोक बेद बाहेर सब भाँती।।
राम कीन्ह आपन जबही तें। भयउँ भुवन भूषन तबही तें।।
देखि प्रीति सुनि बिनय सुहाई। मिलेउ बहोरि भरत लघु भाई।।
कहि निषाद निज नाम सुबानीं। सादर सकल जोहारीं रानीं।।
जानि लखन सम देहिं असीसा। जिअहु सुखी सय लाख बरीसा।।
निरखि निषादु नगर नर नारी। भए सुखी जनु लखनु निहारी।।
कहहिं लहेउ एहिं जीवन लाहू। भेंटेउ रामभद्र भरि बाहू।।
सुनि निषादु निज भाग बड़ाई। प्रमुदित मन लइ चलेउ लेवाई।।
दो0-सनकारे सेवक सकल चले स्वामि रुख पाइ।
घर तरु तर सर बाग बन बास बनाएन्हि जाइ।।196।।

Guha further said to Bharat, “The people who are tricky, cowardly, wicked and low-born untouchables have been kept out of social order and don’t qualify to study Vedas, I happen to be one of them but since the time Shri Ram called me His own, treated me as someone his own, I have become an ornament of the world (i e have become acceptable and being honored).”

When Shatrughan, the younger brother of Bharat, noted the soft feelings of Guha and heard his humbly spoken appealing words, he too met him with pleasure. Nishad Guha then uttered his own name in very pleasing tone for benefit of the queen mothers and very respectfully paid his regards unto each one of them; they too blessed him knowing him to be like Lakshman (as Guha had been as prompt in serving Shri Ram as Lakshman) and said, “May you live with happiness for a long long time.”

The citizens of Ayodhya too felt as much pleased after seeing Nishad Guha as they would have after seeing Lakshman. They said this Nishada had really got the benefit of having lived, he had good fortune of meeting Shri Ram holding Him in his own arms; Nishad became happy to know that his fortune had been so good in eyes of even those who live in city of Shri Ram itself and then took all of them along with him back to his village. He summoned all his henchmen who promptly came forward and prepared resting places in side their homes, under the tree and near ponds, gardens and forests (to accommodate the large contingent of people accompanying Bharat).

We have now covered up to Doha 196 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXIV

July 1, 2015

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

लखन सनेहु सुभायँ सुहाएँ। बैरु प्रीति नहिं दुरइँ दुराएँ।।
अस कहि भेंट सँजोवन लागे। कंद मूल फल खग मृग मागे।।
मीन पीन पाठीन पुराने। भरि भरि भार कहारन्ह आने।।
मिलन साजु सजि मिलन सिधाए। मंगल मूल सगुन सुभ पाए।।
देखि दूरि तें कहि निज नामू। कीन्ह मुनीसहि दंड प्रनामू।।
जानि रामप्रिय दीन्हि असीसा। भरतहि कहेउ बुझाइ मुनीसा।।
राम सखा सुनि संदनु त्यागा। चले उतरि उमगत अनुरागा।।
गाउँ जाति गुहँ नाउँ सुनाई। कीन्ह जोहारु माथ महि लाई।।
दो0-करत दंडवत देखि तेहि भरत लीन्ह उर लाइ।
मनहुँ लखन सन भेंट भइ प्रेम न हृदयँ समाइ।।193।।

We covered up to Doha 193 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Nishadraj Guha decided to first meet Bharat and know his intentions and purpose in light of what an elderly person in his side said and collected some items of food etc for purpose of gifting to the royal visitor. Thus prepared, Guha moved in direction of approaching army of people and when he saw Muni Vashishttha from a distance he prostrated reverentially and also called out his own name for identification. Muni in turn blessed him and told Bharat that he was none else but a friend of Shri Ram; knowing Guha as Shri Ram’s friend, Bharat got down from the his car promptly, responded to greeting of GUha by bringing him close to his heart and met him like he was meeting brother Lakshman.

भेंटत भरतु ताहि अति प्रीती। लोग सिहाहिं प्रेम कै रीती।।
धन्य धन्य धुनि मंगल मूला। सुर सराहि तेहि बरिसहिं फूला।।
लोक बेद सब भाँतिहिं नीचा। जासु छाँह छुइ लेइअ सींचा।।
तेहि भरि अंक राम लघु भ्राता। मिलत पुलक परिपूरित गाता।।
राम राम कहि जे जमुहाहीं। तिन्हहि न पाप पुंज समुहाहीं।।
यह तौ राम लाइ उर लीन्हा। कुल समेत जगु पावन कीन्हा।।
करमनास जलु सुरसरि परई। तेहि को कहहु सीस नहिं धरई।।
उलटा नामु जपत जगु जाना। बालमीकि भए ब्रह्म समाना।।
दो0-स्वपच सबर खस जमन जड़ पावँर कोल किरात।
रामु कहत पावन परम होत भुवन बिख्यात।।194।।

The manner in which Bharat met Guha showing great love for him made the onlookers cherish it and appreciate it; even the gods praised it and exclaimed making pleasing sounds which which denoted their propitious attitude and showered flowers from heavens.

Nishadraj Guha belonged to low caste in view of people and also according to the Vedas (for the way of living and the eating habits etc did not conform to what Vedas approve), he ranked so low in social hierarchy that where ever his shadow fell on ground it had to be washed, such a person was embraced closely by Shri Ram’s younger brother with his own body thrilled with emotional upsurge; surely it may be said that those who take Ram’s name repeatedly while yawning i e even inattentively, escape the effect of scores of sinful acts on their part; here Guha had been embraced by Shri Ram and is therefore able to bring piety to all his family and his surroundings, in the same way as when not so pure water of river Karamnasa mixes with water of divine river Ganges it is sprinkled on heads by people without distinction. Who does not know that even by taking Ram’s name by reversing the order of letters of the name Rishi Valmiki* achieved the status of a Brahmrishi, almost an equal of Brahman as such Rishis are treated in this way by people.

When Ram’s name is uttered even by Swapach (who eat meet of dogs), Sabar (the forest dwellers), Khasi (tribal class), Yaman (people from across western borders), the dumb people and other uncouth people like hunters and wanderers, they become pure and pious (if Ram’s name is taken with devotion and belief of course then surely but even otherwise it will have a welcome effect on psyche of people however low they might be in their temperament and practices) and this is known all over and is not a secret.

(When Ram’s name is uttered, how Ram lived and behaved is reminded of subconsciously and is pondered over, thus ones basic nature gets so reformed that not only his future actions become so pure that it neutralizes even past sins; in instant case Guha met Shri Ram briefly and nominally served him but is so rewarded that his low stature and lack of righteous past actions did not came in way of his having a treatment as an equal by a prince like Bharat).

*Valmiki was a plunderer when he met a saint who advised him to take Ram’s name for being delivered out of his present occupation which even his family members did not approve of but enjoyed benefit of the loot none the less; Valmiki could not remember the name rightly and reversed order but did continue with the practice as advised by the saint; eventually it brought such dramatic change in him that he became a great Rishi and a great poet and even sung the Ram Katha known as Valmiki Ramayan.)

We have now covered up to Doha 194 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXIII

June 29, 2015

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

बेगहु भाइहु सजहु सँजोऊ। सुनि रजाइ कदराइ न कोऊ।।
भलेहिं नाथ सब कहहिं सहरषा। एकहिं एक बढ़ावइ करषा।।
चले निषाद जोहारि जोहारी। सूर सकल रन रूचइ रारी।।
सुमिरि राम पद पंकज पनहीं। भाथीं बाँधि चढ़ाइन्हि धनहीं।।
अँगरी पहिरि कूँड़ि सिर धरहीं। फरसा बाँस सेल सम करहीं।।
एक कुसल अति ओड़न खाँड़े। कूदहि गगन मनहुँ छिति छाँड़े।।
निज निज साजु समाजु बनाई। गुह राउतहि जोहारे जाई।।
देखि सुभट सब लायक जाने। लै लै नाम सकल सनमाने।।
दो0-भाइहु लावहु धोख जनि आजु काज बड़ मोहि।
सुनि सरोष बोले सुभट बीर अधीर न होहि।।191।।

We covered up to Doha 191 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Guha, the Nishad leader, called all his people to get ready to challenge Bharat and his army. All of them went about doing their respective work but concentrated their minds on the footwear of Shri Ram which they had had occasion to serve; they went and saluted their leader after they had organized themselves at which point Guha too honored them calling out the names of each one them and admonished them to remain committed and not show any kind of weakness later, to which all angrily replied that he needed not worry too much.

राम प्रताप नाथ बल तोरे। करहिं कटकु बिनु भट बिनु घोरे।।
जीवत पाउ न पाछें धरहीं। रुंड मुंडमय मेदिनि करहीं।।
दीख निषादनाथ भल टोलू। कहेउ बजाउ जुझाऊ ढोलू।।
एतना कहत छींक भइ बाँए। कहेउ सगुनिअन्ह खेत सुहाए।।
बूढ़ु एकु कह सगुन बिचारी। भरतहि मिलिअ न होइहि रारी।।
रामहि भरतु मनावन जाहीं। सगुन कहइ अस बिग्रहु नाहीं।।
सुनि गुह कहइ नीक कह बूढ़ा। सहसा करि पछिताहिं बिमूढ़ा।।
भरत सुभाउ सीलु बिनु बूझें। बड़ि हित हानि जानि बिनु जूझें।।
दो0-गहहु घाट भट समिटि सब लेउँ मरम मिलि जाइ।
बूझि मित्र अरि मध्य गति तस तब करिहउँ आइ।।192।।

The soldiers under command of Guha further told him, “O Master, by the strength that we draw from Shri Ram and supported by you we will ensure to make the army of Bharat devoid any brave soldiers and will finish their horses; we shall not retreat under any circumstances till we are alive. The ground will will be strewn with the bodies and heads separated from bodies.”

Guha, the Nishad leader, found his troops war-ready in every way and ordered them to beat the drums signifying the march of fighters but right at that moment someone sneezed on the left side of him which some elders, who could understand what the omens tell, studied and evaluated and then conveyed to Guha that Bharat should be first met as fight is not indicated by this omen. He said to Guha that it seemed that Bharat was going to ask Shri Ram to forgive him and be pleased to come back to Ayodhya, since the omen suggested this therefore there would not emerge any discordant situation.

Listening to what the elderly person said, Guha agreed and said, “it may well be the possibility and a welcome one because actions taken by fools in rush and without weighing pros and cons give rise to repentance later. Not first finding out what is the personal leaning of Bharat and the inclination and sense and yet engage in fighting will damage our own cause and well-being.

“You all may therefore take control of the landing point and remain concentrated there (in a defensive mode) and I will go to take stock of situation by meeting Bharat and this way find out whether he is a friend or a foe or is just neutral; only later, after coming back, will I decide and do.”

(Our readiness for a great cause is best but it doesn’t call for precipitate action, actions that might lead to even loss of lives should be taken with patience and full assessment of situation, here the elders’ advice is always important and must be paid heed to for they have wealth of experience behind them.)

We have now covered up to Doha 192 of Ayodhya Kand.

लखन सनेहु सुभायँ सुहाएँ। बैरु प्रीति नहिं दुरइँ दुराएँ।।
अस कहि भेंट सँजोवन लागे। कंद मूल फल खग मृग मागे।।
मीन पीन पाठीन पुराने। भरि भरि भार कहारन्ह आने।।
मिलन साजु सजि मिलन सिधाए। मंगल मूल सगुन सुभ पाए।।
देखि दूरि तें कहि निज नामू। कीन्ह मुनीसहि दंड प्रनामू।।
जानि रामप्रिय दीन्हि असीसा। भरतहि कहेउ बुझाइ मुनीसा।।
राम सखा सुनि संदनु त्यागा। चले उतरि उमगत अनुरागा।।
गाउँ जाति गुहँ नाउँ सुनाई। कीन्ह जोहारु माथ महि लाई।।
दो0-करत दंडवत देखि तेहि भरत लीन्ह उर लाइ।
मनहुँ लखन सन भेंट भइ प्रेम न हृदयँ समाइ।।193।।

Guha continued and said, “Lakshman’s affection for Shri Ram, his temperament and likings will not remain concealed from me for attitude of love and hatred, enmity and friendliness are not possible to be kept concealed.” With these words he began to collect gifts and presents to be offered to Lakshman and told his people to bring stems, roots, fruits and eatable meat of birds and deer and also healthy fresh fishes for this purpose which were brought is ample quantity by servants who perform house-hold chores.

Equipped with all paraphernalia meant for such occasions Guha went ahead to meet Bharat while all the omens that ensure well-being and good tidings occurred too. When Guha saw Bharat’s party though from a distance, he announced his coming by calling out his own name loudly and lay straight in honor of Muni Vashishtth who was the first one to appear before him.

(Guha did it because whenever a stranger happens to approach someone not expecting him he should be careful to let his name be known to instill confidence and express an attitude of friendliness and openness; secondly by laying straight in reverence demonstrates that no sudden attack can be attempted by the approaching party hence possibility of mistaken aggression on both sides is avoided.).

Muni Vashishtth also blessed him knowing him to be a dear friend of Shri Ram and told Bharat convincing him about his trustworthiness. Bharat jumped out of the chariot listening from Muni that he was a friend of Shri Ram and went forward with a surge of love for him and with great enthusiasm (as he was the first one dear to Shri Ram to be met on his way leading to Shri Ram, someone dear to Shri Ram is as much dear to another one who loves Shri Ram).

Since Bharat came from Ayodhya as a king or at least as a prince, Guha treated him likewise and told him first his name, village to which he belonged and his caste (which was the custom and discipline of that time) and paid respects by touching ground with his forehead.

Bharat on the other hand had a different regard for him and brought him up close to his heart and experienced like he was meeting Lakshman himself (the love knows no restrictions that are placed by the difference in status and the demand of etiquette, here the communications happens through hearts and not minds, even between a monarch and his subject).

We have now covered up to Doha 193 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandlewal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXII

June 18, 2015

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

सई तीर बसि चले बिहाने। सृंगबेरपुर सब निअराने।।
समाचार सब सुने निषादा। हृदयँ बिचार करइ सबिषादा।।
कारन कवन भरतु बन जाहीं। है कछु कपट भाउ मन माहीं।।
जौं पै जियँ न होति कुटिलाई। तौ कत लीन्ह संग कटकाई।।
जानहिं सानुज रामहि मारी। करउँ अकंटक राजु सुखारी।।
भरत न राजनीति उर आनी। तब कलंकु अब जीवन हानी।।
सकल सुरासुर जुरहिं जुझारा। रामहि समर न जीतनिहारा।।
का आचरजु भरतु अस करहीं। नहिं बिष बेलि अमिअ फल फरहीं।।
दो0-अस बिचारि गुहँ ग्याति सन कहेउ सजग सब होहु।
हथवाँसहु बोरहु तरनि कीजिअ घाटारोहु।।189।।

We covered up to Doha 189 of Ayodhya kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that when Bharat and rest reached near Shringverpur, the news spread and the Nishadas did not like it thinking that since Bharat was having a large army with him it must be that he has evil designs against Lord Shri Ram to secure his kingdom from any future threat. They didn’t want any harm to come to Shri Ram in spite of them and they thought Bharat had forgotten all about sound policy and till now he had earned bad name only but now his actions would be costing him loss of life. They thought that though Shri Ram could not be defeated by any one yet Bharat had decided to challenge Him, this only suggests that a son born of a person like Kaikeyi might well be inclined in this manner. Their Leader Guha therefor decided to call all his people to organize and block the points where the river could be crossed and by sinking the boats, in interest of defending his friend and master Lord Shri Ram.

होहु सँजोइल रोकहु घाटा। ठाटहु सकल मरै के ठाटा।।
सनमुख लोह भरत सन लेऊँ। जिअत न सुरसरि उतरन देऊँ।।
समर मरनु पुनि सुरसरि तीरा। राम काजु छनभंगु सरीरा।।
भरत भाइ नृपु मै जन नीचू। बड़ें भाग असि पाइअ मीचू।।
स्वामि काज करिहउँ रन रारी। जस धवलिहउँ भुवन दस चारी।।
तजउँ प्रान रघुनाथ निहोरें। दुहूँ हाथ मुद मोदक मोरें।।
साधु समाज न जाकर लेखा। राम भगत महुँ जासु न रेखा।।
जायँ जिअत जग सो महि भारू। जननी जौबन बिटप कुठारू।।
दो0-बिगत बिषाद निषादपति सबहि बढ़ाइ उछाहु।
सुमिरि राम मागेउ तुरत तरकस धनुष सनाहु।।190।।

Guha instructed his people to collectively put obstacles to check the army of Bharat from crossing over and be ready for laying down lives; he said that he would fight with Bharat fiercely confronting him defiantly and till the last breath wouldn’t let him come over to bank of river on his side. He declared, “To die while battling that too on the bank of divine river Ganges while being engaged in serving the cause of Shri Ram knowing it that one’s body is only meant to get quickly decomposed after death hence is of no great worth besides when its fight with Bharat, the brother of Shri Ram, who is no ordinary person but is a king, such a death can only come to someone with a great fortune.

“Its for the Master alone that I would be engaged in combat on the battlefield (not for any of my own selfish purposes which can bind and sink me) hence I would only be spreading my shining fame in the fourteen spheres to brighten them up (with my this noble deed which is meaningful now and in afterlife).

“The loss of life of mine against call of duty towards Raghunath Shri Ram is going to be a great reward in my both hands (as on one hand it will be death for a right cause and on the other its going to liberate me).

“Who hasn’t had opportunity to enjoy company of the Sadhus (saints) and who can’t be counted among the Bhaktas (devotees) of Shri Ram is living a futile life and is just a burden on the earth, he has only been like an axe used to cut down the tree of mother’s youth (i e his birth only has been spoiler of youth of the mother and of no great consequence).

In this way getting over his remorse, the head of Nishadas spurred and enthused his men greatly; he then remembering Lord Shri Ram asked for his bow, arrows and protective cover.

(The message here is that even low born people and people away from centers of learning etc who have developed some sense to guess as to what is their ordained duty towards serving the Lord and are always ready and willing to deploy their resources on occasions that put demand on them, would also make progress on path of salvation. Lord’s love for them is always assured for them is the belief that they must always carry and should remain fearless.)

We have now covered up to Doha 190 of Ayodhya Kand.

बेगहु भाइहु सजहु सँजोऊ। सुनि रजाइ कदराइ न कोऊ।।
भलेहिं नाथ सब कहहिं सहरषा। एकहिं एक बढ़ावइ करषा।।
चले निषाद जोहारि जोहारी। सूर सकल रन रूचइ रारी।।
सुमिरि राम पद पंकज पनहीं। भाथीं बाँधि चढ़ाइन्हि धनहीं।।
अँगरी पहिरि कूँड़ि सिर धरहीं। फरसा बाँस सेल सम करहीं।।
एक कुसल अति ओड़न खाँड़े। कूदहि गगन मनहुँ छिति छाँड़े।।
निज निज साजु समाजु बनाई। गुह राउतहि जोहारे जाई।।
देखि सुभट सब लायक जाने। लै लै नाम सकल सनमाने।।
दो0-भाइहु लावहु धोख जनि आजु काज बड़ मोहि।
सुनि सरोष बोले सुभट बीर अधीर न होहि।।191।।

Guha asked his people to commit saying, “Get organised and equipped fast, once agreeing to do what I ask, no one should sulk or show weakness later.”

Responding positively all his men committed themselves happily and began to compete with each other in terms of rising to the occasion. The Nishadas respectfully greeted their leader and moved forward, all of them quite brave and interested in the possible combat. Bringing memory of the footwear of Shri Ram to their hearts (they were so humble as to limit themselves to slippers of Shri Ram and not touch His feet) they began to tie quiver to waist and stringed their bows; they put on their protective gear and placed hats of stone-like material and sharpened their axes and spears and attached them to straight bamboo pieces.

Some of them were experts in handling the weapons used by hand and were able to touch the sky and move fast here and there without being seen. With their respective equipment and weapons they formed groups and proceeded to greet and report to their leader Guha. Guha in turn found all the brave warriors ready for any and every eventuality and praised them calling them out their names (Guha displayed here a necessary quality in a leader which is to honor all his people individually and address them by their names as far as possible as individuals are as important as the teams).

Lastly Guha exhorted them and said, “Brothers, you may not leave me in lurch, I am committed to accomplish some great task.” Listening to such words of Guha, the brave soldiers replied somewhat agitatedly and said, “O Brave Leader, you must not be impatient in this way.”

We have now covered up to Doha 191 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXI

June 14, 2015

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

चक्क चक्कि जिमि पुर नर नारी। चहत प्रात उर आरत भारी।।
जागत सब निसि भयउ बिहाना। भरत बोलाए सचिव सुजाना।।
कहेउ लेहु सबु तिलक समाजू। बनहिं देब मुनि रामहिं राजू।।
बेगि चलहु सुनि सचिव जोहारे। तुरत तुरग रथ नाग सँवारे।।
अरुंधती अरु अगिनि समाऊ। रथ चढ़ि चले प्रथम मुनिराऊ।।
बिप्र बृंद चढ़ि बाहन नाना। चले सकल तप तेज निधाना।।
नगर लोग सब सजि सजि जाना। चित्रकूट कहँ कीन्ह पयाना।।
सिबिका सुभग न जाहिं बखानी। चढ़ि चढ़ि चलत भई सब रानी।।
दो0-सौंपि नगर सुचि सेवकनि सादर सकल चलाइ।
सुमिरि राम सिय चरन तब चले भरत दोउ भाइ।।187।।

We covered up to Doha 187 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that people of Ayodhya eagerly and anxiously awaited for the break of dawn keeping awake for the whole night. When it was morning, Bharat asked his ministers to arrange for Shri Ram’s coronation ceremony to be performed by Muni in the forest itself and also get finally ready for leaving at the earliest. Bharat’s instructions were carried out fast and Muni Vashishtth and Arundhati were first to ride the chariot and move, the Vipras followed him and after them were the queens in nice palanquins and lastly the members of public were gently allowed by Bharat and Shatrughan to follow while the two brothers remaining at the back of them all joined but only after they had entrusted the city to trusted men who were of high commitment and honor.

राम दरस बस सब नर नारी। जनु करि करिनि चले तकि बारी।।
बन सिय रामु समुझि मन माहीं। सानुज भरत पयादेहिं जाहीं।।
देखि सनेहु लोग अनुरागे। उतरि चले हय गय रथ त्यागे।।
जाइ समीप राखि निज डोली। राम मातु मृदु बानी बोली।।
तात चढ़हु रथ बलि महतारी। होइहि प्रिय परिवारु दुखारी।।
तुम्हरें चलत चलिहि सबु लोगू। सकल सोक कृस नहिं मग जोगू।।
सिर धरि बचन चरन सिरु नाई। रथ चढ़ि चलत भए दोउ भाई।।
तमसा प्रथम दिवस करि बासू। दूसर गोमति तीर निवासू।।
दो0-पय अहार फल असन एक निसि भोजन एक लोग।
करत राम हित नेम ब्रत परिहरि भूषन भोग।।188।।

Craving for the Darshan (eyeful glimpse) of Shri Ram all the men and women moved ahead like thirsty male and female elephants keep going towards the water source after locating it without taking interest in each other (i e all had their single pointed attention at seeing the Lord, this mental make up is a must for uniting with Him).

Bharat along with younger brother Shatrughan kept going on foot considering that Sita and Shri Ram in the forest also had no other means for moving hence they also should not use means available to them. When others observed them going on foot they appreciated their love for Shri Ram and became themselves very emotional and followed suit coming down from horses and elephants and vehicles. Mother Kaushalya could not bear her sons and subjects taking pains in this fashion and therefore got her palanquin to be put down near Bharat and softly spoke to him saying, “O Son, I swear by my life and as mother that you get on a chariot right away as otherwise all the near and dear ones in the family will be worried and upset and seeing you going on foot all others would do the same while none is strong enough to bear strain of walking having become weak on account of grieving for many days now.

Without any word of contradiction both brothers climbed on a chariot after bowing their heads before the mother and moved ahead. They first halted at the banks of Tamasa river for the night and next they halted at the bank of River Gomati.

While on way to go near their beloved Lord Shri Ram, some had only milk for food, some only fruits and rest resolved to have meals once only, in evening; this is how for sake of Shri Ram people resolved to observe fasting and other avowed practices while living and dressing up simply and avoid any kind of indulgence (all of us as seekers should also learn to live simply, observe spiritual practices regularly as per our own capacity and circumstances while avoiding excessive consumption and abandoning avoidable luxuries).

We have now covered up to Doha 188 of Ayodhya Kand.

सई तीर बसि चले बिहाने। सृंगबेरपुर सब निअराने।।
समाचार सब सुने निषादा। हृदयँ बिचार करइ सबिषादा।।
कारन कवन भरतु बन जाहीं। है कछु कपट भाउ मन माहीं।।
जौं पै जियँ न होति कुटिलाई। तौ कत लीन्ह संग कटकाई।।
जानहिं सानुज रामहि मारी। करउँ अकंटक राजु सुखारी।।
भरत न राजनीति उर आनी। तब कलंकु अब जीवन हानी।।
सकल सुरासुर जुरहिं जुझारा। रामहि समर न जीतनिहारा।।
का आचरजु भरतु अस करहीं। नहिं बिष बेलि अमिअ फल फरहीं।।
दो0-अस बिचारि गुहँ ग्याति सन कहेउ सजग सब होहु।
हथवाँसहु बोरहु तरनि कीजिअ घाटारोहु।।189।।

Next night staying at bank of Sai they moved forward in the morning and came close to Shringverpur. The Nishadas got the news of their arrival and began to think with concern and worry as to why Bharat was also heading towards the forests; it looked to them that he had some ill design because if that was not the case why a whole army of people is accompanying him. They pondered that Bharat might have planned to kill both, Shri Rama and younger brother Lakshman, and then to comfortably rule over Ayodhya without any possible threat from them. They opined that it was not a good tactical move on Bharat’s part and he hadn’t followed a sound policy; so far he could only be blamed but now he would lose life (as he now intended to be violent too which must met with violence by them being friends of Shri Ram). They believed that combined armies of the demons and gods couldn’t win Shri Ram on the battlefield (as it was already known to all after surrender of the Demon Kings and god-like Parasuram at the Swyamvar of Sita) but they didn’t consider it strange possibility that Bharat had so decided because a poisonous creeper can’t produce life-saving fruits (indicating that he was after all a son of a vile person like Kaikeyi).

Concluding in this way Guha, the leader of the Nishadas, warned every one of his clan to be vigilant and ordered all the boats to be brought and so arranged that the steps to come over to bank on this side was blocked.

(We should appreciate here that Shri Ram is being saved from possible threats while he has not asked for it himself and that is because of his display of valor and of friendship at some point in past. So everyone of us should understand that valor and friendliness are two traits that keep us fortified at all times. Guha recalled these two things about Shri Ram while he got ready to defend him.)

We have now covered up to Doha 189 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

Hariom,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLX

June 12, 2015

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

भा सब कें मन मोदु न थोरा। जनु घन धुनि सुनि चातक मोरा।।
चलत प्रात लखि निरनउ नीके। भरतु प्रानप्रिय भे सबही के।।
मुनिहि बंदि भरतहि सिरु नाई। चले सकल घर बिदा कराई।।
धन्य भरत जीवनु जग माहीं। सीलु सनेहु सराहत जाहीं।।
कहहि परसपर भा बड़ काजू। सकल चलै कर साजहिं साजू।।
जेहि राखहिं रहु घर रखवारी। सो जानइ जनु गरदनि मारी।।
कोउ कह रहन कहिअ नहिं काहू। को न चहइ जग जीवन लाहू।।
दो0-जरउ सो संपति सदन सुखु सुहद मातु पितु भाइ।
सनमुख होत जो राम पद करै न सहस सहाइ।।185।।

We covered up to Doha 185 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that all those who listened to Bharat’s sentiment laden but very logical lecture in the assembly were delighted very much (that Bharat thought very rightly and that there is now a ray of hope of meeting Shri Ram). They showed their respect for the Muni and no less for Bharat before leaving for home and decided to get ready for the journey towards jungle the next morning. Some who were told to stay back to guard the homes became very dejected but some others came to their help saying that nothing should be done that comes in way of taking a course that would enable to have look at the feet of Shri Ram hence all should join the entourage.

घर घर साजहिं बाहन नाना। हरषु हृदयँ परभात पयाना।।
भरत जाइ घर कीन्ह बिचारू। नगरु बाजि गज भवन भँडारू।।
संपति सब रघुपति कै आही। जौ बिनु जतन चलौं तजि ताही।।
तौ परिनाम न मोरि भलाई। पाप सिरोमनि साइँ दोहाई।।
करइ स्वामि हित सेवकु सोई। दूषन कोटि देइ किन कोई।।
अस बिचारि सुचि सेवक बोले। जे सपनेहुँ निज धरम न डोले।।
कहि सबु मरमु धरमु भल भाषा। जो जेहि लायक सो तेहिं राखा।।
करि सबु जतनु राखि रखवारे। राम मातु पहिं भरतु सिधारे।।
दो0-आरत जननी जानि सब भरत सनेह सुजान।
कहेउ बनावन पालकीं सजन सुखासन जान।।186।।

In most households different types of vehicles were being readied for the journey to be commenced in the morning with immense pleasure. After retiring to home Bharat gave some cool thought that the city, the horses and elephants, the buildings and also the treasure of the state all belonged to Raghupati Shri Ram (he always believed that all the riches and possessions do in fact belong to Almighty Lord and nothing should be seen as owned by self), if he neglected to make arrangements for its safety then it would not be good on his part nor in his own interest; if any loss occurred with respect to all this then he only would be seen as totally irresponsible and as an errant even in eyes of Shri Ram, his master.

Bharat determined in his heart that a servant is not just for name sake, only who serves the interest of his master is really a servant, even though some might fault him for securing wealth etc with selfish motive (he knew that some people are good at only finding faults with every thing). With these kind of thoughts going on in his mind, Bharat called some servants who were of good character and standing and who would not be deviant or careless even in their dreams. Then Bharat explained all the details and their specific duties and put them at the strategic points according to their capacity and talent.

After making all possible arrangements with regard to security Bharat went up to mother Kaushalya. There Bharat noted that the mothers were under great distress but he also knew well of their affection towards Shri Ram being thoroughly aware of emotions pertaining to love and therefore could make out that the mothers would come along so he instructed some experts to make ready palanquins with comfortable seating suitable for the elite people.

(Through out it can be seen that Bharat though greatly distressed himself on one hand, has been fully aware of his duties on the other hand; his balanced thinking and attitude of inquiry has not got affected by the emotionally upsetting event. This kind of equanimity is rarely seen but is must for the achievements in any field.)

We have now covered up to Doha 186 of Ayodhya Kand.

चक्क चक्कि जिमि पुर नर नारी। चहत प्रात उर आरत भारी।।
जागत सब निसि भयउ बिहाना। भरत बोलाए सचिव सुजाना।।
कहेउ लेहु सबु तिलक समाजू। बनहिं देब मुनि रामहिं राजू।।
बेगि चलहु सुनि सचिव जोहारे। तुरत तुरग रथ नाग सँवारे।।
अरुंधती अरु अगिनि समाऊ। रथ चढ़ि चले प्रथम मुनिराऊ।।
बिप्र बृंद चढ़ि बाहन नाना। चले सकल तप तेज निधाना।।
नगर लोग सब सजि सजि जाना। चित्रकूट कहँ कीन्ह पयाना।।
सिबिका सुभग न जाहिं बखानी। चढ़ि चढ़ि चलत भई सब रानी।।
दो0-सौंपि नगर सुचि सेवकनि सादर सकल चलाइ।
सुमिरि राम सिय चरन तब चले भरत दोउ भाइ।।187।।

All the men and women passed that night waking up anguished in heart and restless for the dawn oblivious of the presence of their partners like female and male Chakravak birds spend their nights. Keeping awake for the whole night they saw break of the day; Bharat then called his perceptive and responsible ministers and asked them to assemble all items and stuffs needed for performance of Tilak ceremony by Muni Vashishtth in the forest itself enabling accession of Shri Ram to the throne of Ayodhya and to arrange to leave at the earliest. Ministers in turn sent word to assistants and the chariots, horses and elephants etc were speedily readied for the journey.

First of all Muni Vashishtth and his consort Arundhati along with the sacred fire for purpose of Agnihotra ascended a chariot and went ahead of all; then the groups of Vipras who were aglow due to their observation of spiritual practices with requisite discipline followed riding different types of vehicles. The citizens also in their respective modes of transport, duly equipped, also headed towards Chitrakoot. All the queens accompanied riding in decorated palanquins.

The two brothers Bharat and Shatrughan gave charge of the city to the honest and trusted servants and honorably asked all others to proceed and then placing their minds at the feet of Shri Ram and Sita began their journey keeping themselves at back of the caravan.

(Bharat and Shatrughan felt obliged to be like servants of the Bhaktas (devotees) of the Lord and did not wish go to meet Shri Ram as members of royal household. The journey towards the Lord is best undertaken without a trace of ego and by facilitating all those who strive to go near the Lord.)

We have now covered up to Doha 187 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki jai!
Shri jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Sant samaj ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLIX

June 9, 2015

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

आन उपाउ मोहि नहि सूझा। को जिय कै रघुबर बिनु बूझा।।
एकहिं आँक इहइ मन माहीं। प्रातकाल चलिहउँ प्रभु पाहीं।।
जद्यपि मैं अनभल अपराधी। भै मोहि कारन सकल उपाधी।।
तदपि सरन सनमुख मोहि देखी। छमि सब करिहहिं कृपा बिसेषी।।
सील सकुच सुठि सरल सुभाऊ। कृपा सनेह सदन रघुराऊ।।
अरिहुक अनभल कीन्ह न रामा। मैं सिसु सेवक जद्यपि बामा।।
तुम्ह पै पाँच मोर भल मानी। आयसु आसिष देहु सुबानी।।
जेहिं सुनि बिनय मोहि जनु जानी। आवहिं बहुरि रामु रजधानी।।
दो0-जद्यपि जनमु कुमातु तें मैं सठु सदा सदोस।
आपन जानि न त्यागिहहिं मोहि रघुबीर भरोस।।183।।

We covered up to Doha 183 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat concluded by telling all that condition of his heart could only be known to Raghubar Shri Ram and that he sees no other suitable course of action left for him than to go and meet Shri Ram; he said that he felt sure of being condoned, for all his faults because Shri Ram is very considerate and of simple nature besides being very gracious and merciful, when he would come face to face with Him seeking to be kept in His own shelter. Bharat remarked that it might be that though he was born of a wrong mother and therefore must be having faults of his own yet Raghubeer Shri Ram knows him as His own therefore would not reject him or disown him.

भरत बचन सब कहँ प्रिय लागे। राम सनेह सुधाँ जनु पागे।।
लोग बियोग बिषम बिष दागे। मंत्र सबीज सुनत जनु जागे।।
मातु सचिव गुर पुर नर नारी। सकल सनेहँ बिकल भए भारी।।
भरतहि कहहि सराहि सराही। राम प्रेम मूरति तनु आही।।
तात भरत अस काहे न कहहू। प्रान समान राम प्रिय अहहू।।
जो पावँरु अपनी जड़ताई। तुम्हहि सुगाइ मातु कुटिलाई।।
सो सठु कोटिक पुरुष समेता। बसिहि कलप सत नरक निकेता।।
अहि अघ अवगुन नहि मनि गहई। हरइ गरल दुख दारिद दहई।।
दो0-अवसि चलिअ बन रामु जहँ भरत मंत्रु भल कीन्ह।
सोक सिंधु बूड़त सबहि तुम्ह अवलंबनु दीन्ह।।184।।

Every one liked and appreciated Bharat’s words that conveyed his feelings and his precious advice; they received it all like as if it was some divine preparation which had been dipped in Amrit (i e his words worked like death defying concoction, all had been feeling as if life had gone out of their bodies and here they saw an opportunity to become alive again while meeting Shri Ram). People had been almost unconscious after being pricked with deadly poison of separation from Shri Ram and here they were back to life fully awake like they had now heard a miracle mantra with its basic sound (known as Beej Mantra or seeded mantra) that had been empowered and charged with potential powers to make them awake.

The mothers, the ministers, the Guru and the members of public in general, all became overcharged with emotion of love therefore also got very disturbed. They began to speak with great appreciation and praise for Bharat that his whole body itself looked like the embodied love for Shri Ram and told him, “O Son, why wouldn’t you say so, after all you are dear to Shri Ram like one loves own life and so is Shri Ram to you (if Shri Ram is dear to you like life itself, you as Bhakta are no less dear to Him). Whoever out of his own ignorance and dumbness would think that you have been involved in the crooked and vile acts of your mother, that poor and foolish person will have to stay in hell for a hundred Kalpas (time cycles) along with his departed fore-fathers.

“You must be aware that Mani does not practice the sinning ways and wrong deeds of the serpent on whose head it remains placed, rather it removes the effect of poison, brings happiness and eliminates the poverty of the possessor (and you are like that only, you can’t have any of the faults of your mother Kaikeyi but would rather correct all wrongs done by her).

“Surely we will all come with you to go where is Shri Ram in the jungles now, O Bharat, your counsel is perfect and rewarding. You have provided the support to us all who were drowning in the ocean of grief (being separated from Shri Ram).”

We have now covered up to Doha 184 of Ayodhya Kand.

भा सब कें मन मोदु न थोरा। जनु घन धुनि सुनि चातक मोरा।।
चलत प्रात लखि निरनउ नीके। भरतु प्रानप्रिय भे सबही के।।
मुनिहि बंदि भरतहि सिरु नाई। चले सकल घर बिदा कराई।।
धन्य भरत जीवनु जग माहीं। सीलु सनेहु सराहत जाहीं।।
कहहि परसपर भा बड़ काजू। सकल चलै कर साजहिं साजू।।
जेहि राखहिं रहु घर रखवारी। सो जानइ जनु गरदनि मारी।।
कोउ कह रहन कहिअ नहिं काहू। को न चहइ जग जीवन लाहू।।
दो0-जरउ सो संपति सदन सुखु सुहद मातु पितु भाइ।
सनमुख होत जो राम पद करै न सहस सहाइ।।185।।

All were very very happy now in their hearts in the manner Chataks and peacocks become thrilled after listening to the sound of clouds over their heads. That Bharat will be leaving in the morning as per his sound resolved, made him most lovable to all. All bowed down before the Muni and also bowed their heads down before Bharat and took leave of both of them to go home (this signifies that at this point people gave greater respect to Bharat as Bhakta than to Muni in his role as an adviser and guide to the state of Ayodhya). All appreciated the way Bharat lived his life in this world and also praised his gracefulness and his loving self while going back; they told each other that it was a great breakthrough and that they all must now make all preparations for the journey to be undertaken next morning. Some of them who were asked to stay back home for purpose safety and vigilence, thought as if their neck was being chopped off; considering their plight, some others said it was not right to ask anybody to stay back as who in the world does not want to have the benefit of living (i e all remain in pursuit of happiness at times of their lives and here was a chance to have ultimate happiness, the best reward for living by meeting the Lord, after having tasted what it means to be away from Him).

An understanding dawned on them that such possessions and wealth, homes and comforts, even the near dear ones like mother, father or brother, might well perish if any of these things and people are not conducive or willingly helpful in ones efforts at getting to see and bow at the feet of the Lord Shri Ram (i e if any of the inanimate things or animate beings do not help in treading or put obstacles in the same path that Shri Ram has shown by demonstrating through His own acts and behavior while in human form as avatar then the same are best to be put aside or destroyed because that only will lead one to the desirable goal).

We have now covered up to Doha 185 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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