Ramcharit Charcha CDLV

May 26, 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

अवसि नरेस बचन फुर करहू। पालहु प्रजा सोकु परिहरहू।।
सुरपुर नृप पाइहि परितोषू। तुम्ह कहुँ सुकृत सुजसु नहिं दोषू।।
बेद बिदित संमत सबही का। जेहि पितु देइ सो पावइ टीका।।
करहु राजु परिहरहु गलानी। मानहु मोर बचन हित जानी।।
सुनि सुखु लहब राम बैदेहीं। अनुचित कहब न पंडित केहीं।।
कौसल्यादि सकल महतारीं। तेउ प्रजा सुख होहिं सुखारीं।।
परम तुम्हार राम कर जानिहि। सो सब बिधि तुम्ह सन भल मानिहि।।
सौंपेहु राजु राम कै आएँ। सेवा करेहु सनेह सुहाएँ।।
दो0-कीजिअ गुर आयसु अवसि कहहिं सचिव कर जोरि।
रघुपति आएँ उचित जस तस तब करब बहोरि।।175।।

We covered up to Doha 175 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Muni Vashishtth advised Bharat to get ready to rule over Ayodhya and to stop grieving for this only will ensure good of people and this only would have got approval of the king who was no more besides it will also be path of righteousness and repute for Bharat. Muni told Bharat that scriptures as well as all other people acknowledge that its father’s right to nominate the king hence he need not feel bad about it and that he was being told only what was in his interest. Muni explained that Sita and Shri Ram will be pleased and none would call it wrong; the mothers will be pleased too as the subjects of Ayodhya will be looked after nicely. Muni said to Bharat that who know Bharat’s relationship of love with Shri Ram would see it as a favor done by Bharat and that upon return of Shri Ram the responsibility could well be handed back to Him and Bharat could well devote himself in His service. The ministers also besought Bharat to act like Muni had opined.

कौसल्या धरि धीरजु कहई। पूत पथ्य गुर आयसु अहई।।
सो आदरिअ करिअ हित मानी। तजिअ बिषादु काल गति जानी।।
बन रघुपति सुरपति नरनाहू। तुम्ह एहि भाँति तात कदराहू।।
परिजन प्रजा सचिव सब अंबा। तुम्हही सुत सब कहँ अवलंबा।।
लखि बिधि बाम कालु कठिनाई। धीरजु धरहु मातु बलि जाई।।
सिर धरि गुर आयसु अनुसरहू। प्रजा पालि परिजन दुखु हरहू।।
गुर के बचन सचिव अभिनंदनु। सुने भरत हिय हित जनु चंदनु।।
सुनी बहोरि मातु मृदु बानी। सील सनेह सरल रस सानी।।
छं0-सानी सरल रस मातु बानी सुनि भरत ब्याकुल भए।
लोचन सरोरुह स्त्रवत सींचत बिरह उर अंकुर नए।।
सो दसा देखत समय तेहि बिसरी सबहि सुधि देह की।
तुलसी सराहत सकल सादर सीवँ सहज सनेह की।।
सो0-भरतु कमल कर जोरि धीर धुरंधर धीर धरि।
बचन अमिअँ जनु बोरि देत उचित उत्तर सबहि।।176।।

Seeing now an opportunity to interject mother Kaushalya very patiently said to Bharat, “O Son, what Gurus suggests is always the best course and therefore you must hold it in high esteem and act out accordingly knowing it to be helpful and beneficial. Its no occasion to be remorseful now since it is what had to happen for its time had come. King, the guardian of people of Ayodhya, has joined chief of gods in heaven and Shri Ram, the guardian of Raghus, is in exile and you, O Son, have developed cold feet and have become evasive in hour of need. You haven’t realized that for the family members, the ministers and the subjects including us mothers, you only are the pillar of strength now, O Dear Son.

“Knowing that Brahma’s stance is adverse to us and its difficult time for us, you must be courageous and cool, beg you for this while I am ready to sacrifice my own life. Your bounden duty is to follow the advice of Guru and that way bring the people out of morass and bring an end to distress of the family members (for they feel bad as members of royal household seeing the people heading to chaos without a king to look after administration).”

Bharat listened to what Guru said and also noted that he had confidence and respect from the side of ministers and felt like a cool coating of sandal wood paste had been applied to his burning heart and later also listened to the softly spoken words of mother which were laced with juice (essence) of decency, affection and simplicity.

But mother’s talk drenched in nectar of simplicity upset Bharat a bit and tears flowed from his eyes enabling feeling of separation sprouting afresh. Looking at condition of Shri Bharat at this hour all lost sense of their own bodies as all now were mindful and appreciative of the extent of natural love encased in heart of Bharat which took them all in a different world, thus observes Tulsi.

Shortly afterwards Bharat, strong and stable minded, folded hands and patiently addressed all giving appropriate replies to them in words steeped in life giving substance.

We have now covered up to Doha 176 of Ayodhya Kand and this coincides with 18th rest for a month long recital.

मोहि उपदेसु दीन्ह गुर नीका। प्रजा सचिव संमत सबही का।।
मातु उचित धरि आयसु दीन्हा। अवसि सीस धरि चाहउँ कीन्हा।।
गुर पितु मातु स्वामि हित बानी। सुनि मन मुदित करिअ भलि जानी।।
उचित कि अनुचित किएँ बिचारू। धरमु जाइ सिर पातक भारू।।
तुम्ह तौ देहु सरल सिख सोई। जो आचरत मोर भल होई।।
जद्यपि यह समुझत हउँ नीकें। तदपि होत परितोषु न जी कें।।
अब तुम्ह बिनय मोरि सुनि लेहू। मोहि अनुहरत सिखावनु देहू।।
ऊतरु देउँ छमब अपराधू। दुखित दोष गुन गनहिं न साधू।।
दो0-पितु सुरपुर सिय रामु बन करन कहहु मोहि राजु।
एहि तें जानहु मोर हित कै आपन बड़ काजु।।177।।

Pouring out his feelings Bharat said, “Guru has given welfare oriented and right advice, it contains approval of people and ministers, mother also considered what is right and then gave her instructions; I definitely wish to honor and act up on what Guru and mother wish me to do. I know also that what Guru, father, mother and master say is only for the benefit and welfare and therefore they should be listened to carefully and one should then happily give practical treatment to what they say because these people have more of our interest than their own.

“I also know that by trying to analyze worth of their advice my own Dharma will be under stress and burden of some sins will have to be carried (because a student, son or servant would not have such capacity to duly know the sense of the advice given due to lack of insight and lack of independence from involvement of self which is sure to lead them in wrong direction). You all have given a simple solution and if acted up on it will only be in my favor and interest; I understand this very well but some how it doesn’t quite appeal to my heart and hence you all must please consider my submission and later in its light only please instruct me what you consider right. That I am countering your view is a crime in itself but I seek your pardon as the selfless and good-hearted people do not give weight to faults of people in distress.

“My father is now in heaven and Shri Ram and Sita have moved to jungle and therefore you instruct me you rule over Ayodhya; you in fact mistakenly take it to be in my own interest and also wrongly assess that it will be any big relief for you all.”

(Bharat meant that it is only because of a certain situation that he is thought to be a fit king, its not the the result of assessing his competence; this is how we should also always first look at our competence before assuming a big responsibility, not because some high position can be grabbed easily because of circumstances).

We have now covered up to Doha 177 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HaiOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLIV

May 25, 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

बैखानस सोइ सोचै जोगु। तपु बिहाइ जेहि भावइ भोगू।।
सोचिअ पिसुन अकारन क्रोधी। जननि जनक गुर बंधु बिरोधी।।
सब बिधि सोचिअ पर अपकारी। निज तनु पोषक निरदय भारी।।
सोचनीय सबहि बिधि सोई। जो न छाड़ि छलु हरि जन होई।।
सोचनीय नहिं कोसलराऊ। भुवन चारिदस प्रगट प्रभाऊ।।
भयउ न अहइ न अब होनिहारा। भूप भरत जस पिता तुम्हारा।।
बिधि हरि हरु सुरपति दिसिनाथा। बरनहिं सब दसरथ गुन गाथा।।
दो0-कहहु तात केहि भाँति कोउ करिहि बड़ाई तासु।
राम लखन तुम्ह सत्रुहन सरिस सुअन सुचि जासु।।173।।

We covered up to Doha 173 of Ayodhya Kand of Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Muni Vashishtth gave examples of those persons who neglect their inherent duties like a seeker deviating from his path for sake of enjoyment, like a backbiter who mistakenly gets angry and harms his own parents, teacher and brothers, like a one who is self-serving only and doesn’t mind crushing others for it and like him who is not God-oriented but is deceitful and that while such people might be thought as poor and pitiable but person like King Dashrath can never be who had his influence spread all over. Muni further said, “Your father like king has never been nor would be, he has been praised for his virtues by the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh and also by Indra and Digpals, who else then can rightly praise him particularly because he has pious and illustrious sons like Shri Ram, Lakshman, Shatrughan and yourself.

सब प्रकार भूपति बड़भागी। बादि बिषादु करिअ तेहि लागी।।
यहु सुनि समुझि सोचु परिहरहू। सिर धरि राज रजायसु करहू।।
राँय राजपदु तुम्ह कहुँ दीन्हा। पिता बचनु फुर चाहिअ कीन्हा।।
तजे रामु जेहिं बचनहि लागी। तनु परिहरेउ राम बिरहागी।।
नृपहि बचन प्रिय नहिं प्रिय प्राना। करहु तात पितु बचन प्रवाना।।
करहु सीस धरि भूप रजाई। हइ तुम्ह कहँ सब भाँति भलाई।।
परसुराम पितु अग्या राखी। मारी मातु लोक सब साखी।।
तनय जजातिहि जौबनु दयऊ। पितु अग्याँ अघ अजसु न भयऊ।।
दो0-अनुचित उचित बिचारु तजि जे पालहिं पितु बैन।
ते भाजन सुख सुजस के बसहिं अमरपति ऐन।।174।।

Muni Vashishttha further advised Bharat, “King Dashrath was fortunate in every way hence it is pointless to feel sorry for how king lived his life. Knowing this and understanding that his life was lived well you must shed all your sorrowful thoughts and should come forward to rule respecting your father’s royal command. King had given the status of crown prince to you before departing besides its your father’s word (given to Kaikeyi) and you should do every thing to keep its sanctity.

“You are well aware that he accepted separation from Shri Ram only to honor his word but since he could not withstand separation from Shri Ram he even gave away his life only so he keeps his word. This shows that for the king promise meant more than the life itself, in this light you must too actualize what he promised. Carry out what he wished to be done with due regard and respect, in this lies your own good in every conceivable way.

“You must know that honoring the command of his father, Muni Parasuram had beheaded his own mother and Puru, son of Yayati, had transferred willingly his own youth to father though these acts can’t meet approval ordinarily but since these acts were only to follow the instruction and wish of father it didn’t translate in to infamy or bring burden of sin for Parasuram or Puru.

“Those who give weight to the word of their father and act accordingly without thinking whether its right or wrong, desirable or undesirable, they ever remain happy and earn good name for themselves besides becoming eligible to live in the abode of king of immortal gods enjoying afterlife.”

(Parasuram had killed his mother as instructed by his father who later brought her back to life on strength of his Tapasya. In the other case Yayati had lost his youth early due a curse given to him; since he still craved to enjoy more he asked his sons to give their youth to him, only Puru came forward and transferred it to him. Enjoying life for a few years Yayati returned his son’s youth back to him. Both Parasuram and Puru were praised for their commitment to honor wishes of their father. In fact father and sons form a natural team with father in the lead, when the game is being played whatever the captain asks is done by the team-members without going in to its consequences if not so then the game gets spoiled. Secondly a father always has his sons’ interests in mind, knows more than him and is richer in experience as well while fully knows the capacity of the son therefore son should only concentrate on what father wants him to do.)

We have now covered up to Doha 174 of Ayodhya Kand.

अवसि नरेस बचन फुर करहू। पालहु प्रजा सोकु परिहरहू।।
सुरपुर नृप पाइहि परितोषू। तुम्ह कहुँ सुकृत सुजसु नहिं दोषू।।
बेद बिदित संमत सबही का। जेहि पितु देइ सो पावइ टीका।।
करहु राजु परिहरहु गलानी। मानहु मोर बचन हित जानी।।
सुनि सुखु लहब राम बैदेहीं। अनुचित कहब न पंडित केहीं।।
कौसल्यादि सकल महतारीं। तेउ प्रजा सुख होहिं सुखारीं।।
परम तुम्हार राम कर जानिहि। सो सब बिधि तुम्ह सन भल मानिहि।।
सौंपेहु राजु राम कै आएँ। सेवा करेहु सनेह सुहाएँ।।
दो0-कीजिअ गुर आयसु अवसि कहहिं सचिव कर जोरि।
रघुपति आएँ उचित जस तस तब करब बहोरि।।175।।

Muni kept advising Bharat and said, “In my opinion you surely must do that which redeems the word of your father; you must go ahead and take care of people after discarding feeling of sorrowfulness. This will surely make king very satisfied and ingratiated. This will add to your tally of noble deeds and bring renown for you and you will never be faulted for it.

“There is sanction of Vedas and all have an agreeable view in this regard that only he is entitled to be coronated who is granted this right by father. Happily rule over Ayodhya shedding any feeling of guilt, you may accept my words as I am saying this in your interest and for your well-being. Not only this even Shri Ram and Sita would be delighted if you take charge and also none of the experts in statecraft will find it objectionable.

“Think of Kaushalya and other mothers of yours who will be satisfied and happy when the subjects of Ayodhya will be well off and safe under your rule. Those who know you as a one who loves Shri Ram most and vice versa will feel indebted to you for your assuming the kingship. You will however remain free to hand over the reins of governance to Shri Ram when he comes back and then serve Him wholly as much as your affection for Him demands.”

After Muni finished his talk, the ministers came forward with hands folded requesting Bharat to do as per instructions and advice of Muni and said that whatever is deemed fit by him may still be done when Raghupati Shri Ram has returned back.

We have now covered up to Doha 175 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HarioM,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLIII

May 22, 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

अस बिचारि केहि देइअ दोसू। ब्यरथ काहि पर कीजिअ रोसू।।
तात बिचारु केहि करहु मन माहीं। सोच जोगु दसरथु नृपु नाहीं।।
सोचिअ बिप्र जो बेद बिहीना। तजि निज धरमु बिषय लयलीना।।
सोचिअ नृपति जो नीति न जाना। जेहि न प्रजा प्रिय प्रान समाना।।
सोचिअ बयसु कृपन धनवानू। जो न अतिथि सिव भगति सुजानू।।
सोचिअ सूद्रु बिप्र अवमानी। मुखर मानप्रिय ग्यान गुमानी।।
सोचिअ पुनि पति बंचक नारी। कुटिल कलहप्रिय इच्छाचारी।।
सोचिअ बटु निज ब्रतु परिहरई। जो नहिं गुर आयसु अनुसरई।।
दो0-सोचिअ गृही जो मोह बस करइ करम पथ त्याग।
सोचिअ जति प्रंपच रत बिगत बिबेक बिराग।।172।।

We covered up to Doha 172 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Guru Vashishtth while in assembly said to Bharat whom he had seated near himself that it was not right to blame or get angry with anyone for what Ayodhya was now facing and that King Dashrath had during his lifetime done everything that was right and expected of him hence there was nothing to be regretful about him. Muni then gave examples of people from different walks of life who should be felt sorry for i e a Brahmin who neglects study of Vedas and indulges in carnal pleasure, a king who doesn’t govern according to policy and is not protective of his subjects, a wealthy businessmen who doesn’t spend for welcoming a guest or in celebrations of festivals and performing Pujas, a person who should serve yet condemns a Vipra, speaks much though knows little, a woman who doesn’t care for husband and is difficult, quarrelsome and acts according to her own pleasure, a Brahmchari who forgets his resolve and does not obey his spiritual master, a householder who does not lead life of action due to confusion and trance and a monk who remains interested mundane world and forgets to be discreet and is not dispassionate.
बैखानस सोइ सोचै जोगु। तपु बिहाइ जेहि भावइ भोगू।।
सोचिअ पिसुन अकारन क्रोधी। जननि जनक गुर बंधु बिरोधी।।
सब बिधि सोचिअ पर अपकारी। निज तनु पोषक निरदय भारी।।
सोचनीय सबहि बिधि सोई। जो न छाड़ि छलु हरि जन होई।।
सोचनीय नहिं कोसलराऊ। भुवन चारिदस प्रगट प्रभाऊ।।
भयउ न अहइ न अब होनिहारा। भूप भरत जस पिता तुम्हारा।।
बिधि हरि हरु सुरपति दिसिनाथा। बरनहिं सब दसरथ गुन गाथा।।
दो0-कहहु तात केहि भाँति कोउ करिहि बड़ाई तासु।
राम लखन तुम्ह सत्रुहन सरिस सुअन सुचि जासु।।173।।

Muni Vashishttha went on to cover more people who neglect duties and told Bharat, “That a Sadhu, a seeker of God, is deplorable  who leans towards enjoyment and stops to do Tapa (penance); a person who betrays due to unjustified anger his own parents, his own teacher and kinsmen is definitely to be despised; also those who only harm others and serve only their own interests and are heartless are bad people; even those who are not simple by heart and therefore do not become Bhaktas of Lord Hari are to be pitied on.

“In this light the great of king of Koshala i e Dashrath is not to be seen in poor light aon the contrary his influence extended in all fourteen spheres; someone like him has never been born nor is expected to be born in future, his praises have been sung by Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar, even by the lord of gods and the guardians of quarters. O Son, most of all how can a one be glorified enough whose sons are like Shri Ram, Lakshman, Shatrughan and yourself who are so pure of heart.”

(Muni Vashishtth covered all such people who neglect their own duties and hence deserve to be seen as worthless but who still do not command any kind of punishment. He wanted Bharat to see this fine line that a king has to appreciate. In the instant episode none deserved to be punished therefore this message he was being given to the next king to be. The Gurus leave no opportunity to impart knowledge to their disciples, here he was discharging the duty as philosophical guide of the state giving guidance to the next ruler.)

We have now covered up to Doha 173 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLII

May 20, 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

पितु हित भरत कीन्हि जसि करनी। सो मुख लाख जाइ नहिं बरनी।।
सुदिनु सोधि मुनिबर तब आए। सचिव महाजन सकल बोलाए।।
बैठे राजसभाँ सब जाई। पठए बोलि भरत दोउ भाई।।
भरतु बसिष्ठ निकट बैठारे। नीति धरममय बचन उचारे।।
प्रथम कथा सब मुनिबर बरनी। कैकइ कुटिल कीन्हि जसि करनी।।
भूप धरमब्रतु सत्य सराहा। जेहिं तनु परिहरि प्रेमु निबाहा।।
कहत राम गुन सील सुभाऊ। सजल नयन पुलकेउ मुनिराऊ।।
बहुरि लखन सिय प्रीति बखानी। सोक सनेह मगन मुनि ग्यानी।।
दो0-सुनहु भरत भावी प्रबल बिलखि कहेउ मुनिनाथ।
हानि लाभु जीवन मरनु जसु अपजसु बिधि हाथ।।171।।

We covered up to Doha 171 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat meticulously performed the prescribed last rites of his father till the tenth day; later Guru Vashishtth, on an auspicious day sent for all the influential people of Ayodhya and all of them congregated in the assembly hall of the state. Muni Vashishtth then asked Bharat and Shatrughan too to come there and when they came he made Bharat sit near himself and addressed all saying a few words that contained gist of Niti (policy) and Dharma. He then related the whole story covering misguided and wily act Kaikeyi that brought Ayodhya to such a pass. He then praised King Dashrath for keeping honor of his words being righteous and truthful by nature and also for demonstrating his unwavering love for Shri Ram by shedding life itself for He could not live without Him. Muni then recalled virtues of Shri Ram and His sober nature and also the love of Lakshman and of Sita for Shri Ram. Muni became upset and also emotional in the process and lastly he inconsolably declared to Bharat that life and death, loss or profit and honor or infamy are matters that are totally subject to divine order.

अस बिचारि केहि देइअ दोसू। ब्यरथ काहि पर कीजिअ रोसू।।
तात बिचारु केहि करहु मन माहीं। सोच जोगु दसरथु नृपु नाहीं।।
सोचिअ बिप्र जो बेद बिहीना। तजि निज धरमु बिषय लयलीना।।
सोचिअ नृपति जो नीति न जाना। जेहि न प्रजा प्रिय प्रान समाना।।
सोचिअ बयसु कृपन धनवानू। जो न अतिथि सिव भगति सुजानू।।
सोचिअ सूद्रु बिप्र अवमानी। मुखर मानप्रिय ग्यान गुमानी।।
सोचिअ पुनि पति बंचक नारी। कुटिल कलहप्रिय इच्छाचारी।।
सोचिअ बटु निज ब्रतु परिहरई। जो नहिं गुर आयसु अनुसरई।।
दो0-सोचिअ गृही जो मोह बस करइ करम पथ त्याग।
सोचिअ जति प्रंपच रत बिगत बिबेक बिराग।।172।।

Muni Vashishtth further advised all saying, “In light of what I just said, it is pointless to blame someone in particular and its futile to direct anger at some particular person (because the death of Dashrath, the Kaikeyi’s disgrace and loss of our opportunity to see Shri Ram as the king are events that were to happen as destined, in this light who did what is of no big importance).

“Son, there is no reason for you to be upset thinking about Dashrath, the King, as he hardly had any thing more to accomplish or achieve any other greater hieghts; only a Vipra (Brahmin) who remains without imbibing the knowledge of Vedas at the time of death is to be deplored that he did not pursue what he was duty bound being born as a Brahmin and became engrossed in worldly pleasures. Such king can be deplored who does not know what Niti (the right and desirable policy) is and who does not value his subjects as much as his own life.

“A wealthy person who is misery rather than being generous in welcoming guests or in spending to celebrate extensively while worshiping Lord Shiv is indeed disgraceful and does not understand his duties towards society and towards propagation of religion for masses.

“Of course the Shudras (that class of people in society who should serve others because there lies their strength but not in administration or in higher studies or in commerce due to some adverse factors or by their nature itself) who do condemn and harass Vipras (the learned Brahmins) and are arrogant, speak too much without authority or lack of knowledge but still take pride in whatever little they know, are to be seen as inexcusable and unfortunate.

“A woman who deceives or cheats her husband and is a schemer, is petulant and is only guided by her own will whether it conforms to honorable or expected behavior or not, might be despised and dishonorable.

“Even a student or a learner who does not maintain his Brahmcharya (resolve to be celibate and devoted to study of scriptures to know God) and does not obey the commands of Guru is unpardonable and is unholy.

“An householder who out of ignorance and stupor shuns his duties (like giving alms, looking after family and generating wealth for good of all) is to be thought as worthless and deviating from the right path and also a Yati (Sadhu or a recluse) who indulges in worldly activities because he has lost discretion and has forgotten to be dispassionate, is to be felt sorry for.”

(Guru Vashishtth told Bharat all this to give him an idea that there are duties which everyone has to discharge as per the role one assumes or is entrusted with, any deviation brings a bad name and in the end when one dies he dies with an agitated mind without being at peace, this is waste of a human life that one gets rarely hence people regret for him but in the case of the king nothing of this sort can be applied as he observed all duties and in end in his death he showed how a father should love a son. Muni also was preparing Bharat to come forward and take charge without any conflict because his duty as the eldest male in the ruling family present in Ayodhya called him to take care of the matters of state and look after the subjects.)

We have now covered up to Doha 172 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLI

May 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

नृपतनु बेद बिदित अन्हवावा। परम बिचित्र बिमानु बनावा।।
गहि पद भरत मातु सब राखी। रहीं रानि दरसन अभिलाषी।।
चंदन अगर भार बहु आए। अमित अनेक सुगंध सुहाए।।
सरजु तीर रचि चिता बनाई। जनु सुरपुर सोपान सुहाई।।
एहि बिधि दाह क्रिया सब कीन्ही। बिधिवत न्हाइ तिलांजुलि दीन्ही।।
सोधि सुमृति सब बेद पुराना। कीन्ह भरत दसगात बिधाना।।
जहँ जस मुनिबर आयसु दीन्हा। तहँ तस सहस भाँति सबु कीन्हा।।
भए बिसुद्ध दिए सब दाना। धेनु बाजि गज बाहन नाना।।
दो0-सिंघासन भूषन बसन अन्न धरनि धन धाम।
दिए भरत लहि भूमिसुर भे परिपूरन काम।।170।।

We covered up to Doha 170 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that the body of the departed King Dashrath was washed and kept on a well build stretcher to carry to the funeral ground. Seeing that King Dashrath was now about to be cremated, the queens became overwhelmed as much as to get burn alive on his pier (in tradition of Sati, as they call it) but Bharat prevailed on them to not think in such manner at all and they stayed back, they had hope of seeing their loved son Shri Ram once again in life. King’s cremation took place at the bank of Sarayu in accordance with prescribed rites which find mention in Vedas and Puranas. Bharat willingly and attentively carried out all the instructions of Guru Vashishtth till the tenth day that marks the purification of kinsmen (males in particular) and the home and then distributed various items among the Brahmanas including food-stuffs, ornaments and all other items of use which fully satisfied the recipients.

पितु हित भरत कीन्हि जसि करनी। सो मुख लाख जाइ नहिं बरनी।।
सुदिनु सोधि मुनिबर तब आए। सचिव महाजन सकल बोलाए।।
बैठे राजसभाँ सब जाई। पठए बोलि भरत दोउ भाई।।
भरतु बसिष्ठ निकट बैठारे। नीति धरममय बचन उचारे।।
प्रथम कथा सब मुनिबर बरनी। कैकइ कुटिल कीन्हि जसि करनी।।
भूप धरमब्रतु सत्य सराहा। जेहिं तनु परिहरि प्रेमु निबाहा।।
कहत राम गुन सील सुभाऊ। सजल नयन पुलकेउ मुनिराऊ।।
बहुरि लखन सिय प्रीति बखानी। सोक सनेह मगन मुनि ग्यानी।।
दो0-सुनहु भरत भावी प्रबल बिलखि कहेउ मुनिनाथ।
हानि लाभु जीवन मरनु जसु अपजसु बिधि हाथ।।171।।

What Bharat did for the benefit of his father (which ensures smooth journey  of the soul after death) by so observing that even the minutest detail is taken care of, is hard to be recounted and told. On an auspicious day later great Muni Vashishtth came to the palace and summoned all the respectable citizens and important people in administration. When all got seated in the assembly hall of the state, Bharat and Shatrughan were called too. Vashishtth Muni made Bharat sit close to himself and began to address all with words that contained the crux of Niti (policy) and the Dharma. First the great Muni told everyone in full detail what the stubborn and wicked queen Kaikeyi had schemed and executed (as the matter was of importance for all the arms of state and for public and therefore nothing was kept a secret by Muni at this stage and all were required to make an informed choice between the options).

Muni then praised the king for his resolve to be always righteous and therefore to honor the truth in all conditions, so much so that he did not mind laying down life only to keep it unharmed as well as not let his own love for his son get diluted (here we should appreciate that a king should always be on side of truth and never against because if his word would not be trusted and respected, king would not be able to guide and lead his people in any desired directions as all would interpret his intentions in thousand different ways and mostly suited to themselves; it will then be chaotic scene and governance nearly impossible. As for the spiritual side of personality truth is always of essence).

Then superior Muni appreciated Shri Ram’s virtues, his courteousness and perfect and pleasing nature; talking about Shri Ram Muni became emotional and had tears in his eyes. Muni then also said a word about the extraordinary love of Sita and of Lakshman towards Shri Ram but the knowledgeable and enlightened Muni got overwhelmed with grief in process of recalling the divine love of them and also his own great affection for all of them and that they were facing hard times in jungle.

Lastly Muni Vashishtth broke down saying, “O Bharat, listen, fate is daunting and formidable; at least the matters of loss or profit, life and death, renown or ill-fame always remain in hand of the Brahma, the creator, none other can alter it or challenge it.”

(If observed deeply we can well see that outcome regarding the events responsible in matters of loss or profit, life and death and good name and bad name remains hard to explain and what ever is destined happens whether a direct connection between the responsible factors and the outcome is noticeable or not. It is only when it has happened people get wiser not before. While it is true that it is ‘karma’ at the back of every turn in ones life but is also said that ‘karma’ in totality can never be related or assessed hence best is always to do the right thing as elders and scriptures say, consciously remaining on right side of Dharma which is possible only when desire, greed, jealousy and anger like faults are not allowed to interfere in decision making, rising above petty self interests.)

We have now covered up to Doha 171 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDL

May 17, 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

राम प्रानहु तें प्रान तुम्हारे। तुम्ह रघुपतिहि प्रानहु तें प्यारे।।
बिधु बिष चवै स्त्रवै हिमु आगी। होइ बारिचर बारि बिरागी।।
भएँ ग्यानु बरु मिटै न मोहू। तुम्ह रामहि प्रतिकूल न होहू।।
मत तुम्हार यहु जो जग कहहीं। सो सपनेहुँ सुख सुगति न लहहीं।।
अस कहि मातु भरतु हियँ लाए। थन पय स्त्रवहिं नयन जल छाए।।
करत बिलाप बहुत यहि भाँती। बैठेहिं बीति गइ सब राती।।
बामदेउ बसिष्ठ तब आए। सचिव महाजन सकल बोलाए।।
मुनि बहु भाँति भरत उपदेसे। कहि परमारथ बचन सुदेसे।।
दो0-तात हृदयँ धीरजु धरहु करहु जो अवसर आजु।
उठे भरत गुर बचन सुनि करन कहेउ सबु साजु।।169।।

We covered up to Doha 169 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Kaushlya gave comfort to Bharat saying to him that both, he and Shri Ram, loved each other, no less than their lives. She said whatever unthinkable might happen you would never go against Shri Ram and if someone makes such a declaration he would not be at peace and have a desirable life, even in his dreams. Kaushalya overwhelmed with emotion for Bharat and considering him to be none other than her own child had tears in eyes and compulsive flow of milk out of her breasts happened. This is how all those present there spent the night talking and lamenting, in the morning Rishi Vamdeva and Guru Vashitth came there and thoughtfully gave Bharat many sermons and explained what constituted the ultimate course of life keeping in mind gravity of time faced by him. Then he asked him to be absolutely patient and to get up and do what was needed at that moment, taking cue Bharat instantly got up and issued instructions for making arrangements for the funeral of his father King Dashrath.

नृपतनु बेद बिदित अन्हवावा। परम बिचित्र बिमानु बनावा।।
गहि पद भरत मातु सब राखी। रहीं रानि दरसन अभिलाषी।।
चंदन अगर भार बहु आए। अमित अनेक सुगंध सुहाए।।
सरजु तीर रचि चिता बनाई। जनु सुरपुर सोपान सुहाई।।
एहि बिधि दाह क्रिया सब कीन्ही। बिधिवत न्हाइ तिलांजुलि दीन्ही।।
सोधि सुमृति सब बेद पुराना। कीन्ह भरत दसगात बिधाना।।
जहँ जस मुनिबर आयसु दीन्हा। तहँ तस सहस भाँति सबु कीन्हा।।
भए बिसुद्ध दिए सब दाना। धेनु बाजि गज बाहन नाना।।
दो0-सिंघासन भूषन बसन अन्न धरनि धन धाम।
दिए भरत लहि भूमिसुर भे परिपूरन काम।।170।।

First the body of the king was given a bath observing rites mentioned in Vedas and a nicely decorated wooden stretcher was readied to carry the body to the place of funeral. Seeing this the queens of the king showed an inclination to sit with the king on the burning pier of the king but Bharat grabbed their feet and forced them not to nurse any such thought and they all stayed back for they also had a desire to once again see their dear son Shri Ram up on His return (in ancient Indian tradition many women who lost their husbands were not ready to live anymore due to their total devotion and extra-ordinary attachment to their late husbands; in many such cases the widows who could not have lived for their rest of the life in healthy and emotionally stable way were reluctantly allowed by society to take this extreme step which in any case was not to be forced or was considered desirable; here we see that family members are expected to try utmost to not let this happen rather than suggest it even remotely though the widow may under emotional storm might initially think so).

Loads of sandal-wood and other aromatic herbs of various king were collected and brought; on the bank of Sarayu river a pier was carefully readied as if it was a ladder to take the king to the realm of gods. As prescribed and in very well carried out fashion the ritual of the body of the king to be consumed by fire was accomplished and the cremation was over. Bharat and others then took bath and respectfully observed the final parting by offering water and sesame seeds through palms of both hands joined together.

Referring to Vedas and Puranas for whatever was the custom and the recommended practice with regard to
departed soul of the family member known as Dashgatra Vidhan (this goes for ten days and Pindas i e balls of cereal and water etc are offered to the departed soul, it is believed that the soul when it leaves body does not go away and remains around encased in subtle body craving for food and water; after this period only the sanctification, purification and cleansing of family members and of atmosphere at home happens, the soul also then begins to appreciate the new reality and leaves for higher realms).

With due attention Bharat did all that was commanded by Guru Vashishtth without neglecting any part of it; after complete purification Bharat, in line with practice, gave alms to deserving people which included cows, horses, elephants and cars, also included items like chairs, ornaments, clothes, land, money and cereals etc, the Brahmanas known as gods of the earth accepted it and felt all their needs and requirements fulfilled.

(In India rituals after death are carried out with with fullest respect and attention so that the departed soul goes for onward journey in total peace and harmony.Though severance of soul’s connection with worldly objects and relationships is desirable for liberation of the soul but that it is to be handled delicately also is of importance.)

We have now covered up to Doha 170 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDXLIX

May 16, 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

बेचहिं बेदु धरमु दुहि लेहीं। पिसुन पराय पाप कहि देहीं।।
कपटी कुटिल कलहप्रिय क्रोधी। बेद बिदूषक बिस्व बिरोधी।।
लोभी लंपट लोलुपचारा। जे ताकहिं परधनु परदारा।।
पावौं मैं तिन्ह के गति घोरा। जौं जननी यहु संमत मोरा।।
जे नहिं साधुसंग अनुरागे। परमारथ पथ बिमुख अभागे।।
जे न भजहिं हरि नरतनु पाई। जिन्हहि न हरि हर सुजसु सोहाई।।
तजि श्रुतिपंथु बाम पथ चलहीं। बंचक बिरचि बेष जगु छलहीं।।
तिन्ह कै गति मोहि संकर देऊ। जननी जौं यहु जानौं भेऊ।।
दो0-मातु भरत के बचन सुनि साँचे सरल सुभायँ।
कहति राम प्रिय तात तुम्ह सदा बचन मन कायँ।।168।।

We covered up to Doha 168 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulidas in the last post and learned that Bharat’s outbursts continued and he told mothers that if there was any part played by him in the tragic happenings of Ayodhya he might well suffer as much as those who sell Vedas, who extract profit out of religious ventures, who expose friends by telling their misdeeds, who cheat, quarrel often and get too angry for small matters, who revile Vedas and act against all, who are greedy scoundrels, who covet wealth and women of others. Bharat wished Lord Shiv to let him suffer same ignominy as he provides for those who despise company of Sadhus, who stop treading path leading to liberation, who don’t worship Lord Hari though have body of humans (only as humans have this privilege, its not for animals or even gods), who hate to listen to glories of Lord Shiv and of Lord Hari, who follow reverse course neglecting ways suggested by Vedas, who disguise differently only to cheat, in case he has had any inkling about what went on. Listening to Bharat’s simple words conveyed in natural way, mother Kaushalya endorsed that he has always been dear to Shri Ram in every way.

राम प्रानहु तें प्रान तुम्हारे। तुम्ह रघुपतिहि प्रानहु तें प्यारे।।
बिधु बिष चवै स्त्रवै हिमु आगी। होइ बारिचर बारि बिरागी।।
भएँ ग्यानु बरु मिटै न मोहू। तुम्ह रामहि प्रतिकूल न होहू।।
मत तुम्हार यहु जो जग कहहीं। सो सपनेहुँ सुख सुगति न लहहीं।।
अस कहि मातु भरतु हियँ लाए। थन पय स्त्रवहिं नयन जल छाए।।
करत बिलाप बहुत यहि भाँती। बैठेहिं बीति गइ सब राती।।
बामदेउ बसिष्ठ तब आए। सचिव महाजन सकल बोलाए।।
मुनि बहु भाँति भरत उपदेसे। कहि परमारथ बचन सुदेसे।।
दो0-तात हृदयँ धीरजु धरहु करहु जो अवसर आजु।
उठे भरत गुर बचन सुनि करन कहेउ सबु साजु।।169।।

Mother Kaushalya further told Bharat, “I know that Ram is very dear to you being life of your life itself and you too are no less dear than life to Shri Ram. Moon may shower poison rather than nectar in form of rays or the ice may turn fiery, the animals which need water to move may start disliking water, the enlightenment may not bring the needed vision that nothing in world is our exclusive possession (i e enlightenment itself is such knowledge and is not the cause of this knowledge) but to think that you will become adverse to Shri Ram is impossible. Any body who will say or think that you had knowledge of or agreement for all that happened, will never have any peace or desirable fate, even in their dreams.” With these words mother Kaushalya once again brought Bharat near to her bosom and out of her love for this child of hers, her breasts oozed milk and her eyes got filled with tears. In this way lamenting in numerous ways spent the whole night only sitting.

With night gone, Rishi Vamdev and Guru Vashishtth came there; they then summoned all the ministers and respectable citizens of Ayodhya. Muni also gave Bharat sermons and preached in many ways, he explained him what constituted the ultimate course and benefit but only in accordance with the demand of time at that moment.

Guru told Bharat, “O Son, be patient in your heart not just outwardly (as the Kashtriyas do not easily display any weakness, emotional or otherwise) and prepare to do what this occasion demands.” This was enough of signal for Bharat and he instantly got up and gave instruction to arrange for the funeral etc and took charge of the situation.

We have now covered up to Doha 169 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDXLVIII

May 16, 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

बिलपहिं बिकल भरत दोउ भाई। कौसल्याँ लिए हृदयँ लगाई।। भाँति अनेक भरतु समुझाए। कहि बिबेकमय बचन सुनाए।। भरतहुँ मातु सकल समुझाईं। कहि पुरान श्रुति कथा सुहाईं।। छल बिहीन सुचि सरल सुबानी। बोले भरत जोरि जुग पानी।। जे अघ मातु पिता सुत मारें। गाइ गोठ महिसुर पुर जारें।। जे अघ तिय बालक बध कीन्हें। मीत महीपति माहुर दीन्हें।। जे पातक उपपातक अहहीं। करम बचन मन भव कबि कहहीं।। ते पातक मोहि होहुँ बिधाता। जौं यहु होइ मोर मत माता।। दो0-जे परिहरि हरि हर चरन भजहिं भूतगन घोर। तेहि कइ गति मोहि देउ बिधि जौं जननी मत मोर।।167।।

We covered up to Doha 167 of Ayodhya Kand in Racharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat and Shantrughan were distressed and crying badly when mother Kaushalya brought them close to her bosom; she then began to give some thoughtful advice trying to console Bharat in many ways. Bharat too told many a stories from old scriptures in process of giving relief to mothers. Afterwards folding his hands Bharat, a guileless person with a pure heart, told mothers in simple and straight manner that he would not mind to be given punishment for grisly crimes like killing parents or children, or burning down cow-shelters and villages inhabited by Brahmanas if he is found to be having any hand in recent events in Ayodhya. He said he would be willing to undergo punishment that is meant for murderers of babies and women or for poisoning of a friend or the king if what happened had his consent in any way. God may ascribe to him any big or small sin if committed practically or just remained at level of thought or speech according to the wise people, if even a trace of his role is found in all that happened. He even wished to be treated like a one who shuns to worship Lord Hari or Lord Shiv and propitiates ghosts or daemons in case of his involvement in it.

बेचहिं बेदु धरमु दुहि लेहीं। पिसुन पराय पाप कहि देहीं।। कपटी कुटिल कलहप्रिय क्रोधी। बेद बिदूषक बिस्व बिरोधी।। लोभी लंपट लोलुपचारा। जे ताकहिं परधनु परदारा।। पावौं मैं तिन्ह के गति घोरा। जौं जननी यहु संमत मोरा।। जे नहिं साधुसंग अनुरागे। परमारथ पथ बिमुख अभागे।। जे न भजहिं हरि नरतनु पाई। जिन्हहि न हरि हर सुजसु सोहाई।। तजि श्रुतिपंथु बाम पथ चलहीं। बंचक बिरचि बेष जगु छलहीं।। तिन्ह कै गति मोहि संकर देऊ। जननी जौं यहु जानौं भेऊ।। दो0-मातु भरत के बचन सुनि साँचे सरल सुभायँ। कहति राम प्रिय तात तुम्ह सदा बचन मन कायँ।।168।।

Bharat kept mentioning other types of sins and said, ” O Mother, if I have any kind of consent behind it then I stand to suffer horrible times like those who sell Vedas or profit out of religious functions, who betray others by telling their faulty deeds, who make fun of Vedas and are generally opposed to people of the world, who are greedy, lewd and remain engaged in plundering and thievery, who covet wealth or women of others. Lord Shankar may make me suffer the fate of those, if I am privy to what is behind all that that has happened, who do not remain happy among the Sadhus or enjoy their company, who have decided to turn back midway while on way leading to salvation being ill-fated (those who stop their search for truth mid-way are the ones who first lose faith, Lord Shiv represents faith and therefore Bharat mentioned Lord Shankar to be handling fate of such people), who do not worship Lord Hari in spite of having human body (which is a great reward in itself and is rare happening in the journey of Jeevas), who do not rejoice when they hear the glories of Lord Hari and of Lord Shiv, who leave the path suggested by Vedas and follow contrarian path and who are deceptors and assume different forms to defraud and cheat.” Mother Kaushalya listened to words of Bharat which were without any complex logic but were straightly coming out of his heart and told him, “O Son you have always been dear to Shri Ram, you have always endeared Him by your speech, thought and action.”

(Bharat recounted all sorts of crimes and sins which extend from heinous and moral to religious and spiritual, which shows that he knew what is wrong and right. He came forward to being subjected to any kind of probe, testing or inquiry scope of which could be extended to any sphere of crime or sin. This is exemplary behavior as otherwise we see influential people ducking it if there is any finger raised for fear that inquiry may falsely implicate them but who are simple of heart do not have such considerations.)

We have now covered up to Doha 168 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDXLVII

May 13, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Namh 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

मुख प्रसन्न मन रंग न रोषू। सब कर सब बिधि करि परितोषू।।
चले बिपिन सुनि सिय सँग लागी। रहइ न राम चरन अनुरागी।।
सुनतहिं लखनु चले उठि साथा। रहहिं न जतन किए रघुनाथा।।
तब रघुपति सबही सिरु नाई। चले संग सिय अरु लघु भाई।।
रामु लखनु सिय बनहि सिधाए। गइउँ न संग न प्रान पठाए।।
यहु सबु भा इन्ह आँखिन्ह आगें। तउ न तजा तनु जीव अभागें।।
मोहि न लाज निज नेहु निहारी। राम सरिस सुत मैं महतारी।।
जिऐ मरै भल भूपति जाना। मोर हृदय सत कुलिस समाना।।
दो0- कौसल्या के बचन सुनि भरत सहित रनिवास।
ब्याकुल बिलपत राजगृह मानहुँ सोक नेवासु।।166।।

We covered up to Doha 166 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Kaushalya told Bharat that when Shri Ram left for the woods he looked cheerful showing no signs of remorse or sadness in his heart; Sita went with Him because she could not have lived without Him and Lakshman did not agree to stay back in Ayodhya hence also went with Shri Ram. Mother Kaushalya then further said that Shri Ram met every one respectfully while leaving but she herself could not go with with them neither could send her soul with them. She repentantly said that in spite of this happening right before her eyes her breathing did not stop and that it was really some thing not understandable that son be like Ram and mother like Kaushalya; definitely her heart is like a stone i e without a feeling while the king knew it well how to live and die. Listening to Kaushalya talk like this Bharat and the ladies in the palace lost heart and began to lament and cry.

बिलपहिं बिकल भरत दोउ भाई। कौसल्याँ लिए हृदयँ लगाई।।
भाँति अनेक भरतु समुझाए। कहि बिबेकमय बचन सुनाए।।
भरतहुँ मातु सकल समुझाईं। कहि पुरान श्रुति कथा सुहाईं।।
छल बिहीन सुचि सरल सुबानी। बोले भरत जोरि जुग पानी।।
जे अघ मातु पिता सुत मारें। गाइ गोठ महिसुर पुर जारें।।
जे अघ तिय बालक बध कीन्हें। मीत महीपति माहुर दीन्हें।।
जे पातक उपपातक अहहीं। करम बचन मन भव कबि कहहीं।।
ते पातक मोहि होहुँ बिधाता। जौं यहु होइ मोर मत माता।।
दो0-जे परिहरि हरि हर चरन भजहिं भूतगन घोर।
तेहि कइ गति मोहि देउ बिधि जौं जननी मत मोर।।167।।

The two brothers, Bharat and Shatrughan, who were bemoaning and lamenting feeling greatly distressed were brought close to bosom by mother Kaushalya; she tried to comfort and quieten Bharat in many ways telling words of wisdom and after regaining his composure Bharat also tried to placate and console mothers by making relevant references picking them out of Puranas and Vedas (Bharat was well versed in spheres of religion and philosophy having been a student of great Guru Vashittha).

Afterwards, pure of heart, above any kind of scheming Bharat told in simple words keeping both his palms together addressing Kaushalya and other elderly ladies present there, “The sins like killing own parents or the progeny, sins like setting fire to place where cows are kept or to the village where Brahmanas, the gods of earth, reside may apply to me if I have had any consent or wish in what has happened in Ayodhya. I stand to bear punishment for the sins of killing women or the innocent children and also for the sins like killing lord of land or a friend by giving poison if there is any hand of mine in what has happened in my absence in Ayodhya, Vidhata (creator) may even punish me for any other kinds of wrong-doings etc attributing those to me if its me behind all that happened here, O Mother.

“I even commit to be subjected to the same treatment by God which is meted out to those who stop worshiping Lord Hari and Lord Shiv and engage in gory rituals to please the ghosts.”

(Bharat had a big obligation to pacify and provide some solace to the ladies who had become very fearful in such situation, they could not have understood matters logically in such circumstances or even otherwise. In this light Bharat could have only addressed them with emotional touch. He knew that they loved him and if they were convinced about his own non-involvement in what happened then they could have an assurance that the new guardian i e Bharat could be trusted, otherwise what had happened had his own mother’s hand and he could not easily distance himself from her. Otherwise such break-down can’t be considered normal for a king to be or at least by some who will have to discharge duties of king even if not by becoming a king, Bharat was no ordinary person, he was thorough in state-craft and profound in behavioral science.)

We have now covered up to Doha 167 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDXLVI

May 11, 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

सरल सुभाय मायँ हियँ लाए। अति हित मनहुँ राम फिरि आए।।
भेंटेउ बहुरि लखन लघु भाई। सोकु सनेहु न हृदयँ समाई।।
देखि सुभाउ कहत सबु कोई। राम मातु अस काहे न होई।।
माताँ भरतु गोद बैठारे। आँसु पौंछि मृदु बचन उचारे।।
अजहुँ बच्छ बलि धीरज धरहू। कुसमउ समुझि सोक परिहरहू।।
जनि मानहु हियँ हानि गलानी। काल करम गति अघटित जानि।।
काहुहि दोसु देहु जनि ताता। भा मोहि सब बिधि बाम बिधाता।।
जो एतेहुँ दुख मोहि जिआवा। अजहुँ को जानइ का तेहि भावा।।
दो0-पितु आयस भूषन बसन तात तजे रघुबीर।
बिसमउ हरषु न हृदयँ कछु पहिरे बलकल चीर। 165।।

We covered up to Doha 165 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that mother Kaushalya, being of simple nature, took Bharat in her arms like she would have treated Shri Ram up on returning. She then met Shatrughan, younger twin brother of Lakshman with great love while in anguish no less. Seeing her treating Bharat and Shatrughan in this way people said it was but natural for mother of Shri Ram to do so. Kaushalya set Bharat in her lap, wiped his tears and asked him to keep patient at this hour of grief and stop being sad any more; she asked him to not feel guilty or worry about father’s death. She said it was only a play of time and fate and none was to be blamed. Admitting that Brahma, the creator, had become adverse to her in many ways but he has still left her alive though making her suffer extra-ordinarily and therefore he might have some thing more in store for her. Lastly she praised Shri Ram for obeying father and putting on clothes like mendicants without being sad or happy.

मुख प्रसन्न मन रंग न रोषू। सब कर सब बिधि करि परितोषू।।
चले बिपिन सुनि सिय सँग लागी। रहइ न राम चरन अनुरागी।।
सुनतहिं लखनु चले उठि साथा। रहहिं न जतन किए रघुनाथा।।
तब रघुपति सबही सिरु नाई। चले संग सिय अरु लघु भाई।।
रामु लखनु सिय बनहि सिधाए। गइउँ न संग न प्रान पठाए।।
यहु सबु भा इन्ह आँखिन्ह आगें। तउ न तजा तनु जीव अभागें।।
मोहि न लाज निज नेहु निहारी। राम सरिस सुत मैं महतारी।।
जिऐ मरै भल भूपति जाना। मोर हृदय सत कुलिस समाना।।
दो0- कौसल्या के बचन सुनि भरत सहित रनिवास।
ब्याकुल बिलपत राजगृह मानहुँ सोक नेवासु।।166।।

Mother Kasuhalya further said to Bharat, “Facially Shri Ram looked bright and cheerful but did not have any remorse or anger in his heart. While leaving he satisfied everyone in every way expected of him. Sita could not afford to stay back when she heard about His leaving for forest, she could not have remained alive due to her attachment and love towards the feet of Shri Ram. Lakshman too immediately got ready to go when he listened about Ram leaving; every effort of Shri Ram to make him stay back failed. In the end Raghupati Shri Ram, giving respect to all, went for journey ahead along with Sita and Lakshman.

“Though Ram, Lakshman and Sita left for the jungles, I could not have gone along with them bodily but neither my soul could accompany them (as it remained tied to body). Imagine that all this happened right before my eyes but my breathing cycle did not stop leaving body alone. I am no less shameless for the kind of love I have; see the paradox that son is like Ram and the mother is like me.

“The king however knew perfectly how to live and how to die, in contrast I have an heart that is as hard as hardness of a hundred stones put together.”

The words of Kaushalya had very daunting impact on all those present and the ladies of the royal household as well Bharat felt very distressed and began to cry making the king’s palace look like a house meant for mourning and suffering.

(In their earlier life Kaushalya and Dashrath had done Tapa together as Shatruupa and Manu and had wanted to have Ram, the Lord of Universe, as their son but while Dashrath had wished to be enjoying the presence of son like a house-holder though he might be none other than the Lord Himself but Kaushalya had also wished to be fully enlightened and the relevant lines are reproduced here:

“जे निज भगत नाथ तव अहहीं। जो सुख पावहिं जो गति लहहीं।।
दो0-सोइ सुख सोइ गति सोइ भगति सोइ निज चरन सनेहु।।
सोइ बिबेक सोइ रहनि प्रभु हमहि कृपा करि देहु।।150।।”

Now an enlightened person knows that lord does not disappear at all, it is another matter that while in human form as avatar He might seem to have physically gone somewhere, therefore Kaushalya, though loved no less than the king, could not lose her life and lived on hoping that Ram will be back after the period of exile getting over and she would see Him again. So living or dying is not of importance but the love for the Lord is, this is what we must appreciate.)

We have now covered up to Doha 166 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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