Ramcharit Charcha CXXXVII

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

Muni Narad continues with his outpourings before Lord Hari saying thus, “You are free without any body above You to control you, You do as You please”.

(Narad tells this rightly about Lord Hari but with a difference. It is a fact that God is free in every way to do as He wishes, also that he is not subordinate to any body. This is what is said about Him every where.)

Narad further says, “You damage cause of a good persons and a bad character gets rewards from You (alternatively also Narad means that You spoil reputation of a good person while a bad character gets good name). You carry no effect of either being happy or sad about it”.

(Here again Narad is saying just what is the case with God, He is not pleased or becomes sad when any body gets good name or bad name or gets rewarded or punished or gets desired objects or misses them. God is supposed to be neutral. The good and bad for people happens on account of their ‘karmas’ and their view behind those ‘karmas’ which makes it become basis of their getting the fateful due without any interference of God.)

Narad then tells, “You have become so mired in this kind of treatment to people that too without a sense of responsibility but a great amount of zeal in your heart”.

(The ignorant look upon Lord in this way when they complain about their perceived misfortune, Narad is in such state of mind while He has mentioned many of the Lord Hari’s qualities which are right but seeing them differently again due to pall of ignorance not letting him see what is what viz a viz God.)

Narad goes on telling Lord Hari,”You are not bound by the effect of good and bad ‘Karmas’, you have not been confronted by anybody so far (with account of Your ‘karmas’), but this time You have picked up a wrong edifice to break into (with wrong design), You will surely have to suffer for what You have done. The same form in which You appeared and cheated me (at Swyamvar ceremony) will have to be assumed by You, this is how I curse You. You gave me form of a monkey and You will be helped by monkeys only (in times of Your distress); You have badly damaged my cause (of getting the princess) hence You will suffer the agony of being separated from your beloved too”.

(Here we see that Narad is totally misunderstanding the whole matter, Lord Hari has done it all for His benefit, Lord Hari hasn’t done any wrong since the princess was none other than His own Laxmi, Narad had become monkey-like only due to his wrongly developed interest in the princess. So deluded Narad is uttering all that we see commonly done by people in this mortal world i e to blame God for what we are ourselves responsible.)

Lord Hari gladly accepted the curse and also made entreaties to the Muni.Lord Hari who is rich in compassion then withdrew the force of Maya that had been keeping Narad afflicted (this is also due to the fact that where there is God there can not remain an atmosphere that is confusing, the Maya of Lord Hari has to disappear automatically, Narad is confronted with God hence Maya has to lose power. The mental agitations borne out of delusion get calmed down as soon as the mind gets busied in contemplating up on God as two kind of thoughts can’t be kept alive by mind at the same time. The biggest problems of our lives take back seat as soon as we remember Him.)

परम स्वतंत्र न सिर पर कोई। भावइ मनहि करहु तुम्ह सोई।।
भलेहि मंद मंदेहि भल करहू। बिसमय हरष न हियँ कछु धरहू।।
डहकि डहकि परिचेहु सब काहू। अति असंक मन सदा उछाहू।।
करम सुभासुभ तुम्हहि न बाधा। अब लगि तुम्हहि न काहूँ साधा।।
भले भवन अब बायन दीन्हा। पावहुगे फल आपन कीन्हा।।
बंचेहु मोहि जवनि धरि देहा। सोइ तनु धरहु श्राप मम एहा।।
कपि आकृति तुम्ह कीन्हि हमारी। करिहहिं कीस सहाय तुम्हारी।।
मम अपकार कीन्ही तुम्ह भारी। नारी बिरहँ तुम्ह होब दुखारी।।
दो0-श्राप सीस धरी हरषि हियँ प्रभु बहु बिनती कीन्हि।
निज माया कै प्रबलता करषि कृपानिधि लीन्हि।।137।।

We have now covered up to Doha 137 of Bal Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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Ramcharit Charcha CXXXVI

II shree guruvey Namah II

Jai Shi 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

पुनि जल दीख रूप निज पावा। तदपि हृदयँ संतोष न आवा।।
फरकत अधर कोप मन माहीं। सपदी चले कमलापति पाहीं।।
देहउँ श्राप कि मरिहउँ जाई। जगत मोर उपहास कराई।।
बीचहिं पंथ मिले दनुजारी। संग रमा सोइ राजकुमारी।।
बोले मधुर बचन सुरसाईं। मुनि कहँ चले बिकल की नाईं।।
सुनत बचन उपजा अति क्रोधा। माया बस न रहा मन बोधा।।
पर संपदा सकहु नहिं देखी। तुम्हरें इरिषा कपट बिसेषी।।
मथत सिंधु रुद्रहि बौरायहु। सुरन्ह प्रेरी बिष पान करायहु।।
दो0-असुर सुरा बिष संकरहि आपु रमा मनि चारु।
स्वारथ साधक कुटिल तुम्ह सदा कपट ब्यवहारु।।136।।

Narad wanted to confirm whether he was still the same ugly looking person as earlier seen by him and therefore had a relook of himself in the water and found that he has regained is own original form (initially Narad could not find his real self in the image that he saw in calm water but after he had an occasion to vent his anger and he had become introverted again, he found that he was basically the same).

Narad Muni did not still find his peace and was still angered inside (though had nobody right in front to react) and his lips quivered (agitations though inside yet reflects on the body in many ways without any conscious effort, this is called body language which people say should be understood to know what really is being conveyed by a person). Under pressure of indignant mood Narad hastily proceeded to meet Kamalapati (Lord of Kamla i e Laxmi, whom Narad thought to be at the bottom of this unsavory state) and wanted to curse Him too or lay down his own life (here we see that Narad has reached the stage of inviting total destruction of himself even physically, such is the play of ego and desires if one lets himself to be engulfed by them. Narad was a believer in Lord Vishnu and this belief will save him too, as we will see later).

Lord Hari, the enemy of demons (or say enemy of demonic behavior, it is mentioned here because Narad has now recalled Him though agitated in mind and even this much itself has made Lord Hari to act in accordance with His merciful temperament and he would save Narad by letting him get over his delusion), met Narad half-way Himself and was also joined by Laxmi in the same form as that of princess in the Swayamvar. The Lord of gods spoke in sweet voice, “O Muni, where are you afoot to go like a one in distress”. These words made Narad too angry and under spell of Maya he lost all control on his mind (the delusive power is still at work) and shot back, “you can’t bear to look at others’ property due to your jealous and deceitful attitude. While the ocean was being churned by gods and demons you drove Lord Rudra (Shiv) mad and inciting him through the other gods and making him drink poison; you devised to let Asuras (demons) get liquor and Shiv get poison while you kept Rama (Laxmi) and the Kostubh Mani (the divine gem) for yourself. You have been simply a one who serves only his own purpose as a crooked person would and your transactions are always not straight or honest”.

(Here we find Narad losing all control on Himself but he has remembered Lord Hari and is addressing Him only, this will save the situation for him. The worldly people even if acting friendly would not ensure your long term welfare but Lord Hari even if remembered in bad moods will ensure some long term good, how, we will see later.)

We have now covered up to Doha 136 of Bal kand in Ramcharit manas of Tulsidas.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CXXXV

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

जेहि दिसि बैठे नारद फूली। सो दिसि देहि न बिलोकी भूली।।
पुनि पुनि मुनि उकसहिं अकुलाहीं। देखि दसा हर गन मुसकाहीं।।
धरि नृपतनु तहँ गयउ कृपाला। कुअँरि हरषि मेलेउ जयमाला।।
दुलहिनि लै गे लच्छिनिवासा। नृपसमाज सब भयउ निरासा।।
मुनि अति बिकल मोंहँ मति नाठी। मनि गिरि गई छूटि जनु गाँठी।।
तब हर गन बोले मुसुकाई। निज मुख मुकुर बिलोकहु जाई।।
अस कहि दोउ भागे भयँ भारी। बदन दीख मुनि बारि निहारी।।
बेषु बिलोकि क्रोध अति बाढ़ा। तिन्हहि सराप दीन्ह अति गाढ़ा।।
दो0-होहु निसाचर जाइ तुम्ह कपटी पापी दोउ।
हँसेहु हमहि सो लेहु फल बहुरि हँसेहु मुनि कोउ।।135।।

The princess didn’t glance back again in the direction of Narad where he was sitting holding his head high; this made Narad uncomfortable and constantly restless, observing this condition of Narad the two Ganas of Har (Shiv) became thrilled.

Right at that moment merciful Lord Hari manifested there assuming form of a worldly king and the princess put the garland that she was holding, around the neck of Lord Hari. Laxminiwas (a one whose heart is resting place of Laxmi) picked up the bride (who was none other than Laxmi as Maya, the princess). The entire community of kings became dejected (it only usually happens that the so called powerful people think that they can claim ownership of all the riches that Laxmi represents which in fact belongs to God only; what they get is all unstable illusory and unreal impression of the real Laxmi who will always remain with Lord Hari as His permanent Mayic power).

This event made Muni Narad all the more upset and delusion blunted his mental faculty. Narad felt as if the Mani (a very valuable precious and rare stone that is shed by a serpent of a particular variety) tied by him around his waste has dropped. The two bemused Ganas of Har who were continuously keeping close watch approached Narad and told, “why don’t you go and see your face in a mirror” and ran away fearing greatly (that they may have invited wrath of Narad by saying this stark fact).

Muni Narad then looked at his face reflected in a settled water body and when noted how he looked he became overly charged and he cursed the two Ganas badly, saying, “you two would become Nishachar (the bad character who roam about in night) as you are cheaters and sinners. You have been making my fun hence it is your punishment that will keep you from making any fun ever of any Muni” (we should note that Narad has cursed them to become all the more like those who rejoice by troubling the noble people in the world while he is saying that you would not have occasion to trouble the Munis, this is how the disturbed mind works).

(What is also noteworthy here is that the failure of Narad in getting the hand of princess has resulted in an uncontrollable anger which has made him so unreasonable that who have told a reality about him have become his enemy. The behavior of the two Ganas was also not all justified for they could have come forward even earlier and told the Muni what was the case really if they had any concern for a misguided person of high repute but they acted unduly by making fun. When they told the fact they did it not out of duty but to see the person in further anguish. They got punishment for what wrong they did but on the other hand Muni Narad was not justified in cursing them as whatever the intention the two, they had in fact been instrumental in saving Narad from any further disgrace and tried to make him realize where he actually stood. Instead of being indebted for getting this knowledge which was eluding him, Narad could not take right course, all because the desire centric thinking was still being nursed by him. We know of many similar situations in our own life when we are told about our weaknesses. Under force of our emotional flaws we do not see things as they are and go overboard. We should give serious thought to the Narad episode and weed out all such faults which made Narad become foolish, angry and disturbed on account of giving too much weightage to false ego at one stage of success which pushed him in to vortex of problems.)

We have now covered up to Doah 135 of Bal Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki Jai!
Sant Samaaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CXXXIV

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

जेंहि समाज बैंठे मुनि जाई। हृदयँ रूप अहमिति अधिकाई।।
तहँ बैठ महेस गन दोऊ। बिप्रबेष गति लखइ न कोऊ।।
करहिं कूटि नारदहि सुनाई। नीकि दीन्हि हरि सुंदरताई।।
रीझहि राजकुअँरि छबि देखी। इन्हहि बरिहि हरि जानि बिसेषी।।
मुनिहि मोह मन हाथ पराएँ। हँसहिं संभु गन अति सचु पाएँ।।
जदपि सुनहिं मुनि अटपटि बानी। समुझि न परइ बुद्धि भ्रम सानी।।
काहुँ न लखा सो चरित बिसेषा। सो सरूप नृपकन्याँ देखा।।
मर्कट बदन भयंकर देही। देखत हृदयँ क्रोध भा तेही।।
दो0-सखीं संग लै कुअँरि तब चलि जनु राजमराल।
देखत फिरइ महीप सब कर सरोज जयमाल।।134।।

The two of the Lord Mahesh’s Ganas made themselves seated in disguise of learned Brahmins without being out of place. They were right among the people where Muni Narad had taken his seat with a sense of pride assuming that he had received a handsome personality. They were making sarcastic remarks about Muni Narad saying it well within ear-shot of Muni Narad, ” Muni Narad has become as beautiful as Lord Hari by His grace; the princess will surely marry him because of this special Hari-like persona (in Sanskrit monkeys are also called Hari) etc etc”.

Muni Narad was greatly under delusive mood because of infatuation for the princess, his intellect had become clouded and therefore though he noted that the two were behaving awkwardly yet could not make out why and what was it due to.

While all those present there did not note the goings on but the princess saw the so called handsomeness, she saw Muni Narad as having a big body and monkey’s face. That someone like Narad (in the form she saw him) had entered there with a view to participate in Swyamvar ceremony made her enraged.

Princess went past Narad Muni floating like swan along with her friends, looking at every one of the kings who had come there , holding Jaimala (wreath of victory) in her lotus hands.

(Dhyaayato vishayaan pumsah sangasteshupajaayate;
Sangaat sanjaayate kaamah kaamaat krodho’bhijaayate.

Krodhaad bhavati sammohah sammohaat smriti vibhramah;
Smritibhramshaad buddhinaasho buddhinaashaat pranashyati.

The above are verse 62 and 63 from Gita Chapter IV. It tells that when a person dwells on some object a liking develops, this converts in to a desire, from unfulfilled desire anger happens, and angry person becomes deluded which leads to loss of memory. Loss of memory results in failure of intellect i e the power of discrimination is lost which is the state that brings about destruction.

In the story of Narad we find the some parallel and it will lead to an eventual total break down of Narad which we will later know of. Narad has lost the power of discrimination on account of being deluded, is not able to understand what the two Ganas of Shiv have been saying about him. He has forgotten many lessons so painstakingly learned over time. Such is the impact of developing desires. To stop desires from taking root the mind has to remain engaged in thought of God but false ego stops that. Narad has been through this and has failed to receive right messages of Lord Shiv first and later of Lord Hari Himself.)

We have now covered up to Doha 134 of Bal Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit charcha CXXXIII

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

कुपथ माग रुज ब्याकुल रोगी। बैद न देइ सुनहु मुनि जोगी।।
एहि बिधि हित तुम्हार मैं ठयऊ। कहि अस अंतरहित प्रभु भयऊ।।
माया बिबस भए मुनि मूढ़ा। समुझी नहिं हरि गिरा निगूढ़ा।।
गवने तुरत तहाँ रिषिराई। जहाँ स्वयंबर भूमि बनाई।।
निज निज आसन बैठे राजा। बहु बनाव करि सहित समाजा।।
मुनि मन हरष रूप अति मोरें। मोहि तजि आनहि बारिहि न भोरें।।
मुनि हित कारन कृपानिधाना। दीन्ह कुरूप न जाइ बखाना।।
सो चरित्र लखि काहुँ न पावा। नारद जानि सबहिं सिर नावा।।
दो0-रहे तहाँ दुइ रुद्र गन ते जानहिं सब भेउ।
बिप्रबेष देखत फिरहिं परम कौतुकी तेउ।।133।।

Lord Hari continues telling Narad, “O Yogi (ascetic) Muni, you are well aware that when a patient is disturbed due to his affliction he may even ask for harmful stuffs but the physician attending to him would not oblige by recommending it or giving it. In the same way I am also committed to ensure your welfare”.

After saying this Lord Hari disappeared from there. The Mayic effect had been so badly gripping Narad that he became almost a dumb person and hence did not understand Lord Hari’s deeply meaningful message. The renowned seer then proceeded to where the Swayamvar was to take place. All the invited kings were duly seated there; they were richly dressed and adorned, also accompanied by their retinue. On the other hand Muni Narad was happy being sure of being chosen as husband by the princess, in side his heart, rather than looking at any one else.

Paradoxically, The gracious Lord Hari, gave Narad an ugly shape which can’t be exactly described (this says that when undue desires agitate in somebody’s heart he acquires a very ugly shape and this is by God’s own arrangement). This change remained unnoticeable for others (the inner transformation of Muni Narad having become a slave of indecent desires could not be judged by others) who still respected him considering to be the same sage Narad, a devotee and an ascetic.

There were also two Rudra Ganas (Lord Shiv’s attendants) present there who knew what was going on; in the disguise of Brahmanas they were merrily moving about and had noted every thing (being attendants of Shiv they had some extra power to look in to all aspects beyond the visible).

We have now covered up to Doha 133 of Bal Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CXXXII

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

हरि सन मागौं सुंदरताई। होइहि जात गहरु अति भाई।।
मोरें हित हरि सम नहिं कोऊ। एहि अवसर सहाय सोइ होऊ।।
बहुबिधि बिनय कीन्हि तेहि काला। प्रगटेउ प्रभु कौतुकी कृपाला।।
प्रभु बिलोकि मुनि नयन जुड़ाने। होइहि काजु हिएँ हरषाने।।
अति आरति कहि कथा सुनाई। करहु कृपा करि होहु सहाई।।
आपन रूप देहु प्रभु मोही। आन भाँति नहिं पावौं ओही।।
जेहि बिधि नाथ होइ हित मोरा। करहु सो बेगि दास मैं तोरा।।
निज माया बल देखि बिसाला। हियँ हँसि बोले दीनदयाला।।
दो0-जेहि बिधि होइहि परम हित नारद सुनहु तुम्हार।
सोइ हम करब न आन कछु बचन न मृषा हमार।।132।।

Narad Muni thought, “I should be asking Lord Hari for getting an attractive and handsome persona but it will be late if I get back to Him. There is nobody as interested in my welfare as Lord Hari and He would therefore be entirely of help”.

Narad Muni then prayed to Lord Hari in many ways at that juncture (this time not purely for love of Lord Hari but under force of petty desire), mercifully but also in a sporting mood this time Lord Hari appeared before Muni Narad (here it may be noted that Lord comes even when we remember Him with desires in mind hence it is said that one may remember Him in any way one pleases and some good only will happen). Muni Narad closed his eyes seeing his beloved God before himself and simultaneously thought that his desired objective will be fulfilled (because he believed in supernatural powers of Lord Hari and also because he was not wanting any quid pro quo for what he had done but wanted just a straight gift from Him).

Narad Muni told his story in a way a person in trouble speaks and wished to be helped by Lord Hari showing mercy and grace (Narad is indeed in trouble because he has been hit by desires of the kind that he should not care for due to his earlier resolves and having adopted a different kind of life). Narad wished for having the same beautiful personality that Lord Hari had, bestowed on himself (Narad is well aware that nobody in the world can be supposed to be as beautiful as Lord Hari in eyes of who know Him, so in that respect he has not lost all his sense acquired in course of his life devoted to Japa and Tapa); he also thought that there is no other way that he was going to get hold of that beautiful princess (it is natural for some body to ask the most beautiful personality, in the situation that Narad is in, but here he has forgotten that though Jiva is Ansh i e of God but still not whole and can not be whole himself in any way separated from God because there can’t be two Gods, for being God Jiva has to shed ego entirely and then he just becomes one with God).

Narad now comes in mood of surrender and says, “O Master, I am your servant and therefore want you to do best for me on the lines that you think proper”. Lord Hari noted that the spell of His Maya cast on Narad and then compassionate Lord Hari smilingly addressed Narad, “O Narad, listen to me carefully, I will only do that which would be in your absolute interest and nothing else will be done. You may take my word for it which shall never prove to be wrong”.

(We will learn later how Lord Hari ensured only absolute good of Narad who had shown signs of weakness as well as some sparks of wisdom and had the needed surrendering attitude. We all can look back and see that all that we wish is some times granted to us by grace of Lord but in such a way that we later become wiser that it was not needed for us and a good lesson was learned in process.)

We have now covered up to Doha 132 of Bal Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai !
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki Jai !
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam !
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai !

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CXXXI

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

देखि रूप मुनि बिरति बिसारी। बड़ी बार लगि रहे निहारी।।
लच्छन तासु बिलोकि भुलाने। हृदयँ हरष नहिं प्रगट बखाने।।
जो एहि बरइ अमर सोइ होई। समरभूमि तेहि जीत न कोई।।
सेवहिं सकल चराचर ताही। बरइ सीलनिधि कन्या जाही।।
लच्छन सब बिचारि उर राखे। कछुक बनाइ भूप सन भाषे।।
सुता सुलच्छन कहि नृप पाहीं। नारद चले सोच मन माहीं।।
करौं जाइ सोइ जतन बिचारी। जेहि प्रकार मोहि बरै कुमारी।।
जप तप कछु न होइ तेहि काला। हे बिधि मिलइ कवन बिधि बाला।।
दो0-एहि अवसर चाहिअ परम सोभा रूप बिसाल।
जो बिलोकि रीझै कुअँरि तब मेलै जयमाल।।131।।

Muni Narad lost his balance and dispassion after meeting the daughter of the king looking at her astounding beauty and just kept looking at her for a long time (it is the same Narad Muni who just a while ago was proudly telling Lord Vishnu that he had overcome desires). Narad Muni noted the auspicious marks on the body of the princess and became lost in his own thoughts; he became very pleased but remained composed without telling openly that who ever will marry this lucky girl, the daughter of King Sheelnidhi, will become immortal (like gods), he will not be defeated on the battle ground, he will be served by all in the world, whether animate or inanimate.

Having known all these certainties regarding her, Narad Muni kept his knowledge confined to himself (though he was obliged to declare it honestly before the father, the king of the city) and rather he told some fabricated ones to the king. Largely he conveyed to the king merely that his daughter has all good signs that bear good prospects for her. Muni Narad then left there but remained deep in thought. Muni Narad started building castles in air and started contemplating means to have her marry himself. Such became his condition that he helplessly lost capacity to do Japa (muttering Lord’s name) and Tapa (austerities); the only overpowering thought remained was that of getting that girl for himself and thought of getting help from Brahman for the same.

Narad Muni later resolved that he has to have a charming personality and has to become very handsome so that the princess gets interested in him and places the garland round his neck (at the Swayambar ceremony which will confirm that he is the chosen one).

(This shows us exactly how vulnerable is one to be getting swayed by desires under force of circumstances though he may have been successful at some point in time to counter it. This happens when one has a sense of doership which inflates ego and the power that comes out of being in service of Lord is forgotten. One can lose ones own control on himself but when he has placed himself at command of another i e God than only the occasional weaknesses can be overcome because the control itself has been shifted to a master.)

We have covered up to Doha 131 of Bal Kand in Ramcharit manas of Tulsidas.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai !
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki Jai !
Sant Samaj Ko pranaam !
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai !

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CXXX

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

बसहिं नगर सुंदर नर नारी। जनु बहु मनसिज रति तनुधारी।।
तेहिं पुर बसइ सीलनिधि राजा। अगनित हय गय सेन समाजा।।
सत सुरेस सम बिभव बिलासा। रूप तेज बल नीति निवासा।।
बिस्वमोहनी तासु कुमारी। श्री बिमोह जिसु रूपु निहारी।।
सोइ हरिमाया सब गुन खानी। सोभा तासु कि जाइ बखानी।।
करइ स्वयंबर सो नृपबाला। आए तहँ अगनित महिपाला।।
मुनि कौतुकी नगर तेहिं गयऊ। पुरबासिन्ह सब पूछत भयऊ।।
सुनि सब चरित भूपगृहँ आए। करि पूजा नृप मुनि बैठाए।।
दो0-आनि देखाई नारदहि भूपति राजकुमारि।
कहहु नाथ गुन दोष सब एहि के हृदयँ बिचारि।।130।।

In the city created through Maya by the Lord, lived beautiful people as if Kaamdev had come as men there and his wife Rati as ladies. The city was ruled by a king called Sheelnidhi who owned innumerable elephants and horses and had all wings of army. The king’s grandeur and enjoyment of luxuries of life equaled that of hundred kings of gods together; besides the king was repository of grace, influence, power and statecraft. Vishmohini (this means ‘loved by whole world’ as a word) was kings daughter and she could even enrapture Godess lakshmi by her beauty; she was none other than Lord Hari’s Maya, an abode of all Gunas (virtues, but Gunas are also modes like Satvic, Rajasik and Tamasik which under Mayic disposition are responsible for peoples habits, attitudes and fluctuating wisdom quotient). Since Maya is powered by Lord Hari Himself, who can describe the beauty of her.

A Swayamvar (a gathering invited to enable a princess select a husband of her own choice) was going to be held for the daughter of the king and hence many kings came there as suitors. Muni Narad came in the city in a sporting mood (he was influenced by the city itself) and inquired of the citizenry as to what event was going to take place there. When he learned all about it, Narad reached the palace of king and he was duly honored by king and was offered seat. Muni Narad was then asked to meet the daughter by the king and king also asked Narad to tell what were the possibilities in her life, good and bad, by giving due thought (Narad Muni is known for fortune telling and expert in study of signs appearing in body to judge talents and luck).

We have now covered Doha 130 of Bal Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri ram Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranaam!
Goswami Tulsidas Maharaj Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CXXIX

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

सुनु मुनि मोह होइ मन ताकें। ग्यान बिराग हृदय नहिं जाके।।
ब्रह्मचरज ब्रत रत मतिधीरा। तुम्हहि कि करइ मनोभव पीरा।।
नारद कहेउ सहित अभिमाना। कृपा तुम्हारि सकल भगवाना।।
करुनानिधि मन दीख बिचारी। उर अंकुरेउ गरब तरु भारी।।
बेगि सो मै डारिहउँ उखारी। पन हमार सेवक हितकारी।।
मुनि कर हित मम कौतुक होई। अवसि उपाय करबि मै सोई।।
तब नारद हरि पद सिर नाई। चले हृदयँ अहमिति अधिकाई।।
श्रीपति निज माया तब प्रेरी। सुनहु कठिन करनी तेहि केरी।।
दो0-बिरचेउ मग महुँ नगर तेहिं सत जोजन बिस्तार।
श्रीनिवासपुर तें अधिक रचना बिबिध प्रकार।।129।।

Lord Vishnu further tells Narad, ” Listen O Muni, Moha (delusion) affects heart of such people who have no deep knowledge and neither dispassion. Those who have avowed for remaining celibates and seekers in paths towards God and are of strong unwavering intellect like you are; they are never troubled by desires born in mind.”

Narad replied while ego was go held sway “O Lord, its all on account of your grace (but his words actually sounded hollow).”

Karunanidhi (treasure-chest of mercy and kindness Lord Vishnu) saw that a big tree of arrogance and pride has sprouted in Narad’s heart and thought it fit to uproot it right away recalling that He is committed to ensure the greater good of His Bhaktas who are His servants.

Lord Vishnu thought that it will be fun for Him while ensuring welfare of Muni Narad and therefore some remedial measures have to be applied. Narad (without having inkling about what was going in side mind of Lord Vishnu) bowed down at feet of Lord Hari and went about his business with further inflated ego.

Right at that stage Shripati Lord Vishnu invoked His power of Maya (the force which strikes the Jivas to fall under state of seeing things not as they are) and we would know what havoc was done by it (in life of Narad), it created a city as large as 100 Yojan (one Yojan equals around 4.5 KM) on the way Narad had taken for going back This city was made more diversified in construction and beauty than Sriniwaspur (Lord Vishnu’s own capital town)

We have now covered up to Doha 129 of Bal Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas.

Bhavani Shambhu Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranaam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CXXVIII

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 कीन्ह चाहहिं सोइ होई। करै अन्यथा अस नहिं कोई।।
संभु बचन मुनि मन नहिं भाए। तब बिरंचि के लोक सिधाए।।
एक बार करतल बर बीना। गावत हरि गुन गान प्रबीना।।
छीरसिंधु गवने मुनिनाथा। जहँ बस श्रीनिवास श्रुतिमाथा।।
हरषि मिले उठि रमानिकेता। बैठे आसन रिषिहि समेता।।
बोले बिहसि चराचर राया। बहुते दिनन कीन्हि मुनि दाया।।
काम चरित नारद सब भाषे। जद्यपि प्रथम बरजि सिवँ राखे।।
अति प्रचंड रघुपति कै माया। जेहि न मोह अस को जग जाया।।
दो0-रूख बदन करि बचन मृदु बोले श्रीभगवान ।
तुम्हरे सुमिरन तें मिटहिं मोह मार मद मान।।128।।

Yaghyavalkya tells Bhardwaj that whatever Ram (as Supreme God) wishes only that happens, no body has power to deflect it in any other way but the advice by Lord Shiv fell on deaf ears of Narad Muni who hadn’t been pleased with the advice of Shiv. Narad later went to Brahmaji, the creator with whom he usually stays.
Once, holding his flawless Beena (lute) and singing glories as an expert, Narad Muni set on course to reach the Ksheersindhu (the ocean of milk) where Lord Shriniwaas (Vishu, with whom Lakshmiji remains together at all times) who is also the crown of Vedas (essence of Vedas), stays. Ramaniketa (in whose heart Rama lives and who lives in heart of Rama such Lord Vishnu) rose up to receive Muni Narad seeing him coming there with natural cheerfulness and set down together with him (it is only the Bhaktas that Lord Hari ever gets up, no body else deserves a treatment like this from Him).

The Lord of all, moving and unmoving beings (plants and animals), spoke with smile mixed with sarcasm, “O Muni, it has been a long time since you have kindly showed up (to say that Muni has kindly visited Him is to speak sarcastically as even Bhaktas are not supposed to be kind to Him, its only Him that others may look up to for kindness).”

Muni Narad in spite of having been forbidden to do so, detailed to Lord Hari all that had transpired between him and Kaamdev (Narad did not even wait to first exchange niceties with Lord Hari because he was under spell of ego and forgot that the winning Kaamdev i e to rise above carnal desires is only possible with Lord’s grace).

This attitude of Narad reflects that the Maya of Rghupati Shri Ram (as Supreme God) is over bearing, it has not spared any body from having false illusions (whenever one is not alert and nurses ego centric thoughts, in other words when the Lord’s name is not being remembered and therefore mind is left free to wander).

Shri Bhagwan Vishnu brought impression of being unhappy i e without a trace of smile on face, spoke with chosen soft words that Muni Narad and said, “it is due to remembrance of you that one can counter the attack of desires, delusions, ego and pride (such is the effect of egoistic pride on the mind of Narad that he hasn’t read the body language of Lord Hari and is enjoying His words at face value while he is no ordinary person but a devoted Bhakta of Lord Hari but is careless at the moment taking his response to Kaamdev as a great achievement while it only has propped up his ego which has brought him to this kind of behavior in presence of Lord Hari Himself).
We have now covered up to Doha 128 of Bal Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas.

Bhavani Shambhu ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranaam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal
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