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

Ramcharit Charcha CDLVIII

June 8, 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

कैकइ सुअन जोगु जग जोई। चतुर बिरंचि दीन्ह मोहि सोई।।
दसरथ तनय राम लघु भाई। दीन्हि मोहि बिधि बादि बड़ाई।।
तुम्ह सब कहहु कढ़ावन टीका। राय रजायसु सब कहँ नीका।।
उतरु देउँ केहि बिधि केहि केही। कहहु सुखेन जथा रुचि जेही।।
मोहि कुमातु समेत बिहाई। कहहु कहिहि के कीन्ह भलाई।।
मो बिनु को सचराचर माहीं। जेहि सिय रामु प्रानप्रिय नाहीं।।
परम हानि सब कहँ बड़ लाहू। अदिनु मोर नहि दूषन काहू।।
संसय सील प्रेम बस अहहू। सबुइ उचित सब जो कछु कहहू।।
दो0-राम मातु सुठि सरलचित मो पर प्रेमु बिसेषि।
कहइ सुभाय सनेह बस मोरि दीनता देखि।।181।

We covered up to Doha 181 of Ayodhya Kand of Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat said that it seemed strange that God gave him other things suitable for being born of Kaikeyi but also gave the good fortune of being son of Dashrath and younger brother of Shri Ram. He told all that they were saying every thing as per their own liking while justifying it by arguing that it had sanction of the king and contained good for all if he was to be crowned; and Mother Kaushalya said whatever she said due to her simple nature and after looking at his pitiable self and due to her great love for him in particular. He wondered that they find even an ultimate loss as a gain and concluded that this is nothing but his own misfortune reflecting itself.

गुर बिबेक सागर जगु जाना। जिन्हहि बिस्व कर बदर समाना।।
मो कहँ तिलक साज सज सोऊ। भएँ बिधि बिमुख बिमुख सबु कोऊ।।
परिहरि रामु सीय जग माहीं। कोउ न कहिहि मोर मत नाहीं।।
सो मैं सुनब सहब सुखु मानी। अंतहुँ कीच तहाँ जहँ पानी।।
डरु न मोहि जग कहिहि कि पोचू। परलोकहु कर नाहिन सोचू।।
एकइ उर बस दुसह दवारी। मोहि लगि भे सिय रामु दुखारी।।
जीवन लाहु लखन भल पावा। सबु तजि राम चरन मनु लावा।।
मोर जनम रघुबर बन लागी। झूठ काह पछिताउँ अभागी।।
दो0-आपनि दारुन दीनता कहउँ सबहि सिरु नाइ।
देखें बिनु रघुनाथ पद जिय कै जरनि न जाइ।।182।।

Bharat further explained his views about the situation in Ayodhya and said to the assembled people, “All of us know that Guru Vashishtth is like an ocean of wisdom and understanding for whom the world is nothing but like a small fruit placed on palm (i e he has studied all phenomenon of the world as easily as is to learn about a fruit that is in grasp of one’s hand) and even he also wished me to be adorned with Tilak on forehead (empowering me to hold reigns of the state); simply it is because when Brahma, the creator, is not favorable, all others become unfavorably inclined (because his dictate runs large).

“In this light all in the world excepting Shri Ram and Sita would not say that I am not complicit in the happenings of Ayodhya; I have to hear all this accusation and bear it with smile on face without showing remorse for wherever water is split, its going to leave some traces of mud.

“Its not really my concern that I will be known as ignoble and nasty, I am also not worried about afterlife but my heart is feeling immense heat like wildfire is running through it only on account of the fact that because of me Sita and Shri Ram are having to suffer.

“Real reward for the life has been enjoyed beautifully by Lakshman as he has relinquished interest in everything of the world and has cultivated his heart for devotion only towards the feet of Shri Ram; it seems that my birth has only been for sending Shri Ram into jungles and this fact can’t be belied and therefore what is there for me other than to repent like an unfortunate person for it.

“I tell you all about my own acute pitiable plight while I bow down my head before you that unless I have seen the feet of Shri Ram in person my burning heart will not be comforted.”

(Bharat’s view is that when one is in doubt or is placed in wrong position by quirk of fate, his only saving grace is to come face to face with Lord, to surrender at his feet and to embark on future course in life as wished and directed by Him. Only those who have purified hearts after they have shed all the faults like anger, greed, jealousy, covetousness and stealth etc can face the Lord; in a pure heart message of God is easily received and future course of action becomes clear to them.)

We have now covered up to Doha 182 of Ayodhya Kand.

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।।

Bharat now wished to conclude and said, “I don’t see any other way, who other than Raghubar Shri Ram can really know what goes on in ones heart (being the dweller in every heart he only is competent to know of inner most feelings of heart). This only is my resolution as this only is to my heart’s liking that I leave for meeting the Lord.

“Though I am an spoiler and really a culprit, no doubt that I am the one at the back of all troubles today yet after seeing me face to face when I surrender and seek his shelter, He will condone all my wrongdoing and will shower me with His special graces because He, the great Raghu, is by nature very simple, He is very modest, agreeable and decent besides having lot of love and mercy for all.

“Shri Ram has never ever brought any harm even to enemies and I am just a child engaged in his service though a naughty one. You may as my well-wishers must give me clear worded instructions to leave here and visit Shri Ram so that giving weight to my submission and considering me as his own servant He comes back to this capital city of Ayodhya.

“Though being born of a bad mother I might be also taken as a fool and an unworthy person for all times to come yet knowing me to be His own, Raghuveer Shri Ram will not shun me, this confidence I carry.”

(Bharat’s example tells us that though we may think poorly of ourselves due to many reasons and for having no virtues but while surrendering before the Lord and presenting ourselves before Him such thoughts should not weigh heavily in our minds rather we should always have a confidence that we all belong to the Lord and are never separated from Him at any time and therefore he will never ever ignore or push us away from Himself. The Lord is well aware of our faults and weaknesses and only cares for our willingness to correct them or leave them.)

We have now covered up to Doha 183 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!
Shri jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj ko Pranam!
Goswami tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLVII

June 3, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II
II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jia Ram II
II Sri ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

कहउँ साँचु सब सुनि पतिआहू। चाहिअ धरमसील नरनाहू।।
मोहि राजु हठि देइहहु जबहीं। रसा रसातल जाइहि तबहीं।।
मोहि समान को पाप निवासू। जेहि लगि सीय राम बनबासू।।
रायँ राम कहुँ काननु दीन्हा। बिछुरत गमनु अमरपुर कीन्हा।।
मैं सठु सब अनरथ कर हेतू। बैठ बात सब सुनउँ सचेतू।।
बिनु रघुबीर बिलोकि अबासू। रहे प्रान सहि जग उपहासू।।
राम पुनीत बिषय रस रूखे। लोलुप भूमि भोग के भूखे।।
कहँ लगि कहौं हृदय कठिनाई। निदरि कुलिसु जेहिं लही बड़ाई।।
दो0-कारन तें कारजु कठिन होइ दोसु नहि मोर।
कुलिस अस्थि तें उपल तें लोह कराल कठोर।।179।।

We covered up to Doha 179 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat declared himself to be not worthy of getting anointed as the next king. He pleaded before the gathered people that he was the reason behind Shri Ram’s going in to exile and other unwanted happenings and reasoned that being son of Kaikeyi he must be having more faults than her as the effect is mostly more severe than the cause.

कैकेई भव तनु अनुरागे। पाँवर प्रान अघाइ अभागे।।
जौं प्रिय बिरहँ प्रान प्रिय लागे। देखब सुनब बहुत अब आगे।।
लखन राम सिय कहुँ बनु दीन्हा। पठइ अमरपुर पति हित कीन्हा।।
लीन्ह बिधवपन अपजसु आपू। दीन्हेउ प्रजहि सोकु संतापू।।
मोहि दीन्ह सुखु सुजसु सुराजू। कीन्ह कैकेईं सब कर काजू।।
एहि तें मोर काह अब नीका। तेहि पर देन कहहु तुम्ह टीका।।
कैकई जठर जनमि जग माहीं। यह मोहि कहँ कछु अनुचित नाहीं।।
मोरि बात सब बिधिहिं बनाई। प्रजा पाँच कत करहु सहाई।।
दो0-ग्रह ग्रहीत पुनि बात बस तेहि पुनि बीछी मार।
तेहि पिआइअ बारुनी कहहु काह उपचार।।180।।

Bharat continued and said, “Haplessly and woefully my breathing continues and it clings to that very body which is born of Kaikeyi and remains attached to it. If living on is my choice even after the separation from the beloved then it seems that much more of the bad times is left to be seen and much more condemnation is to be faced. By sending Lakshman, Shri Ram and Sita to jungle, by forcing her husband to go to heavens, by accepting widowhood for herself as well as spoiling own reputation, by setting subjects of Ayodhya in to grieving, repenting and suffering and by ensuring for me to have comforts and pleasures, to get acclamation and to have an opportunity to establish a good benevolent empire whose purpose Kaikeyi has not served. What else is supposed to be a better proposition for me and my sake, on top of it you all are insistent upon anointing me. To have come in to this world through the womb of Kaikeyi and thereby getting all this is only just and in order. When Brahma, the creator, has lined up all this for me, why you, the esteemed ones and the people of Ayodhya come forward to help me.

“For a one who is afflicted by wrong positioning of stars, who suffers from Vaat-rog (the affliction of rheumatism which is hard to be seen and cured and is too painful) and who has also been bitten by a scorpion, is made to drink intoxicating substances by way of treatment then what kind of treatment is this.”

(Here Bharat wants to show the irony of circumstances and is being sarcastic viz a viz himself. He wishes to tell people that the remedy offered by people is not the right remedy because it is going to aggravate that very affliction that is intended to be cured. In world of existence we are faced with this kind of situations very often. An easy course is adopted which is only a temporary and superficial relief and in fact pushes down in the pit deeper. What does not belong to us must not be thought to be enjoyed at all and if it comes through manipulation by someone else for which we are not ourselves to be blamed even then it should never be accepted however decently it is presented to us.)

We have now covered up to Doha 180 of Ayodhya Kand.

कैकइ सुअन जोगु जग जोई। चतुर बिरंचि दीन्ह मोहि सोई।।
दसरथ तनय राम लघु भाई। दीन्हि मोहि बिधि बादि बड़ाई।।
तुम्ह सब कहहु कढ़ावन टीका। राय रजायसु सब कहँ नीका।।
उतरु देउँ केहि बिधि केहि केही। कहहु सुखेन जथा रुचि जेही।।
मोहि कुमातु समेत बिहाई। कहहु कहिहि के कीन्ह भलाई।।
मो बिनु को सचराचर माहीं। जेहि सिय रामु प्रानप्रिय नाहीं।।
परम हानि सब कहँ बड़ लाहू। अदिनु मोर नहि दूषन काहू।।
संसय सील प्रेम बस अहहू। सबुइ उचित सब जो कछु कहहू।।
दो0-राम मातु सुठि सरलचित मो पर प्रेमु बिसेषि।
कहइ सुभाय सनेह बस मोरि दीनता देखि।।181।

Bharat continued and said,”Whatever is befitting for the son of a person like Kaikeyi is only thrown my way by the astute Brahma but to have given me honor of being son of King Dashrath and younger brother of Shri Ram simultaneously seems unnecessary and odd. All of you push me to get crowned saying that it has been so commanded by the departed king and would be in interest of all concerned; all of you easily speak whatever everyone of you feels pleased about, what I may tell any thing by way of an answer to everyone that will please him individually.

“Just tell who other than me and my wretched mother have gained or benefited in fact. Other than me who among all the animate and inanimate beings is there for whom Sita and Shri Ram are not more dear than life itself. The ultimate loss (i e of Sita and Shri Ram going out of life of all who are the very reason for the existence of all beings in reality) is being seen as good gain (in form of Bharat’s crowning) is really fault of none but is only due to my bad times approaching.

“You are all misguided and confused while you are also courteous to me due to your love for me therefore whatever you say seems right to you; even mother of Shri Ram who is basically very simple and decent and is specially affectionate towards me has said whatever she has said only due to her characteristic loving nature and also because she finds me in dire and pitiable state.”

(Bharat pointed out here that emotionally charged people can’t see things as they are; the conclusion therefore will also be not very rational. The point here is that what was intended to be achieved by deploying intrigue and manipulation should not be acceptable as an option; every possible attempt should be made to undo what happened and should not remain the basis of further course of action. All were failing in this respect and therefore were leaning in wrong way, is what Bharat intended to convey to them all.)

We have now covered up to Doha 181 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLVI

June 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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 177 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat acknowledged that Guru’s precepts and lessons contained his welfare and all had endorsed the same; mother too had instructed rightly and he wished to do likewise because Guru, father, mother and the master always give benefic advice which must be happily honored without even testing it otherwise ones Dharma would be lost and burden of sin would have be carried. Bharat said that all of you also preached straightly practicing which only benefits were to be drawn and that he believed that also but it would not bring any peace to his heart. Bharat then asked to be kindly listened to first and then be advised in that light wanting to be excused for his stern response as the gentle people do not mind the faults of someone in distress. He said that they asked him to rule because father was in heaven and Shri Ram was exiled in to jungles thinking that this would be good for him and would be serving their purpose as well (without considering whether he deserved it and whether he was competent).

हित हमार सियपति सेवकाई। सो हरि लीन्ह मातु कुटिलाई।।
मैं अनुमानि दीख मन माहीं। आन उपायँ मोर हित नाहीं।।
सोक समाजु राजु केहि लेखें। लखन राम सिय बिनु पद देखें।।
बादि बसन बिनु भूषन भारू। बादि बिरति बिनु ब्रह्म बिचारू।।
सरुज सरीर बादि बहु भोगा। बिनु हरिभगति जायँ जप जोगा।।
जायँ जीव बिनु देह सुहाई। बादि मोर सबु बिनु रघुराई।।
जाउँ राम पहिं आयसु देहू। एकहिं आँक मोर हित एहू।।
मोहि नृप करि भल आपन चहहू। सोउ सनेह जड़ता बस कहहू।।
दो0-कैकेई सुअ कुटिलमति राम बिमुख गतलाज।
तुम्ह चाहत सुखु मोहबस मोहि से अधम कें राज।।178।।

Bharat further said, “My welfare and good lies in serving the Lord of Sita (meaning that ones welfare lies in serving the Lord of Maya in this world of contradictions) and the opportunity has been snatched from me because of my mother’s awkward and malicious action. I have peeped in to my own heart and have checked but have found that other than to do this (i e serve the Lord of the Universe who is beyond ‘Maya’) nothing else can really of benefit or peace giving to me.

“To rule without having a chance to look at the feet of Lakshman, Shri Ram and Sita will only be a bundle of sorrow, a collection of grief, view it from any angle. It is absurd to be loaded with ornaments without having clothes on and it is of no avail to contemplate on Brahman, the Supreme God, without first having dispassion (as the thought stream directed at the world and at supernatural can not be simultaneously kept on, it would not be complementary but would only distract).

“For a one with a diseased body, uncontrolled consumption is not recommended; if one doesn’t have devotion to Lord Hari, all his efforts put in doing Japa and Yoga etc are bound to go waste. A beautiful body when it loses spark of life i e ceases to be alive, it remains of no use, similar is my case in all respects without Raghuraj Shri Ram being present before me.

“I you all permit me I would like to go to see Shri Ram, I find this only as an option that would be in my interest and welfare. If you think that you would be ensuring your own good by making me the king then please understand that it is only an out come of your affection for me (which also blinds one viz a viz reality) or due to your inability to think properly (as people alive to a situation and need).

“Is it not your delusive thinking and mistaken understanding that you expect relief under my regime who is son of Kaikeyi, the one with crooked mind, who has been adverse to Ram and who is bereft of all shame (in doing what she did, being son I must be having some of these traits too).”

(Here it might be thought that Bharat is over-reacting but no, he is telling a very plain truth that unless the mind turned away from the worldly considerations, the God-orientation can’t be maintained. The opportunities that come our way due to circumstances but not as matter of right and come as an easy course open to us are not be benefited from. People like Bharat always submit to God for guidance and not rush to conclude as every one else in Ayodhya seemed to do. Also Bharat thought since he is son of Kaikeyi he might be having her faults too and for such people one step in wrong direction is likely to take them all the way to ruination, if a stop has to be applied it is here itself not at some time later when baser tendencies take over. The whole matter is to be very subtly understood as in fact it tells us a lot.)

We have now covered up to Doha 178 of Ayodhya kand.

कहउँ साँचु सब सुनि पतिआहू। चाहिअ धरमसील नरनाहू।।
मोहि राजु हठि देइहहु जबहीं। रसा रसातल जाइहि तबहीं।।
मोहि समान को पाप निवासू। जेहि लगि सीय राम बनबासू।।
रायँ राम कहुँ काननु दीन्हा। बिछुरत गमनु अमरपुर कीन्हा।।
मैं सठु सब अनरथ कर हेतू। बैठ बात सब सुनउँ सचेतू।।
बिनु रघुबीर बिलोकि अबासू। रहे प्रान सहि जग उपहासू।।
राम पुनीत बिषय रस रूखे। लोलुप भूमि भोग के भूखे।।
कहँ लगि कहौं हृदय कठिनाई। निदरि कुलिसु जेहिं लही बड़ाई।।
दो0-कारन तें कारजु कठिन होइ दोसु नहि मोर।
कुलिस अस्थि तें उपल तें लोह कराल कठोर।।179।।

Bharat further said, “I only speak the truth and you must believe me; a King, master of his people, should only be righteous and dutiful. The moment you will insist and entrust me with the kingship, this world which is so beautiful will immediately sink and reach the bottom (i e its retrieval from pit of difficulties will be impossible).

“Who else houses the sins like me, it is me who is the prime reason for the exile of Sita and Shri Ram; you might say that king sent him to jungle but realize it that as soon as separated from Shri Ram he left for heavens. Me, a hopelessly foolish person, is behind all this untoward happening and see I am listening to all that you talked and absorbing it all too (this proves that I am foolish and dumb) though in fact without finding Raghuveer Shri Ram at home, I kept breathing and remained alive unmindful of the ridicule of the people.

“Shri Ram, the pious one, has always been disinterested in enjoyment of pleasures and here is me who now longs for pleasures of the world and control over land. How long should I be telling you sternness of my heart and skewed behavior which is challenging the hardness of a compact stone.

“However it is no wonder what I am like and I am not to be faulted for it because the effect has always been found to be more strong than the cause itself like all know that an instrument made of the bones is more damaging and the iron which is produced out of the lumps of ore is more tough (Bharat meant to say that if he is born of Kaikeyi’s womb, he must be having faults of greater intensity than her).”

(We must appreciate that Bharat is engaged in tremendous inrospection of self; this is what is needed for real progress in spirituality and for nearness to God.)

We have now covered up to Doha 179 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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


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