Ramcharit Charcha CDLXXV

September 2, 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

कहहिं सपेम एक एक पाहीं। रामु लखनु सखि होहिं कि नाहीं।।
बय बपु बरन रूप सोइ आली। सीलु सनेहु सरिस सम चाली।।
बेषु न सो सखि सीय न संगा। आगें अनी चली चतुरंगा।।
नहिं प्रसन्न मुख मानस खेदा। सखि संदेहु होइ एहिं भेदा।।
तासु तरक तियगन मन मानी। कहहिं सकल तेहि सम न सयानी।।
तेहि सराहि बानी फुरि पूजी। बोली मधुर बचन तिय दूजी।।
कहि सपेम सब कथाप्रसंगू। जेहि बिधि राम राज रस भंगू।।
भरतहि बहुरि सराहन लागी। सील सनेह सुभाय सुभागी।।
दो0-चलत पयादें खात फल पिता दीन्ह तजि राजु।
जात मनावन रघुबरहि भरत सरिस को आजु।।222।।

We covered up to Doha 222 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that seeing Bharat and Shatrughan walking barefoot like Shri Ram and Lakshman and also looking alike a group of female friends mistook them to be Shri Ram and Lakshman but then one of them noted the difference and said that these two look unhappy, are not accompanied by Sita and also have a composite army escorting them hence it could not be the two brothers earlier seen by them. All appreciated this logic while another one of them told the whole story how Shri Ram’s coronation related ceremonies had to be suspended and rest of the story and praised Bharat for his affable nature, affection and basic character. She told also that now walking barefoot, eating fruits and shunning the kingdom of Ayodhya which had been offered to him by his own father is going to meet Shri Ram and urge Him to return; this makes Bharat stand out as a Bhakta and purest of conduct.

भायप भगति भरत आचरनू। कहत सुनत दुख दूषन हरनू।।
जो कछु कहब थोर सखि सोई। राम बंधु अस काहे न होई।।
हम सब सानुज भरतहि देखें। भइन्ह धन्य जुबती जन लेखें।।
सुनि गुन देखि दसा पछिताहीं। कैकइ जननि जोगु सुतु नाहीं।।
कोउ कह दूषनु रानिहि नाहिन। बिधि सबु कीन्ह हमहि जो दाहिन।।
कहँ हम लोक बेद बिधि हीनी। लघु तिय कुल करतूति मलीनी।।
बसहिं कुदेस कुगाँव कुबामा। कहँ यह दरसु पुन्य परिनामा।।
अस अनंदु अचिरिजु प्रति ग्रामा। जनु मरुभूमि कलपतरु जामा।।
दो0-भरत दरसु देखत खुलेउ मग लोगन्ह कर भागु।
जनु सिंघलबासिन्ह भयउ बिधि बस सुलभ प्रयागु।।223।।

Another one of the ladies stated, “O Friend, the brotherliness, devotion and most of all his behavior and conduct when talked of do remove the traces of sorrow (which people feel for every small loss) and remove the faults (in the character of those who learn of what Bharat set out to do) hence whatever praises are directed towards him are not enough; Bharat is after all brother of Shri Ram and therefore would naturally have abundance of virtues.

“All of us have seen Bharat along with the younger brother Shatrughan and this makes us very endowed among the young women (that at a young age such good turn of fortune had been granted to us by God).”

Finally the group of young ladies repented that though Bharat possessed so many virtues yet is facing such hard times and concluded that surely Kaikeyi did not deserve to have a son like him. At this point one of them said, “it is no fault of Kaikeyi and is rather work of Brahma who must have become favorably inclined towards us and provided this great fortune (of first seeing Shri Ram and Lakshman pass by and now Bharat and Shatrughan).

“We must appreciate that we have been barred from undertaking prescribed rituals mentioned in Vedas neither the social customs rate us worthy of much; we belong to lowly placed families besides we do only menial jobs. We live in wilderness, in small villages without facilities and are worthless women in every way. For us to have Shri Ram and Bharat in our sight, their presence right before eyes can only be result of many noble deeds of earlier lives.” Like this only was the common refrain in almost all villages and all rejoiced for it; it was something like Kalptaru (the wish granting tree) being planted in the middle of desert region.

With sight of Bharat the people standing along his path had their fortune smile on them, they became abundantly lucky; this is comparable to the people in Simhala (i e island of Lanka which is surrounded by sea of salty water) having Prayag, the sacred point of confluence of divine rivers, within their approach.

We have now covered up to Doha 223 of Ayodhya Kand.

निज गुन सहित राम गुन गाथा। सुनत जाहिं सुमिरत रघुनाथा।।
तीरथ मुनि आश्रम सुरधामा। निरखि निमज्जहिं करहिं प्रनामा।।
मनहीं मन मागहिं बरु एहू। सीय राम पद पदुम सनेहू।।
मिलहिं किरात कोल बनबासी। बैखानस बटु जती उदासी।।
करि प्रनामु पूँछहिं जेहिं तेही। केहि बन लखनु रामु बैदेही।।
ते प्रभु समाचार सब कहहीं। भरतहि देखि जनम फलु लहहीं।।
जे जन कहहिं कुसल हम देखे। ते प्रिय राम लखन सम लेखे।।
एहि बिधि बूझत सबहि सुबानी। सुनत राम बनबास कहानी।।
दो0-तेहि बासर बसि प्रातहीं चले सुमिरि रघुनाथ।
राम दरस की लालसा भरत सरिस सब साथ।।224।।

Bharat kept progressing while the praises for himself and stories about virtues of Shri Ram fell in to his ears (as all along people had their own stories about them as subject of discussion) but he kept his own attention fixed on Raghunath Shri Ram. Bharat kept visiting the Tirthas, the Ashrams of Munis and the temples of gods that he came across while moving on, he attentively looked at them and stayed for while to freshen up and be relaxed and also paid obeisance (Bharat used this occasion to note if any of these places needed repair or other kind of help; these are the places where the servants of God are found, they serve other travelers and provide for them but equally men of means should learn what they need, looked after and provided for them whenever possible). At all these sacred places where usually visitors pray for fulfillment of their wishes Bharat only silently wished for boon of having his affection for and devotion at lotus feet of Sita and Ram keep growing.

Whomever Bharat met on his way, like forest dwellers, hunters, students, seekers, after wishing and saluting them, he had only this to inquire from them that where in the forest Shri Ram, Lakshman and Vaidehi Sita might have gone to. All then used to convey to him all the news in their possession about Prabhu Shri Ram and in return received the reward of a lifetime by having Darshan of Bharat. Those who told Bharat seeing Shri Ram Lakshman and Sita go along safely were treated by Bharat as an equal of Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita because it was them who were keeping him on right track. In this way Bharat begged to learn more and then listened to stories about Shri Ram’s advance in the forest, with attention.

(Bhakats and seekers while on their spiritual journeys meet many good people, who ever has had a glimpse of their Lord is often put some questions to by them and when they get answers from them they consider them to be their Gurus and honor them as much as the Lord for its them who keep them on right path leading to Lord.)

Not rushing out from such places where Bharat met people who could narrate actual events relating to Shri Ram, Bharat used to halt there itself for the day and proceed the next morning (such was interest of Bharat in Kathas of Shri Ram because a Bhakta is never easily satisfied when he has an occasion to listen to Katha of Shri Ram).

We have now covered up to Doha 224 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXXIV

August 31, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Nmah 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

सत्यसंध प्रभु सुर हितकारी। भरत राम आयस अनुसारी।।
स्वारथ बिबस बिकल तुम्ह होहू। भरत दोसु नहिं राउर मोहू।।
सुनि सुरबर सुरगुर बर बानी। भा प्रमोदु मन मिटी गलानी।।
बरषि प्रसून हरषि सुरराऊ। लगे सराहन भरत सुभाऊ।।
एहि बिधि भरत चले मग जाहीं। दसा देखि मुनि सिद्ध सिहाहीं।।
जबहिं रामु कहि लेहिं उसासा। उमगत पेमु मनहँ चहु पासा।।
द्रवहिं बचन सुनि कुलिस पषाना। पुरजन पेमु न जाइ बखाना।।
बीच बास करि जमुनहिं आए। निरखि नीरु लोचन जल छाए।।
दो0-रघुबर बरन बिलोकि बर बारि समेत समाज।
होत मगन बारिधि बिरह चढ़े बिबेक जहाज।।220।।

We covered up to Doha 220 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsid as in the last post and learned that Guru Brihaspati assured Lord Indra saying that the Lord is bound by His word and also He has interest of gods at heart besides Bharat is only expected to do what is Shri Ram’s command hence it was in vain that Indra was upset and its his own weakness not that Bharat is inclined to harm the gods. With this assurance of the Guru, Indra became happy and overcame his worries and showered flowers on Bharat and praised him too. In this way Bharat kept progressing on his path making even the Munis and Siddhas envious of his devotion; whenever Bharat exclaimed ‘Ram’ and breathed deeply, the vicinity seemed flooded with love, its intensity such that could have melted stones. All companions of Bharat too had carried a similar emotion of love towards Shri Ram and all reached Yamuna’s riverbank where they became sad seeing the same colored water flowing which matched the complexion of Shri Ram but had enough wisdom to get over it and stay clam.

जमुन तीर तेहि दिन करि बासू। भयउ समय सम सबहि सुपासू।।
रातहिं घाट घाट की तरनी। आईं अगनित जाहिं न बरनी।।
प्रात पार भए एकहि खेंवाँ। तोषे रामसखा की सेवाँ।।
चले नहाइ नदिहि सिर नाई। साथ निषादनाथ दोउ भाई।।
आगें मुनिबर बाहन आछें। राजसमाज जाइ सबु पाछें।।
तेहिं पाछें दोउ बंधु पयादें। भूषन बसन बेष सुठि सादें।।
सेवक सुह्रद सचिवसुत साथा। सुमिरत लखनु सीय रघुनाथा।।
जहँ जहँ राम बास बिश्रामा। तहँ तहँ करहिं सप्रेम प्रनामा।।
दो0-मगबासी नर नारि सुनि धाम काम तजि धाइ।
देखि सरूप सनेह सब मुदित जनम फलु पाइ।।221।।

The whole army of people from Ayodhya stayed for a day at the bank of river Yamuna and all the provisions in accordance with the need of the hour was available to them. In the night itself innumerable boats from various points were brought and in the morning in a single trip of each boat all could cross over the river; Bharat and the rest were very pleased by the help extended by Guha, the friend of Shri Ram.

Bowing down before the river having had bath in its water two brothers and Nishadraj Guha moved on, they had the members and servants of the princely household ahead of them and the great Munis on their respective vehicles in the lead. Both the brothers Shatrughan and Bharat tastefully attired in very simple way and accompanied by sons of the ministers, by well-wishers and by trusted servants and keeping thoughts fixed on Lakshman, Sita and Raghunath Shri Ram (in times of separation from family members, the youngest is recalled first). Both of them as also the rest paid their respects with love through salutation at all those points where Shri Ram had rested and stayed.

Whoever got the news of Bharat and party passing by rushed leaving his home and ignoring their tasks at hand and were very pleased to see Bharat and Shatrughan whom they found alike Shri Ram and Lakshman in form and equally handsome and attractive and were overwhelmed with love; they thought they had been duly rewarded for being born.

We have now covered up to Doha 221 of Ayodhya Kand.

कहहिं सपेम एक एक पाहीं। रामु लखनु सखि होहिं कि नाहीं।।
बय बपु बरन रूप सोइ आली। सीलु सनेहु सरिस सम चाली।।
बेषु न सो सखि सीय न संगा। आगें अनी चली चतुरंगा।।
नहिं प्रसन्न मुख मानस खेदा। सखि संदेहु होइ एहिं भेदा।।
तासु तरक तियगन मन मानी। कहहिं सकल तेहि सम न सयानी।।
तेहि सराहि बानी फुरि पूजी। बोली मधुर बचन तिय दूजी।।
कहि सपेम सब कथाप्रसंगू। जेहि बिधि राम राज रस भंगू।।
भरतहि बहुरि सराहन लागी। सील सनेह सुभाय सुभागी।।
दो0-चलत पयादें खात फल पिता दीन्ह तजि राजु।
जात मनावन रघुबरहि भरत सरिस को आजु।।222।।

The women began to lovingly conversed between themselves, one saying to another,”O Friend, don’t you think they are Ram and Lakshman, O Buddy, they seem to be of same age, same form, similar complexion and same attractiveness; their behavior, their lovely discourse and even their manner of walking matches. Only noticeable difference is that they are attired differently and are not accompanied by Sita, also they have a four winged army marching past in front. They don’t seem to be happy as far as their facial expressions go rather it seems that some thing distressful is pricking their minds; just these things being different in their case leaves room for doubt.”

The logical conclusion drawn by one who so spoke met with approval of rest and they all agreed that none is so wise and matured as her and praised her endorsing the correctness of what she said. Now another one of them said in her sweet words and very patiently the whole story behind all they were seeing, how the chance of enjoyment of Ram-Raj (the rule of Ram) had been wrecked and missed and how Bharat had not accepted to rule but was walking to meet Shri Ram. She praised Bharat for his careful conduct, his love for Shri Ram, his disposition and praised her own as well of the her friends’ good fortune that they had occasion to see both, Shri Ram earlier and Bharat now.

She later said that going barefoot, eating just fruits, refusing to accept the kingdom offered by his own father and going now to persuade Shri Ram to return to Ayodhya, who on earth is in a position to stand equal in terms of virtues that Bharat commands.

(This tells that such Bhaktas who are not deterred on account of bodily discomfort, live simply and have no greed and progress on path leading to Lord are rare in this world.)

We have now covered up to Doha 222 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXXIII

August 28, 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

बचन सुनत सुरगुरु मुसकाने। सहसनयन बिनु लोचन जाने।।
मायापति सेवक सन माया। करइ त उलटि परइ सुरराया।।
तब किछु कीन्ह राम रुख जानी। अब कुचालि करि होइहि हानी।।
सुनु सुरेस रघुनाथ सुभाऊ। निज अपराध रिसाहिं न काऊ।।
जो अपराधु भगत कर करई। राम रोष पावक सो जरई।।
लोकहुँ बेद बिदित इतिहासा। यह महिमा जानहिं दुरबासा।।
भरत सरिस को राम सनेही। जगु जप राम रामु जप जेही।।
दो0-मनहुँ न आनिअ अमरपति रघुबर भगत अकाजु।
अजसु लोक परलोक दुख दिन दिन सोक समाजु।।218।।

We covered up to Doha 218 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Dev Guru Brihaspati smiled when he listened to narrow minded Devraj Indra pleading for deploying unfair means at his command to distract Bharat from pursuing the path leading him to Lord Shri Ram and said that in case of Kaiyeyi it didn’t matter as it had also been the will of God but in instant case the same tactic would work to harm their own cause. He advised Bharat to note that Shri Ram is not angry if someone behaves badly with Him but if His Bhaktas are targeted, then His wrathful punishment can’t be escaped by the wrongdoer; the story of Muni Durvasa suffering on that very account is known to all and finds mention in Puranas. Devguru then said that there is none as dear to Shri Ram as Bharat is, all take name of Ram while Ram continuously remains in thought of Bharat hence Indra should forget scheming against Bharat who is a Ram-Bhakta to save himself from suffering often and earning bad-name in this world and not spoil the next.

सुनु सुरेस उपदेसु हमारा। रामहि सेवकु परम पिआरा।।
मानत सुखु सेवक सेवकाई। सेवक बैर बैरु अधिकाई।।
जद्यपि सम नहिं राग न रोषू। गहहिं न पाप पूनु गुन दोषू।।
करम प्रधान बिस्व करि राखा। जो जस करइ सो तस फलु चाखा।।
तदपि करहिं सम बिषम बिहारा। भगत अभगत हृदय अनुसारा।।
अगुन अलेप अमान एकरस। रामु सगुन भए भगत पेम बस।।
राम सदा सेवक रुचि राखी। बेद पुरान साधु सुर साखी।।
अस जियँ जानि तजहु कुटिलाई। करहु भरत पद प्रीति सुहाई।।
दो0-राम भगत परहित निरत पर दुख दुखी दयाल।
भगत सिरोमनि भरत तें जनि डरपहु सुरपाल।।219।।

Guru Brihaspati continued and said, “O King of gods, listen to my welfare oriented advice. A Bhakta, who is ever ready to carry out the command, is most dear to Shri Ram and He is only pleased when His devotees are served but finds it very offending when anyone bears animosity towards His devotees. Though Shri Ram is known to be neutral without being inclined towards one due to His like for him or being against the other due to feeling of anger and Shri Ram is not affected if someone commits sins, or performs noble deeds, He remains unaffected by ones virtues and faults yet He has created the world where Karma has a definite bearing and rewards come in line with the Karma that one is responsible for; as one would do so would be the outcome, whether a reward or a punishment.

“While He has established the world where Karma rules, He is still known to be acting in accordance with the inner feelings of Bhaktas and of those who are not His Bhakta feel otherwise (i e the Bhaktas have no hesitation in accepting or whatever He does and the others hardly get pleased what He does, its the level of ones devotion unto Him that explains the extent of peace of ones heart while course of events remains what it has to). As the Supreme Lord of Universe He might be without attributes, without carrying load of preferences and without His own ego interfering and also changeless in form and attitude, the same Lord has now come before us taking form of Ram yielding to love of His Bhaktas who wished Him to be seen like this.

“Therefore I am ready to declare that Shri Ram, the Supreme Lord of Universe, is always inclined to honor the preferences of His Bhaktas, the devoted servants; even the Vedas and Puranas, the Sadhus and the gods, all endorse this as an established fact. With this knowledge absorbed in your heart, get over with your mischievous thinking and bring up an attitude of love towards feet of Bharat (i e be pleased and enjoy what Bharat is out to show to all of us).

“There must not be reason for you to be afraid of Bharat, a devotee of Shri Ram, who is only engaged in serving cause of others, who is suffering himself and is also upset that others are in distress as well (on account of being separated from Shri Ram) and has only compassion for all in his heart, he is but the highest among Bhaktas.

(There are two points here that a Bhakta is most happy with what happens as per the will of Lord and those who are not get upset while the fact remains that Karma is at the core of what happens in this world. The Supreme Lord appears taking a form with attributes due to their intense love for Him and in line with their deep desire about the form with which they want to connect with Him. The effect is always the result of past Karma, Karma however is according to the Jeevas’ own inner bent and will.)

We have now covered up to Doha 219 of Ayodhya Kand.

सत्यसंध प्रभु सुर हितकारी। भरत राम आयस अनुसारी।।
स्वारथ बिबस बिकल तुम्ह होहू। भरत दोसु नहिं राउर मोहू।।
सुनि सुरबर सुरगुर बर बानी। भा प्रमोदु मन मिटी गलानी।।
बरषि प्रसून हरषि सुरराऊ। लगे सराहन भरत सुभाऊ।।
एहि बिधि भरत चले मग जाहीं। दसा देखि मुनि सिद्ध सिहाहीं।।
जबहिं रामु कहि लेहिं उसासा। उमगत पेमु मनहँ चहु पासा।।
द्रवहिं बचन सुनि कुलिस पषाना। पुरजन पेमु न जाइ बखाना।।
बीच बास करि जमुनहिं आए। निरखि नीरु लोचन जल छाए।।
दो0-रघुबर बरन बिलोकि बर बारि समेत समाज।
होत मगन बारिधि बिरह चढ़े बिबेक जहाज।।220।।

Guru Brihaspati further told Indra, “The Lord, who is concentration of truth only, is always for the gods (who are His own appointees to carry out alloted specific functions, therefore it is but natural that He keeps their interest in his heart) and Bharat (as a Bhakta) is only interested in carrying out Shri Ram’s command (who is none other than the Supreme Lord) hence your becoming agitated is on account of your own selfish attitude therefore Bharat is not to be blamed rather your own misplaced understanding it to be blamed.”

The Chief of gods, listened to wise words of Guru of the gods and this brought cheer to his heart and his anxiety diminished; he then happily showered flowers on Bharat and praised his temperament and virtues. In this way Bharat kept progressing on his path and his condition (on account of his taking pains of walking bare-foot and yet not deviating mentally away from the remembrance of Lord Shri Ram) forced the Siddhas and the Munis to develop envious feelings (as they knew that who did not let the troubles on path leading to God deviate from the determined course only had possibility to succeed).

Whenever Bharat uttered ‘Ram’ heaving and sighing it caused an atmosphere filled with love all around, his manner of calling out the name of his beloved Lord was able to melt even the stones and rocks what then to talk about emotional condition of his countrymen.

Across Ganges, Bharat along with his people halted at a point and then reached the bank of river Yamuna; when they looked at the waters of Yamuna they had tears in their eyes; since the color of Yamuna water was of bluish/blackish tinge like the complexion of Shri Ram, it made Bharat and his companions rocking in midst of ocean filled with water of separation but saved due to floating aboard the ship of wisdom that had been imparted by the Munis along the way.

We have covered up to Doha 220 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXXII

August 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

जड़ चेतन मग जीव घनेरे। जे चितए प्रभु जिन्ह प्रभु हेरे।।
ते सब भए परम पद जोगू। भरत दरस मेटा भव रोगू।।
यह बड़ि बात भरत कइ नाहीं। सुमिरत जिनहि रामु मन माहीं।।
बारक राम कहत जग जेऊ। होत तरन तारन नर तेऊ।I
भरतु राम प्रिय पुनि लघु भ्राता। कस न होइ मगु मंगलदाता।।
सिद्ध साधु मुनिबर अस कहहीं। भरतहि निरखि हरषु हियँ लहहीं।।
देखि प्रभाउ सुरेसहि सोचू। जगु भल भलेहि पोच कहुँ पोचू।।
गुर सन कहेउ करिअ प्रभु सोई। रामहि भरतहि भेंट न होई।।
दो0-रामु सँकोची प्रेम बस भरत सपेम पयोधि।
बनी बात बेगरन चहति करिअ जतनु छलु सोधि।।217।।

We covered up to Doha 217 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that all those trees and animal which had occasion of having sight of Shri Ram and had been touched by Him while going on this very path were entitled to be have their place in the realm of Lord after death but those who had occasion to see Bharat going passing now through it are going to be cured of all kinds of worldly afflictions. Those who utter ‘Ram’ even once in their lives become capable of crossing over the ocean of without drowning and also become helpers to others, Bharat is constantly remembered by Shri Ram in his own heart hence can well have powers to cure people of worldly troubles. The Munis, Sadhus and Siddhas along the way saw that the path traversed by Bharat had become pleasurable and benevolent naturally for he is most dear to Ram besides being His younger brother and were happy to see him go. But Indra, the head of gods became worried that Bharat might force Shri Ram to return to Ayodhya due the extent of love between the two which will spoil gods own cause hence prayed Guru Brihaspati to device and apply ways to stop this from happening.

बचन सुनत सुरगुरु मुसकाने। सहसनयन बिनु लोचन जाने।।
मायापति सेवक सन माया। करइ त उलटि परइ सुरराया।।
तब किछु कीन्ह राम रुख जानी। अब कुचालि करि होइहि हानी।।
सुनु सुरेस रघुनाथ सुभाऊ। निज अपराध रिसाहिं न काऊ।।
जो अपराधु भगत कर करई। राम रोष पावक सो जरई।।
लोकहुँ बेद बिदित इतिहासा। यह महिमा जानहिं दुरबासा।।
भरत सरिस को राम सनेही। जगु जप राम रामु जप जेही।।
दो0-मनहुँ न आनिअ अमरपति रघुबर भगत अकाजु।
अजसु लोक परलोक दुख दिन दिन सोक समाजु।।218।।

The Guru of the gods smiled listening to the request of Indra and thought that he is supposed to have a thousand eyes (the story is already told earlier) but lacks to power to observe and said told, “O The Master of gods, if any trick is applied to wrongly influence the devotee and servant of the Lord of Maya (deceptive force beguiling the world) then it affects back the practitioner; earlier it was possible to do (in case of Kaikeyi through Manthara) because it had Shri Ram’s own will merging with it but now any faulty move will rebound and damage us only. O Indra, you must learn by heart the basic character of Raghunath Shri Ram that He never is upset with those who commit sins aimed at Himself but those who do harm to His devotees is sure to burn under fire of Shri Ram’s anger. This finds mention in folklore as well as in Puranic stories; Muni Durvasa knows it very well too (Muni Durvasa once had become adamant against King Ambreesh raising an impossible demand and wished to curse him by invoking Lord Vishnu but Lord Vishnu directed his Sudarshan Chakra (divine discus) to punish Durvasa rather than harm Ambreesh, His own devotee). Bharat has no one close to the level of love he has for Shri Ram; Bharat is repeatedly taken name of by Lord Shri Ram as He often remembers him, the very same Shri Ram whom the whole world remembers and whose name uttered in times of distress or routinely.”

“O the Lord of Immortals, you must not even think of putting obstacles in path of Bharat, a Bhakta of the Great Raghu Shri Ram, it will bring bad name to you in this world and will cause miseries in next life besides giving you sorrowful times in daily course of living.”

(Here we all have a very important message to take note of. Many times when we talk lightly about God or even doubt about His existence and some times even speak in deprecating way about Him, we are not punished for it. But it is an altogether a matter of different tidings, if a devotee, a servant of God is harmed and is harassed; in such a case the Lord’s wrath is sure to punish the person so engaged.)

We have now covered up to Doha 218 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXXI

August 23, 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

मुनि प्रभाउ जब भरत बिलोका। सब लघु लगे लोकपति लोका।।
सुख समाजु नहिं जाइ बखानी। देखत बिरति बिसारहीं ग्यानी।।
आसन सयन सुबसन बिताना। बन बाटिका बिहग मृग नाना।।
सुरभि फूल फल अमिअ समाना। बिमल जलासय बिबिध बिधाना।
असन पान सुच अमिअ अमी से। देखि लोग सकुचात जमी से।।
सुर सुरभी सुरतरु सबही कें। लखि अभिलाषु सुरेस सची कें।।
रितु बसंत बह त्रिबिध बयारी। सब कहँ सुलभ पदारथ चारी।।
स्त्रक चंदन बनितादिक भोगा। देखि हरष बिसमय बस लोगा।।
दो0-संपत चकई भरतु चक मुनि आयस खेलवार।।
तेहि निसि आश्रम पिंजराँ राखे भा भिनुसार।।215।।
मासपारायण, उन्नीसवाँ विश्राम

We covered up to Doha 215 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat saw an atmosphere of super luxuries all around the place and noted the prowess and extensive influence of Muni Bhardwaj working behind it all; to him now the three worlds and its masters looked inferior in that respect. Though all kinds of pleasures were available around him yet Bharat spent the whole night without showing even a cursory interest in them. Night gone, the day break happened lastly.

कीन्ह निमज्जनु तीरथराजा। नाइ मुनिहि सिरु सहित समाजा।।
रिषि आयसु असीस सिर राखी। करि दंडवत बिनय बहु भाषी।।
पथ गति कुसल साथ सब लीन्हे। चले चित्रकूटहिं चितु दीन्हें।।
रामसखा कर दीन्हें लागू। चलत देह धरि जनु अनुरागू।।
नहिं पद त्रान सीस नहिं छाया। पेमु नेमु ब्रतु धरमु अमाया।।
लखन राम सिय पंथ कहानी। पूँछत सखहि कहत मृदु बानी।।
राम बास थल बिटप बिलोकें। उर अनुराग रहत नहिं रोकैं।।
दैखि दसा सुर बरिसहिं फूला। भइ मृदु महि मगु मंगल मूला।।
दो0-किएँ जाहिं छाया जलद सुखद बहइ बर बात।
तस मगु भयउ न राम कहँ जस भा भरतहि जात।।216।।

In the morning Bharat and all his people had holy bath at Tirthraj Prayag, the superior among Tirthas and then all of them bowed their heads down in reverence before the Muni. Then Bharat prostrated before Muni and thanked him in a pleasing manner; taking leave of Muni and duly blessed by him, Bharat collected all to accompany him for ensuring safety while journeying ahead with total concentration towards Chitrakoot (as it was going to be a journey through forests and alertness and safety measures were needed now). Holding hand of Shri Ram’s friend Guha and remaining close to him Bharat looked like affection itself walking taking a form.

Bharat also had nothing on his feet to protect them, neither head a cover over his head (like Shri Ram when he had passed through the same path); Bharat was inclined only to keep cause of love, sanctity of avowed pious means, unbroken resolve and honor of Dharma without any trace of Mayic (illusory and distracting) influence over himself. Bharat only showed interest in knowing the details of Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita’s journey while traversing through this very path and asked his friend to relate the same for him who told him all in a pleasing manner. Wherever Shri Ram had halted at and rested under, all those points and trees, attracted Bharat immensely and he looked at them with a loving glance which turned on unchecked flow of affectionate feelings in his heart.

Observing him in this way, the gods showered flower on him as well as took care to make the ground under Bharat’s feet soft and the way of his journey very pleasurable and bereft of hardship.

The clouds now followed Bharat keeping shade over his head and the pleasure giving cool air began to blow all around; it can be said that the course of journey wasn’t as much pleasurable when Shri Ram went by as much as was it now.

(The gods know it that Shri Ram, the Supreme God, does not expect them to be kind and sympathetic to Himself but it pleases Him when his Bhaktas are taken care of hence they ensured the journey of Bharat to meet his Lord to be trouble-free and pleasant.)

We have now covered up to Doha 216 of Ayodhya Kand.

जड़ चेतन मग जीव घनेरे। जे चितए प्रभु जिन्ह प्रभु हेरे।।
ते सब भए परम पद जोगू। भरत दरस मेटा भव रोगू।।
यह बड़ि बात भरत कइ नाहीं। सुमिरत जिनहि रामु मन माहीं।।
बारक राम कहत जग जेऊ। होत तरन तारन नर तेऊ।।
भरतु राम प्रिय पुनि लघु भ्राता। कस न होइ मगु मंगलदाता।।
सिद्ध साधु मुनिबर अस कहहीं। भरतहि निरखि हरषु हियँ लहहीं।।
देखि प्रभाउ सुरेसहि सोचू। जगु भल भलेहि पोच कहुँ पोचू।।
गुर सन कहेउ करिअ प्रभु सोई। रामहि भरतहि भेंट न होई।।
दो0-रामु सँकोची प्रेम बस भरत सपेम पयोधि।
बनी बात बेगरन चहति करिअ जतनु छलु सोधि।।217।।

All those being whether stationery or mobile (i e trees and animals) which were abounding on the way who had occasion to see Shri Ram and who were touched by or called on by Lord, had become entitled to hold accomplished ultimate status beyond the ordinary; now by having Bharat appear right before their eyes, they were cured of the diseases of the world (i e of contradiction, stupor, jealousy and confusion etc). It is however no big deal for Bharat to have such influence on them whose memory is cherished by Ram in his heart; people are known to cross the ocean of birth and death and even become the helpers of those seeking to be liberated even by taking Ram’s name just once (with wholehearted devotion and surrender).

The Sidhas and the Sadhus (the accomplished Mahatmas and the seekers) on the way said, “Bharat is very close to and loved by Shri Ram besides being His younger brother so why would the path under feet of Bharat would not be auspicious and provider of peace, ” and were pleased in their hearts to have observed Bharat.

Indra, the head of gods, had a feeling of discomfiture when he observed the glorious influence of Bharat on all; the world is good for the good people but those who hold only own interests supreme look at it with suspicion. Anxious Indra approached Brihaspati, the Guru of gods, and said, “O Master, you may well ensure that Bharat does not meet Shri Ram because Shri Ram is very gentle and decent and is always won over by love and Bharat is an ocean filled with love. The meeting of two will be spoiling the already obtained good prospects (of Shri Ram proceeding to finish the demonic forces that have been plaguing the gods’ supremacy in the world) hence you must device some tricks and put in effort to stop this meeting.”

(The gods and the earth had received assurance from God that He will be taking avatar to kill Ravana who had overpowered the gods and put earth in great stress, they knew if Lord Ram stayed in Ayodhya, Ravana would not be eliminated. Here it was a chance that Bharat compels Shri Ram to go back to Ayodhya, this put fear in heart of Indra. The gods in fact work under a certain regime of action and don’t have capacity to take note of peoples’ affection, their sole concern is that their spheres of action remain peaceful for proper conduct of their own duties which have been given to them by none other than the Supreme God. The give and take of the gods is almost mechanical while the Supreme God is mostly affected by the intensity of love for Him by His Bhaktas. In this light the gods are seen by Tulsidas as very self-centered, self-occupied and selfish.)

We have now covered up to Doha 217 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXX

August 20, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

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

सुनि मुनि बचन भरत हिँय सोचू। भयउ कुअवसर कठिन सँकोचू।।
जानि गरुइ गुर गिरा बहोरी। चरन बंदि बोले कर जोरी।।
सिर धरि आयसु करिअ तुम्हारा। परम धरम यहु नाथ हमारा।।
भरत बचन मुनिबर मन भाए। सुचि सेवक सिष निकट बोलाए।।
चाहिए कीन्ह भरत पहुनाई। कंद मूल फल आनहु जाई।।
भलेहीं नाथ कहि तिन्ह सिर नाए। प्रमुदित निज निज काज सिधाए।।
मुनिहि सोच पाहुन बड़ नेवता। तसि पूजा चाहिअ जस देवता।।
सुनि रिधि सिधि अनिमादिक आई। आयसु होइ सो करहिं गोसाई।।
दो0-राम बिरह ब्याकुल भरतु सानुज सहित समाज।
पहुनाई करि हरहु श्रम कहा मुदित मुनिराज।।213।।

We covered up to Doha 213 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat, though reluctant at first about accepting Muni’s invitation, finally thought that a Guru’s words had more weight than his own consideration of impropriety and it was tough time faced by all of his people and respectfully said to Muni that he would do as commanded by Muni taking it to be his sacred duty. Muni felt pleased at this and called his trusted disciples and instructed to arrange for fruits etc to be offered to the guests who immediately went about doing their specific tasks with aplomb. Muni later thought that he had invited no ordinary person, the worship is done in accordance with the stature of and manner suited to the deity intended to be worshiped. This very thought presented Riddhis and Siddhis before him and asked for his instructions and then Muni told that Bharat, Shtrughan and their companions are very distressed due to separation from Shri Ram and are tired so they might entertain them suitably and relieve them of fatigue after their journey to this point.

रिधि सिधि सिर धरि मुनिबर बानी। बड़भागिनि आपुहि अनुमानी।।
कहहिं परसपर सिधि समुदाई। अतुलित अतिथि राम लघु भाई।।
मुनि पद बंदि करिअ सोइ आजू। होइ सुखी सब राज समाजू।।
अस कहि रचेउ रुचिर गृह नाना। जेहि बिलोकि बिलखाहिं बिमाना।।
भोग बिभूति भूरि भरि राखे। देखत जिन्हहि अमर अभिलाषे।।
दासीं दास साजु सब लीन्हें। जोगवत रहहिं मनहि मनु दीन्हें।।
सब समाजु सजि सिधि पल माहीं। जे सुख सुरपुर सपनेहुँ नाहीं।।
प्रथमहिं बास दिए सब केही। सुंदर सुखद जथा रुचि जेही।।
दो0-बहुरि सपरिजन भरत कहुँ रिषि अस आयसु दीन्ह।
बिधि बिसमय दायकु बिभव मुनिबर तपबल कीन्ह।।214।।

The Riddhis and Siddhis now considered themselves of having great fortune (that they had been of called for service by Muni and that too for a person as great as Bharat) and submitted themselves to the command of Muni. The Sidhhis (supernatural powers which are of many types) discussed between them that the guest, none other than the younger brother of Shri Ram, is special and is without an equal, let us, bowing down at feet of Muni, begin to do all that would please the entire princely crowd and their people. Resolving thus, they began to put up desirable living quarters of various types which could easily have put the well decorated flying crafts of gods in to thinking poor of themselves. All these places were then provided with all sorts of comforts and items of consumption in abundance which even gods wished to savor when they looked at it all. The maids and servants very ready to serve with their attention totally focused on what the guests required and wished for. The Siddhis arranged in no time all that was not possible for those living in city of gods to enjoy even in their dreams.

First of all, every one was given a place to stay according to his own choice which were beautiful and comfortable in every respect. Later Muni directed Bharat and his kinsmen to such particular places which were equipped with such astounding provisions and richness that even Brahma (the creator) might have been surprised to see, all through his own strength of Tapa (the great Munis are able to have such potential powers that work even in the realms beyond this visible world, they can produce thing that have never been enjoyed in this world).

We have now covered up to Doha 214 of Ayodhya kand.

मुनि प्रभाउ जब भरत बिलोका। सब लघु लगे लोकपति लोका।।
सुख समाजु नहिं जाइ बखानी। देखत बिरति बिसारहीं ग्यानी।।
आसन सयन सुबसन बिताना। बन बाटिका बिहग मृग नाना।।
सुरभि फूल फल अमिअ समाना। बिमल जलासय बिबिध बिधाना।
असन पान सुच अमिअ अमी से। देखि लोग सकुचात जमी से।।
सुर सुरभी सुरतरु सबही कें। लखि अभिलाषु सुरेस सची कें।।
रितु बसंत बह त्रिबिध बयारी। सब कहँ सुलभ पदारथ चारी।।
स्त्रक चंदन बनितादिक भोगा। देखि हरष बिसमय बस लोगा।।
दो0-संपत चकई भरतु चक मुनि आयस खेलवार।।
तेहि निसि आश्रम पिंजराँ राखे भा भिनुसार।।215।।

When Bharat noted the sphere of influence of Muni Maharaj, he knew that all the gods that control and manage things and affairs in this world are but lesser in their capacities and capabilities. The collection of items for pleasure and comfort that was present at the venue was beyond description and even the Gyanis (who have acquired real knowledge that the world is unreal and has no capacity to provide real pleasure and peace beyond the pleasure ordinarily enjoyed through senses hence is of no great value) would forget the attitude of detachment upon seeing them.

The seats, the beds and the canopies made of fine fabrics, orchards and gardens and the variety of birds and animals there, the fragrance of flowers and the fruits dripping nectar, clean water bodies of different types, the drinks and eatables of purest quality and tasting heavenly which some people would be reluctant to indulge in considering to be intoxicating (as they had never tasted them earlier), everything was extraordinary. Even the Kamdhenu and Kalpvruksha could not have provided them and the Indra (chief of gods) and his consort Shachi might have considered them as desirable, such was the spread out there.

The atmosphere matched that of spring and the cool, fragrant breeze flowed around there and it was like fulfillment of all four kinds was available to all there. Garlands and pastes of sandal-wood even females to keep company with were there, this surprised people and made them happy too, they were hardly in mood to enjoy but were pleased that Muni had done all this for them.

Bharat, however, remained aloof and disinterested in any of the items of enjoyment during the night like pair of Chakrvak birds which never come close even if kept in a cage during the night, it seemed that Muni had playfully put Bharat in such situation and ultimately it was dawn-time and break of day and dawn-time.

(We learn here that while Muni took care to entertain Bharat and his princely party in appropriate manner and custom as we should treat guests in ways that are to his liking, practices and needs as much as is possible but Bharat knew very well that it is never right to indulge in sense gratification while progressing on God-ward journey even if its possible as a matter of routine and in full measure. It works as an impediment and failure might occur. Bharat and his people therefore refrained from enjoying in that manner but only to the extent that was of utmost necessity.)

We have now covered up to Doha 215 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXIX

August 17, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

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

मुनि समाजु अरु तीरथराजू। साँचिहुँ सपथ अघाइ अकाजू।।
एहिं थल जौं किछु कहिअ बनाई। एहि सम अधिक न अघ अधमाई।।
तुम्ह सर्बग्य कहउँ सतिभाऊ। उर अंतरजामी रघुराऊ।।
मोहि न मातु करतब कर सोचू। नहिं दुखु जियँ जगु जानिहि पोचू।।
नाहिन डरु बिगरिहि परलोकू। पितहु मरन कर मोहि न सोकू।।
सुकृत सुजस भरि भुअन सुहाए। लछिमन राम सरिस सुत पाए।।
राम बिरहँ तजि तनु छनभंगू। भूप सोच कर कवन प्रसंगू।।
राम लखन सिय बिनु पग पनहीं। करि मुनि बेष फिरहिं बन बनही।।
दो0-अजिन बसन फल असन महि सयन डासि कुस पात।
बसि तरु तर नित सहत हिम आतप बरषा बात।।211।।

We covered up to Doha 211 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat expressed his own view to Muni and said that it was wrong for him to say any thing avowedly even if factual before assembly of people who have better ability to know the reality and at such sacred a place as Prayag; to say cooked up stories would be a worst sin and most vile here. Bharat then honestly gave a glimpse in to his own heart and said that he worried least for what mother did, also for his own reputation or life after his own death, he also said that father’s death did not make him sad because he lived well performing noble deeds and earned good name besides having sons like Lakshman and Shri Ram and died instantly when was separated from Shri Ram. Bharat however showed concern about Lakshman, Rama and Sita having gone to jungle bare footed and clad like Munis where they have only fruits to eat, have to sleep under tree spreading dried leaves and bear cold, heat, rain and wind every day of their living.

एहि दुख दाहँ दहइ दिन छाती। भूख न बासर नीद न राती।।
एहि कुरोग कर औषधु नाहीं। सोधेउँ सकल बिस्व मन माहीं।।
मातु कुमत बढ़ई अघ मूला। तेहिं हमार हित कीन्ह बँसूला।।
कलि कुकाठ कर कीन्ह कुजंत्रू। गाड़ि अवधि पढ़ि कठिन कुमंत्रु।।
मोहि लगि यहु कुठाटु तेहिं ठाटा। घालेसि सब जगु बारहबाटा।।
मिटइ कुजोगु राम फिरि आएँ। बसइ अवध नहिं आन उपाएँ।।
भरत बचन सुनि मुनि सुखु पाई। सबहिं कीन्ह बहु भाँति बड़ाई।।
तात करहु जनि सोचु बिसेषी। सब दुखु मिटहि राम पग देखी।।
दो0-करि प्रबोध मुनिबर कहेउ अतिथि पेमप्रिय होहु।
कंद मूल फल फूल हम देहिं लेहु करि छोहु।।212।।

Feeling dejected on account of Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman suffering in forest Bharat said, “This is my concern and my predicament that burns my heart all day, I don’t have desire to have food during day time and neither can sleep during the night. The remedy for this affliction of mine in not available any where in the world, thoroughly pondering over the matter I have concluded this.

“Mother’s ill-will, rooted in sinning, as the craftsman, using my so called interest as the sharp tool, converted the rotten wood of malice into an destructive instrument that she charged with Kumantra (muttering words with potential to bring harm) and has fixed it for a certain period of time (extending to fourteen years in exile for Shri Ram). Most of all it is for me that she went to such length of misadventure and has brought ruin of the world by splitting in to pieces ( i e seeing the interests of the family as different for its members).

“This wrong combination of events and interests will end only up on return of Shri Ram and the Ayodhya will feel settled back again only by means of bringing Shri Ram back again and in no other way its possible (Bharat in this manner showed his resolve to press up on Shri Ram to return).”

Bharat’s words had positive impact on Muni and he felt pleased and relieved; others present there too praised Bharat in many ways. Muni responded by saying, “O Son, be not overly concerned, surely all your anxiety and remorse will be eliminated right when you will have glimpse of Shri Ram’s feet.” Giving Bharat this meaningful advice the great Muni further told him, “You may now accept to be my favored guest, we shall now offer to you food consisting of stems, roots, fruits and flowers which we wish you must take to honor us, valuing what ever little we have.”

We Have now covered up to Doha 212 of Ayodhya Kand.

सुनि मुनि बचन भरत हिँय सोचू। भयउ कुअवसर कठिन सँकोचू।।
जानि गरुइ गुर गिरा बहोरी। चरन बंदि बोले कर जोरी।।
सिर धरि आयसु करिअ तुम्हारा। परम धरम यहु नाथ हमारा।।
भरत बचन मुनिबर मन भाए। सुचि सेवक सिष निकट बोलाए।।
चाहिए कीन्ह भरत पहुनाई। कंद मूल फल आनहु जाई।।
भलेहीं नाथ कहि तिन्ह सिर नाए। प्रमुदित निज निज काज सिधाए।।
मुनिहि सोच पाहुन बड़ नेवता। तसि पूजा चाहिअ जस देवता।।
सुनि रिधि सिधि अनिमादिक आई। आयसु होइ सो करहिं गोसाई।।
दो0-राम बिरह ब्याकुल भरतु सानुज सहित समाज।
पहुनाई करि हरहु श्रम कहा मुदित मुनिराज।।213।।

Muni’s request made Bharat think deeply in his heart; he thought that at this difficult hour he has to take a decision though its perplexing (he was concerned that he was accompanied by people in great number and Muni might find it very difficult to take care of needs of so many hence it would not be right to accept Muni’s offer, leaving others aside and to become guest of Muni himself would also not be right, he thought). Knowing that what Guru says weighs more than any other consideration, Bharat arrived at a decision and first paying respect at the feet of Muni, he folded hands and spoke, “It is my prime duty to honor what you say and I would do likewise.”

Bharat’s agreement was liked by Muni and he called a few of his disciples who were good at serving people and told them that he wants to welcome Bharat and hence they must go and fetch raw vegetarian food items; all of them left acknowledging the command and after bowing down their heads before the Muni and got engaged in their own particular duties.

Muni then pondered that he had extended invitation to some one very important and the manner of worship should be in accordance with the stature of the god who is going to be worshiped

(Muni might have thought that Bharat was now a deity for him for ‘Athithi Devi Bhav; a guest is a god’ is the established way and that Bharat was no ordinary person, he was brother of Lord Shri Ram and son of great King Dashrath and most of all he is most revered as a Bhakta, so he must not spare any effort in welcoming him).

Taking note of such resolve of Muni the Riddhis (all kinds of riches) and Siddhis (all kinds of powers) presented themselves before the Muni and asked for master’s wishes and instructions (the accomplished Sadhus and Munis get such powers by virtue of their Tapa and can utilize in case of need but mostly refrain from using them for their own gratification and to avoid interfering with God’s will but here the Muni had in mind to get them to provide for Bharat’s entourage who deserved everything and hence these powers presented themselves even when Muni had yet to summon them).

Muni then had no reservation and happily asked the Riddhis and Siddhis to do every thing possible to entertain the brothers, Bharat and Shatrughan and the the people accompanying them who very distress and uneasy because of their separation from Shri Ram and relieve them of fatigue acquired while journeying down to this place.”

We have now covered up to Doha 213 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXVIII

August 16, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

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

नव बिधु बिमल तात जसु तोरा। रघुबर किंकर कुमुद चकोरा।।
उदित सदा अँथइहि कबहूँ ना। घटिहि न जग नभ दिन दिन दूना।।
कोक तिलोक प्रीति अति करिही। प्रभु प्रताप रबि छबिहि न हरिही।।
निसि दिन सुखद सदा सब काहू। ग्रसिहि न कैकइ करतबु राहू।।
पूरन राम सुपेम पियूषा। गुर अवमान दोष नहिं दूषा।।
राम भगत अब अमिअँ अघाहूँ। कीन्हेहु सुलभ सुधा बसुधाहूँ।।
भूप भगीरथ सुरसरि आनी। सुमिरत सकल सुंमगल खानी।।
दसरथ गुन गन बरनि न जाहीं। अधिकु कहा जेहि सम जग नाहीं।।
दो0-जासु सनेह सकोच बस राम प्रगट भए आइ।।
जे हर हिय नयननि कबहुँ निरखे नहीं अघाइ।।209।।

We covered up to Doha 209 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Muni Bhardwaj said about the eminence and good name of Bharat that it is like a different kind of moon which attracted all the devotees of Shri Ram, which is always shinning and never wanes and ever gets fuller, the whole three worlds take pleasure in it, the sun of glories of Shri Ram doesn’t diminish its splendor, every day and all the time it is enjoyable for all, the foul play of Kaikeyi can’t malign it, it is filled with the nectar of heightened love for Shri Ram and is not not adversely affected by Guru’s wrath, the Ram Bhaktas may well get enough of the life giving potion it oozes in ample measure on the earth itself like Bhageerath did by bringing the Ganges down on earth which can satisfy any wish by just having its thought. Muni also said that Bharat’s father king Dashrath who was one without a second like him had such big affection and submissive temperament that Shri Ram took avatar as his son, the same Shri Ram who is viewed by his mental eye by Lord Shiv untiringly all the time.

कीरति बिधु तुम्ह कीन्ह अनूपा। जहँ बस राम पेम मृगरूपा।।
तात गलानि करहु जियँ जाएँ। डरहु दरिद्रहि पारसु पाएँ।।।।
सुनहु भरत हम झूठ न कहहीं। उदासीन तापस बन रहहीं।।
सब साधन कर सुफल सुहावा। लखन राम सिय दरसनु पावा।।
तेहि फल कर फलु दरस तुम्हारा। सहित पयाग सुभाग हमारा।।
भरत धन्य तुम्ह जसु जगु जयऊ। कहि अस पेम मगन पुनि भयऊ।।
सुनि मुनि बचन सभासद हरषे। साधु सराहि सुमन सुर बरषे।।
धन्य धन्य धुनि गगन पयागा। सुनि सुनि भरतु मगन अनुरागा।।
दो0-पुलक गात हियँ रामु सिय सजल सरोरुह नैन।
करि प्रनामु मुनि मंडलिहि बोले गदगद बैन।।210।।

Muni Bhardwaj then told Bharat, “You have created this excellent and unmatched moon though your glory where the love of Shri Ram lives and plays in the form of deer, alive and all over. O Son, you unduly suffer in spite of such an achievement on your part like a somebody still fearing to become poor while he has had possession of Paras (a stone that converts steel in to gold when it comes in to contact with it; Bharat who has the most intense kind of devotion at the feet of Shri Ram which is the ultimate source of all that is really good in one’s life, it is like possessing Paras for a person needing wealth hence should be happy and calm).”

Muni continued and said, “Listen O Bharat, people like me speak no untruth because of we have no interest in any material thing and are only engaged in Tapa and therefore stay in forest. We know that what is known to be the most desirable fruit for what all the efforts are put in and the practices followed; it is to have glimpse of Lakshman, Shri Ram and Bhagwati Sita and we have had it. After having the glimpses of them, we ought to have your presence in our sight and you are there, this is again streak of goodluck for us and for Prayag (the Teertha of highest order).”

Lastly Muni said to Bharat that he was to be praised and thanked for as he had won over all in this world just by spread of his glorious fame and with these words Muni went back in to trance drowning his heart in emotion of love once again.

All those, who were present there, were delighted after listening to words of Muni and uttering words of acclaim for Bharat the gods too showered flowers. The sound of appreciation for Bharat reverberated all over the Prayag region which Bharat also listened and he too became overwhelmed with feeling of love.

Bharat now with thrilling body, with his lotus like eyes wet and with impression of images of Shri Ram and Bhagwati Sita in his heart, folded his hands and went on to address the assembly of Munis and Sadhus, voicing words unsteadily.

We have now covered up to Doha 210 of Ayodhya Kand.

मुनि समाजु अरु तीरथराजू। साँचिहुँ सपथ अघाइ अकाजू।।
एहिं थल जौं किछु कहिअ बनाई। एहि सम अधिक न अघ अधमाई।।
तुम्ह सर्बग्य कहउँ सतिभाऊ। उर अंतरजामी रघुराऊ।।
मोहि न मातु करतब कर सोचू। नहिं दुखु जियँ जगु जानिहि पोचू।।
नाहिन डरु बिगरिहि परलोकू। पितहु मरन कर मोहि न सोकू।।
सुकृत सुजस भरि भुअन सुहाए। लछिमन राम सरिस सुत पाए।।
राम बिरहँ तजि तनु छनभंगू। भूप सोच कर कवन प्रसंगू।।
राम लखन सिय बिनु पग पनहीं। करि मुनि बेष फिरहिं बन बनही।।
दो0-अजिन बसन फल असन महि सयन डासि कुस पात।
बसि तरु तर नित सहत हिम आतप बरषा बात।।211।।

Bharat said, “I am present before the assembled Munis and on the soil of this great Teertha; before you and present on such sacred spot one can not escape from sinning and spoiling his cause if he attempts to relate facts under oath (because it never is possible for him to know all facts and to know the reality behind the apparent facts so to speak out and proclaim it to be true before such people who are most capable of capturing the reality even without being told is not right and it is like not honoring the sanctity of place)*.

“To speak at this place some concocted stories would be to commit the maximum sin and to stoop down to lowest rung of treachery. Keeping with my nature of speaking truth and knowing that you all can easily get to learn what are facts while Raghuraj Shri Ram knows what goes on in hearts and minds of people, I tell you that I am least worried for what mother did, I am also not concerned that people will think poorly of me. Its also not my fear that my after life will be spoiled neither passing away of my father is so much a cause of disturbance and remorse to me because he had a life that earned him heap of noble deeds and renown spread all over the world besides he was lucky to have sons like Lakshman and Shri Ram. My father, the king of Ayodhya, left his body, body that perishes every passing moment so its no big deal to shed it but he did it instantly upon being separated from Shri Ram which is like giving best possible treatment to some thing of little use and importance hence it leaves no scope for despair and anguish.

“At this stage I am reminded of the fact that Shri Ram, Lakshman and Bhagwati Sita have had to leave for and wander in forests without any footwear on their feet and clad like Munis; that they have to put on skins as clothes, rely on fruits as feed, sleep on earth spreading Kusha and dried leaves under a tree and bear impact of weather when its cold, hot, rainy or windy, and suffer every day of their living.”

(We may note here that Bharat never recounted the gross events and its impact on other’s mind, he simply spoke of how he felt and that right he had in any case.)

We have now covered up to Doha 211 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

*Bharat thought that he being son of a king and a Kashtriya, so naturally must have more of Rajasik Guna in his character and therefore could not claim to be uninfluenced by it in viewing the events. Secondly those afflicted by intense grief also can not see things in right perspective. In this light how it can be truthfully narrated by him by taking oath. Such is the subtlety of Bharat’s analysis of himself. He is not ready to put facts as he saw them because he knew well that they could be wrongly narrated.

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXVII

August 10, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ra,

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

यहउ कहत भल कहिहि न कोऊ। लोकु बेद बुध संमत दोऊ।।
तात तुम्हार बिमल जसु गाई। पाइहि लोकउ बेदु बड़ाई।।
लोक बेद संमत सबु कहई। जेहि पितु देइ राजु सो लहई।।
राउ सत्यब्रत तुम्हहि बोलाई। देत राजु सुखु धरमु बड़ाई।।
राम गवनु बन अनरथ मूला। जो सुनि सकल बिस्व भइ सूला।।
सो भावी बस रानि अयानी। करि कुचालि अंतहुँ पछितानी।।
तहँउँ तुम्हार अलप अपराधू। कहै सो अधम अयान असाधू।।
करतेहु राजु त तुम्हहि न दोषू। रामहि होत सुनत संतोषू।।
दो0-अब अति कीन्हेहु भरत भल तुम्हहि उचित मत एहु।
सकल सुमंगल मूल जग रघुबर चरन सनेहु।।207।।

We covered up to Doha 207 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Muni Bhardwaj told Bharat that it was in accordance with what the Vedas say and people accept that the king is within his rights to give the throne to any one of his sons as per his wish and that king would have happily given the right to rule to Bharat to keep his promise and be on right side of Dharma too. Muni said that for singing praises of Bharat, the Vedas and others will only be commended for doing so. The only matter that is upsetting is Ram’s exile but this too is attributable to the fact that the queen was influenced by goddess of speech and due to the predetermined course of life; none should therefore find fault resting with you, only those will think so who are themselves of vile nature. Muni declared that you accepting to be enthroned would have been right only and Ram too would have been only pleased for it. Finally Muni concluded saying that what Bharat had decided to do now also was the rightest approach because all welfare and auspiciousness results from one’s love and devotion towards feet of Shri Ram.

सो तुम्हार धनु जीवनु प्राना। भूरिभाग को तुम्हहि समाना।।
यह तम्हार आचरजु न ताता। दसरथ सुअन राम प्रिय भ्राता।।
सुनहु भरत रघुबर मन माहीं। पेम पात्रु तुम्ह सम कोउ नाहीं।।
लखन राम सीतहि अति प्रीती। निसि सब तुम्हहि सराहत बीती।।
जाना मरमु नहात प्रयागा। मगन होहिं तुम्हरें अनुरागा।।
तुम्ह पर अस सनेहु रघुबर कें। सुख जीवन जग जस जड़ नर कें।।
यह न अधिक रघुबीर बड़ाई। प्रनत कुटुंब पाल रघुराई।।
तुम्ह तौ भरत मोर मत एहू। धरें देह जनु राम सनेहू।।
दो0-तुम्ह कहँ भरत कलंक यह हम सब कहँ उपदेसु।
राम भगति रस सिद्धि हित भा यह समउ गनेसु।।208।।

Muni Bhardwaj further said to Bharat, “That Shri Ram (at whose feet you have placed your heart) is the real wealth for you, He only is your life and He only is that life sustaining breath hence who else could be called as profoundly lucky as you (here Muni referred to the fact that who knows Shri Ram as the giver and sustainer of life only in fact possess the most valuable knowledge); that you have this understanding is nothing to be surprised about because you are son of King Dashrath (who was so worthy that Shri Ram had to appear on earth as his son) and what is more is that you are brother of Shri Ram Himself (hence have a similar parentage and qualities even at worldly level). Listen O Bharat, Raghuvar Shri Ram holds in His heart no other person as meritorious as you to be loved by Him (Bhaktas are loved by Shri Ram in proportion to purity of their hearts and Bharat stands out in this respect is what Muni mentioned).

“All three i e Lakshman, Shri Ram as well as Sita, spent the whole night while they were here only appreciating and praising you; I came to know of this reality in the morning while they were bathing at Prayag lost in thought of your affection and tender love. Raghuvar Shri Ram has such intense feeling of love and importance towards you as a person untouched by spirituality in this mundane world holds for the comforts of body only. This is nothing too much in expectation according to the glory of Shri Ram, He is known to care for and nurse even the family of His Bhakta.

“O Bharat, In my opinion and what I see is only this that you are personification of Shri Ram’s affection. You might consider this episode as a blot on your fine character but for us all what has happened is like a sermon and an example worth emulating. This moment, I feel, is most propitious like presence of Lord Ganesh, the remover of problems, for extracting the essence out of Ram’s Bhakti, having all that can be had for doing devotional service for Shri Ram (i e this is ultimate of what is known as reciprocal love of the Supreme Lord and Jeeva in terms of height of gratifying emotional exchanges).”

We have now covered up to Doha 208 of Ayodhya Kand.

नव बिधु बिमल तात जसु तोरा। रघुबर किंकर कुमुद चकोरा।।
उदित सदा अँथइहि कबहूँ ना। घटिहि न जग नभ दिन दिन दूना।।
कोक तिलोक प्रीति अति करिही। प्रभु प्रताप रबि छबिहि न हरिही।।
निसि दिन सुखद सदा सब काहू। ग्रसिहि न कैकइ करतबु राहू।।
पूरन राम सुपेम पियूषा। गुर अवमान दोष नहिं दूषा।।
राम भगत अब अमिअँ अघाहूँ। कीन्हेहु सुलभ सुधा बसुधाहूँ।।
भूप भगीरथ सुरसरि आनी। सुमिरत सकल सुंमगल खानी।।
दसरथ गुन गन बरनि न जाहीं। अधिकु कहा जेहि सम जग नाहीं।।
दो0-जासु सनेह सकोच बस राम प्रगट भए आइ।।
जे हर हिय नयननि कबहुँ निरखे नहीं अघाइ।।209।।

Muni Bhardwaj kept praising Bharat and said, “O Son, your renown is like a new kind of moon which is spotless and is looked at enjoyably by the lily-like like servants and devotees of Raghuvar Shri Ram like a Chakore. This moon has some speciality about it, it will remain always up in the sky, it will never diminish, rather would always keep growing in size every day on the horizon for the world and its people.

“All three worlds will love it immensely like Chakravak bird, even the bright sun like glorious virtues of Shri Ram will not be able to discolor it and diminish its radiance. This moon will be pleasure giving to all at all times and this moon will not be nibbled by the Rahu in shape of Kaikeyi’s wrong doing (i e Bharat’s fame will have uniqueness of being incontrovertible while acceptable to all in spite of mother’s machinations).

“This moon oozes the nectar of love for Shri Ram in full measure, it hasn’t had to bear the brunt of ire of Guru Brihaspati like the other moon in the sky (Vrihaspati, the Guru of gods, had once cursed the moon god for trying to molest his wife and hence it has blackish scar on its body).

“The Ram-Bhaktas now have occasion to satiate themselves fully with the nectar of Shri Ram’s love, you have provided it in ample measure on the earth itself for them; its like King Bhageerath, one of Bharat’s ancestors, who did Tapa to make holy Ganges descend on earth for the benefit of all which has abundant power to provide all that is wished for and is welfare oriented just when one remembers her.

“It is impossible to recount or describe the virtues of the king Dashrath, enough is to say that none equals him in the world. It was for his affection and love, his humility and disciplined behavior that Shri Ram appeared on earth (as his son), the same Lord Shri Ram who is looked up on by Lord Shiv through his mental eyes constantly but it never is enough for him to do so.”

(This is how Muni described the importance of Bharat’s unwavering love for Shri Ram and Shri Ram’s for him. Muni did it to put all anxieties of Bharat at rest. When Bhaktas love Shri Ram with all the devotion and strength at their command, they have some doubt that they aren’t doing enough like Bharat’s own skepticism. To help such devotees to come over this doubtful condition which results in great restlessness, the Guru comes forward and satisfies the Bhakta and he then knows that Lord is happy with him and has accepted him. Bharat’s approach is benchmark for the devotees and a good guide to them to carry on in the path of devotion to Lord for rising above the considerations of the mundane world and get established in blissful realm of spiritual togetherness with the Lord.)

We have now covered up to Doha 209 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXVI

August 5, 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

जानहुँ रामु कुटिल करि मोही। लोग कहउ गुर साहिब द्रोही।।
सीता राम चरन रति मोरें। अनुदिन बढ़उ अनुग्रह तोरें।।
जलदु जनम भरि सुरति बिसारउ। जाचत जलु पबि पाहन डारउ।।
चातकु रटनि घटें घटि जाई। बढ़े प्रेमु सब भाँति भलाई।।
कनकहिं बान चढ़इ जिमि दाहें। तिमि प्रियतम पद नेम निबाहें।।
भरत बचन सुनि माझ त्रिबेनी। भइ मृदु बानि सुमंगल देनी।।
तात भरत तुम्ह सब बिधि साधू। राम चरन अनुराग अगाधू।।
बाद गलानि करहु मन माहीं। तुम्ह सम रामहि कोउ प्रिय नाहीं।।
दो0-तनु पुलकेउ हियँ हरषु सुनि बेनि बचन अनुकूल।
भरत धन्य कहि धन्य सुर हरषित बरषहिं फूल।।205।।

We covered up to Doha 205 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramchar Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that not concerned whether Shri Ram would know him to be a bad person or people would know him as one who acted against his own master and Guru, Bharat prayed before the Prayagraj only for his devotion towards the feet of Sita-Ram to ever increase with the kind graces of Prayagraj and did not ask for any material or other kind of benefits. Bharat thought, according to his position, his only valid right was to be more devoted and affectionate towards Sita-Ram. A benign voice emerging out of Triveni praised Bharat and assured him that Shri Ram loved him more than any one else. This made Bharat very relieved and he felt very pleased in his heart now: the gods also showered flowers listening to this declaration and greatly praised Bharat.

प्रमुदित तीरथराज निवासी। बैखानस बटु गृही उदासी।।
कहहिं परसपर मिलि दस पाँचा। भरत सनेह सीलु सुचि साँचा।।
सुनत राम गुन ग्राम सुहाए। भरद्वाज मुनिबर पहिं आए।।
दंड प्रनामु करत मुनि देखे। मूरतिमंत भाग्य निज लेखे।।
धाइ उठाइ लाइ उर लीन्हे। दीन्हि असीस कृतारथ कीन्हे।।
आसनु दीन्ह नाइ सिरु बैठे। चहत सकुच गृहँ जनु भजि पैठे।।
मुनि पूँछब कछु यह बड़ सोचू। बोले रिषि लखि सीलु सँकोचू।।
सुनहु भरत हम सब सुधि पाई। बिधि करतब पर किछु न बसाई।।
दो0-तुम्ह गलानि जियँ जनि करहु समुझी मातु करतूति।
तात कैकइहि दोसु नहिं गई गिरा मति धूति।।206।।

All those who were living at Prayag like the learners, seekers, householders and the recluse felt great joy also at this and conversed in groups saying that Bharat’s devotion and love for Shri Ram was really true and pure and his conduct too very decent. Concentrating on the virtues of Shri Ram being sung by people there on the way Bharat reached at the Ashram of great Muni Bhardwaj.

Muni Bhardwaj saw Bharat prostrating while doing Pranam to him and considered that his good fortune had come before him taking a form i e Muni felt that occasion to meet Bharat could only be the effect of his most favorable turn in life. Muni then rushed to pick up Bharat and embrace him heartily and also blessed Bharat making him rich and accomplished totally in all his undertakings,in past and in future. When Muni offered a seat to Bharat to sit down, he set down but with his head turned downwards as if thinking to run back home fearing that Muni might inquire about what had happened in Ayodhya (about which Bharat had still not stopped thinking that he was the main reason behind the exile of Shri Ram). Muni sensed the predicament of Bharat and his apparent meekness and therefore wished to comfort him saying, “Listen O’ Bharat, I have full understanding and knowledge of event that took place in Ayodhya and rest afterwards; there is no control over what plays out on account of fate unfolding (we may recall here that Lord Shri Ram had given the whole truthful account to Muni while He visited Muni earlier and thus Muni was fully and genuinely ready to give Bharat all the comfort that he needed most at this hour of crisis in his life, such is the manner of the Lord to care for the Bhakta).

“You must not feel belittled and must not cringe in your heart for thinking that your mother has acted in such manner because it is not even the fault of Kaikeyi, in fact it was the goddess of speech who tricked her in to saying and doing what she did.”

We have now covered up to Doha 207 of Ayodhya Kand.

यहउ कहत भल कहिहि न कोऊ। लोकु बेद बुध संमत दोऊ।।
तात तुम्हार बिमल जसु गाई। पाइहि लोकउ बेदु बड़ाई।।
लोक बेद संमत सबु कहई। जेहि पितु देइ राजु सो लहई।।
राउ सत्यब्रत तुम्हहि बोलाई। देत राजु सुखु धरमु बड़ाई।।
राम गवनु बन अनरथ मूला। जो सुनि सकल बिस्व भइ सूला।।
सो भावी बस रानि अयानी। करि कुचालि अंतहुँ पछितानी।।
तहँउँ तुम्हार अलप अपराधू। कहै सो अधम अयान असाधू।।
करतेहु राजु त तुम्हहि न दोषू। रामहि होत सुनत संतोषू।।
दो0-अब अति कीन्हेहु भरत भल तुम्हहि उचित मत एहु।
सकल सुमंगल मूल जग रघुबर चरन सनेहु।।207।।

Muni continued and said, “This coming from me only will not be honorable for everyone as the wise check every thing in light of what the people at large think and what the Vedas endorse in such matters but here the fact of the matter is that the people and the Vedas will deserve to be praised in coming time by singing your pristine glory and enhancing your fame.

“The people and the Vedas i e all have the same opinion that its the right of father to give the throne to any one of his sons; being truthful and bound by his vow, the king would have only called you to hold the reigns of the kingdom with pleasure and that way would have secured Dharma as well as put himself high in eyes of the world by doing so.

“At the root of this whole disturbance and people’s sorrow is the exile of Ram in to the forest but that too happened on account of the unwise and uncouth queen doing this uncalled for trick which really may be attributed to providence and she is now herself sorry and repentant for.

“So in this light you have little blame for it, who ever will want to implicate you in this would be someone vile, ignorant and of dubious character himself. If you had accepted to rule none would have faulted you for it besides even Ram would have felt pleased about it.

“Now what you have decided to do is the most graceful thing to do, you are really on right course because at the root of all that is benevolent and auspicious in this world is one’s devotion at and love for Ram’s feet.”

(We may appreciate here that Bharat, the Bhakta with purest heart could easily reach the exalted point in behavior which was beyond what the Munis, the Vedas and the people thought was right.)

We have now covered up to Doha 207 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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