Ramcharit Charcha DLXXX

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

जदपि नाथ बहु अवगुन मोरें। सेवक प्रभुहि परै जनि भोरें।।
नाथ जीव तव मायाँ मोहा। सो निस्तरइ तुम्हारेहिं छोहा।।
ता पर मैं रघुबीर दोहाई। जानउँ नहिं कछु भजन उपाई।।
सेवक सुत पति मातु भरोसें। रहइ असोच बनइ प्रभु पोसें।।
अस कहि परेउ चरन अकुलाई। निज तनु प्रगटि प्रीति उर छाई।।
तब रघुपति उठाइ उर लावा। निज लोचन जल सींचि जुड़ावा।।
सुनु कपि जियँ मानसि जनि ऊना। तैं मम प्रिय लछिमन ते दूना।।
समदरसी मोहि कह सब कोऊ। सेवक प्रिय अनन्यगति सोऊ।।
दो0-सो अनन्य जाकें असि मति न टरइ हनुमंत।
मैं सेवक सचराचर रूप स्वामि भगवंत।।3।।

Hanuman further told Shri Ram,”O Master, it is true that I have a lot many faults but it is unthinkable that a servant should suffer rejection of his master. Lord, a Jeeva is subjected to influence of Your own Maya which results in delusion and such delusion can only be warded off when You happen to shower Your graces on the poor Jeeva. On top of it I have no recourse to means to know or reach You or keep remembering You, this I can swear by You, the brave one among Raghus. Isn’t it that a servant has dependence on master in the same way as a son depends on his mother; he can remain without worrying only if the master looks after him.”

With these words and much to his chagrin Hanuman fell at feet of the Lord and reappeared in his real form, his heart totally overwhelmed with affection for Shri Ram. When Shri Ram saw Hanuman assume his real self, He picked Hanuman and brought him closer to His bosom; the tears flowed from eyes of the Lord making Hanuman wet and in this manner he consoled Hanuman (sending the message that the Lord is as much distressed as the Jeeva in times of separation and that He would never ever ignore His Bhakta if he does not falsely present himself before Him).

Shri Ram then verbal replied,”O Monkey (Jeeva is like a monkey only because of his unstable mind and activities), you must not feel low or depressed, you are in fact dear to Me twice as much as Lakshman (as Lakshman belongs to the category of gods while the Jeevas are very much His own tiny part). All know Me to be evenly looking at everyone without favors but the fact of the matter is that I care more for My servants, particularly those who don’t prefer to fall back on none other than Me.

“These servants have unwavering resolve about being solely dependent on Lord and have such firm opinion that the whole body consisting of moving and stationery beings and objects (i e the entire world or universe) is the form of the Lord only and look at himself as just a servant of this form of the Lord (as service to me is possible only through this form of mine otherwise I need nothing and crave for nothing).”

We have now covered up to Doha 3 of Kishkindha Kand.

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

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DLXXIX

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

कोसलेस दसरथ के जाए । हम पितु बचन मानि बन आए।।
नाम राम लछिमन दौउ भाई। संग नारि सुकुमारि सुहाई।।
इहाँ हरि निसिचर बैदेही। बिप्र फिरहिं हम खोजत तेही।।
आपन चरित कहा हम गाई। कहहु बिप्र निज कथा बुझाई।।
प्रभु पहिचानि परेउ गहि चरना। सो सुख उमा नहिं बरना।।
पुलकित तन मुख आव न बचना। देखत रुचिर बेष कै रचना।।
पुनि धीरजु धरि अस्तुति कीन्ही। हरष हृदयँ निज नाथहि चीन्ही।।
मोर न्याउ मैं पूछा साईं। तुम्ह पूछहु कस नर की नाईं।।
तव माया बस फिरउँ भुलाना। ता ते मैं नहिं प्रभु पहिचाना।।
दो0-एकु मैं मंद मोहबस कुटिल हृदय अग्यान।
पुनि प्रभु मोहि बिसारेउ दीनबंधु भगवान।।2।।

We covered up to Doha 1 of Kishkindha Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last and this is further to it.

Hanuman, disguised as a Brahmin student, had wished to know as to who might be the two brothers and had in fact arrived at the right answer also through his intelligent deduction. Since Hanuman had kept his own identity concealed, the Lord too did the same but still revealed what would be true and relevant and answered, “we are sons of Dashrath, honoring his word and following his command, we have come to the forest. My name is Ram and the one with me is Lakshman, we are both brothers. We were accompanied by a young charming women. She, the daughter of King Janak, has been abducted here by some demon. O Vipra, we are now roaming in jungle only to find her trace. We have told you all about our business in jungles and would wish you too to tell us all about youself, O Vipra.”

Hanuman now could surely know that the visitor was really his own Lord and fell down and grabbed His feet. Lord Shankar told his consort, “Uma, the joyful rest and comfort experienced at that point is very difficult to describe.”

(Here Lord Shankar spoke in a manner as if it was him who had experienced that divine joy; which in fact is not entirely untrue, Hanuman is known to be the alter ego of Lord Shiva, a combined form of Shankar and Parvati, who appeared on earth to serve Lord Shri Ram. This moment also signifies the intense sense of relief and immense pleasure for the Jeeva when he is in company of the Lord after a long period of wandering in search of Him.)

Hanuman’s body was now very thrilled with joy and he was unable to verbalize feelings; he only kept looking at this form of Lord draped in an attractive garb at that time. Hanuman composed himself and began to sing in praise of Shri Ram, he was now happy within that he could recognize the Lord (even without his expressly telling, he was however aware of the fact that Lord was to take an avatar). Hanuman however wondered why Lord was reluctant to tell His real identity to him and asked by saying, “it is in a way right for me to have asked you about your identity, my Lord, but why did You asked me like an ordinary human being about my identity. As Jeeva, I have been wandering here and there as an ignorant person only being under influence of Maya (which carries out Your command and wish only); that being the reason I failed to recognize You.

“One side is me, a dumb one who is under delusion (due to Maya), who has adopted skewed ways for petty enjoyment and whose heart is not pure due to absence of real knowledge; on the other side You too have forgotten me, O Bhagwan (the Lord of Universe) although You are known to be a friend of meek and of those who have no means to rescue themselves.”

( We see here Hanuman has told what  we as Jeevas always feel and wonder. This episode also tells us that unless we reveal ourselves what we truly are, we lose our ability to see the hand of Lord in every thing that happens and fail to see his presence which is every where.)

We have now covered up to Doha 2 of Kishkindha Kand.


Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DLXXVIII

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

श्रीगणेशाय नमः
श्रीजानकीवल्लभो विजयते
चतुर्थ सोपान
( किष्किन्धाकाण्ड)
कुन्देन्दीवरसुन्दरावतिबलौ विज्ञानधामावुभौ
शोभाढ्यौ वरधन्विनौ श्रुतिनुतौ गोविप्रवृन्दप्रियौ।
मायामानुषरूपिणौ रघुवरौ सद्धर्मवर्मौं हितौ
सीतान्वेषणतत्परौ पथिगतौ भक्तिप्रदौ तौ हि नः।।1।।

The last post completed study of Aranya Kand, the third descent,  in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas; now we begin study of Kishkindha Kand, the fourth descent (Kishkindha is name of a forest region in south of India).

Tulsi begins it with Shlokas in praise of Lakshman and Shri Ram and says that they are as beautiful as the white flower and the blue lotus bud, they are most powerful and strong, are storehouse of intricate knowledge; both the great archers are very graceful, they are praised by Vedas and are most dear to cows, most attractive to our senses and to the entire body of intellectuals among Brahmins.

These great descendants of Raghu have appeared as humans by taking this form with help of the Maya (the same potency that the Lord directs to create this world) and are all for upholding the best of religious practices and the basic Dharma (the basic duties), they have friendly disposition towards all, they are now engaged in search of Sita hence walking on foot; may they grant us Bhakti (devotion) unto them.

ब्रह्माम्भोधिसमुद्भवं कलिमलप्रध्वंसनं चाव्ययं
श्रीमच्छम्भुमुखेन्दुसुन्दरवरे संशोभितं सर्वदा।
संसारामयभेषजं सुखकरं श्रीजानकीजीवनं
धन्यास्ते कृतिनः पिबन्ति सततं श्रीरामनामामृतम्।।2।।

Those are really blessed who drink the nectar that is the name itself of Shri Ram which is born out of the ocean containing the Brahman as the water i e the Vedas, which is able to destroy all evil found in Kaliyug, which is not expandable and can be availed as much desired, which remains always present in the moon-like beautiful mouth of Lord Shankar and increases its beauty, which is the sole remedy for the afflictions of the world, which is provider of all bliss and which is the very life of Janki Sita.

सो0-मुक्ति जन्म महि जानि ग्यान खानि अघ हानि कर
जहँ बस संभु भवानि सो कासी सेइअ कस न।।

The only place that can liberate one if one dies there after having been born on earth, where there is mine of that knowledge which can remove the effect of sins, where Lord Shankar and Bhagwati Parvati live, learning this why not live and serve in that Kashi (the city known as Varanasi).

जरत सकल सुर बृंद बिषम गरल जेहिं पान किय।
तेहि न भजसि मन मंद को कृपाल संकर सरिस।।

Tulsi says. “Lord Shiva drank the venom (produced by churning of ocean), to end the sufferings of gods on account of the fumes generated by it, why not, O my dumb mind, pray such Lord Shankar as there is none as gracious.”

आगें चले बहुरि रघुराया। रिष्यमूक परवत निअराया।।
तहँ रह सचिव सहित सुग्रीवा। आवत देखि अतुल बल सींवा।।
अति सभीत कह सुनु हनुमाना। पुरुष जुगल बल रूप निधाना।।
धरि बटु रूप देखु तैं जाई। कहेसु जानि जियँ सयन बुझाई।।
पठए बालि होहिं मन मैला। भागौं तुरत तजौं यह सैला।।
बिप्र रूप धरि कपि तहँ गयऊ। माथ नाइ पूछत अस भयऊ।।
को तुम्ह स्यामल गौर सरीरा। छत्री रूप फिरहु बन बीरा।।
कठिन भूमि कोमल पद गामी। कवन हेतु बिचरहु बन स्वामी।।
मृदुल मनोहर सुंदर गाता। सहत दुसह बन आतप बाता।।
की तुम्ह तीनि देव महँ कोऊ। नर नारायन की तुम्ह दोऊ।।
दो0-जग कारन तारन भव भंजन धरनी भार।
की तुम्ह अकिल भुवन पति लीन्ह मनुज अवतार।।1।।

Lord of Raghus then proceeded further (ahead of the spot where He met Muni Narad) and reached near the mountain called ‘Rishyamook’. On that hill Sugreeva, the exiled king of monkeys, lived together with his ministers. Sugreev noted the two persons who looked to be very strong and powerful, coming his side. Worried to death, he told Hanuman, “the pair of two gentlemen coming towards us posses great strength and look very charming too, if they have grudge against me and have been sent by Bali, my brother, then I will bolt away from this mountain too but first check out the reality under disguise of a young student and give me a signal from distance itself (Sugreev was living on hill as his brother who had exiled him was cursed to meet death if he visited Rishyamook mountain and it did not apply on Bali’s accomplices).”

Hanuman then disguised himself as a Brahmin and bowed down upon meeting the young princes before asking, “who are you two, one fair and the other dark in complexion, why you, the brave ones,are traversing here in form of warriors. O Masters, you have tender soles where as the earth here is uneven and difficult to walk on hence what makes you roam about here barefoot. Besides, your bodies are soft and charming and steal the heart of those who look at you; its strange enough that you suffer winds and heat in this forest region.

“By your looks I am confused and think that you two might well be from the trinity (Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh), mostly Mahesh who is fair and Vishnu who is dark leaving apart Brahma who is old. Tell me whether you are the legendary Nar and Narayan (the great sages representing the Jeeva and Ishwara).

“It might be well nigh possible that you are the same Lord of all universes who is responsible for the creation and also of liberation and has descended on earth as an avatar in human form to lighten the burden of earth (i e destroy demons).”

(Here we see that Hanuman showed his sharp intellect as he could deduce the reality even before the strangers could reply. This is the way of Gyan (knowledge) to identify God but even a Gyani has to progress in to becoming a Bhakta as we will see going ahead.)

We have now covered up to Doha 1 of Kishkindha Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Janki Vallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DLXXVII

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 रघुपति के बचन सुहाए। मुनि तन पुलक नयन भरि आए।।
कहहु कवन प्रभु कै असि रीती। सेवक पर ममता अरु प्रीती।।
जे न भजहिं अस प्रभु भ्रम त्यागी। ग्यान रंक नर मंद अभागी।।
पुनि सादर बोले मुनि नारद। सुनहु राम बिग्यान बिसारद।।
संतन्ह के लच्छन रघुबीरा। कहहु नाथ भव भंजन भीरा।।
सुनु मुनि संतन्ह के गुन कहऊँ। जिन्ह ते मैं उन्ह कें बस रहऊँ।।
षट बिकार जित अनघ अकामा। अचल अकिंचन सुचि सुखधामा।।
अमितबोध अनीह मितभोगी। सत्यसार कबि कोबिद जोगी।।
सावधान मानद मदहीना। धीर धर्म गति परम प्रबीना।।
दो0-गुनागार संसार दुख रहित बिगत संदेह।।
तजि मम चरन सरोज प्रिय तिन्ह कहुँ देह न गेह।।45।।

We covered up to Doha 44 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Narad appreciated what Lord Raghupati Shri Ram told him and with this understanding he was now bodily thrilled and his eyes were filled with tears. Narad thought who as master has such ways of showering love on his servants and remains so much attached with them; those who do not serve and remember such a Lord, rising above any confusion (which might upset them on account of what temporarily happens to them in course of their lives as per the design of Lord which they think was unjust or not agreeable) are but poor in their understanding, dull of wit and are unfortunate for it.

Narad then began to address Shri Ram with respect, “Listen, O Ram, You are the one who has command over intricate knowledge about every thing knowable; i want to know from You, O Raghuvir, the qualities specific to saints. Kindly tell me that, Master, as You are the one who eliminates the fear of the world from heart of devotees.”

Shri Ram replied, “O Muni, listen from me those special qualities ingrained in saints; these are the very qualities which keep me under their control (i e I never ever think of going against their wishes). Firstly they have conquered over six weaknesses (known as lust, greed, anger, obsessive attachment, egoistic pride and jealousy), are above sinning, are without selfish desires, are of stable mind and intellect, are non-interested in worldly riches, are pure of heart, and are naturally pleased and happy. They have vast knowledge and spiritual wisdom, they are not moved by petty wishes and have limited needs therefore consume minimally, they know the essential truth, they are wise as well as learned and remain engaged in achieving oneness with God. They are alert (about what kind of company they keep and about attacks that may have to be faced on account of wrong kind of thoughts), prefer to respect others while they remain humble themselves and do not crave to be honored, they are mostly patient and are expert in judging and determining the course of righteous practices.

“In this way they are home of virtues, they have no worldly afflictions and have no doubts to clear; nothing is dear to them other than My lotus feet, for them it represents every thing, they have no attachment to their own bodies or to their homes.”

We have now covered up to Doha 45 of Aranya Kand.

निज गुन श्रवन सुनत सकुचाहीं। पर गुन सुनत अधिक हरषाहीं।।
सम सीतल नहिं त्यागहिं नीती। सरल सुभाउ सबहिं सन प्रीती।।
जप तप ब्रत दम संजम नेमा। गुरु गोबिंद बिप्र पद प्रेमा।।
श्रद्धा छमा मयत्री दाया। मुदिता मम पद प्रीति अमाया।।
बिरति बिबेक बिनय बिग्याना। बोध जथारथ बेद पुराना।।
दंभ मान मद करहिं न काऊ। भूलि न देहिं कुमारग पाऊ।।
गावहिं सुनहिं सदा मम लीला। हेतु रहित परहित रत सीला।।
मुनि सुनु साधुन्ह के गुन जेते। कहि न सकहिं सारद श्रुति तेते।।

Shri Ram kept telling Narad the quintessential qualities of saints and said, “The saints are always reluctant about listening to glorified accounts of their own good qualities and always take greater pleasure in listening to virtues of others. They are cool, calm and neutral and always prefer to act on principles. They have straight approach and have love for all in their hearts. They remain engaged in Japa and Tapa, maintain commitments (Vrut), practice control over senses and suppress wrong desires (Dama). They refrain from doing wrong things (Sanyam) and observe prescribed routine (Niyam). They place their love at the feet of the Guru, the Lord and the learned Brahmins.

“They have firm belief (that they will achieve their goal), have quality of forgiveness, are friend of all, are compassionate; they are always in a happy mood, have affection for My feet and they avoid complications of any kind. They are dispassionate by nature, they have discretion, they are submissive and well versed in many fields (especially spiritual knowledge or ultimate knowledge), they rightly understand Vedas and Puranas.

“They refrain from doing any hollow talk, they don’t pose to be important, or become high-headed while dealing with others. They never ever step on wrong path. They love to listen to and sing my Leelas (episodes of my life as Avatar) all the time. They have no selfish interest while they engage in welfare oriented service towards all. O Muni, the fact of the matter is that even Goddess Saraswati and the Vedas can’t recount all the numerous qualities of saints.”

छं0-कहि सक न सारद सेष नारद सुनत पद पंकज गहे।
अस दीनबंधु कृपाल अपने भगत गुन निज मुख कहे।।
सिरु नाह बारहिं बार चरनन्हि ब्रह्मपुर नारद गए।।
ते धन्य तुलसीदास आस बिहाइ जे हरि रँग रँए।।
दो0-रावनारि जसु पावन गावहिं सुनहिं जे लोग।
राम भगति दृढ़ पावहिं बिनु बिराग जप जोग।।46(क)।।
दीप सिखा सम जुबति तन मन जनि होसि पतंग।
भजहि राम तजि काम मद करहि सदा सतसंग।।46(ख)।।
मासपारायण, बाईसवाँ विश्राम
इति श्रीमद्रामचरितमानसे सकलकलिकलुषविध्वंसने
तृतीयः सोपानः समाप्तः।
(अरण्यकाण्ड समाप्त)

As soon as Narad listened that the qualities of saints are not possible to be covered wholly by even Saraswati or by Vedas, he grabbed the feet of the Lord. He thought that the Gracious Lord, the friend of the weak and meek, has kindly explained the virtues of his devotees. This pleased him much and bowing down at Lord’s feet many times, Narad left for his abode in the Brahmapur (the city of Brahma, the creator). Tulsidas says those are always enriched with blessings who have shunned all wishful desires and have no false hopes; and who have decided to drench themselves in love for the Lord Hari.

Whoever listens and sings this glorious saga of Shri Ram, the enemy of Ravan (the one who makes all cry), automatically gets steeped in devotional service of Him without having to make any strenuous efforts for being dispassionate or to do Japa or to practice Yoga.

The female body is like flame of a lamp that attracts mind like insects and burns it, so don’t let it be attracted to it. Best is to remember and serve Lord Shri Ram continuously, shun all lustful tendencies and egoistic mentality by always keeping the company of the noble people and saints (to keep on right track).

This covers up to Doha 46 of Aranya Kand and brings us to 22nd rest in respect of a month long (30 day) study of Ramayana.

This also is the end of the third chapter known as Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas that is capable of eliminating all the corruption that Kali Yug is known for.

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

Krishna Khandelwal