Ramcharit Charcha DCXCIV

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

We covered up to Doha 5 of Uttar Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

भरतानुज लछिमन पुनि भेंटे। दुसह बिरह संभव दुख मेटे।।
सीता चरन भरत सिरु नावा। अनुज समेत परम सुख पावा।।
प्रभु बिलोकि हरषे पुरबासी। जनित बियोग बिपति सब नासी।।
प्रेमातुर सब लोग निहारी। कौतुक कीन्ह कृपाल खरारी।।
अमित रूप प्रगटे तेहि काला। जथाजोग मिले सबहि कृपाला।।
कृपादृष्टि रघुबीर बिलोकी। किए सकल नर नारि बिसोकी।।
छन महिं सबहि मिले भगवाना। उमा मरम यह काहुँ न जाना।।
एहि बिधि सबहि सुखी करि रामा। आगें चले सील गुन धामा।।
कौसल्यादि मातु सब धाई। निरखि बच्छ जनु धेनु लवाई।।

Shatrughan, the younger brother of Bharat, and Lakshman also met with each other and warded off the distress generated out of unbearable separation. Bharat went to Sita to bow at her feet accompanied by his younger brother and felt greatest of joy. The citizens were upbeat after looking at their Lord and forgot the woeful times brought by separation from Him. Finding all those present there very restless to meet Him on account of their love for Him, Shri Ram, the merciful one and killer of demon Khar, did an amazing act. Merciful Lord Shri Ram took as many forms as needed to meet each one present there individually and met them all in befitting manner, in manner matching the relationship each one had with Him (Lord does not prescribe any particular relationship to be had with Him; love Him as mother and he will please you as a child, love him as brother or friend and He will please you as brother or friend). Then Raghuveer Shri Ram threw a merciful glance at all of them, the men and women, and made them lose sadness totally.

“Bhagwaan (Shri Ram, the God) happened to meet them all in a moment’s time, Uma, and none could know of this secret (meeting with Lord does not leave you with impression that He paid only part attention to you because he never pays part attention, the true devotees enjoy His company wholly every time they meet Him and some have His company all the time)” told Lord Shiv to Parvati. In this manner Shri Ram, the abode of all virtues, decency, and civility and good manners, made all at home and happy and left to meet mothers. Mother Kaushlya and other mothers rushed to Him when they saw Him like cows meet their calves when they spot them after returning from pastures.

छं0-जनु धेनु बालक बच्छ तजि गृहँ चरन बन परबस गईं।
दिन अंत पुर रुख स्त्रवत थन हुंकार करि धावत भई।।
अति प्रेम सब मातु भेटीं बचन मृदु बहुबिधि कहे।
गइ बिषम बियोग भव तिन्ह हरष सुख अगनित लहे।।

Like when cows are perforce taken to jungles for grazing and have to leave their young calves back and rush towards the settlement at the end of the day bellowing, milk dripping from their bellies, to have their young calves with themselves, in the same way the mothers also met Shri Ram with love and uttered soft words in many ways; the unsavory separation was over and they were happy and enjoyed innumerable pleasures.

दो0-भेटेउ तनय सुमित्राँ राम चरन रति जानि।
रामहि मिलत कैकेई हृदयँ बहुत सकुचानि।।6(क)।।
लछिमन सब मातन्ह मिलि हरषे आसिष पाइ।
कैकेइ कहँ पुनि पुनि मिले मन कर छोभु न जाइ।।6।।

Mother Sumitra met her son Lakshman, pleased about his love for the feet of Ram while Kaikeyi met with Shri Ram but had a lot of apprehension in her heart. Lakshman then met all other mothers and felt happy to receive their blessings and Ram met Kaikeyi again and again but she couldn’t stop feeling sorry for what she had done earlier.

We have now covered up to Doha 6 of Uttar Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj k Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas ki Jai!

Krishna Khandelwal


Ramcharit Charcha DCXCIII

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

We covered up to Doha 4 of Uttar Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

आए भरत संग सब लोगा। कृस तन श्रीरघुबीर बियोगा।।
बामदेव बसिष्ठ मुनिनायक। देखे प्रभु महि धरि धनु सायक।।
धाइ धरे गुर चरन सरोरुह। अनुज सहित अति पुलक तनोरुह।।
भेंटि कुसल बूझी मुनिराया। हमरें कुसल तुम्हारिहिं दाया।।
सकल द्विजन्ह मिलि नायउ माथा। धर्म धुरंधर रघुकुलनाथा।।
गहे भरत पुनि प्रभु पद पंकज। नमत जिन्हहि सुर मुनि संकर अज।।
परे भूमि नहिं उठत उठाए। बर करि कृपासिंधु उर लाए।।
स्यामल गात रोम भए ठाढ़े। नव राजीव नयन जल बाढ़े।।

The leading Munis, Vamdev and Vashishttha and others came there too accompanying Bharat who had a weak body due to separation from Raghuveer Shri Ram. When Shri Ram, the Lord, saw Vamdev and great Muni Vashishttha, He put down His bow and arrow on ground and rushed to grab the lotus feet of the Guru along with Lakshman; hair on their bodies were erect due to excitement. The great Muni met Him and inquired after His wellbing to which Shri Ram answered saying that all was well due to the Guru’s grace only. Shri Ram, the master of Raghu’s family, made it a point to meet all the Brahmins, after all He happened to be well versed in the matters of Dharma. Bharat now went ahead to grab the lotus feet of the Lord which are always worshipped by the gods, the Munis, and Lord Shiv and Brahma too. While Bharat lay prostrating before the Lord he was not allowing himself to be lifted up but the merciful Lord brought him up forcefully to take him in His embrace. Bharat also now had hair on swarthy body standing erect and his eyes that were like fresh lotuses now had water oozing out.

छं0-राजीव लोचन स्त्रवत जल तन ललित पुलकावलि बनी।
अति प्रेम हृदयँ लगाइ अनुजहि मिले प्रभु त्रिभुअन धनी।।
प्रभु मिलत अनुजहि सोह मो पहिं जाति नहिं उपमा कही।
जनु प्रेम अरु सिंगार तनु धरि मिले बर सुषमा लही।।1।।

Condition of Shri Ram, the Lord also was the same as that of Bharat, He too had tears in His lotus yes while thrilled bodily and the Master of all the three worlds met His younger brother with great love keeping him close to His own heart. Tulsi says that he is unable to find a suitable metaphor to describe how much attractive and alluring looked the Lord while meeting the younger brother whom he missed for so long; at best it could be said that love and the spirit of love had come together taking form bodily and were presenting a sight so splendid and elegant.

बूझत कृपानिधि कुसल भरतहि बचन बेगि न आवई।
सुनु सिवा सो सुख बचन मन ते भिन्न जान जो पावई।।
अब कुसल कौसलनाथ आरत जानि जन दरसन दियो।
बूड़त बिरह बारीस कृपानिधान मोहि कर गहि लियो।।2।।
दो0-पुनि प्रभु हरषि सत्रुहन भेंटे हृदयँ लगाइ।
लछिमन भरत मिले तब परम प्रेम दोउ भाइ।।5।।

“The Merciful Lord fell short of words while trying to ask Bharat about his wellbeing, listen O Parvati, that pleasure which both of them had was totally beyond the grasp of mind and hard to describe, who can appreciate this only can know the extent of it (the extent of love between Bhakta and Bhagwan is not possible to understand with the help of just the body, mind and intellect as it goes beyond it),” said Lord Shiv. Bharat said at that moment, “O Lord of Kaushala, now I am totally well as You have given me Your Darshan (special glimpse) knowing me to be Your servant in distress. You, as abode of mercy, have saved me from drowning in the sea of separation by holding my hand in Yours.

The Lord then met Shatrughan with great affection while bringing him close to bosom. The two brothers, Lakshman and Bharat, also met with great love.

We have now covered up to Doha 5 of Uttar Kand.

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


Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCXCII

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

We covered up to Doha 3 of Uttar Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this further to it.

इहाँ भानुकुल कमल दिवाकर। कपिन्ह देखावत नगर मनोहर।।
सुनु कपीस अंगद लंकेसा। पावन पुरी रुचिर यह देसा।।
जद्यपि सब बैकुंठ बखाना। बेद पुरान बिदित जगु जाना।।
अवधपुरी सम प्रिय नहिं सोऊ। यह प्रसंग जानइ कोउ कोऊ।।
जन्मभूमि मम पुरी सुहावनि। उत्तर दिसि बह सरजू पावनि।।
जा मज्जन ते बिनहिं प्रयासा। मम समीप नर पावहिं बासा।।
अति प्रिय मोहि इहाँ के बासी। मम धामदा पुरी सुख रासी।।
हरषे सब कपि सुनि प्रभु बानी। धन्य अवध जो राम बखानी।।
दो0-आवत देखि लोग सब कृपासिंधु भगवान।
नगर निकट प्रभु प्रेरेउ उतरेउ भूमि बिमान।।4(क)।।
उतरि कहेउ प्रभु पुष्पकहि तुम्ह कुबेर पहिं जाहु।
प्रेरित राम चलेउ सो हरषु बिरहु अति ताहु।।4(ख)।।

While Ayodhya had a surge of joy up on listening about much awaited arrival of Shri Ram, Shri Ram, the sun like figure for delighting the lotus like family of sun, was showing the monkeys the charming city spread out below from above in the sky. Shri Ram told them, “O Money King Sugreev, O Angad and O King of Lanka Vibhishan, this land below and the city there is very charmingly beautiful and also very sacred and pure. Though there is much talk about Vaikuntth (abode of Vishnu) in Vedas and Puranas and is also acknowledged by the world to be very lovely and loved by me but the same is not loved as much as Ayodhya by me; however only a few are aware of this fact.

“This is my birth-place hence is very special and attractive to me, on its northern side flows pure and pristine river Sarayu, by just bathing in it without any exertive attempts people get qualified to live near me. The citizens of this city are very dear to me and this city of immense joy and pleasures of all kinds grants them right to stay in my celestial abode along with me.”

The monkeys were very amused to listen to the words of the Lord and exclaimed ‘Blessed and rewarded is the city of Ayodhya about which Shri Ram enlightened us’

The citizens watched with interest arrival of the merciful God while the Lord instructed to bring down the aerial car over the ground near the city; right after getting down from it the Lord asked Pushpak, the self propelled aerial car, to go back to its owner Kuber (as it is never right to keep any thing borrowed for meeting some emergency any further after the emergency is over).
Prompted by the Lord the aerial machine left happily but was sad also due to the impending separation from the Lord.

We have now covered up to Doha 4 of Uttar Kand.

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

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCXCI

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Sri 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

We covered up to Doha 2 of Uttar Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

हरषि भरत कोसलपुर आए। समाचार सब गुरहि सुनाए।।
पुनि मंदिर महँ बात जनाई। आवत नगर कुसल रघुराई।।
सुनत सकल जननीं उठि धाईं। कहि प्रभु कुसल भरत समुझाई।।
समाचार पुरबासिन्ह पाए। नर अरु नारि हरषि सब धाए।।
दधि दुर्बा रोचन फल फूला। नव तुलसी दल मंगल मूला।।
भरि भरि हेम थार भामिनी। गावत चलिं सिंधु सिंधुरगामिनी।।
जे जैसेहिं तैसेहिं उटि धावहिं। बाल बृद्ध कहँ संग न लावहिं।।
एक एकन्ह कहँ बूझहिं भाई। तुम्ह देखे दयाल रघुराई।।
अवधपुरी प्रभु आवत जानी। भई सकल सोभा कै खानी।।
बहइ सुहावन त्रिबिध समीरा। भइ सरजू अति निर्मल नीरा।।

Bharat also came from the village of his stay out side of Ayodhya to the capital Ayodhya and conveyed to Guru all the welcome news about safe arrival of Raghuraj Shri Ram and then it was conveyed in side the palaces of mothers too. All the mothers rushed to meet Bharat and were told in detail about the wellbeing of the Lord (even Lord in never a Lord for the mothers but a son first and foremost so the logic that Lord in never in trouble does not work with them, they have to be told specifically about welfare of their son).
The citizens too got wind of good news and they happily rushed towards the king’s palace.

Cultured ladies from respectable families carried in golden utensils all the auspicious stuff like curd, Durva grass, Gorochan (red colored mineral), fruits, flowers and fresh leaves of Tulsi plant for welcoming the Lord; they were singing and their walk resembled gait of elephants. Everyone rushed in whatever condition they happened to be and refused to take along children and the aged. They anxiously inquired from each other whether they had actually seen Raghuraj Shri Ram upon arrival. The Avadhpuri also became like a mine of splendour and opulence being aware of the arrival the Lord. Cool and fragrant breeze began blow slowly while river Sarju’s water became clean and pure.

दो0-हरषित गुर परिजन अनुज भूसुर बृंद समेत।
चले भरत मन प्रेम अति सन्मुख कृपानिकेत।।3(क)।।
बहुतक चढ़ी अटारिन्ह निरखहिं गगन बिमान।
देखि मधुर सुर हरषित करहिं सुमंगल गान।।3(ख)।।
राका ससि रघुपति पुर सिंधु देखि हरषान।
बढ़यो कोलाहल करत जनु नारि तरंग समान।।3(ग)।।

Bharat, his heart filled with happiness, went to meet Shri Ram, the abode of kindness, taking along the Guru, family members, the younger brother Shatrughan and host of Brahmins, all of whom were also very upbeat. Many women reached on terraces to watch the arriving aerial car and when they spotted it they began to sing auspicious songs in their sweet and melodious voices. Ayodhya, the city of Raghupati Shri Ram, had joy surging up like the water of ocean upon seeing the moon; there was commotion as the women folk were seen coming and going like waves.

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

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

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCXC

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Sri 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

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

देखत हनूमान अति हरषेउ। पुलक गात लोचन जल बरषेउ।।
मन महँ बहुत भाँति सुख मानी। बोलेउ श्रवन सुधा सम बानी।।
जासु बिरहँ सोचहु दिन राती। रटहु निरंतर गुन गन पाँती।।
रघुकुल तिलक सुजन सुखदाता। आयउ कुसल देव मुनि त्राता।।
रिपु रन जीति सुजस सुर गावत। सीता सहित अनुज प्रभु आवत।।
सुनत बचन बिसरे सब दूखा। तृषावंत जिमि पाइ पियूषा।।
को तुम्ह तात कहाँ ते आए। मोहि परम प्रिय बचन सुनाए।।
मारुत सुत मैं कपि हनुमाना। नामु मोर सुनु कृपानिधाना।।
दीनबंधु रघुपति कर किंकर। सुनत भरत भेंटेउ उठि सादर।।
मिलत प्रेम नहिं हृदयँ समाता। नयन स्त्रवत जल पुलकित गाता।।
कपि तव दरस सकल दुख बीते। मिले आजु मोहि राम पिरीते।।
बार बार बूझी कुसलाता। तो कहुँ देउँ काह सुनु भ्राता।।
एहि संदेस सरिस जग माहीं। करि बिचार देखेउँ कछु नाहीं।।
नाहिन तात उरिन मैं तोही। अब प्रभु चरित सुनावहु मोही।।

When Hanuman saw Bharat he felt very pleased and became thrilled while shedding tears; Hanuman was now very happy within too and spoke words which were no less then life giving words. Hanuman told Bharat, “Whose separation has made you worry during days and nights and whose virtues you reflect upon continuously that most revered one in Raghu’s line Shri Ram, the one who is everlasting joy for the good people and is saviour of gods and Munis has come back safely. He has accomplished win over the enemy in battle, the Lord is now ready to come here along with Sita and younger brother Lakshman.”

The words of Hanuman made Bharat forget all his sorrows and he felt satisfied like a thirsty person having nectar to drink. Bharat then inquired, “O Taat, who are you and where from have come to speak to me those loveable words.” Hanuman then gave his introduction by telling, “I am son of wind-god and is known as Hanuman, O Merciful One, that’s my name.”

As soon Bharat knew that he was servant of the Raghupati Shri Ram, the friend of helpless, he rose and met Hanuman respectfully. While meeting Hanuman, Bharat found it hard to contain his emotions and had eyes raining tears while his body displayed excitement. Bharat uttered words, “O Monkey, your sight has ended all my woes as I am now face to face with the one who is loved by Shri Ram and who loves Shri Ram.” Bharat then inquired of the welfare of all again and again and asked also , “O Brother, what I may offer you as reward for such wonderful service rendered to me because I have pondered over and find that there is nothing as valuable in this world as the message that you just delivered to me. O Taat, it seems that I would not be able to discharged this debt owed to you ever. Any way now tell me all about the manner in which Shri Ram, the Lord has spent His time and the related events.”

तब हनुमंत नाइ पद माथा। कहे सकल रघुपति गुन गाथा।।
कहु कपि कबहुँ कृपाल गोसाईं। सुमिरहिं मोहि दास की नाईं।।
छं0-निज दास ज्यों रघुबंसभूषन कबहुँ मम सुमिरन कर् यो।
सुनि भरत बचन बिनीत अति कपि पुलकित तन चरनन्हि पर् यो।।
रघुबीर निज मुख जासु गुन गन कहत अग जग नाथ जो।
काहे न होइ बिनीत परम पुनीत सदगुन सिंधु सो।।
दो0-राम प्रान प्रिय नाथ तुम्ह सत्य बचन मम तात।
पुनि पुनि मिलत भरत सुनि हरष न हृदयँ समात।।2(क)।।
सो0-भरत चरन सिरु नाइ तुरित गयउ कपि राम पहिं।
कही कुसल सब जाइ हरषि चलेउ प्रभु जान चढ़ि।।2(ख)।।

Hanuman then put his forehead down at the feet of Bharat and related all the tales encompassing the virtuous deeds of Raghupati Shri Ram. Bharat then asked Hanuan, “tell me O monkey, did my merciful master ever remember me as His servant and Bhakta. Did the ornament of the family of Raghu Shri Ram really ever thought of me as His own servant”

Listening to the most humble words from Bharat, Hanuman, the monkey, fell down at the feet of Bharat thinking that why Bharat would not be as humble as he happens to be, and not be most pious, and not be an ocean of virtues when Raghuveer Shri Ram, who is Himself the Lord of the entire universe, has been personally praising Bharat mentioning the various virtues he possesses.

Haanuman then verbally confirmed , “O Master, you are as dear to Ram as life is dear to anyone. You must take my words as true, O Taat.” Bharat met Hanuman again and again once again as he was not able to control the surge of love generated by the words of Hanuman.

Hanuman then promptly left to go back and see Shri Ram after paying respects at Bharat’s feet. He then told abut the wellbeing of Bharat to Shri Ram who in turn climbed over the aerial vehicle and left for Ayodhya.

(We can appreciate the oneness of the two Bhaktas of Shri Ram, the Lord. None ever identifies himself other than being the servant of the Lord. Also the oneness of Ram and Bharat, Bhagwaan and Bhakta, is established as both felt indebted to Hanuman, Ram for getting message of Sita from Hanuman and Bharat for news of arrival of Ram.)

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

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

Krisshna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCLXXXIX

II Shree Guruvey Nahah 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

We covered up to last Doha 121 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post. Now we shall begin with Magalacharan (the invocative prayer before beginning something) in Uttarkand, the seventh descent, and cover up to Doha 1 of Uttarkand in this post.

श्री गणेशाय नमः
श्रीजानकीवल्लभो विजयते
सप्तम सोपान
केकीकण्ठाभनीलं सुरवरविलसद्विप्रपादाब्जचिह्नं
शोभाढ्यं पीतवस्त्रं सरसिजनयनं सर्वदा सुप्रसन्नम्।
पाणौ नाराचचापं कपिनिकरयुतं बन्धुना सेव्यमानं
नौमीड्यं जानकीशं रघुवरमनिशं पुष्पकारूढरामम्।।1।।
कोसलेन्द्रपदकञ्जमञ्जुलौ कोमलावजमहेशवन्दितौ।
जानकीकरसरोजलालितौ चिन्तकस्य मनभृङ्गसड्गिनौ।।2।।
कुन्दइन्दुदरगौरसुन्दरं अम्बिकापतिमभीष्टसिद्धिदम्।
कारुणीककलकञ्जलोचनं नौमि शंकरमनंगमोचनम्।।3।।

Tulsi says, “I praise, eulogize and bow down before Shri Ram, the great among Raghus, who is without a superior, who is consort of Janki Sita, is riding on the aerial craft known as ‘Pushpaka; He holds a bow and an arrow in hand, is flanked by monkeys and has His brother in attendance. He is always happy, His eyes are lotus-like and He presents a very charming and beautiful sight to look at in His yellow attire. His blue complexion matches the color of neck of a peacock and the imprint of the lotus feet of leaned Brahmin on his chest confirms that He is the greatest of the Gods (as Lord Vishnu).

“Delicate and loveable lotus feet of the Lord of Kaushala Shri Ram which are worshipped by Brahma, and the principal of gods Lord Shiv, and happened to enjoy the touch of the beautiful lotus-like hands of Janki Sita, why would not my mind keep company of those feet like bee over the flowers.

“I worship and bow down before Lord Shiv too, the killer of Kamdev (the Lord of desires), who possesses pure white body like a jessamine flower, moon and conch, whose eyes are like lotuses, who is always merciful, who is master of Ambika (Parvati), and who grants desired Siddhis (powers to accomplish goals).”

दो0-रहा एक दिन अवधि कर अति आरत पुर लोग।
जहँ तहँ सोचहिं नारि नर कृस तन राम बियोग।।
सगुन होहिं सुंदर सकल मन प्रसन्न सब केर।
प्रभु आगवन जनाव जनु नगर रम्य चहुँ फेर।।
कौसल्यादि मातु सब मन अनंद अस होइ।
आयउ प्रभु श्री अनुज जुत कहन चहत अब कोइ।।
भरत नयन भुज दच्छिन फरकत बारहिं बार।
जानि सगुन मन हरष अति लागे करन बिचार।।

Back in Ayodhya, people were concerned and worried that only a day remained, their bodies had become frail and weak on account of being separated from Ram. But suddenly good omens began to take place making everyone happy within; it was like a public announcement of arrival of the Lord as the city had become attractive again in all its departments. The hearts of Kaushalya and other mothers were upbeat with expectations of someone coming to inform them of arrival of Shri Ram, the Lord, accompanied by younger brother Lakshman. Bharat had his right eye and right arm throbbing again and again, thinking that it was good sign hence began to reflect on matters concerned.

रहेउ एक दिन अवधि अधारा। समुझत मन दुख भयउ अपारा।।
कारन कवन नाथ नहिं आयउ। जानि कुटिल किधौं मोहि बिसरायउ।।
अहह धन्य लछिमन बड़भागी। राम पदारबिंदु अनुरागी।।
कपटी कुटिल मोहि प्रभु चीन्हा। ताते नाथ संग नहिं लीन्हा।।
जौं करनी समुझै प्रभु मोरी। नहिं निस्तार कलप सत कोरी।।
जन अवगुन प्रभु मान न काऊ। दीन बंधु अति मृदुल सुभाऊ।।
मोरि जियँ भरोस दृढ़ सोई। मिलिहहिं राम सगुन सुभ होई।।
बीतें अवधि रहहि जौं प्राना। अधम कवन जग मोहि समाना।।

Suddenly he thought that only a day remained for the period of 14 years to get over on account of which he was sustaining his life and this made him remorseful; he pondered what might be reason that his master had still not come. “Is it because He considers me knotted that he preferred to forget me, ignore me. Ahh, Lakshman surely is very fortunate that he is so much in love for the lotus feel of Shri Ram, the Lord. The master did not take me along possibly because He thought me to be crafty and callous. Whatever the Lord thinks of my deeds and machinations, their is really no possibility of redemption from those sins for me even over many a time cycles. But then the Lord never pays heed to faults in His Bhaktas, He is friend of meek and helpless and is very soft by nature and this makes my heart believe that I will get to meet Shri Ram, the Lord, and therefore these good and auspicious omens are taking place. However if I carry on remaining alive even after the time period of exile gets over then I would know that there is none more condemnable and wretched than me,” Bharat’s thinking went on in this way.

दो0-राम बिरह सागर महँ भरत मगन मन होत।
बिप्र रूप धरि पवन सुत आइ गयउ जनु पोत।।1(क)।।
बैठि देखि कुसासन जटा मुकुट कृस गात।
राम राम रघुपति जपत स्त्रवत नयन जलजात।।1(ख)।।

While Bharat was totally immersed in the sea of thoughts generated born of separation from Ram (his brother and Lord), though happy because omens were good, came Hanuman in form of a Vipra like a boat to rescue him. Hanuman observed Bharat sitting on the mat of Kush grass, keeping the crown of matted locks of hair over his frail body and muttering ‘Ram, Ram, Raghpati Shri Ram’ repeatedly (mindful of both identities of Ram, as Lord and as the King too to remind himself that he was just the representative and not the king himself) shedding tears from his lotus eyes (which represented Bharat’s intensity of pain after separating from the Lord and brother).

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

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho vijayatey!
Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCLXXXVIII

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

We covered up to Doha 120 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

प्रभु हनुमंतहि कहा बुझाई। धरि बटु रूप अवधपुर जाई।।
भरतहि कुसल हमारि सुनाएहु। समाचार लै तुम्ह चलि आएहु।।
तुरत पवनसुत गवनत भयउ। तब प्रभु भरद्वाज पहिं गयऊ।।
नाना बिधि मुनि पूजा कीन्ही। अस्तुती करि पुनि आसिष दीन्ही।।
मुनि पद बंदि जुगल कर जोरी। चढ़ि बिमान प्रभु चले बहोरी।।
इहाँ निषाद सुना प्रभु आए। नाव नाव कहँ लोग बोलाए।।
सुरसरि नाघि जान तब आयो। उतरेउ तट प्रभु आयसु पायो।।
तब सीताँ पूजी सुरसरी। बहु प्रकार पुनि चरनन्हि परी।।
दीन्हि असीस हरषि मन गंगा। सुंदरि तव अहिवात अभंगा।।
सुनत गुहा धायउ प्रेमाकुल। आयउ निकट परम सुख संकुल।।
प्रभुहि सहित बिलोकि बैदेही। परेउ अवनि तन सुधि नहिं तेही।।
प्रीति परम बिलोकि रघुराई। हरषि उठाइ लियो उर लाई।।

When Shri Ram finished honouring the Brahmins at the banks of Holy Ganges at Prayag, He confided in Hanuman to go to Avadhpur in guise of a young student and convey to Bharat the wellbeing of Himself and bring the news from Bharat’s end. Pawansut Hanuman left immediately to carry out instructions and the Lord went to see Muni Bharadwaj. Muni worshipped Ram, the Lord in many ways and then sang His praises; Shri Ram too held Muni in high regard and prayed with hands joined and received blessings from Muni Later Shri Ram, the Lord, boarded the aerial car and moved on. On the other side of Ganges, Nishadraj Guha learned of Lord Shri Ram’s arrival and therefore called people sending boats to collect them (a true Bhakta never wants others to miss the glimpses of the Lord). The aircraft landed crossing the divine river according to the wish of the Lord. Sita then worshipped the divine river and bowed at her (the deified form of Ganges) feet repeatedly; Ganges also gave her blessing a with happy heart saying, “O Beautiful One, Your fortunate marriage is for ever and without any break (signifying the fact that her companion Shri Ram was in fact the eternal Lord only).” Hearing news of Shri Ram having come there, Guha rushed totally mired in love for the Lord; overly joyed he reached near the one who encompasses the ultimate pleasure. He observed Lord standing along with Sita and fell reverentially over the ground before them forgetting body centric conscience (in Lord’s presence body related concerns should go away to enjoy His company) . Raghuraj Shri Ram took note of Guha’s intense love for Himself and happily lifted him up to bring him close to bosom (the Lord remains always ready to reciprocate in the same emotional state as the Bhaktas have for Him).

छं0-लियो हृदयँ लाइ कृपा निधान सुजान रायँ रमापती।
बैठारि परम समीप बूझी कुसल सो कर बीनती।
अब कुसल पद पंकज बिलोकि बिरंचि संकर सेब्य जे।
सुख धाम पूरनकाम राम नमामि राम नमामि ते।।1।।
सब भाँति अधम निषाद सो हरि भरत ज्यों उर लाइयो।
मतिमंद तुलसीदास सो प्रभु मोह बस बिसराइयो।।
यह रावनारि चरित्र पावन राम पद रतिप्रद सदा।
कामादिहर बिग्यानकर सुर सिद्ध मुनि गावहिं मुदा।।2।।

After having embraced Guha, the most merciful Lord, the King, and the consort of Rama (Lord Vishnu who is said to have appeared in avatar as Ram) made Guha to sit very close to Himself (signifying that the Bhakta and Bhagwan become closest to each other) and inquired of Guha’s welfare though he happened to be the omniscient Lord. Guha in turn answered in submissive way, “Now it is well for me only after having seen Your lotus feet which are served also by Brahma, the creator and Lord Shiv too. O Ram, You only are the home to blissfulness and have nothing to desire for Yourself, I bows down to You, O Ram, I bow down to You.”

Tulsidas says, “Who is low in many ways (in terms of caste, education, employment and other things) that Nishad (hunter) was taken in embrace by Lord Hari (Ram is referred as Hari) like Bharat; would not I be called a dimwit to not remember such a Lord out of my own delusion and being estranged from reality. This story of the course of life lived by the enemy of Ravan (i e Ram) is very pious and always provides for increasing love for the feet of Shri Ram, the Lord; it takes away lustful cravings and pleasure orientation while it imparts the substantial and pure knowledge in the sphere of spirituality. This story of Ram is sung joyfully by the gods, the Siddhas and the Munis therefore.

दो0-समर बिजय रघुबीर के चरित जे सुनहिं सुजान।
बिजय बिबेक बिभूति नित तिन्हहि देहिं भगवान।।121(क)।।
यह कलिकाल मलायतन मन करि देखु बिचार।
श्रीरघुनाथ नाम तजि नाहिन आन अधार।।121(ख)।।

The instances related to the winning of war by Raghuveer Shri Ram when listened to by the intelligent Bhaktas, they are given the gift of win over enemies (internal and external), discretion at metal level and grandeur of status regularly by the Almigty Lord. This Kaliyuga is heaped in callousness and filth, if one ponders over; apart from the name of the Shri Raghunath (the Ram Naam) nothing can provide support, succour and the needed stability in such period of time that is known as Kaliyuga.

We have now covered up to Doha 121 of Lanka Kand.

मासपारायण, सत्ताईसवाँ विश्राम

This is 27th rest for a month long recital.
इति श्रीमद्रामचरितमानसे सकलकलिकलुषविध्वंसने
षष्ठः सोपानः समाप्तः।
(लंकाकाण्ड )

This is end of Sixth descent in to Shri Ramcharit Manas, which can wash away the impurities and end distractions of Kaliyuga and is named as Lanka Kand.

Ramcharit Charchaa DCLXXXVII

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

We covered up to Doha 120 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

तुरत बिमान तहाँ चलि आवा। दंडक बन जहँ परम सुहावा।।
कुंभजादि मुनिनायक नाना। गए रामु सब कें अस्थाना।।
सकल रिषिन्ह सन पाइ असीसा। चित्रकूट आए जगदीसा।।
तहँ करि मुनिन्ह केर संतोषा। चला बिमानु तहाँ ते चोखा।।
बहुरि राम जानकिहि देखाई। जमुना कलि मल हरनि सुहाई।।
पुनि देखी सुरसरी पुनीता। राम कहा प्रनाम करु सीता।।
तीरथपति पुनि देखु प्रयागा। निरखत जन्म कोटि अघ भागा।।
देखु परम पावनि पुनि बेनी। हरनि सोक हरि लोक निसेनी।।
पुनि देखु अवधपुरी अति पावनि। त्रिबिध ताप भव रोग नसावनि।।।
दो0-सीता सहित अवध कहुँ कीन्ह कृपाल प्रनाम।
सजल नयन तन पुलकित पुनि पुनि हरषित राम।।120(क)।।
पुनि प्रभु आइ त्रिबेनीं हरषित मज्जनु कीन्ह।
कपिन्ह सहित बिप्रन्ह कहुँ दान बिबिध बिधि दीन्ह।।120(ख)।।

The aerial car reached pristine and lovely Dandak Van in a short time and Shri Ram visited Rishi Kumbhaj and other leading Munis in their respective Ashrams. After having blessings from the Munis, Shri Ram, the Supreme Lord of Universe, came to Chitrkoot (where he had spent 13 years in exile) and made it a point to please every Muni there, later the air-craft took off securely to cover final lap of journey. Shri Ram showed Janki Sita the beautiful Yamuna, the river that can wash off the impurities collected in Kali Yuga. Shortly after words Shri Ram sighted the pure and divine river Ganga and told, “Sita, do Pranama to Ganga, now look at The principal Teerth (holy place) Prayag also which is capable of removing effect of sins of numerous previous births if one just pays a visit there. Have glimpse of Triveni, the confluence point of three rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, which steals all sadness and is like the ladder to climb up to the Lord Hari’s own place. Now you can set your eyes on Avadhpuri, the very pure city, it is capable of removing all the three kinds of afflictions and also the disease of being born over and over again.”

The gracious Lord, joined by Sita, did Pranama to Avadh time and again from above while having tearful eyes and thrilled body; Shri Ram had repeated surge of happy mood. Later the Lord reverted to descend at Prayag and had holy bath in Triveni and also gave alms to the Vipras of various kinds helped by the monkeys (at all occasion the riches must be used for benefit of Vipras).

We have now covered up to Doha 120 of Lanka Kand.

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

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCLXXXVI

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

We covered up to Doha 118 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this further to it.

अतिसय प्रीति देख रघुराई। लिन्हे सकल बिमान चढ़ाई।।
मन महुँ बिप्र चरन सिरु नायो। उत्तर दिसिहि बिमान चलायो।।
चलत बिमान कोलाहल होई। जय रघुबीर कहइ सबु कोई।।
सिंहासन अति उच्च मनोहर। श्री समेत प्रभु बैठै ता पर।।
राजत रामु सहित भामिनी। मेरु सृंग जनु घन दामिनी।।
रुचिर बिमानु चलेउ अति आतुर। कीन्ही सुमन बृष्टि हरषे सुर।।
परम सुखद चलि त्रिबिध बयारी। सागर सर सरि निर्मल बारी।।
सगुन होहिं सुंदर चहुँ पासा। मन प्रसन्न निर्मल नभ आसा।।
कह रघुबीर देखु रन सीता। लछिमन इहाँ हत्यो इँद्रजीता।।
हनूमान अंगद के मारे। रन महि परे निसाचर भारे।।
कुंभकरन रावन द्वौ भाई। इहाँ हते सुर मुनि दुखदाई।।
दो0-इहाँ सेतु बाँध्यो अरु थापेउँ सिव सुख धाम।
सीता सहित कृपानिधि संभुहि कीन्ह प्रनाम।।119(क)।।
जहँ जहँ कृपासिंधु बन कीन्ह बास बिश्राम।
सकल देखाए जानकिहि कहे सबन्हि के नाम।।119(ख)।।

When Raghuraj Shri Ram noted the senior member of His fighting team in a state of extreme love for Himself, He took all of them on board the air-craft. Shri Ram then mentally bowed his head down at the feet of the Vipras (Learned Brahmins) and instructed the air-craft to be taken in direction of north. When the air-craft moved it made noise and the all the people aboard uttered in unison ‘Jai Raghveer’. On a high seat which looked charmingly beautiful set the Lord along with Shree (Sita). Shri Ram accompanied by His consort presented a sigh resembling a cloud and lightening perched together on the peak of mountain Meru. The magnificent and impressive aerial car shot forth with alacrity and at that stage the gods rained flowers over it. The three way pleasant wind giving lot of happiness blew over the clean waters of ocean, ponds and the rivers. All around the good omens could be seen taking place. The clear sky and the happiness within gave hopeful message.

Raghuveer Shri Ram, now settled, asked Sita to look at the battle ground below and pointed out to her saying, “Lakshman killed Meghnath over there. The big demons lying dead in large number were slain by Angad and Hanuman. Kumbhkaran and Ravan, the two brothers, who were tormentors of gods and Munis were also killed here only (the Lord kept it unsaid that it was Him who killed them; its never in good taste to speak loudly of ones own achievements).

Shri Ram then pointing out a spot said, “It was here that I got the bridge constructed and installed Shiv, the blissful Lord (in form of a Linga).” Speaking thus the merciful Lord along Sita did Pranama to Shambhu (Shiv). All along the way the most merciful Lord kept showing Sita the spots where he had stayed in forest (after her abduction) and told specific names also (as a husband He was always ready to satisfy curiosity of the wife).

We have now covered up to Doha 119 0f Lanka Kand.

Bhvani Shanakar ki Jai!
Shri Jankivalabho Vijayatey!
Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCLXXXV

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

We covered up to Doha 117 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

भालु कपिन्ह पट भूषन पाए। पहिरि पहिरि रघुपति पहिं आए।।
नाना जिनस देखि सब कीसा। पुनि पुनि हँसत कोसलाधीसा।।
चितइ सबन्हि पर कीन्हि दाया। बोले मृदुल बचन रघुराया।।
तुम्हरें बल मैं रावनु मार् यो। तिलक बिभीषन कहँ पुनि सार् यो।।
निज निज गृह अब तुम्ह सब जाहू। सुमिरेहु मोहि डरपहु जनि काहू।।
सुनत बचन प्रेमाकुल बानर। जोरि पानि बोले सब सादर।।
प्रभु जोइ कहहु तुम्हहि सब सोहा। हमरे होत बचन सुनि मोहा।।
दीन जानि कपि किए सनाथा। तुम्ह त्रेलोक ईस रघुनाथा।।
सुनि प्रभु बचन लाज हम मरहीं। मसक कहूँ खगपति हित करहीं।।
देखि राम रुख बानर रीछा। प्रेम मगन नहिं गृह कै ईछा।।
दो0-प्रभु प्रेरित कपि भालु सब राम रूप उर राखि।
हरष बिषाद सहित चले बिनय बिबिध बिधि भाषि।।118(क)।।
कपिपति नील रीछपति अंगद नल हनुमान।
सहित बिभीषन अपर जे जूथप कपि बलवान।।118(ख)।।
दो0- कहि न सकहिं कछु प्रेम बस भरि भरि लोचन बारि।
सन्मुख चितवहिं राम तन नयन निमेष निवारि।।118(ग)।।

Laying hands on ornaments and clothes, the bears and monkeys wore them on their bodies and came to show to Raghupati Shri Ram. Kaushaldheesh Shri Ram laughed heartily watching the monkeys in different attires put on in various ways. Looking at them with His benign and kind glance, Raghuraj Shri Ram spoke to them in soft words, “its on your strength that I have killed Ravan and later could establish Vibhishan in throne of Lanka; now is the time for you all to go back to your respective places and reach homes. You must remember Me taking my name and never ever fear any one.”

These words made monkeys very love drenched and emotional and all of them joined hands respectfully and told Shri Ram, “O Lord, what you told is appropriate and beautiful but this also has created some confusion in our minds. You took us in Your protective embrace knowing us to be helpless and without means as You are the Lord and Master of the three worlds, O Raghunath Shri Ram. Listening You, O Lord, give us credit for the win etc we feel very embarrassed; is it ever possible for the mosquitos to be helping the king of birds Garud.”

The bears and monkeys then waited for the reaction of Shri Ram, the Lord, they were totally lost in love for Him and never wished to go back to their homes.

Ultimately encouraged and prompted by Lord, they left keeping the image of Shri Ram, the Lord, in their hearts; they were all happy and sad too but did leave after giving vent to their feelings and offering their respectful salutations.

The leaders of the bears and monkeys namely Monkey King Sugreev, Neel, Bear King Jamvant, Angad, Hanuman and Nal along with Vibhishan and some other brave monkey chiefs stayed put and could not speak anything being under spell of love and just had tears falling from eyes. Standing before Shri Ram, their Lord and Master, they kept looking at Him without blinking eyes.

(The love is such an emotion that even the animals have it. The presence of Lord can be felt by them too and they can very well distinguish divinity apart from the form before them in avatars. Lord on His part loves animals no less and is ever kind to them too.)

We have now covered up yo Doha 118 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Ji!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko PPranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

Krishna Khandelwal