Ramcharit Charcha DXXXIV

May 25, 2016

II Shree Guruvey namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sti 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

जहाँ जनक गुर मति भोरी। प्राकृत प्रीति कहत बड़ि खोरी।।
बरनत रघुबर भरत बियोगू। सुनि कठोर कबि जानिहि लोगू।।
सो सकोच रसु अकथ सुबानी। समउ सनेहु सुमिरि सकुचानी।।
भेंटि भरत रघुबर समुझाए। पुनि रिपुदवनु हरषि हियँ लाए।।
सेवक सचिव भरत रुख पाई। निज निज काज लगे सब जाई।।
सुनि दारुन दुखु दुहूँ समाजा। लगे चलन के साजन साजा।।
प्रभु पद पदुम बंदि दोउ भाई। चले सीस धरि राम रजाई।।
मुनि तापस बनदेव निहोरी। सब सनमानि बहोरि बहोरी।।
दो0-लखनहि भेंटि प्रनामु करि सिर धरि सिय पद धूरि।
चले सप्रेम असीस सुनि सकल सुमंगल मूरि।।318।।

We covered up to Doha 318 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that King Janak and Guru Vashishttha also got carried away observing the intensity of love between Shri Ram and Bharat, it was unworldly. So also this moment as parting moment for Bharat separating from Shri Ram is too heart rending and harrowing for a poet to attempt its description. Bharat and Shatrughan met Shri Ram after having received His valuable advice and signaled their minister and servants to arrange for journey back home. The people from both sides also got up to get ready for the journey though they were still under state of shock. Thanking and paying respect to Munies, ascetics and guardians of forest, the two brothers prepared to leave but only after bowing down at feet of Bhagwati Sita and receiving her blessings and meeting brother Lakshman.

सानुज राम नृपहि सिर नाई। कीन्हि बहुत बिधि बिनय बड़ाई।।
देव दया बस बड़ दुखु पायउ। सहित समाज काननहिं आयउ।।
पुर पगु धारिअ देइ असीसा। कीन्ह धीर धरि गवनु महीसा।।
मुनि महिदेव साधु सनमाने। बिदा किए हरि हर सम जाने।।
सासु समीप गए दोउ भाई। फिरे बंदि पग आसिष पाई।।
कौसिक बामदेव जाबाली। पुरजन परिजन सचिव सुचाली।।
जथा जोगु करि बिनय प्रनामा। बिदा किए सब सानुज रामा।।
नारि पुरुष लघु मध्य बड़ेरे। सब सनमानि कृपानिधि फेरे।।
दो0-भरत मातु पद बंदि प्रभु सुचि सनेहँ मिलि भेंटि।
बिदा कीन्ह सजि पालकी सकुच सोच सब मेटि।।319।।

Shri Ram along with Lakshman came to King Janak and bowed down; they acclaimed and honored him for his presence there and felt gratified that he came all the way along with many others but expressed concern that due to providence and because of his this act of kindness he had to suffer a lot. They urged the king to bless them and leave for Mithila, king also keeping his patience decided to leave the place. Both brothers, Shri Ram and Lakshman honored the Munis, the Brahmins and the seekers taking them to be like Lord Hari and Lord Shiv (the guests in Indian tradition are like God). Then both of them went to meet the mother in law and returned after paying respect and getting her blessings.

Muni Vishwamitra, Vamdev and Jabali, and the family members and citizens were also given due respects by both according to status of each one before they left. Men and women who were of same age and were junior and senior, were all given respect and love before Shri Ram, the merciful one, allowed them to leave.

Lastly Lord Shri Ram made it a point to adore the feet of Bharat’s mother, Kaikeyi and met her expressing His pure affection towards her; Shri Ram then saw her off, in a palanquin that was duly decorated and had all needed things, in such a way that made her forget her ignominy and resulting grief.

We have now covered up to Doha 319 of Ayodhya Kand.

परिजन मातु पितहि मिलि सीता। फिरी प्रानप्रिय प्रेम पुनीता।।
करि प्रनामु भेंटी सब सासू। प्रीति कहत कबि हियँ न हुलासू।।
सुनि सिख अभिमत आसिष पाई। रही सीय दुहु प्रीति समाई।।
रघुपति पटु पालकीं मगाईं। करि प्रबोधु सब मातु चढ़ाई।।
बार बार हिलि मिलि दुहु भाई। सम सनेहँ जननी पहुँचाई।।
साजि बाजि गज बाहन नाना। भरत भूप दल कीन्ह पयाना।।
हृदयँ रामु सिय लखन समेता। चले जाहिं सब लोग अचेता।।
बसह बाजि गज पसु हियँ हारें। चले जाहिं परबस मन मारें।।
दो0-गुर गुरतिय पद बंदि प्रभु सीता लखन समेत।
फिरे हरष बिसमय सहित आए परन निकेत।।320।।

Sita also met her family members, her mother and father with love that was pure and pious, she was as dear to them as life. Sita also came to meet mothers in law and did Pranam and embraced them with a lot of affection, it was parting moment too hence the poet has no particular joy in describing it. Sita received advice and desired blessings from both her parents and mothers in law and was now drowned in love of them all.

Shri Ram then called the covered palanquins and after saying soothing but meaningful words helped mothers to sit in. The brothers, Shri Ram and Lakshman, met mothers many times with the same feelings towards them all and saw them go. In duly equipped vehicles and on elephants and horses Bharat and King Janak along with their teams set out on their journeys. All the people only had Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman in their minds and in this way thinking of nothing else, mind with drawn from all else they kept moving. Similarly, the bulls, elephants, horses and other animals with their hearts lost in memory of the Lord kept moving unwillingly but under control of their masters.

Lastly Lord Shri Ram along with Sita and Lakshman adored the feet of Guru Vashishttha and Gurumata Arundhati and returned to His cottage with a mixed feeling of satisfaction and dismay.

We have now covered up to Doha 320 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Smaj ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

Hariom,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramchrit Charcha DXXXIII

May 23, 2016

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

राजधरम सरबसु एतनोई। जिमि मन माहँ मनोरथ गोई।।
बंधु प्रबोधु कीन्ह बहु भाँती। बिनु अधार मन तोषु न साँती।।
भरत सील गुर सचिव समाजू। सकुच सनेह बिबस रघुराजू।।
प्रभु करि कृपा पाँवरीं दीन्हीं। सादर भरत सीस धरि लीन्हीं।।
चरनपीठ करुनानिधान के। जनु जुग जामिक प्रजा प्रान के।।
संपुट भरत सनेह रतन के। आखर जुग जुन जीव जतन के।।
कुल कपाट कर कुसल करम के। बिमल नयन सेवा सुधरम के।।
भरत मुदित अवलंब लहे तें। अस सुख जस सिय रामु रहे तें।।
दो0-मागेउ बिदा प्रनामु करि राम लिए उर लाइ।
लोग उचाटे अमरपति कुटिल कुअवसरु पाइ।।316।।

We covered up to Doha 316 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Mans of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Shri Ram explained to Bharat what constituted their precise duty as a responsible ruler of a state. Shri Ram tried it in many ways but Bharat did not feel any inner satisfaction (he only had in mind what should he do to please Shri Ram). Shri Ram, though all for Bharat, could not think of any thing that he could do more in presence of elders like Guru and Janak, and the ministers. Lastly as an expression of His grace He gave Bharat his wooden sandals which Bharat happily received and kept over his head as symbol of savior of people, as basis of his love, as the two letters representing the Lord’s name (‘Ra’ and ‘Ma’), as protector of family’s noble deeds, as provider of vision to see what constituted service and prescribed duty; Bharat now felt as happy as being with Sita and Ram even when away from them. He wished to leave now and Shri Ram embraced him, the gods pushed the people in disenchanted mood finding this as an opportune moment.

सो कुचालि सब कहँ भइ नीकी। अवधि आस सम जीवनि जी की।।
नतरु लखन सिय राम बियोगा। हहरि मरत सब लोग कुरोगा।।
रामकृपाँ अवरेब सुधारी। बिबुध धारि भइ गुनद गोहारी।।
भेंटत भुज भरि भाइ भरत सो। राम प्रेम रसु कहि न परत सो।।
तन मन बचन उमग अनुरागा। धीर धुरंधर धीरजु त्यागा।।
बारिज लोचन मोचत बारी। देखि दसा सुर सभा दुखारी।।
मुनिगन गुर धुर धीर जनक से। ग्यान अनल मन कसें कनक से।।
जे बिरंचि निरलेप उपाए। पदुम पत्र जिमि जग जल जाए।।
दो0-तेउ बिलोकि रघुबर भरत प्रीति अनूप अपार।
भए मगन मन तन बचन सहित बिराग बिचार।।317।।

The foul trick applied by the chief of gods worked for benefit of people instead, they now had hope of surviving through the period of exile otherwise the separation from Lakshman, Sita and Shri Ram would have marred them like an hard to treat affliction. By the Lord’s grace a problem defying solution now had been got over; the adverse instance of gods had now worked as a beneficial tool.

At this precise moment Shri Ram meeting Bharat with arms wrapped around him presented a sight where the Ram’s intoxicating love for Bharat went beyond possibility of being described. His body, mind and speech became inspired due to affection and He, the one so mighty in exercising patience also had to become impatient. His eyes that were like lotus, a flower born out of water, were now oozing water and this condition of His swayed the gods and they too felt remorseful.

(It is to be absorbed here that relationship of unparalleled intense love between Shri Ram and Bharat is the same that exists between the Supreme Lord of Universe and the Jeevas. When Jeeva forgets the Lord he forgets this relationship of love too but the Lord never ever falls short in reciprocating as soon as Jeeva gets reminded of it.)

The Munies and the Guru who characteristically keep control over emotions and King Janak, always profoundly patient, these people whose minds had become pure like gold after going through the treatment under fire of knowledge, who in fact were brought down on earth by Brahma, the creator, only to remain unaffected by weaknesses in the mundane world like the lotus leaves remain dry though born in a pond of water, even such people after observing the unworldly and limitless love between Shri Ram and Bharat were now overwhelmed in body, mind and speech forgetting dispassion and rational approach.

We have now covered up to Doha 317 of Ayodhya Kand.

जहाँ जनक गुर मति भोरी। प्राकृत प्रीति कहत बड़ि खोरी।।
बरनत रघुबर भरत बियोगू। सुनि कठोर कबि जानिहि लोगू।।
सो सकोच रसु अकथ सुबानी। समउ सनेहु सुमिरि सकुचानी।।
भेंटि भरत रघुबर समुझाए। पुनि रिपुदवनु हरषि हियँ लाए।।
सेवक सचिव भरत रुख पाई। निज निज काज लगे सब जाई।।
सुनि दारुन दुखु दुहूँ समाजा। लगे चलन के साजन साजा।।
प्रभु पद पदुम बंदि दोउ भाई। चले सीस धरि राम रजाई।।
मुनि तापस बनदेव निहोरी। सब सनमानि बहोरि बहोरी।।
दो0-लखनहि भेंटि प्रनामु करि सिर धरि सिय पद धूरि।
चले सप्रेम असीस सुनि सकल सुमंगल मूरि।।318।।

Which can make the thinking and wit of people like King Janak and Guru Vashishttha puzzled and confounded, to call such love as mundane or worldly is not right.

To describe in detail the event of separation of Bharat from Shri Ram and its impact would make the poet be seen as heartless hence for this the poet (i e Tulsi) also leaves the essence of it untold, the power to speak is reluctant to express considering that the delicacy of time and and the quality of affectionate exchange would make the listener feel intense pain too.

Shri Ram met and consoled Bharat first and later brought Shatrughan cheerfully in to embrace. In the mean time taking cue from Bharat the servants and the ministers went about their business of preparing for journey back home. When the people on two sides representing Ayodhya and Mithila noticed this they too, though very much in a state of shock and grief, began to get equipped to leave for journey.

The two brothers, Bharat and Shatrughan, prayed at the lotus feet of Shri Ram together and honoring the will of Shri Ram left the place; they also sought blessings from the Munies, the ascetics and the guardian deities of the forests and well as paid their own respects to them.

Then Bharat and Shatrughan met Lakshman and Shatrughan did Pranam to his elder brother Lakshman; both then picked up the dust of feet of Bhagwati Sita and received her affectionate blessings which would nourish their welfare and well being like root nourishes a plant.

We have now covered upt o Doha 318 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DXXXII

May 18, 2016

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

पुरजन परिजन प्रजा गोसाई। सब सुचि सरस सनेहँ सगाई।।
राउर बदि भल भव दुख दाहू। प्रभु बिनु बादि परम पद लाहू।।
स्वामि सुजानु जानि सब ही की। रुचि लालसा रहनि जन जी की।।
प्रनतपालु पालिहि सब काहू। देउ दुहू दिसि ओर निबाहू।।
अस मोहि सब बिधि भूरि भरोसो। किएँ बिचारु न सोचु खरो सो।।
आरति मोर नाथ कर छोहू। दुहुँ मिलि कीन्ह ढीठु हठि मोहू।।
यह बड़ दोषु दूरि करि स्वामी। तजि सकोच सिखइअ अनुगामी।।
भरत बिनय सुनि सबहिं प्रसंसी। खीर नीर बिबरन गति हंसी।।
दो0-दीनबंधु सुनि बंधु के बचन दीन छलहीन।
देस काल अवसर सरिस बोले रामु प्रबीन।।314।।

We covered up to Doha 314 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat thanked Shri Ram in assembly for his love and care and said no position, however exalted, is worthy of availing if it is to distance one from Shri Ram who knows what lies in every ones’ heart and who is ready at all times to help and support. Bharat said his master’s love for him on one hand and his own miseries on other hand had made him willful and by removing that fault in him he wished Shri Ram to tell ways that would keep him live through the period of exile and successfully serve Ayodhya. Shri Ram appreciated the simple and guileless words of Bharat and prepared to answer him in accordance with the need of the hour.

तात तुम्हारि मोरि परिजन की। चिंता गुरहि नृपहि घर बन की।।
माथे पर गुर मुनि मिथिलेसू। हमहि तुम्हहि सपनेहुँ न कलेसू।।
मोर तुम्हार परम पुरुषारथु। स्वारथु सुजसु धरमु परमारथु।।
पितु आयसु पालिहिं दुहु भाई। लोक बेद भल भूप भलाई।।
गुर पितु मातु स्वामि सिख पालें। चलेहुँ कुमग पग परहिं न खालें।।
अस बिचारि सब सोच बिहाई। पालहु अवध अवधि भरि जाई।।
देसु कोसु परिजन परिवारू। गुर पद रजहिं लाग छरुभारू।।
तुम्ह मुनि मातु सचिव सिख मानी। पालेहु पुहुमि प्रजा रजधानी।।
दो0-मुखिआ मुखु सो चाहिऐ खान पान कहुँ एक।
पालइ पोषइ सकल अँग तुलसी सहित बिबेक।।315।।

Shri Ram told Bharat, “O Taat, our Guru and King Janak are mindful of welfare of me, you and the family members, whether at home or in the forest. With Guru and King of Mithila as our protectors, we should not expect any kind of troubles, even in our dreams. Our selfish interest, our fame, religious obligation and our ultimate benefit all will be served by our extreme effort only when we follow the dictate of our father. Only such a ruler is considered as worthy and good who he is engaged in service of people and this is endorsed by the Vedas and also known commonly.

“It is only to be understood that by following the advice and instructions of Guru, father, mother and the master and by treading on the path suggested by them none has ever suffered the painful boils on soles of their feet even if that path be a difficult path or supposedly undesirable path. With this view and shedding all reservation or worrisome attitude you must come forward and serve and govern the state of Ayodhya for the entire length of my exile. The reality is this that the welfare and security of our country, its treasury, our family and of the citizens will be the responsibility of the dust of feet of our Guru (i e if we just be near the Guru and follow him and serve his feet). Sufficient for you is to take advice of Munis, of mother and of the ministers and engage yourself in protection of the land, its populace and its capital.”

Tulsi says that Lord Shri Ram meant to say that in fact a leader or a chief should be like mouth which is just one organ meant for intake of food and drinks but the benefit of it goes to body’s every organ and part as per the need, so the chief of people should use discretion in a similar way.

We have now covered up to Doha 315 of Ayodhya Kand.

राजधरम सरबसु एतनोई। जिमि मन माहँ मनोरथ गोई।।
बंधु प्रबोधु कीन्ह बहु भाँती। बिनु अधार मन तोषु न साँती।।
भरत सील गुर सचिव समाजू। सकुच सनेह बिबस रघुराजू।।
प्रभु करि कृपा पाँवरीं दीन्हीं। सादर भरत सीस धरि लीन्हीं।।
चरनपीठ करुनानिधान के। जनु जुग जामिक प्रजा प्रान के।।
संपुट भरत सनेह रतन के। आखर जुग जुन जीव जतन के।।
कुल कपाट कर कुसल करम के। बिमल नयन सेवा सुधरम के।।
भरत मुदित अवलंब लहे तें। अस सुख जस सिय रामु रहे तें।।
दो0-मागेउ बिदा प्रनामु करि राम लिए उर लाइ।
लोग उचाटे अमरपति कुटिल कुअवसरु पाइ।।316।।

Shri Ram further told Bharat, “The Rajdharma, the duty prescribed for a king, requires one to keep it within the depth of heart.” This is how Shri Ram gave insight to brother Bharat in many ways but Bharat still did not find a base to stay on and be at rest and gain peace (for Bharat knew that he has to rely on Lord’s advice but without Him before his eyes he might not always be guided by that solemn advice). His love for Bharat and discipline and nobility of Bharat required Raghuraj Shri Ram to help him but in presence of Guru, minister and the gathering of people he felt a bit of unease in doing so. Lastly Lord Shri Ram gracefully gave Bharat His pair of wooden footwear which Bharat accepted with respect and placed them over his head (signifying his resolve to be guided by it at all times).

The pair of sandals of the merciful Lord represented the two posts to keep safe the life of the subjects, they were like a box made of two parts to keep safe the love of Bharat for Shri Ram, they were also like the those two letters of alphabet (‘Ra’ and ‘Ma’) which form the basis of the Jeeva’s salvation when recited together.

This pair of two sandals were as much like the doors to keep the noble deeds done by the family safely deposited behind them; these could be taken to be like the pair of healthy eyes to keep looking for what service and fair practices were to be undertaken by Bharat.

Bharat was now very happy and cheerful to have received these symbols and as much happy as in presence of Bhagwati Sita and Lord Shri Ram.

Bharat then asked leave of Shri Ram while doing Pranam and Shri Ram responded by bringing him close to his heart. The spiteful king of gods thought that it was the moment for him to act fast and he disenchanted the people who now wished to leave instantly.

We have now covered up to Doha 316 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DXXXI

May 15, 2016

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

 

एहि बिधि भरतु फिरत बन माहीं। नेमु प्रेमु लखि मुनि सकुचाहीं।।
पुन्य जलाश्रय भूमि बिभागा। खग मृग तरु तृन गिरि बन बागा।।
चारु बिचित्र पबित्र बिसेषी। बूझत भरतु दिब्य सब देखी।।
सुनि मन मुदित कहत रिषिराऊ। हेतु नाम गुन पुन्य प्रभाऊ।।
कतहुँ निमज्जन कतहुँ प्रनामा। कतहुँ बिलोकत मन अभिरामा।।
कतहुँ बैठि मुनि आयसु पाई। सुमिरत सीय सहित दोउ भाई।।
देखि सुभाउ सनेहु सुसेवा। देहिं असीस मुदित बनदेवा।।
फिरहिं गएँ दिनु पहर अढ़ाई। प्रभु पद कमल बिलोकहिं आई।।
दो0-देखे थल तीरथ सकल भरत पाँच दिन माझ।
कहत सुनत हरि हर सुजसु गयउ दिवसु भइ साँझ।।312।।

We covered up to Doha 312 of Ayodhya kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat concluded his five day long sojourn in the forest along with his younger brother and other people. He observed all kinds of discipline and made least disturbance in the quiet and pristine regions of the forest. He spent time in remembrance of Bhagwati Sita and Shri Ram and visited all sacred spots while enjoying the serene and beautiful surroundings there and earned respect of the guardians of forest. Lastly singing and listening the glories of Lord Hari and Mahadev Shiv, the last day there passed too and evening time approached.

भोर न्हाइ सबु जुरा समाजू। भरत भूमिसुर तेरहुति राजू।।
भल दिन आजु जानि मन माहीं। रामु कृपाल कहत सकुचाहीं।।
गुर नृप भरत सभा अवलोकी। सकुचि राम फिरि अवनि बिलोकी।।
सील सराहि सभा सब सोची। कहुँ न राम सम स्वामि सँकोची।।
भरत सुजान राम रुख देखी। उठि सप्रेम धरि धीर बिसेषी।।
करि दंडवत कहत कर जोरी। राखीं नाथ सकल रुचि मोरी।।
मोहि लगि सहेउ सबहिं संतापू। बहुत भाँति दुखु पावा आपू।।
अब गोसाइँ मोहि देउ रजाई। सेवौं अवध अवधि भरि जाई।।
दो0-जेहिं उपाय पुनि पाय जनु देखै दीनदयाल।
सो सिख देइअ अवधि लगि कोसलपाल कृपाल।।313।।

After the night passed all the people, including Bharat, Brahmins and King of Mithila, assembled after taking bath etc . Aware that it was good for all to return to homes, Shri Ram was still reluctant to broach the subject. Shri Ram glanced in the direction of Guru, King Janak and Bharat and then towards rest of the people only to turn his gaze looking at the ground with a bit of unease. All were appreciative of His civility and thought that none was as considerate and meekly patient as a master as Shri Ram was. Intelligent Bharat however could notice precisely what Shri Ram had in mind and he very patiently rose up with an attitude of politeness and prostrated before Shri Ram and then said, “O Lord, O Master, You have taken care of my preferences and wishes entirely. Just for my sake all have had to undergo a lot of discomfort and inconvenience; You yourself also have had to suffer in many ways on my account. I wish now, my lord, that you give Your consent for me to leave here and go back to Ayodhya and serve it and manage its affairs till the end of the period of exile.

“I also want to know of the practices that will enable me to have the glimpse of the feet of You, the merciful one towards the humble and poor, once again. You as the real savior of and provider for Kaushala may give me such counsel and instructions that will see me through this trying period.”

We have now covered up to Doha 313 of Ayodhya Kand.

पुरजन परिजन प्रजा गोसाई। सब सुचि सरस सनेहँ सगाई।।
राउर बदि भल भव दुख दाहू। प्रभु बिनु बादि परम पद लाहू।।
स्वामि सुजानु जानि सब ही की। रुचि लालसा रहनि जन जी की।।
प्रनतपालु पालिहि सब काहू। देउ दुहू दिसि ओर निबाहू।।
अस मोहि सब बिधि भूरि भरोसो। किएँ बिचारु न सोचु खरो सो।।
आरति मोर नाथ कर छोहू। दुहुँ मिलि कीन्ह ढीठु हठि मोहू।।
यह बड़ दोषु दूरि करि स्वामी। तजि सकोच सिखइअ अनुगामी।।
भरत बिनय सुनि सबहिं प्रसंसी। खीर नीर बिबरन गति हंसी।।
दो0-दीनबंधु सुनि बंधु के बचन दीन छलहीन।
देस काल अवसर सरिस बोले रामु प्रबीन।।314।।

Bharat also said, ” Master, all citizens, the family members and the subjects of the state are of pure character and rejoice in their affectionate relationship with You. For Your sake it is good to suffer the miseries of the world but without You it is not good even to have the highest position, here in this world or in the world beyond.

“O Swami, You know of every ones’ interest, leanings and preferred ways of living and know what prevails in hearts of your servants and devotees; You as protector of the ones who surrender and as provider, take care of them, whether in this world or in the next world. I am now totally confident in every way when I assess the whole situation and it leaves me with little worry. My troubles and Your love and kindness, both mix up and force me to become stubborn (for I thought that my troubles would be taken care of by You because you have love for me but forgot for a while what precisely is my duty). By removing this fault in me and by having no other reservation You may now instruct and guide me, knowing me as Your obedient follower.”

Listening to Bharat’s humble request, all those who were present there praised him, they acknowledged that Bharat had showed quality of a cygnet which could separate the milk from water ( i e Bharat displayed the ability to identify the substance and discard the superfluous).

Shri Ram, the friend of underpriviledged, attentively listened to the humble submission of brother Bharat which had no trace of deception; Shri Ram, then wisely addressed keeping in mind the sanctity of place, time and  occasion.

We have now covered up to Doha 314 of Ayodhya kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DXXX

May 13, 2016

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

भरत अत्रि अनुसासन पाई। जल भाजन सब दिए चलाई।।
सानुज आपु अत्रि मुनि साधू। सहित गए जहँ कूप अगाधू।।
पावन पाथ पुन्यथल राखा। प्रमुदित प्रेम अत्रि अस भाषा।।
तात अनादि सिद्ध थल एहू। लोपेउ काल बिदित नहिं केहू।।
तब सेवकन्ह सरस थलु देखा। किन्ह सुजल हित कूप बिसेषा।।
बिधि बस भयउ बिस्व उपकारू। सुगम अगम अति धरम बिचारू।।
भरतकूप अब कहिहहिं लोगा। अति पावन तीरथ जल जोगा।।
प्रेम सनेम निमज्जत प्रानी। होइहहिं बिमल करम मन बानी।।
दो0-कहत कूप महिमा सकल गए जहाँ रघुराउ।
अत्रि सुनायउ रघुबरहि तीरथ पुन्य प्रभाउ।।310।।

We covered up to Doha 310 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that as per the direction of Muni Attri, Bharat asked his men to carry the pots containing the water brought from various Teerthas from all over to the point suggested by Muni and went there himself along with all Sadhus and younger brother Shatrughan. At that sacred spot there was a large source of water but over time it was forgotten. A large well then was dug up and the water of all sacred places was deposited in that holy well which even other wise could grant accomplishments was now able to provide to people the same religious benefit that people visit  Teerthas for. Muni told glories of that sacred spot, now to be known as ‘Bharat Koop’, to all and also to Raghunath Shri Ram up on returning. Everyone accompanying Bharat now had the feel of the special water of the well and enjoyed and praised it’s beneficial effect.

कहत धरम इतिहास सप्रीती। भयउ भोरु निसि सो सुख बीती।।
नित्य निबाहि भरत दोउ भाई। राम अत्रि गुर आयसु पाई।।
सहित समाज साज सब सादें। चले राम बन अटन पयादें।।
कोमल चरन चलत बिनु पनहीं। भइ मृदु भूमि सकुचि मन मनहीं।।
कुस कंटक काँकरीं कुराईं। कटुक कठोर कुबस्तु दुराईं।।
महि मंजुल मृदु मारग कीन्हे। बहत समीर त्रिबिध सुख लीन्हे।।
सुमन बरषि सुर घन करि छाहीं। बिटप फूलि फलि तृन मृदुताहीं।।
मृग बिलोकि खग बोलि सुबानी। सेवहिं सकल राम प्रिय जानी।।
दो0-सुलभ सिद्धि सब प्राकृतहु राम कहत जमुहात।
राम प्रान प्रिय भरत कहुँ यह न होइ बड़ि बात।।311।।

Up on return, the people spent the whole night talking of the matters relating to religion, the history pertaining to religion and other connected history (with important issue now almost settled and in the midst of enlightened Munis, none wanted to forgo this opportunity). In the morning the two brothers, Bharat and Shatrughan first attended to their morning time routine and rituals and then taking permission from Shri Ram, Muni Attri and Guru Vashishttha, they left for visit in to the deeper regions of the jungles on foot together with rest of the people and equipped with needed paraphernalia.

That Bharat and Shatrughan wakled bare foot though they had tender sole. The earth became soft with her heart filled with consideration for them, she concealed all harsh object like thorns and pointed pebbles etc. In this way the mother earth made the tracks and ruts smooth and pleasure giving; the cool and fragrant breeze pleased the brothers. The gods showered flowers and clouds concealed sun, the trees provided fruits and flowers and also dropped their soft leaves for making the ground comfortable. The birds sang songs for them and the animals eyed them with love. In fact every department of forest came forward to serve them knowing them to be darlings of Shri Ram,

When all kinds of Siddhis (supernatural powers) come to a person who utters Ram Naam (Lord’s name ‘Ram’) even while yawning, its no wonder that those Siddhis came to please Bharat, he is after all most dear to Shri Ram.

We have now covered up to Doha 311 of Ayodhya Kand.

एहि बिधि भरतु फिरत बन माहीं। नेमु प्रेमु लखि मुनि सकुचाहीं।।
पुन्य जलाश्रय भूमि बिभागा। खग मृग तरु तृन गिरि बन बागा।।
चारु बिचित्र पबित्र बिसेषी। बूझत भरतु दिब्य सब देखी।।
सुनि मन मुदित कहत रिषिराऊ। हेतु नाम गुन पुन्य प्रभाऊ।।
कतहुँ निमज्जन कतहुँ प्रनामा। कतहुँ बिलोकत मन अभिरामा।।
कतहुँ बैठि मुनि आयसु पाई। सुमिरत सीय सहित दोउ भाई।।
देखि सुभाउ सनेहु सुसेवा। देहिं असीस मुदित बनदेवा।।
फिरहिं गएँ दिनु पहर अढ़ाई। प्रभु पद कमल बिलोकहिं आई।।
दो0-देखे थल तीरथ सकल भरत पाँच दिन माझ।
कहत सुनत हरि हर सुजसु गयउ दिवसु भइ साँझ।।312।।

This is how Bharat now roamed about in the forest but his discipline and affectionate care made even the Munis look at him with appreciation. Pious and pure water bodies, the godly lands and its various departments, the birds and animals. the trees and grass lands, the hillocks, tracts of forest and beautiful gardens all of which had charm and attraction beside being pure and pristine made Bharat look at them with keen interest and notice divinity of the place. Bharat with joyful heart listened to Muni who explained the benign influence of all that was visible and what those places were called and stood for. Bharat went about enjoying what was there at some points and bowed down in reverence at some other places. He just keenly looked at some of the heart stealing beautiful spots.

At some spots both brothers stayed for a while with Munis permission and spent time remembering Bhagwati Sita and Lord Shri Ram. The guardian deities of the forest gave them blessing when they noted them having an attitude of love and service for all. Brothers used to remain in forest till some time before the dusk and then return back to have glimpse of the feet of the Lord (Shri Ram).

Bharat visited all the interesting places and the sacred spots (the Teerthas) in five days. Discussing the glories of Lord Hari and Mahadev Shiv during this last day too Bharat found that the evening hour was now approaching.

(We should learn from Bharat how he visited the natural spots, we should learn that all such places should be visited with least disturbance and with much care and attention. The sanctity of such regions should be maintained as a matter of duty. The modern society is forgetting it and that’s a crime.)

We have now covered up to Doha 312 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DXXIX

May 9, 2016

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

 

एकु मनोरथु बड़ मन माहीं। सभयँ सकोच जात कहि नाहीं।।
कहहु तात प्रभु आयसु पाई। बोले बानि सनेह सुहाई।।
चित्रकूट सुचि थल तीरथ बन। खग मृग सर सरि निर्झर गिरिगन।।
प्रभु पद अंकित अवनि बिसेषी। आयसु होइ त आवौं देखी।।
अवसि अत्रि आयसु सिर धरहू। तात बिगतभय कानन चरहू।।
मुनि प्रसाद बनु मंगल दाता। पावन परम सुहावन भ्राता।।
रिषिनायकु जहँ आयसु देहीं। राखेहु तीरथ जलु थल तेहीं।।
सुनि प्रभु बचन भरत सुख पावा। मुनि पद कमल मुदित सिरु नावा।।
दो0-भरत राम संबादु सुनि सकल सुमंगल मूल।
सुर स्वारथी सराहि कुल बरषत सुरतरु फूल।।308।।

We covered up to Doha 308 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat wished to go and visit in the forest all those spots where Shri Ram had been and Shri Ram happily asked him to do so but only after seeking permission of Muni Attri under whose protection the forest region had been, and had retained charm and pleasure giving qualities and remained sacred. Shri Ram also advised Bharat to place the waters of the various Teerthas brought by him at the point that the principal Muni indicates. Since the meaningful talk between Shri Ram and Bharat had now assured the gods that Shri Ram would not return, they rejoiced and showered flowers of celestial tree on them.

धन्य भरत जय राम गोसाईं। कहत देव हरषत बरिआई।
मुनि मिथिलेस सभाँ सब काहू। भरत बचन सुनि भयउ उछाहू।।
भरत राम गुन ग्राम सनेहू। पुलकि प्रसंसत राउ बिदेहू।।
सेवक स्वामि सुभाउ सुहावन। नेमु पेमु अति पावन पावन।।
मति अनुसार सराहन लागे। सचिव सभासद सब अनुरागे।।
सुनि सुनि राम भरत संबादू। दुहु समाज हियँ हरषु बिषादू।।
राम मातु दुखु सुखु सम जानी। कहि गुन राम प्रबोधीं रानी।।
एक कहहिं रघुबीर बड़ाई। एक सराहत भरत भलाई।।
दो0-अत्रि कहेउ तब भरत सन सैल समीप सुकूप।
राखिअ तीरथ तोय तहँ पावन अमिअ अनूप।।309।।

The gods busied themselves in thanking Bharat and hailing Shri Ram with aplomb and cheer. Munis and King Janak and rest of the people there were now upbeat after listening to the words of Bharat (for it provided them too an opportunity to visit the interesting spots). Videh, the king, zestfully praised both Shri Ram and Bharat for the host of virtues they possessed and for the love they had for each other. The ministers and the members of the assembly there also noted the agreeable temperament and pleasant nature of the Swami (master and lord) Shri Ram and of the Sevak (the servant and bhakta) Bharat, they found that both had straight approach and well considered resolve as well as their love for each other was selfless and pure; all of them appreciated this according to their own understanding while they possessed an affectionate mood towards them both.

Listening to the exchanges between Shri Ram Bharat  the people from both sides i e Ayodhya and Mithila had feelings of happiness as well as of remorse as some part of it was to their liking and some part hard to digest. Mother of Lord Shri Ram however took it with equanimity, for her it was same both ways i e whether Bharat went in to jungle or Shri Ram went and explained it all to other queens by recounting the virtues of Shri Ram. Now some praised Shri Ram and some laid stress on the gentility and congeniality of Bharat.

Rishi Attri then told Bharat about a well near the mountain where Bharat could place the waters of the Teerthas where it would remain pure like nectar and would become more special.

We have now covered up to Doha 309 of Ayodhya Kand.

भरत अत्रि अनुसासन पाई। जल भाजन सब दिए चलाई।।
सानुज आपु अत्रि मुनि साधू। सहित गए जहँ कूप अगाधू।।
पावन पाथ पुन्यथल राखा। प्रमुदित प्रेम अत्रि अस भाषा।।
तात अनादि सिद्ध थल एहू। लोपेउ काल बिदित नहिं केहू।।
तब सेवकन्ह सरस थलु देखा। किन्ह सुजल हित कूप बिसेषा।।
बिधि बस भयउ बिस्व उपकारू। सुगम अगम अति धरम बिचारू।।
भरतकूप अब कहिहहिं लोगा। अति पावन तीरथ जल जोगा।।
प्रेम सनेम निमज्जत प्रानी। होइहहिं बिमल करम मन बानी।।
दो0-कहत कूप महिमा सकल गए जहाँ रघुराउ।
अत्रि सुनायउ रघुबरहि तीरथ पुन्य प्रभाउ।।310।।

Bharat up on receiving the instructions of Muni Attri, asked his men to carry the vessels containing waters of the holy places and accompanied by younger brother Shatrughan, Muni Attri and other Sadhus in the group reached the spot where the well of immense depth was to be found. The holy water brought from all sacred places was then placed at that sacred and auspicious point. Muni Attri, with pleasure and sweet feelings, began to explain the importance of that place and said, “O Taat (beloved young man), since times immemorial this has been a place having many special qualities and it provides accomplishments easily but with passage of time it had been forgotten and none had idea of its being here. The servants examined the place and found it to be containing water in its depths and to make that pure water available they dug up a well with care. By the grace of lord, entire world had benefit of this substantial gift, due to placement of holy water of many sacred places there, it was now easy to have all benefits, from religious angle as well, of all those distant Teerthas.

This well was now going to be known as Bharat Koop (the well of Bharat) which had become totally sacred and pure because of its having received the waters of Teerthas. Bathing in its water was now going to make one pure in deeds, in heart and mind, and in speech.

All went back to Raghuraj Shri Ram recounting the glories of the well (for they had themselves had the benefit after bathing in its water and felt it working as proclaimed by Muni). Reaching there Muni Attri told Shri Ram all the beneficial effects of that well that had now become a Teertha.

(This well, known as Bharat Koop, is in Banda District of Uttar Pradesh, Inida near mount Chitrakoot. I have visited that place and can endorse the fact that water of that well tastes so good that no other water can compare and its touch gives immense pleasure. The water level is just two-three feet below the ground and one needs no kind of help to get it.)

We have now covered up to Doha 310 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DXXVIII

May 6, 2016

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

सहित समाज तुम्हार हमारा। घर बन गुर प्रसाद रखवारा।।
मातु पिता गुर स्वामि निदेसू। सकल धरम धरनीधर सेसू।।
सो तुम्ह करहु करावहु मोहू। तात तरनिकुल पालक होहू।।
साधक एक सकल सिधि देनी। कीरति सुगति भूतिमय बेनी।।
सो बिचारि सहि संकटु भारी। करहु प्रजा परिवारु सुखारी।।
बाँटी बिपति सबहिं मोहि भाई। तुम्हहि अवधि भरि बड़ि कठिनाई।।
जानि तुम्हहि मृदु कहउँ कठोरा। कुसमयँ तात न अनुचित मोरा।।
होहिं कुठायँ सुबंधु सुहाए। ओड़िअहिं हाथ असनिहु के घाए।।
दो0-सेवक कर पद नयन से मुख सो साहिबु होइ।
तुलसी प्रीति कि रीति सुनि सुकबि सराहहिं सोइ।।306।।

We covered up to Doha 306 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Shri Ram advised Bharat that entire welfare of their own and of all others’ rested with the grace of the Guru and that it is in best interest at all times to follow the instructions and advice of parents, of Guru and of the master. Shri Ram then wished Bharat to let Him follow the same very path and be of help in protecting the family and also said that the path he suggested could enable them to achieve all desired objectives. Lastly Shri Ram acknowledged that Bharat had been very supportive in trying times and while He had apprised Bharat of hard realities though He knew him to be yet a tender person. Shri Ram asked Bharat to not mind it as it was the due to call of hour and told him that a good brother can be depended on for saving a difficult situation.

सभा सकल सुनि रघुबर बानी। प्रेम पयोधि अमिअ जनु सानी।।
सिथिल समाज सनेह समाधी। देखि दसा चुप सारद साधी।।
भरतहि भयउ परम संतोषू। सनमुख स्वामि बिमुख दुख दोषू।।
मुख प्रसन्न मन मिटा बिषादू। भा जनु गूँगेहि गिरा प्रसादू।।
कीन्ह सप्रेम प्रनामु बहोरी। बोले पानि पंकरुह जोरी।।
नाथ भयउ सुखु साथ गए को। लहेउँ लाहु जग जनमु भए को।।
अब कृपाल जस आयसु होई। करौं सीस धरि सादर सोई।।
सो अवलंब देव मोहि देई। अवधि पारु पावौं जेहि सेई।।
दो0-देव देव अभिषेक हित गुर अनुसासनु पाइ।
आनेउँ सब तीरथ सलिलु तेहि कहँ काह रजाइ।।307।।

Everyone in the assembly listened to the talk of Shri Ram which was like an ocean of milk and was laced with nectar like substance (i e it nourished them and gave hope). The perplexed lot of the people had now been placed in Samadhi (in a state of spiritual trance) like situation on account of an atmosphere of love there now; viewing this Goddess Saraswati now stopped her instinctive interference to let all enjoy it. Bharat also now felt immensely pleased, for him his master was now favorably inclined towards him and his faults not mattered now and the troubles causing him distress had become ineffective. His face regained glow due to happiness and his heart came out of the grieving state. It was like a dumb person getting reward of regaining power to speak.

With love and reverence Bharat bowed down and began to speak while humbly joining palms of his hands. Bharat said, “Lord, i have now the same pleasure and satisfaction that i expected from accompanying you and i take this to be the reward of my being born (i e the ultimate reward that one may expect of living).

“O Merciful One, whatever be your command, I want to respectfully carry it out with total devotion and acceptance. I still want a token of your support which will enable me to be successful and would give strength to me to negotiate the period of Your exile by serving it (if not You directly but this as a symbol of Yours).

“My Provider, i have also brought waters of all the sacred places for Abhishek (anointment of the deities at the time of Your coronation) as per instructions of Guru. Since it will no more be needed for the intended purpose, I seek Your view as to what treatment it be given.”

(Here we see Bharat instantly agreeing to what Shri Ram said to him. A Bhakta is only confused till he is unaware of the intent of the Lord and not a second after he comes to know the mind of the Lord. Bharat established the principle that only the path suggested by Lord is good for him and nothing else or his own will matters. A second principle established by Bharat here is that a Bhakta is only able to maintain his capacity to do as per the will of the Lord when he has support from Him, he never ever imagines a situation where his strength is sufficient. Since a Bhakta wishes to serve the Lord at all times and as a human might get distracted, he wants to hold on to some symbol representing the Lord and therefore wants to have it. Hinduism accepts both, the practice of meditating up on abstract God like King Janak did and the practice of worshiping a symbol of Lord like Bharat intends to do. Only a few can be proficient in first type of practice but the second type of practice is for all to keep progressing over time.)

We have now covered up to Doha 307 of Ayodhya Kand.

एकु मनोरथु बड़ मन माहीं। सभयँ सकोच जात कहि नाहीं।।
कहहु तात प्रभु आयसु पाई। बोले बानि सनेह सुहाई।।
चित्रकूट सुचि थल तीरथ बन। खग मृग सर सरि निर्झर गिरिगन।।
प्रभु पद अंकित अवनि बिसेषी। आयसु होइ त आवौं देखी।।
अवसि अत्रि आयसु सिर धरहू। तात बिगतभय कानन चरहू।।
मुनि प्रसाद बनु मंगल दाता। पावन परम सुहावन भ्राता।।
रिषिनायकु जहँ आयसु देहीं। राखेहु तीरथ जलु थल तेहीं।।
सुनि प्रभु बचन भरत सुख पावा। मुनि पद कमल मुदित सिरु नावा।।
दो0-भरत राम संबादु सुनि सकल सुमंगल मूल।
सुर स्वारथी सराहि कुल बरषत सुरतरु फूल।।308।।

Bharat then put forth before Bhagwan Shri Ram his dilemma that he had one strong wish but was reluctant to ask. Shri Ram then asked his younger brother Bharat to make it known. With Lord’s permission Bharat spoke in very loving tone, “Chitrakoot has many pure spots and sacred places (the Teerthas) and forests. It abounds in birds, animals, ponds, rivers and water falls besides the hills. Some of these places have had stamp of the feet of the Lord, particularly those spots I want to go and see if permitted.”

Shri Ram replied to Bharat saying, “Surely you may do say, just get the permission from Muni Attri and roam about in the forest free from any kind of fear afterwards. It is the grace of the of Muni that the forest is provider of enjoyment and is so sacred and pure and pleasant in every way, My Brother. Further, you may follow the instruction of the Rishinayak (the leader of the Rishis) for depositing the sacred waters that you have brought.”

Shri Ram’s words pleased Bharat and he went about seeking permission of Muni and bowed down before him.

The selfish gods listened to what transpired between Shri Ram and Bharat which was nothing but the source of all types of welfare and good tidings and they now appreciated the family Shri Ram and Bharat belonged to. Honoring thus they showered the flowers picked from the celestial tree.

We have now covered up to Doha 308 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DXXVII

May 1, 2016

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

भरत सुभाउ न सुगम निगमहूँ। लघु मति चापलता कबि छमहूँ।।
कहत सुनत सति भाउ भरत को। सीय राम पद होइ न रत को।।
सुमिरत भरतहि प्रेमु राम को। जेहि न सुलभ तेहि सरिस बाम को।।
देखि दयाल दसा सबही की। राम सुजान जानि जन जी की।।
धरम धुरीन धीर नय नागर। सत्य सनेह सील सुख सागर।।
देसु काल लखि समउ समाजू। नीति प्रीति पालक रघुराजू।।
बोले बचन बानि सरबसु से। हित परिनाम सुनत ससि रसु से।।
तात भरत तुम्ह धरम धुरीना। लोक बेद बिद प्रेम प्रबीना।।
दो0-करम बचन मानस बिमल तुम्ह समान तुम्ह तात।
गुर समाज लघु बंधु गुन कुसमयँ किमि कहि जात।।304।।

We covered up to Doha 304 in Ayodhya Kand of Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that all those who listened to Bharat speaking his heart out were left almost speechless, Bharat’s devotion was unparalleled. Tulsi too acknowledged his own inadequacy in describing the glories of Bharat which according to him even the available authentic religious texts could not explain rightly. Who ever turned his attention to virtues of Bharat invariably became a devotee of Shri Ram. Shri Ram, the upholder of Dharma, took note of people’s condition and came forward and spoke keeping in mind the delicacy of time and place in most pleasing and agreeable manner telling Bharat that he was on the side of Dharma being well aware of the Shastras, the customs and that he had a loving heart and that none could claim to have as much integrity as Bharat had and that in front of the elders it was not right for Him to keep telling much about the qualities of His younger brother particularly at such critical time.

जानहु तात तरनि कुल रीती। सत्यसंध पितु कीरति प्रीती।।
समउ समाजु लाज गुरुजन की। उदासीन हित अनहित मन की।।
तुम्हहि बिदित सबही कर करमू। आपन मोर परम हित धरमू।।
मोहि सब भाँति भरोस तुम्हारा। तदपि कहउँ अवसर अनुसारा।।
तात तात बिनु बात हमारी। केवल गुरुकुल कृपाँ सँभारी।।
नतरु प्रजा परिजन परिवारू। हमहि सहित सबु होत खुआरू।।
जौं बिनु अवसर अथवँ दिनेसू। जग केहि कहहु न होइ कलेसू।।
तस उतपातु तात बिधि कीन्हा। मुनि मिथिलेस राखि सबु लीन्हा।।
दो0-राज काज सब लाज पति धरम धरनि धन धाम।
गुर प्रभाउ पालिहि सबहि भल होइहि परिनाम।।305।।

Shri Ram further told Bharat, “O My Younger Brother, you are all aware of the ways of the Sun family that we belong to and also know that out father well known to be a most profound person to follow the path of truth and also for his love (for me and my brothers), and how much he cared for his good name. You also understand the plight of people and the gravity of time and that we have to keep prestige of our seniors and elders. You also know the minds of those who are neutral, favorable and inimical to our cause and commoners’ interests. Who did what is also before you, you also know what is our, your and mine, ultimate benefit and what is our Dharma (call of duty) at this very moment. I am solely dependent on you but still would like to tell you some thing keeping in mind the occasion.

“O Brother, in absence of our beloved father, it is the grace of the our Gurus and of family of our Kulguru Vashishttha that has taken care of everything for us and has steered clear our family out of such a difficult pass. If it had not for them, the people, our kith and kin and we brothers would have badly suffered and might have perished (here the Lord placed high value, in the life of a family, on the Guru as guide and protector when the difficult times come, this way he becomes most honorable person).

“Very simply it can be understood that it sun would set at a time it is not supposed to, it will be to the detriment of all, in the same way our father, the shining star in sun family left this world due to machinations applied by the creator and therefore all have to suffer on that account but still the lord of Mithila and our Guru saw to it that nothing untoward happens.

“I am sure that the affairs of state, honor of all and our commitments will be maintained as well as the protection of our land, protection of the city and its wealth and the protection of Dharma will be ensued, all by the influence of our revered Guru and in the end all will be well.”

(Shri Ram meant to convey to all that the family Guru of the royal family is not just a Guru of a certain family rather he is someone in whom all subjects of the state should have trust. Such a one remaining in charge at the critical times faced by the state and the ruling family, will ensure welfare of all. It is because the enlightened Guru will never serve his own petty interests but as an experienced person under whose guidance the ruler governed the state will steer the nation out of trouble.)

We have now covered up to Doha 305 of Ayodhya Kand.

सहित समाज तुम्हार हमारा। घर बन गुर प्रसाद रखवारा।।
मातु पिता गुर स्वामि निदेसू। सकल धरम धरनीधर सेसू।।
सो तुम्ह करहु करावहु मोहू। तात तरनिकुल पालक होहू।।
साधक एक सकल सिधि देनी। कीरति सुगति भूतिमय बेनी।।
सो बिचारि सहि संकटु भारी। करहु प्रजा परिवारु सुखारी।।
बाँटी बिपति सबहिं मोहि भाई। तुम्हहि अवधि भरि बड़ि कठिनाई।।
जानि तुम्हहि मृदु कहउँ कठोरा। कुसमयँ तात न अनुचित मोरा।।
होहिं कुठायँ सुबंधु सुहाए। ओड़िअहिं हाथ असनिहु के घाए।।
दो0-सेवक कर पद नयन से मुख सो साहिबु होइ।
तुलसी प्रीति कि रीति सुनि सुकबि सराहहिं सोइ।।306।।

Shri Ram continued and said, “Our welfare at home and my stay in jungles, including all in our society should enjoy protection as the grace of the Guru and as reward. To follow what mother, father, Guru or master advise, is the real support that Dharma stands on, even the Sheshnaag keep the earth resting on its gang by grace of them (i e such a tough task is performed by him by following the wishes of these respectable people).

“This is what you must do and let me do and thereby be the protector of the Sun-Family. This one practice provides the seeker all kinds of accomplishments, establishes their good name and makes them have good and propitious times, as is known to be the case with the stream after three rivers (Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati denoting Bhakti, Karma and Gyaan) join together on the earthly plains known as Prayag.

“With this line of thinking and by facing this greatly perilous time, you must make the family and the people comfortable and assured. Though all are ready to share my troubles and hardships and have done so yet for you it’s absolutely very trying times till the end of my exile. You are so tender in every way yet I am indicating such harsh prospects for you, I hope you don’t mind it because it is due to bad times that we are now presented with. At the difficult junctures only good brothers happily come forward to help, is it not that hands protect when attacked by sword of enemy.

“It is only right that a servant behaves in manner of legs, hands and eyes for the sake of whole body and the mouth does all the eating to provide each limb the strength it needs.”

Tulsi says that listening to what Shri Ram talked in explaining the ways of love and affection, the good and learned poet can only have appreciation and acclaim for it.

We have now covered up to Doha 306 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DXXVI

April 16, 2016

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

कपट कुचालि सीवँ सुरराजू। पर अकाज प्रिय आपन काजू।।
काक समान पाकरिपु रीती। छली मलीन कतहुँ न प्रतीती।।
प्रथम कुमत करि कपटु सँकेला। सो उचाटु सब कें सिर मेला।।
सुरमायाँ सब लोग बिमोहे। राम प्रेम अतिसय न बिछोहे।।
भय उचाट बस मन थिर नाहीं। छन बन रुचि छन सदन सोहाहीं।।
दुबिध मनोगति प्रजा दुखारी। सरित सिंधु संगम जनु बारी।।
दुचित कतहुँ परितोषु न लहहीं। एक एक सन मरमु न कहहीं।।
लखि हियँ हँसि कह कृपानिधानू। सरिस स्वान मघवान जुबानू।।
दो0-भरतु जनकु मुनिजन सचिव साधु सचेत बिहाइ।
लागि देवमाया सबहि जथाजोगु जनु पाइ।।302।।

We covered up to Doha 302 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Mans of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Lord Indra, who wants only his own interests to be served even at the cost of others, exercised his powers to spread boredom and discontent among people. His efforts made people confused and delusive but they still retained some sense due to their love for Shri Ram. Fear and disinterest made them fickle minded and they wished to stay there one moment and next wished to go back to their homes. This split mentality made them unsettled and upset but they did not discuss their plights with each other. Lord Shri Ram noted Indra’s mischievous ways and people’s condition and laughed within. The conspiratorial ways of the gods impacted all leaving Bharat, King Janak, the Munis and Sadhus and some of enlightened and alert people.

कृपासिंधु लखि लोग दुखारे। निज सनेहँ सुरपति छल भारे।।
सभा राउ गुर महिसुर मंत्री। भरत भगति सब कै मति जंत्री।।
रामहि चितवत चित्र लिखे से। सकुचत बोलत बचन सिखे से।।
भरत प्रीति नति बिनय बड़ाई। सुनत सुखद बरनत कठिनाई।।
जासु बिलोकि भगति लवलेसू। प्रेम मगन मुनिगन मिथिलेसू।।
महिमा तासु कहै किमि तुलसी। भगति सुभायँ सुमति हियँ हुलसी।।
आपु छोटि महिमा बड़ि जानी। कबिकुल कानि मानि सकुचानी।।
कहि न सकति गुन रुचि अधिकाई। मति गति बाल बचन की नाई।।
दो0-भरत बिमल जसु बिमल बिधु सुमति चकोरकुमारि।
उदित बिमल जन हृदय नभ एकटक रही निहारि।।303।।

The most merciful Lord Shri Ram observed the pitiable plight of people, upset for Him out of their love for Him, now additionally had to bear what chief of gods had done to them, and thus their heart were heavy. The wit of all including the king, the Guru, the Brahmins and the ministers now stood locked and had lost capacity to ponder, due to the devotion of Bharat and its impact on them; they now only fixatedly looked at Shri Ram and became too reserved and could utter only a few words like those who are taught to repeat certain words. Bharat’s warmth, his sober nature and his humility reflected in his speech which was too pleasing to hear but to describe it all in words is a difficult task. A shred of whose devotion could make the Munis and the king go in trance, how then, Tulsi wonders, is it possible for him to sing his glories. That he still attempted it is for the very reason that Bharat’s nature itself had spurred some sensible thoughts in his heart yet considering his own intellect limited and Bharat’s glory immense he has had to observe the limit that the family of poets put on themselves in such cases. He couldn’t tell all his virtues though he had such wish and could produce only some words like a child inspired mentally.

Bharat’s pristine and glorious fame appears like a moon without blemish in mind space of people who have pure hearts and their intellect just observes it like a little Chakor bird with single pointed attention (as the intellect finds such matters beyond its capacity to analyse and weigh, it has to be simply absorbed as it is).

We have now covered up to Doha 303 of Ayodhya Kand.

भरत सुभाउ न सुगम निगमहूँ। लघु मति चापलता कबि छमहूँ।।
कहत सुनत सति भाउ भरत को। सीय राम पद होइ न रत को।।
सुमिरत भरतहि प्रेमु राम को। जेहि न सुलभ तेहि सरिस बाम को।।
देखि दयाल दसा सबही की। राम सुजान जानि जन जी की।।
धरम धुरीन धीर नय नागर। सत्य सनेह सील सुख सागर।।
देसु काल लखि समउ समाजू। नीति प्रीति पालक रघुराजू।।
बोले बचन बानि सरबसु से। हित परिनाम सुनत ससि रसु से।।
तात भरत तुम्ह धरम धुरीना। लोक बेद बिद प्रेम प्रबीना।।
दो0-करम बचन मानस बिमल तुम्ह समान तुम्ह तात।
गुर समाज लघु बंधु गुन कुसमयँ किमि कहि जात।।304।।

Even Vedas fail to assess Bharat’s true nature hence the smallness of the frail intellect of a poet is only to be excused. It is of course normal for anyone to be instinctively devoted to the feet of Bhagwati Sita and Lord Shri Ram and become absorbed while either listening to the account of truthfulness and loving nature ingrained in Bharat’s character or speaking of it. If one misses out to immediately have feeling of love for Shri Ram just when he thinks of Bharat then he really must be carrying a very high level of negativity.

Graceful Lord Shri Ram, who knows the feelings and choices present in everyone’s heart, took note of condition of all those present there. Upholder of Dharma, patient by nature, very civil and policy oriented, and like an ocean of truth, love and bliss, such Raghuraj Shri Ram who never fails to maintain propriety in conduct and never fails to respond to expression of love towards Himself, keeping in mind the time, the occasion, the place and the people, spoke to all present there in words that contained welfare and benefit for all and which entered in ears of all like nectar dripping from moon.

Shri Ram said, “O Taat (my younger brother), you are well established in Dharma,, you know what is to the liking of people i e the commonly established practices and all that is recommended in Vedas and in the matters of love also nothing is concealed from you.

“Besides in practices and deeds, in speech and in purity thinking, you are not equaled by anyone and therefore you are your own match in these respects, I don’t know how to speak of virtues of a younger brother in presence of so many respectable people and in such trying times.”

We have now covered up to Doha 304 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DXXV

April 14, 2016

II Shree Guruvey Namanh 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

सोक सनेहँ कि बाल सुभाएँ। आयउँ लाइ रजायसु बाएँ।।
तबहुँ कृपाल हेरि निज ओरा। सबहि भाँति भल मानेउ मोरा।।
देखेउँ पाय सुमंगल मूला। जानेउँ स्वामि सहज अनुकूला।।
बड़ें समाज बिलोकेउँ भागू। बड़ीं चूक साहिब अनुरागू।।
कृपा अनुग्रह अंगु अघाई। कीन्हि कृपानिधि सब अधिकाई।।
राखा मोर दुलार गोसाईं। अपनें सील सुभायँ भलाईं।।
नाथ निपट मैं कीन्हि ढिठाई। स्वामि समाज सकोच बिहाई।।
अबिनय बिनय जथारुचि बानी। छमिहि देउ अति आरति जानी।।
दो0-सुह्रद सुजान सुसाहिबहि बहुत कहब बड़ि खोरि।
आयसु देइअ देव अब सबइ सुधारी मोरि।।300।।

We covered up to Doha 300 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat very humbly submitted to Shri Ram that though he out of his childish nature had ignored the royal command and had come to Chitrakoot yet Shri Ram did not take it as an offence. Bharat said that now he was near the feet of Lord from which flows the auspiciousness and had found his master favorably inclined; he mentioned it to be a good piece of luck for him that even in view of his big remissness his superior and senior had maintained an attitude of love towards him and had showered his graces in ample measure. Bharat said that he had been obstinate and did not fear the society or the master but Shri Ram on account of His loving nature did not shun him; and said that he had spoken as he pleased in a suitable manner or otherwise and expects to be forgiven. Lastly Bharat mentioned that without speaking too much before knowledgeable and loving master he was ready for doing as he would be instructed by Shri Ram who has always sided with me and helped me.

प्रभु पद पदुम पराग दोहाई। सत्य सुकृत सुख सीवँ सुहाई।।
सो करि कहउँ हिए अपने की। रुचि जागत सोवत सपने की।।
सहज सनेहँ स्वामि सेवकाई। स्वारथ छल फल चारि बिहाई।।
अग्या सम न सुसाहिब सेवा। सो प्रसादु जन पावै देवा।।
अस कहि प्रेम बिबस भए भारी। पुलक सरीर बिलोचन बारी।।
प्रभु पद कमल गहे अकुलाई। समउ सनेहु न सो कहि जाई।।
कृपासिंधु सनमानि सुबानी। बैठाए समीप गहि पानी।।
भरत बिनय सुनि देखि सुभाऊ। सिथिल सनेहँ सभा रघुराऊ।।
छं0-रघुराउ सिथिल सनेहँ साधु समाज मुनि मिथिला धनी।
मन महुँ सराहत भरत भायप भगति की महिमा घनी।।
भरतहि प्रसंसत बिबुध बरषत सुमन मानस मलिन से।
तुलसी बिकल सब लोग सुनि सकुचे निसागम नलिन से।।
सो0-देखि दुखारी दीन दुहु समाज नर नारि सब।
मघवा महा मलीन मुए मारि मंगल चहत।।301।।

Bharat added, “I swear by the dust of Your lotus feet which represents that real substance that makes one go for such noble deeds which ensure maximum pleasure/benefit. In that light only I pour out what’s in my heart and which is to my liking in states of waking, sleeping and dreaming. A benign master can only be served without selfishness, without deceit and without any expectation of the four benefits (Dharma, Artha, Kaama or Moksha). To carry out as ordered by the Lord is the ultimate service that can be rendered to Him hence let me have that graceful reward in shape of Your instructions and direction, My Lord.”

Finishing thus Bharat became overwhelmed with feelings of love for Shri Ram and his body thrilled while eyes became wet. Distressed Bharat then rushed to grab the feet of the Lord, his extent of love and the sight it presented is beyond description. Then Shri Ram gracefully saying sweet words to honor him held his hand and made him sit near Himself. Observing humility of Bharat and his disposition, Shri Ram, the Lord of Raghus, as well as the assembly of people there felt overtaken by feelings of love.

Raghuraj Shri Ram, King Janak, the Munis and Sadhus, all benumbed due to affection for Bharat, thought appreciatively of the brotherliness of Bharat and glory of his devotion. The gods also praised Bharat but were apprehensive while showering flowers from above. After listening to Bharat, Tulsi says, people cringed i e felt distressed like the lotuses do upon fall of night.

Indra, the chief of gods, noted that people from both sides i e Ayodhya and Mithila were now weak due to sufferings and grief, holding grudge in heart for them, he wanted to further hit them as if he wanted to celebrate after killing those who were almost dead already (Indra and gods had interest only in this that Shri Ram remains in exile and kill demons to reinstate them post their defeat at the hands of demons).

We have now covered up to Doha 301 of Ayodhya Kand.

कपट कुचालि सीवँ सुरराजू। पर अकाज प्रिय आपन काजू।।
काक समान पाकरिपु रीती। छली मलीन कतहुँ न प्रतीती।।
प्रथम कुमत करि कपटु सँकेला। सो उचाटु सब कें सिर मेला।।
सुरमायाँ सब लोग बिमोहे। राम प्रेम अतिसय न बिछोहे।।
भय उचाट बस मन थिर नाहीं। छन बन रुचि छन सदन सोहाहीं।।
दुबिध मनोगति प्रजा दुखारी। सरित सिंधु संगम जनु बारी।।
दुचित कतहुँ परितोषु न लहहीं। एक एक सन मरमु न कहहीं।।
लखि हियँ हँसि कह कृपानिधानू। सरिस स्वान मघवान जुबानू।।
दो0-भरतु जनकु मुनिजन सचिव साधु सचेत बिहाइ।
लागि देवमाया सबहि जथाजोगु जनु पाइ।।302।।

The chief of gods, Indra, is known to be most inclined to practice deceit and employ uncalled means for accomplishment of his own goals and spoil the game of others; Indra,the killer of demon Paka, follows the vile practices of crows having a crafty nature and malicious intentions and does not have faith in anyone. He had already contrived by spreading his net over people and spread disaffection and frustration among them; people now suffered due to delusory power of the gods but due to their natural love for Shri Ram they did not feel too disenchanted (i e their love for the Lord kept them holding some semblance of equilibrium though circumstanced had become too demanding and the gods had applied tricks on them, it means that those who have a devotion towards the Lord only have capacity to withstand the trying times which appear in their lives from time to time and where the gods are not supportive rather are the cause of turmoil).

Boredom and weariness and the fear of unknown made them fickle minded, one moment they liked to stay in forest and next moment they wished to enjoy the comforts of their homes. With this kind of double-mindedness they now felt miserable and their hearts now churned like the water of river churns at the point it falls in to the ocean. It is well known that a wavering mind does not allow any one to remain satisfied whatever be the outside circumstances and none of those present there wanted to discuss their inner condition with the other.

Shri Ram, the merciful one, observed what was going on and silently smiling he thought that after all a dog, a young person and Indra have a commonality between them (the words ‘Shwan, Yuwaan and Maghwan’ in Sanskrit language find a similar treatment in grammar), they all are impulsive and crafty.

The impact of the gods mischievous designs have implication on each one in accordance with their inner strength to withstand however it could have no influence on Bharat, King Janak, Munis, the Minister, the Sadhus and whoever was consciously awake and alive to the situation i e self controlled thinkers.

We have now covered up to Doha 302 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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