Ramcharit Charcha DLIII

July 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

जब रघुनाथ समर रिपु जीते। सुर नर मुनि सब के भय बीते।।
तब लछिमन सीतहि लै आए। प्रभु पद परत हरषि उर लाए।
सीता चितव स्याम मृदु गाता। परम प्रेम लोचन न अघाता।।
पंचवटीं बसि श्रीरघुनायक। करत चरित सुर मुनि सुखदायक।।
धुआँ देखि खरदूषन केरा। जाइ सुपनखाँ रावन प्रेरा।।
बोलि बचन क्रोध करि भारी। देस कोस कै सुरति बिसारी।।
करसि पान सोवसि दिनु राती। सुधि नहिं तव सिर पर आराती।।
राज नीति बिनु धन बिनु धर्मा। हरिहि समर्पे बिनु सतकर्मा।।
बिद्या बिनु बिबेक उपजाएँ। श्रम फल पढ़े किएँ अरु पाएँ।।
संग ते जती कुमंत्र ते राजा। मान ते ग्यान पान तें लाजा।।
प्रीति प्रनय बिनु मद ते गुनी। नासहि बेगि नीति अस सुनी।।
सो0-रिपु रुज पावक पाप प्रभु अहि गनिअ न छोट करि।
अस कहि बिबिध बिलाप करि लागी रोदन करन।।21(क)।।
दो0-सभा माझ परि ब्याकुल बहु प्रकार कह रोइ।
तोहि जिअत दसकंधर मोरि कि असि गति होइ।।21(ख)।।

This is further to Doha 20 of Aranya kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas which we covered in the last post.

When Shri Ram established his victory over the enemy in the battle ground, the gods, ordinary people as well as Munis had some sense of relief and became free from fear of attacks by demons. Lakshman also returned back along with Bhagwati Sita and while he bowed at the feet of the Lord he was brought close to heart by the Lord. When Sita looked at the charming and soft dark body of Shri Ram her eyes expressed her unworldly affection in substantial measure.

Staying at Panchavati, the leader of Raghus Shri Ram did many acts which were aimed at pleasing the gods and the Munis. When Supanakha watched total destruction of Khar and Dooshan and their army, she went straight to Ravan to alert him and prod him to be ready to wage a war himself against Shri Ram and Lakshman because now they were a threat to Ravan too. Displaying her anger in a big way she said to Ravan, “you sleep all day and night after drinking and you have forgotten to take stock of situation now prevailing in the area under your control and neither have worry about your monetary resource that might get dried up being unaware of the enemy who have advanced right up to your head.”

Supanakha then assumed role of a philosophical guide reminding Ravan what he was supposed to know as a knowledgeable person and said, “the state can only be run well following a sound policy, Dharmik activities can go on and related obligations can be discharged only when there is enough of money. The noble deeds do not carry beneficial effect unless they be performed for happiness of Lord Hari and without surrendering to Him. Similarly it is point less to spend time and effort in acquiring knowledge and studying intensely if discretion and wisdom do not come with it.

“Those engaged in spiritual practices get spoiled due to keeping bad company and due to thinking of cheap pleasures, a king loses his kingdom on account of receiving wrong advice from his ministers, false ego makes one forget what he learned over time, habit of drinking makes one shameless and immodest, relationship of love can’t be maintained without showing humility and softness in behavior and  arrogance results in loss of skills, all this happens fast and surely,  I have heard this from wise people.

“An enemy, an affliction or disease, a little fire, a sin, a master and a snake are never to be taken lightly, it might be cause of a big harm.”

Uttering these words Supanakha began to lament and cry making big noise (for a dramatic effect). She then fell to the ground right in the middle of assembly weeping profusely in different ways and said to Ravan, the one with ten shoulders, that while he is alive should she face such a bad time (i e be defaced at hand of the enemy).

(The people with ugly intentions might know all that is knowable but they fail to apply it for right kind of benefit. They act deceitfully without any good for others at heart, even for their own near and dear ones, to obtain what they wish and to take revenge etc. They have much to preach but much less to follow themselves. The principles that Supanakha enunciated are worth their weight in gold but Khar, Duushan, and Supanakha herself practically did every thing reverse of these sound principles and Ravan would do the same.)

We have now covered up to Doha 21 of Aranya Kand.

Bhavani Shanakar ki jai!

Shri jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DLII

July 22, 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

छं0-तब चले बान कराल। फुंकरत जनु बहु ब्याल।।
कोपेउ समर श्रीराम। चले बिसिख निसित निकाम।।
अवलोकि खरतर तीर। मुरि चले निसिचर बीर।।
भए क्रुद्ध तीनिउ भाइ। जो भागि रन ते जाइ।।
तेहि बधब हम निज पानि। फिरे मरन मन महुँ ठानि।।
आयुध अनेक प्रकार। सनमुख ते करहिं प्रहार।।
रिपु परम कोपे जानि। प्रभु धनुष सर संधानि।।
छाँड़े बिपुल नाराच। लगे कटन बिकट पिसाच।।
उर सीस भुज कर चरन। जहँ तहँ लगे महि परन।।
चिक्करत लागत बान। धर परत कुधर समान।।
भट कटत तन सत खंड। पुनि उठत करि पाषंड।।
नभ उड़त बहु भुज मुंड। बिनु मौलि धावत रुंड।।
खग कंक काक सृगाल। कटकटहिं कठिन कराल।।

This is further to Doha 19 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas which we covered in the last post.

The horrifying arrows discharged by Shri Ram went flying like hissing serpents. Shri Ram, now angered, sent forth volley of arrows and the so called brave among the demons turned back when attacked by very deadly arrows. Khar Dooshan and third brother Trishira got enraged seeing this and announced that those who will run away from the battle ground would be killed by them. With no option in hand the fleeing fighters decided to forget death and fight. Now confronting, they began to strike with variety of weapons. Seeing that enemy force was also now hell bent to fight, the Lord now readied His bow and sent forth a volley of bigger arrows which made the deadly demons, who had already considered themselves  dead, fall to ground after getting cut in to pieces. There heads, torsos, arms and legs fell here and there on the ground. They used to shriek after being hit by arrows and their bodies used to fall like uprooted mountain. Though cut into hundred pieces some of the braves among them used to employ tricks to rise up, it was sight of flying arms and heads and headless bodies running. At this stage the cruel birds and animals that eat dead meat began to rattle teeth.
छं0-कटकटहिं ज़ंबुक भूत प्रेत पिसाच खर्पर संचहीं।
बेताल बीर कपाल ताल बजाइ जोगिनि नंचहीं।।
रघुबीर बान प्रचंड खंडहिं भटन्ह के उर भुज सिरा।
जहँ तहँ परहिं उठि लरहिं धर धरु धरु करहिं भयकर गिरा।।
अंतावरीं गहि उड़त गीध पिसाच कर गहि धावहीं।।
संग्राम पुर बासी मनहुँ बहु बाल गुड़ी उड़ावहीं।।
मारे पछारे उर बिदारे बिपुल भट कहँरत परे।
अवलोकि निज दल बिकल भट तिसिरादि खर दूषन फिरे।।
सर सक्ति तोमर परसु सूल कृपान एकहि बारहीं।
करि कोप श्रीरघुबीर पर अगनित निसाचर डारहीं।।
प्रभु निमिष महुँ रिपु सर निवारि पचारि डारे सायका।
दस दस बिसिख उर माझ मारे सकल निसिचर नायका।।
महि परत उठि भट भिरत मरत न करत माया अति घनी।
सुर डरत चौदह सहस प्रेत बिलोकि एक अवध धनी।।
सुर मुनि सभय प्रभु देखि मायानाथ अति कौतुक कर् यो।
देखहि परसपर राम करि संग्राम रिपुदल लरि मर् यो।।

The battle ground now presented a gory sight and it became a playground for ghosts, devils, spirits and vultures. The three demon brothers noted that their side was now badly annihilated and as a last resort they together threw weapons in direction of Shri Ram. Shri Ram, within seconds, foiled all attempts of theirs averting the weapons used by them and struck each of the warring leaders with ten arrows each but they too employed Mayic tricks resurrecting themselves. This induced some fear in heart of gods seeing 14000 souls of dead demons against one, the king of Awadh. The Lord, the controller of Maya, finding gods fearful enacted a magic like play and the members in the opposite fighting team saw each other as Ram and fought each other, they eventually dropped dead.
दो0-राम राम कहि तनु तजहिं पावहिं पद निर्बान।
करि उपाय रिपु मारे छन महुँ कृपानिधान।।20(क)।।
हरषित बरषहिं सुमन सुर बाजहिं गगन निसान।
अस्तुति करि करि सब चले सोभित बिबिध बिमान।।20(ख)।।

While they were loudly and repeatedly calling out ‘Ram Ram’ their souls left bodies and achieved the Nirvana Pada (the seat of salvation), Shri Ram, the merciful one, did it in seconds employing a trick that proved good for these devilish entities.

(Remembering the Lord by taking His name at the time of death liberates even the evil persons; if the subject of last thought is  the Lord only which is possible to be fixed on the Lord with a form, with greater ease, then the Lord ensures that the Jeeva escapes the cycle of death and rebirth.)

The gods became happy after the fighting stopped and played drums in the sky and all of them sung Stuti (praises for happiness of Lord) and returned to their own abodes in specific vehicles of their own.

We have now covered up to Doha 20 of Aranya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

 

Ramcharit Charcha DLI

July 20, 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

प्रभु बिलोकि सर सकहिं न डारी। थकित भई रजनीचर धारी।।
सचिव बोलि बोले खर दूषन। यह कोउ नृपबालक नर भूषन।।
नाग असुर सुर नर मुनि जेते। देखे जिते हते हम केते।।
हम भरि जन्म सुनहु सब भाई। देखी नहिं असि सुंदरताई।।
जद्यपि भगिनी कीन्ह कुरूपा। बध लायक नहिं पुरुष अनूपा।।
देहु तुरत निज नारि दुराई। जीअत भवन जाहु द्वौ भाई।।
मोर कहा तुम्ह ताहि सुनावहु। तासु बचन सुनि आतुर आवहु।।
दूतन्ह कहा राम सन जाई। सुनत राम बोले मुसकाई।।
हम छत्री मृगया बन करहीं। तुम्ह से खल मृग खौजत फिरहीं।।
रिपु बलवंत देखि नहिं डरहीं। एक बार कालहु सन लरहीं।।
जद्यपि मनुज दनुज कुल घालक। मुनि पालक खल सालक बालक।।
जौं न होइ बल घर फिरि जाहू। समर बिमुख मैं हतउँ न काहू।।
रन चढ़ि करिअ कपट चतुराई। रिपु पर कृपा परम कदराई।।
दूतन्ह जाइ तुरत सब कहेऊ। सुनि खर दूषन उर अति दहेऊ।।

This is further to Doha 18 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas which we covered on the last post.

Though they were pretty near Lord Shri Ram but could not throw arrows at him for the army of demons had become static (seeing the out of world kind beauty of the Lord from close quarters). Khar and Dooshan also noted the same phenomenon and summoned their assistant and told him, “this is son of some great king and is like an outstanding one among the humans whom we have so far seen. We have either killed or won over many a Nagas, the Rakshasas, gods, humans and Munis i e all the known types of entities but here, listen you all my brothers, we see such beauty that we haven’t had occasion to see since our birth. It is true that they have made my sister ugly by removing her ears and nose yet this  person who is without a comparison is not meant to be killed (the Darshan of Lord had the usual positive impact on psyche of these devils too).”

One of the demon brothers then told his messengers to go and convey their message that he (Shri Ram) may hand over the women kept in hiding and then both the brothers would be allowed to go back home alive. They instructed the messengers to come back immediately with reply of Shri Ram.

The messengers delivered the message to Shri Ram, listening it Shri Ram smiled and said, “we are Kashtriyas and routinely go for hunting in to the jungles. There we look for wicked and wanton animals like you as prey. We are not scared if our enemy is powerful and remain ready to defy even the Death while fighting. Though we are human beings yet we have resolved to eliminate the entire clan of demons, protect the Munis and be baneful to the wicked, however we might look young in appearance.

“If there is no strength in your masters then they might return back for it is also my trait that I don’t kill who turns back without fighting and I allow him to return home. Coming prepared on the battle field and then engaging in trickery and to show mercy towards the enemy etc are signs of weakness and cowardice.”

(Here Lord Shri Ram meant to convey that the Kshatriyas who are supposed to rule are expected to go all over their kingdom and beyond and not enjoy comforts of home, for picking and eliminating wicked elements; compromises of any kind with such elements is not the way however those who readily surrender might be left; for a soldier therefore death is not a factor that he should give weight and he should consider duty as paramount.)
छं-उर दहेउ कहेउ कि धरहु धाए बिकट भट रजनीचरा।
सर चाप तोमर सक्ति सूल कृपान परिघ परसु धरा।।
प्रभु कीन्ह धनुष टकोर प्रथम कठोर घोर भयावहा।
भए बधिर ब्याकुल जातुधान न ग्यान तेहि अवसर रहा।।
दो0-सावधान होइ धाए जानि सबल आराति।
लागे बरषन राम पर अस्त्र सस्त्र बहु भाँति।।19(क)।।
तिन्ह के आयुध तिल सम करि काटे रघुबीर।
तानि सरासन श्रवन लगि पुनि छाँड़े निज तीर।।19(ख)।।

Now the response of Shri Ram made the heart of Khar and Dooshan cringe and they ordered the army men to rush and capture Shri Ram who charged with full force holding weapons of all kinds against the Lord who in turn just made His bow resound which made fear inducing unbearable boom. This made all of them deaf and lose all sense.

Now the army of demons got to know that were fighting against a formidable enemy and became more cautious and began to shower on Shri Ram many kinds of weapons and other arms. All these instruments were converted in to small pieces by Raghuveer Shri Ram who later used His bow to send His arrows across.

We have now covered up to Doha 19 of Aranya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

 

Ramcharit Charcha DL

July 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

नाक कान बिनु भइ बिकरारा। जनु स्त्रव सैल गैरु कै धारा।।
खर दूषन पहिं गइ बिलपाता। धिग धिग तव पौरुष बल भ्राता।।
तेहि पूछा सब कहेसि बुझाई। जातुधान सुनि सेन बनाई।।
धाए निसिचर निकर बरूथा। जनु सपच्छ कज्जल गिरि जूथा।।
नाना बाहन नानाकारा। नानायुध धर घोर अपारा।।
सुपनखा आगें करि लीनी। असुभ रूप श्रुति नासा हीनी।।
असगुन अमित होहिं भयकारी। गनहिं न मृत्यु बिबस सब झारी।।
गर्जहि तर्जहिं गगन उड़ाहीं। देखि कटकु भट अति हरषाहीं।।
कोउ कह जिअत धरहु द्वौ भाई। धरि मारहु तिय लेहु छड़ाई।।
धूरि पूरि नभ मंडल रहा। राम बोलाइ अनुज सन कहा।।
लै जानकिहि जाहु गिरि कंदर। आवा निसिचर कटकु भयंकर।।
रहेहु सजग सुनि प्रभु कै बानी। चले सहित श्री सर धनु पानी।।
देखि राम रिपुदल चलि आवा। बिहसि कठिन कोदंड चढ़ावा।।

Her nose and ears gone, Supakha now assumed her monstrous and ghastly form and looked like a mountain oozing paste of red colored earth. Badly lamenting she rushed to meet her brothers Khar and Dushan (literal meaning of these names is ‘villainous’ and ‘faulted’) and said, “cursed is your strength and valor, Brothers.”

The brothers then asked her what the matter was and she explained it all to them. Taking note of situation the two demons summoned their men to collect and form an army. In response to the call all the groups of demons rushed and presented a scene like dark mountains had taken wings while advancing. Their shapes were varied and their vehicles were of different types besides they had different kind of arms also and were too numerous to count.

They kept Supanakha in front who looked unpropitious due to her ears and nose now absent from her face. Many bad omens started to take place which usually makes one dread the coming time but this army .of demons did not pay heed because now they were under vice-like hold of death. They were making high pitched sounds and were jumping high to touch skies which made the brave ones among them happy.

Some gave out call to capture the two brothers, Ram and Lakshman, alive, some others wanted them killed and some called for abduction of Sita from them. The atmosphere now had become dusty and Shri Ram therefore could know that the army of deadly demons was now converging to fight and informed Lakshman too. Shri Ram then asked him to move inside the cave over the mountain taking Sita along for safety and asked him to remain alert all the while. Lakshman respecting the command of the Lord left from there duly equipped with his bow and arrows. Short while later Shri Ram saw that a group of fighters had come close and He smilingly strung His invincible and strong bow.

छं0-कोदंड कठिन चढ़ाइ सिर जट जूट बाँधत सोह क्यों।
मरकत सयल पर लरत दामिनि कोटि सों जुग भुजग ज्यों।।
कटि कसि निषंग बिसाल भुज गहि चाप बिसिख सुधारि कै।।
चितवत मनहुँ मृगराज प्रभु गजराज घटा निहारि कै।।
सो0-आइ गए बगमेल धरहु धरहु धावत सुभट।
जथा बिलोकि अकेल बाल रबिहि घेरत दनुज।।18।।

With His bow now ready for action and His matted hair locks knotted over head Shri Ram, it looked as if on the mountain of emerald two snakes were ready to encounter the lighting from heavens. With quiver tied to waist His long arms now arranged the arrow on the bow for striking. The Lord now looked towards the horizon as Lion, the king of animals, looks in direction of the herd of elephants.

Shouting and shrieking, the brave among enemy came close as the demons surround the rising sun thinking that sun had no support (it is mentioned in scriptures that rising sun is attacked by demons and when the worshipers sprinkle water they disappear) but were to be surprised.

(What we learn here is that Vairagya (dispassion) can save Bhakti when under attack by certain vile tendencies but only so long as it does not fight with them rather seeks to withdraw into a shell; this is why Lord Shri Ram asked Lakshman to go and hide in a cave. These tendencies can be identified and countered only by the Lord through His long and strong arms using weapon that can destroy, to keep Vairagya and Bhakti safe; Shri Ram’s readiness to fight the army of Khar and Dooshan should be seen in this light. Vairagya protects Bhakti, Bhakti maintains continuous remembrance of Lord and Lord in turn takes care of those subtle numerous tendencies which might harm Bhakti and Vairagya.)

We have now covered up to Doha 18 of Aranya kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DXLIX

July 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

भगति जोग सुनि अति सुख पावा। लछिमन प्रभु चरनन्हि सिरु नावा।।
एहि बिधि गए कछुक दिन बीती। कहत बिराग ग्यान गुन नीती।।
सूपनखा रावन कै बहिनी। दुष्ट हृदय दारुन जस अहिनी।।
पंचबटी सो गइ एक बारा। देखि बिकल भइ जुगल कुमारा।।
भ्राता पिता पुत्र उरगारी। पुरुष मनोहर निरखत नारी।।
होइ बिकल सक मनहि न रोकी। जिमि रबिमनि द्रव रबिहि बिलोकी।।
रुचिर रुप धरि प्रभु पहिं जाई। बोली बचन बहुत मुसुकाई।।
तुम्ह सम पुरुष न मो सम नारी। यह सँजोग बिधि रचा बिचारी।।
मम अनुरूप पुरुष जग माहीं। देखेउँ खोजि लोक तिहु नाहीं।।
ताते अब लगि रहिउँ कुमारी। मनु माना कछु तुम्हहि निहारी।।

This is further to Doha 16 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas which we covered in the last post.

Lakshman felt very elated up on having his queries regarding Yoga and Bhakti etc answered by Shri Ram to his entire satisfaction and bowed at the feet of the Lord to express his gratitude.Many such days passed when Lakshman routinely raised doubts and Shri Ram explained to him matters related to dispassion, knowledge, the modes and moods, and the right approaches to it (here we should gather that these matters are not understood in a single sitting but one should be ready to get the real idea about these established in mind by pondering and regularly clearing doubts without any hitch by raising them before an enlightened master).

There was one woman known as Suupnakha (big nailed); she was sister of the demon King Ravana. By her very nature she was very vile and evil minded like a female serpent always ready to bite and spit venom. Once she went to visit Panchvati and there she found the two brothers who looked young and became restless after developing a liking for them. Kakbhushudi said to Garuda that she was one of those women who can’t resist after coming to see a charming and handsome man without even considering whether it is right to develop a  passion oriented relationship with him; her behavior is like that of a sun-stone which melts as soon as it comes in contact with sun rays.

Supanakha then wore attractive make up and approached the Lord and began to talk while smiling excessively and said, “there is none so charming as you and as me in the entire wold and my meeting you is planned therefore by the creator with purpose. On my part also I have tried to find a man as good as me but found none in entire world, leave apart the world I have searched him in all the three Lokas (worlds) but without success. I am still a virgin on that account but here I find my heart accepting you after I have eyed you with appreciation.”

(Supanakha, though totally showing her cheap interest, also said factually correct things about Shri Ram that He is the most charming and none is as beautiful as Him in the entire universe and beyond. It is also right that it is rare for a person of bad character to have the form of Lord appear right in front for having a decent look at Him unless the lord Himself has graciously given a nod for it. She had also spoken falsely that she was young and a virgin as in fact she was a widow.)

सीतहि चितइ कही प्रभु बाता। अहइ कुआर मोर लघु भ्राता।।
गइ लछिमन रिपु भगिनी जानी। प्रभु बिलोकि बोले मृदु बानी।।
सुंदरि सुनु मैं उन्ह कर दासा। पराधीन नहिं तोर सुपासा।।
प्रभु समर्थ कोसलपुर राजा। जो कछु करहिं उनहि सब छाजा।।
सेवक सुख चह मान भिखारी। ब्यसनी धन सुभ गति बिभिचारी।।
लोभी जसु चह चार गुमानी। नभ दुहि दूध चहत ए प्रानी।।
पुनि फिरि राम निकट सो आई। प्रभु लछिमन पहिं बहुरि पठाई।।
लछिमन कहा तोहि सो बरई। जो तृन तोरि लाज परिहरई।।
तब खिसिआनि राम पहिं गई। रूप भयंकर प्रगटत भई।।
सीतहि सभय देखि रघुराई। कहा अनुज सन सयन बुझाई।।
दो0-लछिमन अति लाघवँ सो नाक कान बिनु कीन्हि।
ताके कर रावन कहँ मनौ चुनौती दीन्हि।।17।।

Lord Shri Ram first through a glance towards Sita (indicating that He belonged to Sita and none other without having to verbally spurn Supanakha) and then told by way of introduction (showing respect to her and not be curt), “this young man sitting here is my younger brother and might be available.”

Taking the cue Supanakha went to Lakshman who could gather  that she was sister of the enemy (of the world i e demon King Ravana) and therefore he looked in direction of the Lord (avoiding to look at a strange woman like a gentleman) before speaking in sweet tone the words, “O Beautiful One, please know that I am His servant, and for a person who is not his own master it is not possible to enjoy or entertain you (for such deviations do not allow one to justify assumed role of a servant,particularly for the servant of the Lord).

“The Lord, who is king of Kaushala, however has that freedom and whatever He pleases to do is alright for Him (because as Lord He prefers to take care of the wishes of His devotees). A servant looking for his own enjoyment is like a beggar looking to be honorable, a person who indulges in vices looking to save his money, a person promiscuous by nature looking for salvation, a greedy person looking for good name and an arrogant person looking for being known as cultured person; they all are looking for some thing impossible as accomplishment like some one trying to milch the sky for milk.”

Supanakha now turned back to Shri Ram with expectation but the Lord once again sent her back to Lakshman (signaling that first learn from Lakshman to be dispassionate before having any thing to do with Him).

Lakshman then told her (not mincing words now), “only such person can woo you who has forgotten decency of all kind.”

She, now hurt and badly annoyed, went back again to Shri Ram and displayed her terrible real self; Raghuraj Shri Ram noted that Sita was now scared hence signaled Lakshman to treat her in the manner needed.

With alacrity Lakshman chopped off her nose and ears (in fact she had already lost her nose i e respect and she also had no ears practically with which to listen the beneficial and sound advice and also made it impossible for her to pose as young beautiful women ever). In this manner Lakshman supposedly challenged Ravana to come forward for a fight (i e provide a reason for Shri Ram to annihilate him).

We have now covered up to Doha 17 of Aranya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DXLVIII

July 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

धर्म तें बिरति जोग तें ग्याना। ग्यान मोच्छप्रद बेद बखाना।।
जातें बेगि द्रवउँ मैं भाई। सो मम भगति भगत सुखदाई।।
सो सुतंत्र अवलंब न आना। तेहि आधीन ग्यान बिग्याना।।
भगति तात अनुपम सुखमूला। मिलइ जो संत होइँ अनुकूला।।
भगति कि साधन कहउँ बखानी। सुगम पंथ मोहि पावहिं प्रानी।।
प्रथमहिं बिप्र चरन अति प्रीती। निज निज कर्म निरत श्रुति रीती।।
एहि कर फल पुनि बिषय बिरागा। तब मम धर्म उपज अनुरागा।।
श्रवनादिक नव भक्ति दृढ़ाहीं। मम लीला रति अति मन माहीं।।
संत चरन पंकज अति प्रेमा। मन क्रम बचन भजन दृढ़ नेमा।।
गुरु पितु मातु बंधु पति देवा। सब मोहि कहँ जाने दृढ़ सेवा।।
मम गुन गावत पुलक सरीरा। गदगद गिरा नयन बह नीरा।।
काम आदि मद दंभ न जाकें। तात निरंतर बस मैं ताकें।।
दो0-बचन कर्म मन मोरि गति भजनु करहिं निःकाम।।
तिन्ह के हृदय कमल महुँ करउँ सदा बिश्राम।।16।।

This is further to Doha 15 of Aranya kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas which we covered in the last post.

Bhagwan Shri Ram further told Lakshman, “It is true that by practice of Dharma (i e doing the prescribed duties and refraining from doing the prohibited) will result in dispassion and it is also true that by practice of Ashtang Yog (the Yogic regime that has eight parts) which includes meditations etc one attains wisdom; it is right also that wisdom makes one acquire the real knowledge which according to Vedas is capable of liberating. Brother, what moves me most is My Bhakti (the devotion and love) and therefore Bhaktas who practice it delight me most as well as I am the cause of all happiness for the Bhaktas. That Bhakti is independent and is complete in itself without any outside support required for it, in fact the limited as well as deep knowledge about the Lord Supreme (i e to know Him and aspects of Him in some measure as formless and to know also that He only appears as avatars on earth) are subservient to Bhakti ( i e such knowledge is easily forgotten at times by those who do not have profound devotion towards me).

“Taat, Bhakti is root of incomparable bliss and is available only when some saint is made agreeable through humility and service. I would now tell you about the ways with which to attain my Bhakti, it is also the easiest path following which the interested beings i e noble souls enter my heart. Initially the seekers of bhakti should have unwavering love and respect for the feet of Vipras, the knowledgeable Brahmins; learning from them they should engage in all those prescribed duties in the manner suggested in Vedas. This will lead to natural dispassion and non-interest in indulgence of any kind; with this dispassion resolve to get established in my Bhakti will strengthen and affection for me will grow (as the mind will no more be thinking about the lower kind of pleasures that the world seems to provide and will be free for thinking about me).

“With this background the seeker will have profound adherence in respect of nine ways leading to My Bhakti (which we will come to know in full detail later when Lord meets Shabari and tells her) and would develop interest in and liking for My Leelas (the various interesting episodes that display His supreme conduct and playful activities). His would have deep affection for the lotus feet of saints and would sing and chant for the sake of Lord with his heart, body and speech totally engaged, on a regular basis.

“He would serve Me through profound service rendered to the gods, the parents, family and the Guru believing that they are no different from Me. While singing My glories he would have flow of tears. emotions would reflect in his trembling voice and his entire body would get thrilled. He would get over the lustful desires etc and would be free of egoistic tendencies and fallacy of any kind. I am bound to be under control of such a one at all times i e they might mould Me in any way they like but they do always hold wish of Lord as their command and place their speech, action and heart, all  to conform to My idea and dictate besides doing Bhajan etc (praises and Japa) for My sake without an iota of selfish desires.

We have now covered up to Doha 16 of Aranya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DXLVII

July 11, 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

थोरेहि महँ सब कहउँ बुझाई। सुनहु तात मति मन चित लाई।।
मैं अरु मोर तोर तैं माया। जेहिं बस कीन्हे जीव निकाया।।
गो गोचर जहँ लगि मन जाई। सो सब माया जानेहु भाई।।
तेहि कर भेद सुनहु तुम्ह सोऊ। बिद्या अपर अबिद्या दोऊ।।
एक दुष्ट अतिसय दुखरूपा। जा बस जीव परा भवकूपा।।
एक रचइ जग गुन बस जाकें। प्रभु प्रेरित नहिं निज बल ताकें।।
ग्यान मान जहँ एकउ नाहीं। देख ब्रह्म समान सब माही।।
कहिअ तात सो परम बिरागी। तृन सम सिद्धि तीनि गुन त्यागी।।
दो0-माया ईस न आपु कहुँ जान कहिअ सो जीव।
बंध मोच्छ प्रद सर्बपर माया प्रेरक सीव।।15।।

This is further to Doha 14 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit manas of Tulsidas which we covered in the last post.

Shri Ram responding to discreet inquiry made by Lakshman by saying, “O Taat (my young brother), I will explain it all to you in a brief manner and you should be ready to listen to what I say with open mind remaining intellectually present and ready to absorb it for enriching your inner conscience.

“The whole idea of ‘I’ and ‘mine’, ‘you’ and ‘your’ in its its limited sense is the root cause of illusion (Maya), which holds its sway over the entire range of beings. Besides it the senses and whatever is seen and perceived by senses and is absorbed by mind is also Maya (the unreal).

“You may now know the division of that ‘Maya’ which has two parts known as Vidya Maya (the power of knowledge) and Avidya Maya (the spell of ignorance that keeps confused). Of these two, one is vile, a terribly upsetting force under influence of which the Jeevas (beings) fall in the trap called the world. But one of these is that power which creates this world and has control over Gunas (three kind of orientation known as Sattva, Rajas and Tamas) but you must also know that this power is power that belongs to Supreme Lord only and is guided by Him without enjoying any independent liberty.

“Those who have dropped egoistic pride totally and therefore begin to see presence of the same Supreme Reality in all alike i e consider every thing and being as the manifestation of the Lord Himself. Such people only can really be called as ‘Viraagi’ i e dispassionate and totally balanced in their views and approach and such people only can reject any command and claim over supernatural powers that might be acquired through some means treating such power as good as a blade of grass only and also remain unaffected by the three Gunas that force the ordinary people in to any kind of action with selfish purpose.

“The Jeeva are a such being who do not know Ishwara (God), its Maya and neither know who they themselves really are (because if they have knowledge about these they will be one with the Lord only) and Shiva (God), who controls the Maya as its guide and is source of entire power of ‘Maya’, liberates or keeps in bondage according to what the Jeevas deserve  as a result of their ‘actions’ (over which Jeevas are supposed to have control over).”

(Shri Ram here referred Gos as Shiva because he did not wish to lay stress on the fact that He was that God Himself and let Shiva be that God. It is also to understood as a fact that Shiva and Ram are not different, Shiva is Lord of Universe and exercises all powers of Ram, and Ram is Lord of all universes.)

We have now covered up to Doha 15 of Aranya Kand.

 

Bhavai Shankar ki jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DXLVI

July 10, 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

जब ते राम कीन्ह तहँ बासा। सुखी भए मुनि बीती त्रासा।।
गिरि बन नदीं ताल छबि छाए। दिन दिन प्रति अति हौहिं सुहाए।।
खग मृग बृंद अनंदित रहहीं। मधुप मधुर गंजत छबि लहहीं।।
सो बन बरनि न सक अहिराजा। जहाँ प्रगट रघुबीर बिराजा।।
एक बार प्रभु सुख आसीना। लछिमन बचन कहे छलहीना।।
सुर नर मुनि सचराचर साईं। मैं पूछउँ निज प्रभु की नाई।।
मोहि समुझाइ कहहु सोइ देवा। सब तजि करौं चरन रज सेवा।।
कहहु ग्यान बिराग अरु माया। कहहु सो भगति करहु जेहिं दाया।।
दो0- ईस्वर जीव भेद प्रभु सकल कहौ समुझाइ।।
जातें होइ चरन रति सोक मोह भ्रम जाइ।।14।।

This is further to Doha 13 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas which we covered in the last post.

Since after Shri Ram settled at the spot known as Panchvati, the Munis in that region became happy and assured, their troubles and anxieties ended. The beauty and charm of the hills, forest, river and ponds enhanced due to presence of Shri Ram, every passing day. The birds and animals displayed greater charm and cheer and the humming of bees became intoxicating. Naturally, to describe the charms and beauties of the forest where Raghuveer Shri Ram stayed in person would be difficult for even Sheshnaag  (the king of snakes having thousands of mouths would find it difficult because the surroundings there now had reflection of super natural effect, due to presence the Supreme Lord, that went beyond the words).

Once Lord Shri Ram was sitting in comfortable pose; Lakshman chose this time to posed some simple and innocent questions to Shri Ram and said, “O Lord of gods, humans, Munis and other animate and inanimate world, You are my own Lord as well hence I ask to settle some doubts of mine. O Provider, kindly duly explain me some points in a manner that I grasp the meaning of it all and with that understanding lose all interest in every other thing and engage myself only in service of dust of Your feet. You may please give me low down on what is the knowledge that liberates, what really is to have dispassion and detachment and what really is Maya i e Your Mayic power. Further kindly tell me what exactly is that devotion which makes You shower Your grace.”

“I request You to tell in understandable detail also the difference between Ishwara (the God) and Jeeva (the beings) and what kind of relationship they have. When I know and understand all this i will have more affection towards Your feet and all my obsession and attachment for worldly things and relationships will drop as it will remove all kind of doubts and illusive thinking on my part.”

We have now covered up to Doha 15 of Aranya Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Kop Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DXLV

July 8, 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

 

तब रघुबीर कहा मुनि पाहीं। तुम्ह सन प्रभु दुराव कछु नाही।।
तुम्ह जानहु जेहि कारन आयउँ। ताते तात न कहि समुझायउँ।।
अब सो मंत्र देहु प्रभु मोही। जेहि प्रकार मारौं मुनिद्रोही।।
मुनि मुसकाने सुनि प्रभु बानी। पूछेहु नाथ मोहि का जानी।।
तुम्हरेइँ भजन प्रभाव अघारी। जानउँ महिमा कछुक तुम्हारी।।
ऊमरि तरु बिसाल तव माया। फल ब्रह्मांड अनेक निकाया।।
जीव चराचर जंतु समाना। भीतर बसहि न जानहिं आना।।
ते फल भच्छक कठिन कराला। तव भयँ डरत सदा सोउ काला।।
ते तुम्ह सकल लोकपति साईं। पूँछेहु मोहि मनुज की नाईं।।
यह बर मागउँ कृपानिकेता। बसहु हृदयँ श्री अनुज समेता।।
अबिरल भगति बिरति सतसंगा। चरन सरोरुह प्रीति अभंगा।।
जद्यपि ब्रह्म अखंड अनंता। अनुभव गम्य भजहिं जेहि संता।।
अस तव रूप बखानउँ जानउँ। फिरि फिरि सगुन ब्रह्म रति मानउँ।।
संतत दासन्ह देहु बड़ाई। तातें मोहि पूँछेहु रघुराई।।
है प्रभु परम मनोहर ठाऊँ। पावन पंचबटी तेहि नाऊँ।।
दंडक बन पुनीत प्रभु करहू। उग्र साप मुनिबर कर हरहू।।
बास करहु तहँ रघुकुल राया। कीजे सकल मुनिन्ह पर दाया।।
चले राम मुनि आयसु पाई। तुरतहिं पंचबटी निअराई।।
दो0-गीधराज सैं भैंट भइ बहु बिधि प्रीति बढ़ाइ।।
गोदावरी निकट प्रभु रहे परन गृह छाइ।।13।।

This is further to Doha 12 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas which we covered in the last post.

While sitting in midst of Munis in the ashram Shri Ram told Muni Agastya, “O Master, there is nothing that needs to be concealed from you and you already know what is my purpose of coming deep in the forest hence I am not telling it in detail, O Taat (father like). My lord, I now beg you to enrich me with that wisdom with which I would be able to kill the tormentors of Munis.”

(Shri Ram here wished to honor the Rishi who had acquired all the knowledge and had digested it. Shri Ram here indicates that such people should always be consulted before launching any big program of action.)

The Muni smiled after listening what the Lord had said and replied, “O Lord, what makes you feel that I should be asked for such advice (Muni meant to convey that he knew that Shri Ram was the Supreme Lord of Universe and knew everything and had power to do whatever He wished).

“It is only on account of my remembering You with devotion that I have come know some aspects of Your glories (which none can claim to know all about).

“Your Maya of immense proportions has countless universes hanging here and there like a Umar (Udumbara) tree has many small fruits hanging. The Jeevas (beings), moving and non-moving, are like those small insects in side the fruits which remain without any awareness that there are other fruits also which have insects similarly.

“The element of time, dreadful and formidable, which eats away these fruit like universes routinely, is itself under Your total control and has fear of You (i e You rule over that time which eliminates the creation of most powerful Maya). You, the master of the gods which manage the worlds, now ask me like an ordinary person, isn’t it strange.”

Muni next prayed saying, “O Merciful One, I seek this boon from You that you stay in my heart along with Bhagwati Sita and younger brother Lakshman; I wish to have profound Bhakti (devotion to You), dispassion and company of saints and my affection towards Your lotus feet should be continuous without a breach.

“Though You the Brahman (the Supreme Lord), without any divisions and limitless in dimensions (hence to know You entirely is impossible) yet the great saints know You by means of experiencing facets of You; that’s how nurse and keep their devotional thoughts about You. I also know You in this way and explain to my disciples as such but always come back to admiring Your qualified form (as Ramavatar and other avatars).

“Raghuraj,You are known to always encourage and exalt Your devoted servants and therefore You have taken trouble to ask me. O Lord, I would now tell, as You want me to, that there is one heart stealing but holy spot known as ‘Panchvati’ (spot that has five types of trees) but lies in Dandak forest (this forest is infested by the demons and is field of there activity). Lord, let it become sacred again by Your presence and end its suffering due to curse (of Guru Shukracharya, the Guru of demons).

“The Superior one among Raghus, You may, by living there, help and oblige all the Munis showing Your mercy.”

Shri Ram took note of the command of Muni and proceeded towards that point and reached near it shortly. In the precincts of the place, Lord met with Jatau, the king of vultures, and developed a relationship of love with it and thereafter settled in a hut near the banks of river Godavari.

We have now covered up to Doha 13 of Aranya kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DXLIV

July 5, 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

 

एवमस्तु करि रमानिवासा। हरषि चले कुभंज रिषि पासा।।
बहुत दिवस गुर दरसन पाएँ। भए मोहि एहिं आश्रम आएँ।।
अब प्रभु संग जाउँ गुर पाहीं। तुम्ह कहँ नाथ निहोरा नाहीं।।
देखि कृपानिधि मुनि चतुराई। लिए संग बिहसै द्वौ भाई।।
पंथ कहत निज भगति अनूपा। मुनि आश्रम पहुँचे सुरभूपा।।
तुरत सुतीछन गुर पहिं गयऊ। करि दंडवत कहत अस भयऊ।।
नाथ कौसलाधीस कुमारा। आए मिलन जगत आधारा।।
राम अनुज समेत बैदेही। निसि दिनु देव जपत हहु जेही।।
सुनत अगस्ति तुरत उठि धाए। हरि बिलोकि लोचन जल छाए।।
मुनि पद कमल परे द्वौ भाई। रिषि अति प्रीति लिए उर लाई।।
सादर कुसल पूछि मुनि ग्यानी। आसन बर बैठारे आनी।।
पुनि करि बहु प्रकार प्रभु पूजा। मोहि सम भाग्यवंत नहिं दूजा।।
जहँ लगि रहे अपर मुनि बृंदा। हरषे सब बिलोकि सुखकंदा।।
दो0-मुनि समूह महँ बैठे सन्मुख सब की ओर।
सरद इंदु तन चितवत मानहुँ निकर चकोर।।12।।

This is further to Doha 11 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas which we covered in the last post.

Lord, the Ramaniwas (abode of Rama, as Lakshmi is known and the Lord who resides in heart of Rama) delightfully granting the Muni what he wanted said, “so be it,” and happily proceeded to meet Rishi Kumbhaj. Sutikshna accompanied Lord Ram too and retorted, “It has been long since I have seen my Guru (Rishi Kumbhaj) after coming to this ashram. I will come with You, my master, to visit him and it is for this reason that I am going with You, there is nothing that I ask You by way of help.”

Shri Ram, the gracious one, noted the smartness of Muni and both brothers laughed but took him along. On the way Shri Ram, the one who is above the gods, explained to Muni the uniqueness and benefits of the Bhakti at His own feet and finally reached Muni’s ashram. Sutikshna, wasting no time, rushed to see his Guru and told him while prostrating, “O Master, the suns of the King of Ayodhya, the same who provides the basis for survival of the world i e Shri Ram and the other who holds the earth as its base i e Lakshman have come to meet you. Shri Ram, accompanied by younger brother and  Bhagwati Sita, is right out there whom you all the time remember and do Japa for, O My Benefactor.”

Listening to these words, Muni Agastya rushed out side and finding Lord Hari right before him, he had tears in his eyes. The two brothers fell at the feet of Muni as soon as they saw him and Rishi Agastya lifted them up with great affection and brought them close to heart. The learned Muni then respectfully inquired of their welfare and also made them sit at nice seats. Then Muni paid homage to the Lord by worshiping Him in many ways and said, “there is none as lucky as me.” All the Munis who had gathered there felt very pleased at having Darshan of the Lord who at this moment was a like bundle of joy and pleasure for them.

The Lord now seated facing the Munis was being looked at with concentration by Munis  as if a group of Chakores were looking at the moon in the clear skies of night in month of autumn.

(The background of the story is that Sutikshna as young disciple had once been entrusted by Muni Agastya to take care of Shaligram (a small black stone that is worshiped as a form of Lord Vishnu) while he was going out. Up on his return Muni found that Sutikshna had misplaced it. Enraged Muni then asked Sutikshna to leave ashram and come back only when it was found. Sutikshna therefore lived in forest since then only expecting that one day he will have occasion to meet his Guru and it was today that occasion had come; he could not be able to find that small stone which he had misplaced but now had with him the same Lord in person whose presence it symbolized. Thus he had right to report back to Muni and introduce the Lord to him. In this light we can see how Muni Agastya put a non-serious disciple on course to find the Lord and also the determination of the disciple, his faith in Guru and high level of his patience.)

We have now covered up to Doha 12 of Aranya Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal


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