Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXVI

March 28, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

काम कोह मद मान न मोहा। लोभ न छोभ न राग न द्रोहा।।
जिन्ह कें कपट दंभ नहिं माया। तिन्ह कें हृदय बसहु रघुराया।।
सब के प्रिय सब के हितकारी। दुख सुख सरिस प्रसंसा गारी।।
कहहिं सत्य प्रिय बचन बिचारी। जागत सोवत सरन तुम्हारी।।
तुम्हहि छाड़ि गति दूसरि नाहीं। राम बसहु तिन्ह के मन माहीं।।
जननी सम जानहिं परनारी। धनु पराव बिष तें बिष भारी।।
जे हरषहिं पर संपति देखी। दुखित होहिं पर बिपति बिसेषी।।
जिन्हहि राम तुम्ह प्रानपिआरे। तिन्ह के मन सुभ सदन तुम्हारे।।
दो0-स्वामि सखा पितु मातु गुर जिन्ह के सब तुम्ह तात।
मन मंदिर तिन्ह कें बसहु सीय सहित दोउ भ्रात।।130।।

We covered up to Doha 130 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Muni Valmiki explained to Shri Ram who were those worthy people in whose heart He must stay. Here Muni is telling all what are the qualities that would endear one to Shri Ram or how can one achieve that kind of purity in heart that will make Shri Ram’s form shine in their hearts never to leave it. Muni also beseeching Shri Ram on behalf of different categories of Bhaktas (devotees) to be graceful enough to make their hearts His home.

अवगुन तजि सब के गुन गहहीं। बिप्र धेनु हित संकट सहहीं।।
नीति निपुन जिन्ह कइ जग लीका। घर तुम्हार तिन्ह कर मनु नीका।।
गुन तुम्हार समुझइ निज दोसा। जेहि सब भाँति तुम्हार भरोसा।।
राम भगत प्रिय लागहिं जेही। तेहि उर बसहु सहित बैदेही।।
जाति पाँति धनु धरम बड़ाई। प्रिय परिवार सदन सुखदाई।।
सब तजि तुम्हहि रहइ उर लाई। तेहि के हृदयँ रहहु रघुराई।।
सरगु नरकु अपबरगु समाना। जहँ तहँ देख धरें धनु बाना।।
करम बचन मन राउर चेरा। राम करहु तेहि कें उर डेरा।।
दो0-जाहि न चाहिअ कबहुँ कछु तुम्ह सन सहज सनेहु।
बसहु निरंतर तासु मन सो राउर निज गेहु।।131।।

Muni Valmiki further recounts qualities of those whose hearts deserve to be home for Shri Ram and says, “The right and excellent home for Your stay is the heart of those who strive to correct the fault in their own character or behavior and always identify the good qualities in others and imbibe them; who don’t mind suffering for the sake of Vipras and the cows; who dexterously follow the right path and policy and set it as a good example for others in the world.

“I wish You to stay along with Sita in the hearts of those who think that any virtues in them are due to Your grace but the faults are his own and need to be dropped and who depend entirely on You (for getting strength for the removal of such faults because the faults can’t be dropped just on own strength as otherwise such faults would not have been acquired in the first place); who love and respect the Ram Bhaktas i e Your own devotees.

“Who don’t have their ego bolstered on account of their high-caste or lineage, their wealth or their own Dharam (i e the religious superiority or superiority in religious order) and their being famous and praised; who are always ready to leave their loving families and their comfortable homes and all other belongings and positions at any time when these thing come in conflict with Your remaining in their hearts i e when these things are no more conducive for living a life devoted to You and are left without a second thought), the hearts of such people should be lived in by You.

“For whom the heaven and hell or even the state of liberation carries no attraction so long as they are able to picture You keeping the bow and arrow as their protector and who by deed, by speech and by thought only remain Your followers and devotees, O Ram, make their hearts Your resting place.

“Lastly, who do not ask for anything else other than a natural love in their hearts for You, You must, O Ram, remain in their hearts at all times because that in particular are like Your own home.”

(Here we saw Muni Valmiki go at length while suggesting to Shri Ram His possible homes; this he did to convey to people how Ram can be made to dwell in hearts and also pleaded with Ram to not ignore people with such traits and shower His graces on them. In this manner we all precisely know what matters in the path of devotion that would never fail one; this removes confusions in our mind about our duties and practices and give holistic idea about dos and don’ts.)

We have now covered up to Doha 131 Ayodhya Kand.

एहि बिधि मुनिबर भवन देखाए। बचन सप्रेम राम मन भाए।।
कह मुनि सुनहु भानुकुलनायक। आश्रम कहउँ समय सुखदायक।।
चित्रकूट गिरि करहु निवासू। तहँ तुम्हार सब भाँति सुपासू।।
सैलु सुहावन कानन चारू। करि केहरि मृग बिहग बिहारू।।
नदी पुनीत पुरान बखानी। अत्रिप्रिया निज तपबल आनी।।
सुरसरि धार नाउँ मंदाकिनि। जो सब पातक पोतक डाकिनि।।
अत्रि आदि मुनिबर बहु बसहीं। करहिं जोग जप तप तन कसहीं।।
चलहु सफल श्रम सब कर करहू। राम देहु गौरव गिरिबरहू।।
दो0-चित्रकूट महिमा अमित कहीं महामुनि गाइ।
आए नहाए सरित बर सिय समेत दोउ भाइ।।132।।

Great Muni Valmiki in this manner showed Shri Ram the various possible homes where Shri Ram would not feel awkward and uncomfortable, in very pleasing words and Shri Ram also liked those homes as being appealing to Himself i e endorsed hearts of them all whom Muni referred, as being his homes. Muni Valmiki then told Shri Ram, “O the leader of the Raghu’s family, I would now tell You the living place that would be comfortable and safe considering the delicacy of the time. You may get settled on Mountain Chitrakoot where You will find all conveniences nearby. Its beautiful and likable hill which is surrounded by beautiful forest in which elephants, lions, other animals and birds etc roam about i e its a pristine place unspoiled by human activity. There a stream which is pious and which finds reference in Puranas too, it was brought on earth by strength of the Tapa done by the consort of Attri Muni. It is known as Mandakini and is tributary to Ganga, that Ganga which destroys all sins like an infant being killed by mighty witch. There many great Munis like Attri and others live and do their Japa, Tapa and Yoga etc by straining their bodies and by making it strong in the process. If You proceed in that direction You will reward these Munis for leading disciplined and strenuous lives as well as You will impart a high status to that great hill itself.”

Thus the great Muni Valmiki sang praises of Chitrakoot and its abounding glories before Shri Ram and later Shri Ram, brother Lakshman and Sita took bath after reaching the esteemed river called Mandakini.

We have now covered up to Doha 132 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXV

March 26, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Krishna,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jia Ram II

सुनि मुनि बचन प्रेम रस साने। सकुचि राम मन महुँ मुसुकाने।।
बालमीकि हँसि कहहिं बहोरी। बानी मधुर अमिअ रस बोरी।।
सुनहु राम अब कहउँ निकेता। जहाँ बसहु सिय लखन समेता।।
जिन्ह के श्रवन समुद्र समाना। कथा तुम्हारि सुभग सरि नाना।।
भरहिं निरंतर होहिं न पूरे। तिन्ह के हिय तुम्ह कहुँ गृह रूर
लोचन चातक जिन्ह करि राखे। रहहिं दरस जलधर अभिलाषे।।
निदरहिं सरित सिंधु सर भारी। रूप बिंदु जल होहिं सुखारी।।
तिन्ह के हृदय सदन सुखदायक। बसहु बंधु सिय सह रघुनायक।।
दो0-जसु तुम्हार मानस बिमल हंसिनि जीहा जासु।
मुकुताहल गुन गन चुनइ राम बसहु हियँ तासु।।128।।

We covered up to Doha 128 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that when up on wanting to know from the Muni about a suitable place for stay, Muni began to speak about Shri Ram’s real nature, about His many virtues, the real purpose behind His avatar etc and referred to His omnipresence and also posed a question back to know first where was it that Shri Ram was not present which made Shri Ram feel a bit of embarrassment at first (as naturally when one listens to own praises one get embarrassed) but then smile within because He realized that what Muni said was true also. Muni then smilingly began telling Shri Ram places where he could stay and suggested that He may well stay in hearts of those who wish to endlessly listen to His Kathas, next Muni told Shri Ram to consider for stay the hearts of those who meditate on the form of Shri Ram just to have a glimpse of Him to exclusion of all else. Further Muni suggested that Shri Ram could even stay in hearts of those pick His virtues from out His famous Leelas and sing them with their tongue.

प्रभु प्रसाद सुचि सुभग सुबासा। सादर जासु लहइ नित नासा।।
तुम्हहि निबेदित भोजन करहीं। प्रभु प्रसाद पट भूषन धरहीं।।
सीस नवहिं सुर गुरु द्विज देखी। प्रीति सहित करि बिनय बिसेषी।।
कर नित करहिं राम पद पूजा। राम भरोस हृदयँ नहि दूजा।।
चरन राम तीरथ चलि जाहीं। राम बसहु तिन्ह के मन माहीं।।
मंत्रराजु नित जपहिं तुम्हारा। पूजहिं तुम्हहि सहित परिवारा।।
तरपन होम करहिं बिधि नाना। बिप्र जेवाँइ देहिं बहु दाना।।
तुम्ह तें अधिक गुरहि जियँ जानी। सकल भायँ सेवहिं सनमानी।।
दो0-सबु करि मागहिं एक फलु राम चरन रति होउ।
तिन्ह कें मन मंदिर बसहु सिय रघुनंदन दोउ।।129।।

Muni Valmiki then explained to Shri Ram that hearts of those are good for abiding for Shri Ram and Sita who love to smell through their nostrils the fragrance of incense burned in Your temples and of other fragrant items like flowers and Chandan (fragrant paste) after offering them to Lord while worshiping the Lord everyday treating it as Prasad, as their reward; who first offer the food to You before having it themselves; who put on clothes and ornaments with Your approval and for Your pleasure; who bow down their heads before the Dwijas (i e Brahmanas), the Gurus (i e the elders and teachers) and the gods with utmost respect, humility and love; who everyday engage themselves bodily in service of the feet of the Lord who is none other than You and fully trust and rest their hopes on their Lord that is You only; who use their feet to take them to those specific places which have special status due to some special connection with You and Your Leelas i e the Teerthas.

“Who constantly take Ram-naam i e Your name which is the king of all Mantras and worship You along with their families (i e even such house-holders who live families but ensure that everyone in their family joins in Your service and worship) as well as carry on the recommended activities of Home (the offering of Samidha in fire for pleasure of gods) and Tarpan (offer water to departed manes) and offer foods to Vipras along with Dakshina (give material stuffs and money with honor) routinely and consider the Guru even more than You (because he initiates them in right path to reach You) and serve the Guru with due respect and willingness but against all this wish to have just this as reward that they develop more and more love for Your feet, both of You, O Raghunanadan Shri Ram and Sita, must make the beautiful hearts of such people as Your home to stay”, Muni Valmiki thus recommended the case of house-holders to Shri Ram out of his concern for them.

We have now covered up to Doha 129 of Ayodhya Kand.

काम कोह मद मान न मोहा। लोभ न छोभ न राग न द्रोहा।।
जिन्ह कें कपट दंभ नहिं माया। तिन्ह कें हृदय बसहु रघुराया।।
सब के प्रिय सब के हितकारी। दुख सुख सरिस प्रसंसा गारी।।
कहहिं सत्य प्रिय बचन बिचारी। जागत सोवत सरन तुम्हारी।।
तुम्हहि छाड़ि गति दूसरि नाहीं। राम बसहु तिन्ह के मन माहीं।।
जननी सम जानहिं परनारी। धनु पराव बिष तें बिष भारी।।
जे हरषहिं पर संपति देखी। दुखित होहिं पर बिपति बिसेषी।।
जिन्हहि राम तुम्ह प्रानपिआरे। तिन्ह के मन सुभ सदन तुम्हारे।।
दो0-स्वामि सखा पितु मातु गुर जिन्ह के सब तुम्ह तात।
मन मंदिर तिन्ह कें बसहु सीय सहित दोउ भ्रात।।130।।

Muni continued giving idea to Shri Ram about the suitable homes for Shri Ram and said,”Hearts of those may well be lived in by You who don’t nurture lustful desires, who are not agitated or angry for nothing, who are not intoxicated on account of their status etc, who are not arrogant or are not illusive or falsely possessive; who have no greed, who don’t resent or feel embittered, who are not covetous and who do not retaliate; who are not scheming and cunning, who are not given to falsehood nor are deceitful.

“Those who are loved by most and keep concern for most, who take the praises or the criticism with equanimity and remain balanced in times of hardship or cheerful times; who thoughtfully speak but only the truth in a pleasing manner, who seek to remain under Your shelter whether awake or sleeping (i e consciously or sub-consciously) and for whom the only refuge is You, in hearts of such people You may abide, O Ram.

“Who look at the women of others’ as respectfully as at their own mothers, who consider the wealth of others’ as deadly poison and avoid using or misappropriating it for themselves but are always happy to see others prosper and particularly feel unhappy when they see others in trouble; most of all those who love You more than their own lives, such peoples’ hearts are the auspicious abodes for You.

“Who see in You their master, their friend, their fathers or mothers and their Guru, such peoples’ hearts and minds are the perfect homes for Sita and You, the two brothers.”

We have now covered up to Doha 130 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXIV

March 24, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

देखि पाय मुनिराय तुम्हारे। भए सुकृत सब सुफल हमारे।।
अब जहँ राउर आयसु होई। मुनि उदबेगु न पावै कोई।।
मुनि तापस जिन्ह तें दुखु लहहीं। ते नरेस बिनु पावक दहहीं।।
मंगल मूल बिप्र परितोषू। दहइ कोटि कुल भूसुर रोषू।।
अस जियँ जानि कहिअ सोइ ठाऊँ। सिय सौमित्रि सहित जहँ जाऊँ।।
तहँ रचि रुचिर परन तृन साला। बासु करौ कछु काल कृपाला।।
सहज सरल सुनि रघुबर बानी। साधु साधु बोले मुनि ग्यानी।।
कस न कहहु अस रघुकुलकेतू। तुम्ह पालक संतत श्रुति सेतू।।
छं0-श्रुति सेतु पालक राम तुम्ह जगदीस माया जानकी।
जो सृजति जगु पालति हरति रूख पाइ कृपानिधान की।।
जो सहससीसु अहीसु महिधरु लखनु सचराचर धनी।
सुर काज धरि नरराज तनु चले दलन खल निसिचर अनी।।
सो0-राम सरुप तुम्हार बचन अगोचर बुद्धिपर।
अबिगत अकथ अपार नेति नित निगम कह।।126।।

We covered up to Doha 127 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Shri Ram told Muni Valmiki that He was happy and felt rewarded after meeting the great Muni and then wished to be guided by Muni about a place that He might stay at during the period of exile but where none of the Sadhus and seekers would be disturbed as He knew that those king who give trouble to such people harm themselves. He wished to live there very simply and only for limited time. Muni appreciated Shri Ram’s simplicity and said that it was only natural for Shri Ram to say so as He happens to be the one to uphold the principles enshrined in Vedas. Muni also told Shri Ram that he knew the reality of Shri Ram that He only is the Lord of Universe and Sita happens to be His inseparable Maya who is responsible for creation, existence and its disappearance as per His own will and the brother Lakshman is none other than Sheshnaag, the lord of all animate and inanimate objects of the world who keeps the earth stable on His fang and that He has taken avatar as a king of the world only to kill the army of demons. Muni also revealed that Shri Ram was that supreme being who can’t be defined in words or understood by intellect, who is present since ever and will ever be there and is referred by Vedas by negating the unreal for pointing out what is real which is not wholly describable.

जगु पेखन तुम्ह देखनिहारे। बिधि हरि संभु नचावनिहारे।।
तेउ न जानहिं मरमु तुम्हारा। औरु तुम्हहि को जाननिहारा।।
सोइ जानइ जेहि देहु जनाई। जानत तुम्हहि तुम्हइ होइ जाई।।
तुम्हरिहि कृपाँ तुम्हहि रघुनंदन। जानहिं भगत भगत उर चंदन।।
चिदानंदमय देह तुम्हारी। बिगत बिकार जान अधिकारी।।
नर तनु धरेहु संत सुर काजा। कहहु करहु जस प्राकृत राजा।।
राम देखि सुनि चरित तुम्हारे। जड़ मोहहिं बुध होहिं सुखारे।।
तुम्ह जो कहहु करहु सबु साँचा। जस काछिअ तस चाहिअ नाचा।।
दो0-पूँछेहु मोहि कि रहौं कहँ मैं पूँछत सकुचाउँ।
जहँ न होहु तहँ देहु कहि तुम्हहि देखावौं ठाउँ।।127।।

Muni Valmiki further said to Shri Ram, “This visible world is Your creation, You make it appear and its constantly under Your watch, even Brahma, Vishnu and Shiv who are known to be its creator, its sustainer and its destroyer, are also under Your command and act out according to Your will, the ultimate reality of You remains not fully known to even them, who else than claim to know You in totality. The fact is that only a one knows You whom You Yourselves make it known (by Your grace, after his heart is totally pure and receptive) and after knowing the reality of Yours he does not remain separate as an identity but becomes Your own part (as in reality every being is). So, O Raghunandan Shri Ram, its Your grace that makes Your devotees know You (not their own efforts which only work to purify the hearts of them), You are that soothing and calming effect on the hearts of Your devotees (You are that fragrant balm that they apply on their troubled hearts after worshiping You i e keep their hearts attached with You).

“That Your body is entirely consciousness and bliss without any impurity or subject to aging etc (even while You appear in the human form) is the reality that only the competent and enlightened people who have kept company of saints and followed righteous path can grasp. They fully understand that You have assumed the form of a human body only for purpose of accomplishing tasks in interest of sages and the gods and You speak and act like a king of the world.

“O Ram, looking at Your wanderings and deeds and those who would listen to stories of Your life as Ram might confuse and puzzle the unintelligent people of fixed minds but would amuse and delight the ones who are intelligent and ponder. Truly what You speak and wish to do is right only because it only justifies that one puts a show before people according to the make-up and dress he dons on the stage of the world (in a way confirming that the roles natural to one birth and place should never be neglected).

“Coming to Your inquiry about where should You put up and stay, I first meekly wish to ask You to tell me where You are not already (i e You are omnipresent) only then I would be able to suggest where You might now go to logde.”

(Muni Valmiki, the first poet, was contemporary of Shri Ram, however he knew the reality of Shri Ram and keenly followed the course of Shri Ram’s life and covered in the epic called ‘Valmiki Ramayan’ in beautiful verses. Tulsidas has cautioned us already that historical aspect should not deter us in finding the deeper spiritual message out of Leelas of Shri Ram, Muni Valmiki also says here some thing like that.)

We have now covered up to Doha 127 of Ayodhya Kand.

सुनि मुनि बचन प्रेम रस साने। सकुचि राम मन महुँ मुसुकाने।।
बालमीकि हँसि कहहिं बहोरी। बानी मधुर अमिअ रस बोरी।।
सुनहु राम अब कहउँ निकेता। जहाँ बसहु सिय लखन समेता।।
जिन्ह के श्रवन समुद्र समाना। कथा तुम्हारि सुभग सरि नाना।।
भरहिं निरंतर होहिं न पूरे। तिन्ह के हिय तुम्ह कहुँ गृह रूरे।।
लोचन चातक जिन्ह करि राखे। रहहिं दरस जलधर अभिलाषे।।
निदरहिं सरित सिंधु सर भारी। रूप बिंदु जल होहिं सुखारी।।
तिन्ह के हृदय सदन सुखदायक। बसहु बंधु सिय सह रघुनायक।।
दो0-जसु तुम्हार मानस बिमल हंसिनि जीहा जासु।
मुकुताहल गुन गन चुनइ राम बसहु हियँ तासु।।128।।

Listening to the words of Muni which were laced with love for Shri Ram Himself, Shri Ram felt a bit of embarrassment but still smiled within (for Muni had spoken the truth about Him). Muni Valmiki then laughed but continued speaking in very sweet, nectar like, voice and said, “Ram, I would now tell You the abodes that can be used for Your stay along with Sita and Lakshman. The first one is the heart of someone whose ears are like an ocean in which the beautiful streams of Your Kathas continuously fall in to but still can’t make it overflow, it surely is Your nice house to stay in (Muni meant that the people who keep interest alive in Ram-Katha deserve to keep Ram, Sita and Lakshman in their hearts hence oblige them).

“The hearts of those are very much fit as the comfortable house where You might stay who have made their eyes like Chatak-bird that craves for a drop of water by looking with desire at the rain-cloud ignoring rivers and oceans of ordinary water as they also wish to have a glimpse of Your beauty for their satisfaction while ignore all that might be beautiful in the world to look at (Muni here wished Shri Ram to oblige those saints who do Tapa just to have the Darshan of Lord Shri Ram).

“Your famous Leelas are kept stored in their pure minds by some like pure water remains stored in Manasarovar lake and they pick some more interesting ones covering pristine virtues of Yours to be sung by them like the swan that picks beautiful pearls from the bed of the lake, in such peoples’ hearts You must dwell (Muni wished Shri Ram to oblige those who reflect on Ram-Kathas and pick Shri Ram’s glorious virtues to be sung by them as they too deserve to have Shri Ram in their hearts).

We have now covered up to Doha 128 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khnadelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXIII

March 23, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

अजहुँ जासु उर सपनेहुँ काऊ। बसहुँ लखनु सिय रामु बटाऊ।।
राम धाम पथ पाइहि सोई। जो पथ पाव कबहुँ मुनि कोई।।
तब रघुबीर श्रमित सिय जानी। देखि निकट बटु सीतल पानी।।
तहँ बसि कंद मूल फल खाई। प्रात नहाइ चले रघुराई।।
देखत बन सर सैल सुहाए। बालमीकि आश्रम प्रभु आए।।
राम दीख मुनि बासु सुहावन। सुंदर गिरि काननु जलु पावन।।
सरनि सरोज बिटप बन फूले। गुंजत मंजु मधुप रस भूले।।
खग मृग बिपुल कोलाहल करहीं। बिरहित बैर मुदित मन चरहीं।।
दो0-सुचि सुंदर आश्रमु निरखि हरषे राजिवनेन।
सुनि रघुबर आगमनु मुनि आगें आयउ लेन।।124।।

We covered up to Doha 124 of Ayodhya Knad in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita as the vagabond travelers going in to the jungles after leaving Ayodhya looked so charmingly beautiful that their picture when even today is visualized by some in their dreams, they find a path to take them directly in to the abode of Shri Ram, in the realm of the God Himself. On way when Sita was tired Shri Ram stayed under a shaded tree where there was water source nearby for the night and resumed journey after bathing etc in the morning; Shri Ram soon reached near very neat and attractive Ashram of Muni Valmiki in midst of attractive natural surroundings and felt very pleased. Muni Valmiki rushed to meet as soon as he got the news of Shri Ram approaching the precincts of his Ashram.

मुनि कहुँ राम दंडवत कीन्हा। आसिरबादु बिप्रबर दीन्हा।।
देखि राम छबि नयन जुड़ाने। करि सनमानु आश्रमहिं आने।।
मुनिबर अतिथि प्रानप्रिय पाए। कंद मूल फल मधुर मगाए।।
सिय सौमित्रि राम फल खाए। तब मुनि आश्रम दिए सुहाए।।
बालमीकि मन आनँदु भारी। मंगल मूरति नयन निहारी।।
तब कर कमल जोरि रघुराई। बोले बचन श्रवन सुखदाई।।
तुम्ह त्रिकाल दरसी मुनिनाथा। बिस्व बदर जिमि तुम्हरें हाथा।।
अस कहि प्रभु सब कथा बखानी। जेहि जेहि भाँति दीन्ह बनु रानी।।
दो0-तात बचन पुनि मातु हित भाइ भरत अस राउ।
मो कहुँ दरस तुम्हार प्रभु सबु मम पुन्य प्रभाउ।।125।।

As soon Shri Ram saw Muni He prostrated before him reverentially and Muni in turn gave Him his blessings. The charming beauty of Shri Ram made Muni’s eyes feel comfort and great pleasure by looking at Him; he welcomed Shri Ram and invited inside the Ashram. Now Muni had guests who were more dear to him than his own life hence he asked for edible roots, stems and sweet fruits to be offered to them. Sita, Lakshman and Shri Ram had the offered fruits first and only then Muni placed them in comfortable quarters in Ashram for rest etc. Valmiki felt a great surge of joy in his heart when he keenly observed the benevolent and auspicious form of Shri Ram. Noting that Muni was engrossed in his thought Shri Ram wished to talk to Muni and therefore folding lotus hands He spoke in words which were very pleasant to listen and said, “O Muninath (the protector of Munis and my master as a great Muni), you have capacity of looking in all the stages of time i e the past, the present and the future (thereby acknowledging the high spiritual status of Muni), you hold the world as an sphere placed on the palm of your hand (suggesting that he knows what goes on in the world and why as he has looked at it from many different angles and that way trying to give an inkling about what he was about to say and to reduce its dire impact).

Afterwards Shri Ram related the whole story covering details of how Kaikeyi, the queen mother, wished Him to go to forest etc. and later gave the Muni His own piece of mind that He was lucky to have the benefits of having occasion to keep the honor of word of father, of giving mother what she wanted for her own sake, of Ayodhya having a king like his own brother Bharat and lastly, of having the occasion to meet His own master, Muni Valmiki and said might be its all the result of His noble deeds performed some time in past.

(While talking to Muni on the sensitive subject of his exile Shri Ram did not twist the facts as it is not wise to impose own views while telling some thing related to once life to people falling in category of Gurus,seniors or great Mahatmas. Only later Shri Ram conveyed that whatever had happened had not upset Him and He mentioned the positive aspects of the same event. This is how we should also see all happenings because nothing ever happens that does not have positive aspects and life can be built up afresh nicely on such aspects.)

We have now covered up to Doha 125 of Ayodhya Kand.

देखि पाय मुनिराय तुम्हारे। भए सुकृत सब सुफल हमारे।।
अब जहँ राउर आयसु होई। मुनि उदबेगु न पावै कोई।।
मुनि तापस जिन्ह तें दुखु लहहीं। ते नरेस बिनु पावक दहहीं।।
मंगल मूल बिप्र परितोषू। दहइ कोटि कुल भूसुर रोषू।।
अस जियँ जानि कहिअ सोइ ठाऊँ। सिय सौमित्रि सहित जहँ जाऊँ।।
तहँ रचि रुचिर परन तृन साला। बासु करौ कछु काल कृपाला।।
सहज सरल सुनि रघुबर बानी। साधु साधु बोले मुनि ग्यानी।।
कस न कहहु अस रघुकुलकेतू। तुम्ह पालक संतत श्रुति सेतू।।
छं0-श्रुति सेतु पालक राम तुम्ह जगदीस माया जानकी।
जो सृजति जगु पालति हरति रूख पाइ कृपानिधान की।।
जो सहससीसु अहीसु महिधरु लखनु सचराचर धनी।
सुर काज धरि नरराज तनु चले दलन खल निसिचर अनी।।
सो0-राम सरुप तुम्हार बचन अगोचर बुद्धिपर।
अबिगत अकथ अपार नेति नित निगम कह।।126।।

Without blaming or complaining Shri Ram further told Muni Valmiki, “O Great Muni, by looking at your feet it seems to me that I have been rewarded for all my noble and good deeds done so far. I now need your consent and sanction to move on and settle down at some place in the woods where none of the Munis will be disturbed. I know if a king puts the ascetics and the recluse to troubles (by their presence which disturbs them in their spiritual pursuits) is inviting trouble, such kings burn themselves with out fire i e themselves suffer on account of uninvited wrath of these people. The real welfare of the kings and their kingdoms lies in keeping the learned and selfless philosophers happy and satisfied and otherwise the same gods of earth destroy all chances of its happening by their agitation and anger.

“Thus please weigh the pros and cons and suggest a place where I can go along with Sita and younger brother Saumitra Lakshman. I would have a beautiful hut thatched with leaves and straws there and would stay there for only short time, O the Mercyful Master (this way Shri Ram conveyed that His requirement was only minimal as it is never right to burden others with large demands when in trouble).”

(We must appreciate Shri Ram’s cool manner of thinking and putting the past behind while not putting himself in any pitiable situation but still seeing himself as a member of princely household who has to be keeping order like a king at all places where he happens to go or settles down. All through the period of his exile Shri Ram behaved like a king, such was his training and resolve. A bad turn in life should not break one’s morale or diminish his strength neither his prowess should make him go berserk.)

Listening to very natural approach of Raghubar Shri Ram and his straight talk the learned as well as enlightened Muni exclaimed, “Very Right, you have talked only sense and why not, you are the one among the Raghus who holds the flag of glory keeping it fly high, you are one who maintains equilibrium and connects people to vast knowledge enshrined in Vedas (i e you are the one who know the crux of Vedas and have ability to practically demonstrate by your actions and deeds for people to try and live the principles laid down in Vedas).”

Muni Valmiki further praised Shri Ram as the Lord of Universe and His purpose of coming down as avatar in human form and said, “I know, Ram, You only are the protector of Vedic principles the Lord of Universe and Janki Sita is none other than Your own Maya, the same inseparable power of Yours who creates, maintains and then makes it disappear in accordance with direction and wishes of You, the abode of mercy. And Lakshman is none other than the thousand-fanged king of serpents who holds the earth stable and is the lord of entire animate and inanimate objects of the world. You have in fact descended on earth assuming the form of a king of humans only to destroy the demonic forces in line with Your objective of keeping the cause of gods unharmed.”

Thus Muni made it clear to Shri Ram that he was aware of the purpose of Shri Ram and the reality behind his avatar in human form but Muni felt it necessary to pour out his knowledge about Shri Ram as abstract Supreme Lord for all to know it and said, “Ram, in reality Your Swarup i e real form is not possible to be described in language and nor can be fathomable by the intellect; You are ever present, undefined and endless in all Your attributes hence the Vedas are only able to suggest what You really are by saying ‘Neti, Neti’, not only this etc as nothing can be suggested to cover or explain Your whole which is boundless.”

We have now covered up to Doha 126 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXII

March 19, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri ram,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri ram Jai Ram jai jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

आगे रामु लखनु बने पाछें। तापस बेष बिराजत काछें।।
उभय बीच सिय सोहति कैसे। ब्रह्म जीव बिच माया जैसे।।
बहुरि कहउँ छबि जसि मन बसई। जनु मधु मदन मध्य रति लसई।।
उपमा बहुरि कहउँ जियँ जोही। जनु बुध बिधु बिच रोहिनि सोही।।
प्रभु पद रेख बीच बिच सीता। धरति चरन मग चलति सभीता।।
सीय राम पद अंक बराएँ। लखन चलहिं मगु दाहिन लाएँ।।
राम लखन सिय प्रीति सुहाई। बचन अगोचर किमि कहि जाई।।
खग मृग मगन देखि छबि होहीं। लिए चोरि चित राम बटोहीं।।
दो0-जिन्ह जिन्ह देखे पथिक प्रिय सिय समेत दोउ भाइ।
भव मगु अगमु अनंदु तेइ बिनु श्रम रहे सिराइ।।123।।

We covered up to Doha 123 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Mans of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Shri Ram, ahead and Lakshman behind, both clad like Munis keeping Sita in middle and walking down the forest road looked very attractive, on the spiritual plane like Maya in between the Brahman and the Jeeva. Sita was careful to only step within the foot-prints of Shri Ram and Lakshman conscious about not disturbing their foot-prints while ensuring that their foot-prints remained on the right side of his own. The underlying love for one another among Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman is not possible to be described in language i e it could only be felt in heart. Shri Ram even stole the hearts of the birds and animals of the forest; these beloved travelers, the two brothers and along with Sita, with their sight could deliver the ultimate joy of life to fellow travelers and onlookers without any rigors while living a life of difficulties otherwise.

अजहुँ जासु उर सपनेहुँ काऊ। बसहुँ लखनु सिय रामु बटाऊ।।
राम धाम पथ पाइहि सोई। जो पथ पाव कबहुँ मुनि कोई।।
तब रघुबीर श्रमित सिय जानी। देखि निकट बटु सीतल पानी।।
तहँ बसि कंद मूल फल खाई। प्रात नहाइ चले रघुराई।।
देखत बन सर सैल सुहाए। बालमीकि आश्रम प्रभु आए।।
राम दीख मुनि बासु सुहावन। सुंदर गिरि काननु जलु पावन।।
सरनि सरोज बिटप बन फूले। गुंजत मंजु मधुप रस भूले।।
खग मृग बिपुल कोलाहल करहीं। बिरहित बैर मुदित मन चरहीं।।
दो0-सुचि सुंदर आश्रमु निरखि हरषे राजिवनेन।
सुनि रघुबर आगमनु मुनि आगें आयउ लेन।।124।।

The vagabond travelers, Lakshman, Sita and Shri Ram, when visualized even today in dream and kept in heart by someone, he is able to tread him on path leading to abode of Shri Ram (because he is than able to see how Shri Ram kept the honor of word of His father, how Lakshman dispassionately came forward to serve Lord Shri Ram and how Sita refused to be separated from her master, Lord Shri Ram even in view of difficulties of living in forest; keeping Dharma in all circumstances, turning back to pleasures of the world for service of the Lord and continuously remaining near to Lord whatever the difficulties, is the path of liberation). This path leading to liberation is difficult for even the Munis and only a few of them at some point in time get to discover this path (which is discovered easily by those who appreciate the message received by pondering over the image of forest bound Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman).

After covering some distance Raghuveer Shri Ram noticed that Sita was now tired hence he looked for and found some shaded tree and source of cool water. Staying there for the night and having meal consisting of roots and fruits etc Shri Ram had bath in the morning and left for journeying ahead. On way keenly looking at the beautiful and attractive ponds, hills and the forest region Lord Shri Ram reached near the Ashram of Muni Valmiki. Shri Ram found the Ashram of Muni as very neat and charming, it was on a high ground, wooded around and with water source of its own. The lotus and flowering plants on approach to it were humming with sound of honey bees totally unaware of the world while drinking nectar (signifying the state of Muni Valmiki who away from the world was keeping his mind centered on lotus-feet of Lord). The birds and animals were making noises of their own (i e some of the people living there were busy chanting hymns of the Vedas) and these were roaming about freely and happily shedding the aggressive behavior (i e the restful times are enjoyed only when the conflict is overcome and attitude of Ahimsa is maintained).

Looking at this pious and beautiful Ashram of Muni Valmiki the lotus-eyed Lord Shri Ram became very happy (as the Lord is amused when he sees a devotee with beautiful thoughts and ego-less benign character). In the mean while Muni Valmiki got the news of arrival of Shri Ram there and came forward to welcome Him and bring Him inside (a good devotees remains aware of the moments when the Lord is about to show Himself and at that stage he doesn’t keep continuing his practices as priority at such time and wishes to get joined with Him).

We have now covered up to Doha 124of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj ko pranam!
Goswami tulsidas ki jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXI

March 19, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

नारि सनेह बिकल बस होहीं। चकई साँझ समय जनु सोहीं।।
मृदु पद कमल कठिन मगु जानी। गहबरि हृदयँ कहहिं बर बानी।।
परसत मृदुल चरन अरुनारे। सकुचति महि जिमि हृदय हमारे।।
जौं जगदीस इन्हहि बनु दीन्हा। कस न सुमनमय मारगु कीन्हा।।
जौं मागा पाइअ बिधि पाहीं। ए रखिअहिं सखि आँखिन्ह माहीं।।
जे नर नारि न अवसर आए। तिन्ह सिय रामु न देखन पाए।।
सुनि सुरुप बूझहिं अकुलाई। अब लगि गए कहाँ लगि भाई।।
समरथ धाइ बिलोकहिं जाई। प्रमुदित फिरहिं जनमफलु पाई।।
दो0-अबला बालक बृद्ध जन कर मीजहिं पछिताहिं।।
होहिं प्रेमबस लोग इमि रामु जहाँ जहँ जाहिं।।121।।

We covered up to Doha 121 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that the people who met Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman on their way while going in to jungles felt very sorry about their plight when they left them, being separated from such charming people also badly saddened them . There were some who couldn’t come in time to meet them and only listened to accounts of how they charmed everyone and how their hearts still followed them. Being bodily able some of these ran after them and came back with great satisfaction that they could have the glimpse of the travelling trio and the rest who could not have this good fortune they remained in their thought because of their description given them by those who had seen them which they reinforced by asking more and more about them. So in a way the entire populace, around the path covered by foot-prints of Shri Ram, became love drenched.

गाँव गाँव अस होइ अनंदू। देखि भानुकुल कैरव चंदू।।
जे कछु समाचार सुनि पावहिं। ते नृप रानिहि दोसु लगावहिं।।
कहहिं एक अति भल नरनाहू। दीन्ह हमहि जोइ लोचन लाहू।।
कहहिं परस्पर लोग लोगाईं। बातें सरल सनेह सुहाईं।।
ते पितु मातु धन्य जिन्ह जाए। धन्य सो नगरु जहाँ तें आए।।
धन्य सो देसु सैलु बन गाऊँ। जहँ जहँ जाहिं धन्य सोइ ठाऊँ।।
सुख पायउ बिरंचि रचि तेही। ए जेहि के सब भाँति सनेही।।
राम लखन पथि कथा सुहाई। रही सकल मग कानन छाई।।
दो0-एहि बिधि रघुकुल कमल रबि मग लोगन्ह सुख देत।
जाहिं चले देखत बिपिन सिय सौमित्रि समेत।।122।।

In villages, here and there, people rejoiced because they had occasion to see the moon like face of Shri Ram which always amused the lilies like members of the solar clan in Ayodhya. Those who were privy to happenings behind Shri Ram’s exile blamed the king and the queen for it but some of them said that the king had only done good for them as they had the benefit of having eyes as they could see Shri Ram. The people talked among themselves but in a simple and pleasing manner which was laced with affection because it centered round the journey of Shri Ram which touched their lives too.

The peopled thought highly of the parents who gave births to charming persons like Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita and thanked them for their blessed status (they were right in their assessment as Dashrath and Kaushalya had the boon of from Supreme Lord of Universe to take birth in their home as son as reward for their difficult and dedicated penance and Sita too was daughter of none other than a very advanced spiritual king Janak). They also praised the cities from where they had come from because the people in those cities had these divine characters in their midst since their birth and thereby were more blessed than they themselves were after having met Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita.

Lastly they praised also the countryside, the forests, the hillocks and the villages that were part of their journey as also those particular spots where they had stayed for rest etc.; they also thought that the creator must be feeling proud after creating those people and places that loved and came to be loved by these extra-ordinary travelers. The interesting Katha about the journey of Shri Ram since His leaving Ayodhya were being sung all over the forest land and pathways. This is the account of Shri Ram’s journey like that of bright sun which used to please the family of Raghus up till now but was giving pleasure since morning till evening to the people on his way in to the jungles along with Sita (Sita literally means ‘furrow’ and here Sita caressed peoples soft hearts and itched love over them, being daughter of earth she now walked over the earth like a child and made people happy) and Saumitra Lakshman (son of Sumitra i e Lakshman, Sumitra literally means a good friend).

We have now covered up  to Doha 122 of Ayodhya Kand.

आगे रामु लखनु बने पाछें। तापस बेष बिराजत काछें।।
उभय बीच सिय सोहति कैसे। ब्रह्म जीव बिच माया जैसे।।
बहुरि कहउँ छबि जसि मन बसई। जनु मधु मदन मध्य रति लसई।।
उपमा बहुरि कहउँ जियँ जोही। जनु बुध बिधु बिच रोहिनि सोही।।
प्रभु पद रेख बीच बिच सीता। धरति चरन मग चलति सभीता।।
सीय राम पद अंक बराएँ। लखन चलहिं मगु दाहिन लाएँ।।
राम लखन सिय प्रीति सुहाई। बचन अगोचर किमि कहि जाई।।
खग मृग मगन देखि छबि होहीं। लिए चोरि चित राम बटोहीं।।
दो0-जिन्ह जिन्ह देखे पथिक प्रिय सिय समेत दोउ भाइ।
भव मगु अगमु अनंदु तेइ बिनु श्रम रहे सिराइ।।123।।

Shri Ram and Lakshman, both looked very admirable and attractive in garb of Munis while walking down their way; Shri Ram ahead and Lakshman following but keeping Sita in the middle of them both looked like the Brahman and Jeeva with Maya in between the two (in reality Jeeva and Maya are not different, Maya is inseparable power of Brahman which acting out the will of the master creates the Jeeva-Bhaav in the embodied individual souls; when Mayic delusion is removed the difference between the Paramatma and Jeevatma gets dropped automatically therefore the world should be seen in this way i e though apparently divided but factually existing in the indivisible Supreme Lord of Universe).

Tulsi says that in his heart he thinks them like Madan (the god of love) who has made heart of Rati (consort of Madan) melt and it appears in form of month of Madhu (the vernal-month of spring). Tulsi says, “There is yet another simile that is rising up in my heart; it looks as if Rohini (consort of Moon-god, considered to be a lunar constellation) is appearing in between the Budhh (son of Moon-god i e planet mercury) and Moon itself.

Sita walked carefully stepping within the foot-prints of the Lord (Shri Ram) and Lakshman remained careful while walking to not step over the foot-prints of both, Shri Ram and Sita, always keeping their foot-prints on the right side of his own steps (this signifies the fact that Maya is always acting within the boundaries set by the Brahman but what the Brahman wants and is acted out by Maya is not supposed to be disturbed by the Jeeva; Jeevatmas have to surrender before and accept what is Lord’s will, any conflict regarding this will be a conflict with the parts of the same body of whole and will never be comforting). The underlying relationship of divine affection between Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman is such that it can not be a subject for explaining in words i e it can best be felt in inner regions of hearts when the level of devotion is unwavering and most profound.

Even the birds and the animals roaming in the forest became stunned and engrossed when they saw the beauty of Shri Ram, the wandering Lord of Universe stole their hearts as much as of those people who had better understanding (the beauty of the Shri Ram, the all pervading and timeless Lord, can be felt and enjoyed even by beings other than humans, they might not grab it just by listening to His virtues because of their limitation of understanding language but through their eyes they are able to feel its speciality in their hearts; among humans too the dumb and uneducated might not be benefited by listening to His Kathas but when that Supreme God appears in form right before their eyes they do feel the innate charm of Him).

Whoever saw the lovely and charming travelers, Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman, could reach the point of ecstatic bliss even without undergoing through entire life of difficulties; they did not have to perform many kinds of rituals or do penance of high order which require a lot of effort and providence while engaged with other onerous duties required of living life as humans.

We have now covered up to Doha 123 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

Hariom,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCCX

March 16, 2015

II Shree Gurvey 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

फिरत नारि नर अति पछिताहीं। देअहि दोषु देहिं मन माहीं।।
सहित बिषाद परसपर कहहीं। बिधि करतब उलटे सब अहहीं।।
निपट निरंकुस निठुर निसंकू। जेहिं ससि कीन्ह सरुज सकलंकू।।
रूख कलपतरु सागरु खारा। तेहिं पठए बन राजकुमारा।।
जौं पे इन्हहि दीन्ह बनबासू। कीन्ह बादि बिधि भोग बिलासू।।
ए बिचरहिं मग बिनु पदत्राना। रचे बादि बिधि बाहन नाना।।
ए महि परहिं डासि कुस पाता। सुभग सेज कत सृजत बिधाता।।
तरुबर बास इन्हहि बिधि दीन्हा। धवल धाम रचि रचि श्रमु कीन्हा।।
दो0-जौं ए मुनि पट धर जटिल सुंदर सुठि सुकुमार।
बिबिध भाँति भूषन बसन बादि किए करतार।।119।।

We covered up to Doha 119 of Ayodhya kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that the people from the nearby villages, en route, enjoyed company of Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita immensely but when they left them to continue their journey the villagers wished to accompany them out of their love for them but were regard-fully turned back. They felt very distraught now and cursed their own fate for making them now suffer separation. They also became upset about the difficulties these members of royal household were going to face; they thought about the futility of all the items of comfort and means of luxurious living if the same were not going to be used by this group of such beautiful and charming young princely descent.

जौं ए कंद मूल फल खाहीं। बादि सुधादि असन जग माहीं।।
एक कहहिं ए सहज सुहाए। आपु प्रगट भए बिधि न बनाए।।
जहँ लगि बेद कही बिधि करनी। श्रवन नयन मन गोचर बरनी।।
देखहु खोजि भुअन दस चारी। कहँ अस पुरुष कहाँ असि नारी।।
इन्हहि देखि बिधि मनु अनुरागा। पटतर जोग बनावै लागा।।
कीन्ह बहुत श्रम ऐक न आए। तेहिं इरिषा बन आनि दुराए।।
एक कहहिं हम बहुत न जानहिं। आपुहि परम धन्य करि मानहिं।।
ते पुनि पुन्यपुंज हम लेखे। जे देखहिं देखिहहिं जिन्ह देखे।।
दो0-एहि बिधि कहि कहि बचन प्रिय लेहिं नयन भरि नीर।
किमि चलिहहि मारग अगम सुठि सुकुमार सरीर।।120।।

Still not able to reconcile with the situation where Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman were on their way without having proper means, the villagers mentioned if the exiled young members of royal household were going to depend on roots and fruits etc for food then what is the use of delicious preparations in this world.

Displaying their capability of identifying the spiritual status of these divine wayfarers some said, “These must not have been created by Brahma and have just manifested on their own; all that far the Vedas say that the creator Brahma’s creation extends and which exits visibly, audibly and even imaginably, all those 14 spheres may one search over but no where one can find such (charming) man or woman. Possibly when Brahma saw them he must have found his heart filled with love for them and he must have wished to create their parallel but failed although putting endless effort without a single instance of success. Thus getting furious at his own incapacity regarding creating equals of them Brahma must have made them hide in jungles.”

(Those who had some exposure to Vedas knew that the beauty and charm that Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita carried was out-of-worldly hence beyond Brahma’s creation, in this way they rightly concluded that Brahma might have the ability to write fate of all those who appear in his world of creation and therefore could still hide them away in jungles so that people ordinarily don’t see them. It only explains that through logic one can identify the Supreme God, His inseparable Mayic power and in whose company He prefers to remain; Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman represent this divine phenomenon.)

Yet another group of people who were not very learned or intellectual types, did not wish to give deeper thought and said, “We do not know much and just consider ourselves very lucky to have had their glimpse, for us every one who now saw them, would see them or has seen them earlier is some one who has lived righteous life and has backing of doing noble deeds.”

In this way people fondly remembered them and had their eyes filled with tears; their only concern remained how would these people tread over such tough terrain as they have very elegant yet delicate bodies (our hearts should ache for the Lord and not for ourselves).

We have not covered up to Doha 120 of Ayodhya Knad.

नारि सनेह बिकल बस होहीं। चकई साँझ समय जनु सोहीं।।
मृदु पद कमल कठिन मगु जानी। गहबरि हृदयँ कहहिं बर बानी।।
परसत मृदुल चरन अरुनारे। सकुचति महि जिमि हृदय हमारे।।
जौं जगदीस इन्हहि बनु दीन्हा। कस न सुमनमय मारगु कीन्हा।।
जौं मागा पाइअ बिधि पाहीं। ए रखिअहिं सखि आँखिन्ह माहीं।।
जे नर नारि न अवसर आए। तिन्ह सिय रामु न देखन पाए।।
सुनि सुरुप बूझहिं अकुलाई। अब लगि गए कहाँ लगि भाई।।
समरथ धाइ बिलोकहिं जाई। प्रमुदित फिरहिं जनमफलु पाई।।
दो0-अबला बालक बृद्ध जन कर मीजहिं पछिताहिं।।
होहिं प्रेमबस लोग इमि रामु जहाँ जहँ जाहिं।।121।।

It was evening time and the womenfolk were particularly upset in the same manner as, in the evening time, Chakravak bird becomes restless and agitated; concerned that Sita’s lotus like feet are soft and the pathway uneven they discussed with heavy heart and said thoughtfully, “Even when touched softly Sita’s soles used to become reddish, we have seen this, may the earth become as soft for her as our hearts have become soft and impressionable just at the thought of her walking. If Jagadish (God of the world) has granted them forest for living then at least he should have strewn flowers over their path. If we deserve to ask for a boon from almighty then we would like to be able to cup them (Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman) inside our eyes (and keep them safe as well as have a look of them).”

All those who couldn’t come to enjoy this special occasion and missed to see Shri Ram and Sita, tried to know more and more when they listened of their extraordinarily beautiful form and became very disturbed about their loss; they wished to know how far they might have moved by now. The capable ones among them used to rush and see them; on their way back they used to be very happy at having had the best reward of their life time. The frail women, the children and the old people were left to just rubbing palms and repenting for their misfortune of not being physically able to run after them and enjoy their divine beauty. All along the way that Shri Ram went by, people used to come under spell of love for them (i e all those who saw them and even those who didn’t felt a surge of love for them; the moot point is to listen about the God and His charm from people who have had a glimpse of Him, this way our hearts will be filled with love for Him which is more important and would enable us to have His glimpse some time in future. It should never discourage that we were not present when the Supreme Lord appeared as avatar, His Kathas are recited by people and these Kathas should fill out hearts with love for Him just by listening).

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

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCCIX

March 13, 2015

II Shree Guruvey namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri ram Jai ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

कोटि मनोज लजावनिहारे। सुमुखि कहहु को आहिं तुम्हारे।।
सुनि सनेहमय मंजुल बानी। सकुची सिय मन महुँ मुसुकानी।।
तिन्हहि बिलोकि बिलोकति धरनी। दुहुँ सकोच सकुचित बरबरनी।।
सकुचि सप्रेम बाल मृग नयनी। बोली मधुर बचन पिकबयनी।।
सहज सुभाय सुभग तन गोरे। नामु लखनु लघु देवर मोरे।।
बहुरि बदनु बिधु अंचल ढाँकी। पिय तन चितइ भौंह करि बाँकी।।
खंजन मंजु तिरीछे नयननि। निज पति कहेउ तिन्हहि सियँ सयननि।।
भइ मुदित सब ग्रामबधूटीं। रंकन्ह राय रासि जनु लूटीं।।
दो0-अति सप्रेम सिय पायँ परि बहुबिधि देहिं असीस।
सदा सोहागिनि होहु तुम्ह जब लगि महि अहि सीस।।117।।

We covered up to Doha 117 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that when Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman passed from near villages and settled for some rest they were flocked by the people who admired their divine beauty. The village women were tempted to converse with Sita and with some reluctance they asked her about the relationship she had with the dark one of the two brothers who looked to them most charming. Sita at first demurred but later pointed towards Lashman and said that he was her husband’s younger brother and then in line with Indian tradition only indicated by glancing sideways and by movement of her eyebrows that Shri Ram was her husband. This amused those women a lot and they then expressed their reverence for Sita by touching her feet and also gave blessings being elder to her, they wished her to forever remain happy with her master.

पारबती सम पतिप्रिय होहू। देबि न हम पर छाड़ब छोहू।।
पुनि पुनि बिनय करिअ कर जोरी। जौं एहि मारग फिरिअ बहोरी।।
दरसनु देब जानि निज दासी। लखीं सीयँ सब प्रेम पिआसी।।
मधुर बचन कहि कहि परितोषीं। जनु कुमुदिनीं कौमुदीं पोषीं।।
तबहिं लखन रघुबर रुख जानी। पूँछेउ मगु लोगन्हि मृदु बानी।।
सुनत नारि नर भए दुखारी। पुलकित गात बिलोचन बारी।।
मिटा मोदु मन भए मलीने। बिधि निधि दीन्ह लेत जनु छीने।।
समुझि करम गति धीरजु कीन्हा। सोधि सुगम मगु तिन्ह कहि दीन्हा।।
दो0-लखन जानकी सहित तब गवनु कीन्ह रघुनाथ।
फेरे सब प्रिय बचन कहि लिए लाइ मन साथ।।118।।

The women from the countryside further wished for Sita by saying, “You may be as dear to your husband as Parvati is to Lord Shiv (Parvati is supposed to be forming half the body of Lord Shiv and therefore known as Ardhangini, what better example can there be to bless a married woman). O Devi, you may not shed your concern and kind love for us. we beseech and pray before you with folded hands to let us have your Darshan if you happen to return by this very route later, and have no hesitation and consider us as your personal helpers , we wish to attend and serve you. Sita noticed them craving for more of her love and company and therefore satisfied and pleased them talking to them sweetly in the same manner as the moonlight gives strength to lilies. Lakshman then noticed that Shri Ram wished to move on now and therefore politely asked for directions from people for further journey. This made people sad and they bodily shivered and had eyes full of tears; it made them dull and joyless and their hearts cringed; they felt as if Brahma, the creator, had snatched back from them a treasure that he had just given. Resigning to fate and keeping their courage and composure, they gave some serious thought about identifying an easier way in to the jungles and explained the same to Lakshman (here we see that not only we look up to the Supreme Lord for guidance, He is as much ready to be guided by us; the interaction between Bhakt and Bhagwan is two way).

Lord of Raghus Shri Ram then, alonwith Lakshman and Janki Sita, stepped forward for the next phase of journey; the people were ready to come along Him but Shri Ram convinced them to return back saying comforting and consoling words however he could not stop their hearts and minds remaining attached with Himself (once a glimpse of God is had by someone his heart never wants to keep company of God but its the God’s own grace behind one having His glimpse like these people who unaware of the profound religious practices but were rewarded by Shri Ram by coming in their midst Himself; the precondition is only this that purity and simplicity of hearts are maintained. These simple villagers when got the glimpse of Lord could know did not wish or demand any thing for themselves other then serving the Lord and craving for His love and showing their love for Him).

We have now covered up to Doha 118 of Ayodhya Kand.

फिरत नारि नर अति पछिताहीं। देअहि दोषु देहिं मन माहीं।।
सहित बिषाद परसपर कहहीं। बिधि करतब उलटे सब अहहीं।।
निपट निरंकुस निठुर निसंकू। जेहिं ससि कीन्ह सरुज सकलंकू।।
रूख कलपतरु सागरु खारा। तेहिं पठए बन राजकुमारा।।
जौं पे इन्हहि दीन्ह बनबासू। कीन्ह बादि बिधि भोग बिलासू।।
ए बिचरहिं मग बिनु पदत्राना। रचे बादि बिधि बाहन नाना।।
ए महि परहिं डासि कुस पाता। सुभग सेज कत सृजत बिधाता।।
तरुबर बास इन्हहि बिधि दीन्हा। धवल धाम रचि रचि श्रमु कीन्हा।।
दो0-जौं ए मुनि पट धर जटिल सुंदर सुठि सुकुमार।
बिबिध भाँति भूषन बसन बादि किए करतार।।119।।

While returning the villagers, both men and women, felt very remorseful and sorry and thought that the lord of their fate was to be blamed for it. Talking regretfully about their misfortune of getting separated from their beloved Lord Shri Ram and Sita they concluded that the writer of the fate of all does all things in reverse way, he is without anybody to exercise control over him or guide him, he is very heartless and uncaring; is it not that he made the beautiful object like moon to suffer periodic waxing and waning and also put a dark mark over its shining face. They spoke of the provider of all benefits as and when wished for i e Kalptaru (the divine tree) which had been given a static life of a tree for itself and of the fact that the biggest water body was made salty by him and therefore it was expected of him to send these lovely princes to forest. They also found it strange on part of the creator to have devised all kinds of comforts and luxuries in the world but also found it fit to send these people in forests where nothing of those things could be availed or enjoyed. They wondered why all sort of vehicles are for if these people have to cover distances on foot and also about the futility of beautiful and comfortable beds if these members of royal household were to lie down on bed of leaves spread over ground. They could not reconcile with fact of their living under the trees while the creator toiled for constructing spotless big living quarters. In the same vein the villagers discussed what purpose are various attires and ornaments given for by the maker of this world if these divinely beautiful and tender young people have to be clad like Munis and keep their lock of hair tied over their heads.

(The simple villagers never regretted for not having any of the luxuries and comforts for themselves but were upset that these people having divine charm were not availing these things; our tendency should be also to not crave for the best things for ourselves but offer them in service of Lord, that’s what is right kind of living and is does not bind us by Karma.)

We have now covered up to Doha 118 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCCVIII

March 9, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

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

एक कलस भरि आनहिं पानी। अँचइअ नाथ कहहिं मृदु बानी।।
सुनि प्रिय बचन प्रीति अति देखी। राम कृपाल सुसील बिसेषी।।
जानी श्रमित सीय मन माहीं। घरिक बिलंबु कीन्ह बट छाहीं।।
मुदित नारि नर देखहिं सोभा। रूप अनूप नयन मनु लोभा।।
एकटक सब सोहहिं चहुँ ओरा। रामचंद्र मुख चंद चकोरा।।
तरुन तमाल बरन तनु सोहा। देखत कोटि मदन मनु मोहा।।
दामिनि बरन लखन सुठि नीके। नख सिख सुभग भावते जी के।।
मुनिपट कटिन्ह कसें तूनीरा। सोहहिं कर कमलिनि धनु तीरा।।
दो0-जटा मुकुट सीसनि सुभग उर भुज नयन बिसाल।
सरद परब बिधु बदन बर लसत स्वेद कन जाल।।115।

We covered up to Doha 115 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that the inhabitants in villages falling along the way admired the divine beauty of Shri Ram and Lakshman and served them by offering water etc and asking them to rest for a while. Shri Ram aware of Sita being tired and yielding to the villagers endearing ways of requesting agreed to stay and relax. All the while they rested they were surrounded by people who looked at the two brothers with affectionate attention and saw them attired as Munis but also holding bow and arrows; they noticed that their hair-locks were arranged over their heads like a crown, they were of strong built with long arms and beautiful big eyes and their beautiful faces and foreheads were covered with beads of sweat. They presented a very captivating sight for the people to enjoy with their eyes.

बरनि न जाइ मनोहर जोरी। सोभा बहुत थोरि मति मोरी।।
राम लखन सिय सुंदरताई। सब चितवहिं चित मन मति लाई।।
थके नारि नर प्रेम पिआसे। मनहुँ मृगी मृग देखि दिआ से।।
सीय समीप ग्रामतिय जाहीं। पूँछत अति सनेहँ सकुचाहीं।।
बार बार सब लागहिं पाएँ। कहहिं बचन मृदु सरल सुभाएँ।।
राजकुमारि बिनय हम करहीं। तिय सुभायँ कछु पूँछत डरहीं।
स्वामिनि अबिनय छमबि हमारी। बिलगु न मानब जानि गवाँरी।।
राजकुअँर दोउ सहज सलोने। इन्ह तें लही दुति मरकत सोने।।
दो0-स्यामल गौर किसोर बर सुंदर सुषमा ऐन।
सरद सर्बरीनाथ मुखु सरद सरोरुह नैन।।116।।
मासपारायण, सोलहवाँ विश्राम
नवान्हपारायण, चौथा विश्राम

The heart stealing pair of the brothers Shri Ram and Lakshman had charm beyond description, they had it so much in abundance that Tulsi mentioned that his own intellect was not capable enough to appreciate it (Shri Ram as ‘Gyaan’ (the total knowledge) and Lakshman as ‘Vairagya’ (the dispassion) when both are together they make the beholder as perfect and then the intellectual aberration becomes impossible, dispassion supported by knowledge and knowledge gained in a state of dispassion support each other and stay permanently with the devotees). All of them became absorbed in witnessing the beauty of Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita with their heart, mind and intellect poured in the process. All became still like wild animals in forests while gazing beams of light coming from some source so far unknown to them.

The village women used to get close to Sita with affection and a slight reservation while asking her permission; they used to touch feet of Sita time and again and used to address her in soft tones displaying their simple and natural self, “O Princess, we humbly wish to know some thing but since we are village women we also fear for going this far with you. However, O Superior One, kindly excuse us for our uncouth mannerism because you well know that we are rustic women and its nothing more than that. The two princes accompanying you have natural charm and attraction, it seems to us that the emerald and gold have acquired their lustrous hues from them.

“Both of them are of young age, very handsome and are store-house of exotic beauty themselves; one of them is dark and the other is fair, their faces resemble the moon of autumn and eyes look like lotus that bloom in autumn month (when both skies and the water in ponds is clear after the rainy season having passed).”

We have now covered up to Doha 116 of Ayodhya Kand, here its the 16th rest for a 30 day recital and 4th rest for a nine day recital.

कोटि मनोज लजावनिहारे। सुमुखि कहहु को आहिं तुम्हारे।।
सुनि सनेहमय मंजुल बानी। सकुची सिय मन महुँ मुसुकानी।।
तिन्हहि बिलोकि बिलोकति धरनी। दुहुँ सकोच सकुचित बरबरनी।।
सकुचि सप्रेम बाल मृग नयनी। बोली मधुर बचन पिकबयनी।।
सहज सुभाय सुभग तन गोरे। नामु लखनु लघु देवर मोरे।।
बहुरि बदनु बिधु अंचल ढाँकी। पिय तन चितइ भौंह करि बाँकी।।
खंजन मंजु तिरीछे नयननि। निज पति कहेउ तिन्हहि सियँ सयननि।।
भइ मुदित सब ग्रामबधूटीं। रंकन्ह राय रासि जनु लूटीं।।
दो0-अति सप्रेम सिय पायँ परि बहुबिधि देहिं असीस।
सदा सोहागिनि होहु तुम्ह जब लगि महि अहि सीस।।117।।

The village women kept prodding further and asked, “O Beautiful Lady, the one who puts to shame the seemliness of million cupids put together, what relatioship you have with Him.”

Listening to their sweet voice which was laced with love, at first Sita felt slightly ill at ease but also then smiled with in her heart (the reference to Shri Ram naturally amused her). Looking first towards the group of women and then turning her gaze towards the ground, the consort of the great person Shri Ram felt two fold perplexity i e of describing her special relationship with Shri Ram and that too to strange women. Overwhelmed with love and with due reservation Sita, the one with voice like cuckoo, began to speak in sweet words, “the one who is naturally charming and is of fair complexion happens to be my younger Devar (younger brother of husband).” Sita then used the extended free end of her Saaree covering her moon-like face and looked in the direction of her beloved husband Shri Ram with cores of her eyes in process slightly bending her eyebrows. This is how using her eyes which had rapidity of movement like Khanjan (a bird that is very quick in moving its body and eyes) she gestured to convey that He (Shri Ram) happened to be her Lord and master (Sita as Maya and Shri Ram as Brahman have a relationship which even Vedas are not able to describe in words and only are able to indicate). With this information all of the village women became thrilled and happy in the manner of paupers having an occasion to loot a hoard of money (they had been thinking that Sita must belong to Shri Ram and none other because both had unmatched divine beauty like no one else had in this world within their knowledge; without any body telling them these women of simple heart could discover their oneness which people of great wisdom and knowledge miss out).

Later displaying their great affection for Sita but acknowledging her superiority they fell at feet of Sita and also gave their blessings as is customary for the elderly ladies in India to bless younger brides and said, “you may forever remain wedded with your husband alive till the time this sphere called earth remains resting on one of the thousand fangs of Sheshnaag (they could think of no longer period of time i e unknowingly described a fact that when the creation that we see is no more the time also becomes irrelevant).

we have now covered up to Doha 117 of Ayodhya Kand.

BHavani Shankar ki jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj ko Pranam!
Goswami tulsidas ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCCVII

March 8, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

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

जे पुर गाँव बसहिं मग माहीं। तिन्हहि नाग सुर नगर सिहाहीं।।
केहि सुकृतीं केहि घरीं बसाए। धन्य पुन्यमय परम सुहाए।।
जहँ जहँ राम चरन चलि जाहीं। तिन्ह समान अमरावति नाहीं।।
पुन्यपुंज मग निकट निवासी। तिन्हहि सराहहिं सुरपुरबासी।।
जे भरि नयन बिलोकहिं रामहि। सीता लखन सहित घनस्यामहि।।
जे सर सरित राम अवगाहहिं। तिन्हहि देव सर सरित सराहहिं।।
जेहि तरु तर प्रभु बैठहिं जाई। करहिं कलपतरु तासु बड़ाई।।
परसि राम पद पदुम परागा। मानति भूमि भूरि निज भागा।।
दो0-छाँह करहि घन बिबुधगन बरषहि सुमन सिहाहिं।
देखत गिरि बन बिहग मृग रामु चले मग जाहिं।।113।।

We covered up to Doha 113 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that while Shri Ram moved along the way the gods watched from heavens; they wistfully thought that the villages and hamlets en route had enviable luck and exceeded in beauty of Amravati (capital of gods) because Shri Ram was passing through them. They also concluded that the inhabitants of these villages were luckier than themselves as they could meet Shri Ram and could have pleasure of seeing Him in person. The trees and water bodies were envy of Kalptaru and Devsar-sarita (trees, ponds and rivers of heavenly places) and the land under feet of Shri Ram very much appreciated its own good fortune when the dust of feet of Shri Ram fell over it. The clouds saved Shri Ram from sun the gods happily showered flowers on Him while He kept moving ahead enjoying the beauty of the mountains, birds and animals in course of His journey towards the jungles.

सीता लखन सहित रघुराई। गाँव निकट जब निकसहिं जाई।।
सुनि सब बाल बृद्ध नर नारी। चलहिं तुरत गृहकाजु बिसारी।।
राम लखन सिय रूप निहारी। पाइ नयनफलु होहिं सुखारी।।
सजल बिलोचन पुलक सरीरा। सब भए मगन देखि दोउ बीरा।।
बरनि न जाइ दसा तिन्ह केरी। लहि जनु रंकन्ह सुरमनि ढेरी।।
एकन्ह एक बोलि सिख देहीं। लोचन लाहु लेहु छन एहीं।।
रामहि देखि एक अनुरागे। चितवत चले जाहिं सँग लागे।।
एक नयन मग छबि उर आनी। होहिं सिथिल तन मन बर बानी।।
दो0-एक देखिं बट छाँह भलि डासि मृदुल तृन पात।
कहहिं गवाँइअ छिनुकु श्रमु गवनब अबहिं कि प्रात।।114।।

Whenever Shri Ram along with Sita and Lakshman passed through vicinity of a village, all the people including the children and the aged used to rush to see and meet them, forgetting their chores as soon as the this news reached them. Beholding the beautiful forms of Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita they used to feel very pleased and thankful for having eyes. They used to have tears in their eyes and used to feel a thrilling sense rush through their bodies and become engrossed up on seeing the two brave brothers (their etiquette only permitted them to concentrate on Shri Ram and Lakshman and not on Sita while looking towards them). It is difficult to describe their state of being at those moments, it was like some paupers having a heap of divine jewels staked before them to be grabbed. They used to prompt each other by saying this that it is the moment when you have real benefit of having eyes hence enjoy it. Some of them used to go after Shri Ram tied by the cord of affection and continuously looking at Him. Some others having received His beautiful image implanted on their hearts through their eyes used to become completely speechless, stunned and enthralled.

Their used to be some who could have their senses still working for them and therefore they used to select a shady tree and spread some leaves and straws and request them to relax for a while and later decide to leave the same day or the next day.

(The villagers being simple and pure of heart were competent to recognize the Lord when they saw Him, their responses matched according to their individuality, some of them acted like Karm-yogis, some like Gyan-yogis and some others like Bhakti-yogis.)

We have now covered up to Doha 114 of Ayodhya Kand.

एक कलस भरि आनहिं पानी। अँचइअ नाथ कहहिं मृदु बानी।।
सुनि प्रिय बचन प्रीति अति देखी। राम कृपाल सुसील बिसेषी।।
जानी श्रमित सीय मन माहीं। घरिक बिलंबु कीन्ह बट छाहीं।।
मुदित नारि नर देखहिं सोभा। रूप अनूप नयन मनु लोभा।।
एकटक सब सोहहिं चहुँ ओरा। रामचंद्र मुख चंद चकोरा।।
तरुन तमाल बरन तनु सोहा। देखत कोटि मदन मनु मोहा।।
दामिनि बरन लखन सुठि नीके। नख सिख सुभग भावते जी के।।
मुनिपट कटिन्ह कसें तूनीरा। सोहहिं कर कमलिनि धनु तीरा।।
दो0-जटा मुकुट सीसनि सुभग उर भुज नयन बिसाल।
सरद परब बिधु बदन बर लसत स्वेद कन जाल।।115।।

Some of the villagers used to identify the need for water and bring it for Shri Ram in an urn and softly request the Lord to have it to quench thirst and use it to freshen up. Considering their endearing interaction laced with concern and affection Shri Ram, the graceful one, Himself very decent and civil, with knowledge that Sita was now tired used to stay for a while under the Vat-tree; such moments used to offer to the ladies and men an opportunity to have a close look at them and be happy observing their charming persona; they used to find their beauty as unworldly and very appealing to eyes and the heart & mind. All of them used to surround Him with eyes fixed like Chakor’s on the moon-like face of Shri Ram. Complexion of Shri Ram’s attractive body was like that of a young Tamaal-tree and His beautiful form could captivate the hearts of a million Cupids. Lakshman who had complexion as fair and shinning as lightening looked also very attractive and alluring from tip to toe. They had been putting on clothes like that of Munis but had quivers tied to their waist and bow and arrows held in their lotus like hands (in this way they could instill in the hearts of onlookers a sense of security as well of piety unlike Munis in those times who used to suffer at the hands Rakshasas (demons) while doing Tapas etc and living simply). They had their heir-locks arranged like crown over their lovely heads and they possessed broad chest, long arms and big eyes (they could be generous, could punish easily and had ability to look far as also deeply inside the hearts of people and devotees). Their faces as charming as moon on Sharad-purnima (the full-moon night during the month post rainy season and before winter season) had droplets of sweat (signifying their ability to impart peace in the hearts of people as well showing their readiness to toil after their causes).

We have now covered up to Doha 115 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

Krishna Khandelwal


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