Ramcharit Charcha DCLIII

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 76 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

बिनु प्रयास हनुमान उठायो। लंका द्वार राखि पुनि आयो।।
तासु मरन सुनि सुर गंधर्बा। चढ़ि बिमान आए नभ सर्बा।।
बरषि सुमन दुंदुभीं बजावहिं। श्रीरघुनाथ बिमल जसु गावहिं।।
जय अनंत जय जगदाधारा। तुम्ह प्रभु सब देवन्हि निस्तारा।।
अस्तुति करि सुर सिद्ध सिधाए। लछिमन कृपासिन्धु पहिं आए।।
सुत बध सुना दसानन जबहीं। मुरुछित भयउ परेउ महि तबहीं।।
मंदोदरी रुदन कर भारी। उर ताड़न बहु भाँति पुकारी।।
नगर लोग सब ब्याकुल सोचा। सकल कहहिं दसकंधर पोचा।।
दो0-तब दसकंठ बिबिध बिधि समुझाईं सब नारि।
नस्वर रूप जगत सब देखहु हृदयँ बिचारि।।77।।

The dead body of Meghnad was picked up by Hanuman without much effort and he then placed it out side the gate of Lanka (so that his cremation is done properly by kinsmen thinking that the dead body of even an enemy should be treated with respect).

When the gods and the Gandharvas (the celestial beings) learned of the demise of Meghnad, they came over the battleground in their airborne vehicles and began to blow trumpets and showering flowers while singing praises of Raghunath Shri Ram relating accounts of His pristine glories. They praised Lakshman too by saying, “Anant (Lakshman) may win, Jagadadhar (the very basis of the world, Lakshman) may only win; you as our lord have seen end of woes of us gods (Lashman as lord of time is the best healer). When the gods and the Siddhas (the accomplished beings) left the scene after their prayers, Lakshman returned to see the Merciful Lord (after the assigned task is over the dutiful servant promptly goes back to master and attends to him).

On the other side, as soon as Dashanan Ravan came to know of the fact of his son’s death he fell to ground in an unconscious state; Mandodari also cried vehemently while beating chest and called Meghnad loudly by his various names. The citizens of Lanka uneasily thought of the nature of Dashanan Ravan and described him as unworthy father and thoughtless vile character.

After regaining consciousness Dashkantth Ravan tried to console the women of the household in very many ways and explained that if one really gives a serious thought the entire world is but to decay and end in nothingness.

We have now covered up to Doha 77 of Lanka Kand.
तिन्हहि ग्यान उपदेसा रावन। आपुन मंद कथा सुभ पावन।।
पर उपदेस कुसल बहुतेरे। जे आचरहिं ते नर न घनेरे।।
निसा सिरानि भयउ भिनुसारा। लगे भालु कपि चारिहुँ द्वारा।।
सुभट बोलाइ दसानन बोला। रन सन्मुख जा कर मन डोला।।
सो अबहीं बरु जाउ पराई। संजुग बिमुख भएँ न भलाई।।
निज भुज बल मैं बयरु बढ़ावा। देहउँ उतरु जो रिपु चढ़ि आवा।।
अस कहि मरुत बेग रथ साजा। बाजे सकल जुझाऊ बाजा।।
चले बीर सब अतुलित बली। जनु कज्जल कै आँधी चली।।
असगुन अमित होहिं तेहि काला। गनइ न भुजबल गर्ब बिसाला।।
छं0-अति गर्ब गनइ न सगुन असगुन स्त्रवहिं आयुध हाथ ते।
भट गिरत रथ ते बाजि गज चिक्करत भाजहिं साथ ते।।
गोमाय गीध कराल खर रव स्वान बोलहिं अति घने।
जनु कालदूत उलूक बोलहिं बचन परम भयावने।।
दो0-ताहि कि संपति सगुन सुभ सपनेहुँ मन बिश्राम।
भूत द्रोह रत मोहबस राम बिमुख रति काम।।78।।

Ravan gave others the crux of knowledge while he himself remained at lowest rung of existence in spite of knowing the welfare oriented and purifying stories. There are very many experts at preaching others but hardly to believe in or follow what they say.

After the night, at the time of day-break itself, the bears and monkeys thronged the gates of Lanka on all four sides. At this stage Ravan called his ace warriors and told them, “Those of you who would likely have their determination shaken while confronting enemy on the battleground, may well leave for safer places right now. Trying to run away from the battle field would not be seen kindly; I have picked up fight banking on strength of my own arms and would suitably respond when the enemy has knocked at the door.”

With above declaration Ravan promptly got for himself a car that could match wind in speed. While war-time music was being played, the brave soldiers having unmatched strength moved forward like a storm of soot. A lot of bad omens happened at this time but none cared for it out of arrogance borne of excessive might that their arms possessed.

Power drunk fellows remained unmindful of good omens and also of bad omens like arms slipping out of hands. The soldiers got dropped out of the rushing carts and kept running in midst of horses and elephants which made high-pitched sounds. The jackals, vultures, donkeys and dogs shrieked in unison and the owls gave calls in a menacing manner like the messenger of death would.

Would one ever get riches, be in state of well-being and have good tidings or have rest and comfort even in dreams who happens to be always engaged in exercises detrimental to the cause of beings at large, out of his ill-conceived notions and is an adversary of Ram, the Lord, and has interest only in fulfillment of his lustful cravings.

We have now covered up to Doha 78 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawansut hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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Ramcharit Charcha DCLII

II Shree Guruvey namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 75 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

जाइ कपिन्ह सो देखा बैसा। आहुति देत रुधिर अरु भैंसा।।
कीन्ह कपिन्ह सब जग्य बिधंसा। जब न उठइ तब करहिं प्रसंसा।।
तदपि न उठइ धरेन्हि कच जाई। लातन्हि हति हति चले पराई।।
लै त्रिसुल धावा कपि भागे। आए जहँ रामानुज आगे।।
आवा परम क्रोध कर मारा। गर्ज घोर रव बारहिं बारा।।
कोपि मरुतसुत अंगद धाए। हति त्रिसूल उर धरनि गिराए।।
प्रभु कहँ छाँड़ेसि सूल प्रचंडा। सर हति कृत अनंत जुग खंडा।।
उठि बहोरि मारुति जुबराजा। हतहिं कोपि तेहि घाउ न बाजा।।
फिरे बीर रिपु मरइ न मारा। तब धावा करि घोर चिकारा।।
आवत देखि क्रुद्ध जनु काला। लछिमन छाड़े बिसिख कराला।।
देखेसि आवत पबि सम बाना। तुरत भयउ खल अंतरधाना।।
बिबिध बेष धरि करइ लराई। कबहुँक प्रगट कबहुँ दुरि जाई।।
देखि अजय रिपु डरपे कीसा। परम क्रुद्ध तब भयउ अहीसा।।
लछिमन मन अस मंत्र दृढ़ावा। एहि पापिहि मैं बहुत खेलावा।।
सुमिरि कोसलाधीस प्रतापा। सर संधान कीन्ह करि दापा।।
छाड़ा बान माझ उर लागा। मरती बार कपटु सब त्यागा।।
दो0-रामानुज कहँ रामु कहँ अस कहि छाँड़ेसि प्रान।
धन्य धन्य तव जननी कह अंगद हनुमान।।76।।

The monkeys found Meghnad doing what had been told by Vibhishan; he was using  buffalos and blood as oblation in to the Yagnic fire. The monkeys destroyed what they found at the place and disturbed the unholy ritual but Meghnad kept sitting there concentrating mentally on what he was doing. Seeing him unmoved they began to praise him (as ones’ own praise necessarily stirs up emotions when such words drop in ears of the ordinary people). Meghnad had no effect of it on himself (as he had been very thorough in his pursuits) therefore the monkeys caught him by his hair and began to kick him and run away. Finding it irksome he got up and chased the monkeys with Trishul in hand. The monkeys then rushed back came where Lakshman was waiting.

Meghnad, now greatly infuriated, too came there and was continuously shouting uncontrollably (as he had not been able to control anger, a very grave weakness that spoils matters invariably). Angad and Hanuman confronted him agitatedly but were struck with Trishul on chest which brought them down to ground. Then Meghnad fiercely hurled a trident in direction of the Lord which Anant (Lakshman) converted in two parts with his arrow.

Prince Angad and Hanuman once again got up and angrily hit him but in vain. These brave soldiers had to return as the enemy was not succumbing to their strikes. In turn Meghnad, making harsh sounds, rushed towards them again. Laskshman saw him coming charged like death in fury and sent forth volley of sharp arrows to contain him. When Meghnad saw the thunderbolt like arrows coming in his direction, the obnoxious trickster performed vanishing act. He then began to fight assuming variety of camouflage and appeared and disappeared now and then. The monkeys were now fearful as the enemy was proving to be unwinnable; this condition of monkeys angered Lakshman, the king serpent. Lakshman then made up his mind that enough is enough and that he had been giving this sinner leeway for considerable length of time but final hour had arrived when he should kill him.

Reminding himself of the glory of Kaushaladheesh Shri Ram, he trained an arrow over the bow with a certain determination and released it.  It struck right in middle of his heart. At this precise moment of death, Meghnad shed all false make up and pretences and called out where is younger brother of Ram, where is Ram and finally let life skip out of body.

That Meghnad had name of Lakshman, the embodiment of dispassion and of Shri Ram, the Lord, on his tongue at the time of death and had thoughts of them only, Angad and Hanuman said that his mother is really blessed one to have such a one as her son.

We have now covered up to Doha 76 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri jankivallabho Vijayaetey!

Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit charcha DCLI

II Shree Guruvey Nmaha II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 73 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

चरित राम के सगुन भवानी। तर्कि न जाहिं बुद्धि बल बानी।।
अस बिचारि जे तग्य बिरागी। रामहि भजहिं तर्क सब त्यागी।।
ब्याकुल कटकु कीन्ह घननादा। पुनि भा प्रगट कहइ दुर्बादा।।
जामवंत कह खल रहु ठाढ़ा। सुनि करि ताहि क्रोध अति बाढ़ा।।
बूढ़ जानि सठ छाँड़ेउँ तोही। लागेसि अधम पचारै मोही।।
अस कहि तरल त्रिसूल चलायो। जामवंत कर गहि सोइ धायो।।
मारिसि मेघनाद कै छाती। परा भूमि घुर्मित सुरघाती।।
पुनि रिसान गहि चरन फिरायौ। महि पछारि निज बल देखरायो।।
बर प्रसाद सो मरइ न मारा। तब गहि पद लंका पर डारा।।
इहाँ देवरिषि गरुड़ पठायो। राम समीप सपदि सो आयो।।
दो0-खगपति सब धरि खाए माया नाग बरूथ।
माया बिगत भए सब हरषे बानर जूथ। 74(क)।।
गहि गिरि पादप उपल नख धाए कीस रिसाइ।
चले तमीचर बिकलतर गढ़ पर चढ़े पराइ।।74(ख)।।

Explaining further the mystery behind Lord’s bondage, Lord Shiv told Parvati, “O Bhavani, It is not possible to find a logical explanation, solely depending on strength of intellect, about the various acts of the Lord in the course of His life lived as Ram, the avatar of Him in human form. Knowing this the truly dispassionate Munis who know the reality as it is put aside the all the argumentative stance and devotedly worship Ram, the Lord.”

Now Meghanad badly harassed the whole army of monkeys and bears, and came out in open to speak profanities against all of them. Jamvant responded to this by saying, “O Rascal, just stand where you are and face me.” Listening this Meghnad had a big surge in his anger and he replied, “O Fool, I left you unpunished taking you to be old and infirm and you, like a dumb, have begun to challenge me.” With these words he sent forth a Trishul, a three pronged weapon, in direction of Jamvant who easily grabbed it and charged back holding it in hand. Jamvant hit the heart region of Meghnad with it and Meghnad, the tormentor of gods, fell spinning down on earth. Jamvant then promptly grabbed Meghnad by his leg and taking a round smashed him to ground once again demonstrating what strength he still possessed.

Since Meghnad was fortified by a boon (from Brahma, the creator), he escaped death; Jamvant finally hurled him over city of Lanka picking by his leg only. On the other end Muni Narad sent Garuda, Lord Vishnu’s carrier bird, to attend to Shri Ram who urgently reached near Him. Garuda then ate away all the serpents which were nothing more than creation of Maya, the delusive power of the demon. When this false bondage was removed the monkeys gathered around and had a sense of relief and rejoiced. Once again they picked trees and mountain rocks for attack and also used stones and nails, their usual weapons, in onslaught. Now the night-roaming demons were more in trouble hence went back over the fort with a view to escape.

We have now covered up to Doha 74 of Lanka Kand.

मेघनाद के मुरछा जागी। पितहि बिलोकि लाज अति लागी।।
तुरत गयउ गिरिबर कंदरा। करौं अजय मख अस मन धरा।।
इहाँ बिभीषन मंत्र बिचारा। सुनहु नाथ बल अतुल उदारा।।
मेघनाद मख करइ अपावन। खल मायावी देव सतावन।।
जौं प्रभु सिद्ध होइ सो पाइहि। नाथ बेगि पुनि जीति न जाइहि।।
सुनि रघुपति अतिसय सुख माना। बोले अंगदादि कपि नाना।।
लछिमन संग जाहु सब भाई। करहु बिधंस जग्य कर जाई।।
तुम्ह लछिमन मारेहु रन ओही। देखि सभय सुर दुख अति मोही।।
मारेहु तेहि बल बुद्धि उपाई। जेहिं छीजै निसिचर सुनु भाई।।
जामवंत सुग्रीव बिभीषन। सेन समेत रहेहु तीनिउ जन।।
जब रघुबीर दीन्हि अनुसासन। कटि निषंग कसि साजि सरासन।।
प्रभु प्रताप उर धरि रनधीरा। बोले घन इव गिरा गँभीरा।।
जौं तेहि आजु बधें बिनु आवौं। तौ रघुपति सेवक न कहावौं।।
जौं सत संकर करहिं सहाई। तदपि हतउँ रघुबीर दोहाई।।
दो0-रघुपति चरन नाइ सिरु चलेउ तुरंत अनंत।
अंगद नील मयंद नल संग सुभट हनुमंत।।75।।

Upon regaining consciousness Meghnad felt very ashamed in front of his father because he had failed to deliver what he promised. Meghnad immediately went to a secluded spot inside a mountain cave with a view to performing some secret Yagna (ritualistic sacrifice) which would make him invincible (it is characteristic of demons to never accept defeat and to resort to unfair, unholy and unacceptable means). Vibhishan could gather the import of what Meghnad had set out do and informed Shri Ram, “O Master, Your might is without a parallel and is hugely helpful for all but vile Meghanad has embarked on an expedition which is unholy, he is expert in Mayic (illusive and false) machinations and has always been tormenting gods. If he accomplishes what he has set out do, O Lord, it would be difficult to reign him in.” Shri Ram, the Lord, felt pleased about this sterling advice coming from Vibhishan and summoned Angad and others and instructed them, “Brothers, you may take Lakshman along and destroy the Yagna undertaken by Meghnad. Later, Lakshman, you must kill him in the battlefield. I am not much happy to see gods fearing worst. You will have to use your wisdom and strength as well as failsafe methods to eliminate him, My Brother. Jamvant, sugreev and vibhishan should be ready with forces at our command.”

Duly instructed by Raghuveer Shri Ram, resilient fighter Lakshman became mindful of the glory of the Lord and arranged his bow and arrow and tied quiver to his waste and seriously spoke in thunder like deep voice, “I might not be taken to be servant of the Raghpati Shri Ram if I fail to come after killing him. I take vow in name of Raghuveer Shri Ram to kill even if a hundred Shankars descend to help him.” With this sombre declaration Lakshman, also known as Anant (the one who is never spent i e lord of time), bowed his head down at feet of Raghupati Shri Ram, the Lord, and left; Angad, Neel, Mayand, Nal, and Hanuman, the great warriors, accompanied him (time can kill anyone but for it act conditions have to be ripe and the Lord should have signalled).

We have now covered up to Doha 75 of Lanka Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

 

Ramcharit Charcha DCL

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 71 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

दिन कें अंत फिरीं दोउ अनी। समर भई सुभटन्ह श्रम घनी।।
राम कृपाँ कपि दल बल बाढ़ा। जिमि तृन पाइ लाग अति डाढ़ा।।
छीजहिं निसिचर दिनु अरु राती। निज मुख कहें सुकृत जेहि भाँती।।
बहु बिलाप दसकंधर करई। बंधु सीस पुनि पुनि उर धरई।।
रोवहिं नारि हृदय हति पानी। तासु तेज बल बिपुल बखानी।।
मेघनाद तेहि अवसर आयउ। कहि बहु कथा पिता समुझायउ।।
देखेहु कालि मोरि मनुसाई। अबहिं बहुत का करौं बड़ाई।।
इष्टदेव सैं बल रथ पायउँ। सो बल तात न तोहि देखायउँ।।
एहि बिधि जल्पत भयउ बिहाना। चहुँ दुआर लागे कपि नाना।।
इत कपि भालु काल सम बीरा। उत रजनीचर अति रनधीरा।।
लरहिं सुभट निज निज जय हेतू। बरनि न जाइ समर खगकेतू।।
दो0-मेघनाद मायामय रथ चढ़ि गयउ अकास।।
गर्जेउ अट्टहास करि भइ कपि कटकहि त्रास।।72।।

At the end of the day after demise of Kumbhkaran, the two armies went back to their bases; the fighting during the day brought the brave warriors to suffer lot of tiredness. Shri Ram’s grace restored strength of the monkeys like dying fire’s flame gets a boost up on adding straws as fuels. The demons however kept losing power, day and night in the same way as ones’ good deeds and valorous acts lose charm and effect up on repeated recounting of the same by the doer himself.

The ten-headed demon Ravan ranted and lamented badly at the loss of his brother and could only bring the his severed head to bosom again and again. The ladies of his household cried hitting hard their hearts with own hands and spoke of his aura, capacity and immense strength in great detail.

Meghnad also arrived their at that occasion and related many past events to placate and calm down nerves of his father. He then assured saying, “you will see my manliness, my robust strength at play tomorrow, right now its meaningless to boast of it much. I have been gifted a chariot and special kind of power by my preferred deity; there hasn’t been an occasion to demonstrate it before you so far, O Father.”

The night was spent jabbering like this and day broke; the monkeys collected again on the four gates of Lanka in the early hours of morning. On one side the brave monkeys and bears were ready to fight and on the other the more resilient ones of demons were ready too.

Kakbhusundi says, “O Principal Bird (Garud), the warriors were fighting for winning the war for their own sides and it was a war that’s difficult to describe.”

Meghnad riding on his car with special and unworldly features climbed high up in sky and made big noise with his terrible laughter sending shock waves upsetting the army of monkeys.

We have now covered up to Doha 72 of Lanka Kand.

सक्ति सूल तरवारि कृपाना। अस्त्र सस्त्र कुलिसायुध नाना।।
डारह परसु परिघ पाषाना। लागेउ बृष्टि करै बहु बाना।।
दस दिसि रहे बान नभ छाई। मानहुँ मघा मेघ झरि लाई।।
धरु धरु मारु सुनिअ धुनि काना। जो मारइ तेहि कोउ न जाना।।
गहि गिरि तरु अकास कपि धावहिं। देखहि तेहि न दुखित फिरि आवहिं।।
अवघट घाट बाट गिरि कंदर। माया बल कीन्हेसि सर पंजर।।
जाहिं कहाँ ब्याकुल भए बंदर। सुरपति बंदि परे जनु मंदर।।
मारुतसुत अंगद नल नीला। कीन्हेसि बिकल सकल बलसीला।।
पुनि लछिमन सुग्रीव बिभीषन। सरन्हि मारि कीन्हेसि जर्जर तन।।
पुनि रघुपति सैं जूझे लागा। सर छाँड़इ होइ लागहिं नागा।।
ब्याल पास बस भए खरारी। स्वबस अनंत एक अबिकारी।।
नट इव कपट चरित कर नाना। सदा स्वतंत्र एक भगवाना।।
रन सोभा लगि प्रभुहिं बँधायो। नागपास देवन्ह भय पायो।।
दो0-गिरिजा जासु नाम जपि मुनि काटहिं भव पास।
सो कि बंध तर आवइ ब्यापक बिस्व निवास।।73।।

Meghnad then attacked with variety of weapon and arms and showered arrows from above. All the ten directions were filled with arrows and rained torrentially like in the month of Bhadrapad under the constellation of Magha. Only the cries of catch and kill were to be heard but none could make out who was killing without being seen i e Meghnad neither anyone had inkling about who really had the capacity to kill i e the Supreme Lord.

The monkeys tried to reach up in sky holding trees and rocks to strike but were disappointed as they could not locate the source of attack. Meghnad converted entire valley and caves etc in to a big prison surrounding the space with arrows with his Mayic (delusive) power. The disturbed monkeys were at loss to identify places for shelter; they were imprisoned in the same way as Lord Indra had imprisoned the Mandar mountain range. Angad, Nal and Neel as well as Hanuman, the son of wind-god, felt miserable and trapped though all of them were quite strong.

Meghnad did not even leave Lakshman, Sugreev and Vibhishan who were all incapacitated by piercing arrows through the bodies. Shortly afterwards he came in to combative mode against Raghupati Shri Ram and sent forth arrows that converted in to Nagas (serpents); this was application of Vyal-Pash (serpents coil) which captured the slayer of demon Khar (Shri Ram) though He happened to be someone only subject to control by self, a dimensionless entity, only one of His kind and the purest one without faults or blemish. Let’s not surprise because as the one who is unique i e without a second of His type and totally independent being Lord of Universe was only enacting in manner of an actor presenting false moves. It was all but in the interest of making the war interesting and engaging that the Lord got Himself physically bound by the snakes which made gods fearful.

Lord Shiv told Parvati, “O Girija, just think, would one by repeatedly taking whose name the Munis tear done the binding cords of the world ever be tied down Himself; He is present every where and in every thing and also in Him only the whole creation rests, therefore it is not likely that He will be bound in this way.”

We have now covered up to Doha 73 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!
Shri jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Pawantsut Hanuman Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj ko Pranam!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCXLIX

II Shree Guruvey namah II

 

Jai Shri ram,

 

ii Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 69 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and his is further to it.

भागे भालु बलीमुख जूथा। बृकु बिलोकि जिमि मेष बरूथा।।
चले भागि कपि भालु भवानी। बिकल पुकारत आरत बानी।।
यह निसिचर दुकाल सम अहई। कपिकुल देस परन अब चहई।।
कृपा बारिधर राम खरारी। पाहि पाहि प्रनतारति हारी।।
सकरुन बचन सुनत भगवाना। चले सुधारि सरासन बाना।।
राम सेन निज पाछैं घाली। चले सकोप महा बलसाली।।
खैंचि धनुष सर सत संधाने। छूटे तीर सरीर समाने।।
लागत सर धावा रिस भरा। कुधर डगमगत डोलति धरा।।
लीन्ह एक तेहिं सैल उपाटी। रघुकुल तिलक भुजा सोइ काटी।।
धावा बाम बाहु गिरि धारी। प्रभु सोउ भुजा काटि महि पारी।।
काटें भुजा सोह खल कैसा। पच्छहीन मंदर गिरि जैसा।।
उग्र बिलोकनि प्रभुहि बिलोका। ग्रसन चहत मानहुँ त्रेलोका।।
दो0-करि चिक्कार घोर अति धावा बदनु पसारि।
गगन सिद्ध सुर त्रासित हा हा हेति पुकारि।।70।।

“Finding Kumbhakaran in such fury, the groups of bears and monkeys ran away like the host of sheep would sighting a wolf,” Lord Shiv told, “O Bhabvani, not only did they run away they also called out for help panicking and signalling their distress.”

They cried, “this demon is like a famine that wants to destroy the crop of monkeys, we can only be saved by Lord Shri Ram who is like cloud containing the water of of mercy and grace for our lives to be saved hence are seeking the shelter of Him who relieves the troubles of seekers.”  When the Lord Shri Ram listened to the pitiful call of distress, He again moved while readying His bow and arrows. Shri Ram first pushed the army of monkeys behind His back and then only the most powerful Lord, now angered, went ahead to do the rest.

Lord sent forth a volley of hundred arrows which entered the body of demon straightly. hit by so many arrows Kumbhakaran ran in frenzied manner with unstable gait making earth under his feet shaking; he then picked up a big mountain rock but the glorious one among the Raghu’s clan promptly cut off the arm holding it. The big demon then rushed holding a rock in his left arm, the Lord amputated that arm too which fell to ground.

The villain now looked like Mountain Mandar but without its wings (extensions); furious and badly enraged he looked at the lord as if he was ready to gulp down the three worlds. Making very very loud noise he ran with his mouth open to the maximum extent making the Siddhas and gods upset a lot and making them exclaim for help from a well-wisher.

We have now covered up to Doha 70 of Lanka Kand.
सभय देव करुनानिधि जान्यो। श्रवन प्रजंत सरासनु तान्यो।।
बिसिख निकर निसिचर मुख भरेऊ। तदपि महाबल भूमि न परेऊ।।
सरन्हि भरा मुख सन्मुख धावा। काल त्रोन सजीव जनु आवा।।
तब प्रभु कोपि तीब्र सर लीन्हा। धर ते भिन्न तासु सिर कीन्हा।।
सो सिर परेउ दसानन आगें। बिकल भयउ जिमि फनि मनि त्यागें।।
धरनि धसइ धर धाव प्रचंडा। तब प्रभु काटि कीन्ह दुइ खंडा।।
परे भूमि जिमि नभ तें भूधर। हेठ दाबि कपि भालु निसाचर।।
तासु तेज प्रभु बदन समाना। सुर मुनि सबहिं अचंभव माना।।
सुर दुंदुभीं बजावहिं हरषहिं। अस्तुति करहिं सुमन बहु बरषहिं।।
करि बिनती सुर सकल सिधाए। तेही समय देवरिषि आए।।
गगनोपरि हरि गुन गन गाए। रुचिर बीररस प्रभु मन भाए।।
बेगि हतहु खल कहि मुनि गए। राम समर महि सोभत भए।।
छं0-संग्राम भूमि बिराज रघुपति अतुल बल कोसल धनी।
श्रम बिंदु मुख राजीव लोचन अरुन तन सोनित कनी।।
भुज जुगल फेरत सर सरासन भालु कपि चहु दिसि बने।
कह दास तुलसी कहि न सक छबि सेष जेहि आनन घने।।
दो0-निसिचर अधम मलाकर ताहि दीन्ह निज धाम।
गिरिजा ते नर मंदमति जे न भजहिं श्रीराम।।71।।

The merciful Lord noted that the gods too were afraid now hence pulled the string of His bow up to ears and filled the mouth of the demon with arrows but extraordinarily powerful rascal still did not fall to ground; he ran with mouth full of arrows like he was the quiver of death itself in motion. In the end, The Lord, now angry, picked a very sharp arrow and severed his head from body. The same head got dropped in front of Ravan which made him cringe like a serpent would up on losing its Mani.

The head less body was still in fast running motion making the earth sink when the Lord cut it down in two piece; both pieces then fell down like mountains from high above and in process crushing monkeys, bears and the demon too. Brightness which emerged out of the body of the demon entered the mouth of the Lord which made the Munis and the gods astonish at the event (that life and other extraordinary powers come from one source only and that is the Supreme Lord even in case of the villainous and cruel beings and this was known to Munis and gods but here there was practical  demonstration of the same fact which surprised them).

It was now time to rejoice for the gods and blow the trumpet; they now began to sing praises of the Lord and showered flowers on Him. The gods had left the scene after their prayers when Muni Narad came and sung virtues of the Lord Hari from sky above, these interestingly sung praises were drenched in juice of Lord brave acts and pleased the Lord too. In the end the Muni beseeched the Lord to kill the villains and went away and Shri Ram remained on the battle field giving a very pleasant sight to the onlookers.

Raghupati, the King Kaushala, who possessed immeasurable strength, stood in most graceful manner over the battleground. He had drops of perspiration over His face, His eyes were like red lotus and body was covered with plenty of tiny dots of blood; he was playing with bow and arrows with His both arms and was surrounded by monkeys and bears on all sides. Tulsidas says that this kind of splendorous sight is difficult to be explained even by Shesh with his countless mouths.

Lord Shiv told Parvati at this stage, “O Girija (born of mountain hence having a firm resolve), it was a worst kind of demon of low tendencies and like a collection of filth and dirt, even such a one was consigned to His own abode by the Lord; verily they are dimwitted who don’t worship Shri Ram.”

(Kumbhakaran, in the last moments when death had him in its grip was only thinking of Lord Shri Ram albeit as an enemy and had the avatari form of the as Raghupati Shri Ram right before him, so he deserved to be joined with Him only after death.)

We have now covered up to Doha 71 of Lanka Kand.

 

Bhavani Shanakar ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayaty!

Pawansut Hanuman ki Jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami tulsidas ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCXLVIII

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 67 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

कर सारंग साजि कटि भाथा। अरि दल दलन चले रघुनाथा।।
प्रथम कीन्ह प्रभु धनुष टँकोरा। रिपु दल बधिर भयउ सुनि सोरा।।
सत्यसंध छाँड़े सर लच्छा। कालसर्प जनु चले सपच्छा।।
जहँ तहँ चले बिपुल नाराचा। लगे कटन भट बिकट पिसाचा।।
कटहिं चरन उर सिर भुजदंडा। बहुतक बीर होहिं सत खंडा।।
घुर्मि घुर्मि घायल महि परहीं। उठि संभारि सुभट पुनि लरहीं।।
लागत बान जलद जिमि गाजहीं। बहुतक देखी कठिन सर भाजहिं।।
रुंड प्रचंड मुंड बिनु धावहिं। धरु धरु मारू मारु धुनि गावहिं।।
दो0-छन महुँ प्रभु के सायकन्हि काटे बिकट पिसाच।
पुनि रघुबीर निषंग महुँ प्रबिसे सब नाराच।।68।।

Raghunath Shri Ram prepared Himself to trounce the army on the side of enemy by picking up His famous bow called Shrang and tying quiver to waist. First the Lord made a resounding sound through the string of His bow, the high-pitched sound made the people on the side of enemy lose capacity to hear. Then Shri Ram, the repository of truth, sent forth a volley of arrows which seemed like winged serpents of death. The formidable arrows hit here and there and in effect warring Pishachas (fierce demons) fell down cut up in pieces; their legs, bodies, heads and arms got severed and some of the brave ones were turned in to innumerable pieces. Badly hurt and wounded they fell to ground with their bodies spinning. The seasoned warriors among them attempted to fight back rising up again. The arrows made thundering sound while hitting targets and made many of them ran away when they saw of the arrows aimed at them. The headless bodies were to be seen running in the din of sound of calls “catch, seize, kill, kill’.

In a matter of seconds the arrows of the Lord felled the horrible demons and returned to be nestled back in His quiver.

We have now covered up to Doha 68 of Lanka Kand.

कुंभकरन मन दीख बिचारी। हति धन माझ निसाचर धारी।।
भा अति क्रुद्ध महाबल बीरा। कियो मृगनायक नाद गँभीरा।।
कोपि महीधर लेइ उपारी। डारइ जहँ मर्कट भट भारी।।
आवत देखि सैल प्रभू भारे। सरन्हि काटि रज सम करि डारे।।।
पुनि धनु तानि कोपि रघुनायक। छाँड़े अति कराल बहु सायक।।
तनु महुँ प्रबिसि निसरि सर जाहीं। जिमि दामिनि घन माझ समाहीं।।
सोनित स्त्रवत सोह तन कारे। जनु कज्जल गिरि गेरु पनारे।।
बिकल बिलोकि भालु कपि धाए। बिहँसा जबहिं निकट कपि आए।।
दो0-महानाद करि गर्जा कोटि कोटि गहि कीस।
महि पटकइ गजराज इव सपथ करइ दससीस।।69।।

Kumbhakaran gave a serious thought to the fact that army of his side was slain in a short while and this made him, a brave soldier of great strength,  very very angry and he responded by making a roaring sound like that of a lion. He, charged with anger,  then lifted off a mountain and dropped on where a group of great monkey warrior were assembled. The Lord noticed heavy mountain coming over the group of monkeys and he promptly converted it to powder form with his arrows. Retaliating angrily He readied His bow to send forth many a fierce arrows; these arrows used to get back in to the quiver after piercing the body of the demon in the same fashion as the lighting is seen merging back in to cloud after flashing. The dark body of big demon (Kumbhkaran) oozing red fluid looked special in the same way as a mountain of soot would look when red mud flows out from its pores.  Finding Kumbhakaran lose balance, the monkeys rushed towards him but he laughed heartily when they came near him.

Making a big sound Kumbhkaran roared and caught many many monkeys in one stroke and began to smash them to ground like a king elephant would do tiny animals while swearing in the name of his big brother, the ten-headed Ravan.

(The instruments of destruction meant to destroy vile tendencies, sourced out of the absolute truth, are not used up and  are not regenerated  because the truth is for ever and so are its arms. The vile tendencies and main afflictions are tenacious in their own way and may well pose threat to good tendencies fighting them but have no capacity to stand against the ire of the Lord.)

We have covered up to Doha 69 of Lanka Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

 

Ramcharit Charcha DCXLVII

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

 

We covered up to Doha 65 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

उमा करत रघुपति नरलीला। खेलत गरुड़ जिमि अहिगन मीला।।
भृकुटि भंग जो कालहि खाई। ताहि कि सोहइ ऐसि लराई।।
जग पावनि कीरति बिस्तरिहहिं। गाइ गाइ भवनिधि नर तरिहहिं।।
मुरुछा गइ मारुतसुत जागा। सुग्रीवहि तब खोजन लागा।।
सुग्रीवहु कै मुरुछा बीती। निबुक गयउ तेहि मृतक प्रतीती।।
काटेसि दसन नासिका काना। गरजि अकास चलउ तेहिं जाना।।
गहेउ चरन गहि भूमि पछारा। अति लाघवँ उठि पुनि तेहि मारा।।
पुनि आयसु प्रभु पहिं बलवाना। जयति जयति जय कृपानिधाना।।
नाक कान काटे जियँ जानी। फिरा क्रोध करि भइ मन ग्लानी।।
सहज भीम पुनि बिनु श्रुति नासा। देखत कपि दल उपजी त्रासा।।
दो0-जय जय जय रघुबंस मनि धाए कपि दै हूह।
एकहि बार तासु पर छाड़ेन्हि गिरि तरु जूह।।66।।

Lord Shiv tells Parvati, “Uma, Lord Shri Ram is just acting in ways befitting humans as Raghupati; He is only playing in manner Garuda (the principal bird) would play with hosts of snakes (i e as Garuda, the carrier of Lord Vishnu, has no cause of alarm viz a viz snakes).

“Whose mere twitching of eyebrow can see end of time (or lord of death) itself, this kind of fight would naturally not behoove Him. He in fact is doing it so that His glory aimed at purifying the thought and behavior of the world gets extended and which would be sung by all and sundry to enable them to cross the ocean of being (i e it is to provide an example, a perfect one, of proper behavior in circumstances that resemble the happenings in lives of people).”

When Hanuman regained consciousness he looked all around for Sugreev. Sugreev also came back to senses but still lay like a corpse, believing him to be dead Kumbhakan let him slip out of his grip. Sugreev then promptly bit the ear and nose of Kumbhkaran which made him realize that Sugreev was still alive and had jumped skyward making roaring noise. Kumbhakaran once again caught Sugreev by leg and smashed to ground but he too most skillfully got up and hit Kumbhakaran back. Sugreev then came back near Shri Ram calling loudly ‘Victory, victory to Shri Ram, the merciful’.

Kumbhakaran felt demoralized that his nose and ears were bitten off and warding off feeling of discomfiture he got in to angry mood and returned back to fighting. He was basically a large bodied one and now his nose and ears were removed; this sight made the side of monkeys cringe and cower.

Ultimately they rushed to attack together shouting ‘may there be win for the jewel in the race of Raghu’ and simultaneously hurled barrage of mountain rocks and uprooted trees on Kumbhakaran.

We have now covered up to Doha 66 of Lanka Kand.

कुंभकरन रन रंग बिरुद्धा। सन्मुख चला काल जनु क्रुद्धा।।
कोटि कोटि कपि धरि धरि खाई। जनु टीड़ी गिरि गुहाँ समाई।।
कोटिन्ह गहि सरीर सन मर्दा। कोटिन्ह मीजि मिलव महि गर्दा।।
मुख नासा श्रवनन्हि कीं बाटा। निसरि पराहिं भालु कपि ठाटा।।
रन मद मत्त निसाचर दर्पा। बिस्व ग्रसिहि जनु एहि बिधि अर्पा।।
मुरे सुभट सब फिरहिं न फेरे। सूझ न नयन सुनहिं नहिं टेरे।।
कुंभकरन कपि फौज बिडारी। सुनि धाई रजनीचर धारी।।
देखि राम बिकल कटकाई। रिपु अनीक नाना बिधि आई।।
दो0-सुनु सुग्रीव बिभीषन अनुज सँभारेहु सैन।
मैं देखउँ खल बल दलहि बोले राजिवनैन।।67।।

Displaying his true color against the enemy Kumbhakaran went forward to confront them like death in fury; he devoured innumerable monkeys presenting a scene like a swarm of insects entering a cave. Kumbhakaran smashed and crushed many with his body and many more were crushed by palms of his hands and were mixed with soil of the ground. Monkeys and bears could be seen coming out through the holes of cut off nose and ears and were escaping.

The night roaming demon was now totally feverish for fighting and it seemed that he will gulped down the whole world as the way he was charged and acting was resolute. The warriors on the opposite side were made to turn back by him who had stopped listening to the calls for engaging in fight. They were running blindly and were not responding to calls for attention.

Coming to know that Kumbhakaran had destroyed the whole army of monkeys and bears, the army on the side of demons rushed back to fight seeing themselves at an advantage. Shri Ram also noted that the army of monkeys and bears fighting for him was now distraught and disheveled and the contingent of soldiers on opposite side were back prepared in variety of ways.

Shri Ram then ordered Sugreev, Vibhishan and younger brother to stay back and consolidate and regroup the running away fighters on their own side and
Shri Ram, the lotus eyed one, announced to confront the enemy force all by Himself.

(Kumbhakaran represents the mighty callous tendency of our minds and the bears and monkeys represent the tiny good tendencies fighting it which prove inadequate in resisting it at which point the thought of Almighty Lord only comes to help or really can help. Invoking Lord who remains in heart of every one is necessary for a decisive win of good tendencies over the bad ones.)

We have now covered up to Doha 67 of Lanka Kand.

BHavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijatatey!
Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCXLVI

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 63 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

महिष खाइ करि मदिरा पाना। गर्जा बज्राघात समाना।।
कुंभकरन दुर्मद रन रंगा। चला दुर्ग तजि सेन न संगा।।
देखि बिभीषनु आगें आयउ। परेउ चरन निज नाम सुनायउ।।
अनुज उठाइ हृदयँ तेहि लायो। रघुपति भक्त जानि मन भायो।।
तात लात रावन मोहि मारा। कहत परम हित मंत्र बिचारा।।
तेहिं गलानि रघुपति पहिं आयउँ। देखि दीन प्रभु के मन भायउँ।।
सुनु सुत भयउ कालबस रावन। सो कि मान अब परम सिखावन।।
धन्य धन्य तैं धन्य बिभीषन। भयहु तात निसिचर कुल भूषन।।
बंधु बंस तैं कीन्ह उजागर। भजेहु राम सोभा सुख सागर।।
दो0-बचन कर्म मन कपट तजि भजेहु राम रनधीर।
जाहु न निज पर सूझ मोहि भयउँ कालबस बीर। 64।।

Eating buffalo meat and drinking intoxicating liquor which Ravan had got for Kumbhakaran, he made thundering sound. Now badly drunk and passionately inclined for war, Kumbhkaran left the fort without any army to speak of. Vibhishan saw him coming and went closer; he then bowed at his feet telling his name at the same time (as inebriated Kumbhakaran might not noticed him coming). Kumbhkaran then lifted his younger brother, bought him close to his heart; he loved Vibhishan more knowing that this brother of his was a devotee of Raghupati Shri Ram.

Explaining his crossing over to Shri Ram’s side Vibhishan told Kumbhkaran, “Taat, Ravan hit me by his leg while I was only giving his worthwhile counsel covering his best interest after thoroughly analyzing the matter. Appalled at such bad treatment I came to see Raghupati Shri Ram who liked me immensely particularly because I was helpless and without means (as Shri Ram has no regard for a shelter seeker’s worth or strength; he only values genuineness of intention and need for help).”

Kumbhakaran then relied, “Look, O Son, Ravan is now under grip of death hence he would hardly listen to worthy advice laced with ultimate benefit. You are now thrice blessed, O Vibhishan. O Taat, you are the ornament of family of demons. O Brother, you have brightened the name of our family by worshiping Shri Ram who is an ocean of beauty and grace and of joy.

“Now dispense with any kind of cleverness or deceit and worship and serve Shri Ram, the patient warrior, in speech, action and thought. I am also going to be claimed by death now and have lost ability to discriminate so better not rely on what I do now.”

We have now covered up to Doha 84 of Lanka Kand.

बंधु बचन सुनि चला बिभीषन। आयउ जहँ त्रैलोक बिभूषन।।
नाथ भूधराकार सरीरा। कुंभकरन आवत रनधीरा।।
एतना कपिन्ह सुना जब काना। किलकिलाइ धाए बलवाना।।
लिए उठाइ बिटप अरु भूधर। कटकटाइ डारहिं ता ऊपर।।
कोटि कोटि गिरि सिखर प्रहारा। करहिं भालु कपि एक एक बारा।।
मुर् यो न मन तनु टर् यो न टार् यो। जिमि गज अर्क फलनि को मार्यो।।
तब मारुतसुत मुठिका हन्यो। पर् यो धरनि ब्याकुल सिर धुन्यो।।
पुनि उठि तेहिं मारेउ हनुमंता। घुर्मित भूतल परेउ तुरंता।।
पुनि नल नीलहि अवनि पछारेसि। जहँ तहँ पटकि पटकि भट डारेसि।।
चली बलीमुख सेन पराई। अति भय त्रसित न कोउ समुहाई।।
दो0-अंगदादि कपि मुरुछित करि समेत सुग्रीव।
काँख दाबि कपिराज कहुँ चला अमित बल सींव।।65।।

Listening to what Kumbhakaran had to say, Vibhishan came back to where the Vibhushan (special kind of ornament) of Trailoki (the three worlds) was present. Vibhishan informed Shri Ram, “O Lord, who has body as big as a mountain that Kumbhkaran, a very resilient warrior, has descended on the battle field.” The brave monkeys noisily rushed back to encounter Kumbhakaran as soon as they absorbed the news of his arrival.
They picked trees and mountain rocks and hurled them at Kumbhakaran; some times monkeys and bears together hurled innumerable mountains rocks, all at same time, to deter Kumbhkaran from advancing but neither it made him mentally afraid or bodily evasive in the same way as an elephants takes no notice of juicy fruits hitting it.

Pawansut Hanuman then hit Kumbhkaran with his fist which made him fall to ground very irritatingly. When Kumbhakaran got up he hit back Hanuman and made him swirl and be grounded immediately. Shortly afterwards Kumbhakaran did same to Nal and Neel and to other warriors. Now the army of monkeys ran away to safer ground consumed by sense of fear unable to find anyone to help.

Angad and others, including Sugreev, were incapacitated and made unconscious by Kumbhakaran, the one possessing limitless power; he then put the king of monkeys under his arm and strolled away.

(When Tamasik Guna takes over it can make good tendencies become ineffective in ones’ mind and body or the mind become dull.)

We have now covered up to Doha 65 of Lanka Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramharit Charcha DCXLV

II Shree Guruvey namah LL

 

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

हरषि राम भेंटेउ हनुमाना। अति कृतग्य प्रभु परम सुजाना।।
तुरत बैद तब कीन्ह उपाई। उठि बैठे लछिमन हरषाई।।
हृदयँ लाइ प्रभु भेंटेउ भ्राता। हरषे सकल भालु कपि ब्राता।।
कपि पुनि बैद तहाँ पहुँचावा। जेहि बिधि तबहिं ताहि लइ आवा।।
यह बृत्तांत दसानन सुनेऊ। अति बिषअद पुनि पुनि सिर धुनेऊ।।
ब्याकुल कुंभकरन पहिं आवा। बिबिध जतन करि ताहि जगावा।।
जागा निसिचर देखिअ कैसा। मानहुँ कालु देह धरि बैसा।।
कुंभकरन बूझा कहु भाई। काहे तव मुख रहे सुखाई।।
कथा कही सब तेहिं अभिमानी। जेहि प्रकार सीता हरि आनी।।
तात कपिन्ह सब निसिचर मारे। महामहा जोधा संघारे।।
दुर्मुख सुररिपु मनुज अहारी। भट अतिकाय अकंपन भारी।।
अपर महोदर आदिक बीरा। परे समर महि सब रनधीरा।।
दो0-सुनि दसकंधर बचन तब कुंभकरन बिलखान।
जगदंबा हरि आनि अब सठ चाहत कल्यान।।62।।

Shri Ram who is always very grateful to everyone serving Him though also always in possession of all knowledge as to what is next, met Hanuman with great happiness up on his arrival. The Vaidya (Doctor) in attendance promptly treated Lakshman with help of medicines brought by Hanuman and Lakshman got up instantly quite relaxed and happy responding to treatment. Shri Ram then embraced Lakshman and the entire body of monkeys and bears also rejoiced seeing Lakshman regain health. In the mean time Hanuman took back and settled the Vaidya in his home from where he had brought him (it is never right to be ungrateful and negligent towards someone who helps in crisis). When Ravan learnt of the whole episode in the morning, he only could beat his head time and again in desperation (but did not punish the Vaidya for an expert Doctor can never be challenged for treating a patient even by demons like Ravan).

Ravan, very upset and dazed, rushed to see brother Kumbhakaran who was sleeping (as per his practice of sleeping for six months then wake up for a day for feeding himself) and could only wake him up deploying variety of tricks. Kumbharan looked like embodied Kaal (the dark complexioned god of death) in his waking state and he asked Ravan, “O Brother, tell whats the matter; why is your face totally drained of shine and color. Ravan who remains always in an arrogant mood told all the story involving abduction of Sita by himself. Ravan added further, ” Taat, the monkeys have killed all demons, the great warriors on our side have also been slain namely Durmukh (bad-mouthed), Sur-ripu (enemy of gods) and Manuj-Ahari (man-eater). The stalwart fighters like Atikaay (big-bodied), and big weight Akampan (non-shaking) besides brave ones like Mahodar (big-stomach) who all were very resilient and patient in the battle field are now lying dead on earth.”

This information of total annihilation of demons coming from his ten-shouldered brother made Kumbhkaran wail and cry badly and he later scolded Ravan saying, ” O Dumb, you have abducted Jadamba (the mother of the world) Sita and are now looking for your salvation and welfare (Kumbhakar here displayed some wisdom though he was Tamasik by nature because of being dull and pleasure seekers but not unthinking; the Rajasik become totally blind to reality and remain goal-oriented, right or wrong, like Ravan was due to fickleness and as well as stubbornness in nature).”

We have now covered up to Doha 62 of Lanka Kand.
भल न कीन्ह तैं निसिचर नाहा। अब मोहि आइ जगाएहि काहा।।
अजहूँ तात त्यागि अभिमाना। भजहु राम होइहि कल्याना।।
हैं दससीस मनुज रघुनायक। जाके हनूमान से पायक।।
अहह बंधु तैं कीन्हि खोटाई। प्रथमहिं मोहि न सुनाएहि आई।।
कीन्हेहु प्रभू बिरोध तेहि देवक। सिव बिरंचि सुर जाके सेवक।।
नारद मुनि मोहि ग्यान जो कहा। कहतेउँ तोहि समय निरबहा।।
अब भरि अंक भेंटु मोहि भाई। लोचन सूफल करौ मैं जाई।।
स्याम गात सरसीरुह लोचन। देखौं जाइ ताप त्रय मोचन।।
दो0-राम रूप गुन सुमिरत मगन भयउ छन एक।
रावन मागेउ कोटि घट मद अरु महिष अनेक।।63।।

Kumbhakaran also said, “O Demon King, you did not do the right thing, what is purpose now to wake me up. I suggest that you better drop your arrogance and false pride and begin to worship and remember Lord Ram which only will bring about good times and welfare. Do you think O Ten-headed One, that Raghunayak Shri Ram just is someone born as human while you very well know that his errand boys are like Hanuman himself. Ahh Brother, you committed absurdly foolish and ugly act and did not consult me earlier about action. You invited confrontation with a divine entity like Shri Ram who has gods like Lord Shiv (whom Ravan worshiped), Lord Brahma (whom Kumbhkaran worshiped) and other gods always engaged in His own service.

“What specific knowledge Muni Narad had passed on to me, I would have passed to you but now the time has gone for it to put to use. Now just come and take me in arms and embrace me solidly O My Brother and allow me to go to make my eyes have benefit of His ‘darshan’ (glimpse and view). His body is of swarthy complexion and His eyes are lotus-like, its my sole desire to see and meet the one who can steal the heat of three kinds (Daihik, the heat or afflictions of the body, Daivik, the heat i e discomfort on account of providence or fate and Bhautik, the heat i e discomfort generated by the atmospheric conditions).”

Kumbhakaran became totally lost and absorbed in thoughts of Ram’s beauty and virtues for a moment at which point Ravan asked for an unlimited supply of urns of wine and meat of buffaloes (which are the kind of foods that will place back person in to stupor and stop him from thinking rationally and spiritually)

 

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj ko Pranam!

Goswami tulsidas Ki jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCXLIV

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 60 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas and this further to it.

उहाँ राम लछिमनहिं निहारी। बोले बचन मनुज अनुसारी।।
अर्ध राति गइ कपि नहिं आयउ। राम उठाइ अनुज उर लायउ।।
सकहु न दुखित देखि मोहि काऊ। बंधु सदा तव मृदुल सुभाऊ।।
मम हित लागि तजेहु पितु माता। सहेहु बिपिन हिम आतप बाता।।
सो अनुराग कहाँ अब भाई। उठहु न सुनि मम बच बिकलाई।।
जौं जनतेउँ बन बंधु बिछोहू। पिता बचन मनतेउँ नहिं ओहू।।
सुत बित नारि भवन परिवारा। होहिं जाहिं जग बारहिं बारा।।
अस बिचारि जियँ जागहु ताता। मिलइ न जगत सहोदर भ्राता।।
जथा पंख बिनु खग अति दीना। मनि बिनु फनि करिबर कर हीना।।
अस मम जिवन बंधु बिनु तोही। जौं जड़ दैव जिआवै मोही।।
जैहउँ अवध कवन मुहु लाई। नारि हेतु प्रिय भाइ गँवाई।।
बरु अपजस सहतेउँ जग माहीं। नारि हानि बिसेष छति नाहीं।।
अब अपलोकु सोकु सुत तोरा। सहिहि निठुर कठोर उर मोरा।।
निज जननी के एक कुमारा। तात तासु तुम्ह प्रान अधारा।।
सौंपेसि मोहि तुम्हहि गहि पानी। सब बिधि सुखद परम हित जानी।।
उतरु काह दैहउँ तेहि जाई। उठि किन मोहि सिखावहु भाई।।
बहु बिधि सिचत सोच बिमोचन। स्त्रवत सलिल राजिव दल लोचन।।
उमा एक अखंड रघुराई। नर गति भगत कृपाल देखाई।।
सो0-प्रभु प्रलाप सुनि कान बिकल भए बानर निकर।
आइ गयउ हनुमान जिमि करुना महँ बीर रस।।61।।

Back in Lanka, Shri Ram, up on watching His dear brother Lakshman comatose, began to lament like an ordinary person and could be listened saying, “it is already past mid-night and Hanuman hasn’t returned.” Shri Ram then lifted Lakshman and brought him close to His bosom and began emotional outburst thinking Lakshman would listen; He said, “You could not ever see me grieving or sorrowful, O Brother, you have always had a kind and soft heart. You loved me so much that for my sake you even left mother and father back home to come with me. You suffered only for my sake all kinds of weather conditions in the forest. Where is that affection now, Brother. Why don’t you now quickly get up worrying and concerned as always whenever I happened to call you.

“If I had been aware of the possibility of losing my brother during my sojourn in the jungles, I would surely not have cared for words of my father. Sons, wealth, women, houses and company of family members is routinely available in the world and routinely separated also. A real brother is of course is not to be had so easily rather can never be had by an individual in the world.

“If harsh and dumb fate of mine needs me to live on, O Brother, without you my life would be as miserable and as burdensome as the life of a bird without wings, of a serpent without its Mani (jewel on head) and of an elephant without its trunk.

“What face would I carry back to Ayodhya that I have lost my dear brother for the sake my woman. It would have been better for me to bear disgrace and defamation heaped on me by the world because loss of one’s woman is not after all a big loss which can’t be made up. Now not just bad name but also grief of loss of you, my child, will have to be borne by my apathetic and insensitive heart.

“You are the only son of your mother, you are sole support to her life. She had given you in my hand holding you in her own hand thinking that I would ensure your ultimate welfare and provide you all kinds of comforts; what answer would I give to her up on my return, why don’t you get up and give the cue.”

The Lord who is known to be stealing worries of all was now busy thinking worriedly about many things and tears were oozing out of His lotus eyes profusely. At this stage Lord Shiv explained to Parvati saying, “Uma, Raghuraj Shri Ram is same impenetrable and unending entity known as the Supreme Lord of Universe; He, as an avatar and out of His grace, is just showing to His devotees the pattern of thinking that a person of this fragile and distracting world would have in times of intense grief, losing rationality and getting carried away by emotions.”

The lamentation of the Lord which fell in the ears of monkeys in groups there made them very upset and bothered; in the mean time Hanuman arrived there as if the atmosphere heavy with deep sadness and dejection is charged by entry of a hero bringing hope.

We have now covered up to Doha 61 of Lanka Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawansut Hanuman ki Jai!

Sant Samaj ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal