Ramcharit Charcha DLXIV

August 25, 2016

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

गीध देह तजि धरि हरि रुपा। भूषन बहु पट पीत अनूपा।।
स्याम गात बिसाल भुज चारी। अस्तुति करत नयन भरि बारी।।

This is further to Doha 31 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas which we covered in the last post.

The vulture now left his body and appeared in form of Shri Hari (signifying his oneness with the Supreme Lord Vishnu), he was now richly ornamented while putting on yellow attire of very attractive kind, his body bearing dark complexion had four arms and he began to sing praises of Lord Shri Ram while tears filled his eyes.

छं0-जय राम रूप अनूप निर्गुन सगुन गुन प्रेरक सही।
दससीस बाहु प्रचंड खंडन चंड सर मंडन मही।।
पाथोद गात सरोज मुख राजीव आयत लोचनं।
नित नौमि रामु कृपाल बाहु बिसाल भव भय मोचनं।।1।।

What his heart knew now, Jatayu verbalized it saying, “Victory to You, O Ram, You have unworldly and attractive form while basically You are formless and without attributes but have appeared on earth as Sagun (with form having qualities i e as avatar); the Gunas do not affect You and are in fact governed by You (through Maya).

“Your are mighty enough to destroy the ten-headed demon Ravan whose arms are very strong and You are capable of littering his severed heads on ground.

“You body has color like that of water rich cloud, Your face is like a lotus and Your wide eyes also are lotus like.

“I bow down to You all the while, O Ram, You are gracious and Your long arms are always ready to help which enables one to drop all worldly fears.”

बलमप्रमेयमनादिमजमब्यक्तमेकमगोचरं।
गोबिंद गोपर द्वंद्वहर बिग्यानघन धरनीधरं।।
जे राम मंत्र जपंत संत अनंत जन मन रंजनं।
नित नौमि राम अकाम प्रिय कामादि खल दल गंजनं।।2।

“Your might has no limit, You are since ever and are unborn; You remain unmanifested and are not perceivable through senses (as the Supreme Lord of Universe).

“You watch the senses as ‘atman’ in body but are not Yourself a subject of sense; conflicts and confusion are ended by You only (when one surrenders to You and You show mercy), You are the cosmic consciousness and provide the earth its existence and hold it in place.

“O Endless Lord, those saintly people who repeat Your name ‘Ram’ as mantra, You delight their heart. I also unwaveringly surrender to that Shri Ram who holds all those as dear to His heart who have stopped having wants and desores while its only You who kills the vile tendencies (that result in unwanted desires).

जेहि श्रुति निरंजन ब्रह्म ब्यापक बिरज अज कहि गावहीं।।
करि ध्यान ग्यान बिराग जोग अनेक मुनि जेहि पावहीं।।
सो प्रगट करुना कंद सोभा बृंद अग जग मोहई।
मम हृदय पंकज भृंग अंग अनंग बहु छबि सोहई।।3।।

“Who is referred by Vedas as Niranjan (spotless,flawless) Brahman, as all pervading, as one without Raga (attachment) and as unborn. Who is attained by Munis by doing Dhyan (contemplation), by gaining Gyan (knowledge), by having Vairagya (dispassion) and by practicing Yoga (making effort to unite with the Lord as prescribed by masters), that very abundantly merciful Lord, immensely charming and attractive and capable of alluring the entire world, is now manifest in person here itself. I have now captured him in my heart with His limbs looking charming to me like many limbless lords (numerous gods of love i e Kaamdevs) like a bee captured in lotus.

जो अगम सुगम सुभाव निर्मल असम सम सीतल सदा।
पस्यंति जं जोगी जतन करि करत मन गो बस सदा।।
सो राम रमा निवास संतत दास बस त्रिभुवन धनी।
मम उर बसउ सो समन संसृति जासु कीरति पावनी।।
दो0-अबिरल भगति मागि बर गीध गयउ हरिधाम।
तेहि की क्रिया जथोचित निज कर कीन्ही राम।।32।।

“Who is inaccessible (to those whose minds and hearts are not yet pure) and is easily available also (to those who have become pure in heart and mind), Who is straight in dealings and pure in behavior, Who remains inclined to help the devotees but is otherwise neutral and who is always very cool and composed at all times; Whom the Yogis do get to see and know putting untiring effort in practices that enable them to have control over mind and senses, that Shri Ram, the master of all the three Lokas (worlds) who resides in heart of Sita, the avatar of Rama and in whose heart She resides at all times, Who remains under control and approach of the devotees and servants all the time. I wish that very Lord Ram to remain in my heart too, whose saga of sacred and glorious activities can end the cycle of being born in the world again and again.”

This is how Jatayu, the vulture, asked for the boon of unbroken devotion at feet of the Lord and finally left for the abode of Lord Hari; Shri Ram later performed Jatayu’s last rites as was befitting for him (i e performed rites that a son does for his father).

We have now covered up to Doha 32 of Aranya Kand.

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

Hariom,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DLXIII

August 22, 2016

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II
तब कह गीध बचन धरि धीरा । सुनहु राम भंजन भव भीरा।।
नाथ दसानन यह गति कीन्ही। तेहि खल जनकसुता हरि लीन्ही।।
लै दच्छिन दिसि गयउ गोसाई। बिलपति अति कुररी की नाई।।
दरस लागी प्रभु राखेंउँ प्राना। चलन चहत अब कृपानिधाना।।
राम कहा तनु राखहु ताता। मुख मुसकाइ कही तेहिं बाता।।
जा कर नाम मरत मुख आवा। अधमउ मुकुत होई श्रुति गावा।।
सो मम लोचन गोचर आगें। राखौं देह नाथ केहि खाँगेँ।।
जल भरि नयन कहहिँ रघुराई। तात कर्म निज ते गतिं पाई।।
परहित बस जिन्ह के मन माहीँ। तिन्ह कहुँ जग दुर्लभ कछु नाहीँ।।
तनु तजि तात जाहु मम धामा। देउँ काह तुम्ह पूरनकामा।।
दो0-सीता हरन तात जनि कहहु पिता सन जाइ।।
जौँ मैँ राम त कुल सहित कहिहि दसानन आइ।।31।।

This is further to Doha 30 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas which we covered in the last post.

The vulture, though badly hurt, patiently spoke to Shri Ram, “Listen, Ram, You are known to be the one who can break the cycle of being reborn in this painful world and I believe it. The ten-headed demon has brought me to this condition and that villain only has taken away the daughter of King Janak. She was crying vehemently and was taken away towards south like fish-hawk carries its prey.

“I am alive only in hope of having Your ‘darshan’ (glimpse) and now when I have You before me I want to leave this body, O the Merciful Lord.”

Shri Ram addressing him respectfully (because Jatayu once had developed a relationship with King Dashrath as friend) said, ” O Taat (my father like), you might very well keep your body (reminding him that Shri Ram could do it).” Bringing a faint smile to his face Jatayu replied, “just when the name of whom is uttered by the lips of a dying person, even if he be a mean, degraded or evil person, the liberation is a foregone conclusion which Vedas confirm with aplomb, the very same Lord is present before my eyes to be appraised in all aspects of beauty and glory, why then, my Master, would I care to keep my body now (which might be exposed to further troubles of this mundane world).”

The devotion and understanding of Jatayu moistened the core of eyes of Raghuraj Shri Ram and He said, “Taat, its your Karma which has provided you with this glorious and fruitful end.”

(Its the conscious effort for saving Sita that provided him the opportunity to leave the world in the best manner possible though he was fated to live an unholy life as a vulture and never would have been entitled for such a glorious and fruitful end. This means that if the circumstances of birth deny one to lead a pious life, the welcome change of fate can be brought about by self-less service of man-kind which is service of the Lord Himself.)

Shri Ram told further, “Who constantly keep the interest of others at heart, they find nothing that is beyond their  reach. O Taat, you may now leave this body and go to stay in my own permanent home (which is beyond the heaven i e much more desirable than a temporary stay in heaven). You now have all your desires fulfilled (to long for Lord’s ‘darshn’ and to be able to have it with full understanding ends in total satisfaction of all desires i e nothing remains to be desired further), what more can I give therefore.

“Now while you are going where you will see my father too, I beseech you to not divulge of the happenings here, if I am Ram (the brave son of my brave father) the ten-headed demon (Ravan) will relate it all to him personally accompanied by his entire family (as Shri Ram intended to end all the demonic tendencies represented but Ravan along with the tendencies that support it for bringing about regime that is called ‘Ram-Rajya’)”

We have now covered up to Doha 31 of Aranya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho vijayatey!

Sant Samaj ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DLXII

August 18, 2016

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

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

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

रघुपति अनुजहि आवत देखी। बाहिज चिंता कीन्हि बिसेषी।।
जनकसुता परिहरिहु अकेली। आयहु तात बचन मम पेली।।
निसिचर निकर फिरहिं बन माहीं। मम मन सीता आश्रम नाहीं।।
गहि पद कमल अनुज कर जोरी। कहेउ नाथ कछु मोहि न खोरी।।
अनुज समेत गए प्रभु तहवाँ। गोदावरि तट आश्रम जहवाँ।।

We covered up to Doha 29 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post, this is further to it.

Shri Ram saw His younger brother Lakshman approaching Him in the jungle and got very worried, though just a show (because for the Lord there can be nothing worrisome but as an avatar in human form he has to act like a human), and said, “seems you have left Sita alone back there and have come here defying my instructions to you. You must be aware that groups of demons are roaming in the forest; I have a feeling that Sita is now not in the Ashram.”

Lakshman, now worried himself, grabbed the lotus feet of Shri Ram and with palms joined he replied, “Lord, I carry no blame for this (harsh words of Sita had compelled him).”

Even after very limited reply Shri Ram did not inquire further implying His deep understanding of brother’s attitude, and He left there to go to His ashram near the bank of river Godavari to check whether Sita was there still (Shri Ram knew that a situation that has already come up cant’t be reversed by mere discussion).

आश्रम देखि जानकी हीना। भए बिकल जस प्राकृत दीना।।
हा गुन खानि जानकी सीता। रूप सील ब्रत नेम पुनीता।।
लछिमन समुझाए बहु भाँती। पूछत चले लता तरु पाँती।।
हे खग मृग हे मधुकर श्रेनी। तुम्ह देखी सीता मृगनैनी।।
खंजन सुक कपोत मृग मीना। मधुप निकर कोकिला प्रबीना।।
कुंद कली दाड़िम दामिनी। कमल सरद ससि अहिभामिनी।।
बरुन पास मनोज धनु हंसा। गज केहरि निज सुनत प्रसंसा।।
श्रीफल कनक कदलि हरषाहीं। नेकु न संक सकुच मन माहीं।।
सुनु जानकी तोहि बिनु आजू। हरषे सकल पाइ जनु राजू।।
किमि सहि जात अनख तोहि पाहीं । प्रिया बेगि प्रगटसि कस नाहीं।।
एहि बिधि खौजत बिलपत स्वामी। मनहुँ महा बिरही अति कामी।।
पूरनकाम राम सुख रासी। मनुज चरित कर अज अबिनासी।।
आगे परा गीधपति देखा। सुमिरत राम चरन जिन्ह रेखा।।
दो0-कर सरोज सिर परसेउ कृपासिंधु रधुबीर।।
निरखि राम छबि धाम मुख बिगत भई सब पीर।।30।।

Finding that ashram was with out any trace of Sita being there, Shri Ram became very upset, much like an ordinary helpless mortal of the world and exclaimed, “Haa, Janki, Haa Sita, you were a mine of good qualities, you have been very perfect in respect of your beauty, conduct and very pious because of your Vrutas (austerities) and Niyams (regularity in prescribed practices), what might have made you disappear from the ashram.”

Lakshman tried to console his brother in many ways but without success. Shri Ram went about asking even the creepers, trees and leaves about Sita (displaying how a possible calamity concerning a dear one might cheat one of reason).

“That various birds, various fruits, various flowers, various animals and snakes and various instruments related to gods (that are likened in beauty to limbs of a beautiful woman for some specific quality but are found to be insufficient by poets while describing beauty of Bhagwati Sita) now have no fear of competition from a formidable competitor like You, O Janki Sita, after Your disappearance and are as happy as one would be after regaining lost kingdom. How can you bear such an unwelcome situation, why don’t you show yourself up, O Darling,” Shri Ram, the Lord, lamented thus and looked for Sita like deeply anguished lust oriented person who is separated from his beloved companion. Though Shri Ram, as Lord of all, is always satisfied lacking nothing, missing nothing and remains a treasure of bliss and entirely blissful Himself yet He, the unborn and deathless Lord, was busy enacting like ordinary humans when they meet such unwelcome situation in life.

Going ahead Shri Ram noted the king of vultures lying wounded on ground who had been remembering the feet of the Lord with various marks and signs on the soles (the Lord is believed to be having 24 marks on left feet and 24 marks on right feet that signify what Lord stands for). Abundantly kind and merciful Raghuveer Shri Ram obliged by placing lotus hand over the head of Jatayu who had now lost all His pain after looking at the most charming face of Shri Ram.

We have now covered up to Doha 30 of Aranya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki jai!
Shri Janki Vallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas ki jai!

Hariom,
Krishna Khandelwal
 

Ramcharit Charcha DLXI

August 12, 2016

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

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

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 28 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post, this is further to it.

हा जग एक बीर रघुराया। केहिं अपराध बिसारेहु दाया।।
आरति हरन सरन सुखदायक। हा रघुकुल सरोज दिननायक।।
हा लछिमन तुम्हार नहिं दोसा। सो फलु पायउँ कीन्हेउँ रोसा।।
बिबिध बिलाप करति बैदेही। भूरि कृपा प्रभु दूरि सनेही।।
बिपति मोरि को प्रभुहि सुनावा। पुरोडास चह रासभ खावा।।

Vaidehi Sita, now lamenting and wailing, called out,”Ha Raghuveer, You are known to be the bravest in the world, for what fault of mine You have forgotten to be merciful. You are sole source of comfort and the only one who really helps out and mitigates the miseries. You are like sun for the lotus like unsullied members of Raghu’s family, they get delighted when they see You.

“Ha Lakshman, its not your fault (that I have been abducted by Ravan), it is result of my being angry with you (she meant that anger is a big reason for people to fall in trouble, such momentary flare up is reason for many unwanted and ugly situations in life).”

Sita then drew attention of whoever would listen and said, “My Beloved Lord, who is capable of showing endless mercy and kindness, is away from me just now; would any one go and tell the Lord about my hazardous predicament. A donkey (a fool) is preparing to eat the sacred offering meant for Homa (the holy fire).”

सीता कै बिलाप सुनि भारी। भए चराचर जीव दुखारी।।
गीधराज सुनि आरत बानी। रघुकुलतिलक नारि पहिचानी।।
अधम निसाचर लीन्हे जाई। जिमि मलेछ बस कपिला गाई।।
सीते पुत्रि करसि जनि त्रासा। करिहउँ जातुधान कर नासा।।
धावा क्रोधवंत खग कैसें। छूटइ पबि परबत कहुँ जैसे।।
रे रे दुष्ट ठाढ़ किन होही। निर्भय चलेसि न जानेहि मोही।।
आवत देखि कृतांत समाना। फिरि दसकंधर कर अनुमाना।।
की मैनाक कि खगपति होई। मम बल जान सहित पति सोई।।
जाना जरठ जटायू एहा। मम कर तीरथ छाँड़िहि देहा।।
सुनत गीध क्रोधातुर धावा। कह सुनु रावन मोर सिखावा।।
तजि जानकिहि कुसल गृह जाहू। नाहिं त अस होइहि बहुबाहू।।
राम रोष पावक अति घोरा। होइहि सकल सलभ कुल तोरा।।
उतरु न देत दसानन जोधा। तबहिं गीध धावा करि क्रोधा।।
धरि कच बिरथ कीन्ह महि गिरा। सीतहि राखि गीध पुनि फिरा।।
चौचन्ह मारि बिदारेसि देही। दंड एक भइ मुरुछा तेही।।
तब सक्रोध निसिचर खिसिआना। काढ़ेसि परम कराल कृपाना।।
काटेसि पंख परा खग धरनी। सुमिरि राम करि अदभुत करनी।।
सीतहि जानि चढ़ाइ बहोरी। चला उताइल त्रास न थोरी।।

The intense wailing made all the creatures whether moving ones like animals, birds or insects or of plant origin, very very sad. Geedhraj Jatayu (Jatayu, the king of vultures) took note of the distressful call and could make out that it was Sita, the consort of the esteemed member of Raghu’s clan i e Shri Ram; it was she who was being carried away by some debased demon like a divine cow of golden hue being carried by a Mletchh, an uncouth villainous member of society.

Jatayu called out to Sita, “O Sita, my daughter, worry not and fear not, I am going to kill this rascal.” The great bird then went after the demon like the lightening striking a tall mountain. Jatayu challenged Ravan saying, “O scoundrel, why don’t you stop, you are running away fearlessly because you don’t know me yet.”

Ravan noted the deadly bird of big proportions coming towards himself and thought, “whether it is Menak (a mountain) or the Garud, carrier of Lord Vishnu, who would know my strength along with his master.” Later Ravan could place that it was aged Jatayu and shouted, “are you coming to end your life in my revered hands.”

सुनत गीध क्रोधातुर धावा। कह सुनु रावन मोर सिखावा।।
तजि जानकिहि कुसल गृह जाहू। नाहिं त अस होइहि बहुबाहू।।
राम रोष पावक अति घोरा। होइहि सकल सलभ कुल तोरा।।
उतरु न देत दसानन जोधा। तबहिं गीध धावा करि क्रोधा।।
धरि कच बिरथ कीन्ह महि गिरा। सीतहि राखि गीध पुनि फिरा।।
चौचन्ह मारि बिदारेसि देही। दंड एक भइ मुरुछा तेही।।
तब सक्रोध निसिचर खिसिआना। काढ़ेसि परम कराल कृपाना।।
काटेसि पंख परा खग धरनी। सुमिरि राम करि अदभुत करनी।।
सीतहि जानि चढ़ाइ बहोरी। चला उताइल त्रास न थोरी।।

Listening this remark the big bird now very enraged, frantically rushed while advising Ravan, “leave Janki Sita and go back safely to your home otherwise a fierce battle is going to commence. Besides you must be aware of the fury of Shri Ram’s anger which is difficult to be faced and is grave in consequence. Your entire family will be destroyed like mosquitoes in that fire.”

Ravan, the ten-headed one, remained silent as he considered himself to be warrior first and this made the bird furiously attack him without delay. Catching Ravan by hair the bird brought him down on earth from the chariot. Then Jatayu placed Sita on ground and returned to fight again. He struck and wounded Ravan badly with his beak resulting in Ravan losing consciousness for some time. Thinking Ravan was lifeless the bird did not further attack him but later regaining consciousness, the demon, now miffed all the more, took out his sharp weapon and chopped off the wings of the bird. Incapacitated now, the bird fell to the ground remembering Shri Ram after accomplishing a rare feat.

The Ravan then took Sita back on board the chariot and drove off quickly but was immensely distressed and upset by the resistance he faced.

(There is message here that whenever the help of the Lord is asked for in troubled times it comes surely as Sita’s call was responded in form of help by Jatayu. It might not be successful in ending the trouble only because the Lord has a different plan to unfold.

It is also a message to the society of humans to come forward for help of woman in distress irrespective of the might of the oppressor; even a bird with conscience does it so why not humans.)

करति बिलाप जाति नभ सीता। ब्याध बिबस जनु मृगी सभीता।।
गिरि पर बैठे कपिन्ह निहारी। कहि हरि नाम दीन्ह पट डारी।।
एहि बिधि सीतहि सो लै गयऊ। बन असोक महँ राखत भयऊ।।
दो0-हारि परा खल बहु बिधि भय अरु प्रीति देखाइ।
तब असोक पादप तर राखिसि जतन कराइ।।29(क)।।
नवान्हपारायण, छठा विश्राम
जेहि बिधि कपट कुरंग सँग धाइ चले श्रीराम।
सो छबि सीता राखि उर रटति रहति हरिनाम।।29(ख)।।

Sita, lamenting and crying, was being carried through the sky-path by Ravan in a manner an unnerved baby deer is dragged by a hunter. Sita saw a group of monkeys at a hill-top from above and dropped a cloth while muttering Lord’s name. This is how Ravan ultimately took Sita to Ashok Van (garden of Ashoka trees) in Lanka to remain in captivity.

Ravan, the villain, tried in many ways to influence Sita by threatening and also by expressing love but all in vain and finally gave up and made arrangements to let her stay under an Ashoka tree under watchful eyes.

Sita now had in heart the image of Shri Ram, her Lord, running after the fake deer that was lastly seen by her and totally engaged herself in muttering Hari-Naam (the name of the Lord).

(This is the best means to keep patience and courage while in grave trouble as also in better times; the muttering of Lord’s name keeps one connected to the Lord and those who become connected to the Lord have hardly to fear any thing. Unwelcome thoughts spoil the psyche of a person but repeating Lord’s name stops the flow of bad thoughts and that way waiting becomes easy and mind remains healthy.)

We have now covered up to Doha 29 of Aranya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DLX

August 8, 2016

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 27 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

खल बधि तुरत फिरे रघुबीरा। सोह चाप कर कटि तूनीरा।।
आरत गिरा सुनी जब सीता। कह लछिमन सन परम सभीता।।
जाहु बेगि संकट अति भ्राता। लछिमन बिहसि कहा सुनु माता।।
भृकुटि बिलास सृष्टि लय होई। सपनेहुँ संकट परइ कि सोई।।
मरम बचन जब सीता बोला। हरि प्रेरित लछिमन मन डोला।।
बन दिसि देव सौंपि सब काहू। चले जहाँ रावन ससि राहू।।

After Raghuveer Shri Ram killed Mareech who had become partner of Ravan in his evil design, He promptly turned back to go where Sita was; Shri Ram looked attractive holding His bow in hand and a quiver tied to His waist (because His readiness with arms to kill the villainous leaves a sense of relief in hearts of His Bhaktas).

When Sita heard desperate loud call (of Mareech) mistaking it for Shri Ram’s call for Lakshman asking help, she was badly shaken with fear thinking of possibility of a mishap concerning Shri Ram and she, therefore, asked Lakshman to rush to help his brother who might be in grave danger. At this Lakshman smiled and said, “O Mother, listen patiently. Who can wipe out the entire creation by merely moving His eye-brow, would that one ever be falling in a perilous situation, even in a dream.”

Lakshman’s response did not placate the fear of Sita and she then spoke some hurtful sentences which swayed the heart of Lakshman; it had mostly to do with Lord’s will working at the mind of Lakshman who otherwise would never have gone against instructions of the Lord to constantly keep Sita under protection. Lakshman then decided to entrust safety of Sita to the lord of the forest and to the protectors of the surrounding quarters and leave for where moon like Shri Ram, Ravan and illusory deer were be found.
सून बीच दसकंधर देखा। आवा निकट जती कें बेषा।।
जाकें डर सुर असुर डेराहीं। निसि न नीद दिन अन्न न खाहीं।।
सो दससीस स्वान की नाई। इत उत चितइ चला भड़िहाई।।
इमि कुपंथ पग देत खगेसा। रह न तेज बुधि बल लेसा।।
नाना बिधि करि कथा सुहाई। राजनीति भय प्रीति देखाई।।
कह सीता सुनु जती गोसाईं। बोलेहु बचन दुष्ट की नाईं।।
तब रावन निज रूप देखावा। भई सभय जब नाम सुनावा।।
कह सीता धरि धीरजु गाढ़ा। आइ गयउ प्रभु रहु खल ठाढ़ा।।
जिमि हरिबधुहि छुद्र सस चाहा। भएसि कालबस निसिचर नाहा।।
सुनत बचन दससीस रिसाना। मन महुँ चरन बंदि सुख माना।।
दो0-क्रोधवंत तब रावन लीन्हिसि रथ बैठाइ।
चला गगनपथ आतुर भयँ रथ हाँकि न जाइ।।28।।

This was the moment when Ravan noticed that the place where Sita was present was no more under protection of Lakshman. He put on guise like that of Yati (hermit) and came near Sita. Isn’t it interesting that some one under whose spell of fear, the gods as well as the demons do not have sound sleep in the nights and nor restfully have their meals during the days, is moving forward, carefully glancing here and there, for stealing like a dog  moves to pick and run.

Kaakbhushundi told Garuda, “O Chief of birds, it is like this that whenever one steps on a an undesirable path leading to vices, he loses shine on his face and also loses his intellectual strength as well as loses his physical strength totally.”

Ravan then told many made up stories of interest; he tried to win over Sita talking in diplomatic ways, tried to instill fear and also expressed his love for her. Sita listened to him for a while and then told, “Listen, as Yati you might well be seen as master, but you have spoken words that only a man of bad intentions would speak.”

When Ravan noted that Sita was now aware of his intention, he showed  his real self and also told his name which made Sita cringe with fear. At this delicate moment Sita summoned her courage and said, “Just wait for a while, you rascal, the Lord of mine is about to come back. You are thinking like a little hare wanting to wed a lioness. O Demon King, has your end time come, would you now lose life in hands of the god of death.”

Listening to her fearless speech, the ten-headed Ravan displayed his anger while inside his heart he appreciated Sita and bowed down mentally at her feet.

Ravan, now enraged, picked Sita and made her sit in his Rath (chariot) and took to skies (as his chariot was capable of flying) with a sense of urgency but fear made it hard for him to drive.

We have now covered up to Doha 28 of Aranya Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar ki jai!

Shri jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj ko pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DLIX

August 5, 2016

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

तेहि बन निकट दसानन गयऊ। तब मारीच कपटमृग भयऊ।।
अति बिचित्र कछु बरनि न जाई। कनक देह मनि रचित बनाई।।
सीता परम रुचिर मृग देखा। अंग अंग सुमनोहर बेषा।।
सुनहु देव रघुबीर कृपाला। एहि मृग कर अति सुंदर छाला।।
सत्यसंध प्रभु बधि करि एही। आनहु चर्म कहति बैदेही।।

We covered up to Doha 26 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Dashanan Ravan and Mareech reached near the same surrounding area in forest where Shri Ram had His abode; there Mareech assumed the false appearance as a deer with design to cheat. This form of the deer was quite unusual yet attractive, it looked as if the body of it was made of gold and was studded with gems. Sita came to see this compellingly beautiful and likable deer which had attraction in all its limbs. Sita then said to Shri Ram, “Listen, O My kind Lord Raghuveer (she called Shri Ram as the bravest one among Raghus as if she wanted to remind Him that nothing was impossible for Him), this deer has a very beautiful skin.”

“Lord, you truly carry out your promises hence promise me (even otherwise you have promised me to fulfill my desires) to kill this deer and bring to me its lovely skin,” Vaidehi Sita thus concluded.

(The surprise here is that Sita as Vaidehi (daughter of Videh, a king not having body related attractions, should be interested in a part of body of just a deer which involves violence too. This is play of Maya, this is how we mortals too get in to troubles, Sita also now got lured to glamour, glamour of the unreal kind apparently about which nothing is known and mostly can be a trap; its such path that would land her in trouble but its under plan of the Lord so we should not think poorly of Sita who as Maya is totally under Lord’s control at all times.)

तब रघुपति जानत सब कारन। उठे हरषि सुर काजु सँवारन।।
मृग बिलोकि कटि परिकर बाँधा। करतल चाप रुचिर सर साँधा।।
प्रभु लछिमनिहि कहा समुझाई। फिरत बिपिन निसिचर बहु भाई।।
सीता केरि करेहु रखवारी। बुधि बिबेक बल समय बिचारी।।
प्रभुहि बिलोकि चला मृग भाजी। धाए रामु सरासन साजी।।

Then Raghupati (the Lord of Raghus) who had full knowledge of the reality of the deer, happily got up as the cause of the gods had to be taken care of. He sized up the deer with a glance and tied the quiver to his waist then holding His bow in hand He placed a nice arrow on it making it ready for strike. Before leaving to follow the deer Shri Ram summoned Lakshman and explained to him that many demons were roaming in the forest hence he should keep Sita duly protected applying intellect, discretion and force as per the need of the hour. The deer in the mean time looked at Shri Ram who was armed and took flight in to the deeper jungle. Shri Ram too, equipped with bow and arrow, followed it.

निगम नेति सिव ध्यान न पावा। मायामृग पाछें सो धावा।।
कबहुँ निकट पुनि दूरि पराई। कबहुँक प्रगटइ कबहुँ छपाई।।
प्रगटत दुरत करत छल भूरी। एहि बिधि प्रभुहि गयउ लै दूरी।।
तब तकि राम कठिन सर मारा। धरनि परेउ करि घोर पुकारा।।
लछिमन कर प्रथमहिं लै नामा। पाछें सुमिरेसि मन महुँ रामा।।
प्रान तजत प्रगटेसि निज देहा। सुमिरेसि रामु समेत सनेहा।।
अंतर प्रेम तासु पहिचाना। मुनि दुर्लभ गति दीन्हि सुजाना।।
दो0-बिपुल सुमन सुर बरषहिं गावहिं प्रभु गुन गाथ।
निज पद दीन्ह असुर कहुँ दीनबंधु रघुनाथ।।27।।

Isn’t it interesting that whom the Vedas are only able to point out Him through negation of all what can be seen and perceived ordinarily i e whose real form is difficult to be described by Vedas with a definition and whom even Lord Shiv is not able to easily bring in his contemplation totally, such Supreme Lord of Universes should go after an unreal deer. The deer kept decreasing and increasing the distance between itself and the Lord, it brought itself in sight of Shri Ram sometimes and sometimes hid behind thickets. Thus playing hide and seek deploying all tricks at command, the deer took Shri Ram fairly away from the His place of stay. Lastly Shri Ram could fix His aim and released an arrow which was hard to escape; struck by the arrow the deer fell to the ground making big sound while calling out loudly the name of Lakshman. Immediately afterwards Mareech concentrated on remembering Shri Ram withing his heart. His end was now near and at this point he assumed back his real form (the Lord never is kind to one who presents himself bedecked differently then what he really is) and also uttered the name of ‘Ram’ displaying his great affection for Him. The Lord too acknowledged the real devotion that Mareech had been able to cultivate in his heart and the Lord, who always is mindful of the feelings in His Bhakta’s heart, granted Mareech the rare state of liberation (that is hard to achieve without the grace of the Lord).

The gods took this as good occasion to shower flowers and sing praises of the Lord; they were happy to note that Shri Ram, the friend of the weak and the meek, had accepted this demon to merge in His own divine self (those who present themselves as they are without any pretense and can keep thoughts concentrated up on Lord and keep pronouncing any of His names, in their final moments on earth, are the ones who surely are taken within His fold by the Lord).

We have now covered up to Doha 27 of Aranya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

 

Ramcharit Charcha DLVIII

August 4, 2016

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

जाहु भवन कुल कुसल बिचारी। सुनत जरा दीन्हिसि बहु गारी।।
गुरु जिमि मूढ़ करसि मम बोधा। कहु जग मोहि समान को जोधा।।
तब मारीच हृदयँ अनुमाना। नवहि बिरोधें नहिं कल्याना।।
सस्त्री मर्मी प्रभु सठ धनी। बैद बंदि कबि भानस गुनी।।
उभय भाँति देखा निज मरना। तब ताकिसि रघुनायक सरना।।
उतरु देत मोहि बधब अभागें। कस न मरौं रघुपति सर लागें।।
अस जियँ जानि दसानन संगा। चला राम पद प्रेम अभंगा।।
मन अति हरष जनाव न तेही। आजु देखिहउँ परम सनेही।।
छं0- निज परम प्रीतम देखि लोचन सुफल करि सुख पाइहौं।
श्री सहित अनुज समेत कृपानिकेत पद मन लाइहौं।।
निर्बान दायक क्रोध जा कर भगति अबसहि बसकरी।
निज पानि सर संधानि सो मोहि बधिहि सुखसागर हरी।।
दो0-मम पाछें धर धावत धरें सरासन बान।
फिरि फिरि प्रभुहि बिलोकिहउँ धन्य न मो सम आन।।26।।

We covered up to Doha 25 of Aranya Kand  in the last post and this is further to it.

Mareech, who had become aware of the fact that Shri Ram was none other than the Supreme Lord in human form, further told Ravan, “Keeping in mind the welfare of the whole family (as you must being the head of the clan), you must return (and drop all your plans to harm Shri Ram and Sita).”

The sane advice of Mareech enraged Ravan and he began to vehemently abuse Mareech and later said, “You fool, you are preaching me like a Guru, tell me who is as good a warrior as me in the whole world (he had in mind the same logic that none of humans can kill me and if Shri Ram is not really a human but is God Himself then it was not a loss to embrace death at His hand).”

Mareech then weighed the pros and cons relying on the logic that there are nine types of people contradicting whom no interest of self can be served or welfare ensured; they being an armed person, some one privy to secret, a capable master, a stubborn and stupid person, an owner of asset that is needed and/or a rich person, a doctor, an eulogist, a cook and an expert. Mareech saw his death in both situations (contradicting Ravan or assuming a false form to misguide) and with this view in mind he sought shelter of Shri Ram, the leader of Raghus. He thought as soon as he would give no as an answer he would be killed as a luckless person by some one who has run out of his own luck; why not therefore prepare to be killed by an arrow of Shri Ram, the master of Raghus. With this determination he left accompanied by Ravan but with unwavering love for the feet of Shri Ram. Mareech was now immensely happy but concealed this fact from Ravan; his heart was upbeat about the possibility of eyeing his most beloved who would not miss to love him back like wise (as the one who has surrendered to the Lord should be looked at by Him).

Mareech thought, “I would be blessed and most happy to have a look at my most beloved Lord by making good use of my own two eyes; I will have occasion to keep the image of the merciful one (Shri Ram) along with His younger brother Lakshman and Bhagwati Sita in my heart. Heis the one whose pleasure is the real cause behind anyone getting liberated, even His wrath surely converts one in to a devotee of Him (like he himself had become); the same very Lord, an ocean of bliss, would be releasing an arrow placed on His bow held in His own hands and would kill me.”

(Those who develop the insight like Mareech come to appreciate the real reason behind whatever happens in their lives and for them occasional bad turns in life do not remain a cause of anxiety, the life and death are seen as happening in accordance with the will of the Lord.)

We have now covered up to Doha 26 of Aranya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DLVII

August 3, 2016

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

दसमुख सकल कथा तेहि आगें। कही सहित अभिमान अभागें।।
होहु कपट मृग तुम्ह छलकारी। जेहि बिधि हरि आनौ नृपनारी।।
तेहिं पुनि कहा सुनहु दससीसा। ते नररुप चराचर ईसा।।
तासों तात बयरु नहिं कीजे। मारें मरिअ जिआएँ जीजै।।
मुनि मख राखन गयउ कुमारा। बिनु फर सर रघुपति मोहि मारा।।
सत जोजन आयउँ छन माहीं। तिन्ह सन बयरु किएँ भल नाहीं।।
भइ मम कीट भृंग की नाई। जहँ तहँ मैं देखउँ दोउ भाई।।
जौं नर तात तदपि अति सूरा। तिन्हहि बिरोधि न आइहि पूरा।।
दो0-जेहिं ताड़का सुबाहु हति खंडेउ हर कोदंड।।
खर दूषन तिसिरा बधेउ मनुज कि अस बरिबंड।।25।।

This is further to Doha 24 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsi which we covered in the last post.

The ten headed demon Ravan who had now run out of luck told in detailed what had happened to Mareech but with a tinge of pride (while what had been done to Khar and Dooshan should have sobered him as Khar and Dooshan had been as powerful as he himself by his own admission). He then asked Mareech. “you may now appear disguised as a deer to mislead as you know this art very well; I want to steal the woman belonging to the king’s family (i e Sita).”

In turn Mareech responded by saying, “Listen, Ravan, you have ten heads hence are supposed to listen by them all, in the form of a human also Shri Ram is the same very Lord of all beings whether moving or non-moving. It is never right to pick up fight with Him or see him as an enemy. Best is to live as long He wants us to live and be happy when He wants us to cease living. I have first hand experience; Shri Ram had been entrusted by Muni Vishwamitra to keep safe his Yagnas and Havans, I as usual went there to make disturbance and was hit by a blunt arrow which landed me in this far away place in a second (Mareech meant that Shri Ram could have very well killed him but saw it fit to land me here alive, so life and death happen as per His will). I therefore say to you that it is not wise or beneficial to be His enemy. I became like an insect caught by Bhringa (a winged insect of larger size) who keeps his prey confined and now I see the two brother here and there most of the time. Taat (elder brother), even if they be just humans, they are too strong and brave; by challenging them you are never going to have your way.

“Just give a thought to the fact that Shri Ram killed Tadaka and Subahu; then He broke the bow of Shiv (the preferred deity of Ravan), later as per your own information they have killed Khar and Dooshan. Would you still think that it can be a human who such great prowess and immeasurable strength.”

We have now covered up to Doha 25 of Aranya kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DLVI

August 1, 2016

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

सुनहु प्रिया ब्रत रुचिर सुसीला। मैं कछु करबि ललित नरलीला।।
तुम्ह पावक महुँ करहु निवासा। जौ लगि करौं निसाचर नासा।।
जबहिं राम सब कहा बखानी। प्रभु पद धरि हियँ अनल समानी।।
निज प्रतिबिंब राखि तहँ सीता। तैसइ सील रुप सुबिनीता।।
लछिमनहूँ यह मरमु न जाना। जो कछु चरित रचा भगवाना।।
दसमुख गयउ जहाँ मारीचा। नाइ माथ स्वारथ रत नीचा।।
नवनि नीच कै अति दुखदाई। जिमि अंकुस धनु उरग बिलाई।।
भयदायक खल कै प्रिय बानी। जिमि अकाल के कुसुम भवानी।।
दो0-करि पूजा मारीच तब सादर पूछी बात।
कवन हेतु मन ब्यग्र अति अकसर आयहु तात।।24।।

This is further to Doha 23 of Aranya Kand in Ramchrit Manas of Tulsidas which covered in the last post.

Shri Ram told Sita,”Listen My Dear, you are very cultured and always inclined to follow the right path, you also astutely engage yourself in upholding your resolve, which is the very call of your heart too (i e it was resolve to never doubt her Lord’s word and do what He wishes). I want to do some thing by way of interesting acts as a human. You may now reside in fire and stay there till I have accomplished the task of annihilating the evil night-roaming demons.” Shri Ram further explained to Sita what He intended to do which Sita appreciated and placing the feet of the Lord in Her heart She entered fire and left Her own reflection in a form which was exactly like Her in looks and in manners and of the same congeniality in her disposition (so much so that none could make out that it was not Sita but her reflection). Lakshman could not also have an inkling about what Shri Ram, the God, had planned as future course of action and nor had idea about secret disappearance of Sita (the Supreme Lord of Universe is not obliged to reveal all to even His closest deities, not even to one as close as Lakshman whose recoiled form is the permanent bed for Him resting on in the milky-ocean; if we humans too wonder about His plans its OK but we should never forget that He always intends to do what is best for each one of us).

On the other side, ten headed Ravan reached near Mareech and bowed his head down before him like people of selfish and of wicked nature mostly do to realize their goals (i e show false modesty before someone who is lower in status to use them as means to achieve their objective). Out of turn show of humility by bad people is as bad or as dangerous as the bending of Ankush (iron rod with three pointed pricks to control elephants), the bow, the snake and the cat which is for only for attacking and hurting. The villain’s pleasant talk instills fear in minds who know them, as flowering when its not the season and flowering in midst of drought in the wild is supposed to be a signal for trouble in the offing.

Mareech, as was wont for him, welcomed Ravan by offering things and then asked with due respect what had brought him there; he posed questions wondering why Ravan seemed so mentally upset and what had made him come rushing to him.

We have now covered up to Doha 24 of Aranya kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DLV

July 29, 2016

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Shri 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

सुर नर असुर नाग खग माहीं। मोरे अनुचर कहँ कोउ नाहीं।।
खर दूषन मोहि सम बलवंता। तिन्हहि को मारइ बिनु भगवंता।।
सुर रंजन भंजन महि भारा। जौं भगवंत लीन्ह अवतारा।।
तौ मै जाइ बैरु हठि करऊँ। प्रभु सर प्रान तजें भव तरऊँ।।
होइहि भजनु न तामस देहा। मन क्रम बचन मंत्र दृढ़ एहा।।
जौं नररुप भूपसुत कोऊ। हरिहउँ नारि जीति रन दोऊ।।
चला अकेल जान चढि तहवाँ। बस मारीच सिंधु तट जहवाँ।।
इहाँ राम जसि जुगुति बनाई। सुनहु उमा सो कथा सुहाई।।
दो0-लछिमन गए बनहिं जब लेन मूल फल कंद।
जनकसुता सन बोले बिहसि कृपा सुख बृंद।। 23।।

This is further to Doha 22 of Aranya kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas which we covered in the last post.

Ravan, who had lost his sleep, thought, “Among the gods, humans, demons, the Nagas and among the birds, none has capacity to fight as much as my subordinates. Khar and Dooshan were as mighty and strong as me, who other than God Himself can kill them. If by the way the God has descended on earth taking avatar to please gods and to reduce the burden of earth (by eliminating the demons from face of earth like me), then I would pick up animosity with Him by design and would lose my life by getting hit by the arrow of the Supreme Lord and thereby get across the ocean of life (because this is supposed to be a natural rewards for those who are killed by the God by His own hands).

“I have been born with a body that is steeped in Tamas Guna (the mode of ignorance – he recalled the curse of being born thrice as a rascal) and therefore can not concentrate on doing Bhajan (adoration of the Lord). I now commit to do the same (i e to earn the wrath of God) through my thoughts, actions and speech. If in reality they (Ram and Lakshman) are just sons of a king having appeared as an ordinary men then naturally I will have secured victory over them and then would snatch the woman (Sita) accompanying them.”

(Here is the reason why Ravan did not ever pay heed to sane advice from so many, including his wife, that Shri Ram is God Himself in form of a prince; he had already deducted this by his logic but knew either way he will have some benefit i e of getting liberated or of getting Sita, an immensely beautiful woman as per Supankha’s description. His total selfishness is apparent because he never has in mind revenge of Supanakha that she went for to him.)

With this kind of resolve in mind Ravan left in his air-craft taking none along to meet Mareech who lived near the sea-shore on an island (since after he was hit by Ram’s arrow and had landed there).

Lord Shiv told Uma, “Now listen to that interesting part where Shri Ram, on the other side, made a secret plan.

“It is about what Shri Ram, always abundantly gracious and blissful, spoke to Sita when Lakshman left to pick roots, fruits and stems in to the jungle.”

We have now covered up to Doha 23 of Aranya Kand.

 

Bhavani lakshman ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal


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