Ramcharit Charcha DLXIX

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

जानतहूँ अस स्वामि बिसारी। फिरहिं ते काहे न होहिं दुखारी।।
एहि बिधि कहत राम गुन ग्रामा। पावा अनिर्बाच्य बिश्रामा।।
पुनि सब कथा बिभीषन कही। जेहि बिधि जनकसुता तहँ रही।।
तब हनुमंत कहा सुनु भ्राता। देखी चहउँ जानकी माता।।
जुगुति बिभीषन सकल सुनाई। चलेउ पवनसुत बिदा कराई।।
करि सोइ रूप गयउ पुनि तहवाँ। बन असोक सीता रह जहवाँ।।
देखि मनहि महुँ कीन्ह प्रनामा। बैठेहिं बीति जात निसि जामा।।
कृस तन सीस जटा एक बेनी। जपति हृदयँ रघुपति गुन श्रेनी।।
दो0-निज पद नयन दिएँ मन राम पद कमल लीन।
परम दुखी भा पवनसुत देखि जानकी दीन।।8।।

We covered up to Doha 7 in Sundar Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Hanuman lastly told Vibhishan,”knowing Shri Ram to be such (considerate and benign) Master, if someone turns away from Him or forgets to remember Him then why he would not be unhappy and in a sorry state.” Deliberating in this manner over the virtues of Shri Ram, both (Vibhishan and Hanuman) had such taste of peace and rest of the kind that is difficult to be verbalized (the God is beyond description and so is the pleasure of devotee drawn through reflecting on Him and His virtues).

Vibhishan now took up the matter concerning Sita and told all about how and where she was being kept in confinement. Hanuman then expressed his wish to visit Janki Sita, the mother. Vibhishan then gave him all the clues about locating her and finding way leading to her; without wasting further time Pawansut Hanuman took leave of Vibhishan and left in search of Sita.

Once again Hanuman reduced himself in to a tiny form and reached Ashik Van where Sita now lived in confinement. When Hanuman had first glimpse of her, he mentally did Pranam to her. Hanuman then observed that Sita  spent the rest of night sitting only; he found her bodily weak and having her matted hair, singularly braided, arranged over her head. She was all the time engaged in thinking of the virtues of Raghupati Shri Ram, one after the other.

Throughout keeping her own eyes fixed on her own feet with head bent, she was only mentally engaged in visualizing the lotus feet of Shri Ram. This pitiable condition of Sita made Pawansut Hanuman extremely sad (particularly because he had strength to rescue Sita then and there but had to control his emotion having been warned by Jamvant earlier that he was not to exceed the brief; also for a son it is most painful to see his mother in any kind of bondage or helplessness).

We have now covered up to Doha 8 of Sundar 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 DLXIII

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 पवनसुत रहनि हमारी। जिमि दसनन्हि महुँ जीभ बिचारी।।
तात कबहुँ मोहि जानि अनाथा। करिहहिं कृपा भानुकुल नाथा।।
तामस तनु कछु साधन नाहीं। प्रीति न पद सरोज मन माहीं।।
अब मोहि भा भरोस हनुमंता। बिनु हरिकृपा मिलहिं नहिं संता।।
जौ रघुबीर अनुग्रह कीन्हा। तौ तुम्ह मोहि दरसु हठि दीन्हा।।
सुनहु बिभीषन प्रभु कै रीती। करहिं सदा सेवक पर प्रीती।।
कहहु कवन मैं परम कुलीना। कपि चंचल सबहीं बिधि हीना।।
प्रात लेइ जो नाम हमारा। तेहि दिन ताहि न मिलै अहारा।।
दो0-अस मैं अधम सखा सुनु मोहू पर रघुबीर।
कीन्ही कृपा सुमिरि गुन भरे बिलोचन नीर।।7।।

Now it was turn of Vibhishan to pour his heart out before a Bhakta of the Lord, “O Pawansut, listen what is my plight, its like poor tongue held between teeth (every moment it fears being crushed and cut by teeth i e Vibhishan lived among demons fearing trouble for himself all the time). O Taat , would the Guardian of the Sun Dynasty Shri Ram, ever be gracious and merciful towards me knowing me to be helpless and without a master genuinely interested in my welfare. I know that I have a body which has enough of Tamas (the lower tendencies because I have been born in family of demons) and further more I do not have luxury of right means that may lift me up (due to the constrain of place I have to reside in). I also can’t validly claim to be having affection for the lotus feet of Him (here Vibhishan displayed his humility, a very helpful quality in a seeker though he had already developed devotion towards the feet of Shri Ram). However, Hanuman, I have now some confidence because it is the only the grace behind the meeting with a saint in the life of an individual; just see that you have arrived here as His messenger and have contacted me of your own accord as a token of His grace.”

Hanuman then reassured Vibhishan saying, “Listen, O Vibhishan, truly its the practice of the Lord, He is ever inclined towards His servant and loves him. If you think low on account of your family or lineage, I am also not a claimant of being born in a high family, after all I am too just a monkey, always playful and fickle in mind and without knowledge about the right methods that would lead to Him. It is popularly believed that who ever has thought of us in the mornings goes without food for the whole day (i e he loses concentration and meets failure in his endeavors as we have no good virtues to influence him).

“So listen, O Friend, I am such a hopeless and worthless person yet Raghuveer Shri Ram showered graces on me.” Concluding with these word, Hanuman got reminded of the virtues of Shri Ram and tears welled up in his eyes.

(The message is that status, circumstances and training etc have but little role, the real thing is to have love for the feet of the Lord and contemplate over His virtues while keeping faith; eventually He accepts, loves and does every thing to improve the condition of devotee.)

We have now covered up to Doha 7 of Sundar 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 DLXII

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

लंका निसिचर निकर निवासा। इहाँ कहाँ सज्जन कर बासा।।
मन महुँ तरक करै कपि लागा। तेहीं समय बिभीषनु जागा।।
राम राम तेहिं सुमिरन कीन्हा। हृदयँ हरष कपि सज्जन चीन्हा।।
एहि सन हठि करिहउँ पहिचानी। साधु ते होइ न कारज हानी।।
बिप्र रुप धरि बचन सुनाए। सुनत बिभीषण उठि तहँ आए।।
करि प्रनाम पूँछी कुसलाई। बिप्र कहहु निज कथा बुझाई।।
की तुम्ह हरि दासन्ह महँ कोई। मोरें हृदय प्रीति अति होई।।
की तुम्ह रामु दीन अनुरागी। आयहु मोहि करन बड़भागी।।
दो0-तब हनुमंत कही सब राम कथा निज नाम।
सुनत जुगल तन पुलक मन मगन सुमिरि गुन ग्राम।।6।।

We covered up to Doha 6 of Sundar Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Having seen a mansion which had a Lord’s temple too, Hanuman thought that Lanka is a place occupied by only the night roaming demons, how then it is possible for a gentleman to have a place to stay. While the monkey was busy thinking about the possibility applying different logic within his mind, right then Vibhishan got up from his sleep. The first thing he did was to remember the Lord uttering Ram..Ram.. . This delighted the heart of monkey and he could now have conviction that Vibhishan was surely a noble soul (as otherwise it is impossible for people with corrupted minds to remember the Lord even before they are fully awake, uttering Ram’s name is this way is only possible for those who have been regularly doing it most of the time). “I must now get acquainted whatever way be it possible; a Sadhu (gentle person with God orientation) does no harm to any one’s cause,” this is how Hanuman resolved and took form of a Vipra (learned brahmin).  He then sought attention of Vibhishan speaking courtesies; when Vibhishan noticed some one speak, he came to look for him and did Pranam (act of obeisance) first. Vibhishan then asked Hanuman’s welfare (this is how a noble person deals with an stranger without a prejudiced opinion against him) and asked, “O Vipra, tell me more about yourself in detail and what brings you here; my heart leans towards you, are you one of the servants of Lord Hari. Or you are that Ram Himself who is known to be kind towards the helpless and loves them, so have come here simply for me too be counted among the most fortunate.”

After interaction in such way with Vibhishan, Hanuman told his name and the entire story (Katha) of Shri Ram; this made both, the teller and the listener, become bodily thrilled and mentally relaxed and overjoyed as they reflected on the host of virtues of Shri Ram (this is the common refrain when two devotees meet).

We have now covered up to Doha 6 of Sundar Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Manas DLXI

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

प्रबिसि नगर कीजे सब काजा। हृदयँ राखि कौसलपुर राजा।।
गरल सुधा रिपु करहिं मिताई। गोपद सिंधु अनल सितलाई।।
गरुड़ सुमेरु रेनू सम ताही। राम कृपा करि चितवा जाही।।
अति लघु रूप धरेउ हनुमाना। पैठा नगर सुमिरि भगवाना।।
मंदिर मंदिर प्रति करि सोधा। देखे जहँ तहँ अगनित जोधा।।
गयउ दसानन मंदिर माहीं। अति बिचित्र कहि जात सो नाहीं।।
सयन किए देखा कपि तेही। मंदिर महुँ न दीखि बैदेही।।
भवन एक पुनि दीख सुहावा। हरि मंदिर तहँ भिन्न बनावा।।
दो0-रामायुध अंकित गृह सोभा बरनि न जाइ।
नव तुलसिका बृंद तहँ देखि हरषि कपिराइ।।5।।

Lankini later told Hanuman,” You may now enter the city and carry out all that you have come to accomplish while keeping the image of the Shri Ram, the King of Kaushala, in your heart.”

Kakbhushundi said to Garuda, “Whoever is looked up on with kind glance by Ram, the Lord, poison turns in to nectar for him, the enemy comes forward to become his friend, the ocean remains no bigger than the foot impression of cow, the fire becomes cool for him, O Garud, the big mountain Sumeru also becomes like a grain of sand for him (we must note that all of this either has happened already for Hanuman or is going to happen).”

Coming back to a very small form, Hanuman entered Lanka while remembering the Lord. He went in from house to house and explored, what he found was that innumerable fight ready soldiers were placed all over. Finally he entered the palace of the ten-headed Ravan, it was very different and hard to describe in terms of opulence and construction. The monkey lastly saw Ravan sleeping soundly but in the entire house Vaidehi Sita was not to be seen. Coming out of Ravan’s palace he saw an attractive living quarter where a Mandir of Lord Hari was separately maintained.

This house was decorated with the weapons and insignia related to Ram, the Lord and its  charming beauty was beyond description. Finding many tender plants of Tulsi carefully planted there, the great monkey felt very upbeat and pleased (since this could not have been done to misguide him as his coming to Lanka could not have been long known to any body).

We have now covered up to Doha 5 of Sundar 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 DLX

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

मसक समान रूप कपि धरी। लंकहि चलेउ सुमिरि नरहरी।।
नाम लंकिनी एक निसिचरी। सो कह चलेसि मोहि निंदरी।।
जानेहि नहीं मरमु सठ मोरा। मोर अहार जहाँ लगि चोरा।।
मुठिका एक महा कपि हनी। रुधिर बमत धरनीं ढनमनी।।
पुनि संभारि उठि सो लंका। जोरि पानि कर बिनय संसका।।
जब रावनहि ब्रह्म बर दीन्हा। चलत बिरंचि कहा मोहि चीन्हा।।
बिकल होसि तैं कपि कें मारे। तब जानेसु निसिचर संघारे।।
तात मोर अति पुन्य बहूता। देखेउँ नयन राम कर दूता।।
दो0-तात स्वर्ग अपबर्ग सुख धरिअ तुला एक अंग।
तूल न ताहि सकल मिलि जो सुख लव सतसंग।।4।।

We covered up to Doha 3 of Sundar Kand in Ramcharit Mamas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Hanuman, the money, reduced himself to size of a mosquito and left to enter Lanka while remembering the Narhari Shri Ram, the Lord in form of a human. He was obstructed by Lankini, a demoness, who called out, “how dare you enter Lanka ignoring me; aren’t you aware what purpose I am placed here, O Fool. All the thieves who wish to break in are my food only.”

Hanuman immediately took the form of a formidable monkey that he really was and struck a blow right in her face (he was once again face to face  with someone who told him that he was their food; Surasa the first one, with no real malignant intention was cleverly dealt with respect, the second unnamed and working to harm through unseen ways was at once neutrilized and now the third one who was discharging her duty without any ill-intention personal to her was simply hurt; this is how we must make progress for achieving life’s goal employing a suitable response to ward of threats to our commitments).

Oozing blood, Lankini fell to ground by the impact of the blow. Lankini then collected herself and rose up and joined her palms together; unsure of herself yet respectful, she submitted, “right after Brahma gave Ravan the desired boon, I was given a clue that whenever I would feel agonizing pain getting stricken by a money, it has to be considered a signal of impending destruction of the demons.

“O Taat, its really effect of my noble deeds, done in abundance, that I am seeing the messenger of Ram, the Lord, with my own two eyes.

“O Brother, if the all pleasures of heaven and of other kinds including mundane and real, are put together on one side of scale and the pleasure of having a moment’s company of a saint i e just a temporary association with a noble person, is put on the other side, the later would outweigh the other, of this I am sure.”

(Lakini had had to perform the task of guarding Lanka perforce but had a noble back ground; she could therefore tell in a nutshell what the saints’ company is worth.)

We now have covered up to Doha 4 of Sundar 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 DLIX

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

निसिचरि एक सिंधु महुँ रहई। करि माया नभु के खग गहई।।
जीव जंतु जे गगन उड़ाहीं। जल बिलोकि तिन्ह कै परिछाहीं।।
गहइ छाहँ सक सो न उड़ाई। एहि बिधि सदा गगनचर खाई।।
सोइ छल हनूमान कहँ कीन्हा। तासु कपटु कपि तुरतहिं चीन्हा।।
ताहि मारि मारुतसुत बीरा। बारिधि पार गयउ मतिधीरा।।
तहाँ जाइ देखी बन सोभा। गुंजत चंचरीक मधु लोभा।।
नाना तरु फल फूल सुहाए। खग मृग बृंद देखि मन भाए।।
सैल बिसाल देखि एक आगें। ता पर धाइ चढेउ भय त्यागें।।
उमा न कछु कपि कै अधिकाई। प्रभु प्रताप जो कालहि खाई।।
गिरि पर चढि लंका तेहिं देखी। कहि न जाइ अति दुर्ग बिसेषी।।
अति उतंग जलनिधि चहु पासा। कनक कोट कर परम प्रकासा।।

We covered up to Doha 2 of Sundar Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

There used dwell in the ocean an evil spirit capable of catching, by employing some tricks, the birds flying across sky while remaining in depth of ocean. All those creatures up in the sky were caught through their reflection in water by her as soon as it noted it making them incapcitated to fly any further and devour them. She employed same trick in case of Hanuman as soon as she sighted his reflection but the wise monkey could immediately detect what he was up against. Brave son of wind-god immediately dived and killed it and Hanuman with help of his stable mind could soon make it across the ocean successfully.

(Many times some shadowy but evil characters who otherwise have no direct connection but still have tendencies to kill the effort of those who are engaged any important expedition just for their vile pleasure. They praise them profusely for some initial successes when they are with in ear shot and distract them. It is important to kill such tendencies in the very first opportunity without engaging with them.)

Up on reaching the other end of the ocean, Hanuman found himself in a forest and observed that it was charming and the humming bees were busy gathering money there. The trees of many varieties were laden with fruits and flowers and were very appealing; the animals and birds also had attraction about them. With no further in interest in what he saw (though for a money there was every thing that could have kept it there longer), Hanuman selected a big mountain standing in front and climbed it without a trace of fear in mind (while in an alien territory one has to remain free of fear where it has to be necessarily explored for determination of further action). Lord Shiv told Parvati, “it has nothing to do with the special power the money had; here he simply relied on the God’s glory, will and grace because he knew that He only has power to control the death and fail its design.”

while on top of the mountain Hanuman saw the whole spread of Lanka; its fortification was remarkable and extraordinary. It was surrounded by ocean and by high walls which shined to spread light all around due to being coated with gold.

छं=कनक कोट बिचित्र मनि कृत सुंदरायतना घना।
चउहट्ट हट्ट सुबट्ट बीथीं चारु पुर बहु बिधि बना।।
गज बाजि खच्चर निकर पदचर रथ बरूथिन्ह को गनै।।
बहुरूप निसिचर जूथ अतिबल सेन बरनत नहिं बनै।।1।।

The golden walls were studded with shining jewels and the whole place inside was thickly populated. The whole inner city had lanes, cross roads, bazaars and divisions of many kind and was beautifully constructed. There were elephants, horses, mules and host of soldiers on foot and innumerable chariots were there too. The demons in many forms and dresses roamed about in groups and the army also had huge presence, all of it hard to describe.

बन बाग उपबन बाटिका सर कूप बापीं सोहहीं।
नर नाग सुर गंधर्ब कन्या रूप मुनि मन मोहहीं।।
कहुँ माल देह बिसाल सैल समान अतिबल गर्जहीं।
नाना अखारेन्ह भिरहिं बहु बिधि एक एकन्ह तर्जहीं।।2।।

Big gardens and small parks, ponds and wells etc, all very charming and could be seen there. Humans, Nagas, gods (in captivity) were to be seen there as well the daughters of Gandharvas (the celestial singers) having beauty that could attract even Mnunis’ hearts were present. At other places the big bodied wrestlers were making noises about their might and grit. They were engaged in fight in various arenas defying each other.

करि जतन भट कोटिन्ह बिकट तन नगर चहुँ दिसि रच्छहीं।
कहुँ महिष मानषु धेनु खर अज खल निसाचर भच्छहीं।।
एहि लागि तुलसीदास इन्ह की कथा कछु एक है कही।
रघुबीर सर तीरथ सरीरन्हि त्यागि गति पैहहिं सही।।3।।

Many brave and able bodied soldiers were there to guard the city in all corners with special attention and skills. The demons could be seen eating flesh of buffaloes, humans, cows, donkeys and goats (i e the people there had no discretion about what to eat). Tulsidas says that he has just given a brief account of their activities, what is important is that all these demons would be losing life at the Teerth of volley of arrows Raghuveer Shri Ram and thereby achieve state of liberation i e the final beatitude.

दो0-पुर रखवारे देखि बहु कपि मन कीन्ह बिचार।
अति लघु रूप धरौं निसि नगर करौं पइसार।।3।।

Observing the activities of the defenders of the city, Hanuman, the money, reflected and thought, “it would be best for me to assume a very small form and try to enter in the city only during the hours of night (although it is not right to enter someone’s place without announcing and particularly not in the night but its not unethical to enter the house of a thief in this manner for unearthing what he he stole and concealed).”

we have now covered up to Doha 3 of Sundar 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 DLVIII

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

जात पवनसुत देवन्ह देखा। जानैं कहुँ बल बुद्धि बिसेषा।।
सुरसा नाम अहिन्ह कै माता। पठइन्हि आइ कही तेहिं बाता।।
आजु सुरन्ह मोहि दीन्ह अहारा। सुनत बचन कह पवनकुमारा।।
राम काजु करि फिरि मैं आवौं। सीता कइ सुधि प्रभुहि सुनावौं।।
तब तव बदन पैठिहउँ आई। सत्य कहउँ मोहि जान दे माई।।
कबनेहुँ जतन देइ नहिं जाना। ग्रससि न मोहि कहेउ हनुमाना।।
जोजन भरि तेहिं बदनु पसारा। कपि तनु कीन्ह दुगुन बिस्तारा।।
सोरह जोजन मुख तेहिं ठयऊ। तुरत पवनसुत बत्तिस भयऊ।।
जस जस सुरसा बदनु बढ़ावा। तासु दून कपि रूप देखावा।।
सत जोजन तेहिं आनन कीन्हा। अति लघु रूप पवनसुत लीन्हा।।
बदन पइठि पुनि बाहेर आवा। मागा बिदा ताहि सिरु नावा।।
मोहि सुरन्ह जेहि लागि पठावा। बुधि बल मरमु तोर मै पावा।।
दो0-राम काजु सबु करिहहु तुम्ह बल बुद्धि निधान।
आसिष देह गई सो हरषि चलेउ हनुमान।।2।।

We covered up to Doha 1 of Sunder Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

The gods noted Hanuman going apace towards Lanka and wished to test his might, intelligence and what he excelled in.  For this they summoned the mother of snakes known as Surasa and sent her forth to judge Hanuman’s abilities. She then came across Hanuman and said, “I have been given food by the gods today.” To this Hanuman, the son of wind god, replied with perfect cool, “Let me go and I will comeback after accomplishing the task assigned to me by Ram and tell my Lord the condition and whereabouts of Mother Sita. Finishing this much I would come back and voluntarily get in to your mouth hence let me go O Mother, I am telling this truthfully.”

(When we embark on an important task, no challenges thrown by others in our way should be picked up; best is to get around such impediments keeping cool and talking submissively.)

Surasa did not buy the offer given by Hanuman and stopped Hanuman’s progress though he employed many tricks. At last giving up the reconciliatory approach Hanuman defied her and said, “why not better eat me up then.” Surasa then spread her mouth as much as a Yojan (about eight mile), Hanuman then expended his own body double of it; Surasa immediately expended her mouth to 16 Yojans and Hanuman responded by getting as big as 32 Yojans. This game between Surasa and Hanuman went on for a while each expending by more and more in response. When Surasa expended her mouth to 100 Yojanas; it was now clear to Hanuman that none was any lesser and at this stage he decided to be small and assumed a minuscule size, entered her mouth and came out. Then Hanuman asked to be left to go while bowed his head down before Surasa. Surasa also then disclosed what she had been commissioned to find out by the gods and said that she now knew the reality about the extent of Hanuman’s wisdom and strength etc.

(When someone engages us in game of one-upmanship then as soon as we realize it, surrender is the best policy since the other important matters of life need attention.)

Surasa then blessed Hanuman and told him that she was sure that he would accomplish all that Ram, the Lord, wants him to do and that he was abundantly wise and strong.

We have now covered up to Doha 2 of Sunder Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawan Putra Hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

 

Ramcharit Charcha DLVII

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

सुन्दर काण्ड

श्रीजानकीवल्लभो विजयते
श्रीरामचरितमानस
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पञ्चम सोपान
सुन्दरकाण्ड
श्लोक
शान्तं शाश्वतमप्रमेयमनघं निर्वाणशान्तिप्रदं
ब्रह्माशम्भुफणीन्द्रसेव्यमनिशं वेदान्तवेद्यं विभुम् ।
रामाख्यं जगदीश्वरं सुरगुरुं मायामनुष्यं हरिं
वन्देऽहं करुणाकरं रघुवरं भूपालचूड़ामणिम्।।1।।
नान्या स्पृहा रघुपते हृदयेऽस्मदीये
सत्यं वदामि च भवानखिलान्तरात्मा।
भक्तिं प्रयच्छ रघुपुङ्गव निर्भरां मे
कामादिदोषरहितं कुरु मानसं च।।2।।
अतुलितबलधामं हेमशैलाभदेहं
दनुजवनकृशानुं ज्ञानिनामग्रगण्यम्।
सकलगुणनिधानं वानराणामधीशं
रघुपतिप्रियभक्तं वातजातं नमामि।।3।।

The last post ended study of Kishkindha Kand (the fourth descent) in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas, now we begin the study of Sunder Kand (the fifth descent) which is considered as the most popular and is very often sung independently by masses. It is called Sunder (i e beautiful) because of many reasons and after sorrowful events since Ayodhya Kand, this one rekindles hope.

Tulsi begins with prayer in Sanskrit and says, “who is serene, eternal, beyond the scope of knowledge ordinarily, sinless, provider of peace in form of Nirwana (moksha i e ultimate liberation), always served and worshiped by Brahma (the creator), Shankar (the destroyer) and Shesha (the king of serpents), known by and through Vedas, and is present every where and is most powerful, I worship that Hari; known by name of Ram who only is the Lord of whole universe, Guru for the gods, has appeared in form of a human with His own Maya (power of creation) and is great among Raghus while considered to be crown jewel among the kings on earth.”

“Carrying no other cravings or wants in my heart, O Raghupati (master of Raghus), I say this truthfully as well as I know You to be the indwelling as soul in all beings. Kindly enrich me with Your Bhakti, I depend on You, make my mind free of faults that come on account of lustful desires.”

Now Tulsi invokes blessings of Hanuman and prays, “I bow down before Hanuman, son of wind god, who posseses immeasurable strength, whose body shines like mountain of gold, who is like wildfire for the forest of the demons, who is counted as first among the wise and knowledgeable, who has all kinds of virtues, who is leader of the monkeys and most of all is known to be a dear Bhakt of Raghupati Shri Ram.”

जामवंत के बचन सुहाए। सुनि हनुमंत हृदय अति भाए।।
तब लगि मोहि परिखेहु तुम्ह भाई। सहि दुख कंद मूल फल खाई।।
जब लगि आवौं सीतहि देखी। होइहि काजु मोहि हरष बिसेषी।।
यह कहि नाइ सबन्हि कहुँ माथा। चलेउ हरषि हियँ धरि रघुनाथा।।
सिंधु तीर एक भूधर सुंदर। कौतुक कूदि चढ़ेउ ता ऊपर।।
बार बार रघुबीर सँभारी। तरकेउ पवनतनय बल भारी।।
जेहिं गिरि चरन देइ हनुमंता। चलेउ सो गा पाताल तुरंता।।
जिमि अमोघ रघुपति कर बाना। एही भाँति चलेउ हनुमाना।।
जलनिधि रघुपति दूत बिचारी। तैं मैनाक होहि श्रमहारी।।
दो0- हनूमान तेहि परसा कर पुनि कीन्ह प्रनाम।
राम काजु कीन्हें बिनु मोहि कहाँ बिश्राम।।1।।

The advice of Jamvant totally appealed to Hanuman and he appreciated it greatly in his heart and said,”O Brothers, you may now wait for me till I come back after meeting with Sita, you might have to face troubles and have just the stems, roots and fruits that are available here to eat but bear it all. When the task is accomplished, I will be only too pleased (Hanuman at this point recollected that Shri Ram had specially selected him as His messengers and had given the Mudrika i e the ring as token of authenticity).” Saying these words and bowing down giving respect to all there, Hanuman went ahead while happily remembering Raghunath Shri Ram.

Hanuman selected a mountain right at the shore and playfully climbed it. Invoking his Lord, Raghuveer Shri Ram, time and again, the son of wind god took a big jump deploying a big force. The mountain over which Hanuman had placed his foot for support before the jump sank right deep underground due to back-thrust. Hanuman propelled in the same way as the arrows of Shri Ram, that never miss the target, travel.

Some distance away, the ocean called mountain Mainak to come out from its depth and offer Hanuman some respite considering that Hanuman was the messenger of none other than Raghupati Shri Ram (who had been kind to spare the ocean earlier).

Hanuman did not ignore it and gave it mere touch of hand as a token of acknowledgement of his kind gesture.  Hanuman then paid respects to Mainak and told, “I can’t take any rest until the time I complete the assigned task of Shri Ram.”

(There is a message here for the seekers of Bhakti of the Lord; when one embarks on the course of devotion, there will be may temptations to distract. These may well come from the friendly quarters also, such offers must be politely declined and the attention should be kept fixed on the goal and the effort must continue without let up.)

We have now covered up to Doha 1 of Sunder 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 DLVI

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

अंगद कहइ जाउँ मैं पारा। जियँ संसय कछु फिरती बारा।।
जामवंत कह तुम्ह सब लायक। पठइअ किमि सब ही कर नायक।।
कहइ रीछपति सुनु हनुमाना। का चुप साधि रहेहु बलवाना।।
पवन तनय बल पवन समाना। बुधि बिबेक बिग्यान निधाना।।
कवन सो काज कठिन जग माहीं। जो नहिं होइ तात तुम्ह पाहीं।।
राम काज लगि तब अवतारा। सुनतहिं भयउ पर्वताकारा।।
कनक बरन तन तेज बिराजा। मानहु अपर गिरिन्ह कर राजा।।
सिंहनाद करि बारहिं बारा। लीलहीं नाषउँ जलनिधि खारा।।
सहित सहाय रावनहि मारी। आनउँ इहाँ त्रिकूट उपारी।।
जामवंत मैं पूँछउँ तोही। उचित सिखावनु दीजहु मोही।।
एतना करहु तात तुम्ह जाई। सीतहि देखि कहहु सुधि आई।।
तब निज भुज बल राजिव नैना। कौतुक लागि संग कपि सेना।।

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

After many spoke of their respective strengths without claiming to be able to cross the sea, Angad, the young prince of Kishindha, said that he might well get across the sea but was unsure of making it back (as he might have thought that he would be too tired after once crossing the sea). Reacting to what Angad said, Jamvant, the aged and experienced member of the team (the age automatically places some responsibility and vests authority in difficult circumstances), said, “there is no doubt that you are capable of performing this feat (giving all a dose of confidence), but you happen to be the leader of the team hence could not allowed to be the first to attempt it (this way Jamvant let Angad enjoy confidence of team, an important factor in keeping the spirits high).”

Jamvant, the great bear, then addressed Hanuman and said, “Listen O Hanuman, why are you keeping quiet, you are brave enough to undertake this task. You are son of Pawan, the wind god, and have strength equal to him, besides you are known to be rich in intelligence and discretion and also have special kind of knowledge, spiritually and technically. There is nothing in this world that is difficult for you to achieve and accomplish successfully (i e for those who have both, physical as well as spiritual strength, can surmount any type of difficulties). Don’t you remember that you have come down as an avatar (of Lord Shiv) only to serve the cause of Ram, the Lord of Universe.”

These words of Jamvant made Hanuman recall all concerning himself and he grew in size as much big as a mountain (Hanuman had been cursed to forget about his real strength until some one reminded him; also no body should be relying on own strength and assess himself bigly about what kind of strength he possesses unless an elder who has watched him from close quarters confirms, particularly in extra-ordinary circumstances). His body of golden hue looked very glowing and strong and he seemed to be the king of the mountains standing nearby. Now Hanuman roared like a lion and repeatedly announced that he could playfully go across the sea and that he could kill Ravan along with his protectors, and he could bring back the whole Trikoot hill dislodging it from the earth itself (where Ravan was said to be enjoying trouble free existence).

Hanuman, the wise monkey, stopped short of acting rashly and sought Jamvant’s balanced opinion and guidance (as all the younger people should do and first seek blessings and valuable advice of elders before embarking on any hugely important expeditions). Jamvant then told Hanuman, “you must only find the whereabouts of Sita there, see her and come back. Later our Lord, the lotus eyed one, will bring her back using the strength of His own arms keeping the army of monkeys as helpers just for fun etc. (Jamvant warned, this way,  the man in front to refrain from going beyond the brief, such actions might potentially belittle the chances of what is intended to be really accomplish by the leader).”.

छं0–कपि सेन संग सँघारि निसिचर रामु सीतहि आनिहैं।
त्रैलोक पावन सुजसु सुर मुनि नारदादि बखानिहैं।।
जो सुनत गावत कहत समुझत परम पद नर पावई।
रघुबीर पद पाथोज मधुकर दास तुलसी गावई।।

Jamvant concluded saying, “Taking help of the army of monkeys, Ram, the Lord, will finish the demons and will bring back Sita. The glorious acts of the Lord that can sanctify the three worlds will be recounted and his glories will be sung by gods and the Munis like Narad. Who ever would listen to these accounts of Lord’s Leelas and will sing before others duly understanding the hidden message will be able to reach the exalted position i e the state of Nirvana. Tulsidas says that he too is happy to sing it being a bee of the lotus feet of the Raghuveer Shri Ram therefore.

दो0-भव भेषज रघुनाथ जसु सुनहि जे नर अरु नारि।
तिन्ह कर सकल मनोरथ सिद्ध करिहि त्रिसिरारि।।30(क)।।
सो0-नीलोत्पल तन स्याम काम कोटि सोभा अधिक।
सुनिअ तासु गुन ग्राम जासु नाम अघ खग बधिक।।30(ख)।।

 

मासपारायण, तेईसवाँ विश्राम
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इति श्रीमद्रामचरितमानसे सकलकलिकलुषविध्वंसने
चतुर्थ सोपानः समाप्तः।
(किष्किन्धाकाण्ड समाप्त)

The praiseworthy accounts of Shri Ram’s Leelas work like medicine for the afflictions of the world, and the listeners are provided with whatever is yearned for, by Shri Ram, the enemy of Trishira.

Shri Ram’s body is blue like the Neelotpal (blue lotus) which is million times more beautiful than the Cupid. Let us all listen to the divine qualities of that Lord Shri Ram, whose name itself is known to be the killer of birds of sins.

We have now covered up to Doha 30, the last one, of Kishkindha Kand.

It is now twenty third rest for month long recital also of the fourth descent of the Ramcharit Manas which ends all the contamination and corruption of the Kaliyug.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal
 

Ramcharit Charcha DLV

II Shree Guruvey Namahi 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

अनुज क्रिया करि सागर तीरा। कहि निज कथा सुनहु कपि बीरा।।
हम द्वौ बंधु प्रथम तरुनाई । गगन गए रबि निकट उडाई।।
तेज न सहि सक सो फिरि आवा । मै अभिमानी रबि निअरावा ।।
जरे पंख अति तेज अपारा । परेउँ भूमि करि घोर चिकारा ।।
मुनि एक नाम चंद्रमा ओही। लागी दया देखी करि मोही।।
बहु प्रकार तेंहि ग्यान सुनावा । देहि जनित अभिमानी छड़ावा ।।
त्रेताँ ब्रह्म मनुज तनु धरिही। तासु नारि निसिचर पति हरिही।।
तासु खोज पठइहि प्रभू दूता। तिन्हहि मिलें तैं होब पुनीता।।
जमिहहिं पंख करसि जनि चिंता । तिन्हहि देखाइ देहेसु तैं सीता।।
मुनि कइ गिरा सत्य भइ आजू । सुनि मम बचन करहु प्रभु काजू।।
गिरि त्रिकूट ऊपर बस लंका । तहँ रह रावन सहज असंका ।।
तहँ असोक उपबन जहँ रहई ।। सीता बैठि सोच रत अहई।।
दो-मैं देखउँ तुम्ह नाहि गीघहि दष्टि अपार।।
बूढ भयउँ न त करतेउँ कछुक सहाय तुम्हार।।28।।

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

Sampati, when at the sea shore, performed the last rites for sake of his younger brother Jatayu and then sought attention of the brave monkeys to tell his side of story. He said, “We, the two brothers, once when young decided to fly in direction of sun to reach near it. Jatayu, going some distance,could not stand the excessive heat and light emanating from sun up on getting nearer it and returned. I had stubbornness and excess of pride in my temperament and therefore kept flying nearer the sun; in the process I had my wings burned because of the unbearable heat of the sun. I then fell to the ground and cried vehemently. Later I happened to meet a Muni by name of Chandrama; he felt pity on me when he looked at my condition (that pride had stolen basic strength of flying high and to look for food and that was pricking twice over, through hurt of ego and through hunger). That Muni taught me and gave sermons imparting some basic knowledge that made me get over the body related false identity (i e that body which is not self has limitations and is not useful in all circumstances and should be used as an instrument in service of the Lord with whatever it can do and not staked to pamper own ego).”

Sampati further said, “The Muni also told me that in the Treta Yug (the age after Sat Yug), the Brahman i e the Supreme Lord, would descend on earth and assume a human form, and the king of demons Ravan will steal his spouse (Sita); in search of Her, the Lord will send messengers. Muni told me also that when I will come across that group of messengers, I will become pure again and my wings will grow back hence I was not to worry on that account and wait patiently. He also instructed me to show the messengers the way leading to Sita. The Muni’s prediction has come true today and taking my words as true you all must accomplish the job entrusted to you by the Lord. Across the sea there is a hill called Trikoot over which there is a city called Lanka, it is there that Ravan resides without any kind of fear or doubt. Sitting in a worrisome state and in very sad mood, Sita would be found in a place there called Ashokvan (the garden of Ashoka trees though name of trees suggests ‘no sadness or worry’ yet for Sita it is reverse; away from Lord there in nothing that can make her happy or any one else happy).”

Sampati concluded by telling monkeys, “I have vision of a vulture which can look easily at things at extreme far distance which quality you do not posses. I have now become old otherwise would have helped you directly in some ways.”

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

जो नाघइ सत जोजन सागर । करइ सो राम काज मति आगर ।।
मोहि बिलोकि धरहु मन धीरा । राम कृपाँ कस भयउ सरीरा।।
पापिउ जा कर नाम सुमिरहीं। अति अपार भवसागर तरहीं।।
तासु दूत तुम्ह तजि कदराई। राम हृदयँ धरि करहु उपाई।।
अस कहि गरुड़ गीध जब गयऊ। तिन्ह कें मन अति बिसमय भयऊ।।
निज निज बल सब काहूँ भाषा। पार जाइ कर संसय राखा।।
जरठ भयउँ अब कहइ रिछेसा। नहिं तन रहा प्रथम बल लेसा।।
जबहिं त्रिबिक्रम भए खरारी। तब मैं तरुन रहेउँ बल भारी।।
दो0-बलि बाँधत प्रभु बाढेउ सो तनु बरनि न जाई।
उभय धरी महँ दीन्ही सात प्रदच्छिन धाइ।।29।।

Sampati gave the monkeys some clue by saying, “Who ever would be able to cross the hundred Yojanas (standard stretches of about two and a half miles each) long sea by jumping over it, that very person of sound intellect would be the one to accomplish the assigned task of Shri Ram (here the message is that strong body and sound mind both are helpful in the process of discovery of Sita, the Bhakti; the spiritual seekers should not therefore postpone to achieve devotional goal in life).

“Just patiently look at me, the mercy of the Lord has made my body regain its lost strength (some times those who miss chance early in life should not be discouraged as the Lord’s kindness gives them the lost strength later in life too). By chanting whose name even the sinners get across the ocean of the world which is indeed difficult to negotiate, you all are His messengers hence shunning all kind of cowardice and keeping the image of Ram, the Lord, in your heart find ways and means to do what you must do.”

Kaakbhushundi said, “O Garuda, when the vulture went away, the group of monkeys became amazed and looked askance at each other. All of them recounted their own strength but none could be sure of being able to go across the ocean. At this stage the old great bear Jambvan said that he had become aged and did not have even the trace of the kind of strength he earlier had. He recalled the time when he was young having much strength and the killer of demon Khar i e Shri Ram, the Lord, happened to take Vaman avatar as Trivikram (the one who had measured in two steps this world and the other world but could not find a place to take his third step).”

Jamvan said “It was then the Lord had taken promise from Raja Bali (to be allowed to have all that His three steps could measure) and had expended His body in non-describable dimensions but I was able to quickly go round Him seven times in just a couple of Gharis i e in about three and half hours (the prime time of ones’ life must be put to best use as once gone it may not come back).”

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

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal