Ramcharit Charit DLXXII

September 15, 2016

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

 

बिकसे सरसिज नाना रंगा। मधुर मुखर गुंजत बहु भृंगा।।
बोलत जलकुक्कुट कलहंसा। प्रभु बिलोकि जनु करत प्रसंसा।।
चक्रवाक बक खग समुदाई। देखत बनइ बरनि नहिं जाई।।
सुन्दर खग गन गिरा सुहाई। जात पथिक जनु लेत बोलाई।।
ताल समीप मुनिन्ह गृह छाए। चहु दिसि कानन बिटप सुहाए।।
चंपक बकुल कदंब तमाला। पाटल पनस परास रसाला।।
नव पल्लव कुसुमित तरु नाना। चंचरीक पटली कर गाना।।
सीतल मंद सुगंध सुभाऊ। संतत बहइ मनोहर बाऊ।।
कुहू कुहू कोकिल धुनि करहीं। सुनि रव सरस ध्यान मुनि टरहीं।।
दो0-फल भारन नमि बिटप सब रहे भूमि निअराइ।
पर उपकारी पुरुष जिमि नवहिं सुसंपति पाइ।।40।।

We covered up to Doha 40 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

The Pampasar had full blown lotuses of many shades, on them hovered many bees making sweet sounding humming noise. The quacking  and chirping of swans and other water birds seemed like they were praising the Lord after having looked at Him. Host of other types of birds had gathered there and their beauty can only be appreciated by looking at them not by description. They made noises while flying high in the sky as if calling the passers by to come and visit the spot. Near by the lake, Munis had their huts in the midst of abounding beautiful trees of various kinds namely  Campaka,  Bakula,  Kadamba,  Tamåla, the Patal, Panasa,  Palash and Rasala (mango) and rest. These flowering trees had just had new leaves and Chanchreeks (a kind of birds) sang sitting over their branches. The lovely air, fragrant and cool, flowed slowly and continuously there. The cuckoos cooed, their lovely sound drew hearts of Munis disturbing their meditation (the distractions have to be faced even in deep jungles so more than the peace in surroundings the related level of strength in keeping focus and concentration matters).

Most of the trees had their branches bending towards ground because of weight of the fruits on them (to let the people enjoy their fruits easily) like a person with charitable mind becomes all the more humble and courteous when he has riches generated through right means to offer (with a view to helping others).

We have now covered up to Doha 40 of Aranya kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar ki jai!

Shri Jnkivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj ko pranam!

Goswami tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandlewal

 

Ramcharit Charcha DLXXI

September 13, 2016

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai jai Ram II

 

गुनातीत सचराचर स्वामी। राम उमा सब अंतरजामी।।
कामिन्ह कै दीनता देखाई। धीरन्ह कें मन बिरति दृढ़ाई।।
क्रोध मनोज लोभ मद माया। छूटहिं सकल राम कीं दाया।।
सो नर इंद्रजाल नहिं भूला। जा पर होइ सो नट अनुकूला।।
उमा कहउँ मैं अनुभव अपना। सत हरि भजनु जगत सब सपना।।
पुनि प्रभु गए सरोबर तीरा। पंपा नाम सुभग गंभीरा।।
संत हृदय जस निर्मल बारी। बाँधे घाट मनोहर चारी।।
जहँ तहँ पिअहिं बिबिध मृग नीरा। जनु उदार गृह जाचक भीरा।।
दो0-पुरइनि सबन ओट जल बेगि न पाइअ मर्म।
मायाछन्न न देखिऐ जैसे निर्गुन ब्रह्म।।39(क)।।
सुखि मीन सब एकरस अति अगाध जल माहिं।
जथा धर्मसीलन्ह के दिन सुख संजुत जाहिं।।39(ख)।।

We covered up to Doha 38 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Lord Shiv tells Uma, “Ram, Lord of all the beings, is basically beyond the Gunas (modes) and is omniscient, He only brought to light the kind of weakness the lustful people suffer from; By this He also reinforced the firmness in hearts of balanced and courageous people who do not fall prey to such weaknesses. Anger, desire, greed, intemperance and influence of Maya are only possible to be defeated and done away with when Shri Ram helps one with His grace. The one who has the patronage of the master of the tricky game naturally remains unaffected by the delusive impact of it (i e Master of Maya, the Supreme Lord only can save from falling prey to it).

“Uma, I would tell you what I have learned through my own experience and that is that the whole visible and experienced world is nothing more than a dream while to remain centered on the Lord by remembering Him and praising Him leads to understanding of the essence behind it all.”

The Lord reached the shores of the great lake Pumpasar that had depth as well as purity and beauty. Its water was as pure as the heart of a saint i e absolutely transparent with out any floating dirt. It had beautiful steps on all four sides to reach its water and thus facilitated many kinds of animals drank its water crowding it like the beggars thronging the gate of a generous person.

The lake was concealed behind thick vegetation and therefore it was difficult to know of its existence and worth, similar to the difficulty is identifying Nirgun Brahman, the attributeless Lord, behind the cover of Maya (even though it only is the cause behind the whole gamut of world that is enjoyed through senses).

In the deep water of the lake all the fishes enjoyed pleasures of similar kind (as the water there had no turbulence just like those who follow their Dharma (prescribed duties and religious practices) live through days after days with comfort and enjoyment (as such practices keep them away from problems in the mundane world and also in the realm of spirituality).

We have now covered up to Doha 39 of Aranya Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna khandelwal

 

Ramcharit Charcha DLXX

September 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
बिटप बिसाल लता अरुझानी। बिबिध बितान दिए जनु तानी।।
कदलि ताल बर धुजा पताका। दैखि न मोह धीर मन जाका।।
बिबिध भाँति फूले तरु नाना। जनु बानैत बने बहु बाना।।
कहुँ कहुँ सुन्दर बिटप सुहाए। जनु भट बिलग बिलग होइ छाए।।
कूजत पिक मानहुँ गज माते। ढेक महोख ऊँट बिसराते।।
मोर चकोर कीर बर बाजी। पारावत मराल सब ताजी।।
तीतिर लावक पदचर जूथा। बरनि न जाइ मनोज बरुथा।।
रथ गिरि सिला दुंदुभी झरना। चातक बंदी गुन गन बरना।।
मधुकर मुखर भेरि सहनाई। त्रिबिध बयारि बसीठीं आई।।
चतुरंगिनी सेन सँग लीन्हें। बिचरत सबहि चुनौती दीन्हें।।
लछिमन देखत काम अनीका। रहहिं धीर तिन्ह कै जग लीका।।
एहि कें एक परम बल नारी। तेहि तें उबर सुभट सोइ भारी।।
दो0-तात तीनि अति प्रबल खल काम क्रोध अरु लोभ।
मुनि बिग्यान धाम मन करहिं निमिष महुँ छोभ।।38(क)।।
लोभ कें इच्छा दंभ बल काम कें केवल नारि।
क्रोध के परुष बचन बल मुनिबर कहहिं बिचारि।।38(ख)।।

We covered up to Doha 37 of Aranya Kand in Ramharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last pots, this is further to it.

Shri Ram continued, “The big trees and entanglement of creepers over them have created a complex of covered enclosures, the palm trees and banana plants look like poles holding banners, only those with burly heart can escape being influenced after seeing them. Many kinds of flowering trees look like an arrayed army of soldiers holding arms, some other beautiful trees here and there seem like scattered warriors.

“The noisy cuckoos represent elephants, long necked birds represent camels, wild crows represent ponies, parrots its trained horses and swans its special horses, many other small game birds its foot soldiers, such is the army of numerous wings of cupid which is beyond description.

“The rocks and mountains are its chariots, the water-falls its drums, the Chatak birds its bards that sing praises, the humming bees its trumpets, the air that is cool, fragrant and blowing slowly is like his messenger and stately representative; the lord of love is roaming about with his four winged army, ready to battle and defeat one and all.

“Lakshman, you must know that those who remain cool, composed and collevted even when viewing  such army of cupid are the ones who might be called as patient and reserved, the cupid has a formidable force in shape of femininity, whoever can overcome this kind of lure may only stake claim to be a strong warrior that matters.

“O Taat, there are three phenomenal evils, Kaam (lust, desire), Krodh (anger and aggression) and Lobh (greed and covetousness); these have capacity to capture, puzzle and distract the minds of even the Munis that have acquired vast knowledge, in just a moment.

“The greed works through huge unfulfilled desire, the lust draws its strength through interest in attractive femininity in the world and the anger gets served by harsh hurting words, this is what the Munis have declared after giving it considerable thought.”

We have now covered up to Doha 38 of Aranya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

 

Ramcharit Charcha DLXIX

September 10, 2016

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

चले राम त्यागा बन सोऊ। अतुलित बल नर केहरि दोऊ।।
बिरही इव प्रभु करत बिषादा। कहत कथा अनेक संबादा।।
लछिमन देखु बिपिन कइ सोभा। देखत केहि कर मन नहिं छोभा।।
नारि सहित सब खग मृग बृंदा। मानहुँ मोरि करत हहिं निंदा।।
हमहि देखि मृग निकर पराहीं। मृगीं कहहिं तुम्ह कहँ भय नाहीं।।
तुम्ह आनंद करहु मृग जाए। कंचन मृग खोजन ए आए।।
संग लाइ करिनीं करि लेहीं। मानहुँ मोहि सिखावनु देहीं।।
सास्त्र सुचिंतित पुनि पुनि देखिअ। भूप सुसेवित बस नहिं लेखिअ।।
राखिअ नारि जदपि उर माहीं। जुबती सास्त्र नृपति बस नाहीं।।
देखहु तात बसंत सुहावा। प्रिया हीन मोहि भय उपजावा।।
दो0-बिरह बिकल बलहीन मोहि जानेसि निपट अकेल।
सहित बिपिन मधुकर खग मदन कीन्ह बगमेल।।37(क)।।
देखि गयउ भ्राता सहित तासु दूत सुनि बात।
डेरा कीन्हेउ मनहुँ तब कटकु हटकि मनजात।।37(ख)।।

We covered up to Doha 36 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Shri Ram moved on, leaving behind the forest where He had met Shabari. Both brothers had immense power and strength and were like lions among humans i e none could challenge them but Shri Ram, the Lord, began to lament like someone suffering pangs of separation from his loved one. He related stories of such people while talking to Lakshman. He said, Lakshman, just see the beauty and charm of the forest, would not anyone be shaken and stirred in heart by looking at it. All, including animals and birds, seem to have their female partners with them; besides they seem to be ridiculing me. The males in group of deers wish to run away from me whom their female partners reassure to be fearless and enjoy referring that I only would be after a golden deer while they have been given birth by an ordinary deer mother.

(This is how Lord indicated that trouble awaits them who go for illusory pursuit of glamorous opulence while those who wish to lead a normal life have no fear and have all kind of joys available to them)

Shri Ram further told, “The elephants are bringing their female partner closer like they wish to teach a lesson (about the need to not leave the partner alone). I have known that books of knowledge should be referred to time and again for refreshing what has been learned by heart, that a king though served with due attention and care should still not be considered as satisfied and amiable and that a young lady might be kept in heart by remembering her all the time yet she can’t be supposed to be safe if is not under physical safeguard (but I have failed to practice the same).

“O Taat (Dear Younger Brother), just look at the alluring spread of beautiful spring all around but it is instilling only fear in my mind in absence of my beloved (Sita).

“The cupid is creating havoc together with forest, bees and birds thinking that I am alone and am smitten by pangs of love in separation and have become almost powerless because of it.

“Though Cupid i e Kaamdev has got wind of my being with brother yet it has captured my mind with its army because it is known to be born in mind while being without having physical limbs (and another person therefore is really of no help in curbing its onslaught).”

We have now covered up to Doha 37 of Aranya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DLXVIII

September 7, 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

मंत्र जाप मम दृढ़ बिस्वासा। पंचम भजन सो बेद प्रकासा।।
छठ दम सील बिरति बहु करमा। निरत निरंतर सज्जन धरमा।।
सातवँ सम मोहि मय जग देखा। मोतें संत अधिक करि लेखा।।
आठवँ जथालाभ संतोषा। सपनेहुँ नहिं देखइ परदोषा।।
नवम सरल सब सन छलहीना। मम भरोस हियँ हरष न दीना।।
नव महुँ एकउ जिन्ह के होई। नारि पुरुष सचराचर कोई।।
सोइ अतिसय प्रिय भामिनि मोरे। सकल प्रकार भगति दृढ़ तोरें।।
जोगि बृंद दुरलभ गति जोई। तो कहुँ आजु सुलभ भइ सोई।।
मम दरसन फल परम अनूपा। जीव पाव निज सहज सरूपा।।
जनकसुता कइ सुधि भामिनी। जानहि कहु करिबरगामिनी।।

We covered up to Doha 35 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

After Shri Ram told Shabari four ways that lead towards devotion, He tells rest of them , “To do Mantra Jaap (chanting/muttering of the Mantra given by Guru which may be of any type and centering around any name of the Lord) keeping me in the focus with total faith (in Guru and in achievement of the objective) is the fifth way and that only is known as Bhajan (the act of remembering Lord and connecting with Him) as explained in the Vedas. The sixth way is to keep control over senses, to remain polite and unagitated, to refrain from doing many things simultaneously or dividing attention and to remain engaged in duties and practices that saints do and suggest. The seventh is to develop an understanding that I only pervade in the entire visible world hence nothing should be taken as repulsive or condemnable as also to respect the saints even more than me i e they should be listened to and served keeping priority over what is done to get near Me. On eighth level is to be satisfied with what is gained in ordinary course, either for living or as reward against practices carried for spiritual advancement and to to stop seeing fault in others  and to remain absolutely non-critical of others (as their situation and background might not be entirely known). The ninth and the last is to treat all without  cunning, deceit or in a pompous manner and keep faith in Me without having any kind of remorse or uncalled for joy or to think highly about possessions or to feel inferior for not having something.

“The fact is that any one, be it a man or woman or other moving and stationery beings, whoever has command over any one of these nine ways is most dear to Me, O Great Lady, as for you, you have employed all these to achieve profound devotion towards Me. You must rest assured that what remains tough for Yogis to achieve as the final reward (even after observing strenuous regime of practices over long periods) is simply available to you (i e to have Darshan of the Lord).

“The rare and ultimate fruit of my Darshan for the Jeevas is to regain their own original real self (i e the realization that Lord and the Jeevas are basically same, that Jeeva is but a tiny part of the same consciousness which in totality is the Lord Himself).

“Now, O Respectable Lady, let us talk about the daughter of king Janak, you may tell whatever you know regarding her, O Lady, you walk gracefully like a beautiful elephant (and therefore have a capacity to catch through your senses what goes on far and wide in surroundings here).”
पंपा सरहि जाहु रघुराई। तहँ होइहि सुग्रीव मिताई।।
सो सब कहिहि देव रघुबीरा। जानतहूँ पूछहु मतिधीरा।।
बार बार प्रभु पद सिरु नाई। प्रेम सहित सब कथा सुनाई।।
छं0-कहि कथा सकल बिलोकि हरि मुख हृदयँ पद पंकज धरे।
तजि जोग पावक देह हरि पद लीन भइ जहँ नहिं फिरे।।
नर बिबिध कर्म अधर्म बहु मत सोकप्रद सब त्यागहू।
बिस्वास करि कह दास तुलसी राम पद अनुरागहू।।
दो0-जाति हीन अघ जन्म महि मुक्त कीन्हि असि नारि।
महामंद मन सुख चहसि ऐसे प्रभुहि बिसारि।।36।।

Shabari then told Shri Ram,”Raghuraj Ram, You may proceed towards Pampasar (a lake), there You and Sugreev (name of a king in exile) will become friends. He will be able to tell all about Sita. But why You, a person with stable and superior mind, ask me while You already know (about past, present and future being Almighty God).”

Not stopping at that, she related whole story to Shri Ram with pleasure while bowing down at His feet time and again.

Lastly narrating story, looking at face of the Lord and resting His feet on her bosom, Shabari burned her body in the fire lighted with her Yogic power and became merged with the feet of Lord (in form of ashes) from where she would never have to come back on earth by taking another birth. Tulsi, as a servant of the Lord, tells with all the confidence that all should develop love and liking for the feet of Shri Ram, the Lord, and leave interest in doing many different things for salvation and leave doing unrighteous things as well and stop searching for many other means and philosophies as that would all lead to sorrowful  state and dejection in the end hence to shunned beforehand.

Is it not that the Lord liberated a woman without a caste to name and whose birth on earth itself was result of sin (on account of previous lives lived wrongly); why then Tulsidas, you, with a dumb mind and heart, want to be happy and comfortable after forgetting such a Lord.

We have now covered up to Doha 36 Aranya Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko PranamI

Goswami Tilsidas Ki jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DLXVII

September 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

पानि जोरि आगें भइ ठाढ़ी। प्रभुहि बिलोकि प्रीति अति बाढ़ी।।
केहि बिधि अस्तुति करौ तुम्हारी। अधम जाति मैं जड़मति भारी।।
अधम ते अधम अधम अति नारी। तिन्ह महँ मैं मतिमंद अघारी।।
कह रघुपति सुनु भामिनि बाता। मानउँ एक भगति कर नाता।।
जाति पाँति कुल धर्म बड़ाई। धन बल परिजन गुन चतुराई।।
भगति हीन नर सोहइ कैसा। बिनु जल बारिद देखिअ जैसा।।
नवधा भगति कहउँ तोहि पाहीं। सावधान सुनु धरु मन माहीं।।
प्रथम भगति संतन्ह कर संगा। दूसरि रति मम कथा प्रसंगा।।
दो0-गुर पद पंकज सेवा तीसरि भगति अमान।
चौथि भगति मम गुन गन करइ कपट तजि गान।।35।।

We covered up to Doha 34 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Shabari stood before Shri Ram with her hands folded and palms joined; having had a good look at charming persona of Lord Shri Ram, she felt a big rush of sentiments and love in her heart for him. This was a big occasion and she wanted to sing praises of Lord but found herself insufficient for it and could just exclaim, “in what manner should I sing rightly in Your honor, my caste is very low and personally I am dim-witted, in this way I am lower than the low and being a woman extremely low, on top of it I have a dull mind, O Destroyer of Sins.”

Listening to Shabari’s sense of inferiority due to birth, lack of opportunities and proper cultivation, Raghupati Shri Ram told her with view to lift up her spirit, “O Bhamini (an address for a lady of elite class), listen, I only value the relationship of Bhakti (devotion). Order of caste, the lineage, the religious or social status and even the wealth, power and size of family etc as also the skills and expertise of a person who is without a profound sense of devotion mean as little as a cloud that has no water to rain i e it is merely a worthless collection of smoke. I will now tell the nine ways that lead to devotion; you carefully listen and then let them be imprinted on your mind (so that you never have to think little of yourself ever).”

Shri Ram then explained the nine ways of devotion in this way,”the first of the ways of devotion is to keep company of saints and Sadhus, the second is to keep interest alive in my Kathas (stories of avatars of the Lord).

“To serve the lotus feet of Guru without a trace of ego forms the third way. The fourth is that My qualities are openly mentioned and discussed as per one’s understanding without any misrepresentation (i e one should not pose to know what he has not understood as otherwise his doubts will not possibly be cleared by the Guru or the saints).”

(This should remove any kind of mental restraint felt by any one standing at any level of status, knowledge, power or wisdom at connecting with the Lord and stregthen devotion towards Him.)

We have now covered up to Doha 35 of Aranya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DLXVI

September 2, 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

सापत ताड़त परुष कहंता। बिप्र पूज्य अस गावहिं संता।।
पूजिअ बिप्र सील गुन हीना। सूद्र न गुन गन ग्यान प्रबीना।।
कहि निज धर्म ताहि समुझावा। निज पद प्रीति देखि मन भावा।।
रघुपति चरन कमल सिरु नाई। गयउ गगन आपनि गति पाई।।
ताहि देइ गति राम उदारा। सबरी कें आश्रम पगु धारा।।
सबरी देखि राम गृहँ आए। मुनि के बचन समुझि जियँ भाए।।
सरसिज लोचन बाहु बिसाला। जटा मुकुट सिर उर बनमाला।।
स्याम गौर सुंदर दोउ भाई। सबरी परी चरन लपटाई।।
प्रेम मगन मुख बचन न आवा। पुनि पुनि पद सरोज सिर नावा।।
सादर जल लै चरन पखारे। पुनि सुंदर आसन बैठारे।।
दो0-कंद मूल फल सुरस अति दिए राम कहुँ आनि।
प्रेम सहित प्रभु खाए बारंबार बखानि।।34।।

This is further to Doha 33 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas which we covered in the last post.

Shri Ram further told Kabandh, “A Vipra (an enlightened Brahmin) is worthy of honor and respect even when he is cursing, hitting or angrily uttering harsh words (as even in this manner he would be ensuring some good of people); even if you find him lacking in civility, decency or without any skills or other generally expected qualities, a Vipra deserves to be treated in a dignified manner while a Shudra (uninitiated and uncultured person who hasn’t had the company of saintly people) is not be treated like a Vipra even if he be having good qualities, be expert and skilled or be thoroughly knowledgeable (because Vipra would have tendencies that would not bring harm to society while Shudra might stray and bring harm to society under some unbearable circumstance or after getting upset about some thing unlikable to him or due to not being able to digest the honor bestowed on him).”

This is how Shri Ram made Kabandh aware of his Dharma in a manner that he could appreciate; Shri Ram also liked him for his devotion at His own feet (for those who have love for feet of Shri Ram pick up a piece of good advice easily). Kabandh, up on realizing his own true self (that he belonged to a society of higher people with divinity i e of Gandharvas and not to what he was reduced to) left for quarters higher in skies but only after bowing down at the lotus feet of Raghupati Shri Ram.

After helping Kabandh come out of living a cursed life, Lord Shri Ram, the one who is abundantly generous by nature, stepped in side the Ashram (hermitage) of Shabari (a women belonging to a forest tribe); Shabari noted that Shri Ram had come to visit her abode. She was now reminded of the words of her Guru (Matang Rishi) and also could really understand what he had meant to convey which enabled her to now immensely like, adore and love Shri Ram (Rishi Matang was pleased with service rendered to him by Shabari and while leaving the ashram he entrusted the ashram to the care of Shabari and told her to keep cleaning and decorating the path leading to it with flowers daily as one day the Lord will come to visit the place and had also given her idea what He would look like).

Shabari found the two brothers, one of dark hue and the other fair in complexion, standing right before her who had eyes like lotus and had long arms, over their heads the locks of hair were arranged like crown and they had beautiful garland of flowers found in forests; Shabari promptly fell to cling their feet. She was now overtaken with emotions of love and in this condition she could not utter a word from mouth. She could only touch her head to their feet over and over again.

Shabari later went to fetch water and washed their feet respectfully and then led them to sit over a decent seat. After they settled in her ashram, she offered to Shri Ram very juicy fruits and other eatables which Shri Ram with great interest while appreciating the taste time and again (here Shabari seems to have not offered the fruits to Lakshman whose body language might have signaled that he would not appreciate what she had to offer; the fruits had juice and Lakshman as a dry and dispassionate person did not have the capacity to naturally appreciate the things giving pleasure; the Lord however never fails to appreciate the offerings of the devotees).

We have now covered up to Doha 34 of Aranya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DLXV

August 29, 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

कोमल चित अति दीनदयाला। कारन बिनु रघुनाथ कृपाला।।
गीध अधम खग आमिष भोगी। गति दीन्हि जो जाचत जोगी।।
सुनहु उमा ते लोग अभागी। हरि तजि होहिं बिषय अनुरागी।।
पुनि सीतहि खोजत द्वौ भाई। चले बिलोकत बन बहुताई।।
संकुल लता बिटप घन कानन। बहु खग मृग तहँ गज पंचानन।।
आवत पंथ कबंध निपाता। तेहिं सब कही साप कै बाता।।
दुरबासा मोहि दीन्ही सापा। प्रभु पद पेखि मिटा सो पापा।।
सुनु गंधर्ब कहउँ मै तोही। मोहि न सोहाइ ब्रह्मकुल द्रोही।।
दो0-मन क्रम बचन कपट तजि जो कर भूसुर सेव।
मोहि समेत बिरंचि सिव बस ताकें सब देव।।33।।

We covered up to Doha 32 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Raghunath Shri Ram, has a very sensitive and tender heart and is always inclined to shower mercies on the helpless and humble, even though there be no compulsion or an apparent reason for it. The vulture, an unclean bird whose food was the meat of dead animals, received the best reward expected up on culmination of life (by the grace of the Lord) which is always wished for by the Yogis (for which they live a pious life of Tapa and Tyaga i e penance and sacrifice).

Lord Shiv told Parvati while telling her the story of Ram, “Uma (Parvati), listen carefully; they are verily ill-fated who develop liking for objects of sense gratification and abandon God-orientation.”

The two brothers then became engaged in finding Sita by thoroughly searching forest after forest which were dense and abounded in birds and animals including elephants and lions. While roaming the forest they encountered a demon known as Kabandh who was promptly slain by them. Kabhandh related the whole story of his being cursed by Rishi Durwasa and that the sin that was the reason behind his being curse became extinct after he was able to look at the feet of the Lord. The Lord told Kabandh (who was once a member of Gandharv community, the community of singers and dancers) that He could never tolerate any one remaining alive who had done harm to the Brahmins i e those who engage in pursuit of discovering Brahman i e knowing the God and therefore the Kabandha also had to see end of his life.

The Lord also told him, “those who renders services to the Bhusur (the gods on earth) i e the Brahmins, through thought, word and action without deceit and cunning, are the ones who win the favor of Brahma, the creator and Shiv, the highest among gods, including   me (the Supreme Lord).”

(All are not born with capacity or understanding which would put them on path leading to God, but they have choice to render services to other evolved souls who tread that path and refrain from putting obstacles in their path and by doing this much they may well become dear to the Lord and other gods.)

We have now covered up to Doha 33 of Aranya Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!

Shri jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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