Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXXIX

April 18, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Nammah 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

अति आरति सब पूँछहिं रानी। उतरु न आव बिकल भइ बानी।।
सुनइ न श्रवन नयन नहिं सूझा। कहहु कहाँ नृप तेहि तेहि बूझा।।
दासिन्ह दीख सचिव बिकलाई। कौसल्या गृहँ गईं लवाई।।
जाइ सुमंत्र दीख कस राजा। अमिअ रहित जनु चंदु बिराजा।।
आसन सयन बिभूषन हीना। परेउ भूमितल निपट मलीना।।
लेइ उसासु सोच एहि भाँती। सुरपुर तें जनु खँसेउ जजाती।।
लेत सोच भरि छिनु छिनु छाती। जनु जरि पंख परेउ संपाती।।
राम राम कह राम सनेही। पुनि कह राम लखन बैदेही।।
दो0-देखि सचिवँ जय जीव कहि कीन्हेउ दंड प्रनामु।
सुनत उठेउ ब्याकुल नृपति कहु सुमंत्र कहँ रामु।।148।।

We covered up to Doha 148 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that when Sumantra, the minister, reached the palace, he was queried  by the queens there wanting to know whereabouts of Shri Ram but the minister was not in a position to register any thing or reply, he simply wished to be taken to the king. When Sumantra reached in the palace of Kaushlya he hailed the king and prostrated reverentially. He found the king lying of bare floor without any ornaments and breathing heavily and under spell of grief; the king, out of his immense love for Shri Ram, was calling out name of Ram repeatedly and was asking to be told about Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita taking their names. When the king saw Sumantra he rose up with some effort and was much disturbed and asked him just a question about Ram as to where He was.

भूप सुमंत्रु लीन्ह उर लाई। बूड़त कछु अधार जनु पाई।।
सहित सनेह निकट बैठारी। पूँछत राउ नयन भरि बारी।।
राम कुसल कहु सखा सनेही। कहँ रघुनाथु लखनु बैदेही।।
आने फेरि कि बनहि सिधाए। सुनत सचिव लोचन जल छाए।।
सोक बिकल पुनि पूँछ नरेसू। कहु सिय राम लखन संदेसू।।
राम रूप गुन सील सुभाऊ। सुमिरि सुमिरि उर सोचत राऊ।।
राउ सुनाइ दीन्ह बनबासू। सुनि मन भयउ न हरषु हराँसू।।
सो सुत बिछुरत गए न प्राना। को पापी बड़ मोहि समाना।।
दो0-सखा रामु सिय लखनु जहँ तहाँ मोहि पहुँचाउ।
नाहिं त चाहत चलन अब प्रान कहउँ सतिभाउ।।149।।

The king brought Sumantra to his heart as if he was trying to find his feet while drowning; he later pulled him to sit beside himself and had tears in his eyes before further loading him with his questions. Then the king burst in to questioning, “O Dear Friend, tell me that Ram is fine, where exactly is master of Raghus, Shri Ram along with Lakshman and Vaidehi Sita. Have you brought them back or they have proceeded to go in to jungles.”

The minister listens to these questions and he now himself had tears in eyes. The king though in pain due to his worries prodded the minister further before he could reply to any of the earlier questions and asked, “Tell me at least the message that Sita, Ram and Lakshman might have sent for me.”

The more the king concentrated on the beautiful form of Ram, His qualities, His virtuous disposition and His decent mannerism the more his heart cringed. Expressing his feeling the king continued saying, “I first declared Him to be the next king but then ordered Him to go and stay in jungles and see He didn’t feel elated at first and neither was sorry for the changed prospects; when such a balanced son of mine got separated from me, I didn’t stopped breathing, there is none a more sinning person than me.

“Friend, you must either take me to the place where Ram, Sita and Lakshman are at present otherwise I truthfully tell you that I am about to lose my life.”

We have now covered up to Doha 149 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Jijayatey!
Sant samaj ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas KI Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXXVIII

April 17, 2015

II Shree Guruvey namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

एहि बिधि करत पंथ पछितावा। तमसा तीर तुरत रथु आवा।।
बिदा किए करि बिनय निषादा। फिरे पायँ परि बिकल बिषादा।।
पैठत नगर सचिव सकुचाई। जनु मारेसि गुर बाँभन गाई।।
बैठि बिटप तर दिवसु गवाँवा। साँझ समय तब अवसरु पावा।।
अवध प्रबेसु कीन्ह अँधिआरें। पैठ भवन रथु राखि दुआरें।।
जिन्ह जिन्ह समाचार सुनि पाए। भूप द्वार रथु देखन आए।।
रथु पहिचानि बिकल लखि घोरे। गरहिं गात जिमि आतप ओरे।।
नगर नारि नर ब्याकुल कैंसें। निघटत नीर मीनगन जैंसें।।
दो0–सचिव आगमनु सुनत सबु बिकल भयउ रनिवासु।
भवन भयंकरु लाग तेहि मानहुँ प्रेत निवासु।।147।।

We covered up to Doha 147 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Sumantra, the minister, reached near Tamasa river worrying about every thing that would go wrong now for him; he then sent beck the Nishadas with due humility and regard for their services who left paying their respects but with a heavy heart. Minister was reluctant to enter Ayodhya immediately and therefore waited sitting under a tree for the dusk time. It was now dark in Ayodhya when he reached and parked his chariot at the gate of the palace, those who learned of his coming back came to see the chariot to confirm and noted that the horses were very weak (and could conclude that the inevitable had happened Shri Ram had not returned); they themselves now felt pangs of separation. The news of the minister’s return made the ladies in the interior section of the palace also very miserable and upset and palace seemed to a haunted place now to them in absence of Shri Ram.

अति आरति सब पूँछहिं रानी। उतरु न आव बिकल भइ बानी।।
सुनइ न श्रवन नयन नहिं सूझा। कहहु कहाँ नृप तेहि तेहि बूझा।।
दासिन्ह दीख सचिव बिकलाई। कौसल्या गृहँ गईं लवाई।।
जाइ सुमंत्र दीख कस राजा। अमिअ रहित जनु चंदु बिराजा।।
आसन सयन बिभूषन हीना। परेउ भूमितल निपट मलीना।।
लेइ उसासु सोच एहि भाँती। सुरपुर तें जनु खँसेउ जजाती।।
लेत सोच भरि छिनु छिनु छाती। जनु जरि पंख परेउ संपाती।।
राम राम कह राम सनेही। पुनि कह राम लखन बैदेही।।
दो0-देखि सचिवँ जय जीव कहि कीन्हेउ दंड प्रनामु।
सुनत उठेउ ब्याकुल नृपति कहु सुमंत्र कहँ रामु।।148।।

The queens though in great agony asked the minister the whereabouts of Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman but the minister had lost the power to speak, he wasn’t listening and was not able to focus on what he was seeing and somehow could just pose a question as to where was the king. The maid-servants looked at minister’s condition who was much anguished and they felt the same way; they took the minister to the private quarters of Kaushlya, there the king looked like a moon without its nectar i e he was now quiet and looked undisturbed and peaceful like moon (which is supposed to be having some life giving potion) but was heading to embrace death (the minister had such premonition, he had known the king well as childhood friend and as companion for most times). Not seated, not lying on bed, without any ornaments on his body, the king was lying on the floor itself, dolorous and unkempt.

His breathing was stressful and he was repenting like the king Yayati who had first earned to enter heaven and sit beside the king of gods but later had to descend on earth by his excesses committed there. His thoughts made his heart cringe like Sampati (big vulture who could fly high but had dared to go out of limits and fly near the sun which burned his wings) when he got dropped down on earth while flying sky-high after his wings were charred.

The king who loved Shri Ram immensely was only repeated calling out ‘Ram, Ram'; king kept referring Ram as one who loved all and continuously asked the whereabouts of Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita (this had remained his only concern since the time Shri Ram had left him).

Coming forward and watching in direction of king, the minister wished for his being victorious and for his long life and dropped down lying straight in reverence before the king; noting that it was his minister the king, very distraught, rose up unsteadily and with great trouble and just said, “O Sumantra, tell me where is Ram.”

We have now covered up to Doha 148 of Ayodhya kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Sahib Deen Dayaal…

April 16, 2015

teen gatiyaaN dhan kii sunii, daan bhog aru naash, daan kabhi socho nahiiN, kar leenhoN bhog vilaas, kar leenhoN bhog vilaas, suno bhai sajjan bandho, ya chakkar meiN bhooli gayo kahey nanak naam jahaaj! bacho khucho so nash bhayo, ab koi na purasaa haal, parsuram te hai gayo parsaa, dekho kaiso bhayo kamaal, dekho kaiso bhayo kamaal, suno bhai sajjan bandho, ab lay bhuuli sudhaar banegi teri, hai sahib deen dayaal!

Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXXVII

April 15, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

पुछिहहिं दीन दुखित सब माता। कहब काह मैं तिन्हहि बिधाता।।
पूछिहि जबहिं लखन महतारी। कहिहउँ कवन सँदेस सुखारी।।
राम जननि जब आइहि धाई। सुमिरि बच्छु जिमि धेनु लवाई।।
पूँछत उतरु देब मैं तेही। गे बनु राम लखनु बैदेही।।
जोइ पूँछिहि तेहि ऊतरु देबा।जाइ अवध अब यहु सुखु लेबा।।
पूँछिहि जबहिं राउ दुख दीना। जिवनु जासु रघुनाथ अधीना।।
देहउँ उतरु कौनु मुहु लाई। आयउँ कुसल कुअँर पहुँचाई।।
सुनत लखन सिय राम सँदेसू। तृन जिमि तनु परिहरिहि नरेसू।।
दो0–ह्रदउ न बिदरेउ पंक जिमि बिछुरत प्रीतमु नीरु।।
जानत हौं मोहि दीन्ह बिधि यहु जातना सरीरु।।146।।

We covered up to Doha 146 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Sumantra while on way back to Ayodhya remorsefully thought about having to answer the hopeful mothers in negative that Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman had not come back. He was all the more concerned about the king whose life itself depended on return of Shri Ram and that he would not live a minute longer after learning that Shri Ram hadn’t come back. Sumantra also cursed himself that his own life-breath did not leave body at being separated from Shri Ram and that the creator Brahma had awarded him the body only to suffer as otherwise he would have been in the realm of Shri Ram, the Supreme God.
एहि बिधि करत पंथ पछितावा। तमसा तीर तुरत रथु आवा।।
बिदा किए करि बिनय निषादा। फिरे पायँ परि बिकल बिषादा।।
पैठत नगर सचिव सकुचाई। जनु मारेसि गुर बाँभन गाई।।
बैठि बिटप तर दिवसु गवाँवा। साँझ समय तब अवसरु पावा।।
अवध प्रबेसु कीन्ह अँधिआरें। पैठ भवन रथु राखि दुआरें।।
जिन्ह जिन्ह समाचार सुनि पाए। भूप द्वार रथु देखन आए।।
रथु पहिचानि बिकल लखि घोरे। गरहिं गात जिमि आतप ओरे।।
नगर नारि नर ब्याकुल कैंसें। निघटत नीर मीनगन जैंसें।।
दो0–सचिव आगमनु सुनत सबु बिकल भयउ रनिवासु।
भवन भयंकरु लाग तेहि मानहुँ प्रेत निवासु।।147।।

Through out the course of his journey Sumantra kept regretting and repenting with these kind of thoughts and in a short while the chariot touched the banks of Tamas river. At this point he returned back the group of Nishadas showing due regard for their services; the Nishadas touched his feet before leaving but with a heavy heart. Sumantra, the minister, was reluctant to enter the city fearing like some one who had killed his Guru or a Brahmin or a cow (i e had committed a crime which could not be pardoned at all) hence he spent the whole day sitting under a tree out side the precincts of the city. When it was dark, he thought that it was the right time to enter the city and he entered Ayodhya under cover of darkness (his spirit itself had become dimmed). He entered the palace after parking the chariot at the gate. In the mean time all those who learned of his coming back  came to see the chariot to confirm. They could make out that the chariot belonged to none other than the minister but noted that the horses were very restless, so much so that their bodies seemed to be weakening like melting of stones of ice (rained during a hailstorm) under the heat of sun. The people of Ayodhya were tormented like the fishes under the receding water.

Listening about the return of just the minister and not of their children, the whole of the women folks in interior of the palace became upset and anguished, for them the palace had become a haunted place, the abode of unsatisfied spirits.

(Shri Ram, the Paramatma, is the life of life itself, the individual souls are part of Him only, when Shri Ram had gone way all felt like their existence in shape of their bodies was meaningless.)

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXXVI

April 13, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Si Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

जिमि कुलीन तिय साधु सयानी। पतिदेवता करम मन बानी।।
रहै करम बस परिहरि नाहू। सचिव हृदयँ तिमि दारुन दाहु।।
लोचन सजल डीठि भइ थोरी। सुनइ न श्रवन बिकल मति भोरी।।
सूखहिं अधर लागि मुहँ लाटी। जिउ न जाइ उर अवधि कपाटी।।
बिबरन भयउ न जाइ निहारी। मारेसि मनहुँ पिता महतारी।।
हानि गलानि बिपुल मन ब्यापी। जमपुर पंथ सोच जिमि पापी।।
बचनु न आव हृदयँ पछिताई। अवध काह मैं देखब जाई।।
राम रहित रथ देखिहि जोई। सकुचिहि मोहि बिलोकत सोई।।
दो0–धाइ पूँछिहहिं मोहि जब बिकल नगर नर नारि।
उतरु देब मैं सबहि तब हृदयँ बज्रु बैठारि।।145।।

We covered up to Doha 145 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that while on way back to Ayodhya, Sumantra, the minister, was very remorseful and thought very poor of himself at not being able to take Shri Ram back as per the direction of the king as also for not having demonstrated his love for Shri Ram. He was very nervous and had lost all his faculties due to excess of grief. He even thought that it was for no purpose that he was returning to Ayodhya without Shri Ram and also that he would have very difficult time facing the people of Ayodhya who would loath to even turn their glance in his direction and that he hardly had any answers in response to their queries regarding Shri Ram.
पुछिहहिं दीन दुखित सब माता। कहब काह मैं तिन्हहि बिधाता।।
पूछिहि जबहिं लखन महतारी। कहिहउँ कवन सँदेस सुखारी।।
राम जननि जब आइहि धाई। सुमिरि बच्छु जिमि धेनु लवाई।।
पूँछत उतरु देब मैं तेही। गे बनु राम लखनु बैदेही।।
जोइ पूँछिहि तेहि ऊतरु देबा।जाइ अवध अब यहु सुखु लेबा।।
पूँछिहि जबहिं राउ दुख दीना। जिवनु जासु रघुनाथ अधीना।।
देहउँ उतरु कौनु मुहु लाई। आयउँ कुसल कुअँर पहुँचाई।।
सुनत लखन सिय राम सँदेसू। तृन जिमि तनु परिहरिहि नरेसू।।
दो0–ह्रदउ न बिदरेउ पंक जिमि बिछुरत प्रीतमु नीरु।।
जानत हौं मोहि दीन्ह बिधि यहु जातना सरीरु।।146।।

Sumantra’s trail of thought continued and he thought, “O lord, what am I going to offer as an answer when the poor mothers who are already suffering too much will be asking different questions. When mother of Lakshman will ask about the sons and Sita, what message from children I am going to deliver that would give her relief. When Mother Kaushlya will come running towards me like a mother rushing to meet her calf and not finding her son Shri Ram she would want to know where her children were and I will be given a cold answer that Ram, lakshman and Sita have gone deeper in to the jungles. Is this the answer that I will give to all who ask me with some lurking hope; am I going to draw this kind of pleasure in Ayodhya.

“The king who is very weak already because of the unbearable grief will also want to know; his life itself hinges on Raghinath Shri Ram’s return to Ayodhya. How am I going to confront him while telling him that I had safely taken Him in to jungles and  left Him there. When I will deliver the messages of Laksman, of Sita and of Shri Ram (as I am bound to give), the king of people of Ayodhya will lose life leaving the body like a straw (i e he will neither value a life without Shri Ram and also will not find trouble in dying as the trouble of living without Shri Ram will be much greater for him).

“My heart did not crack like mud does upon losing its softness providing water content though Shri Ram, my beloved, who really is responsible for keeping it going has left it. I now well understand that creator Brahma has given me this body as an instrument of suffering.”

(In a way Sumantra was propounding a basic philosophy and that is that the mud consists of the same five substances of which the body consists of but the spark of life is provided by the Supreme Lord i e Shri Ram, so when Shri Ram had gone the heart should have stopped functioning too rendering body useless but that did not happen. The Brahma gives body to us for purpose of fulfilling the residue of past desires (and worldly desires even when fulfilled end in to suffering) and the spark of life is provided by the same Supreme Lord with whom permanent union is required to stop having further bodies, so when Shri Ram has gone but the body is alive it must be for suffering. When there are no more desires left and the only desire that remains is to unite with the Lord at the time of soul leaving the body the cycle of having one body after the other is stopped.)

We have now covered up to Doha 146 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXXV

April 12, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

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

गुह सारथिहि फिरेउ पहुँचाई। बिरहु बिषादु बरनि नहिं जाई।।
चले अवध लेइ रथहि निषादा। होहि छनहिं छन मगन बिषादा।।
सोच सुमंत्र बिकल दुख दीना। धिग जीवन रघुबीर बिहीना।।
रहिहि न अंतहुँ अधम सरीरू। जसु न लहेउ बिछुरत रघुबीरू।।
भए अजस अघ भाजन प्राना। कवन हेतु नहिं करत पयाना।।
अहह मंद मनु अवसर चूका। अजहुँ न हृदय होत दुइ टूका।।
मीजि हाथ सिरु धुनि पछिताई। मनहँ कृपन धन रासि गवाँई।।
बिरिद बाँधि बर बीरु कहाई। चलेउ समर जनु सुभट पराई।।
दो0-बिप्र बिबेकी बेदबिद संमत साधु सुजाति।
जिमि धोखें मदपान कर सचिव सोच तेहि भाँति।।144।।

We covered up to Doha 144 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Guha found Sumantra very sad and almost hysteric on account of absence of Shri Ram and that he was not in a position to go back himself driving the chariot to Ayodhya and hence he first placated him by saying some stories and then sent a few of his men along with Sumantra. Sumantra while on way back thought that why he was still living when Shri Ram was no more with him, this he considered as his gravest failure and that he had missed the opportunity of demonstrating his love for Shri Ram.

जिमि कुलीन तिय साधु सयानी। पतिदेवता करम मन बानी।।
रहै करम बस परिहरि नाहू। सचिव हृदयँ तिमि दारुन दाहु।।
लोचन सजल डीठि भइ थोरी। सुनइ न श्रवन बिकल मति भोरी।।
सूखहिं अधर लागि मुहँ लाटी। जिउ न जाइ उर अवधि कपाटी।।
बिबरन भयउ न जाइ निहारी। मारेसि मनहुँ पिता महतारी।।
हानि गलानि बिपुल मन ब्यापी। जमपुर पंथ सोच जिमि पापी।।
बचनु न आव हृदयँ पछिताई। अवध काह मैं देखब जाई।।
राम रहित रथ देखिहि जोई। सकुचिहि मोहि बिलोकत सोई।।
दो0–धाइ पूँछिहहिं मोहि जब बिकल नगर नर नारि।
उतरु देब मैं सबहि तब हृदयँ बज्रु बैठारि।।145।।

Mininster Sumantra’s condition matched that of a woman belonging to a high family who is gentle and wise too and who is devoted to her husband treating him as her Lord and master but some how is so ill-fated that she has to live apart from him and therefore suffered, in a similar manner his heart also burned badly.

Because of tears in his eyes his sight became affected, his faculty of hearing got affected too and due to worrisome thoughts his intellect also became dulled, his lips dried and tongue stiffened but his life-breath still not leave because the limited period of time that Shri Ram was going to be away worked as the door keeping it closed inside the heart region.

Sumantra now was discolored to such an extent that it was difficult to look at him without getting disturbed, he looked like some one who had murdered his own mother and father. He was now so low-spirited and downcast on account of the loss of his face (at not being able to take back Shri Ram) and also of inability to keep company of Shri Ram. He was now thinking like a sinner that only the hell remained the place to go to for him (he mentally now equated Ayodhya no better than hell without Shri Ram there).

Sumantra was not able to utter a word and was very regretful and sorry at heart thinking that what was now left for him to see back in Ayodhya. He thought that who so ever would see the chariot without Shri Ram in it would despise and stay shy of looking at him. He thought when people would come rushing towards him to inquire about Shri Ram with heavy hearts, he would have to be answering however much his own heart would be constricted and weighed down.

(Sumantra’s condition tells us the condition of a true devotee who on account of some circumstances is forced to withdraw from continuously remembering and serving the Lord. Sita and Lakshman had conveyed to Shri Ram that if left behind they would not be able to live and the Lord had therefore taken them along but Sumantra was to carry the message of Shri Ram for King Dashrath and serve Ayodhya as per direction of Shri Ram only hence was not taken along by Shri Ram and neither could he lose his life but suffered immensely. Even if its a trouble for the devotee, he does not deviate from following the dictate of his Lord or from the prescribed duty so long as he is part of society, it is only after one has shunned the world and has taken Sanyas that he on occasions can defy even his own Lord and be with Him.)

We have now covered up to Doha 145 of Aodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXXIV

April 10, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

जोगवहिं प्रभु सिय लखनहिं कैसें। पलक बिलोचन गोलक जैसें।।
सेवहिं लखनु सीय रघुबीरहि। जिमि अबिबेकी पुरुष सरीरहि।।
एहि बिधि प्रभु बन बसहिं सुखारी। खग मृग सुर तापस हितकारी।।
कहेउँ राम बन गवनु सुहावा। सुनहु सुमंत्र अवध जिमि आवा।।
फिरेउ निषादु प्रभुहि पहुँचाई। सचिव सहित रथ देखेसि आई।।
मंत्री बिकल बिलोकि निषादू। कहि न जाइ जस भयउ बिषादू।।
राम राम सिय लखन पुकारी। परेउ धरनितल ब्याकुल भारी।।
देखि दखिन दिसि हय हिहिनाहीं। जनु बिनु पंख बिहग अकुलाहीं।।
दो0-नहिं तृन चरहिं पिअहिं जलु मोचहिं लोचन बारि।
ब्याकुल भए निषाद सब रघुबर बाजि निहारि।।142।।

We covered up to Doha 142 in Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Shri Ram constantly worried about the comfort, safety and general welfare of Sita and Lakshman. Lakshman on his part served Shri Ram with total devotion like a person who doesn’t know reality and serves his own body i e Lakshman treated Shri Ram, the Supreme Lord, like his own body which in a way put him in a right recommended role but without conscious thought but like his prime nature. Shri Ram enjoyed time in the forest and also took care of the flora and fauna. So far Tulsi told the interesting part of the story i e the Shri Ram’s journey in to the forest and now would tell how Sumantra, the minister, went back to Ayodhya. When Nishad Guha returned to the spot where Sumanra and his chariot were left by him, Sumantra became hysteric and fell on the ground as he saw Nishad come back but without Shri Ram and cried taking names of Ram, Sita and Lakshman. The horses too neighed and shed tears and looked in the direction Shri Ram had gone. Nishad and others in his group felt very sad after watching sad condition of Sumantra and the horses in absence of Shri Ram.

धरि धीरज तब कहइ निषादू। अब सुमंत्र परिहरहु बिषादू।।
तुम्ह पंडित परमारथ ग्याता। धरहु धीर लखि बिमुख बिधाता
बिबिध कथा कहि कहि मृदु बानी। रथ बैठारेउ बरबस आनी।।
सोक सिथिल रथ सकइ न हाँकी। रघुबर बिरह पीर उर बाँकी।।
चरफराहिँ मग चलहिं न घोरे। बन मृग मनहुँ आनि रथ जोरे।।
अढ़ुकि परहिं फिरि हेरहिं पीछें। राम बियोगि बिकल दुख तीछें।।
जो कह रामु लखनु बैदेही। हिंकरि हिंकरि हित हेरहिं तेही।।
बाजि बिरह गति कहि किमि जाती। बिनु मनि फनिक बिकल जेहि भाँती।।
दो0-भयउ निषाद बिषादबस देखत सचिव तुरंग।
बोलि सुसेवक चारि तब दिए सारथी संग।।143।।

Nishad then recollected himself and said, “O Sumatra, now get above your sorrowful state, you are very knowledgeable and also know the ultimate course of every thing and that matters. You must now keep heart knowing that the creator Brahma in not favorable at this point in time (i e the fate has taken a bad turn).”

(Nishad could speak in this manner because he had been enlightened by Lakshman, the Acharya of Jeevas i e the preacher of people, when Nishad was remorseful seeing Lord Shri Ram and Sita sleeping on the bare ground. You may go through Doha 91 to 94 of Ayodhya Kand once again.)

Nishad told many Kathas of different types in a polite and pleasing way (to placate the anxiety of Sumantra, though Sumtra himself knew every thing but in times of distress own knowledge is forgotten making it necessary to listen it from another) and forced him to climb the chariot (when emotions make the intellect clouded a good friend some time puts one on the path of duty).

Weakened by the suffering and sorrow on account of being separated from Shri Ram and also not being able to carry out the order of King Dashrath, since it was pricking his heart, Sumantra could not drive the chariot. The horses too were jumpy and restless and were not ready to move on; they behaved as if untrained wild animals were strapped to the chariot. The horses would topple and look behind for Ram, being separated from Shri Ram they suffered sharp pangs of anguish. If any one uttered names of Ram-Lakshman-Sita, they would look for some comfort towards him very pitiably. The condition of the horses was like a snake with out its ‘Mani’.

Nishad now felt sick and sorrowful at the sight of the minister and the horses and provided a few of his men to accompany the Sumantra, the charioteer, to help him out along the way to Ayodhya.

We have now covered up to Doha 143 of Ayodhya Kand.

गुह सारथिहि फिरेउ पहुँचाई। बिरहु बिषादु बरनि नहिं जाई।।
चले अवध लेइ रथहि निषादा। होहि छनहिं छन मगन बिषादा।।
सोच सुमंत्र बिकल दुख दीना। धिग जीवन रघुबीर बिहीना।।
रहिहि न अंतहुँ अधम सरीरू। जसु न लहेउ बिछुरत रघुबीरू।।
भए अजस अघ भाजन प्राना। कवन हेतु नहिं करत पयाना।।
अहह मंद मनु अवसर चूका। अजहुँ न हृदय होत दुइ टूका।।
मीजि हाथ सिरु धुनि पछिताई। मनहँ कृपन धन रासि गवाँई।।
बिरिद बाँधि बर बीरु कहाई। चलेउ समर जनु सुभट पराई।।
दो0-बिप्र बिबेकी बेदबिद संमत साधु सुजाति।
जिमि धोखें मदपान कर सचिव सोच तेहि भाँति।।144।।

When Guha came back after seeing off minister, the charioteer, his own sense of separation from Shri Ram and the resulting sadness still remained with him, no body could have describe the extent of it. The Nishads took the chariot towards Ayodhya but were themselves drowned in sea of sorrow.

Sumantra also was weak due to feeling sad and worryingly thought, “The life itself was of little worth and condemnable if it was not lived without Raghuveer Shri Ram. This poor and unchaste body is after all to perish but it did not earn itself some fame by finishing right when it got separated from the brave Raghu Shri Ram; my life itself is now infamous and sinful, why the spark of life has refused to part with my body. I would be considered mean and useless by missing this great chance that my heart has still not got sheared in two parts.”

In this manner rubbing his empty hands and pounding his own head regretfully he acted like a miser who had lost his hoard of money. He was like that great hero who had first earned a good name as a resilient soldier but now had tried to escape from the fight (Sumantra had accepted the assignment to bring back Shri Ram but had lost all his wisdom and art in convincing Shri Ram to return).

Sumantra now felt like a wise Vipra who had learned Vedas, had achieved equanimity, was considered as Sadhu and was high-born but was some how lured in to drinking wine (consumption of intoxicating substances are considered to be worst kind sin for the learned Brahmins as it can destroy all balance and understanding about the dos and don’ts).

We have now covered up to Doha 144 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXXIII

April 8, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Sri 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

राम संग सिय रहति सुखारी। पुर परिजन गृह सुरति बिसारी।।
छिनु छिनु पिय बिधु बदनु निहारी। प्रमुदित मनहुँ चकोरकुमारी।।
नाह नेहु नित बढ़त बिलोकी। हरषित रहति दिवस जिमि कोकी।।
सिय मनु राम चरन अनुरागा। अवध सहस सम बनु प्रिय लागा।।
परनकुटी प्रिय प्रियतम संगा। प्रिय परिवारु कुरंग बिहंगा।।
सासु ससुर सम मुनितिय मुनिबर। असनु अमिअ सम कंद मूल फर।।
नाथ साथ साँथरी सुहाई। मयन सयन सय सम सुखदाई।।
लोकप होहिं बिलोकत जासू। तेहि कि मोहि सक बिषय बिलासू।।
दो0–सुमिरत रामहि तजहिं जन तृन सम बिषय बिलासु।
रामप्रिया जग जननि सिय कछु न आचरजु तासु।।140।।

We covered up to Doha 140 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman started living on mount Chitrakoot in huts made of dried leaves. Sita did not mind living there though living in jungle is tough. She used to enjoy Her time in company of Shri Ram forgetting all the friends and relations back in Ayodhya; She knew that Her Lord loved more and more every passing day and was happy on that account and Her love for the feet of Shri Ram kept increasing too. What ever means were available were more than needed for Her because Her Lord Shri Ram was with Her. There is no wonder for the Jagadjanani (mother of the world) Sita to live in this way as even the servant and devotees of Shri Ram lose interest in worldly comforts by remembering Lord Shri Ram i e this is natural outcome of remembering and serving Lord Shri Ram.

सीय लखन जेहि बिधि सुखु लहहीं। सोइ रघुनाथ करहि सोइ कहहीं।।
कहहिं पुरातन कथा कहानी। सुनहिं लखनु सिय अति सुखु मानी।
जब जब रामु अवध सुधि करहीं। तब तब बारि बिलोचन भरहीं।।
सुमिरि मातु पितु परिजन भाई। भरत सनेहु सीलु सेवकाई।।
कृपासिंधु प्रभु होहिं दुखारी। धीरजु धरहिं कुसमउ बिचारी।।
लखि सिय लखनु बिकल होइ जाहीं। जिमि पुरुषहि अनुसर परिछाहीं।।
प्रिया बंधु गति लखि रघुनंदनु। धीर कृपाल भगत उर चंदनु।।
लगे कहन कछु कथा पुनीता। सुनि सुखु लहहिं लखनु अरु सीता।।
दो0-रामु लखन सीता सहित सोहत परन निकेत।
जिमि बासव बस अमरपुर सची जयंत समेत।।14II

Raghunath Shri Ram always did and said every thing liked by Sita and Lakshman (they were living in Chitrakoot like a family and Shri Ram happened to be the head of this family hence discharged His duty by keeping the members of family happy in every way); Shri Ram used to tell Sita and Lakshman old stories and Kathas (while a story is just for entertainment, the Katha carries a message and more particularly a spiritual message) who always felt delighted listening it.

Every time Shri Ram thought of Awadh, He used to get emotional and had tears in eyes; whenever He remembered parents, brothers and others in family or recalled how Bharat loved Him and remained committed while humbly serving Him, the Lord who is an ocean of mercy Himself, used to get upset and saddened but always kept patience thinking that it was not right to lose heart at this difficult juncture in life. Sita and Lakshman also used to get disturbed noticing Shri Ram in this way because a person’s shadow acts likewise (and Sita and Lakshman were like shadow of Shri Ram, they knew no identity of their own or independent of Shri Ram).

Whenever Raghunandan (the delighter of Raghus) Shri Ram noted that Sita and Lakshman were upset because He Himself was in pensive mood, He being merciful, thoroughly mindful of other’s mental make up and always ready to sooth the nerves of His Bhaktas used to tell such old Kathas that had power to purify the listener which used to amuse Sita and Lakshman (Shri Ram knew that it is not right to talk of matters that would aggravate one’s feelings at a time when he is upset. We should learn to behave in the same way).

Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita looked gracious living in the huts made of dried leaves like Indra, Shachi and their son Jayant living in the city of gods (Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman were living as happily and enjoyably in Chitrakoot without any kind of luxuries as Indra, Shachi and Jayant live in the absolute comforts available in the city of immortal gods (it is therefore to be understood that conditions are not responsible for our happiness but our own attitude is).

We have now covered up to Doha 141 of Ayodhya Kand.

जोगवहिं प्रभु सिय लखनहिं कैसें। पलक बिलोचन गोलक जैसें।।
सेवहिं लखनु सीय रघुबीरहि। जिमि अबिबेकी पुरुष सरीरहि।।
एहि बिधि प्रभु बन बसहिं सुखारी। खग मृग सुर तापस हितकारी।।
कहेउँ राम बन गवनु सुहावा। सुनहु सुमंत्र अवध जिमि आवा।।
फिरेउ निषादु प्रभुहि पहुँचाई। सचिव सहित रथ देखेसि आई।।
मंत्री बिकल बिलोकि निषादू। कहि न जाइ जस भयउ बिषादू।।
राम राम सिय लखन पुकारी। परेउ धरनितल ब्याकुल भारी।।
देखि दखिन दिसि हय हिहिनाहीं। जनु बिनु पंख बिहग अकुलाहीं।।
दो0-नहिं तृन चरहिं पिअहिं जलु मोचहिं लोचन बारि।
ब्याकुल भए निषाद सब रघुबर बाजि निहारि।।142।।

Lord Shi Ram was very protective and watchful of Sita and Lakshman in the same way as the eyelids protect the eyeballs (i e Shri Ram kept a constant vigil while Sita and Lakshman were busy with routine chores, He only rested Himself when Sita and Lakshman rested but still remaining responsible for a protective cover like the eyelids; we must realize that this is what the Lord of Universe does for us too, He only is responsible for our safety and welfare at all times whether we realize it in our day to day living or not).

On the other hand Lakshman kept himself engaged in serving the great Raghu i e Shri Ram and Sita in the same way as would some body oriented person, bereft of real knowledge, do for his own body (some people give highest value to their own bodies unaware that a soul is housed in the body and it only is the self not the body hence are vary particular about maintaining and decorating it all the time; Lakshman with same kind of attitude towards Shri Ram served Him, he considered Him only as His self and thought nothing of his own comforts).

Caring for the birds, animals, the gods and the Munis engaged in Tapasya, the Lord lived in the jungles with total satisfaction and comfort. Tulsi says, “Thus far I have narrated the beautiful Katha related to Shri Ram going in to the jungle and now would relate how Sumantra, the minister, came back to Ayodhya.”

Earlier when Nishad Guha returned after seeing off Lord Shri Ram, he saw Sumantra besides his chariot who he had still not gone. The minister got overwhelmed with sorrow when he saw Nishad, he seemed to be afflicted too much by the pain felt up on Shri Ram’s going away. He fell down on ground calling loudly ‘Ram’ and at time ‘Ram-Siya-Lakshman’ agonizing badly. The horses looked in the direction of south, the same direction that Shri Ram had proceeded towards and neighed, their condition was like birds without their wings i e they wanted to rush in the direction Shri Ram had gone but were not able to as their master Sumantra was lying their helplessly.

The horses had stopped eating grass neither did they drink water since after Shri Ram had gone from there, tears continuously flowed out of their eyes; all in the Nishad’s group became too restless when they watched the horses behave in this manner in absence of Shri Ram.

We have now covered up to Doha 142 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Kishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXXII

April 6, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

केरि केहरि कपि कोल कुरंगा। बिगतबैर बिचरहिं सब संगा।।
फिरत अहेर राम छबि देखी। होहिं मुदित मृगबंद बिसेषी।।
बिबुध बिपिन जहँ लगि जग माहीं। देखि राम बनु सकल सिहाहीं।।
सुरसरि सरसइ दिनकर कन्या। मेकलसुता गोदावरि धन्या।।
सब सर सिंधु नदी नद नाना। मंदाकिनि कर करहिं बखाना।।
उदय अस्त गिरि अरु कैलासू। मंदर मेरु सकल सुरबासू।।
सैल हिमाचल आदिक जेते। चित्रकूट जसु गावहिं तेते।।
बिंधि मुदित मन सुखु न समाई। श्रम बिनु बिपुल बड़ाई पाई।।
दो0-चित्रकूट के बिहग मृग बेलि बिटप तृन जाति।
पुन्य पुंज सब धन्य अस कहहिं देव दिन राति।।138।।

We covered up to Doha 138 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that the animals inimical to one another were roaming around together in the jungle since Shri Ram came to stay on mount Chitrakoot; even when Shri Ram went in to jungle looking for preys, the deer moving in groups were not scared rather they felt attracted to Him. Even the woodlands and groves of the gods were envious of the Ramvan (the forest where Ram now stayed). All the sacred water bodies of the world spoke highly of the river Mandakini now. The various mountains and ranges that had connection to divinity now were singing praises of Chitrakoot, the deity of Vindhyachal range was happy that it had achieved a high status without much effort due to having Chitrakoot as its part. All the animal and plant species of Chitrakoot were considered to be having a lot of Punyas and hence were blessed to be there on Chitrakoot (it is implied here that even the plants have life and are subject to cycle of birth and death according to Karma, transgressing from and to animal species is also happens).

नयनवंत रघुबरहि बिलोकी। पाइ जनम फल होहिं बिसोकी।।
परसि चरन रज अचर सुखारी। भए परम पद के अधिकारी।।
सो बनु सैलु सुभायँ सुहावन। मंगलमय अति पावन पावन।।
महिमा कहिअ कवनि बिधि तासू। सुखसागर जहँ कीन्ह निवासू।।
पय पयोधि तजि अवध बिहाई। जहँ सिय लखनु रामु रहे आई।।
कहि न सकहिं सुषमा जसि कानन। जौं सत सहस होंहिं सहसानन।।
सो मैं बरनि कहौं बिधि केहीं। डाबर कमठ कि मंदर लेहीं।।
सेवहिं लखनु करम मन बानी। जाइ न सीलु सनेहु बखानी।।
दो0–छिनु छिनु लखि सिय राम पद जानि आपु पर नेहु।
करत न सपनेहुँ लखनु चितु बंधु मातु पतु गेहु।।139।।

Those who were lucky to have eyes were very happy to behold Raghubar Shri Ram, this was for them the reward for being born and used to make them forget pains in life, get above the pangs of living. The non-moving beings of the forest i e the organisms of vegetable kingdom felt happy after touching the dust of feet of Shri Ram and became worthy of the Parampad, the ultimate reward of spiritual undertakings i e of getting permanently established in the realm of God.

The mount Chitrakoot and the forest region on and around it now became gratifying and pleasure giving by their nature itself; these were now very propitious and were capable of imparting purity to the most sacred and pure. How it can ever be possible to explain the glory of such a place which the very ocean of bliss, Shri Ram Himself had decided to make His home; the Lord i e Shri Ram along with consort Lakshmi i e Sita and Sheshnaag, the serpant-god i e Lakshman had come to Awadh leaving Ksheer-Sagar (the ocean of milk where they stayed mostly) and now had left Awadh too, to come here and live.

The beauty and glow surrounding this forest, where Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman were now present, is not possible to describe for even thousands of Sheshnaags who have a thousand mouths each to describe, in this light how is it possible for him to attempt it says Tulsidas; is it ever possible for a muddied turtle to carry a mountain as big Mandar on its back, he thinks.

Lakshman kept himself engaged in service of the Lord wholly, in deed, in thought and in speech; such was his congeniality and affection that can’t be described.

Lakshman used to keep his attention at the feet of Shri Ram and Sita at every passing moment and was aware of their affection for himsel. He never ever missed home or minded the absence of brothers, Bharat and Shatrughan, of the mother or the father, even in dreams.

(Those who devote themselves completely in service of the Lord in all possible ways, keep remembering Him and sing His praises at all times and have a firm belief that the Lord also loves as much His devotees love Him, do not feel disturbed or distraught when they lack any comforts or are away from their loved ones; for them there is no disappointment at any stage of life.)

We have now covered up to Doha 139 of Ayodhya Kand.

राम संग सिय रहति सुखारी। पुर परिजन गृह सुरति बिसारी।।
छिनु छिनु पिय बिधु बदनु निहारी। प्रमुदित मनहुँ चकोरकुमारी।।
नाह नेहु नित बढ़त बिलोकी। हरषित रहति दिवस जिमि कोकी।।
सिय मनु राम चरन अनुरागा। अवध सहस सम बनु प्रिय लागा।।
परनकुटी प्रिय प्रियतम संगा। प्रिय परिवारु कुरंग बिहंगा।।
सासु ससुर सम मुनितिय मुनिबर। असनु अमिअ सम कंद मूल फर।।
नाथ साथ साँथरी सुहाई। मयन सयन सय सम सुखदाई।।
लोकप होहिं बिलोकत जासू। तेहि कि मोहि सक बिषय बिलासू।।
दो0–सुमिरत रामहि तजहिं जन तृन सम बिषय बिलासु।
रामप्रिया जग जननि सिय कछु न आचरजु तासु।।140।।

Sita too was very happily living in company of Shri Ram, She also forgot the family members and the other citizens of Ayodhya and the comforts of home; She found pleasure in looking at the moon-like face of Her beloved Shri Ram as does the young Chakor bird by looking at the moon. She was particularly happy to note that Her Lord was loving Her ever more, in the same way as does the Chakrvak bird during the day time. Sita’s heart was so much in love for the feet of Shri Ram that She loved the forest region a thousand times more just because it offered Her total freedom to remain near Shri Ram and serve Him well. She liked Parnkuti i e the hutment because Her beloved was with Her there, She considered the birds and deer as members of Her own family, the consorts of Munis and the Munis were like parents-in-law for Her, the bulbs, roots and fruits tasted like tastiest preparations of food, the bed of straws was as much comfortable for Her as comfort of hundred beds of cupid because She shared it with Her Lord. It all was but natural that the luxuries and material pleasures could not be able to make Her distracted, She had such powers that She could make someone a strap or a sovereign king just by glancing in his direction.

Even a devotee of Shri Ram (when he remembers Him and surrenders before Him) is able to spurn and push aside the indulgence in material pleasures of the world, it is therefore no wonder for Sita to do it being the beloved of Shri Ram and the mother of the whole world.

(Those who love and are loved by the Lord develop such a bent of mind that it automatically loses interest in mundane pleasures. The taste of every thing in the world diminishes when consumed more and more while the pleasure drawn out of the love for Lord increases continuously in proportion to increase in love for Him; needless to say that the Lord reciprocates the feeling of love in a similar manner i e more one loves Him, more is one loved by Him.)

We have now covered up to Doha 140 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khnadelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXXI

April 4, 2015

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

धन्य भूमि बन पंथ पहारा। जहँ जहँ नाथ पाउ तुम्ह धारा।।
धन्य बिहग मृग काननचारी। सफल जनम भए तुम्हहि निहारी।।
हम सब धन्य सहित परिवारा। दीख दरसु भरि नयन तुम्हारा।।
कीन्ह बासु भल ठाउँ बिचारी। इहाँ सकल रितु रहब सुखारी।।
हम सब भाँति करब सेवकाई। करि केहरि अहि बाघ बराई।।
बन बेहड़ गिरि कंदर खोहा। सब हमार प्रभु पग पग जोहा।।
तहँ तहँ तुम्हहि अहेर खेलाउब। सर निरझर जलठाउँ देखाउब।।
हम सेवक परिवार समेता। नाथ न सकुचब आयसु देता।।
दो0-बेद बचन मुनि मन अगम ते प्रभु करुना ऐन।
बचन किरातन्ह के सुनत जिमि पितु बालक बैन।।136।।

We covered up to Doha 136 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that the local people living the forest region where Shri Ram decided to settle came to meet Him and told Him that they considered themselves as well as the whole region along with the birds and the animals living there to be fortunate to be able to see Shri Ram and that Shri Ram would now be living in the midst of them. They also endorsed Shri Ram’s decision to select the place which will be good in all four seasons and offered to serve and show Him around; Shri Ram, The Supreme Lord who is not easy to be known or described, listened to their words with rapt attention like a father.

रामहि केवल प्रेमु पिआरा। जानि लेउ जो जाननिहारा।।
राम सकल बनचर तब तोषे। कहि मृदु बचन प्रेम परिपोषे।।
बिदा किए सिर नाइ सिधाए। प्रभु गुन कहत सुनत घर आए।।
एहि बिधि सिय समेत दोउ भाई। बसहिं बिपिन सुर मुनि सुखदाई।।
जब ते आइ रहे रघुनायकु। तब तें भयउ बनु मंगलदायकु।।
फूलहिं फलहिं बिटप बिधि नाना।।मंजु बलित बर बेलि बिताना।।
सुरतरु सरिस सुभायँ सुहाए। मनहुँ बिबुध बन परिहरि आए।।
गंज मंजुतर मधुकर श्रेनी। त्रिबिध बयारि बहइ सुख देनी।।
दो0-नीलकंठ कलकंठ सुक चातक चक्क चकोर।
भाँति भाँति बोलहिं बिहग श्रवन सुखद चित चोर।।137।।

In fact Ram, the Supreme Lord only cares for love, this is what is knowable for those who want to know (because Shri Ram is fully attentive to the innocent forest dwellers only on account of their pure love towards Himself, they have no other qualification). Shri Ram then pleased and reassured all the people who used to roam around the forest saying soft words while nursing them with His love. When Shri Ram asked them to go back, all of them bowed their heads down and left there and reached their homes but all along they talked of the virtues of Shri Ram (for while they had no occasion to listen to His virtues from any one so far, they had now identified some of His virtues by seeing Him in person hence had become competent to sing His virtues now).

In this manner the two brothers along with Sita lived in the forest, giving pleasure to all while they were committed to give pleasure to the Munis and the gods (by eliminating the demons). Since the time of arrival of Shri Ram the forest had become very benignly comfortable; many varieties of trees had flowered and alos had begun to bear fruits, beautiful creepers had wrapped them in way that made empty spaces covered under them to form canopies. It looked as if these trees, almost comparable to the celestial wish-yielding tree, were none other than the gods coming down from heavens, shunning their abodes and taking the the form of trees there. Beautiful humming bees swarmed there while fragrant and cool breeze blowing slowly over there was very pleasant too.

The mixed noise made by the notes of many varieties of birds singing there was very pleasant to hear and stole the hearts of the listeners (such was the effect of Shri Ram’s presence on the atmosphere).

We have now covered up to Doha 137 of Ayodhya Kand.

केरि केहरि कपि कोल कुरंगा। बिगतबैर बिचरहिं सब संगा।।
फिरत अहेर राम छबि देखी। होहिं मुदित मृगबंद बिसेषी।।
बिबुध बिपिन जहँ लगि जग माहीं। देखि राम बनु सकल सिहाहीं।।
सुरसरि सरसइ दिनकर कन्या। मेकलसुता गोदावरि धन्या।।
सब सर सिंधु नदी नद नाना। मंदाकिनि कर करहिं बखाना।।
उदय अस्त गिरि अरु कैलासू। मंदर मेरु सकल सुरबासू।।
सैल हिमाचल आदिक जेते। चित्रकूट जसु गावहिं तेते।।
बिंधि मुदित मन सुखु न समाई। श्रम बिनु बिपुल बड़ाई पाई।।
दो0-चित्रकूट के बिहग मृग बेलि बिटप तृन जाति।
पुन्य पुंज सब धन्य अस कहहिं देव दिन राति।।138।।

The elephants, lions, monkeys, boars and antelopes etc which are not normally friendly to each other moved around together forgetting animosity. The deer moving in groups used to be enraptured in particular by the beauty of Shri Ram looking for preys in the jungles (i e they did not fear Shri Ram and rather wished to be killed by Shri Ram and anticipated to be emancipated and liberated from the cycle of birth; due to their non-harming nature it might be supposed that they were noble souls in their earlier lives and had occasion to be there before Shri Ram on account of their noble deeds, it is but natural for such beings to want to die while their beloved God was present right before their eyes and by His own hands).

All the forests that the gods might have created, the most beautiful ones, in the world were envious of the Ramvan (the forest where Ram was there). The sacred rivers like Ganga, Saraswati, the daugher of sun-god Yamuna, the daughter of Mount Mekal Narmada, the bless river Godavari and the rest of the ponds, oceans and rivers lauded the Mandakini as being the most sacred and blessed.

All the great mountains like Udayachal (from behind whom the sun rises), Astachal (behind whom the sun sets in evenings), the Mount Kailash (abode of Lord Shiv), Mandarachal and Mount Meru (where gods reside), the Himalayan range of mountains, all of which are special and stand tall were busy now praising the Chitrakoot. The deity of the Vindhychal range which is not known to have members as high as other mountains was happy to have become great among the mountains without any significant effort of his own part just because the Chitrakoot, a part of Vidhyachal range, was now rated highly because of presence of lord Shri Ram.

The flora and fauna of all varieties were rated to be most enriched by their noble deed of earlier times and births by the gods for their existing at mount Chitrakoot at a time when Lord Shri Ram came to stay there (every one of animate or inanimate beings was on Chitrakoot solely on strength of its noble deeds and righteous living in earlier lives, the gods knew it and therefore praised them wholeheartedly).

We have now covered up to Doha 138 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki jai!
Shri Janki Vallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami tulsidas ki jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal


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