wo bhi apna rukh moDD chali…

February 28, 2015

ghazal kah ke hamney dil ko apney halka kiya,
gungunaa kar unhoney phir wazan chauguna kiya!

garaz nahiiN hai ke raheyN jaa key diljaloN ke makaan meiN,
hazaar darza ye achcha ke dafn hoN dilwaaloN ke qabrstan meiN.

wo jo aaye nahiiN paas abhi tak merey,
tasawwur meiN hai tasweer mitaai nahiiN jaati.

sabko wafaadaari chaahiye wo bhi khareedi hui,
magar jo bikti rahey wo kaisi wafaadaari hui.

bura waqt kabhi muhabbat karneywaloN ka nahiiN aataa,
bhaley imtihaan dene paDDeyN par baat wo kuchh aur hui!


dil jeet liya hai jisney apna aur duusroN ka bhi,
wo to sabaab apne dono haath meiN ley jaayega.

dil ki kitaab parhatey they ham duniya peechhey chhorhh chalii,
ik umeed rahii jis ke jaanib se wo bhi apna rukh moDD chalii!

samajhtey they ke ham bhi shoraa meiN shumaar hoNgey kabhi,
ustaadoN ko parhh ke jaanaa kya ham haiN aur shairi kya cheez hai.

khata ye hai duniyawaaloN ki ke kuchh hi ko apna maanatey haiN,
par nazar meiN aeib na ho jinkey wo to sabko apna jaantey haiN!

kitney sawaal they jawaab maangtey they jo,
tum saamney aaye kiya salaam chaley gaye.

teri zaroorat pe jo aayegaa usko koi bulaata nahiiN,
aur sab khud ki zaroorat ho tabhi naachatey haiN log!

lazzat e gham barhaaney ko kahaa tha,
aapney sabz bagh dikha ke chhorhh diyaa.

tamaasha samajh ke dekhaney aashiq ko na jaaiyo,
aksar log khud bankey tamaashaa laut aatey haiN.

pahle taweer banaatey haiN phir chuum chuum so jaatey haiN,
muhabbat meiN jo phaNs jaatey haiN kitney pagal ho jaatey haiN!

‘kayar’
02/06/2013

Ramcharit Charcha CCCCIV

February 27, 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

सुनत तीरवासी नर नारी। धाए निज निज काज बिसारी।।
लखन राम सिय सुन्दरताई। देखि करहिं निज भाग्य बड़ाई।।
अति लालसा बसहिं मन माहीं। नाउँ गाउँ बूझत सकुचाहीं।।
जे तिन्ह महुँ बयबिरिध सयाने। तिन्ह करि जुगुति रामु पहिचाने।।
सकल कथा तिन्ह सबहि सुनाई। बनहि चले पितु आयसु पाई।।
सुनि सबिषाद सकल पछिताहीं। रानी रायँ कीन्ह भल नाहीं।।
तेहि अवसर एक तापसु आवा। तेजपुंज लघुबयस सुहावा।।
कवि अलखित गति बेषु बिरागी। मन क्रम बचन राम अनुरागी।।
दो0-सजल नयन तन पुलकि निज इष्टदेउ पहिचानि।
परेउ दंड जिमि धरनितल दसा न जाइ बखानि।।110।।

We covered up to Doha 110 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that all the people living around the banks of Yamuna rushed to see Shri Ram forgetting what they were engaged with and after beholding the beautiful visitors i e Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman they appreciated their own good luck. They wished to know all about them but were reluctant to do so but some of the intelligent elders could make out who were they and told whole story about them listening to which they felt remorseful and all thought poorly of the queen and the king for what they had done. Right at that moment an ascetic in robes of a Sanyasi appeared and fell at the feet of Shri Ram with his body thrilled; he was bright and of young age but apparently was a profound devotee of Shri Ram and nothing more could be ascertained about him.

राम सप्रेम पुलकि उर लावा। परम रंक जनु पारसु पावा।।
मनहुँ प्रेमु परमारथु दोऊ। मिलत धरे तन कह सबु कोऊ।।
बहुरि लखन पायन्ह सोइ लागा। लीन्ह उठाइ उमगि अनुरागा।।
पुनि सिय चरन धूरि धरि सीसा। जननि जानि सिसु दीन्हि असीसा।।
कीन्ह निषाद दंडवत तेही। मिलेउ मुदित लखि राम सनेही।।
पिअत नयन पुट रूपु पियूषा। मुदित सुअसनु पाइ जिमि भूखा।।
ते पितु मातु कहहु सखि कैसे। जिन्ह पठए बन बालक ऐसे।।
राम लखन सिय रूपु निहारी। होहिं सनेह बिकल नर नारी।।
दो0-तब रघुबीर अनेक बिधि सखहि सिखावनु दीन्ह।
राम रजायसु सीस धरि भवन गवनु तेँइँ कीन्ह।।111।।

Shri Ram lifted the young Tapaswi with love and brought him in embrace with delight; for the ascetic it was like a man without means getting Paras i e philosopher’s stone (ascetic now considered it a turning point in his life, the touch of the body of Shri Ram could make him immortal from being just a one who suffered death and rebirth routinely as Paras converts ordinary metal in to gold). It seemed to people there as if the embodied love was now joined with the ultimate object of his love, the devotee had the fortune of being one with his Isht (the extremely loved deity). Later the young Sadhu touched the feet of Lakshman in reverence and was lifted up by him too with promptness and affection. He then put the dust of Sita’s foot over his own head and was rewarded with blessings by Sita in a manner that a mother would do. When Nishadraj Guha bowed down before the sage he gladly met him too knowing him to be close to Shri Ram. The hermit then kept drinking the nectar of Rupa-Darshan (the beautiful sight of form of Shri Ram present there) of Shri Ram using eyes as cups and became happy in the same way as a hungry person becomes up on eating tasty and healthy food.

On the other hand the people who had gathered there kept discussing as to what type of parents would they be who had nerves to order such tender children of theirs to go to forest; looking at attractive and tender forms of Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita all those people felt very distraught and sad.

Shri Ram then sermonized His friend Guha in many ways (as it was needed to give Him some real knowledge to make him see what was expected of him at that point and to make him learn to get over the grief felt up on separation from Himself which would be just that there physical bodies would be moving away hence required no real suffering) and Guha too honoring the instructions of Shri Ram left for home.

(Shri Ram meant to convey that while in world and living an ordinary life one should not shed or forget the duties required in the role being played even when it requires to get separated from physically serving the Lord. The God can still be remembered and kept company with in thoughts. So until the time one relinquishes his worldly attachments and relations and becomes a Sanyasi, it not expected of him to neglect the duties connected with the gross world lived in).

We have now covered up to Doha 111 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCCIII

February 25, 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

राम सप्रेम कहेउ मुनि पाहीं। नाथ कहिअ हम केहि मग जाहीं।।
मुनि मन बिहसि राम सन कहहीं। सुगम सकल मग तुम्ह कहुँ अहहीं।।
साथ लागि मुनि सिष्य बोलाए। सुनि मन मुदित पचासक आए।।
सबन्हि राम पर प्रेम अपारा। सकल कहहि मगु दीख हमारा।।
मुनि बटु चारि संग तब दीन्हे। जिन्ह बहु जनम सुकृत सब कीन्हे।।
करि प्रनामु रिषि आयसु पाई। प्रमुदित हृदयँ चले रघुराई।।
ग्राम निकट जब निकसहि जाई। देखहि दरसु नारि नर धाई।।
होहि सनाथ जनम फलु पाई। फिरहि दुखित मनु संग पठाई।।
दो0-बिदा किए बटु बिनय करि फिरे पाइ मन काम।
उतरि नहाए जमुन जल जो सरीर सम स्याम।।109।।

We covered up to Doha 109 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Shri Ram asked Muni for the right way to follow beyond Prayag and Muni replied wondering that for Shri Ram all the possible ways were not difficult (again showing that he really knew Shri Ram was none other than the Supreme Lord). Muni then summoned his pupils and selected four of them to go along with Shri Ram and guide. All along the way the villagers had the benefit of having a look at charming personality of Shri Ram and felt as if He was their savior.  Reaching the banks of Yamuna Shri Ram politely sent back overly joyed young escorts and had bath in bluish water of Yamuna which matched His own complexion.

सुनत तीरवासी नर नारी। धाए निज निज काज बिसारी।।
लखन राम सिय सुन्दरताई। देखि करहिं निज भाग्य बड़ाई।।
अति लालसा बसहिं मन माहीं। नाउँ गाउँ बूझत सकुचाहीं।।
जे तिन्ह महुँ बयबिरिध सयाने। तिन्ह करि जुगुति रामु पहिचाने।।
सकल कथा तिन्ह सबहि सुनाई। बनहि चले पितु आयसु पाई।।
सुनि सबिषाद सकल पछिताहीं। रानी रायँ कीन्ह भल नाहीं।।
तेहि अवसर एक तापसु आवा। तेजपुंज लघुबयस सुहावा।।
कवि अलखित गति बेषु बिरागी। मन क्रम बचन राम अनुरागी।।
दो0-सजल नयन तन पुलकि निज इष्टदेउ पहिचानि।
परेउ दंड जिमि धरनितल दसा न जाइ बखानि।।110।।

When the people living near the bank of the river learned of arrival of Shri Ram there they rushed forgetting what chores were left to be attended. Observing the extraordinary beauty of Laksman, Ram and Sita they became overwhelmed and thanked their own fate for the privilege of seeing them. They wanted to ask where they had come from and their names etc but were reluctant to do the same (in fact this way they saved Shri Ram having to explain who He really was, God is not easy to be defined even by the Lord Himself and such divine characters are known by innumerable names).  However some of the intelligent and elderly people could make out who was Shri Ram (by applying some logic these people knew that they had prince of Ayodhya in the midst of them; here we may also understand that though definition of God is not possibly listened by any one but if there is enough time spent in an intelligent way to reflect on God, the capacity of recognize Him is gained). These people then related the whole story about the visitors and that they were now headed for the forest following the dictate of the father. Listening to the sad account of what had happened all felt sorrowful and repentant and thought it was not proper for the queen and the king to have done so.

At that very moment a Tapaswi (a seeker doing penance etc) came along who seemed to be of young age and had abundance of glow that comes after doing Tapa  making him exhude charm; he had been putting on garb of a Sanyasi (recluse) and even the intelligent and knowledgeable ones could not have fathomed the depth of his achievements but it was apparent that he had been a follower and devotee of Shri Ram in words, thought and deed (the banks of holy rivers like Yamuna and Ganga attract many of the seekers; due to their Tapa and living with nature engrossed in thought of the God’s avatar of their own choice they remain young even after long years spent there, it is therefore difficult to judge extent of there spirituality etc); he had eyes filled with tears of love and his body thrilled when he looked up on with recognition that his own Lord, Lord Shri Ram  was present before him in person. He then fell straightly before Shri Ram like a stick or a pole in process of doing Pranam, its difficult to explain his condition at that moment.

We have now covered up to Doha 110 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCCII

February 24, 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

सुनि मुनि बचन रामु सकुचाने। भाव भगति आनंद अघाने।।
तब रघुबर मुनि सुजसु सुहावा। कोटि भाँति कहि सबहि सुनावा।।
सो बड सो सब गुन गन गेहू। जेहि मुनीस तुम्ह आदर देहू।।
मुनि रघुबीर परसपर नवहीं। बचन अगोचर सुखु अनुभवहीं।।
यह सुधि पाइ प्रयाग निवासी। बटु तापस मुनि सिद्ध उदासी।।
भरद्वाज आश्रम सब आए। देखन दसरथ सुअन सुहाए।।
राम प्रनाम कीन्ह सब काहू। मुदित भए लहि लोयन लाहू।।
देहिं असीस परम सुखु पाई। फिरे सराहत सुंदरताई।।
दो0-राम कीन्ह बिश्राम निसि प्रात प्रयाग नहाइ।
चले सहित सिय लखन जन मुददित मुनिहि सिरु नाइ।।108।।

We covered up to Doha 108 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that when Shri Ram reached Ashram of Muni Bharadwaj, he was first offered fruits etc and after Shri Ram having rested Muni Bharadwaj expressed his happiness about having met Shri Ram and explained to all that Darshan of Shri Ram was the real benefit for which all kinds of religious observances are made and that he enjoyed the same benefit. Muni then wanted to be blessed to have permanent attachment at the feet of Shri Ram. Shri Ram also praised Muni in many ways and said that whoever is given respect by Muni Bharadawaj becomes virtuous. In the mean while all the ascetics living in the vicinity came rushing and felt very pleased to have met the young princes who stole their hearts too. Later Shri Ram had night’s rest at the Ashram and prepared to resume journey in the morning after bathing in the holy waters of Prayag.

राम सप्रेम कहेउ मुनि पाहीं। नाथ कहिअ हम केहि मग जाहीं।।
मुनि मन बिहसि राम सन कहहीं। सुगम सकल मग तुम्ह कहुँ अहहीं।।
साथ लागि मुनि सिष्य बोलाए। सुनि मन मुदित पचासक आए।।
सबन्हि राम पर प्रेम अपारा। सकल कहहि मगु दीख हमारा।।
मुनि बटु चारि संग तब दीन्हे। जिन्ह बहु जनम सुकृत सब कीन्हे।।
करि प्रनामु रिषि आयसु पाई। प्रमुदित हृदयँ चले रघुराई।।
ग्राम निकट जब निकसहि जाई। देखहि दरसु नारि नर धाई।।
होहि सनाथ जनम फलु पाई। फिरहि दुखित मनु संग पठाई।।
दो0-बिदा किए बटु बिनय करि फिरे पाइ मन काम।
उतरि नहाए जमुन जल जो सरीर सम स्याम।।109।।

Before leaving Shri Ram asked Muni Bharadwaj about the right way to follow after leaving the Ashram; Shri Muni intriguingly replied to Him saying with a smile, “All possible ways are easy for You (he meant that since Shri Ram was Himself the Supreme God, what could pose a problem to Him).” Muni then summoned his disciples to go along with Shri Ram as guides and hordes of them came running as all of them had immense love for Shri Ram and said that they had knowledge about the routes because they have been roaming around. However since all could not be sent along, Muni picked four from among them to go with Shri Ram as if these four had been doing noble deeds for many past births to have such a fortune.

Once again Shri Ram paid homage to Muni deferentially and asked for his leave before leaving with a joyful heart. Whenever Shri Ram passed through routes near a village or a town, people rushed to have His Darshan (as the word about the beauty and attraction of Him had already spread). These onlookers used to feel in Shri Ram’s company as if they now had someone before them who could protect them and also used to feel as having got the best reward for being born by having Shri Ram right in front of their eyes. But when it was time for them to return back and for Shri Ram to move ahead, they used to feel remorseful while their hearts pursued the travelers.

After covering some distance Shri Ram politely asked the disciples of Muni to go back and they returned with pleasure as their heart felt desire to be with Shri Ram had been fulfilled. Reaching the bank of Yamuna Shri Ram had bath in its blueish water which matched the complexion of His own.

We have now covered up to Doha 119 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

jo chaheNgey kareNgey wo…

February 23, 2015

badnaam bahut kar liya ab tthikaaney bhi lagaaiye,
kyuN bas bhala buraa kah kar ke waqt apna gaNwaaiye!

#dil pe ab zor nahiiN mera main ghaur bhi karta nahiiN,
kab karta hai kya karta hai kyuN karta hai bas ye hi jaaney.

sar uttha ke ddhoonddhata tha tthokar lagi gir paDDa,
sar jhukaa ke talaash kii to chehrey nahiiN dikhey.

kori wafaa ke saath dil bahley to kaise,
isko toH muhabbat masaaleydaaar chaahiye.

aakhir to dard e dil bhi unhii ka diya hua hai,
maalik haiN dil ke to jo chaaheyeNgey kareyNgey wo.

mushkil baDDa hai mere liye khud apne ko ddhooNddhana,
isi liye talaashataa huuN koi hamdam jo ye kaam karey!

‘kayar’

Ramcharit Charcha CCCCI

February 23, 2015

II Sri 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

को कहि सकइ प्रयाग प्रभाऊ। कलुष पुंज कुंजर मृगराऊ।।
अस तीरथपति देखि सुहावा। सुख सागर रघुबर सुखु पावा।।
कहि सिय लखनहि सखहि सुनाई। श्रीमुख तीरथराज बड़ाई।।
करि प्रनामु देखत बन बागा। कहत महातम अति अनुरागा।।
एहि बिधि आइ बिलोकी बेनी। सुमिरत सकल सुमंगल देनी।।
मुदित नहाइ कीन्हि सिव सेवा। पुजि जथाबिधि तीरथ देवा।।
तब प्रभु भरद्वाज पहिं आए। करत दंडवत मुनि उर लाए।।
मुनि मन मोद न कछु कहि जाइ। ब्रह्मानंद रासि जनु पाई।।
दो0- दीन्हि असीस मुनीस उर अति अनंदु अस जानि।
लोचन गोचर सुकृत फल मनहुँ किए बिधि आनि।।106।।

We covered up to Doha 106 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Shri Ram and others reached near Tirthraj Prayag, the highest of the holy places. Shri Ram praised it and recounted glories of this holy place and bathed in the holy waters after which he worshiped the Shiv-Linga made of sand and worshiped the deity of the place too.  Later Shri Ram reached at the Ashram of Muni Bhardwaj and did Pranam to him by prostrating before him (it is never sufficient to just visit the holy places without visiting the saints and seekers; they should command the visitor’s ful respect, then only the true benefit of visiting the holy places can be had). Muni Bhardwaj then lifted up Shri Ram and took Him in embrace and it was full reward for all his Tapas and performance of prescribed deeds because the pleasure felt by him was no less then pleasure of being one with the Supreme Lord of Universe.

कुसल प्रस्न करि आसन दीन्हे। पूजि प्रेम परिपूरन कीन्हे।।
कंद मूल फल अंकुर नीके। दिए आनि मुनि मनहुँ अमी के।।
सीय लखन जन सहित सुहाए। अति रुचि राम मूल फल खाए।।
भए बिगतश्रम रामु सुखारे। भरव्दाज मृदु बचन उचारे।।
आजु सुफल तपु तीरथ त्यागू। आजु सुफल जप जोग बिरागू।।
सफल सकल सुभ साधन साजू। राम तुम्हहि अवलोकत आजू।।
लाभ अवधि सुख अवधि न दूजी। तुम्हारें दरस आस सब पूजी।।
अब करि कृपा देहु बर एहू। निज पद सरसिज सहज सनेहू।।
दो0-करम बचन मन छाड़ि छलु जब लगि जनु न तुम्हार।
तब लगि सुखु सपनेहुँ नहीं किएँ कोटि उपचार।।

Muni Bhardwaj inquired of the welfare of the visitors as well as offered them seats; Honoring them with love Muni also made them feel satisfied and at home. Muni then brought for them very tasty roots, spouts and fruits etc which were as good as nectar in taste and effect. Shri Ram had the offered eatables with great relish along with Sita, Lakshman  and Guha (who had accompanied to do chores for Shri Ram and others till they settle down, Shri Ram never considered him separated from the group while having food etc.).

After a while when Shri Ram lost the fatigue acquired by him while travelling and felt comfortable and refreshed, the Muni spoke to Him in sweet words, “It is now that I have received the benefit of doing Tapas and renunciation etc while staying at this holy place, it is today that the success has been achieved after doing Japa, Yoga (the efforts at being one with God) and for being dispassionate etc.. Having sight of You O Ram, all the means adopted by me like observing sacred duties etc. seem to be giving result. This is the ultimate benefit and this only is the ultimate joy and satisfaction; only when one has Your sight, the hope becomes reality. You must now with Your grace confer on me blessings that ensure my natural love for Your lotus feet (here Muni displayed his knowledge that he was faced with the Supreme Lord, he endorsed the fact the religious practices and penance etc, the purpose of all meditation, staying at Tirthas etc. all meant to be having a glimpse of Lord and ask for a natural attachment for feet of Lord; it all was for just this and none of it was an end in itself).”

Muni further said, “Until the time one becomes Your servant in words, thoughts and deeds shedding all sorts of manipulative stance, no relaxation or peace is possible even when one engages in ritualistic activities and other prescribed practices (to try to be amiable to what God wants is better then observing religious practices; insight of what is God’s desire comes with a natural kind of love for His feet, the practices may purify but ultimately the God’s blessing ensures this natural devotion).”

We have now covered up to Doha 107 of Ayodhya Kand.

सुनि मुनि बचन रामु सकुचाने। भाव भगति आनंद अघाने।।
तब रघुबर मुनि सुजसु सुहावा। कोटि भाँति कहि सबहि सुनावा।।
सो बड सो सब गुन गन गेहू। जेहि मुनीस तुम्ह आदर देहू।।
मुनि रघुबीर परसपर नवहीं। बचन अगोचर सुखु अनुभवहीं।।
यह सुधि पाइ प्रयाग निवासी। बटु तापस मुनि सिद्ध उदासी।।
भरद्वाज आश्रम सब आए। देखन दसरथ सुअन सुहाए।।
राम प्रनाम कीन्ह सब काहू। मुदित भए लहि लोयन लाहू।।
देहिं असीस परम सुखु पाई। फिरे सराहत सुंदरताई।।
दो0-राम कीन्ह बिश्राम निसि प्रात प्रयाग नहाइ।
चले सहित सिय लखन जन मुददित मुनिहि सिरु नाइ।।108।।

Shri Ram felt a bit embarrassed up on listening to words of Muni (because he was never inclined to make it apparent to people in general that He was none else then the Supreme Lord of universe and here Muni was declaring that before everyone; however the Lord appreciated that the devotees who stayed at sacred Tirthas, lived righteously and did Tapas etc were capable of knowing Him and could speak so with authority) but He also enjoyed to the maximum the sentiments of devotional love expressed by Muni. Raghubar Shri Ram then told all those present there in many ways the achievements and glories of Muni Bharadwaj and finally declared that one who received the honor and respect from Muni becomes someone great and abode of all virtues (trying to convey that Muni had rubbed off greatness on Him by honoring Him and also meant that Muni knew who was to be honored and worshiped i e He had known the Truth hence the God). Muni Bharadwaj and Raghuveer Shri Ram both bowed down before each other (the Sadhus and the God should be treated with equal respect by us is the message for us) and felt such height of blissfulness as can’t be explained through words (the message for us is that meeting a Sadhu is as much blissful as meeting the Supreme God, they only show path leading to Lord and ultimately salvation).

When people learned of coming of Shri Ram, all the inhabitants of Prayag like the Brahmcharis (the disciples of great Masters), the Tapaswees (those who observe penance etc), the Munis, the Sidhhas (accomplished sages) and the dispassionate wanderers (who had no worldly interests left) came rushing to the Ashram of Muni Bharadwaj to personally meet the great sons of King Dashrath (as they had some knowledge themselves about the reality of the two princes and also had overheard what Muni Bharadwaj had declared). Shri Ram however reverentially bowed down before them and all became happy after getting the benefit of having eyes i e enjoyed the pleasure that flowed up on having sight of them.

(They became so overwhelmed that they forgot to appreciate that they had the Supreme Lord before them and here we can see that Ram Kripa (the grace of Lord is responsible before the God reveals the reality about Himself; best is to follow the path suggested by Gurus, the seekers should patiently wait).

All of them then happily gave their blessings to the young princes though they had just had the ultimate pleasure after seeing them (but still remained unaware of the reality about them) and returned telling each other the extent of beauty of the two princes.

Shri Ram had rest in the night at the Ashram and took bath in morning at Prayag (the point of confluence of two rivers) and later resumed journey, after happily bowing down before the Muni, along with Sita, Lakshman and Guh (the friend, follower and servant).

We have now covered up to Doha 108 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CCCC

February 19, 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

गंग बचन सुनि मंगल मूला। मुदित सीय सुरसरि अनुकुला।।
तब प्रभु गुहहि कहेउ घर जाहू। सुनत सूख मुखु भा उर दाहू।।
दीन बचन गुह कह कर जोरी। बिनय सुनहु रघुकुलमनि मोरी।।
नाथ साथ रहि पंथु देखाई। करि दिन चारि चरन सेवकाई।।
जेहिं बन जाइ रहब रघुराई। परनकुटी मैं करबि सुहाई।।
तब मोहि कहँ जसि देब रजाई। सोइ करिहउँ रघुबीर दोहाई।।
सहज सनेह राम लखि तासु। संग लीन्ह गुह हृदय हुलासू।।
पुनि गुहँ ग्याति बोलि सब लीन्हे। करि परितोषु बिदा तब कीन्हे।।
दो0- तब गनपति सिव सुमिरि प्रभु नाइ सुरसरिहि माथ। ì
सखा अनुज सिया सहित बन गवनु कीन्ह रधुनाथ।।104।।

We covered up to Doha 104 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in he last post and we learned that Sita prayed before Mother Ganges and wished to be blessed that she returns safely along with her lord Shri Ram and her Devar Shri Lakshman when the period of exile is over and has fortune of once again worshiping her (Ganges) and Maa Ganga blessed her accordingly giving Sita reason to be relieved and happy. Shri Ram then instructed Guha to leave for home but when Guha wished to accompany Him for showing way in to the jungles and serve for some mote time Shri Ram allowed Guha to come along which made Guha happy again. Later, bowing down before Ganga and remembering Lord Ganesha and Bhagwaan Shiv, Lord Shri Ram, Sita, Lakshman and Guha resumed their journey.

तेहि दिन भयउ बिटप तर बासू। लखन सखाँ सब कीन्ह सुपासू।।
प्रात प्रातकृत करि रधुसाई। तीरथराजु दीख प्रभु जाई।।
सचिव सत्य श्रध्दा प्रिय नारी। माधव सरिस मीतु हितकारी।।
चारि पदारथ भरा भँडारु। पुन्य प्रदेस देस अति चारु।।
छेत्र अगम गढ़ु गाढ़ सुहावा। सपनेहुँ नहिं प्रतिपच्छिन्ह पावा।।
सेन सकल तीरथ बर बीरा। कलुष अनीक दलन रनधीरा।।
संगमु सिंहासनु सुठि सोहा। छत्रु अखयबटु मुनि मनु मोहा।।
चवँर जमुन अरु गंग तरंगा। देखि होहिं दुख दारिद भंगा।।
दो0- सेवहिं सुकृति साधु सुचि पावहिं सब मनकाम।
बंदी बेद पुरान गन कहहिं बिमल गुन ग्राम।।105।।

The first day gone, Shri Ram retired for the night; Lakshman and the friend Guha arranged for all necessary things there. When it was morning Shri Ram first observed the morning routine and rituals and went to visit the king of the Tirthas (holy-places), the Prayag. This king has the Truth as his minister, the devotional belief as the consort and a friend in shape of the presiding deity there known as Bindu-Madhav. Its coffers remain full with the four-fold rewards (the Dharma, Artha, Kaam and Moksha, these are granted as gift to the visitors of the place i e those who visit become worthy of and capable of achieving these desired goals of life). The whole surroundings that come to be known as Prayag, is very pious and sacred besides being very beautiful and charming. In this region stands a grand edifice which is not surmountable by the army of enemies because it has its own army of braves in the form of many holy-places surrounding it and this army is fully equipped to crush the army of various sins that attack with their great resisting power. It has its magnificent seat right at the confluence point of the two great rivers Ganages and Yamuna. The royal umbrella over its head is the Akshay Vata (the tree that is immortal, this is reference to such a tree that is there even today) which captivates even the hearts of Munis (who stay under this big tree). It is served with waves of river Ganges and Yamuna which when watched with devotion, the sorrows and wants disappear.

By serving and enjoying at this point righteous and pious saints get all that their minds looks for; the Vedas and Puranas sing the praises of this Place (Prayad) which abounds in unblemished virtues.

(Goswami Tulsidas here beautifully conceived picture of the most revered Thirtha that is Prayaag as a kingdom which takes care all the needs of the seekers and devotees and protects them from the army of enemies (of sins). This place offers ample food, wide expense of sanded riverbed, the trees and the purest water. It is here that nature is seen engaged in Yagnas in all its aspects. Here people with different philosophies engage in dialogues in total peace and enlighten each other and in the end conclude in such a manner that the truth is found which flows as a single stream post confluence of different streams of thought represented by blackish water of Yamuna and white water of Ganges mixing and flowing calmly as single stream. It is here that Kumbha takes place every 12 years and it is here in the month of Magha saints converge to stay together every year.)

को कहि सकइ प्रयाग प्रभाऊ। कलुष पुंज कुंजर मृगराऊ।।
अस तीरथपति देखि सुहावा। सुख सागर रघुबर सुखु पावा।।
कहि सिय लखनहि सखहि सुनाई। श्रीमुख तीरथराज बड़ाई।।
करि प्रनामु देखत बन बागा। कहत महातम अति अनुरागा।।
एहि बिधि आइ बिलोकी बेनी। सुमिरत सकल सुमंगल देनी।।
मुदित नहाइ कीन्हि सिव सेवा। पुजि जथाबिधि तीरथ देवा।।
तब प्रभु भरद्वाज पहिं आए। करत दंडवत मुनि उर लाए।।
मुनि मन मोद न कछु कहि जाइ। ब्रह्मानंद रासि जनु पाई।।
दो0- दीन्हि असीस मुनीस उर अति अनंदु अस जानि।
लोचन गोचर सुकृत फल मनहुँ किए बिधि आनि।।106।।

Who on earth can wholly describe the glory of Prayag which is like a lion to dismiss the herd of elephants like big sins. When Shri Ram saw such exclusive and important Tirth, He, though Himself an ocean bliss, found it pleasure giving and amiable. Shri Ram then explained the glories of the king of Tirthas to Sita, Lakshman and Guha with His own gracious mouth which utters words only to give importance and exalting status to the holy men,holy places.

After reverentially saluting it (Prayag), Shri Ram went round the gardens and forest in the vicinity and kept explaining the greatness of each point with sincere affection. This is how they reached the point where the Ganges, Yamuna and invisible Saraswati are merging (this point is known as Triveni) and looked around; Triveni ensures welfare of all even when just remembered (here they were present right there hence specially felt obliged by it). All of them bathed there happily and performed Puja of Lord Shiv and worshiped the deity of the Tirtha observing all rituals in process. Afterwards Lord Shri Ram went to Ashram of Muni Bharadwaj and prostrated before Him while Muni lifted Him and brought Him up and took in embrace. The Muni enjoyed inexplicable bliss; he was as thrilled as to have abundance of Brahmanand (the blissful pleasure that is felt up on meeting i e knowing the Brahman, the Supreme Lord of Universe).

Superior among he Munis, Muni Bharawaj gave blessing to Shri Ram feeling exalted and transcendent in his own heart at having such good fortune as to meet the avatar of the Supreme God Himself in person; it was as if Brahma, the creator had presented the fruit of his past good-deeds and Tapas right in front to feel and observe.

(Shri Ram as avatar is known to go to the seeker saints who have done great Tapas and engaged in serving the society without selfish motives Himself rather then let them wander in search of Him. It is more important to serve the Lord where we are and live a righteous life rather then wander looking for the Lord; when time comes He promptly gets manifested for the benefit of Sadhus and devotees.)

We have now covered up to Doha 106 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

tumney munh pher liya…

February 15, 2015

ham wo sang haiN jisey tarash ke khuda maan liya,
hamsey puuchha hi nahiiN choteyN kitni khaayiiN!

duniyawaloN ko jab jab hasaana paDDa,
khud ko to betarah rulana paDDa,
veeraanoN meiN jab se basar ho gayii,
tab se ruupak na koi bananaa paDDa!

jab jab muskuraatey ho tum sabhi ke ho hi jaatey ho tum,
na maano sabhi ko apna agar tum to marzi ye to tumhari hai!

uljhaney kahaaN rahiiN ab jo suljhaayaa kareyN ham,
tumsey miley jo gham wahi kyoN na paalaa kareyN ham!

ro ro ke ham halaaq hue par dil meiN ummeed thii,
dekhiye na ab ham chup haiN aur ro aap rahey haiN!

tumney munh pher liya armaan ab rahey nahiiN,
khwaaisheyN fout huiiN dam nikle to khyuN nikale!

tere shauq e nazar ka kasoor hai ke tere dil ka fitoor hai,
nazar idhar udhar jo atak gayi kahaaN ka ye dastoor hai!

zakhm badey gahrey denaa tumhaari aadat hai,
hamney harey rakhey to kyuN phir shiqaayat hai!

zindagi badey nakharey haiN terey utthaaye nahi jaatey,
ladaa kandhOn pe jaisey bojh qadam barhaaye nahi jaatey!

aye dil zara tham janaa fida honey sey kucch pahle,
dil kahta hai ke ye merey ikhtiyaar meiN nahiiH hai!

zindagi hui tabaah kahtey haiN ishq ke naam pey,
hamko kiya badnaam kyoN kisi jhuutthey ilzaam par!

‘kayar’

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badi maang hai baaazaar meiN…

February 13, 2015

Zindagi hamaari kab se sulag rahii hai,
Kabhi dhuaaN. Kabhi khaak si bikhar rahi hai,
Nazar e karam chashm e inaayat se dekh lo,
Tab to lagey ke haaN ab to saNwar rahii hai!

ba-hasb-e-gardish-e-paimaan-e-sifaat,
ham baitth gaye dil thamey hue qataar meiN,
jab jab hua mauqa haath hamney barhhaya,
tab tab kahey kambakht badi maang hai bazaar meiN!

February 13, 2015

jab tak na parhh luN kitab e dil teri nahi manuga ke mera zikr nahi hoga,
zikr auroN ka boht hoga jagah jagah to mera bhi kahiiN kahiiN hoga!

***
aashkaar ho ke na ho nigaah meiN wajood mein to rahta hoga,
na sahi na bole kuchh bhi khamosh rah ke to kuchh kahta hoga!

***

jee meiN jo aata rahaa kahtey rahey ab kahne ko kuchh bachaa hi nahiiN,
jo jee mein ayegaa phir bhi kaheNgey sunanney ko raazi koi ho ke nahiiN,
dost to sun hi leNgey dil ki aawaaza un talak meri paNhuchey ke nahiiN,
maiN jee halka karne ko kahta huuN unko meri baat se raahat ho ke nahiiN!


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