Ramcharit Charcha XXX

II Shree Guruve 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

Tulsi now goes ahead and glorifies Ram Naam, saying that even if some body chants Ram Naan without much attention and sleepily, he still will have all kinds of graces coming his way. The intricate point is that when one is half-awake or non-attentive and Ram Naam comes out of his mouth, it means that his subconscious is awash with Ram Naam, so those around him will naturally have a high regard of him and that way will befriend him. This precisely happens too when Hanuman met Vibhishan in Lanka for the first time. You will learn more about it at that stage of Ram Katha.

He says that remembering this very fact he is going ahead with Ram Katha with head bowed down before Ram, the descendent of Radhu. His confidence oozes that Ram will be bestowing graces upon him as even the graciousness itself gets power from Him to be effective. Tulsi does not ever deter from remembering his own weaknesses and therefore considers himself a poor ordinary servant of Lord Ram, the best of those who must be served. As a servant he has had the benefit of Ram Kripa with which Ram has nursed him too.

This is not a thing to be surprised about as even the worldly people behave in similar ways in respect of their own such servants who are mild mannered and have love for the master. The Vedas also have this endorsement.

All the countrymen, rich or poor as also city dwellers & villagers,learned or fools, clean or unclean, talented or duffers, all have high regard for their king according to their own status and understanding. Ram is in a different league as He is noble, knowledgeable, gentle king who is in fact the Supreme God and has appeared in human form all due to his divine mercy towards his people. For such a one if he, i e Tulsi, tries to use his power to sing praises in his own way with devotion who on earth will fail to appreciate it. He knows that Ram is hungry for love of his Bhaktas and Tulsi has that qualification while on the other end he doesn’t consider himself as having that much piousness of heart or sharpness of intellect.

Finally satisfied, he believes that though a he is himself a fool, his love and liking will be given due regard by Ram who made the stone float on sea surface (while constructing bridge to cross over sea) and who converted moneys and bears into having good character and disposition. Tulsi is aware that there is some element of ridicule in behavior of his fellowmen towards him regarding his claim of being servant of Sitanath Ram, which by implication is also directed towards Ram that he chose to be listening to this claim of likes of Tulsi.Tulsi called Ram here as Sitanath ( Nath means an, owner or master as well as husband)* . Ram gives a damn to what people say about His relationship with His Bhaktas and goes to any length for their sake. This is Ram’s resolve hence all should be having this favor of Ram by devoting themselves in his Bhakti, is the message.

I do think that you have been enjoying this journey of Ram Katha. I reproduce below the connected piece from the original:

भायँ कुभायँ अनख आलसहूँ। नाम जपत मंगल दिसि दसहूँ।।
सुमिरि सो नाम राम गुन गाथा। करउँ नाइ रघुनाथहि माथा।।
मोरि सुधारिहि सो सब भाँती। जासु कृपा नहिं कृपाँ अघाती।।
राम सुस्वामि कुसेवकु मोसो। निज दिसि दैखि दयानिधि पोसो।।
लोकहुँ बेद सुसाहिब रीतीं। बिनय सुनत पहिचानत प्रीती।।
गनी गरीब ग्रामनर नागर। पंडित मूढ़ मलीन उजागर।।
सुकबि कुकबि निज मति अनुहारी। नृपहि सराहत सब नर नारी।।
साधु सुजान सुसील नृपाला। ईस अंस भव परम कृपाला।।
सुनि सनमानहिं सबहि सुबानी। भनिति भगति नति गति पहिचानी।।
यह प्राकृत महिपाल सुभाऊ। जान सिरोमनि कोसलराऊ।।
रीझत राम सनेह निसोतें। को जग मंद मलिनमति मोतें।।
दो0-सठ सेवक की प्रीति रुचि रखिहहिं राम कृपालु।
उपल किए जलजान जेहिं सचिव सुमति कपि भालु।।28(क)।।
हौहु कहावत सबु कहत राम सहत उपहास।
साहिब सीतानाथ सो सेवक तुलसीदास।।28(ख)।।

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

*The use of Sitanath is to impress upon the fact that Ram as Supreme God is neutral and stays unmoved by events . When the creation takes place He takes help of Maya which is the power He wields and also has fullest control over it. Maya is nothing if its not with Ram behind it. Sita is considered as an non-separable phenomenon of Ram i e as Maya. The worldly people are under spell of Maya as long as they haven’t yet got knowledge of Ram as the Supreme God. As soon as this knowledge is gained the spell of Maya breaks because people who have the fortune to have this knowledge on account of devotion to Ram . Ram takes care to remove the misconceptions, the false impressions created by Maya. It is very difficult to have full understanding of the play of Maya and Ram as Maya literally means ‘that what is not’ i e some kind of illusion but has an overbearing influence on the business of the world. This misunderstanding remains with the ordinary people till they have had an unwavering understanding that only the God is Real and the Absolute and rest all is play of Maya. The sufferings are only till this is understood as fact and as the only knowable fact. These are the consideration for Tulsi to refer to Ram as Sitanath. Tulsi knows that Ram can only help not just by being in His state of neutrality but by being the one who has control over Maya i e Sitanath/mayapati.

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