Ramcharit Charcha XL

II Shri 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

Goswami Tulsidas is now telling us the construction of Ram Katha that he is going to tell. It has seven Sopan (chapters, Sopan means steps) which have been selected and divided in some intelligent way which I am not able to unfold before you as to how, so lets wait for the cues later on.

The glories of Raghupati Sri Ram is unhindered because the Gunas do not bind Ram and therefore Tulsi is going to fill the earlier referred pond elaborately by virtue of water drawn from that limitless ocean of pure water of praises of Ram and Sita which is like Amrit.

The similes are like whirling water to add beauty to it, the Chaupies (the specific descriptive poetic construction) are like thick mangroves surrounding this pond and the logic used is like the shells in the pond imparting grace to it. Chhand, Soratha and Dohas (forms of poetry used here and there along with Chaupaies) are like lotus flowers of charming different hues. The meaning impregnated with worth, its language and its thought currents are like perfumed pollen grains and nectar of flowers.

The various good deeds are like a string of black-bees/beetles and the underlying thinking and non-attachment is like Maraala (swans) in the pond (here swan word is important for a swan does not get wet i e fit simile for non-attachment). The melody of the poems and whole poetic volume represent the lovely fishes of different types.

The narration of the four Purusharthas i e possession of wealth (Arth), religious duties (Dharam) and fulfillment of desire (Kaam) and lastly salvation (Moksha) have been described in great detail with scientific approach along with necessary practices of Jap and Tap etc along with Nav Ras (nine principle emotions)* and may be taken like other animal forms that live in water i e these traits are safe and get stronger when these draw their sustenance from Ram Katha like the water animals get to live in a water body. The water body is also an attraction to birds and such birds are the Sadhus of good disposition who hum Ram Naam like rare birds which fly around the pond of water.

The groups of Saints are the trees around the pond and the belief is like spring season, a pleasant time. The widely described Bhakti related matters and other various principles of pardoning, mercy, restraints etc are like creepers and groves. The penance, regularity in religious practices are like flowers while surrender to Ram’s feet is like the result of it, to be taken as the juices of flowers form honey.

The birds like sparrows, parrots and cuckoos etc can be considered like various stories referred in the course of Ram Katha. The beautiful parks, orchards, forests and gardens that are pleasure giving to birds and can be likened to the pleasure spots for readers/listeners of Ram Katha and the tending of the same is done by the gardener (the good heart) and watering ( by eyes due to emotional out breaks).

The above description should be kept in mind so that you may keep fitting the parts of story in a way that would make sense as good as the scenic description just given by Tulsi. This sequencing is useful and does not let one stray for the desired goal is achievable when the mind is kept from straying by the glimpse of the beauty of the above scene.

The original lines are given under:

सप्त प्रबन्ध सुभग सोपाना। ग्यान नयन निरखत मन माना।।
रघुपति महिमा अगुन अबाधा। बरनब सोइ बर बारि अगाधा।।
राम सीय जस सलिल सुधासम। उपमा बीचि बिलास मनोरम।।
पुरइनि सघन चारु चौपाई। जुगुति मंजु मनि सीप सुहाई।।
छंद सोरठा सुंदर दोहा। सोइ बहुरंग कमल कुल सोहा।।
अरथ अनूप सुमाव सुभासा। सोइ पराग मकरंद सुबासा।।
सुकृत पुंज मंजुल अलि माला। ग्यान बिराग बिचार मराला।।
धुनि अवरेब कबित गुन जाती। मीन मनोहर ते बहुभाँती।।
अरथ धरम कामादिक चारी। कहब ग्यान बिग्यान बिचारी।।
नव रस जप तप जोग बिरागा। ते सब जलचर चारु तड़ागा।।
सुकृती साधु नाम गुन गाना। ते बिचित्र जल बिहग समाना।।
संतसभा चहुँ दिसि अवँराई। श्रद्धा रितु बसंत सम गाई।।
भगति निरुपन बिबिध बिधाना। छमा दया दम लता बिताना।।
सम जम नियम फूल फल ग्याना। हरि पत रति रस बेद बखाना।।
औरउ कथा अनेक प्रसंगा। तेइ सुक पिक बहुबरन बिहंगा।।
दो0-पुलक बाटिका बाग बन सुख सुबिहंग बिहारु।
माली सुमन सनेह जल सींचत लोचन चारु।।37।।

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

* Shringaar (Romantic), Karuna (pathetic), Hasya (humour), Veer (heroic), Rudra (fury, wrath), Bhayanak (terror), Vibhats (disgusting), Shant/Madhur (peace and calmity), and Adbhut (wonder,amazement)

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जे गावहिं यह चरित सँभारे। तेइ एहि ताल चतुर रखवारे।।
सदा सुनहिं सादर नर नारी। तेइ सुरबर मानस अधिकारी।।
अति खल जे बिषई बग कागा। एहिं सर निकट न जाहिं अभागा।।
संबुक भेक सेवार समाना। इहाँ न बिषय कथा रस नाना।।
तेहि कारन आवत हियँ हारे। कामी काक बलाक बिचारे।।
आवत एहिं सर अति कठिनाई। राम कृपा बिनु आइ न जाई।।
कठिन कुसंग कुपंथ कराला। तिन्ह के बचन बाघ हरि ब्याला।।
गृह कारज नाना जंजाला। ते अति दुर्गम सैल बिसाला।।
बन बहु बिषम मोह मद माना। नदीं कुतर्क भयंकर नाना।।
दो0-जे श्रद्धा संबल रहित नहि संतन्ह कर साथ।
तिन्ह कहुँ मानस अगम अति जिन्हहि न प्रिय रघुनाथ।।38।।

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