Ramcharit Charcha XLIII

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 says that the Sursarita i e the Ganges of devotional purity towards Ram is joined by the Sarayu of Ram’s glorious deed and renown. This flow of joint water of the two river is further joined by the mighty flow of river Sone which may be taken to represent the bravely fought war account of Lord Ram along with the younger brother Lakshman to annihilate the Rakshasas (evil tendencies). Between the two i e Sarayu and Sone there is stream of Bhakti Bhav (the devotional feeling) called here as Devdhuni representing the goodness of non-covetous attitude and of pure thoughts.

The three streams together flow in to form an ocean representing the very embodiment of Ram’s own form for the pleasure of devotees which is capable of removing the earlier referred threefold agonies faced in world. The Ganges which has source from out of the water of Manas (described earlier as to telling the Ram Katha connections) and the down streams of various facets of Ram Katha represented by Sarayu and Sone together become a ready instrument of cleansing the hearts and minds of noble people of all the wrong impressions and bad tendencies. The various interjection of side stories and the compartmentalization into intricately conceived parts are like gardens and forests lining along the banks of the rivers in question.

The marriage of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati is an important episode with far reaching spiritual import which was attended by various participants of different hues may be taken to be represented by the different water animals. Also an important event which covers the birth of Ram in the household of King Dashrath has great spiritual significance and may be taken as waves and whirling of water because Ram Janm (the birth of Shri Ram) is such a pleasing event and a cause to celebrate. Tulsi talks like this because of the flowing waters are pure on one hand and are very interesting to look at when are wavy and whirling.

The games played by the four brother and their mischievous childlike activities may be seen as the flowers growing in the pristine forests on the river banks, of different mix of colors. The king himself and his wives (Raja Dashrath and three queens) as also the relatives who enjoy this all are to be taken as the honey-bees and birds that are fond of being near water bodies.

The way Tulsi has spoken metaphorically makes the whole Ram Katha comprehensible and understandable as and when you go along its course.

We have now covered up to Doha 40 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas.

The lines under reference from the original text of Manas are given below:

रामभगति सुरसरितहि जाई। मिली सुकीरति सरजु सुहाई।।
सानुज राम समर जसु पावन। मिलेउ महानदु सोन सुहावन।।
जुग बिच भगति देवधुनि धारा। सोहति सहित सुबिरति बिचारा।।
त्रिबिध ताप त्रासक तिमुहानी। राम सरुप सिंधु समुहानी।।
मानस मूल मिली सुरसरिही। सुनत सुजन मन पावन करिही।।
बिच बिच कथा बिचित्र बिभागा। जनु सरि तीर तीर बन बागा।।
उमा महेस बिबाह बराती। ते जलचर अगनित बहुभाँती।।
रघुबर जनम अनंद बधाई। भवँर तरंग मनोहरताई।।
दो0-बालचरित चहु बंधु के बनज बिपुल बहुरंग।
नृप रानी परिजन सुकृत मधुकर बारिबिहंग।।40।।

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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