Ramcharit Charcha XLVII

II Shri 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

Now Goswami Tulsidas gives us the background of how at one time in Prayag (the place where Ganga and Yamuna meet along with invisible Saraswati) Muni Bhadwaj who had an immense love at the feet of Sri Ram and was living there had an occasion to be in meeting with Munis and Rishis at his very pious and serenely beautiful Ashram. Muni Bhardwaj, an ascetic with qualities of equanimity, sense control, benevolence, intense knowledge & interest in welfare of all, became host to many who happened to visit Prayag ( the most revered amongst holy places) when sun goes into Makar Rashi in the month of Magh. The visitors include gods,demons,Kinnars (experts in singing), ordinary people and come to have cleansing bath at the confluence of holy rivers and pay obeisance at the lotus feet of Lord Madhav and be near the Akshay Vat ( the never dyeing tree physically present there)and feel their body as recharged with immense pleasure. At the Ashram of Muni Bhardwaj all collect after morning bath and other routine to discuss, say and listen to divine qualities of Lord Hari i e of Sri Ram and of other many Avtars with full gusto and devotion.

Such discussions within the learned Munis,Sadhus, Saints and the Rishis cover the narration of Brahma, scope of Dharma and the prescribed ways of spiritual journeys along with the detailed basic distinctions. The Bhakti aspect is also given its due which accompanies the spiritual knowledge and non-covetousness. The last two remain with the devotee only so long as the Bhakti remains present in heart otherwise these though essential for spiritual progress get lost under constant pulls of sense objects. The sense organs have distracting power for even the most advanced spiritual people whenever the mind is bereft of Bhakti Bhava.

Tulsi has tactfully made us know that what he is about to take up has baking of best of the traditions of leaning and schools of religious thoughts. While there is nothing in any of them which does not endorse the basic truth but people get distracted by even slight difference in the suggested paths as if they would lead to any different conclusions while all lead up to the same point ultimately. Since the Prayag is the center of meeting of the minds of all philosophers, they are able to wisely dump differences while appreciating the finer points in each line of philosophic tradition.

The original text under reference is produced below:

भरद्वाज मुनि बसहिं प्रयागा। तिन्हहि राम पद अति अनुरागा।।
तापस सम दम दया निधाना। परमारथ पथ परम सुजाना।।
माघ मकरगत रबि जब होई। तीरथपतिहिं आव सब कोई।।
देव दनुज किंनर नर श्रेनी। सादर मज्जहिं सकल त्रिबेनीं।।
पूजहि माधव पद जलजाता। परसि अखय बटु हरषहिं गाता।।
भरद्वाज आश्रम अति पावन। परम रम्य मुनिबर मन भावन।।
तहाँ होइ मुनि रिषय समाजा। जाहिं जे मज्जन तीरथराजा।।
मज्जहिं प्रात समेत उछाहा। कहहिं परसपर हरि गुन गाहा।।

दो0-ब्रह्म निरूपम धरम बिधि बरनहिं तत्त्व बिभाग।
कहहिं भगति भगवंत कै संजुत ग्यान बिराग।।44।।

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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