Ramcharit Charcha XLVIII

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

Now Goswami Tulsidas relates further what has been happening at Sangam point ever since known history. When the month of Magh gets over, every one coming there for the holy bath in holy river of Ganga including the all the Munis and Rishis start leaving for their own respective Ashrams. This celebration time is enjoyed by those who are interested in the getting together for exchange of ideas and the simultaneously having opportunity of taking holy dip in the Ganges during the Makar Rashi period of Magh month (Jan-Feb). This period is enjoyable particulay because the water in Ganges is cleanest and the season gets slightly less cold. The rains are absent and the period is without any mosquitoes and flies. Fungal and viral and other kinds of infections are absent too. There is vast canvass covered with silvery sand and those who are not for any luxurious living get all required comfort etc for spending this special period of the year.

Once upon a time Muni Yagyavalkya, a very learned and wise person had also been there and was to leave for his own Ashram, but Rishi Bhardwaj who has his permanent abode at Prayag itself took the opportunity of insisting on keeping Yagyavalkya by requesting him for the stay after duly honoring him by washing his feet and offering a resting place for a little while longer. Naturally this would seem to be strange as naturally after a long times absence from one’s own place every one would want to rush for going back, but Bhardwaj very politely put at rest this anxiety of Yagyavalkya by reminding him of his height of knowledge and the his renowned position and then asking to dispel his doubt in respect of his own understanding of a certain matter regarding which Yagyavalkya had full knowledge ie Ved-tatva. Bhardwaj further explained that while he is afraid to ask help in this regard but at the same time he told that he foresees a big damage if he does seek the help.

He also reminded Rishi Yagyavalkya that the pure wisdom does not come to those who conceal their doubts from his own Guru. This is particularly true in case of spiritual seekers. The Guru only has the capacity to dispel such doubts of the Shishya himself only in person. This is not possible by correspondence or through written books alone. person to person dialogue is must as the teacher hjas the full knowledge of the capacity of Shishya and Shishya has fullest faith in the word of Guru, so all his faculty catch what is of essence without an iota of doubt. The Guru on the other hand having full knowledge of the level of progress of Shishya and his capacity otherwise knows how to go about it to help Shishya absorb every word of wisdom that Guru speaks. All this is well accepted by the Vedas (Shruti, so called because these hymns were carried down through ages by hearing and remembering) and elders in spiritual field, as an standard practice. This back ground was costructed by Bhardwaj so that no room is left for Yagyavalkya to disagree or ignore his request.

We should appreciate that how deep Tulsi goes down to tell the meaningful things in short poetic constructions. I may once again tell you that I like to be brief enough and in the process leave enough to be told by rest so many people, even otherwise I am also a student and do not claim to be able to say every thing and have to leave so much for you to learn from others due to my limitations. Ram Katha is Anant (infinite) and what I find it that the back ground of Ram Katha is itself Anant as the main Katha beginning point is still some distance away. Read the original text below:

एहि प्रकार भरि माघ नहाहीं। पुनि सब निज निज आश्रम जाहीं।।
प्रति संबत अति होइ अनंदा। मकर मज्जि गवनहिं मुनिबृंदा।।
एक बार भरि मकर नहाए। सब मुनीस आश्रमन्ह सिधाए।।
जगबालिक मुनि परम बिबेकी। भरव्दाज राखे पद टेकी।।
सादर चरन सरोज पखारे। अति पुनीत आसन बैठारे।।
करि पूजा मुनि सुजस बखानी। बोले अति पुनीत मृदु बानी।।
नाथ एक संसउ बड़ मोरें। करगत बेदतत्व सबु तोरें।।
कहत सो मोहि लागत भय लाजा। जौ न कहउँ बड़ होइ अकाजा।।
दो0-संत कहहि असि नीति प्रभु श्रुति पुरान मुनि गाव।
होइ न बिमल बिबेक उर गुर सन किएँ दुराव।।45।।


Krishna Khandelwal


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