Ramcharit Charcha L

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 further tells us now that Muni Bhardwaj finally became silent with words that Rishi Yagyavalkya may please go in full detail in explaining him Ram Katha with a view to eliminate his big confusion about the reality of Ram, as a son of a king and as an avtar of God Almighty himself.

Rishi Yagyavalkya being pleased with the manner in which Bhardwaj pressed upon him the need to stay to dispel the doubt of a disciple tells Bhardwaj that he has got how Bhardwaj has wisely put up his case as a person in doubt while his real intention is to be listening and discussing Ram Katha because he knows fully well the glorious character and exalted status of Lord Ram being profound devotee of Ram in action,thought and speech, and has raised the question like a dumb person does. A subtle point in this is that the style of questioning itself lets it be known as to how progressed and how devoted is the questioner. The response is like wise suitably made.

Rishi Yagyavalya readily agrees to give the discourse to Bhardwaj but with a caveat that it be listened with fullest attention. He says that this big delusion about the reality of Ram is like Mahishasur* while Ram Katha is like Durga (referred as Kali here). He tells that Ram katha is like rays of moon which is like nectar drunk by Chakore (a bird which continuously watches moon when it seen the moon)like saints. Once upon a time Bhavani Parvati had raised a question about this very kind of doubt before Lord Shiva, her husband and who had been pleased to tell her the whole story of Ram in detail. Rishi Yagyavlkya explains that he is only going to repeat what transpired between Shiva and Parvati, not verbatim but as he understood it. (Here the note worthy point made by Yagyavalkya is that while the Ram Katha is only that which had been told by Shiva to Parvati as it was only Shiva who had seen the divine aspects of the historic character of Ram which in fact was an avtar to the knowledgeable and just a Rajkumar for the uninitiated, but since Ram Katha has immense dimensions and those in right condition of mind may pick up many nuances which though had been kept in understanding and construction of Ram Katha but not expressly told either because of brevity or being of no need for the listener presnt or simply because the Katha is endlessly important, so has to be limited in practice. This however does not restrict worthy listeners and tellers from discovering these untold aspects when there is occasion and interest. It is therefore said that one should listen to Ram Katha as much as is possible from different people without reservations and also tell it to people who have faith in it even if they don’t have full idea of what it contains.)

The original lines may be read below:

जैसे मिटै मोर भ्रम भारी। कहहु सो कथा नाथ बिस्तारी।।
जागबलिक बोले मुसुकाई। तुम्हहि बिदित रघुपति प्रभुताई।।
राममगत तुम्ह मन क्रम बानी। चतुराई तुम्हारी मैं जानी।।
चाहहु सुनै राम गुन गूढ़ा। कीन्हिहु प्रस्न मनहुँ अति मूढ़ा।।
तात सुनहु सादर मनु लाई। कहउँ राम कै कथा सुहाई।।
महामोहु महिषेसु बिसाला। रामकथा कालिका कराला।।
रामकथा ससि किरन समाना। संत चकोर करहिं जेहि पाना।।
ऐसेइ संसय कीन्ह भवानी। महादेव तब कहा बखानी।।
दो0-कहउँ सो मति अनुहारि अब उमा संभु संबाद।
भयउ समय जेहि हेतु जेहि सुनु मुनि मिटिहि बिषाद।।47।।

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

* A demon who was killed by Godess Durga as given in Puranik literure.

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