Ramcharit Charcha LXXIX

II Shree 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

अस तपु काहुँ न कीन्ह भवानी। भउ अनेक धीर मुनि ग्यानी।।
अब उर धरहु ब्रह्म बर बानी। सत्य सदा संतत सुचि जानी।।
आवै पिता बोलावन जबहीं। हठ परिहरि घर जाएहु तबहीं।।
मिलहिं तुम्हहि जब सप्त रिषीसा। जानेहु तब प्रमान बागीसा।।
सुनत गिरा बिधि गगन बखानी। पुलक गात गिरिजा हरषानी।।
उमा चरित सुंदर मैं गावा। सुनहु संभु कर चरित सुहावा।।
जब तें सती जाइ तनु त्यागा। तब सें सिव मन भयउ बिरागा।।
जपहिं सदा रघुनायक नामा। जहँ तहँ सुनहिं राम गुन ग्रामा।।
दो0-चिदानन्द सुखधाम सिव बिगत मोह मद काम।
बिचरहिं महि धरि हृदयँ हरि सकल लोक अभिराम।।75।।

The celestial voice thundered over skies to tell Uma that she should now be going to home abandoning Tapa as desired goal will be hers for sure, this we learned in last post (per above verses). Paying tribute to Goswami Tulsidas, let us move further and grasp the words of wisdom.

Shiv routinely moved about preaching and singing Ram’s virtues and glories. Though Shiv is without desires and any goals to achieve but he is still sad about losing company of Sati knowing her to be his devoted and loving partner (Shiv did not ever consider Sati to be a sinner for what she had done but he was still forced to become neutral because she had put on disguise of Sita whom he worshiped as mother being consort of his lord Ram).

In this manner a long period passed by but during this period of loneliness he had ever increasing love for Ram Pad (feet of Ram, devotion at feet of Ram means praising the way Ram moves, acts and loves etc and resolving to please him in similar ways by service. The Bhakta loves to follow in the footsteps of master to serve him, become wiser and disciplined.) The commitment and extent of love for Ram made a deep impact in heart of Shiv, it made Ram obliged and He appeared before Shiv in a splendid attire with gloriously beautiful face and with divine grace and merciful heart. He praised in many ways for what Shiv had avowed and acted up on to maintain the dignity befitting a very serious devotee. Ram then told the whole story behind birth of Parvati with needed explanations in detail; merciful lord also told at length what Girija (Uma) had undergone.

Then Ram came to the point of His visit and put forth his benign request before Shiv, asking him to marry Shailaja (daughter of hills, Uma). Ram said too that he is begging for this and should be obliged for the love Shiv has for Him.

(Ram, as God, is merciful. He does every thing to remove the sorrowful state of His Bhaktas without making them ask for it because He knows their plight and only looks for an opportune moment to make the fateful move covering it as if it His own wish that he wants fulfilled by the devotee himself though. He is above joys and sorrows but is never unmindful what troubles His Bhaktas. Both Sati and Shiv have been His devotees who circumstantially got to be separated as Sati could not hold the belief although Shiv told her that it was Ram, the master of universe in human form and had descended on earth for some reason concealing His reality, about the reasons we will learn later in Ram katha.)

The verses discussed above are reproduced for your enjoyment by singing:

कतहुँ मुनिन्ह उपदेसहिं ग्याना। कतहुँ राम गुन करहिं बखाना।।
जदपि अकाम तदपि भगवाना। भगत बिरह दुख दुखित सुजाना।।
एहि बिधि गयउ कालु बहु बीती। नित नै होइ राम पद प्रीती।।
नैमु प्रेमु संकर कर देखा। अबिचल हृदयँ भगति कै रेखा।।
प्रगटै रामु कृतग्य कृपाला। रूप सील निधि तेज बिसाला।।
बहु प्रकार संकरहि सराहा। तुम्ह बिनु अस ब्रतु को निरबाहा।।
बहुबिधि राम सिवहि समुझावा। पारबती कर जन्मु सुनावा।।
अति पुनीत गिरिजा कै करनी। बिस्तर सहित कृपानिधि बरनी।।
दो0-अब बिनती मम सुनेहु सिव जौं मो पर निज नेहु।
जाइ बिबाहहु सैलजहि यह मोहि मागें देहु।।76।।

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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