Ramcharit Charcha CXV

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

पुनि प्रभु कहहु सो तत्व बखानी। जेहिं बिग्यान मगन मुनि ग्यानी।।
भगति ग्यान बिग्यान बिरागा। पुनि सब बरनहु सहित बिभागा।।
औरउ राम रहस्य अनेका। कहहु नाथ अति बिमल बिबेका।।
जो प्रभु मैं पूछा नहि होई। सोउ दयाल राखहु जनि गोई।।
तुम्ह त्रिभुवन गुर बेद बखाना। आन जीव पाँवर का जाना।।
प्रस्न उमा कै सहज सुहाई। छल बिहीन सुनि सिव मन भाई।।
हर हियँ रामचरित सब आए। प्रेम पुलक लोचन जल छाए।।
श्रीरघुनाथ रूप उर आवा। परमानंद अमित सुख पावा।।
दो0-मगन ध्यानरस दंड जुग पुनि मन बाहेर कीन्ह।
रघुपति चरित महेस तब हरषित बरनै लीन्ह।।111।।

The last post covered up to Doha 111 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas and we learned that Uma has asked a series of questions concerning her doubt and has expressed her desire to listen Ram Katha from Shiv, who getting pleased by the manner in which she put the request, has begun telling her the katha. So far it was Rishi Yagyavalkya who told Muni Bhardwaj the whole Shiv-Parvati Akhyaan (story in detail) and now he tells Ram Katha as told by Shiv to parvati (this way he has refrained from claiming the authorship of the same and remains just a deliverer of the same to a deserving and qualified person, this is how the Katha tradition goes on and on).

Lord Shiv addresses Parvati thus, “The absence of knowledge about Ram makes the unreal taken as real in the same way as one not knowing that a rope is lying there might mistake it to be a snake. The knowledge about Ram makes the misconception about the gross world vanish, it is nothing much but just as simple a matter as up on getting woken up dream induced confusions no more remain there (the point therefore is that after the knowledge is gained nothing more has to be done by laboring hard or making arrangements of any kind, the dawn of knowledge itself makes the darkness of ignorance vanish without an effort).

“I pray with reverence the childhood form of that Lord Ram whose name itself provides all the desired objectives on doing Japa (in Japa we constantly repeat the name with reverence and remaining conscious of it, this keeps away the other thoughts from occupying the mental space and without any fresh input it gets quietened on one hand and starts making sense of connected Kathas listened over time which further purify mind and creates scope for continuous revelation of the truth which is represented by name and its form. When the form contemplated up on is of childhood of Ram it is all the more engaging due to purity represented by childhood without need to apply too much mind to find rationale behind Leelas in childhood)”.

“The Home of Bliss and Bane of Woe (that Ram is), the one who sports in the courtyard of Dahsrath, may show mercy flow out of his heart,” Lord Shiv uttered thus.

Bowing down to Ram, the annihilator of Tripurasur happily let His nectar like voice flow to praise Girirajkumari (daughter of king of mountains) saying, “You are indeed blessed, there is no body as benevolent as you. You have broached topic of Ram Katha which is like Ganges which purifies the whole world (all have benefit of bathing in Ganges whether they come knowingly or unknowingly near it).

“You are innately disposed to placing your love at the feet of Ram and you have put all confusions and question to me only with a view to help the people at large so that they be benefited (thus acknowledging the fact that such sequence in question and raising such deep level points in questions itself in indicative of knowledge already digested. Parvati’s arduous and long Tapa had done much of the knowledge come to her heart but the knowledge requires to be constantly refreshed hence she requested Shiv to impart it afresh).”

Shiv further tells Parvati, “By grace of Ram there is no Shok (remorse), Moha (false sense of ownership), Sandeh (doubts) and Bhram (confusions) left in your heart now, in my opinion.”

(Shiv said it to give due regard to her efforts at winning Him back and in the process having had the faith and love become strong. Parvati had also been able to earn goodwill and grace of Ram, Lord of Shiv, which was enough to give her the sought knowledge. The present request by Parvati stresses the point that Ram Katha should always be subject of discussion among the knowledgeable so that public at large may benefit too, and this is what Shiv also sees as important.)

We have now covered Doha 112 of Balkand.

झूठेउ सत्य जाहि बिनु जानें। जिमि भुजंग बिनु रजु पहिचानें।।
जेहि जानें जग जाइ हेराई। जागें जथा सपन भ्रम जाई।।
बंदउँ बालरूप सोई रामू। सब सिधि सुलभ जपत जिसु नामू।।
मंगल भवन अमंगल हारी। द्रवउ सो दसरथ अजिर बिहारी।।
करि प्रनाम रामहि त्रिपुरारी। हरषि सुधा सम गिरा उचारी।।
धन्य धन्य गिरिराजकुमारी। तुम्ह समान नहिं कोउ उपकारी।।
पूँछेहु रघुपति कथा प्रसंगा। सकल लोक जग पावनि गंगा।।
तुम्ह रघुबीर चरन अनुरागी। कीन्हहु प्रस्न जगत हित लागी।।
दो0-रामकृपा तें पारबति सपनेहुँ तव मन माहिं।
सोक मोह संदेह भ्रम मम बिचार कछु नाहिं।।112।।

Parvati-Shankar Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri Ram ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ki Pranaam!
Goswami Tuslidas Maharaj Ki jai!


Krishna Khandelwal


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