Ramcharit Charcha CXVII

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

तदपि असंका कीन्हिहु सोई। कहत सुनत सब कर हित होई।।
जिन्ह हरि कथा सुनी नहिं काना। श्रवन रंध्र अहिभवन समाना।।
नयनन्हि संत दरस नहिं देखा। लोचन मोरपंख कर लेखा।।
ते सिर कटु तुंबरि समतूला। जे न नमत हरि गुर पद मूला।।
जिन्ह हरिभगति हृदयँ नहिं आनी। जीवत सव समान तेइ प्रानी।।
जो नहिं करइ राम गुन गाना। जीह सो दादुर जीह समाना।।
कुलिस कठोर निठुर सोइ छाती। सुनि हरिचरित न जो हरषाती।।
गिरिजा सुनहु राम कै लीला। सुर हित दनुज बिमोहनसीला।।
दो0-रामकथा सुरधेनु सम सेवत सब सुख दानि।
सतसमाज सुरलोक सब को न सुनै अस जानि।।113।।

We covered up to Doha 113 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post, and learned how Shiv dwelt up on the need for listening Ram Katha with all faculties at command, the ears, eyes, head, heart and tongues all are meaningful when Leelas of Ram are heard, reflected up on, minded, imbibed and told, otherwise they are just ornamental without giving any real benefit in life.

Lord Shiv now tells more how Ram Katha is relevant in life by saying to Uma, “Ram Katha is much like clapping by both hands enjoyably but it gives a side benefit of scaring away the birds of doubts (roaming in the space of heart and mind). Ram Katha works like an axe at the root of Sansaar Vruksh (the Gita refers to the world as a tree up side down and requires it to be struck down by attacking the root for salvation, the relevant verse starts as “urdhva muulam adhh shakham..”) in this Kaliyug, note this very important point with reverence and attention, O’ Girirajkumari (Uma). Ram Naam (name of Ram) is itself boundless in benefit so are the Ram Charits like His birth, His various deeds which are innumerable and immense in dimension, as per the Vedas.

“Ram as Bhawaan is infinite and so are His Kathas and glories. I have been listening to the stories of Ram and effects of Ram Katha and would speak to you the same as per the my capacity of intellect (in first absorbing the Ram Katha and now in telling the same back to you), it will also largely depend on how you keep your Interest and regard for it alive.

“All your questions have been which naturally come to mind, such questions themselves show the calm and contentment in heart and and have approval of Saints as being in the nature of positive attitude but there is one thing that is not liked by me. It is that you have expressed doubt whether Ram is somebody other than the one whom the Shrutis (Vedas) refer to in the verses and whom the Munis contemplate up on in their meditative state ( Shiv expected Uma to at least have taken it for fact that Ram is the very same supreme being and not simply a son of a king, which was the irresponsible notion in her mind in her earlier birth that had made her suffer so much, it means that those who have fully understood by heart that Ram is supreme god but has descended on earth to do Leelas for pleasure of Bhaktas, only can claim to draw benefit out of listening to the Ram Katha).”

Shiv tell Parvati, ” Such words are heard and spoken only by the vile men who are possessed by the devil of wrong sense of I and Mineness (egoistic non-believers), such people are schemers and impious, such people have lost power of discretion and are averse to accepting the principles propounding nature of Hari.”

We have now covered up to Doha 114 of Balkand.

रामकथा सुंदर कर तारी। संसय बिहग उडावनिहारी।।
रामकथा कलि बिटप कुठारी। सादर सुनु गिरिराजकुमारी।।
राम नाम गुन चरित सुहाए। जनम करम अगनित श्रुति गाए।।
जथा अनंत राम भगवाना। तथा कथा कीरति गुन नाना।।
तदपि जथा श्रुत जसि मति मोरी। कहिहउँ देखि प्रीति अति तोरी।।
उमा प्रस्न तव सहज सुहाई। सुखद संतसंमत मोहि भाई।।
एक बात नहि मोहि सोहानी। जदपि मोह बस कहेहु भवानी।।
तुम जो कहा राम कोउ आना। जेहि श्रुति गाव धरहिं मुनि ध्याना।।
दो0-कहहि सुनहि अस अधम नर ग्रसे जे मोह पिसाच।
पाषंडी हरि पद बिमुख जानहिं झूठ न साच।।114।।

Bhagvati Parvati Bhagvaan Shiv Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranaam!
Goswami Tulsidas Maharaj Ki Jai!


Krishna Khandelwal


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