Ramcharit Charcha CXXXII

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

बसहिं नगर सुंदर नर नारी। जनु बहु मनसिज रति तनुधारी।।
तेहिं पुर बसइ सीलनिधि राजा। अगनित हय गय सेन समाजा।।
सत सुरेस सम बिभव बिलासा। रूप तेज बल नीति निवासा।।
बिस्वमोहनी तासु कुमारी। श्री बिमोह जिसु रूपु निहारी।।
सोइ हरिमाया सब गुन खानी। सोभा तासु कि जाइ बखानी।।
करइ स्वयंबर सो नृपबाला। आए तहँ अगनित महिपाला।।
मुनि कौतुकी नगर तेहिं गयऊ। पुरबासिन्ह सब पूछत भयऊ।।
सुनि सब चरित भूपगृहँ आए। करि पूजा नृप मुनि बैठाए।।
दो0-आनि देखाई नारदहि भूपति राजकुमारि।
कहहु नाथ गुन दोष सब एहि के हृदयँ बिचारि।।130।।

We covered up to Doha 130 of Balkand in Ramcharit mans of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Narad Muni has reached the palace of king, of a beautiful city on his way back after visiting Lord Vishnu, who has requested Narad to tell prospects of his daughter.

Muni Narad lost his balance and dispassion after meeting the daughter of the king looking at her astounding beauty and just kept looking at her for a long time (it is the same Narad Muni who just a while ago was proudly telling Lord Vishnu that he had overcome desires). Narad Muni noted the auspicious marks on the body of the princess and became lost in his own thoughts; he became very pleased but remained composed without telling openly that who ever will marry this lucky girl, the daughter of King Sheelnidhi, will become immortal (like gods), he will not be defeated in on the battle ground, he will be served by all in the world, whether animate or inanimate.

Having known all these certainties regarding her, Narad Muni kept his knowledge confined to himself (though he was obliged to declare it honestly before the father, the king of the city) and rather he told some fabricated ones to the king. Largely he conveyed to the king merely that his daughter has all good signs that bear good prospects for her). Muni Narad then left there but remained deep in thought. Muni Narad started building castles in air and started contemplating means to have her marry himself. Such became his condition that he helplessly lost capacity to do Japa (muttering lord’s name) and Tapa (austerities); the only overpowering thought remained was that of getting that girl for himself and thought of getting help from Brahma for the same.

Narad Muni later resolved that he has to have a charming personality and has to become very handsome so that the princess gets interested in him and places the garland round his neck (at the Swayambar ceremony which will confirm that he is the chosen one).

(This shows us exactly how vulnerable is one to be getting swayed by desires under force of circumstances though he may have been successful at some point in time to counter it. This happens when one has a sense of doership which inflates ego and the power that comes out of being in service of lord is forgotten. One can lose ones own control on himself but when he has placed himself at command of another i e God than only the occasional weaknesses can be overcome because the control itself has been shifted to a master.)

We have covered up to Doha 131 of Balkand.

देखि रूप मुनि बिरति बिसारी। बड़ी बार लगि रहे निहारी।।
लच्छन तासु बिलोकि भुलाने। हृदयँ हरष नहिं प्रगट बखाने।।
जो एहि बरइ अमर सोइ होई। समरभूमि तेहि जीत न कोई।।
सेवहिं सकल चराचर ताही। बरइ सीलनिधि कन्या जाही।।
लच्छन सब बिचारि उर राखे। कछुक बनाइ भूप सन भाषे।।
सुता सुलच्छन कहि नृप पाहीं। नारद चले सोच मन माहीं।।
करौं जाइ सोइ जतन बिचारी। जेहि प्रकार मोहि बरै कुमारी।।
जप तप कछु न होइ तेहि काला। हे बिधि मिलइ कवन बिधि बाला।।
दो0-एहि अवसर चाहिअ परम सोभा रूप बिसाल।
जो बिलोकि रीझै कुअँरि तब मेलै जयमाल।।131।।

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai !
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki Jai !
Sant Samaj Ko pranaam !
Goswami Tulsidas Maharaj Ki jai !


Krishna Khandelwal


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