Ramcharit Charcha CXXXV

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

कुपथ माग रुज ब्याकुल रोगी। बैद न देइ सुनहु मुनि जोगी।।
एहि बिधि हित तुम्हार मैं ठयऊ। कहि अस अंतरहित प्रभु भयऊ।।
माया बिबस भए मुनि मूढ़ा। समुझी नहिं हरि गिरा निगूढ़ा।।
गवने तुरत तहाँ रिषिराई। जहाँ स्वयंबर भूमि बनाई।।
निज निज आसन बैठे राजा। बहु बनाव करि सहित समाजा।।
मुनि मन हरष रूप अति मोरें। मोहि तजि आनहि बारिहि न भोरें।।
मुनि हित कारन कृपानिधाना। दीन्ह कुरूप न जाइ बखाना।।
सो चरित्र लखि काहुँ न पावा। नारद जानि सबहिं सिर नावा।।
दो0-रहे तहाँ दुइ रुद्र गन ते जानहिं सब भेउ।
बिप्रबेष देखत फिरहिं परम कौतुकी तेउ।।133।।

We covered up to Doha 133 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Muni Narad has got an ugly face rather than what he expected from Lord Hari but is unaware of the same while two of the Rudra Ganas have sensed what has actually happened.

The two of the Lord Mahesh’s Ganas made themselves seated in disguise of learned Brahmins without being out of place. They were right among the people where Muni Narad had taken his seat with a sense of pride assuming that he had received a handsome personality. They were making sarcastic remarks about Muni Narad saying well within ear-shot of Muni Narad, ” Muni Narad has become as beautiful as Lord Hari by His grace; the princess will surely marry him because of this special Hari-like persona (in Sanskrit monkeys are also called Hari) etc etc”.

Muni Narad was greatly under delusive mood because of infatuation for the princess, his intellect had become clouded and therefore though he noted that the two were behaving awkwardly yet could not make out why and what was it due to.

While all those present there did not note the goings on but the princess saw the so called handsomeness, she saw Muni Narad as having a big body and monkey’s face. That someone like Narad (in the form she saw him) had entered there with a view to participate in Swyamvar ceremony made her enraged.

Princess went past Narad Muni floating like swan along with her friends, looking at every one of the kings who had come there , holding Jaimala (wreath of victory) in her lotus hands.

(Dhyaayato vishayaan pumsah sangas teshupajaayate;
Sangaat sanjaayate kaamah kaamaat krodho’bhijaayate.

Krodhaad bhavati sammohah sammohaat smriti vibhramah;
Smritibhramshaad buddhinaasho buddhinaashaat pranashyati.

The above are verse 62 and 63 from Gita Chapter IV. It tells that when a person dwells on some object a liking develops, this converts in to a desire, from desire anger happens, and angry person becomes deluded which leads to loss of memory. Loss of memory results in failure of intellect i e the power of discrimination is lost which is the state that brings about destruction.

In the story of Narad we find the some parallel and it will lead to an eventual total break down of Narad which we will later know of. Narad has lost the power of discrimination on account of being deluded, is not able to understand what the two Ganas of Shiv have been saying about him. He has forgotten many lessons so painstakingly learned over time. Such is the impact of developing desires. To stop desires from taking root the mind has to remain engaged in thought of God but false ego stops that. Narad has been through this and has failed to receive right messages of Lord Shiv first and later of Lord Hari Himself.)

We have now covered up to Doha 134 of Balkand.

जेंहि समाज बैंठे मुनि जाई। हृदयँ रूप अहमिति अधिकाई।।
तहँ बैठ महेस गन दोऊ। बिप्रबेष गति लखइ न कोऊ।।
करहिं कूटि नारदहि सुनाई। नीकि दीन्हि हरि सुंदरताई।।
रीझहि राजकुअँरि छबि देखी। इन्हहि बरिहि हरि जानि बिसेषी।।
मुनिहि मोह मन हाथ पराएँ। हँसहिं संभु गन अति सचु पाएँ।।
जदपि सुनहिं मुनि अटपटि बानी। समुझि न परइ बुद्धि भ्रम सानी।।
काहुँ न लखा सो चरित बिसेषा। सो सरूप नृपकन्याँ देखा।।
मर्कट बदन भयंकर देही। देखत हृदयँ क्रोध भा तेही।।
दो0-सखीं संग लै कुअँरि तब चलि जनु राजमराल।
देखत फिरइ महीप सब कर सरोज जयमाल।।134।।

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranaam!
Ram Bhakta Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!


Krishna Khandelwal


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