Ramcharit Charcha CXLIII

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

अपर हेतु सुनु सैलकुमारी। कहउँ बिचित्र कथा बिस्तारी।।
जेहि कारन अज अगुन अरूपा। ब्रह्म भयउ कोसलपुर भूपा।।
जो प्रभु बिपिन फिरत तुम्ह देखा। बंधु समेत धरें मुनिबेषा।।
जासु चरित अवलोकि भवानी। सती सरीर रहिहु बौरानी।।
अजहुँ न छाया मिटति तुम्हारी। तासु चरित सुनु भ्रम रुज हारी।।
लीला कीन्हि जो तेहिं अवतारा। सो सब कहिहउँ मति अनुसारा।।
भरद्वाज सुनि संकर बानी। सकुचि सप्रेम उमा मुसकानी।।
लगे बहुरि बरने बृषकेतू। सो अवतार भयउ जेहि हेतू।।
दो0-सो मैं तुम्ह सन कहउँ सबु सुनु मुनीस मन लाई।।
राम कथा कलि मल हरनि मंगल करनि सुहाइ।।141।।

We covered up to Doha 141 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Lord Shiv would now tell Parvati about the events that caused the avatar of Shri Ram as King of Ayodhya and the purposes that would be served. Based on what transpired between Lord Shiv and Parvati, Rishi Yagyavalkya commits to relate it all for the benefit of Muni Bhardwaj.

There was a king called as Swayambhu Manu (Swyambhu means one who has come in to being by himself i e the first male human and the first king) whose wife’s name was Shatruupa (its word meaning is ‘one who is hundred faceted’), it was them who were responsible for the beginning of the of the human race, such human race that held a special status among the all the animate beings on earth. Their son was called Uttanpaad. Uttanpaad happened to be father of Dhruv* who was a devout Bhakta of Lord Hari.

The younger son of Manu was Priyavrata, the Vedas and Poranas mention him too with great respect and praise him. The couple had a daughter too by the name of Devhuti who was married to Muni kardam. Devhuti bore a son who was none other than the beginning-less God and who came to be known as Kapil, a compassionate avatar of God Himself. Sankhya Shastra (an shcool of philosophy which deals with the ultimate principles regarding the knowledge of God) was expounded by Lord Kapil being an expert pursuer of the basic knowledge about the phenomenon that God is.

The above referred king Manu ruled for a very extended period of time and followed the dictates of God honoring all the principles of right governance and proper living as humans on earth.

After the prolonged life lived on earth in righteous manner one fine day King Manu thought that I have lived for far too long under a roof (as a householder and a king) but the interest in sensual pleasure has not diminished. King Manu reflected on his life and became saddened that he has wasted all his time without doing Bhakti of Lord Hari (this conveys to us that even a long life well lived, even according to well established principles of co-operation and honesty does not give an inner peace which comes about only when the Lord Hari’s Bhakti is indulged in, the devotion to God is the only means of being at permanent peace and not mundane living even though with all material endowment).

We have now covered up to Doha 142 of Balkand.

स्वायंभू मनु अरु सतरूपा। जिन्ह तें भै नरसृष्टि अनूपा।।
दंपति धरम आचरन नीका। अजहुँ गाव श्रुति जिन्ह कै लीका।।
नृप उत्तानपाद सुत तासू। ध्रुव हरि भगत भयउ सुत जासू।।
लघु सुत नाम प्रिय्रब्रत ताही। बेद पुरान प्रसंसहि जाही।।
देवहूति पुनि तासु कुमारी। जो मुनि कर्दम कै प्रिय नारी।।
आदिदेव प्रभु दीनदयाला। जठर धरेउ जेहिं कपिल कृपाला।।
सांख्य सास्त्र जिन्ह प्रगट बखाना। तत्व बिचार निपुन भगवाना।।
तेहिं मनु राज कीन्ह बहु काला। प्रभु आयसु सब बिधि प्रतिपाला।।
सो0-होइ न बिषय बिराग भवन बसत भा चौथपन।
हृदयँ बहुत दुख लाग जनम गयउ हरिभगति बिनु।।142।।

Bhavani Shankar ki jai!
Prabhu Shri ram Ki jai!
Sant Samaaj ko Pranaam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

*Story of Dhruv has been covered in Poranik literature, Dhruv had gone in to forest up on getting ill-treatment from his father at the instigation of his step-mother and was then guided by Muni Narad who gave him a Mantra and asked for doing Japa and tapa which Dhruva very diligently did and got to have Saakshaatkaar (saw Him face to face) of God who gave Him boon etc and pleased with Dhruv’s efforts in finding Him gave Him an unmoving place in the sky as a star which is known by name of Dhruv and is always at the same point in sky when looked from earth.

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