Ramcharit Charcha CXLIV

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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 142 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned about Manu, the first king and his sons. King Manu having spent a long period as king became concerned for not having the needed peace, even after living righteously all his life, due to not paying enough attention to offering devoted service to Lord Hari.

When King Manu became overwhelmed with living long enough without serving Lord Hari, he transferred the responsibility of the kingdom to his son though he was still capable in every way and decided to leave for the forests along with wife (to pursue spiritual path leading to service of Lord Hari). In forest he reached a the famously known religious point of great importance called Namish, which is also known as a very sacred place where Sadhakas (those practicing life according to spiritual guidance for attaining Bhakti of Lord Hari i e God) find success coming their way easily. This place abounded in Munis and Sidhhas who lived their permanently and was reached by King Manu with happiness at heart.

King Manu and wife Shatrupa, with absolutely resolute mind, traversed the path looking like embodied Gyan (knowledge, spiritual wisdom) and embodoed Bhakti (devotional quality). Both of them then reached near banks of Dhenumati (Gomati, it means intellect like a cow which yields milk after impregnation and delivery) River and took bath enthusiastically in its pure and clean flowing water.

Afterwards the King Manu and Shatrupa were met by the learned Munis and enlightened Sidhhas (sages)) in recognition of Manu becoming a Nruprishi (Rajrishi, a royal sage) and as somebody who knew the intricacies of Dharma. The Munis took the couple around the Teerthas (holy spots which become charged due to stay of holy men and related spiritual activities being performed there besides these places are naturally very superior) which were all around the forest called Nemish. The couple with emaciated bodies and clad like hermits started listening to Poranik stories mixing with the community of saints and ascetics.

The couple started doing Japa reciting Dwadashakshar Mantra (the mantra with twelve letters i e ‘Om Namo Bhagvatey Vasudevaay’) with great attention and charm, which made them very much attached to the feet o Lord Vaasudev (the all pervading God, Lord Hari).

We have now covered up to Doha 143 of Balkand.

बरबस राज सुतहि तब दीन्हा। नारि समेत गवन बन कीन्हा।।
तीरथ बर नैमिष बिख्याता। अति पुनीत साधक सिधि दाता।।
बसहिं तहाँ मुनि सिद्ध समाजा। तहँ हियँ हरषि चलेउ मनु राजा।।
पंथ जात सोहहिं मतिधीरा। ग्यान भगति जनु धरें सरीरा।।
पहुँचे जाइ धेनुमति तीरा। हरषि नहाने निरमल नीरा।।
आए मिलन सिद्ध मुनि ग्यानी। धरम धुरंधर नृपरिषि जानी।।
जहँ जँह तीरथ रहे सुहाए। मुनिन्ह सकल सादर करवाए।।
कृस सरीर मुनिपट परिधाना। सत समाज नित सुनहिं पुराना ।
दो0-द्वादस अच्छर मंत्र पुनि जपहिं सहित अनुराग।
बासुदेव पद पंकरुह दंपति मन अति लाग।।143।।

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri ram Ki jai!
Sant Samaaj Ko Pranaam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

(According to Varnashram Dharma (the four stages of life) it is suggested that all duties relating to the world should be shunned in ripe years of ones life because the ultimate peace of mind is achieved by devotion to God. This devotion is not possible by living in the midst of commoners in cities where the right kind of company of saintly people (Sat-Sang) is not available neither the quite atmosphere is available. King Manu has taken this path only. For timely progress it is necessary to do Satsang and to live in atmosphere where mundane activities are not going on around distracting the mind and luring it. The Teerthas and the forests have such subtle atmosphere which is conducive for spiritual progress.)

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