Ramcharit Charcha CLX

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

गै श्रम सकल सुखी नृप भयऊ। निज आश्रम तापस लै गयऊ।।
आसन दीन्ह अस्त रबि जानी। पुनि तापस बोलेउ मृदु बानी।।
को तुम्ह कस बन फिरहु अकेलें। सुंदर जुबा जीव परहेलें।।
चक्रबर्ति के लच्छन तोरें। देखत दया लागि अति मोरें।।
नाम प्रतापभानु अवनीसा। तासु सचिव मैं सुनहु मुनीसा।।
फिरत अहेरें परेउँ भुलाई। बडे भाग देखउँ पद आई।।
हम कहँ दुर्लभ दरस तुम्हारा। जानत हौं कछु भल होनिहारा।।
कह मुनि तात भयउ अँधियारा। जोजन सत्तरि नगरु तुम्हारा।।
दो0- निसा घोर गम्भीर बन पंथ न सुनहु सुजान।
बसहु आजु अस जानि तुम्ह जाएहु होत बिहान।।159(क)।।
तुलसी जसि भवतब्यता तैसी मिलइ सहाइ।
आपुनु आवइ ताहि पहिं ताहि तहाँ लै जाइ।।159(ख)।।

We covered up to Doha 159 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that after Pratapbhanu had quenched his thirst, the two kings conversed with each other and Pratapbhanu weighed the proposition to rest for the night in the Ashram of pseudo-saint. Tulsidas tells us, the readers, that the inevitable happens without fail and the ill-fated suffer it at a prefixed spot and time and reach there by force of circumstances (the circumstances result from what the actors themselves decide to do which itself results from out of their leanings,faults and individual traits).

King Pratapbhanu decided to stay back telling the ex-king, “very well, I honor your advice.” The king then tied up the horse to a tree and set down commending and praising the ex-king in many ways, bowed down at his feet and congratulated himself for the good fortune of meeting him (a fault is notable in the king as he has gone over-board for a very normal gesture of ex-king in the circumstances he was in but some expectations are forcing him to praise and pray in extra-ordinary manner before the ex-king in garb of a saint).

The king then started speaking endearingly, “I consider you as my father-like, O great Muni, you may also take me to be your son and servant. Please tell me your name and what you do in full detail, my lord.”

The king was unaware of who the sage was but the sage knew the king was. The king was inclined to be friendly at heart but the defeated king was inclined to cheat and was an expert at it. It was very natural also him to be acting like this as he was inimical to the king, was a king himself who had lost his kingdom (a king becomes stubborn and does forget enemies easily), he was a Kshtriya (member of warrior caste, people in this class are strong willed, they are experts in war-fare and though they uphold the justice for the rest of the people yet they can not easily digest a wrong done to themselves and strike back with vengeance, even adopting unfair means as they hold self-pride very dear) too and hence wanted to regain his kingdom and lost glory even by employing deceitful means.

(It should be understood that when people have such background any thing can be expected and one should be careful in dealing with them but Pratapbhanu is unmindful because he is not looking for right signals and clues to judge the opponent, he is overwhelmed and this is a bad trait in a state’s head and highly placed persons to be careless at any point and particularly in unknown territories.)

The ex-king also had been a sufferer and longed for the royal style of living and that’s why his heart was burning like furnace. He grasped that the king Pratapbhanu was speaking plainly i e what was in his heart and saw it as an opportunity to settle score with him; he became delighted for the prospects ahead.

Intent upon cheating but carefully speaking in soft words the ex-king told Pratapbhanu, “My name is Bhkhari (a mendicant) now, I don’t posses wealth and I am also homeless (these are natural things regarding one who has only interest only in God pursuit and therefore would influence the gullible king, it is why the ex-king decided to speak so).”

We have covered up to Doha 160 of Balkand.

भलेहिं नाथ आयसु धरि सीसा। बाँधि तुरग तरु बैठ महीसा।।
नृप बहु भाति प्रसंसेउ ताही। चरन बंदि निज भाग्य सराही।।
पुनि बोले मृदु गिरा सुहाई। जानि पिता प्रभु करउँ ढिठाई।।
मोहि मुनिस सुत सेवक जानी। नाथ नाम निज कहहु बखानी।।
तेहि न जान नृप नृपहि सो जाना। भूप सुह्रद सो कपट सयाना।।
बैरी पुनि छत्री पुनि राजा। छल बल कीन्ह चहइ निज काजा।।
समुझि राजसुख दुखित अराती। अवाँ अनल इव सुलगइ छाती।।
सरल बचन नृप के सुनि काना। बयर सँभारि हृदयँ हरषाना।।
दो0-कपट बोरि बानी मृदुल बोलेउ जुगुति समेत।
नाम हमार भिखारि अब निर्धन रहित निकेति।।160।।

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki Jai!
Sant Samaaj Ko Pranaam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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