Ramcharit Charcha CLXII

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

कह नृप जे बिग्यान निधाना। तुम्ह सारिखे गलित अभिमाना।।
सदा रहहि अपनपौ दुराएँ। सब बिधि कुसल कुबेष बनाएँ।।
तेहि तें कहहि संत श्रुति टेरें। परम अकिंचन प्रिय हरि केरें।।
तुम्ह सम अधन भिखारि अगेहा। होत बिरंचि सिवहि संदेहा।।
जोसि सोसि तव चरन नमामी। मो पर कृपा करिअ अब स्वामी।।
सहज प्रीति भूपति कै देखी। आपु बिषय बिस्वास बिसेषी।।
सब प्रकार राजहि अपनाई। बोलेउ अधिक सनेह जनाई।।
सुनु सतिभाउ कहउँ महिपाला। इहाँ बसत बीते बहु काला।।
दो0-अब लगि मोहि न मिलेउ कोउ मैं न जनावउँ काहु।
लोकमान्यता अनल सम कर तप कानन दाहु।।161(क)।।
सो0-तुलसी देखि सुबेषु भूलहिं मूढ़ न चतुर नर।
सुंदर केकिहि पेखु बचन सुधा सम असन अहि।।161(ख)

We covered up to Doha 161 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas and learned that King Pratapbhanu has let all his defenses down and the ex-king is very expertly wooing him. The outward appearances and sweet talk may actually be concealing some bad character and therefore it should not be sufficient for us to rely up on it while dealing with others.

The ex-king goes on telling Pratapbhanu, “for the reasons I told, I remain out of circulation and mingling with people. My sole attention remains fixed on Lord Hari. The Lord knows every thing whether we tell him or not; what great purpose is really served by pleasing people in the world. I found you to be of good intentions and pure in thought and therefore you are dear to me and also you have similar faith in me and love for me. It would be wrong for me to keep you in dark in any way; it will be blatantly wrong if I do it.”

In this fashion, as much as the pseudo saint, the ex-king, expressed his disinterest in worldly affairs, King Pratapbhanu had his faith in him growing in greater measure. Finding King Pratapbhanu eating out of his hand and devoted to himself in practice, mind and in speech, the false anchorite told, ” brother, my name is Ektanu (its word meaning is one who has had one body only)”; the King then asked ex-king with head lowered in reverence, ” kindly tell in detail what this name means considering that I am none other than your own servant.”

The reply from ex-came, “I was born right in the beginning of this creation and I have never been reborn again taking another body hence I am called ‘Ektanu’.”

(When mind gets engaged in building castles, it loses capacity to evaluate what is going on in present, this division of mind is what is responsible for mistakes being made and suffer, Pratapbhanu is in this kind of mental state and believes every thing that is being told whether is logical or otherwise.)

We have now covered up to Doha 162 of Balkand.

तातें गुपुत रहउँ जग माहीं। हरि तजि किमपि प्रयोजन नाहीं।।
प्रभु जानत सब बिनहिं जनाएँ। कहहु कवनि सिधि लोक रिझाएँ।।
तुम्ह सुचि सुमति परम प्रिय मोरें। प्रीति प्रतीति मोहि पर तोरें।।
अब जौं तात दुरावउँ तोही। दारुन दोष घटइ अति मोही।।
जिमि जिमि तापसु कथइ उदासा। तिमि तिमि नृपहि उपज बिस्वासा।।
देखा स्वबस कर्म मन बानी। तब बोला तापस बगध्यानी।।
नाम हमार एकतनु भाई। सुनि नृप बोले पुनि सिरु नाई।।
कहहु नाम कर अरथ बखानी। मोहि सेवक अति आपन जानी।।
दो0-आदिसृष्टि उपजी जबहिं तब उतपति भै मोरि।
नाम एकतनु हेतु तेहि देह न धरी बहोरि।।162।।

Bahvani Shankar Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri ram Ki Jai!
Sant Samaaj Ko Pranaam!
Goswami Tuslidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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