Ramcharit Charcha CLXIV

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

जनि आचरुज करहु मन माहीं। सुत तप तें दुर्लभ कछु नाहीं।।
तपबल तें जग सृजइ बिधाता। तपबल बिष्नु भए परित्राता।।
तपबल संभु करहिं संघारा। तप तें अगम न कछु संसारा।।
भयउ नृपहि सुनि अति अनुरागा। कथा पुरातन कहै सो लागा।।
करम धरम इतिहास अनेका। करइ निरूपन बिरति बिबेका।।
उदभव पालन प्रलय कहानी। कहेसि अमित आचरज बखानी।।
सुनि महिप तापस बस भयऊ। आपन नाम कहत तब लयऊ।।
कह तापस नृप जानउँ तोही। कीन्हेहु कपट लाग भल मोही।।
सो0-सुनु महीस असि नीति जहँ तहँ नाम न कहहिं नृप।
मोहि तोहि पर अति प्रीति सोइ चतुरता बिचारि तव।।163।।

We covered up to Doha 163 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas and learned that ex-king has completely won confidence of Pratapbhanu who is now inclined to accept any thing coming from the defeated king.

The ex-king now further tells, “O King, I know that your name is Pratapbhanu and I also know that your father was Satyaketu. I know all this by virtue of grace of my own Guru but it is not in line for you to tell it all to antbody as it may work against your interests. Noticing your characteristic simplicity, loving nature, capacity to trust people and understanding of state-craft, I have become overwhelmed myself and that’s why I am telling all stories because you have shown interest. Without doubt, now I am thoroughly pleased with you hence you may ask for any thing that you desire most (ex-king told all this to Pratapbhanu in a way that Pratabhanu will not know that he is laying trap).”

The encouraging words that were spoken with utmost politeness made Pratapbhanu delighted and he then held ex-king’s feet and prayed in many ways and said, “O gracious Muni, your benign appearance before me is in itself like having all four benefits (Dharam,Arth,Kaam and Moksha…religious merit, possession of wealth, means and capacity to enjoy and finally beatitude) that one looks for in life, in my hand’s grasp. However, when you are so very happy with me, my lord, I would want to ask for something that is not easy to come by and then become above feeling any kind of sorrows in life.

“Let it be so that I have painless body while living or dying, I should become unconquerable, I should become sole monarch without a challenger and I should be capable to rule for hundred Kalpas.”

(Now we can easily see what kind of desire was being nursed by Pratapbhanu, any rational person would not see this possible but still he craved for it, in spite of his already having what he is asking for but for a limited time, he wishes to perpetuate it. This was in his mind that it got clouded and commonsense disappeared. It is our problem also that we want good things, when we have them want them more and more and lasting for ever without thinking that purpose of life is different. When we confront some noble soul we want him to give us only worldly pleasures which have limited life and limited capacity to please us and forget to ask for spiritual progress; liberation from carnal desires and mundane attitude. In case of Pratapbhanu, he has even lost capacity to rightly judge whether the person from whom he is asking is a real one to be able to do so. This is the effect of desire-oriented thinking of an otherwise truthful and honest person who does not transgress the societal restrictions and observes all recommended religious duties. The mental aberrations can only be controlled by continuously remembering God and complete devotion towards him; this we will learn later.)

We have now covered up to Doha 164 of Balkand.

नाम तुम्हार प्रताप दिनेसा। सत्यकेतु तव पिता नरेसा।।
गुर प्रसाद सब जानिअ राजा। कहिअ न आपन जानि अकाजा।।
देखि तात तव सहज सुधाई। प्रीति प्रतीति नीति निपुनाई।।
उपजि परि ममता मन मोरें। कहउँ कथा निज पूछे तोरें।।
अब प्रसन्न मैं संसय नाहीं। मागु जो भूप भाव मन माहीं।।
सुनि सुबचन भूपति हरषाना। गहि पद बिनय कीन्हि बिधि नाना।।
कृपासिंधु मुनि दरसन तोरें। चारि पदारथ करतल मोरें।।
प्रभुहि तथापि प्रसन्न बिलोकी। मागि अगम बर होउँ असोकी।।
दो0-जरा मरन दुख रहित तनु समर जितै जनि कोउ।
एकछत्र रिपुहीन महि राज कलप सत होउ।।164।।

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

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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