Ramcharit Charcha CLXVII

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

तातें मै तोहि बरजउँ राजा। कहें कथा तव परम अकाजा।।
छठें श्रवन यह परत कहानी। नास तुम्हार सत्य मम बानी।।
यह प्रगटें अथवा द्विजश्रापा। नास तोर सुनु भानुप्रतापा।।
आन उपायँ निधन तव नाहीं। जौं हरि हर कोपहिं मन माहीं।।
सत्य नाथ पद गहि नृप भाषा। द्विज गुर कोप कहहु को राखा।।
राखइ गुर जौं कोप बिधाता। गुर बिरोध नहिं कोउ जग त्राता।।
जौं न चलब हम कहे तुम्हारें। होउ नास नहिं सोच हमारें।।
एकहिं डर डरपत मन मोरा। प्रभु महिदेव श्राप अति घोरा।।
दो0-होहिं बिप्र बस कवन बिधि कहहु कृपा करि सोउ।
तुम्ह तजि दीनदयाल निज हितू न देखउँ कोउँ।।166।।

We covered up to Doha 166 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas and learned that Pratapbhanu is now begging the ex-king to show mercy; help him achieve immortality and get everlasting riches, without realizing that it is not possible and also not knowing that he is dealing with a conman. His covetous nature and greed have blinded him and degraded him.

The ex-king gives response to Pratapbhanu saying, ” O King, there are a host of means available for achieving a goal but out those some require tedious effort as also can’t be said to be sure in practice, however, there is an easy one there but it involves another kind of difficulty. Its contrivance depends on me but I can’t go to a city. I have never ever visited any body’s place or village. If I still don’t go than you don’t get your desired status, this is my dilemma.”

(The ex-king is psychologically making the king almost enjoy his not yet begotten position and pleasure, this will make him accept whatever is going to come from the ex-king.)

Pratapbhanu listened to pseudo Muni and pleaded by saying, “O lord, is it not that Nigam (Vedas) speak loudly that greats/seniors do show love towards the people of small means and younger ones. Is it not that the mountains always let the blades of grass prosper over their top. Isn’t that the vast oceans allow foam to flow on its surface, isn’t that the earth’s top is covered by dust etc..”

Speaking thus the King Pratapbhanu fell at the feet of ex-king and spoke, “O my master, please be gracious, bear some pains for me, you are of gentle disposition and are compassionate towards humble.”

(We have to realize that greed etc make even the highly positioned people also to fall from grace, any body can see that for a person with a background like that of King Pratapbhanu should not so mindlessly plead and ask an ascetic to break his vow, it is another matter that he is not a real one, for fulfillment of some absurd desire without which no harm is going to come to his existence otherwise. Unless it is a question of saving ones’ very life, such approach is not called for.)

We have now covered up to 167 of Balkand.

सुनु नृप बिबिध जतन जग माहीं। कष्टसाध्य पुनि होहिं कि नाहीं।।
अहइ एक अति सुगम उपाई। तहाँ परंतु एक कठिनाई।।
मम आधीन जुगुति नृप सोई। मोर जाब तव नगर न होई।।
आजु लगें अरु जब तें भयऊँ। काहू के गृह ग्राम न गयऊँ।।
जौं न जाउँ तव होइ अकाजू। बना आइ असमंजस आजू।।
सुनि महीस बोलेउ मृदु बानी। नाथ निगम असि नीति बखानी।।
बड़े सनेह लघुन्ह पर करहीं। गिरि निज सिरनि सदा तृन धरहीं।।
जलधि अगाध मौलि बह फेनू। संतत धरनि धरत सिर रेनू।।
दो0- अस कहि गहे नरेस पद स्वामी होहु कृपाल।
मोहि लागि दुख सहिअ प्रभु सज्जन दीनदयाल।।167।।

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

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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