Ramcharit Charcha CLXXXV

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

गए देव सब निज निज धामा। भूमि सहित मन कहुँ बिश्रामा ।
जो कछु आयसु ब्रह्माँ दीन्हा। हरषे देव बिलंब न कीन्हा।।
बनचर देह धरि छिति माहीं। अतुलित बल प्रताप तिन्ह पाहीं।।
गिरि तरु नख आयुध सब बीरा। हरि मारग चितवहिं मतिधीरा।।
गिरि कानन जहँ तहँ भरि पूरी। रहे निज निज अनीक रचि रूरी।।
यह सब रुचिर चरित मैं भाषा। अब सो सुनहु जो बीचहिं राखा।।
अवधपुरीं रघुकुलमनि राऊ। बेद बिदित तेहि दसरथ नाऊँ।।
धरम धुरंधर गुननिधि ग्यानी। हृदयँ भगति मति सारँगपानी।।
दो0-कौसल्यादि नारि प्रिय सब आचरन पुनीत।
पति अनुकूल प्रेम दृढ़ हरि पद कमल बिनीत।।188।।

We covered up to Doha 188 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that the gods have descended on earth taking form of monkeys and are waiting in jungles for Lord Ram to appear. There is also reference about the King Dashrath and his queens who live in Ayodhya and follow righteous life who have acquired knowledge that is given in Vedas and live in co-operation of each other.

Once the king (Dashrath) became dejected and felt sorry at heart that he doesn’t have a son (to have a son is must for a householder and particularly for a king)*. This kind of strong emotional upheaval made him go the house of his Guru (it is normal for people who live a spiritual and pious life under guidance of a Guru to express before them truthfully whatever troubles them at heart) where he touched feet of the Guru and pleased him saying all right words. Then the king poured his heart out before the Guru telling whatever was making him displeased in the midst of all good around him. The king’s Guru Vashishttha then consoled him in many ways and asked the king to have heart because the king was fated to have four sons who would have world wide fame and who would be able to drive all fear out of the heart of their Bhaktas (this way Guru Vashishttha also indicated that Dashrath was going to have sons who would be divine in nature and be none like ordinary off springs).

Thereafter Guru Vashishttha called Shringi Rishi and organized an auspicious Yagna for the sake of King Dashrath which is performed by those wish to have sons. The Munis then offered oblations in to the Yagna fire and by way of reward the fire-god (Agnidev) appeared with a charged concoction in his hand and told Guru Vashishttha that whatever was his expected result (of the Yagna) has been accomplished in totality and offered the Havi (the sacred substance) for the purpose of dividing and giving to all those who deserved it.

The fire-god then disappeared as soon he finished telling what was to be done before all in the assembly there. The king became ecstatic after observing all that happened there and his happiness now knew no bounds.

We have now covered up to Doha 189 of Balkand.

एक बार भूपति मन माहीं। भै गलानि मोरें सुत नाहीं।।
गुर गृह गयउ तुरत महिपाला। चरन लागि करि बिनय बिसाला।।
निज दुख सुख सब गुरहि सुनायउ। कहि बसिष्ठ बहुबिधि समुझायउ।।
धरहु धीर होइहहिं सुत चारी। त्रिभुवन बिदित भगत भय हारी।।
सृंगी रिषहि बसिष्ठ बोलावा। पुत्रकाम सुभ जग्य करावा।।
भगति सहित मुनि आहुति दीन्हें। प्रगटे अगिनि चरू कर लीन्हें।।
जो बसिष्ठ कछु हृदयँ बिचारा। सकल काजु भा सिद्ध तुम्हारा।।
यह हबि बाँटि देहु नृप जाई। जथा जोग जेहि भाग बनाई।।
दो0-तब अदृस्य भए पावक सकल सभहि समुझाइ।।
परमानंद मगन नृप हरष न हृदयँ समाइ।।189।।

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


Krishna Khandelwal

* In Indian tradition and also as per scriptures, having son is a duty because it is to discharge the debt, the obligation placed by the parents and the family in which one is born. It is this that keeps the traditions of the family going, it ensures continuation of the society and allows it to progress. The weak and elderly can only be taken care if a son is born in the family. When the time comes, a householder has to leave for forest i e to enter the Vaanprastha Ashram, there may remain some unfinished works which can be left in the hands of son otherwise it may not be possible to go for the recommended living style for a householder at the ripe age and this would not leave him with a good chance of spiritual development of self, making it impossible to adopt the last Ashram that is Sanyasa. Sanyasis spread the special knowledge in the society that is essential for humans to go beyond the cycle of birth and death. Besides all this a king has to appoint his son as a successor when he has become old or incapable or wishes to follow spiritual path in later life. If a king dies without an heir to the throne that he vacates, there is possibility for spread of anarchy in the kingdom which is not desirable in any way. In this light King Dashrath became upset when he did not have son till late in his married life and approached for remedying of the problem.


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