Ramcharit Charcha CXCVII

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

एहि बिधि राम जगत पितु माता। कोसलपुर बासिन्ह सुखदाता।।
जिन्ह रघुनाथ चरन रति मानी। तिन्ह की यह गति प्रगट भवानी।।
रघुपति बिमुख जतन कर कोरी। कवन सकइ भव बंधन छोरी।।
जीव चराचर बस कै राखे। सो माया प्रभु सों भय भाखे।।
भृकुटि बिलास नचावइ ताही। अस प्रभु छाड़ि भजिअ कहु काही।।
मन क्रम बचन छाड़ि चतुराई। भजत कृपा करिहहिं रघुराई।।
एहि बिधि सिसुबिनोद प्रभु कीन्हा। सकल नगरबासिन्ह सुख दीन्हा।।
लै उछंग कबहुँक हलरावै। कबहुँ पालनें घालि झुलावै।।
दो0-प्रेम मगन कौसल्या निसि दिन जात न जान।
सुत सनेह बस माता बालचरित कर गान।।200।।

We covered up to Doha 200 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that those who have placed their love at feet of Shri Ram remain peaceful and happy and Maya does not give them trouble. The Lord as Ram keeps the mother Kaushalya busy and she loves to nurse Him too and begets all happiness, her days and night effortlessly passed (because the Lord’s company keeps her amused).

Once Mother Kaushalya gave bath to Shri Ram and dressed him up and put Him in the cradle then she found time to take her own bath to be ready for the worship of the family’s Ishtdev (the family deity, the form of the God Supreme that is worshiped in the family mainly). After bathing herself she worshiped the family deity and offered sweet preparation as Bhog (to complete the course of daily worship); then she went back to kitchen to attend to other chores. Later when Mother Kaushalya happened to pass by the place of worship, she saw her son Shri Ram tasting the sweetmeat offered for the deity. Frightened that could her small child could come to this place she rushed to check out if He was in the cradle and found Him fast asleep. This made hear heart sink and lose balance without finding solace because she wondered how could one child be present at two places at the same time (also she became worried about the welfare of the child). She then thought may be it was her own mental illusion then thought otherwise i e it is not that but was some other phenomenon. Ram, the child but also the Lord of universe, noticed the discomfiture of the mother and laughed and then started smiling sweetly.

(All of us have a glimpse of the presence of the same God at two or more places i e get enough hint of His omnipresence in ordinary innocuous happenings but do not see it as factual but as a delusion. Those who have purity of heart like Kaushalya and have profound love for the Lord get over this condition and start thinking that it is really some phenomenon that was not understood and ponder. This is the moment that the following happens by the grace of the Lord, hence please read the next paragraph with this background.)

At that very moment Lord Ram also revealed His astounding dimensionless and timeless continuity of His absolute body which had innumerable universes in each pore (in Gita too there is mention of Lord Shri Krishna also showing this form of Himself to Arjuna i e the devoted Bhaktas of the Supreme God do get a chance of knowing Him in this way by the grace of the Lord Himself).

We have now covered up to Doha 201 of Balkand.

एक बार जननीं अन्हवाए। करि सिंगार पलनाँ पौढ़ाए।।
निज कुल इष्टदेव भगवाना। पूजा हेतु कीन्ह अस्नाना।।
करि पूजा नैबेद्य चढ़ावा। आपु गई जहँ पाक बनावा।।
बहुरि मातु तहवाँ चलि आई। भोजन करत देख सुत जाई।।
गै जननी सिसु पहिं भयभीता। देखा बाल तहाँ पुनि सूता।।
बहुरि आइ देखा सुत सोई। हृदयँ कंप मन धीर न होई।।
इहाँ उहाँ दुइ बालक देखा। मतिभ्रम मोर कि आन बिसेषा।।
देखि राम जननी अकुलानी। प्रभु हँसि दीन्ह मधुर मुसुकानी।।
दो0-देखरावा मातहि निज अदभुत रुप अखंड।
रोम रोम प्रति लागे कोटि कोटि ब्रह्मंड।। 201।।

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


Krishna Khandelwal


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