Ramcharit Charcha CCII

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

यह सब चरित कहा मैं गाई। आगिलि कथा सुनहु मन लाई।।
बिस्वामित्र महामुनि ग्यानी। बसहि बिपिन सुभ आश्रम जानी।।
जहँ जप जग्य मुनि करही। अति मारीच सुबाहुहि डरहीं।।
देखत जग्य निसाचर धावहि। करहि उपद्रव मुनि दुख पावहिं।।
गाधितनय मन चिंता ब्यापी। हरि बिनु मरहि न निसिचर पापी।।
तब मुनिवर मन कीन्ह बिचारा। प्रभु अवतरेउ हरन महि भारा।।
एहुँ मिस देखौं पद जाई। करि बिनती आनौ दोउ भाई।।
ग्यान बिराग सकल गुन अयना। सो प्रभु मै देखब भरि नयना।।
दो0-बहुबिधि करत मनोरथ जात लागि नहिं बार।
करि मज्जन सरऊ जल गए भूप दरबार।।206।।

We covered up to Doha 206 of Balkand in Rmacharit Manas of Tulsidas and learned that Mahamuni Vishwamitra who stayed in forest doing his Tapasya etc was routinely disturbed by the demons named Mareech and Subaahu. He had no answer to put an end to this problem but remembered that Lord Ram had taken avatar in Ayodhya and therefore thinking that he would surely be helped by Him Muni Vishwamitra decided to go there. He then reached banks of Saryu and got ready to go to king’s court.

When King Dashrath got the news of arrival of the great sage in Ayodhya, he rushed to meet and receive him taking Brahmins along . King prostrated before the Muni reverentially and got the Muni seated on his own throne (kings in India were very particular to give highest honor to great sages). Then King Dashrath washed sage’s feet (a customary practice when the sages visit homes of householders) and did other thing honoring him and said, “I am most blessed today, like no one else.”

Muni was then asked to have food and various kinds of preparations were offered which Muni relished and ate to his entire satisfaction. King Dashrath then summoned his four sons and asked then to bow down at feet of great sage Vishwamitra, however, Muni Vishwamitra went in to trance up on seeing Lord Ram and stopped being conscious of his own body (such was the beauty of Lord Ram and on top of it Muni Vishwamitra already knew Him to be the God Supreme hence his joy knew no bounds after he had His Darshan*).

The Muni became so engrossed seeing the beauty of Lord’s face as Chakore ( a bird which continuously gazes at full moon when it appears on the horizon) would look at at the full moon voluptuously. King then inquired of the Muni with his heart filled with elation (at prospect of serving the Muni), “O Muni Maharaj, you haven’t ever been pleased to visit my place as an expression of your grace towards me (and king did feel blessed that Muni did now). I must ask you if there is any specific purpose, if it is so, I would be readily doing whatever asked.”

The Muni then responded by saying,”O King, I have come to request you for something; I am facing trouble at hands of groups of demons (while doing Tapasya etc) regularly hence would want you to send with me Lord of Raghus (referring to the future king in line of Radhu Dynasty, Shri Ram) along with His younger brother (Lakshman), who are competent to kill those miscreants who wander in nights (i e hard to catch ordinarily); I would that way have some one as my guardian Muni knew Ram to be the real guardian).”

Muni Vishwamitra further stressed the point finding the King slightly hesitant and said, “O King, you may give them to me cheerfully, you must not be affected by any selfish motives (of not wanting to be separated from sons because of love for them) or let ignorance distract you. If you do this, it will be to uphold Dharma (a king’s Dharma is to give first prioprity to removing trouble of masses), it will spread your name as a good king and master besides it will be also doing a world of good to your children too (as they will have an occasion to demonstrate their capability as princes, it is their prime duty to instill confidence in subjects of the kingdom, they will find acceptance as future rulers).”

We have now covered up to Doha 207 of Balkand.

मुनि आगमन सुना जब राजा। मिलन गयऊ लै बिप्र समाजा।।
करि दंडवत मुनिहि सनमानी। निज आसन बैठारेन्हि आनी।।
चरन पखारि कीन्हि अति पूजा। मो सम आजु धन्य नहिं दूजा।।
बिबिध भाँति भोजन करवावा। मुनिवर हृदयँ हरष अति पावा।।
पुनि चरननि मेले सुत चारी। राम देखि मुनि देह बिसारी।।
भए मगन देखत मुख सोभा। जनु चकोर पूरन ससि लोभा।।
तब मन हरषि बचन कह राऊ। मुनि अस कृपा न कीन्हिहु काऊ।।
केहि कारन आगमन तुम्हारा। कहहु सो करत न लावउँ बारा।।
असुर समूह सतावहिं मोही। मै जाचन आयउँ नृप तोही।।
अनुज समेत देहु रघुनाथा। निसिचर बध मैं होब सनाथा।।
दो0-देहु भूप मन हरषित तजहु मोह अग्यान।
धर्म सुजस प्रभु तुम्ह कौं इन्ह कहँ अति कल्यान।।207।।

When the king listened to the detestable words of Muni (Muni had said all that was right but king had weakness for sons and thought so), he became very uneasy in heart and his beaming face became dull with worry and in this condition of his, he spoke to Muni with great effort, “O Vipra (king addressed him as Vipra not Muni or Rishi as their words can’t be contradicted), you have not duly assessed your words or what you are saying. I have got my sons in this ripe old age (which is forth period of life which tells all to be without any sense of belonging or attachment but king is not giving it due weightage).

“You could have asked for land, living stock or even whole treasure; I would have happily given all or any of it without a second thought. There is nothing more dear than life or the body to any one, I would have not taken a second in sacrificing it. You must know that all the four sons are as dear to me as my own life-breath but to give Ram to you is impossible in particular.

“The demons are formidable and tough while my beautiful sons are too young (Dashrath is yet not aware of the divinity of his sons and is too attached to them as usually the case with fathers who beget children in old-age which is not an idea approved by Vedas. Maa Kaushalya was however made aware by Lord Himself).”

Enlightened Muni bemused listening to the speech of king which was steeped in love potion (knowing full well that the king was totally behaving in worldly way and as ignorant but still his love was for the Lord only even though without him knowing so, pure love expressed in any way is not despised by the enlightened people).

What Muni Vishwamitra could not suitably explain to Dashrath who took him to be a only a Vipra (a learned Brahim), Guru Vashishttha took it up on himself to do it and therefore explained the matter in very many ways which made the king shed his ignorance and delusion (this signifies the fact that a Guru knows his disciple wholly as well as disciple’s own trust in Guru makes it possible deep spiritual messages to be imparted by the Guru and to be absorbed by the disciple).

The king, after having developed right kind of attitude at the instance of Guru sent for the two sons with due honor. When they came King Dashrath brought them in close embrace and gave many lessons like a responsible father when the sons go to take care of bigger responsibilities. There after the king addressed Muni Vishwamitra saying, “O Master, both these sons of mine are simply my very life. You are going to be their father now onwards (he wanted to tell Muni that he was laying the obligation on him to take care of the sons as a father would, in a way not only he burdened Muni with responsibility as father but also gave him right to take decisions as father in their matters; we will later see that Muni did so too).

This is how the king put the sons under care of Rishi Vishwamitra and blessed them in many ways (i e by putting his palm on their heads and by verbally wishing all kind of welfare and by handing some useful things etc). Lord Shri Ram then went to the palace of His mother and bowed down His head at her feet and took her leave too.

The lions among men, as both these heroes were, happily went about the business of finishing cause of fear of Muni. After all Lord Ram is of very stable temperament, is very compassionate and in fact He only is cause and the creator of the world.

We have now covered up to Doha 208 of Balkand.

सुनि राजा अति अप्रिय बानी। हृदय कंप मुख दुति कुमुलानी।।
चौथेंपन पायउँ सुत चारी। बिप्र बचन नहिं कहेहु बिचारी।।
मागहु भूमि धेनु धन कोसा। सर्बस देउँ आजु सहरोसा।।
देह प्रान तें प्रिय कछु नाही। सोउ मुनि देउँ निमिष एक माही।।
सब सुत प्रिय मोहि प्रान कि नाईं। राम देत नहिं बनइ गोसाई।।
कहँ निसिचर अति घोर कठोरा। कहँ सुंदर सुत परम किसोरा।।
सुनि नृप गिरा प्रेम रस सानी। हृदयँ हरष माना मुनि ग्यानी।।
तब बसिष्ट बहु निधि समुझावा। नृप संदेह नास कहँ पावा।।
अति आदर दोउ तनय बोलाए। हृदयँ लाइ बहु भाँति सिखाए।।
मेरे प्रान नाथ सुत दोऊ। तुम्ह मुनि पिता आन नहिं कोऊ।।
दो0-सौंपे भूप रिषिहि सुत बहु बिधि देइ असीस।
जननी भवन गए प्रभु चले नाइ पद सीस।।208(क)।।
सो0-पुरुषसिंह दोउ बीर हरषि चले मुनि भय हरन।।
कृपासिंधु मतिधीर अखिल बिस्व कारन करन।।208(ख)

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

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

*(Darshan is the act of seeing by the Bhakta, of the deity in form, either mentally or as statue of Him. Here it was practically the Darshan of Lord Himself. Muni had known Him through the study of Vedas and when contemplating up on Him but here it was an occasion to practically see Him right in front with own eyes.)

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