Ramcharit Charcha CCVI

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

बनइ न बरनत नगर निकाई। जहाँ जाइ मन तहँइँ लोभाई।।
चारु बजारु बिचित्र अँबारी। मनिमय बिधि जनु स्वकर सँवारी।।
धनिक बनिक बर धनद समाना। बैठ सकल बस्तु लै नाना।।
चौहट सुंदर गलीं सुहाई। संतत रहहिं सुगंध सिंचाई।।
मंगलमय मंदिर सब केरें। चित्रित जनु रतिनाथ चितेरें।।
पुर नर नारि सुभग सुचि संता। धरमसील ग्यानी गुनवंता।।
अति अनूप जहँ जनक निवासू। बिथकहिं बिबुध बिलोकि बिलासू।।
होत चकित चित कोट बिलोकी। सकल भुवन सोभा जनु रोकी।।
दो0-धवल धाम मनि पुरट पट सुघटित नाना भाँति।
सिय निवास सुंदर सदन सोभा किमि कहि जाति।।213।।

We covered up to Doha 213 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Lord Shri Ram, Lakshman and Muni Vishwamitra have reached Janakpuri and have been very pleased to find a city with very congenial atmosphere and well constructed houses and the palaces of the King Janak; splendor and beauty of this city is difficult to be described and why not because it was the abode of Sita.

The gateways there were made of stone and had beautiful doors. Courtesans, dancers and bards thronged the palace of the king. There were large stables for horses and elephants which always remained occupied by horses and elephants and the chariots. Brave soldiers and able ministers had there residences also of same type as that of the king himself.

Since the an event of importance was to take place, numerous prices from all over had come to participate and had camped on the outskirts of the city near the ponds and river banks. Muni Vishwamitra too noticed a an orchard populated by mango trees which had all necessary conveniences available and suggested Shri Ram to consider it for the purpose of their stay in Janakpuri. Shri Ram readily agreed and Muni and the accompanying sages disembarked there.

The news that Rishi Vishwamitra had arrived in town reached the King of Mithila and king immediately left for meeting Muni Vishwamitra taking along his confidants, ministers and contingent of brave soldiers with elation; king’s Guru Satanand and elders of his own community also joined (Vishwamitra commanded high respect among the kings of that time and since he had also renounced his kingdom and was now a Rishi, he was held in high esteem for this reason too).

We have now covered up to Doha 214.

सुभग द्वार सब कुलिस कपाटा। भूप भीर नट मागध भाटा।।
बनी बिसाल बाजि गज साला। हय गय रथ संकुल सब काला।।
सूर सचिव सेनप बहुतेरे। नृपगृह सरिस सदन सब केरे।।
पुर बाहेर सर सारित समीपा। उतरे जहँ तहँ बिपुल महीपा।।
देखि अनूप एक अँवराई। सब सुपास सब भाँति सुहाई।।
कौसिक कहेउ मोर मनु माना। इहाँ रहिअ रघुबीर सुजाना।।
भलेहिं नाथ कहि कृपानिकेता। उतरे तहँ मुनिबृंद समेता।।
बिस्वामित्र महामुनि आए। समाचार मिथिलापति पाए।।
दो0-संग सचिव सुचि भूरि भट भूसुर बर गुर ग्याति।
चले मिलन मुनिनायकहि मुदित राउ एहि भाँति।।214।।

Raja Janak put his head at the feet of Muni Vishwamitra up on reaching near him and in turn Muni gave him his blessing with pleasure. The king then honored the accompanying Vipras and sages and considered it to be his good fortune that he had an occasion to meet them. Rishi Vishwamitra inquired of the king’s welfare asking him many relevant questions and made him seated near himself. Then entered the two brothers who had gone to look around the garden of flowers. When all those who had come with the king saw the youthful brothers of tender age, one of whom was dark and the other fair, they found them to be delightful in looks and capable of stealing the heart of all the humanity and stood up in awe of their beauty. Ram and Lakshman then were made to sit near himself by Muni Vishwamitra.

Every one became blissful just by looking at the two brothers and the tears started flowing from their eyes and bodies bristled (this is the natural out come for those who happen to have glimpse of Lord, no one can escape such an emotional reaction whether they have yet known Him fully or not). King Janak who was already beyond the pleasures of the senses (i e had become enlightened that the gross world that appears is unreal hence used to mentally remain in contemplation of the formless and attributeless Supreme God) found himself enjoying the moments losing absolute sense of his own body looking at Shri Ram who had a lovely and charming human form.

The king collected himself keeping patience and applying reason although his heart was overwhelmed with love at that time (and it was difficult to be able to think with any clarity, real love for the God results when the grip of mind and intellect is loosened but King Janak had thorough knowledge of the reality of the God and had renounced the attachment in totality through practice). He once again bowed down at the feet of Muni Vishwamitra and spoke in deep voice (reflecting his depth of knowledge) which was also choked with emotion (due to excessive love at the moment).

(The condition of Janak was such that while he had the knowledge about the reality of God as being formless and attributeless as a Gyani but he had also tasted what the Sagunopasak Bhaktas (the worshipers of God in form as avatars) feel when the Bhakti gets ripened. So now he was blessed with something which would not have been possible remaining as a Gyani.)

We have now covered up to Doha 215 of Balkand.

कीन्ह प्रनामु चरन धरि माथा। दीन्हि असीस मुदित मुनिनाथा।।
बिप्रबृंद सब सादर बंदे। जानि भाग्य बड़ राउ अनंदे।।
कुसल प्रस्न कहि बारहिं बारा। बिस्वामित्र नृपहि बैठारा।।
तेहि अवसर आए दोउ भाई। गए रहे देखन फुलवाई।।
स्याम गौर मृदु बयस किसोरा। लोचन सुखद बिस्व चित चोरा।।
उठे सकल जब रघुपति आए। बिस्वामित्र निकट बैठाए।।
भए सब सुखी देखि दोउ भ्राता। बारि बिलोचन पुलकित गाता।।
मूरति मधुर मनोहर देखी। भयउ बिदेहु बिदेहु बिसेषी।।
दो0-प्रेम मगन मनु जानि नृपु करि बिबेकु धरि धीर।
बोलेउ मुनि पद नाइ सिरु गदगद गिरा गभीर।।215।।

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

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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