Ramcharit charcha CCXIX

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

सकल सौच करि जाइ नहाए। नित्य निबाहि मुनिहि सिर नाए।।
समय जानि गुर आयसु पाई। लेन प्रसून चले दोउ भाई।।
भूप बागु बर देखेउ जाई। जहँ बसंत रितु रही लोभाई।।
लागे बिटप मनोहर नाना। बरन बरन बर बेलि बिताना।।
नव पल्लव फल सुमान सुहाए। निज संपति सुर रूख लजाए।।
चातक कोकिल कीर चकोरा। कूजत बिहग नटत कल मोरा।।
मध्य बाग सरु सोह सुहावा। मनि सोपान बिचित्र बनावा।।
बिमल सलिलु सरसिज बहुरंगा। जलखग कूजत गुंजत भृंगा।।
दो0-बागु तड़ागु बिलोकि प्रभु हरषे बंधु समेत।
परम रम्य आरामु यहु जो रामहि सुख देत।।227।।

We covered up to Doha 227 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas n the last post and learned that Ram and Lakshman, after finishing their daily routine and afe obtaining conscent of Muni to go and pick flowers for Puja, have reached the garden of King Janak; they have become enamoured by its pristine beauty when looking around the garden. Tulsidas wonders that while Ram as God is blissful and pleasure giving to entire world but still has become engrossed in enjoying the beauty of Janak’s garden.

चहुँ दिसि चितइ पूँछि मालिगन। लगे लेन दल फूल मुदित मन।।
तेहि अवसर सीता तहँ आई। गिरिजा पूजन जननि पठाई।।
संग सखीं सब सुभग सयानी। गावहिं गीत मनोहर बानी।।
सर समीप गिरिजा गृह सोहा। बरनि न जाइ देखि मनु मोहा।।
मज्जनु करि सर सखिन्ह समेता। गई मुदित मन गौरि निकेता।।
पूजा कीन्हि अधिक अनुरागा। निज अनुरूप सुभग बरु मागा।।
एक सखी सिय संगु बिहाई। गई रही देखन फुलवाई।।
तेहि दोउ बंधु बिलोके जाई। प्रेम बिबस सीता पहिं आई।।
दो0-तासु दसा देखि सखिन्ह पुलक गात जलु नैन।
कहु कारनु निज हरष कर पूछहि सब मृदु बैन।।228।।

While in garden Ram and Lakshman looked all around for the gardeners there and fisrt got confirmation from them and then delightfully started picking flowers (they displayed their willingness to observe the discipline of respecting the care-takers of the place irrespective of their being princes and also the guests of the king himself. At every step Ram is establishing the standards of right conduct in all the situations).

Around the time when Ram and Lakshman arrived in garden, Sita (daughter of king Janak) also arrived for purpose of worshipping Maa Parvati at the stance of her mother (it is customery in India for the young ladies to worship Parvati as it is believed that they thus get blessings of Parvati to be able to have a husband as virtuous as Lord Shiv and have a wonderful married life in which both partners have respect and devotion for each other). Sita was accompanied by her wise, cultured and grown up friends who were singing songs in sweet and melodious tones.

The temple of Maa Parvati, a very beautiful structure beyond description, was situated near by the tank in central region of the park. As is customery to take bath before the sacred temple are entered, Sita and the friends took bath in the pond and then happily entered the abode of Maa Parvati.

Sita performed Puja of Parvati with great devotion and affection and prayed for having a virtuous husband who will be compatible and of as much charming personality as of herself. One of Sita’s friends, seperated from the group, had went in to the rows of plants to enjoy the flowers growing there and chanced upon glancing towrds the two brothers and her hearts immediately got filled with love (no body can remain without an abundant flow of love in heart up on having a
glimpse of Lord) and this was a special sort of emotion for her which forced her to return to where Sita was (Sita is known as personification of Bhakti, when love for Lord surges up in heart, it is drawn in emotion of Bhakti i e devotion).

Finding this friend of theirs who had gone in the midst of plants in greatly overwhelming condition bodily and with eyes filled with tears, all others asked her to explain the reason of this
bubbling mood of hers.

We have now covered up to Doha 228 of Balkand.

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

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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