Ramcharit Charcha CCXLII

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

We covered up to Doha 250 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that many kings tried to lift the bow of Shiv at the venue in response to the declaration of vow of Janak but miesrably failed. Leave apart breaking of the bow of Shiv they couldn’t even slightly move it. It seemed to become heavier and bigger every time a king a touched it. Some of the kings with better understanding did not become eager to break the bow of Shiv and stayed in their places.

When the kings failed individully in their efforts aimed at bow of Shiv, ten thousand kings together wanted to lift it but it still remained unmoved. The bow did not stir a bit like the mind of a virtuous lady remains absolutely unaffected listening to the words spoken lustily in her presense(here the point is that the movement as subtle as a mind’s was not there which the outward body does not show but some where the effect is made).

All the kings became objects of ridicule in the same way a recluse will face who is without dispassion (if one is brave he should be graceful too in all conditions like if one is a recluse he should remain dispassionate in all conditions otherwise one becomes a laughing stock of people, the kings should not have tried to lift the bow joining hands because it would not have made any one of them competent to marry Sita or be called a brave person). The kings thus lost all their fame, their winning streak was broken and their valor was forefieted by the bow. Thus puzzled and completely losing their confidence the defeated kings went back to join their ranks.

King Janak howver became agitated seeing the fate of kings and angrily spoke that so many of you have come from all over the world, not just the ordinery kings but also the gods and demons disguised as humans getting interested after they came to know my vow for they thought they will get lovely bride for themselves, become triumphant in a big way and would become renowned, all of which were great prizes to be grabbed. As it turns out that the creator Brahma hasn’t created any one with such prowess as to bend the bow of Shiv.

We have now covere up to Doha 251 of Balkand.

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


Krishna Khandelwal


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