Ramcharit Charcha CCXLIV

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 251 0f Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that King Janak expressed his anguish at finding none of the princes and kings in the assembly brave enough to even shift the bow of Shiv leave apart stringing it or breaking it. He declared the earth to be without heroes and thought that Sita would have to remain unwed and regreted his taking a vow that can't be honored. All became sad listening to utterances of king (here it may seem that Janak could have done without taking the vow that he took but he was only discharging his duty as a parent. He had known what Sita was like and had taken this vow only to find the most suitable match for her who should be capable of breaking the bow of Shiv as it was formidable to most in his knowledge but Sita been lifting it for cleaning the place. The parents have this responsibility, daughters married to wrong person can't remain happy, also the husband should be more than an equal to keep them genuinely happy. In the end however it may turn out that marriages are made in heaven). Lakshman was the only one to have become angry listening to what Janak said but was under discipline of Ram so bowed down at his feet first and began speaking with authority some thing that was backed by truth.

Lakshman addressed all telling," if any member from the clan of Ranghus happens to be present in an assemblage nobody should speak with such irresposibly as King Janak has. The ever shining jewel (Mani) belonging to the family of Raghu is present here is well known to Janak."

Turning towrds Ram, Lakshman spoke, " O the one who is like sun for the lotus of Raghus i e the whole race of Raghus blooms when you appear hence it is but natural, not with any trace of false pride that I have spoken so. If you may kindly permit me I can lift the whole universe like a ball (Lakshman is in deed Avatar of Sheshnag on whose fangs the universes rest), I can then turn it in to peices like an urn which has still not been fully baked. I can smash the Mountain of Meru like a radish uprooting it from base. It is all due to your own glory and capacity grated by you O Bhagwaan (the Lord). What is the worth of this old wretched bow then. O Master, knowing this you may order me to do miracles like this and watch with interest, I would tie string on the bow like a stem of a lotus is handled and run a thousand mile taking in my hand (the heavyness of the bow is already seen by all) to establish all that I have said.

"I can then break it like stalk of mushroom again due to might and influence had out of Your grace. If I fail to accomplish all this I swear by Your feet to not ever again hold a bow and a quiver in hand."

(In fact Bhaktas of Lord (Ram) can't listen to any talk that does not recognize the absolute power of the Lord. Lakshman tells all those present that all the strength comes to people from the grace of Lord, he wishes to demostrate this before people. The task that seems impossible is just a game for the God.)

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


Krishna Khandelwal


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