Ramcharit Charcha CCLX

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 267 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that wicked kings have been rightly surmonized by the noble kings. The high sounding challenges at the venue made Sita and other ladies worried and they wondered what was to happen next. Ram however kept His cool and went back to His Guru quietly but Lakshman in line with his fiery nature appeared to be looking at the kings with great anger but did not speak any thing or acted to punish the kings as he was under discipline of Shri Ram and Ram had shown no signs of anxiety or displeasure at the uttering of foolish kngs.

The uproarious scenes made all the citizens uncomfortable and all of them together cursed the kings for their misdemeaner. It was about this time that Parshuram, a sage in line of Bhrigu Rishi, came there after getting to know that his master Lord Shiv’s bow had been broken. When the kings saw him arrive, they coweredly looked around as smaller birds look for escape when they see hawk coming their way (Parasuram had defeated and killed the Kshatriya kings many times in the past whenever they were found to be arrogantly hurting their subjects for no faults).

Parasuram had a fair complexioned body which was smeared with ashes and he had on his large forehead a Tripund mark (horizontal three lines put across forehead, a practice commonly observed by devotees of Lord Shiv).

He had Jata (tangled locks of hair tied together over head) and lotus like face which had become reddish due to some supressed anger which reflected by tilt of his eyebrows and through eyes which though seemed to look around normally but still oozed anger.

Parasuram had shoulders like that of a bull, his arms were strong and long, and chest region well developed. He was putting on Yagyopaveet (sacred thread) across his chest, a string of beads in neck and deerskin round his waist in a way that added to his overall charm. A cloth worn by Munis had a pair of quivers tide by his side. He was holding bow and an arrow in his hands while an axe like weapon rested on his strong shoulder.

Overall simplicity of his attire reflected a calm temperament but rest of the things told of his sternness, all of which had blended in a manner that gave him great impressive personality. It seemed as if the sentiment of heroism had become personified but in shape of a Muni at that place where all the kings from far and wide had assenbled.

(Muni Parasuram had many things that showed him to be an ardent devotee of Shiv and he was angry for the bow of his own master had been broken, he thought that one of the kashtriya kings may have done it and he had avowed to punish Kshatriya kings for wrong deeds; here was a wrong done affecting the something that belonged to his own Ishtdev (preferred deity) Lord Shiv.)

We have now covered up to Doha 268 of Balkand.

Bhavani Shakar Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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