Ramcharit Charcha CCLXII

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 269 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that entry of Parasuram at the venue of Dhanushyagna upset the kings.  Janak paid him respects and asked Sita also to do the same. Muni Vishwamitra too went up to Rishi Parasuram and introduced Ram and Lakshman who prostrated before Parasuram and received his blessings. Parasuram however was captivated by beauty and charm of Shri Ram and thought it was unworldly and humbled even beauty of gods (this was his acknowledgement of divinity of Shri Ram but he couldn’t connect it with the event, may be his rage was not allowing him to thinks rightly). Parasuram then angrily inquired of the reason for so many people collecting there though he had some idea about it.

King Janak gave the detailed account as to why the kings assembled there; getting to know this much he turned his eyes around and noted the two pieces of broken bow of Shiv. Now with greater show of anger and in harshly worded address to Janak, he inquired, ” O dumb King, why don’t you tell me who has broken the bow; show him to me at once otherwise O fool, I will overturn the whole earth which covers your kingdom.”

Janak failed to answer him out of excessive fear (may be he thought that Ram would be in trouble if he told. This signifies that though Janak was above the worldly considerations as a realized person but his relationship with Ram and extra-ordinery attraction of Shri Ram had weakened his heart. But when you have an established relationship with God, such weakness itself emancipates not binds while with a worldly person it pushes more in to mess, in to cycle of rebirths).

When the wicked kings saw Janak in trouble they rejoiced in heart (the wicked find solace in other’s trouble too, this is a very common weakness seen in egoistic people).

The gods, Munis, Nagas and the citizens became thoughtful and disturbed on account of this new development.

Sita’s mother lamented thinking that her heart felt desire was just fulfilled but Brahma, the creator, has not been able to digest it and has upset the applecart.

Sita had known the temperament of Parasuram (that he does not stop short of doing the impossible should he so decide when angry. The learned Brahmins are of short temper is the belief of people and they often curse on strength of their knowledge and Tapasya when displeased with somebody). These moments of anxiety made it hard for Sita to pass the time, a minute seemed equal to ages to her.

When Lord Ram saw Janaki Sita very frieghtened, he glanced at other people who were also dreadfully calm. Without any sign of disomfiture, any shred of remorse or happiness within His heart, Lord Shri Ram began to speak out (to relieve all from the state of tension and worry and to placate enraged Muni. He demonstrated that events and personalities are not important but the call of duty is. It was Him who had broken the bow and should come forward to accept it but without any claim to braveness or a sense of guilt. The way he speaks to deliver the information shows how humility and moderation become most desirable virtues, we will learn this in next post).

We have now covered up to Doha 270 of Balkand. This coincides with 9th rest for a 30 day recital of the epic.

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

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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