Ramcharit Charcha CCLXIV

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 271 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that when Shri Ram made it known to Muni Parasuram that it was some body who is Muni’s own servant to break the bow of Shiv and asked if He could be of any service for the Muni. Muni then angrily replied to Ram that it was an act of animosity not of service ( Muni seemingly did not understand the message or did not want to understand the mesaage that it was Ram who had broken the bow).
Muni asked the mishieve-maker to be pointed out to him or else threatened that all kings woukd be kiiled. Lakshman could not digest this and retorted saying never ever Parasuram got angry for breaking of bows why then for this bow. This further angered the Muni and he told Lakshman that he was invitng big trouble for himself by comparing bow of Shiv with ordinery bows.

Lakshman smiled and responded by saying, ” O Dev, in my understanding all bows are the same ( i e to be used against enemies and oppressors), more than that what harm has occured if an old one is destroyed. Ram had just touched it considering it to be new one and a good one but it broke on its own what could then Ram’s fault be. O Muni, you too shouldn’t be agitated.”

( Lakshman stated very intelligently what he wanted to convey to Muni that the bow which is so dear to him was not broken with great struggle by Ram, He had just touched and if it was so strong and valueable it should have stood any test. This was yet another occasion for Muni to get at the bottom of matter that Ram was not just a king.)

Parasuram ignoring the cue given by Lakshman looked at his own Parasu (a weapon on his shoulder) and called out, ” O Fool, you seem to not know what is my real nature, it is a chance that I have not killed you considering your young age and you have just taken me to be a merely a Muni (anchorite);I have remained a celibate since childhood, I am very
short-tempered and I am widely known to be an enemy of Kshtriyas, whole of them. I have already snatched away land of land-owning satraps by strength of my arms and made them deprived of their land and have given chunks of land to Mahidevas (the Brahmins). I have been resposible for loss of thousand arms of King Sahasbahu with my Parasu, just have a look at it.

“O young prince of a kingly family, you must not make your parents sad (for I may take your life), my weapon is too sharp and mercyless, it has not spared even the unborn babies in the womb of their mothers.”

(In times of Muni Parasuram, the Kshtriya Kings had become very atrocious and had made the living of Brahmins, the pursuers of knowledge difficult by controlling all the land resource. This had created an imbalance in society and Parasuram had spearheaded a movement to curb the power of ruling class and had restored order. Parasuram by his own admission had said that he had himself gone to the other extreme, he couldn’t appreciate that it was itself a undesirable imbalance in the similar way that he was claiming to correct. That future generations of a class also be made to suffer for any faults of theirs was itself something which could not have been appreciated. The contradictions of Parasuram’s character are apperant and are caused by an inflated ego.)

We have now covered up to Doha 272 of Balkand.

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


Krishna Khandelwal


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