Ramcharit Charcha CCLXVII

II Shree Guruvey NamahII

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 274 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post learned that Muni Parasuram avoided directly addressing Lakshman and told Muni Vishwamitra instead that Lakshman was unmindful of the consequences about trying to pick up cudgels against him because of his childish attitude though he comes from the high family known as Sun-Dunasty and asked him to make Lakshman aware of reality about him. Listening to this Lakshman told Muni Parasuram directly that it wasn’t right to keep speaking about ownself and shout abuses which behavior is not expected of a really brave and strong person particularly when the enemy is right before the eyes and can be practically challenged.

Lakshman added that Muni Parasuram is speaking as if the death is at the beck and call of Muni and he has invited it to take his care.

When Muni listened to such strong words from Lakshman, he held his dreadful weapon Parasu (the axe like weapon) in an agreesive way and started speaking generally to every one present their and said, “those who are witnessing the goings on here may not later blame me for what I will do next; this sharp-tongued child is worthy of death as punishment. I have tried enough to not pay attention considering his tender age but in reality he has invited the ultimate punishment.”

At this occasion Muni Vishwamitra tried to pacify Muni Parasuram saying, ” it will be better to pardon him as Sadhus do not give weight to merits and demerit of a child.”

Muni Parasuram then retorted saying, ” O Kaushik (Vishwamitra), I am ruthless by nature and also get angry easily further my sharp weaponis in my hand while the culprit responsible to offend my own Guru is standing in front who is not repentent but is argueing foolishly and yet I have not struck him down is due only to your gentility and softness otherwise I would have cut him to pieces and would have discharged my obligation viz a viz my Guru without any great effort.”

When Vishwamitra listened to this claim of Parasuram he smiled within his heart and thought that Parasuram thinks that there is no possibility of retaliation and that he will be offered a sweet pot to drink while a sword made of hard steel is ready on the other side too and his ignorence is not going away.

(Many principles are involved here like a child’s responses are not to be taken seriusly, a child deserved to be pardoned not threated with severe punishment, someone who tries to offend Guru deserves to be punished as one is obliged to keep reputation of one’s Guru unharmed and a challenge unmindfully thrown is not a good policy as a greater force may be ready to come in to action etc. When such conditions arrive only a cool consideration of all facts is required and a charged mind may never offer balanced solution. Vishwamitra is not unduly worried because he has applied a cool mind to know the factual status and Parasuram is so very badly worked up that he is not able to find his feet.)

We have now covered up to Doha 275 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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