Ramcharit Charcha CCLXVIII

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 275 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Muni Parasuram kept on bringing attention of all that Lakshman wasn’t behaving rightly and has invited his end at his hands. Muni Vishwamitra tried to calm him but didn’t see his advice getting across to Muni Parasuram and Muni Parasuram kept on showing his anger towards Lakshman blaming him to be someone who tarnished his Guru’s image etc (though no such thing actually had happened). This made Muni Vishwamitra think that Parasuram was not seeing what is apperant and that Lakshman wasn’t an easy prey.

Lakshman again came forward to reply Muni Parasuram though Parasuram was avoiding to get into direct conflict with Lakshman and said, “O Muni, your benign character is all very well known to whole world. You discharged your obligation towards your own parents remarkably (Muni Parasuram had once severed head of his mother on being asked by father but later asked his father to bring back his mother to life when was offered a reward by father. He had also avenged his father’s killing by King Sahastrabahu by not only punishing him but by killing entire Kashtriya race and was proud of these acts of him). Now you intend to rid yourself of debts of your Guru on yourself which has made your heart agitated. You seem to have transferred your Guru’s debt on to me and since it has been long overdue you wish me to settle it along with interest (he pointed out that you wish to settle it by taking my life without thinking why would a Guru want this kind of service from his disciple).”

Lakshman further said, “You may now call your accountant to tell the final figure of debt (along with interest) which I would want to settle forthwith by opening my purse-strings.”

Muni Parasuram had difficulty in digesting such harsh and sarcastic words of Lakshman and once again tried to adjust the axe-like weapon in his hand as if to get ready for the strike; the whole assembly of people got panicked seeing this and cried out exclaimations.

Lakshman even now did not display any kind of fear and addressed Muni Parasuram saying, “O great among Bhrigus, you are showing your weapon to me while I am not inclined to retaliate considering that you are a learned Brahmin though you are enemy of rulers of earth (to which class I also belong).

“It seems that you haven’t encountered the really brave ones in fiercely fought battles and you have only been winning friendly battles, O Brahmin Devta (where your being a Brahmin has kept you at an advantage as Kshatriyas have a natural sense of respect and duty towards Brahmins).”

People had become worried on accont of the heated and charged exchanges between the two seemingly in fit shape to fight and cried out that its now getting out of hands and must stop. At this moment Raghupati Shri Ram saw the need to stop Lakshman but not noticeably by making gesture to that effect (he knew that Parasuram’s mood was bad enough to bring Him too in line of fire which would have enraged Lakshman as he could never stand any thing that was said against Him or affected His reputaion).

Ram had seen that Lakshman’s replies were working like fuel added to fire of anger of Parasuram and it needed to be sprinkled with water of cool and soft speech ( Ram being shinning sun of Raghu’s family was capable to do it as the sun lifts up water through its heat and converts them in to clouds which showers it back on heated earth).

We hae covered up to Doha 276 of Balkand.

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

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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