Ramcharit Charcha CCLXXII

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 279 of Balkand of Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the the last post and learned that
Ram tried to pacify Muni Parasuram with His politely spoken sweet words and declared before Muni that it was Him who is responsible to have displeased Muni not Lakshman and that He is ready get punished in whatever way Muni would like to. Muni was now concentrating on what Lakshman was doing and therefore told Ram that how his anger can subside when Lakshman is still looking at me with contempt. Muni confided in Ram that when my weapon is ready for attack and is used, its sound itself makes the expecting ladies of the royal household to miscarry; with such weapon in hand I am letting Lakshman live while he is right in front of me (and this is strange).

Muni further told Ram, “My hands refuse to act while my heart is burning with anger. It looks to me that this weapon which is killer of kings is now blunt. It seems that Vidhata, the creator, has gone against me (i e my fate is no more favoring), my nature itself has changed. I never had a trace of kindness in my heart but compassion has gripped my heart so hard that it hurts.”

(Muni Parasuram is near Ram and being addressed by Him, it is natural that he develops qualities that are natural to a Bhakta of Shri Ram. When one is in company of Ram i e is reflecting on Him in heart these symptoms are very much possible and do get aquired.)

On hearing Muni say all this Lakshman once again laughed and bowed his head down before Muni and said, “O Muni, the air of kindness around you is so naturally helpful, it makes flowers drop rom mouth when you speak but when your heart is so mercyful
Why it still burns, only Vidhata Brahma can save your body from getting burnt when you become really angry (Lakshman’s word were laced with sarcasm).”

Muni now once again brought Janak in to picture and told him, “O Janak , look here, this difficult and high-headed youngman is all inclined to make the city of God of Death his home. Do take him out of my sight, this small looking princeling is very wicked.”

Lakshman smiled again but did not speak rather thought in his mind that if one closes his eyes no body would be found in front why then Muni is asking for getting him removed i e a simple solution is not acceptable but help of others is being sought.

(Lakshman was only wondering about the irrationality gripping the person who has allowed himself to be taken over by sentiment of anger and wrath. Lakshman also is by nature such as to be angry quickly but he does not call others to do things on his behalf, rather he gets ready to act out to remove whatever irritants are troubling him. This is the subtle difference between anger and anger, one type of anger makes you perform the impossible and the other type of anger consumes self. Both Muni and Lakshman had got angry up on seeing their respective Lords’ reputation under strain but Lakshman kept it confined to the main point that initiated it while Muni could not keep it confined and shifted the centre of his irritation away from the original casue. This was egoistic approach and was not simply driven by duty towards ones own Master.)

Mere smile of Lakshman this time fored Muni to speak to Ram with his heart super charged with anger but not complaining about Lakshman this time but taking note of what Ram had said about his being the real offender, “O mindless one, you have broken the bow of Shiv and still have courage to teach me lessons.”

We have now covered up to Doha 280 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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