Ramcharit Charcha CCLXXIII

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 280 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Muni Parasuram wondered about change in his nature and a surge of kindness in heart otherwise he could not ever let anyone stay alive who had displeased him. Lakshman retorted by saying that if Muni was so angry when feeling kind then who would save his body from burning when really angry. Muni thereupon directed Janak to take Lakshman away otherwise he would meet his end.  Muni lastly remembered that Ram was one who had broken the bow and told Ram that you are so dumb as to first break the bow of Shiv and then teach me lessons.

Muni further told Ram, “what your brother says is with your conscent and advice while you deceitfully show your humility with hands folded. You must now be ready to fight with me for it only will satisfy me otherwise stop being called ‘Ram’ (Muni meant that Ram earned fame having this name but if his courage is not enough to fight than let people not know him anymore with famous name of his).

“O the conspirer against Lord Shiv, now straightly fight with me otherwise I will kill you along with your brother.”

(Muni is still consumed by his detaste towards Lakshman and wants to kill him finding some good reason by implicating him in the event of breaking of bow as otherwise he
stands clear of this charge and only his disregard of Muni will not be seen as reason enough of killing him too. So Muni’s main concern has become to apply medicine to his hurt ego rather than to only discharge the duty towards the Guru. Such is the trap laid by ego centric anger, it should never be alowed to work.)

Bhrigupati Parasuram is now absurdly talking with his weapon raised but Ram on the other hand is amused within and is keeping His head bowed down before Muni. Ram is thinking that Muni is more angry over Lakshman’s bad behavior but his anger is now directed towards me; some times being simple is also a fault as a  person who is crooked is respected like a cresent moon is never sought to be eclipsed by demon Rahu. With His thought stream aflow Ram addressed Muni saying, “O the lord of Munis, please come out of your wrathful state, you are holding the sharp weapon in your hand and here is my head lowered before you; you may do whatever you please but shed cease to be angry. I am after all at your command.

“There can’t be any fight between a master and his servant and therefore give up your anger. Lakshman is only a child yet and started reacting noticing your confusing style of dressing up so he can’t be faulted entirely.”

(Ram now applied logic to convince Muni but not in any harsh way for that way it could not have worked. He tried to say to Muni that when ever one stops acting according to will of master he remains
nomore a servant, thus Ram very subtly
suggested to Muni that he shouldn’t strech the
matter so far as he would be left with no alternative  other than to take the challenge. Since Ram had noted that Muni’s ego was hurt and therefore He wanted to repair it too that He was Muni’s servant and was ready to lose life for his satisfaction. Ram knew that a person whose ego is hurt would not want to kill a person in cold blood for it will not satisfy his egoistic temperament. Here many lessons in art of dealing the situations of conflict can be learnt by us. )

We have now covered up to Doha 281 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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