Ramcharit Charcha CCLXXIV

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. 281 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Ram countered Muni’s strong sentiments which had gaven rise to uncontrollable anger and told him that he was not trying to grab reality of situation. Ram subtly indicated to him that He maintains relationship of master and servant which should be allowed to remain intact (God’s messages are delivered in very subtle ways and only a quiet mind can read them).

Ram further told Muni, ” Lakshman, a youngman, saw you holding a sharp weapon and bow & arrow, this gave him impression that your are looking for demonstration of your heroism. He knew you by name but isn’t aware who your really are (i e someone who is out to punish the kings for their excesses but you are a Sadhu too) and confroted you as per his natural trait aquired from his elders (of not being intimidated by anyone). If you had come as a Muni (who are always repected and asked for service by his family), he would have placed the dust of your feet on his head, you may please understand this, O Goswami (a one who has control over senses).

“Kindly forget his error of judgement as a Vipra (a learned Brahmin) has a lot of compassion not anger. Besides how I can even try to match your greatness, O Master, there is a difference like between head and toe (Ram conveyed that Brahmins are like society’s head while servants are feet of society and follow the dictate of head rather then act on their own).

“I am called by just three letter name as Ram while you are known a Parasu (axe like weapon) wielding Ram i e Parasuram.

“O Dev (one who gives), I have just one Gunn (Gunn means quality and also string) in my Dhanush (bow) and you are supposed to have nine threads in your sacred Yagyopaveet (it also represents the nine great qualities that are ntural to Brahmins).

“In this manner I accept defeat on all counts, you may however condone my shortcomings.”

When Ram addressed Parasuram as Muni and Vipra time and again, Parasuram did not like it and replied with anger mixed smile saying, “you seem to be as crooked as your brother.”

(Ram addressed Parasuram as Muni and Vipra to remind him of the nobler qualities that in fact he had but Muni was not allowing that side of him to come to fore. Parasuram’s mind remained confused, this is how the anger makes one forget who he really is and reduces him to merely an ego-centric person.)

We have now covered up to Doha 282 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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