Ramcharit Charcha CCLXXXI

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
II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

पहुँचे दूत राम पुर पावन। हरषे नगर बिलोकि सुहावन।।
भूप द्वार तिन्ह खबरि जनाई। दसरथ नृप सुनि लिए बोलाई।।
करि प्रनामु तिन्ह पाती दीन्ही। मुदित महीप आपु उठि लीन्ही।।
बारि बिलोचन बाचत पाँती। पुलक गात आई भरि छाती।।
रामु लखनु उर कर बर चीठी। रहि गए कहत न खाटी मीठी।।
पुनि धरि धीर पत्रिका बाँची। हरषी सभा बात सुनि साँची।।
खेलत रहे तहाँ सुधि पाई। आए भरतु सहित हित भाई।।
पूछत अति सनेहँ सकुचाई। तात कहाँ तें पाती आई।।
दो0-कुसल प्रानप्रिय बंधु दोउ अहहिं कहहु केहिं देस।
सुनि सनेह साने बचन बाची बहुरि नरेस।।290।।

We covered up to Doha 290 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that in Janakpur the preparations on a grand scale were afoot and in the mean while the messengers of King Janak reached Ayodhya. They were duly called in to the court by King Dashrath where he took the letter happily from them and first read it himself and became emotional. King Dashrath read it another time for the benefit of people present in the court which made them too very happy. The news then reached Bharat who rushed to father and gently asked for the details and King read it another time, his tongue oozing love wile reading it aloud.

सुनि पाती पुलके दोउ भ्राता। अधिक सनेहु समात न गाता।।
प्रीति पुनीत भरत कै देखी। सकल सभाँ सुखु लहेउ बिसेषी।।
तब नृप दूत निकट बैठारे। मधुर मनोहर बचन उचारे।।
भैया कहहु कुसल दोउ बारे। तुम्ह नीकें निज नयन निहारे।।
स्यामल गौर धरें धनु भाथा। बय किसोर कौसिक मुनि साथा।।
पहिचानहु तुम्ह कहहु सुभाऊ। प्रेम बिबस पुनि पुनि कह राऊ।।
जा दिन तें मुनि गए लवाई। तब तें आजु साँचि सुधि पाई।।
कहहु बिदेह कवन बिधि जाने। सुनि प्रिय बचन दूत मुसकाने।।
दो0-सुनहु महीपति मुकुट मनि तुम्ह सम धन्य न कोउ।
रामु लखनु जिन्ह के तनय बिस्व बिभूषन दोउ।।291II

When the brothers, Bharat and Lakshman, listened what was in the letter they also became delighted and it seemed they were not able to control their feeling of love for their brothers who were away. Seeing the display of great selfless love that Bharat had for his elder brother, all those assembled there were very reassured and satisfied (may be they thought that some sort of competition between Bharat and Ram might take place, making choice for the next King difficult but now seeing that Bharat had immense love and regard for Ram they were pleased).

King Dashrath made the messengers sit near himself (he wanted to talk to them to get news about sons in full detail) and spoke very politely to them saying, “o brothers, tell me that both my sons are well, you must have seen them personally with your own eyes with full attention. One of them is dark complexioned and the other is fair, both carry bow and quiver; they are young of age accompanying Muni Vishwamitra. If you really recognize them and have seen them then you may tell me something about there behavior and temperament (king wanted to be sure of the well being of his sons and wanted to check that messengers were real people and no part of the letter had any confusing message).”

This is how King confirmed and rechecked about his sons, forced by his love for his sons. He complained that right since the time Muni Vishwamitra had taken them away with him, only now some reliable news regarding them has been received. King asked the messengers how did King Janak had come to know who were they (because they had not been sent officially by his own kingdom and wanted to confirm that they had received right treatment there befitting the princes while it was unnecessary doubt in view of the fact they were under guardianship of Muni Vishwamitra). When messengers listened to the pleasing words showing fondness for the princes they smiled (they had been given greater respect then an ordinary messenger would expect).

The messengers very diplomatically told the king, ” O great king, you shine like jewel fixed on the crown among the kings, there is no one as blessed and as well endowed as you are, you have sons like Ram and Lakshman who are themselves like ornaments of the world (i e world has become beautiful since they have been born).”

We have now covered up to Doha 291 of Balkand.

पूछन जोगु न तनय तुम्हारे। पुरुषसिंघ तिहु पुर उजिआरे।।
जिन्ह के जस प्रताप कें आगे। ससि मलीन रबि सीतल लागे।।
तिन्ह कहँ कहिअ नाथ किमि चीन्हे। देखिअ रबि कि दीप कर लीन्हे।।
सीय स्वयंबर भूप अनेका। समिटे सुभट एक तें एका।।
संभु सरासनु काहुँ न टारा। हारे सकल बीर बरिआरा।।
तीनि लोक महँ जे भटमानी। सभ कै सकति संभु धनु भानी।।
सकइ उठाइ सरासुर मेरू। सोउ हियँ हारि गयउ करि फेरू।।
जेहि कौतुक सिवसैलु उठावा। सोउ तेहि सभाँ पराभउ पावा।।
दो0-तहाँ राम रघुबंस मनि सुनिअ महा महिपाल।
भंजेउ चाप प्रयास बिनु जिमि गज पंकज नाल।।292।।

The messengers continued, “there is no need for you to inquire about your sons, they are like lions among men and on their account the three worlds are lighted (here messengers displayed their deep understanding about Ram and Lakshman, even the messengers of King Janak were so enlightened as to know the reality of God in form of Ram and Lakshman). They have become renowned (after the breaking of the bow) and their aura of influence has spread all around that even the moon has become faded and sun seems to have cooled down. You inquire how my master King Janak got to know them, just think, does any body require a lamp to see the sun. There were innumerable kings from all over, exceeding each other in one department or the other at the Swayamvar of Sita but even when all of them got together they could not even displace a bit that bow of Lord Shiv. Excercising their might all the brave kings admitted defeat. All the great warriors who prided over their strength in all the three worlds had it sucked by the bow of Shiv. One who had lifted the mount of Sumeru had to face defeat even before trying and returned. Ravan, who had playfully lifted the Kailash Parvat where Shiv had his abode also had to eat the humble pie in the midst of people.

“O Monarch, listen, Ram, the jewel among the Raghu’s family broke the bow without any visible effort like an elephant breaks the stem of a lotus.”

We have now covered up to Doha 292 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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