Ramcharit Charcha CCLXXXII

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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 292 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat and Shatrughan both got exited after they listened to what was in the letter received from Janakpur. Bharat’s pure love for Ram was notable and all those present were happy to see it. King Dashrath inquired from the messengers what they personally knew about Rama and Lakshman and whether King Janak could recognize them to which the messengers replied by saying that the two brothers were themselves like ornaments of the universe, they were as easily recognizable as bright sun is, without need for a lamp to notice it. They said that King Dashrath was lucky and blessed to have such sons and they further related how Ram had very easily broken the bow of Shiv while all other kings miserably failed including Ravan and Sahastrabahu.

सुनि सरोष भृगुनायकु आए। बहुत भाँति तिन्ह आँखि देखाए।।
देखि राम बलु निज धनु दीन्हा। करि बहु बिनय गवनु बन कीन्हा।।
राजन रामु अतुलबल जैसें। तेज निधान लखनु पुनि तैसें।।
कंपहि भूप बिलोकत जाकें। जिमि गज हरि किसोर के ताकें।।
देव देखि तव बालक दोऊ। अब न आँखि तर आवत कोऊ।।
दूत बचन रचना प्रिय लागी। प्रेम प्रताप बीर रस पागी।।
सभा समेत राउ अनुरागे। दूतन्ह देन निछावरि लागे।।
कहि अनीति ते मूदहिं काना। धरमु बिचारि सबहिं सुख माना।।
दो0-तब उठि भूप बसिष्ठ कहुँ दीन्हि पत्रिका जाइ।
कथा सुनाई गुरहि सब सादर दूत बोलाइ।।293।।

The messengers continued by saying to King Dashrath, “When Chief of Bhrigus Muni Parasuram came to know of the breaking of bow, he became very angry but Ram gave him good idea about His own power in polite manner whereupon Muni wanted to check by handing Him his own bow (which he had received from Lord Vishnu at some time earlier) and got satisfied (about Ram being the God Supreme). Muni then praised Ram in many ways and left for forest to do penance.

“O King, as is the incomparable might of Ram so is Lakshman’s who is a mine of glory and prowess himself. The assembly of kings was shaken when they saw him charged in the same way as would an elephant when under the fiery glance of a young lion. O the great one, after seeing your sons there is hardly any other person who impresses us.”

The king liked the expression and speech of the messengers which was delivered laced with glorification, love and heroism. The king and the whole assembly became overwhelmed and super charged with emotion of love and started offering gifts to the messengers but the messengers did not accept it saying that it was not in order to accept gifts from them (in Indian tradition the bride’s side does not expect or accept any gift from the bridegroom’s side, this has a welcome impact in maintenance of relations as any visitor will not be seen with suspicion when on visit by the in-law’s of the daughter as having some profit motive). The attitude of the messengers pleased every body for it was in line with the righteous conduct.

Later king got up and handed the letter to his Guru Muni Vashisht and the messengers were called with courtesy to relate to him too all that had transpired between them.

We have now covered up to Doha 293 of Balkand.

सुनि बोले गुर अति सुखु पाई। पुन्य पुरुष कहुँ महि सुख छाई।।
जिमि सरिता सागर महुँ जाहीं। जद्यपि ताहि कामना नाहीं।।
तिमि सुख संपति बिनहिं बोलाएँ। धरमसील पहिं जाहिं सुभाएँ।।
तुम्ह गुर बिप्र धेनु सुर सेबी। तसि पुनीत कौसल्या देबी।।
सुकृती तुम्ह समान जग माहीं। भयउ न है कोउ होनेउ नाहीं।।
तुम्ह ते अधिक पुन्य बड़ काकें। राजन राम सरिस सुत जाकें।।
बीर बिनीत धरम ब्रत धारी। गुन सागर बर बालक चारी।।
तुम्ह कहुँ सर्ब काल कल्याना। सजहु बरात बजाइ निसाना।।
दो0-चलहु बेगि सुनि गुर बचन भलेहिं नाथ सिरु नाइ।
भूपति गवने भवन तब दूतन्ह बासु देवाइ।।294।।

The Guru too was greatly pleased hearing the account from the messengers and told, “those who are on righteous path find the earth full of occasions of happiness. Like the rivers flow in to the sea though the sea does not carry any such wish in the same fashion all riches and pleasures flow towards the one who follows his Dharma and carries out his duties. o King, you have always been serving Guru, Vipra, cows and the gods joined by Devi Kaushalya (elder queen of Dashrath) who is no less devout and pure at heart.

“There is no one as accomplished as you in field of right action, has never been and never will be, who else has such stock of good deeds and pious activities done by himself as a result of which, O King, you have a son like Ram. Ram is brave, gentle and committed to His Dharma (the prescribed duties spelled out in holy scriptures). Not only Ram, your all four sons are very meritorious and accomplished. You will have auspicious times ever in your life; you must now organize Barat (marriage procession) and ask for sounding the kettledrums.”

When so directed by Guru Vashisht the king said, “very well,” and announced that we have to rush now for getting ready and went towards his residential quarters and arranged for stay of the messengers too.

We have now covered up to Doha 294.

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

HariOm,

Krishna KHandelwal

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