Ramcharit Charcha CCXCIV

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

केकि कंठ दुति स्यामल अंगा। तड़ित बिनिंदक बसन सुरंगा।।
ब्याह बिभूषन बिबिध बनाए। मंगल सब सब भाँति सुहाए।।
सरद बिमल बिधु बदनु सुहावन। नयन नवल राजीव लजावन।।
सकल अलौकिक सुंदरताई। कहि न जाइ मनहीं मन भाई।।
बंधु मनोहर सोहहिं संगा। जात नचावत चपल तुरंगा।।
राजकुअँर बर बाजि देखावहिं। बंस प्रसंसक बिरिद सुनावहिं।।
जेहि तुरंग पर रामु बिराजे। गति बिलोकि खगनायकु लाजे।।
कहि न जाइ सब भाँति सुहावा। बाजि बेषु जनु काम बनावा।।
छं0-जनु बाजि बेषु बनाइ मनसिजु राम हित अति सोहई।
आपनें बय बल रूप गुन गति सकल भुवन बिमोहई।।
जगमगत जीनु जराव जोति सुमोति मनि मानिक लगे।
किंकिनि ललाम लगामु ललित बिलोकि सुर नर मुनि ठगे।।
दो0-प्रभु मनसहिं लयलीन मनु चलत बाजि छबि पाव।
भूषित उड़गन तड़ित घनु जनु बर बरहि नचाव।।316।।

We covered up to Doha 316 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Lord Shri Ram looked divinely beautiful in his attire of yellow color, he was very appropriately and extensively ornamented and was astride a superior variety of steed. His horse also was very beautiful, it looked that Kaamdev himself had taken the form of horse, an studded and shining saddle was placed on its back.

जेहिं बर बाजि रामु असवारा। तेहि सारदउ न बरनै पारा।।
संकरु राम रूप अनुरागे। नयन पंचदस अति प्रिय लागे।।
हरि हित सहित रामु जब जोहे। रमा समेत रमापति मोहे।।
निरखि राम छबि बिधि हरषाने। आठइ नयन जानि पछिताने।।
सुर सेनप उर बहुत उछाहू। बिधि ते डेवढ़ लोचन लाहू।।
रामहि चितव सुरेस सुजाना। गौतम श्रापु परम हित माना।।
देव सकल सुरपतिहि सिहाहीं। आजु पुरंदर सम कोउ नाहीं।।
मुदित देवगन रामहि देखी। नृपसमाज दुहुँ हरषु बिसेषी।।
छं0-अति हरषु राजसमाज दुहु दिसि दुंदुभीं बाजहिं घनी।
बरषहिं सुमन सुर हरषि कहि जय जयति जय रघुकुलमनी।।
एहि भाँति जानि बरात आवत बाजने बहु बाजहीं।
रानि सुआसिनि बोलि परिछनि हेतु मंगल साजहीं।।
दो0-सजि आरती अनेक बिधि मंगल सकल सँवारि।
चलीं मुदित परिछनि करन गजगामिनि बर नारि।।317।।

It was a superior and well trained steed that Ram was astride, even Sharda, the goddess of speech, couldn’t have described it fully; Lord Shiv looked fondly at Ram and got absorbed in His beauty, at this stage Lord Shiv was very happy to have fifteen eyes (Lord Shiv is supposed to have five faces and also three eyes for each face making it a total of fifteen, he was therefore able to look at Ram with fifteen eyes and was happy for it). Similarly Lord Hari looked at Ram keenly and He too along with Rama (His consort Goddess Laxmi) got absorbed in beauty of Shri Ram. When Brahma, the creator, looked at Shri Ram he felt sorry for his having just eight eyes (Brahma is supposed to have four faces looking in four directions).

The chief commander of army of gods i e Swami Kartikeya (who has six faces) was happy that he had at least one and half times number of eyes compared to Brahma (one of the chief gods). Lord Indra, the cunning chief of the gods, was very happy to look at Shri Ram with thousand eyes and he was today elated to have been cursed by Gautam Rishi (to have thousand eye-holes when he had cheated Ahalya) and thought that even curse became a reward (it tells us that even wrath shown by the realized sage like Rishi Gautam results in ultimate good, such people can’t really think of harming any body, they just want to put every one on right path). The rest of the gods were envious for this viewing power of Indra, they thought none of them could match Indra’s status (Indra is supposed to be lord of mind and mind is the only such sense that can look at any thing with a thousand different angles, this is weakness as well as strength of mind only it has to go in right or wrong direction for right or wrong results).

This is how the many different gods kept delightfully looking at Ram and also benignly looked at the people from the side of both the kings with special interest.

Both kings and their people in opposite directions were very happily enjoying themselves surrounded by loud beating of drums. The gods were raining flowers, joyfully shouting ‘victory to Ram, glory to Ram’. Learning through the sound of musical instruments that Barat was about to reach, Queen Sunayana gathered married women and with their help prepared for auspiciously greeting the bridegroom and party; the superior ladies with graceful strides like that of an elephant then proceeded to do Aarti with all the pious and auspicious items in happy and upbeat mood.

We have now covered up to Doha 317 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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