Ramcharit Charcha CCXCV

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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 317 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that looking at Ram astride a very lovely and charming horse, Lord Shiv got absorbed in beauty of Shri Ram with affection along with Parvati. The other gods also were happy for their fortune to have glimpse of Ram, their eyes feasted on the beauty their master in proportion to the number of eyes each of them had (the gods are known to have more than one eye, it represents the number dimensions they have, such mentions are found in the Puranas). They hailed Ram enthusiastically for being victorious. Queen Sunanayana (mother of Sita) and other graceful married ladies prepared for doing Aarati of Shri Ram when they saw Barat coming closer.

बिधुबदनीं सब सब मृगलोचनि। सब निज तन छबि रति मदु मोचनि।।
पहिरें बरन बरन बर चीरा। सकल बिभूषन सजें सरीरा।।
सकल सुमंगल अंग बनाएँ। करहिं गान कलकंठि लजाएँ।।
कंकन किंकिनि नूपुर बाजहिं। चालि बिलोकि काम गज लाजहिं।।
बाजहिं बाजने बिबिध प्रकारा। नभ अरु नगर सुमंगलचारा।।
सची सारदा रमा भवानी। जे सुरतिय सुचि सहज सयानी।।
कपट नारि बर बेष बनाई। मिलीं सकल रनिवासहिं जाई।।
करहिं गान कल मंगल बानीं। हरष बिबस सब काहुँ न जानी।।
छं0-को जान केहि आनंद बस सब ब्रह्मु बर परिछन चली।
कल गान मधुर निसान बरषहिं सुमन सुर सोभा भली।।
आनंदकंदु बिलोकि दूलहु सकल हियँ हरषित भई।।
अंभोज अंबक अंबु उमगि सुअंग पुलकावलि छई।।
दो0-जो सुख भा सिय मातु मन देखि राम बर बेषु।
सो न सकहिं कहि कलप सत सहस सारदा सेषु।।318।।

The ladies who had faces like moon and had eyes like that of a deer were also having well-proportioned bodies which could make Rati lose her own vanity. They had dressed in very high quality and multicolored Saaries, and all regions of their body were adorned with variety of ornaments. With proper application of suitable material they made all limbs look more beautiful and pious and were singing in such sweet voice which could make Kokila (a bird which sings very sweetly) ashamed. Their bracelets, waist bands and anklets tinkled, their gait made elephants of Kaamdev look inferior in that respect. Various kinds of musical instruments were being played extending the message of welfare and rejoicing around the city and the horizon. Shachi (consort of Indra), Sharada, Rama and Bhavani and other wise goddesses who are very pious in a natural way disguised themselves in form of the graceful ladies (as described above); they formed a group of their own, reached the area reserved for royal women and together with other ladies there they started to sing in melodious voices auspicious songs fitting the occasion, since all other ladies there were upbeat and were busy in revelry they could not know of the presence of goddesses in their midst.

Who could have paid attention to another there, they were under spell of jubilation at the prospect of doing Aarati ( waving of lamp before a deity or a special guest to ward of evil and honor him) of Brahman, the Supreme God. The festivities were going on and the gods were showering flowers when all of them saw the bridegroom emanating divine exuberance, they became ecstatic looking at his sight. Their lotus eyes became wet with tears of joy and a sensation of great joy ran through their superior limbs at the sight of Lord Shri Ram.

The kind of pleasure and satisfaction that was felt by the mother of Sita at the time of seeing the eye-catching and stunning form of Ram is difficult to be described even by a thousand Shardas and Sheshas over a hundred Kalpas (time cycles).

(The pleasure of mother of Sita was as much as one feels upon knowing and seeing the Supreme God, this ultimate realization is so special that none can ever describe it, those who have felt it say that its beyond words and only who feels knows without a possibility of making another understand it.)

We have covered up to Doha 318 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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