Ramcharit Charcha CCCXX

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

करहिं आरती बारहिं बारा। प्रेमु प्रमोदु कहै को पारा।।
भूषन मनि पट नाना जाती।।करही निछावरि अगनित भाँती।।
बधुन्ह समेत देखि सुत चारी। परमानंद मगन महतारी।।
पुनि पुनि सीय राम छबि देखी।।मुदित सफल जग जीवन लेखी।।
सखीं सीय मुख पुनि पुनि चाही। गान करहिं निज सुकृत सराही।।
बरषहिं सुमन छनहिं छन देवा। नाचहिं गावहिं लावहिं सेवा।।
देखि मनोहर चारिउ जोरीं। सारद उपमा सकल ढँढोरीं।।
देत न बनहिं निपट लघु लागी। एकटक रहीं रूप अनुरागीं।।
दो0-निगम नीति कुल रीति करि अरघ पाँवड़े देत।
बधुन्ह सहित सुत परिछि सब चलीं लवाइ निकेत।।349।।

We covered up to Doha 349 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas and learned that the citizens did Aarti of Shri Ram and felt very pleased. Shri Ram later reached the gate of the palace where the mothers were ready to welcome Him in accordance with the Vedic dictate and the local customs. Mothers performed all rituals with great pleasure and enthusiasm welcoming the four sons and the brides. When they looked at Ram and Sita as couple they felt as if they had been given special reward enriching their life long existence. Later they offered water to the couples as per the ritual and walking them on the carpets took them in to the interiors of the palace.

चारि सिंघासन सहज सुहाए। जनु मनोज निज हाथ बनाए।।
तिन्ह पर कुअँरि कुअँर बैठारे। सादर पाय पुनित पखारे।।
धूप दीप नैबेद बेद बिधि। पूजे बर दुलहिनि मंगलनिधि।।
बारहिं बार आरती करहीं। ब्यजन चारु चामर सिर ढरहीं।।
बस्तु अनेक निछावर होहीं। भरीं प्रमोद मातु सब सोहीं।।
पावा परम तत्व जनु जोगीं। अमृत लहेउ जनु संतत रोगीं।।
जनम रंक जनु पारस पावा। अंधहि लोचन लाभु सुहावा।।
मूक बदन जनु सारद छाई। मानहुँ समर सूर जय पाई।।
दो0-एहि सुख ते सत कोटि गुन पावहिं मातु अनंदु।।
भाइन्ह सहित बिआहि घर आए रघुकुलचंदु।।350(क)।।
लोक रीत जननी करहिं बर दुलहिनि सकुचाहिं।
मोदु बिनोदु बिलोकि बड़ रामु मनहिं मुसकाहिं।।350(ख)।।

Four special thrones that looked very elegant and not out of place were placed there, it seemed that these had been crafted by none other than the cupid himself. The princes and their brides were seated as couples on those thrones and the pious feet of them all were rinsed with care. Incense and lamps were lighted and placed before them and sweet dishes were offered to them in line with the Vedic injunction of doing Puja of the bride and the bride-grooms (who are taken to be representing Lakshmi and Vihsnu), they were taken to be source of all good that was to happen to the family. The lighted lamps were taken around them many times over, hand held fans were blown over them and soft cloth was waved over the heads (all these ritualistic acts represent the five basic elements like earth, water, fire, air and sky, the world consists of these elements and these elements which basically belong to God are offered back to him shedding ownership in them). Many sort of gifts were given away and the mothers enjoyed it all immensely. Their level of satisfaction equaled that of a Yogi up on realization of the ultimate truth, they seemed to have a renewed sense of living as is felt by a patient suffering for long time after he gets a dose of nectar. They felt enriched and rewarded like a person longing for possessions since birth feels up on getting the ‘Paras’ (a stone that converts steel in to gold when it touches it). The mothers had as much enjoyment as a blind person gets by having his eyes back. They found themselves as lucky as would a dumb person after getting back his faculty of speech, their elation was no less than that of a brave warrior getting victory over an enemy on the battle-field.

Its not right to speak of their gains as described above, it was in fact a thousands of millions of times more, after all it was an occasion as important as the return of Shri Ram, the source of pleasure to the entire family of Raghu-dynasty, along with his brothers after getting married. The mothers were engaged in carrying out the celebratory and ritualistic affairs honoring the Vedic ways and the local customs and the newly weds out of modesty participated with some reluctance; Lord Ram watched it all with interest and was amused within his heart on account of this celebratory atmosphere and attendant fun and frolic.

We have now covered up to Doha 350 of Balkand.

देव पितर पूजे बिधि नीकी। पूजीं सकल बासना जी की।।
सबहिं बंदि मागहिं बरदाना। भाइन्ह सहित राम कल्याना।।
अंतरहित सुर आसिष देहीं। मुदित मातु अंचल भरि लेंहीं।।
भूपति बोलि बराती लीन्हे। जान बसन मनि भूषन दीन्हे।।
आयसु पाइ राखि उर रामहि। मुदित गए सब निज निज धामहि।।
पुर नर नारि सकल पहिराए। घर घर बाजन लगे बधाए।।
जाचक जन जाचहि जोइ जोई। प्रमुदित राउ देहिं सोइ सोई।।
सेवक सकल बजनिआ नाना। पूरन किए दान सनमाना।।
दो0-देंहिं असीस जोहारि सब गावहिं गुन गन गाथ।
तब गुर भूसुर सहित गृहँ गवनु कीन्ह नरनाथ।।351।।

The mothers then worshiped the gods with devotion and care, they paid homage to the departed elders of the family with great respect. It was their grace that had brought them such good fortune and let them have all the desires fulfilled. They prayed the gods to bless and ensure welfare of Shri Ram and of His brothers. Though not physically seen, the gods gave them their blessing and which bemused mothers collected by spreading part of their Saarees with expression of gratitude. King Dashrath then called the Baraties who had accompanied him as members of the marriage party and offered them carts, clothing, jewels and ornaments which were gracefully accepted by them while remembering Shri Ram and placing his image in their hearts; they later happily left for their homes with a sense of fulfillment, all of them had been honored with garments. Now all the homes reverberated with sounds of congratulatory messages and music. The King also gave to people all that they specifically wanted with pleasure. The servants and helpers were given enough items of gifts with acknowledgement for the services they had offered. All of them wished well of the king and paid respects to him while they mentioned the qualities of their virtuous king. The king now headed towards his living quarters along with the Bhusurs (the Brahmins who are the living gods on earth)

We have covered up to Doha 351 of Balkand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Sitaramabhyam Namah!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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