Ramcharit Charcha CCCXXI

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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 351 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that the four princes and their brides have entered the palace and have been given treatment like it is given to gods while worshiping them as per the guidance given in the Vedas, by the mothers who also did many more things as per the local custom. The newly wed couples participated in the rituals with some degree of circumspection but Shri Ram watched the goings on with amusement and smiled within his heart. Gods were asked to bless the couples by the mothers and they did bless them to the satisfaction of mothers. King Dashrath liberally distributed gifts to the members of the marriage party, to other needy people and the beggars and went in to the palace along with the Brahmins.

जो बसिष्ठ अनुसासन दीन्ही। लोक बेद बिधि सादर कीन्ही।।
भूसुर भीर देखि सब रानी। सादर उठीं भाग्य बड़ जानी।।
पाय पखारि सकल अन्हवाए। पूजि भली बिधि भूप जेवाँए।।
आदर दान प्रेम परिपोषे। देत असीस चले मन तोषे।।
बहु बिधि कीन्हि गाधिसुत पूजा। नाथ मोहि सम धन्य न दूजा।।
कीन्हि प्रसंसा भूपति भूरी। रानिन्ह सहित लीन्हि पग धूरी।।
भीतर भवन दीन्ह बर बासु। मन जोगवत रह नृप रनिवासू।।
पूजे गुर पद कमल बहोरी। कीन्हि बिनय उर प्रीति न थोरी।।
दो0-बधुन्ह समेत कुमार सब रानिन्ह सहित महीसु।
पुनि पुनि बंदत गुर चरन देत असीस मुनीसु।।352।।

When in side the palace, King Dashrath did every thing that Guru Vashishtth directed him to do which covered both the Vedic aspects as well as local tradition. The queens noted that many Brahmins had come there and felt pleased; they respectfully got up to wash their feet and arranged for their taking bath. They were later worshiped by the king and were satisfied with sumptuous meal. The Brahmins appreciated the honor,love and the gifts given to them and left after giving their blessings to the king.

King Dashrath worshiped Muni Vishwamitra with great enthusiasm and praised him wholeheartedly saying, “O Master, there is no body as blessed and fortunate as me (for the grace of Muni had resulted in the marriage of his four sons).” King bowed down before the Muni along with his queens and picked dust of the feet of Muni and placed it over heads. Muni Vishwamitra was given room to stay in the interior region of the palace and was carefully attended throughout the day and night by the ladies of the household and king himself. The princes and the brides also followed the king and the queens and paid their respects at the feet of the Guru Vishwamitra and received blessings of the great Muni.

(Guru Vishwamitra was not an outsider anymore and king ensured that he receives treatment as an elder in the family and more. The Brahmins and the Gurus are expected to be aware of the goings on in the family as only then they may point out any defect in the day to day living style of the householders. Their authority is ever unchallenged, King Dashrath had received such a wonderful reward for unquestionably doing what Muni wanted him to do though initially he was skeptic. He demonstrated a firm resolve to accept the dictates of Guru-like figures in life by his actions and conduct and to remain obliged for the graces of them at all times.)

We have now covered up to Doha 352 of Balkand.

बिनय कीन्हि उर अति अनुरागें। सुत संपदा राखि सब आगें।।
नेगु मागि मुनिनायक लीन्हा। आसिरबादु बहुत बिधि दीन्हा।।
उर धरि रामहि सीय समेता। हरषि कीन्ह गुर गवनु निकेता।।
बिप्रबधू सब भूप बोलाई। चैल चारु भूषन पहिराई।।
बहुरि बोलाइ सुआसिनि लीन्हीं। रुचि बिचारि पहिरावनि दीन्हीं।।
नेगी नेग जोग सब लेहीं। रुचि अनुरुप भूपमनि देहीं।।
प्रिय पाहुने पूज्य जे जाने। भूपति भली भाँति सनमाने।।
देव देखि रघुबीर बिबाहू। बरषि प्रसून प्रसंसि उछाहू।।
दो0-चले निसान बजाइ सुर निज निज पुर सुख पाइ।
कहत परसपर राम जसु प्रेम न हृदयँ समाइ।।353।।

The king placed all his wealth and the services of his sons at the command of Muni Vishwamitra with absolute pleasure (because he was now aware of the Muni total commitment to society and a an attitude of guardianship of the Muni) but Muni took just as much as was customarily required of him to accept (also the Sadhus do not accept any thing more than the immediate need, they never hoard material stuff for their future needs and expect the society to take care of their needs which is always minimal) and gave manifold blessings. Muni Vishwamitra now happily left for his Ashram but only after having the image of Shri Ram along with Sita firmly implanted in his heart. The Brahmin ladies were also now called by the king who were offered attractive ornaments and garments. The married ladies who had their husband alive were give the apparels of their choice. The ones who should be honored on such occasions were given desired gifts in accordance with their status. All those relatives and friends who should have special attention and regard from the king’s household were treated likewise. The gods enjoyed the event of Shri Ram’s wedding with great interest and expressed their joyful state by raining flowers from heavens, they retreated to their abodes their hearts overwhelmed with joy; they could not contain their love for Shri Ram in their hearts and it kept flowing out, they kept telling each other the glories of Shri Ram on their way back.

We have now covered up to Doha 353 of Balkand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Sirtaramabhyam Namah!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranaam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna KHandelwal

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