Ramcharit Charcha CCCXXIV

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

 

मुनि प्रसाद बलि तात तुम्हारी। ईस अनेक करवरें टारी।।

मख रखवारी करि दुहुँ भाई। गुरु प्रसाद सब बिद्या पाई।।

मुनितय तरी लगत पग धूरी। कीरति रही भुवन भरि पूरी।।

कमठ पीठि पबि कूट कठोरा। नृप समाज महुँ सिव धनु तोरा।।

बिस्व बिजय जसु जानकि पाई। आए भवन ब्याहि सब भाई।।
सकल अमानुष करम तुम्हारे। केवल कौसिक कृपाँ सुधारे।।
आजु सुफल जग जनमु हमारा। देखि तात बिधुबदन तुम्हारा।।
जे दिन गए तुम्हहि बिनु देखें। ते बिरंचि जनि पारहिं लेखें।।
दो0-राम प्रतोषीं मातु सब कहि बिनीत बर बैन।
सुमिरि संभु गुर बिप्र पद किए नीदबस नैन।।357।।

We covered up to Doha 357 of Balkand of Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that as per direction of King Dashrath arrangements were made for the young princes to take rest for the night and Shri Ram then occupied one nice bed but the mothers had some thing to speak to Shri Ram while they fondly looked at tender body of Shri Ram. The mothers made mention of the deeds of Shri Ram which were not possible to be performed by ordinary humans (thus in a way pointing out the real nature of Shri Ram). The mothers however were still totally affectionate towards Him as their own son and thought that the grace of Muni Vishwamitra had saved Him from harm and were immensely pleased to have Him before their eyes which itself was the ultimate reward for them in their whole life. Satisfying mothers’ anxiousness in  meaningful nice words Shri Ram went to sleep.

नीदउँ बदन सोह सुठि लोना। मनहुँ साँझ सरसीरुह सोना।।
घर घर करहिं जागरन नारीं। देहिं परसपर मंगल गारीं।।
पुरी बिराजति राजति रजनी। रानीं कहहिं बिलोकहु सजनी।।
सुंदर बधुन्ह सासु लै सोई। फनिकन्ह जनु सिरमनि उर गोई।।
प्रात पुनीत काल प्रभु जागे। अरुनचूड़ बर बोलन लागे।।
बंदि मागधन्हि गुनगन गाए। पुरजन द्वार जोहारन आए।।
बंदि बिप्र सुर गुर पितु माता। पाइ असीस मुदित सब भ्राता।।
जननिन्ह सादर बदन निहारे। भूपति संग द्वार पगु धारे।।
दो0-कीन्ह सौच सब सहज सुचि सरित पुनीत नहाइ।
प्रातक्रिया करि तात पहिं आए चारिउ भाइ।।358।।

नवान्हपारायण,तीसरा विश्राम

Even in his sleep face of Shri Ram looked serene, beautiful and attractive like a red lotus  in the evening’s twilight hours, half blown but no less beautiful. The ladies of the town in most houses kept waking for the whole night (as per the common practice when the brides come to in-laws place for the first time) and rejoiced by jovially upbraiding each other and inviting auspicious times. The queens called attention of each other saying that city of Ayodhya looked remarkably splendid in the night time today etc . The mothers-in-law took the beautiful brides to their own beds and slept in the manner snakes sleep concealing their prized Manis that rest on their heads. In the sacred early hour in the morning just before dawn (known as Brahm-Muhurt) Lord Shri Ram awoke and about the same time the cocks started crowing. The bards began to sing the praises of Shri Ram and bowed down; the citizens also gathered at the gate to pay their respects to Shri Ram. Shri Ram Himself, joined by His bothers, got busy in paying His respects to Vipras, the gods, His own Guru Vashishtth and the parents and receiving blessings from them all He and brothers became happy. The mothers looked at the faces of sons with fondness and with whole attention while they moved towards the gate along with King Dashrath. Later all the brothers performed daily routine of cleansing and took bath in pure and holy waters of the river in the normal course of the day then they performed Puja and other rituals before returning to father.

We have now covered up to Doha 358 of Balkand which coincides with the third rest for a nine day recital.

भूप बिलोकि लिए उर लाई। बैठै हरषि रजायसु पाई।।
देखि रामु सब सभा जुड़ानी। लोचन लाभ अवधि अनुमानी।।
पुनि बसिष्टु मुनि कौसिक आए। सुभग आसनन्हि मुनि बैठाए।।
सुतन्ह समेत पूजि पद लागे। निरखि रामु दोउ गुर अनुरागे।।
कहहिं बसिष्टु धरम इतिहासा। सुनहिं महीसु सहित रनिवासा।।
मुनि मन अगम गाधिसुत करनी। मुदित बसिष्ट बिपुल बिधि बरनी।।
बोले बामदेउ सब साँची। कीरति कलित लोक तिहुँ माची।।
सुनि आनंदु भयउ सब काहू। राम लखन उर अधिक उछाहू।।
दो0-मंगल मोद उछाह नित जाहिं दिवस एहि भाँति।
उमगी अवध अनंद भरि अधिक अधिक अधिकाति।।359।।

When king saw the brothers coming towards him, he rose up and took them in his arms; the brothers then took permission of the king before sitting down. The assemblage there got enthused and pleased having Shri Ram in their midst and feasted through their eyes over the sight of Shri Ram considering it to be the real benefit of living a whole life time. Shortly Muni Vishwamitra and Guru Vashitth arrived there who were seated on clean and beautiful seats. The king worshiped both along with sons and bowed down at his feet; the sages concentrated on Shri Ram and felt a surge of love. Guru Vashishtth gave some timely advice giving reference from the scriptures and the history which was absorbed by the great king along with his consorts. Guru Vashishtth also gave an account of what Muni Vishwamitra had done with a sense of elation and pleasure in many ways, he knew that what Muni Vishwamitra had done was beyond imagination of even the Munis leave apart the ordinary souls. Maharshi Vamdev was also present there and endorsed what Vashishtth told and said the Muni Vishwamitra’s glorious name was spreading all across the three worlds. Every one felt nice and fulfilled when they listened to all that transpired there but Ram and Laxman were amused all the more (for they were the ones who had enjoyed every thing because they had company of Muni Vishwamitra during the whole time period under reference).

In Ayodhya the days kept passing  peacefully with all sorts of enjoyment, auspicious activities in an upbeat atmosphere, the Avadh region on the whole felt spread of happiness, it was on the rise every passing day.

We have now covered up to Doha 359 of Balkand.

 

सुदिन सोधि कल कंकन छौरे। मंगल मोद बिनोद न थोरे।।
नित नव सुखु सुर देखि सिहाहीं। अवध जन्म जाचहिं बिधि पाहीं।।
बिस्वामित्रु चलन नित चहहीं। राम सप्रेम बिनय बस रहहीं।।
दिन दिन सयगुन भूपति भाऊ। देखि सराह महामुनिराऊ।।
मागत बिदा राउ अनुरागे। सुतन्ह समेत ठाढ़ भे आगे।।
नाथ सकल संपदा तुम्हारी। मैं सेवकु समेत सुत नारी।।
करब सदा लरिकनः पर छोहू। दरसन देत रहब मुनि मोहू।।
अस कहि राउ सहित सुत रानी। परेउ चरन मुख आव न बानी।।
दीन्ह असीस बिप्र बहु भाँती। चले न प्रीति रीति कहि जाती।।
रामु सप्रेम संग सब भाई। आयसु पाइ फिरे पहुँचाई।।
दो0-राम रूपु भूपति भगति ब्याहु उछाहु अनंदु।
जात सराहत मनहिं मन मुदित गाधिकुलचंदु।।360।।

Selecting an auspicious day the strings tied on the wrists of bride and bride-grooms before the marriage (this is done to keep evil spirits away and to single out the bride and bride-groom from others of like age) were removed under ongoing undiminished activities of rejoicing and celebration. There was a new wave of delight there in Ayodhya, the gods were envious of the same and they asked to be granted the boon of being  born in Ayodhya. Muni Vishwamitra wanted to leave the town almost daily but Ram used to plead with him to stay back, Muni too under spell of Shri Ram’s love stayed back. Considering the ever increasing devotion and respect of King Dashrath towards himself the great sage also had greater appreciation for the king and said so. The day came when Muni Vishwamitra finally wanted to go and wanted to be sent off, it made the king overwhelmed with affection and emotion and he stood before the Muni along with his sons and said, “O Master, all the wealth that I possess belongs to you; know me as your servant along with my queens and my sons. You must be ever benevolent and kind towards the boys besides you must keep visiting my place and give me your Darshan.” Saying thus the king, the queens and the their sons speechlessly laid straight before the Muni, touching his feet. The Muni like a Vipra (though Vishwamitra was a Rajarshi first but had achieved the status of a Brahmarshi through his Tapa and devotion for Shri Ram) in turn gave them blessing in many ways and left thinking of the indescribable ways of love and regard of the king and others. Shri Ram accompanied by His brothers went some distance to see off the Muni and returned when so ordered by Muni.

Muni Vishwamitra kept appreciating in his heart the beautiful form of Shri Ram, the great devotional quality of the king, the marriage related rejoicing and celebrations and divine pleasure of it all, his heart was full of joy while recollecting the events.

We have now covered up to Doha 360 of Balkand.

 

बामदेव रघुकुल गुर ग्यानी। बहुरि गाधिसुत कथा बखानी।।
सुनि मुनि सुजसु मनहिं मन राऊ। बरनत आपन पुन्य प्रभाऊ।।
बहुरे लोग रजायसु भयऊ। सुतन्ह समेत नृपति गृहँ गयऊ।।
जहँ तहँ राम ब्याहु सबु गावा। सुजसु पुनीत लोक तिहुँ छावा।।
आए ब्याहि रामु घर जब तें। बसइ अनंद अवध सब तब तें।।
प्रभु बिबाहँ जस भयउ उछाहू। सकहिं न बरनि गिरा अहिनाहू।।
कबिकुल जीवनु पावन जानी।।राम सीय जसु मंगल खानी।।
तेहि ते मैं कछु कहा बखानी। करन पुनीत हेतु निज बानी।।
छं0-निज गिरा पावनि करन कारन राम जसु तुलसी कह्यो।
रघुबीर चरित अपार बारिधि पारु कबि कौनें लह्यो।।
उपबीत ब्याह उछाह मंगल सुनि जे सादर गावहीं।
बैदेहि राम प्रसाद ते जन सर्बदा सुखु पावहीं।।
सो0-सिय रघुबीर बिबाहु जे सप्रेम गावहिं सुनहिं।
तिन्ह कहुँ सदा उछाहु मंगलायतन राम जसु।।361।।
मासपारायण, बारहवाँ विश्राम
इति श्रीमद्रामचरितमानसे सकलकलिकलुषबिध्वंसने
प्रथमः सोपानः समाप्तः।
(बालकाण्ड समाप्त)

Maharshi Vamdev and the Kulguru of the Raghu’s descendants Muni Vashishttha once again gave account of Muni Vishwamitra, the son of Gadhi in a detailed manner. Listening to the glories of Muni Vishwamitra King Dashrath became amused in his heart and spoke of his own good fortune of having the grace of Muni knowing to be the result of his own Punya’s effect (the effect of his own good deeds that he might have performed earlier in life or in his earlier lives). The people dispersed when king so indicated and the king himself went to his living quarters along with sons. Every where stories of Shri Ram’s marriage were being sung, His pious name and fame spread all over in the three worlds. Since the time Ram came home after getting married, the whole of Avadh had become abode of divine pleasure. The merrymaking and jamboree at the time of marriage of Lord Shri Ram was beyond the capacity of Sharda and the Sheshnaag to describe. Tulsi says, “knowing that the life of poet becomes pious by making the Ram’s and Sita’s name and fame the subject of his poetry, it is the only mine of welfare and grace hence I have also tried to say something related to it, it is for nothing else but for making my own speech pure and pious.

Let all know that only for the sake making own power of speech sanctified Tulsi made an attempt to recall glories of Shri Ram, otherwise no poet can ever be able to across the vast ocean of the glories of Shri Ram i e make full justice in speaking about it and covering all aspects of it, however, who ever will sing the stories about the sacred thread ceremony and marriage related events with due attention and regard will have the reward of a fulfilled life and all pleasures of the world, for them its a time of rejoicing, celebration and all kind of auspiciousness as the glory of Shri Ram contains this in ample measure.”

This covers up to Doha 361 of Balkand and also ends the Balkand; it is also the 12th rest for a thirty day recital.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Sitaramabhyam Namah!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

 

Krishna Khandelwal

 

 

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