Ramcharit Charcha CCCXXXVII

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

सुनि सुर बिनय ठाढ़ि पछिताती। भइउँ सरोज बिपिन हिमराती।।
देखि देव पुनि कहहिं निहोरी। मातु तोहि नहिं थोरिउ खोरी।।
बिसमय हरष रहित रघुराऊ। तुम्ह जानहु सब राम प्रभाऊ।।
जीव करम बस सुख दुख भागी। जाइअ अवध देव हित लागी।।
बार बार गहि चरन सँकोचौ। चली बिचारि बिबुध मति पोची।।
ऊँच निवासु नीचि करतूती। देखि न सकहिं पराइ बिभूती।।
आगिल काजु बिचारि बहोरी। करहहिं चाह कुसल कबि मोरी।।
हरषि हृदयँ दसरथ पुर आई। जनु ग्रह दसा दुसह दुखदाई।।
दो0-नामु मंथरा मंदमति चेरी कैकेइ केरि।
अजस पेटारी ताहि करि गई गिरा मति फेरि।।12।।

We covered up to Doha 12 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Saraswati regretted that the gods wanted her to act against the interest of people in Ayodhya but when the gods pressed and prayed her time and again and reminded her to consider the real nature of Shri Ram of which she was more aware than anyone else, she reluctantly went to Ayodhya but kept thinking that the great gods had only self interest at heart. She then thought the knowledgeable poets would not blame her in future and then happily set out to do what the gods wanted. Saraswati selected devious Manthara (personal attendent of Kaikeyi) for the purpose (of destabilizing Ayodhya) and impacted her mind; in the process she ensured Manthara to become a bundle of tarnished image.

दीख मंथरा नगरु बनावा। मंजुल मंगल बाज बधावा।।
पूछेसि लोगन्ह काह उछाहू। राम तिलकु सुनि भा उर दाहू।।
करइ बिचारु कुबुद्धि कुजाती। होइ अकाजु कवनि बिधि राती।।
देखि लागि मधु कुटिल किराती। जिमि गवँ तकइ लेउँ केहि भाँती।।
भरत मातु पहिं गइ बिलखानी। का अनमनि हसि कह हँसि रानी।।
ऊतरु देइ न लेइ उसासू। नारि चरित करि ढारइ आँसू।।
हँसि कह रानि गालु बड़ तोरें। दीन्ह लखन सिख अस मन मोरें।।
तबहुँ न बोल चेरि बड़ि पापिनि। छाड़इ स्वास कारि जनु साँपिनि।।
दो0-सभय रानि कह कहसि किन कुसल रामु महिपालु।
लखनु भरतु रिपुदमनु सुनि भा कुबरी उर सालु।।13।।

Manthara while roaming the streets of Ayodhya noted that city was being decorated and festive music was being played and asked what was it all about. When Manthara learnt from people that the rejoicing was on account of the announcement about Ram’s crowning, she felt grudge and her heart burned. The low-born who now also had crooked mentality began to think (the low-born may not be taken in any other meaning, it just means that she had been born in a family that could not have imparted in her high thinking and virtuous tendencies) that how could it be made possible to derail the idea and convert it in to a disaster during the intervening night itself (the impact created by Saraswati was now at work because by the consideration of her status it was not sensible for her to think of upsetting the royal order); Manthara was now thinking on the lines of a cunning native huntress who begins to design to get honey as soon a honeycomb is seen by her.

Manthara immediately went to Kaikeyi bearing a gloomy look to which Kaikeyi laughingly responded saying why was she so dejected. Manthara did not respond by answering, rather she began to shed tears and sighed heavily in a way that is typical of women of crafty nature. Kaikeyi further told Manthara that she was prone to speak out of turn or in uncouth terms and possibly Lakshman had admonished her (whose reputation was that he could never stand non-sense from any body). The wily and wicked personal attendant of Kaikeyi did not still give any answer, she rather began to hiss like a venomous serpent.

It was now enough for the queen to become concerned and she asked fearfully whether Ram and King Dashrath were fine (Kaikeyi was particularly fond of Shri Ram and was more near to King Dashrath, she became more anxious for them therefore), she inquired further about the welfare of other three sons namely Lakshman, Bharat and Shtrughan.

(We should keep in mind that so far Kaikeyi is not having any undue regard or concern for her real son Bharat, we will later see how the company of bad people makes a good person become distracted, how hidden insecurities provide the fertile ground for absurd and improper thoughts.)

We have now covered upto Doha 13 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki jai!

Shri Janakivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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