Ramcharit Charcha CCCXLIV

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

कैकयसुता सुनत कटु बानी। कहि न सकइ कछु सहमि सुखानी।।
तन पसेउ कदली जिमि काँपी। कुबरीं दसन जीभ तब चाँपी।।
कहि कहि कोटिक कपट कहानी। धीरजु धरहु प्रबोधिसि रानी।।
फिरा करमु प्रिय लागि कुचाली। बकिहि सराहइ मानि मराली।।
सुनु मंथरा बात फुरि तोरी। दहिनि आँखि नित फरकइ मोरी।।
दिन प्रति देखउँ राति कुसपने। कहउँ न तोहि मोह बस अपने।।
काह करौ सखि सूध सुभाऊ। दाहिन बाम न जानउँ काऊ।।
दो0-अपने चलत न आजु लगि अनभल काहुक कीन्ह।
केहिं अघ एकहि बार मोहि दैअँ दुसह दुखु दीन्ह।।20।।

We covered up to Doha 20 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that daughter of king of Kaikeya (i e who had had an independent identity even after many years of marriage as daughter of a powerful king) could not bear the impact of harsh life ahead painted by Manthara and became stunned. Manthara then further hammered the point relating stories of conflict between the co-wives but assured her to have heart signalling her own help for her. Kaikeyi now unmindfully took Manthara to be a person of good intentions while she was not. Kaikeyi wondered as to why she was going have such stroke of bad luck all of a sudden while in her own opinion she had never brought harm to anyone. Kaikeyi had now lost ability to think rationally.

 
नैहर जनमु भरब बरु जाइ। जिअत न करबि सवति सेवकाई।।
अरि बस दैउ जिआवत जाही। मरनु नीक तेहि जीवन चाही।।
दीन बचन कह बहुबिधि रानी। सुनि कुबरीं तियमाया ठानी।।
अस कस कहहु मानि मन ऊना। सुखु सोहागु तुम्ह कहुँ दिन दूना।।
जेहिं राउर अति अनभल ताका। सोइ पाइहि यहु फलु परिपाका।।
जब तें कुमत सुना मैं स्वामिनि। भूख न बासर नींद न जामिनि।।
पूँछेउ गुनिन्ह रेख तिन्ह खाँची। भरत भुआल होहिं यह साँची।।
भामिनि करहु त कहौं उपाऊ। है तुम्हरीं सेवा बस राऊ।।
दो0-परउँ कूप तुअ बचन पर सकउँ पूत पति त्यागि।
कहसि मोर दुखु देखि बड़ कस न करब हित लागि।।21।

Worrying about her future Kaikeyi told Manthara, ” if matters come to such bad pass (i e of living at mercy of Kaushalya), I would live for rest of my life at the place of my father but would not ever be at the service of a co-wife, the death is a better option for the one who fated to live at mercy of an enemy ((although she should have considered that a married lady considers it to be death if she is separated from husband for any reason what so ever).” The queen thus kept pitying herself and made it known to Manthara who then readied herself to resort to some more dramatic ways employed by women to achieve their goals. Manthara told Kaikeyi, “why should you be so disheartened, you should have an occasion to enjoy the company of your husband all the more. Who has planned to hurt your interests should be separated from husband not you. O Superior, since the time I have heard of the mischievous plot against you, I haven’t had desire to have food or have been able to sleep a moment. I have already consulted the fortune-tellers and they have come to a sure conclusion that Bharat is definitely going to become the king. O Cultured One, if you permit than there are means to ensure it; you know that the king is obliged to you on account of your devotion and service.”

Cutting short what Manthara was to tell further the queen became restless at the prospect of coming out of this dire situation (though only imagined) and told Manthara, “i am ready to jump in a well, I am ready to even become parted from son and the husband, why don’t you tell what it is that can save me from falling in to unbearable bad times (in her senses she would have known that real bad thing to happen to a woman is to lose son or husband), why would i not do that is needed so badly to be done.”

We have now covered up to Doha 21 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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