Ramcharit Charcha CCCXLVI

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

 

कुबरीं करि कबुली कैकेई। कपट छुरी उर पाहन टेई।।
लखइ न रानि निकट दुखु कैंसे। चरइ हरित तिन बलिपसु जैसें।।
सुनत बात मृदु अंत कठोरी। देति मनहुँ मधु माहुर घोरी।।
कहइ चेरि सुधि अहइ कि नाही। स्वामिनि कहिहु कथा मोहि पाहीं।।
दुइ बरदान भूप सन थाती। मागहु आजु जुड़ावहु छाती।।
सुतहि राजु रामहि बनवासू। देहु लेहु सब सवति हुलासु।।
भूपति राम सपथ जब करई। तब मागेहु जेहिं बचनु न टरई।।
होइ अकाजु आजु निसि बीतें। बचनु मोर प्रिय मानेहु जी तें।।
दो0-बड़ कुघातु करि पातकिनि कहेसि कोपगृहँ जाहु।
काजु सँवारेहु सजग सबु सहसा जनि पतिआहु।।22।।

We covered up to Doha 22 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that crooked Manthara found Kaikeyi well-disposed towards herself while queen herself remained unaware of what was going to come her way. Using nice words but deadly in effect Manthara reminded Kaikeyi that she had once been granted two boons by the king and which remain still to be redeemed. She advised Kaikeyi to utilize one of these two asking the king to make her son Bharat the next king of Ayodhya and the other for sending Ram to away from Ayodhya and in to the jungles. She suggested that in this way Kaikeyi would have exchanged the joy of her co-wives for her own suffering that was to come. Manthara the sinner warned Kaikeyi to exercise her right only after king had sworn in name of Ram so that he would not be able to extricate himself from the commitment and further asked Kaikeyi to enter that room in the palace which is used by sulking and the angry. She asked her to remain firm in resolve and be vigilant for the whole the night to ensure success otherwise unwanted would happen by the coming morning.

 
कुबरिहि रानि प्रानप्रिय जानी। बार बार बड़ि बुद्धि बखानी।।
तोहि सम हित न मोर संसारा। बहे जात कइ भइसि अधारा।।
जौं बिधि पुरब मनोरथु काली। करौं तोहि चख पूतरि आली।।
बहुबिधि चेरिहि आदरु देई। कोपभवन गवनि कैकेई।।
बिपति बीजु बरषा रितु चेरी। भुइँ भइ कुमति कैकेई केरी।।
पाइ कपट जलु अंकुर जामा। बर दोउ दल दुख फल परिनामा।।
कोप समाजु साजि सबु सोई। राजु करत निज कुमति बिगोई।।
राउर नगर कोलाहलु होई। यह कुचालि कछु जान न कोई।।
दो0-प्रमुदित पुर नर नारि। सब सजहिं सुमंगलचार।
एक प्रबिसहिं एक निर्गमहिं भीर भूप दरबार।।23।।

 

The hump-backed Manthara (who could not stand straight neither could think straight) was taken by the queen as dear as life after she listened to the way out suggested by her and praised her sharp intellect. The now ecstatic queen told Manthara, “you have been the sole care taker of my interests in the whole world. I was about to be washed away by flood of misfortune but you provided me some base to stand on. If my desired objective is achieved (Kaikeyi now had owned the objective laid down by Manthara) I would consider you to be the apple of my eye.” Thus honoring her own servant-maid (whose business should have been just to be at the beck an call of the queen was now being given undue honor) in many ways, the queen retired in to the Kopbhavan (room meant to show ire and displeasure) in the palace.

The seed of trouble was now planted in the soil of evil-mind of Kaikeyi while the Manthara became like the rainy season to pour down water of deceit to let the seed of trouble sprout in to a plant that would have two leaves in the form of what two boons would beget and this plant eventually would bear the fruit of hardship and misery ultimately. The queen, equipped with all that was needed to show her anger and resentment, lay down on bare earth; her own vicious mind misguided her while she was enjoying unhindered status of a queen (as the preferred wife of a sovereign king). The city was upbeat and uproarious outside, none outside had any inkling of what was brewing by way of an evil-design in side the Kaikeyi’s quarters.

With joy and aplomb the citizens were decorating and indulging in propitious activities; the court-room was being frequented continuously by king’s men and it bustled with activity in line with the planned great event.

We have now covered up to Doha 23 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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