Ramcharit Charcha CCCLII

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

जानेउँ मरमु राउ हँसि कहई। तुम्हहि कोहाब परम प्रिय अहई।।
थाति राखि न मागिहु काऊ। बिसरि गयउ मोहि भोर सुभाऊ।।
झूठेहुँ हमहि दोषु जनि देहू। दुइ कै चारि मागि मकु लेहू।।
रघुकुल रीति सदा चलि आई। प्रान जाहुँ बरु बचनु न जाई।।
नहिं असत्य सम पातक पुंजा। गिरि सम होहिं कि कोटिक गुंजा।।
सत्यमूल सब सुकृत सुहाए। बेद पुरान बिदित मनु गाए।।
तेहि पर राम सपथ करि आई। सुकृत सनेह अवधि रघुराई।।
बात दृढ़ाइ कुमति हँसि बोली। कुमत कुबिहग कुलह जनु खोली।।
दो0-भूप मनोरथ सुभग बनु सुख सुबिहंग समाजु।
भिल्लनि जिमि छाड़न चहति बचनु भयंकरु बाजु।।28।।
मासपारायण, तेरहवाँ विश्राम

We covered up to Doha 28 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that the king jokingly told Kaikeyi that he considered her display of anger as her favorite sport (to add spice to exchanges between them). He added that she only was keeping the two boons like a treasure for later use and that he just forgot about them due to his own forgetful nature; she shouldn’t be fussy about it and is welcome to ask four boon instead of four. The told that truthful Raghus had always been ready to lay life rather than go back on word, they knew truth is the root of all the good deeds, the scriptures so confirm, on top of it he had taken oath in name of Ram to honor every word of his who happened to be the ultimate example of love and righteousness. When Kaikeyi saw king was fully committed she got ready to overwhelm the king with deadly words of hers.

सुनहु प्रानप्रिय भावत जी का। देहु एक बर भरतहि टीका।।
मागउँ दूसर बर कर जोरी। पुरवहु नाथ मनोरथ मोरी।।
तापस बेष बिसेषि उदासी। चौदह बरिस रामु बनबासी।।
सुनि मृदु बचन भूप हियँ सोकू। ससि कर छुअत बिकल जिमि कोकू।।
गयउ सहमि नहिं कछु कहि आवा। जनु सचान बन झपटेउ लावा।।
बिबरन भयउ निपट नरपालू। दामिनि हनेउ मनहुँ तरु तालू।।
माथे हाथ मूदि दोउ लोचन। तनु धरि सोचु लाग जनु सोचन।।
मोर मनोरथु सुरतरु फूला। फरत करिनि जिमि हतेउ समूला।।
अवध उजारि कीन्हि कैकेईं। दीन्हसि अचल बिपति कै नेईं।।
दो0-कवनें अवसर का भयउ गयउँ नारि बिस्वास।
जोग सिद्धि फल समय जिमि जतिहि अबिद्या नास।।29।।

Kaikeyi began to speak to king, “listen O King, you are dearer than life to me, you may grant first boon in form of giving right to rule over the kingdom to Bharat and the other boon that i ask with hands folded and you must also take of care this heartfelt desire of mine;it is that you send Ram to stay in jungles for fourteen years putting on garbs like ascetics do, he must remain particularly neutral in matters of the state of Ayodhya while staying in the jungles.”

Though Kaikeyi had spoken these words very softly but they made the king very grieved in his heart just as the Chakore bird feels when it moonlight touching its body (but is reminded of its separation from moon, Dashrath felt the agony of separation just when a mere mention was made). The king got dumbstruck at the ferocity and fright contained in words of Kaikeyi which were spoken so suddenly without letting king have any premonition, it was like a hawk pouncing on a small bird in the forest. The king became pale by impact of those words in the same way as a green palm tree would become when lightening strikes it. The king placed his hand over his forehead (a reflex action of a perplexed person) and closed his eyes; king had become an embodied form of grief itself and had become engrossed in thoughts worrying badly (i e Dashrath’s body displayed all signs of a person in agony while his mind was thinking of the unbearable implications of the turn of event there). The king thought what he had planned and desired was like a flowering celestial tree (the tree that grants all the desires of people who go to him and ask, Dashrath had such belief and expectations from Ram as king that all the people in kingdom and outside would have got what they needed) and right before it was going to bear fruit, it had been uprooted by an elephant, a female one; king thought Kaikeyi would almost ruin and destroy Ayodhya in a manner that the very foundation of Ayodhya would have everlasting imprints of bad luck and unfortunate happenings.

The king reflected that it was an occasion of good tidings and what it had turned into (i e an unspeakable hardship was now looking in the face of Ayodhya); king thought it was all due to his having faith in his own woman. King thought that it was like when a seeker who is about to have enlightenment, gets destroyed by the ignorance resurfacing in his mind.

(Maya becomes ineffective for all time to come when the enlightenment happens but till it happens there is every chance that ignorance (Maya) will take over and make one fall in to the cycles of rebirth. King felt himself caught between the pairs of opposite i e whether to be true to his words or let his name be spoiled and see Ram rule Ayodhya i e his own mental world. Those who engage themselves in thought of the Lord while discharging duties in the world do get in to situations where they become unclear about the duty. Guru can definitely guide that person easily but in case of Dashrath it was middle of night and by the dawn the chance of getting that guidance was possible but Manthara had so educated Kaikeyi that it would not be possible for Dashrath to have that chance. Dashrath here seems to be disturbed by the possibility of separation from Ram as a loved son but is not seeking guidance out of this predicament from Ram the Supreme God, Dashrath was not given the Viraat Ruup Darshan by Shri Ram (the cosmic view of Himself) as was given to Kaushalya and Dashrath had always reinforced his relationship for Ram as father and son never as the Bhakta and Bhagvaan).

We have now covered up to Doha 29 of Ayodhya kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki jai!
Shri Janakivallabhi Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj ko Pranam!
Goswami tulsidas ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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