Ramcharit Charcha CCCLIII

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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 29 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Kaikeyi, upon getting firm commitment from Dashrath, utilized the first boon to ask for crowning of Bharat instead of Ram and against the second boon proceeded to ask Dashrath to send Ram in to the jungles for fourteen years clad in garb of a hermit with total neutrality in affairs of Ayodhya. Listening to her softly spoken words but carrying a death like message, Dashrath felt very much grieved at heart, he became nervous and totally discolored under impact of those words. Dashrath closed eyes and held his forehead in hand as outward sign of agonizing distress and began to think of the unfortunate fall out for Ayodhya. King thought that he would be subjected to scornful criticism for his trusting a woman, his own wife though. He felt his disgrace was like a seeker slipping right at a moment before getting enlightenment after spending a life time of penance and sacrifice.

एहि बिधि राउ मनहिं मन झाँखा। देखि कुभाँति कुमति मन माखा।।
भरतु कि राउर पूत न होहीं। आनेहु मोल बेसाहि कि मोही।।
जो सुनि सरु अस लाग तुम्हारें। काहे न बोलहु बचनु सँभारे।।
देहु उतरु अनु करहु कि नाहीं। सत्यसंध तुम्ह रघुकुल माहीं।।
देन कहेहु अब जनि बरु देहू। तजहुँ सत्य जग अपजसु लेहू।।
सत्य सराहि कहेहु बरु देना। जानेहु लेइहि मागि चबेना।।
सिबि दधीचि बलि जो कछु भाषा। तनु धनु तजेउ बचन पनु राखा।।
अति कटु बचन कहति कैकेई। मानहुँ लोन जरे पर देई।।
दो0-धरम धुरंधर धीर धरि नयन उघारे रायँ।
सिरु धुनि लीन्हि उसास असि मारेसि मोहि कुठायँ।।30।।

In this way king reflected on disturbing thoughts rising up in his mind as a result of listening to sudden words of Kaikeyi which carried a message that he thought would dismantle a possible dream carefully nursed by him. Finding the king totally perplexed and in quandary, the ill-witted queen felt a surge of grouse in her own heart (she thought that king may not do what she wished for and this being tantamount to denial of promise made to her).

Kaikeyi said to the king, “Do you not consider Bharat as your own son, was I purchased in exchange for money? If my words have pierce you like arrows then why did you not give me your word weighing pros and cons earlier (and save this situation)? I want an straight answer from you whether you will keep promise or not. You have been known to be the most particular in the family of Raghus to be truthful and attempting to save it at all costs. You proclaimed to reward me against boons but now never ever grant any boons to any one. You may now better ignore the truth and invite bad name for yourself (she knew that Dashrath can’t stand even a remote possibility of neglecting to honor the truth). You first acknowledged that truth stood on top of all other considerations and then promised regarding the two boons (i e it is not that you have not been aware of what you are promising). Did you think I will just want some thing to munch to satiate a one time hunger of the body. Haven’t you listened to the story of King Sibi* who gave his own body flesh in exchange for saving life of a trapped pigeon, haven’t you listened to the story of Rishi Dadhichi* who promised to give his bones to gods and therefore died voluntarily and don’t you know that King Bali* gave away every thing to Vaman (an avatar of God) in spite of knowing the reality of his disguised form as an ascetic only to deprive him of his worldly possessions and his pride; all of them gave away body, life and wealth only in interest of keeping the word and their commitments.”

In this manner Kaikeyi spoke very harsh words as if she was out to smear salt in the wounds of burn caused by her own earlier uncouth and barbaric demands.

Lastly the brave king, well established in righteousness, collected himself with patience and opened eyes, he uncomfortably moved about his head and sighed badly saying, “she has really hurt me striking at vulnerable soft spots.”

We have now covered up to Doha 30 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

*the stories of Sibi, Dadhichi and Bali are very interesting and also popular stories, these stories find mention in Puranas.

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