Ramcharit Charcha CCCLIV

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jao Ram II
II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II
II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

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।।

We covered up to Doha 30 of Ayodhya Kand of Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that King Dashrath began to introspect and assessed the damage on account of Kaikeyi’s demands but his pathetic condition charged Kaikeyi and she began to berate the king asking whether Bharat was not his son, had the king purchased her, why was he so upset to listen what she asked for, why didn’t the king speak first considering the implication etc. She pressed the king to know if the word given to her was going to be honored or not and reminded that he was known to be the most truthful among the Raghus. She admonished the king to refrain from giving any boon or promise any thing in future, he should stop claiming himself a votary of truth and be ready to bear the prospect of having his name spoiled by deviating from course of truthfulness. She reminded the king that only after giving great importance to keeping the cause of truth he had offered to redeem the boons given, it is not on for him to expect that something of little value would be asked for. She related the stories of King Sibi, of Rishi Dadhichi and or demon king Bali who had kept their promises even at the cost of their body, life and possessions. In this way queen kept uttering harsh words as if smearing salt on wound inflicted earlier. King later collected himself and slowly opened his eyes while turned his head uncomfortably and just sighed heavily and could speak words to the effect that she had struck at the selected weak spots with deadly consequences.

आगें दीखि जरत रिस भारी। मनहुँ रोष तरवारि उघारी।।
मूठि कुबुद्धि धार निठुराई। धरी कूबरीं सान बनाई।।
लखी महीप कराल कठोरा। सत्य कि जीवनु लेइहि मोरा।।
बोले राउ कठिन करि छाती। बानी सबिनय तासु सोहाती।।
प्रिया बचन कस कहसि कुभाँती। भीर प्रतीति प्रीति करि हाँती।।
मोरें भरतु रामु दुइ आँखी। सत्य कहउँ करि संकरू साखी।।
अवसि दूतु मैं पठइब प्राता। ऐहहिं बेगि सुनत दोउ भ्राता।।
सुदिन सोधि सबु साजु सजाई। देउँ भरत कहुँ राजु बजाई।।
दो0- लोभु न रामहि राजु कर बहुत भरत पर प्रीति।
मैं बड़ छोट बिचारि जियँ करत रहेउँ नृपनीति।।31।।

King saw Kaikeyi standing before him enraged and furious as if the wrath itself had shown its naked sword which had its butt made of nastiness, its edge representing heartless cruelty which had been sharpened on the crooked stone that was Manthara. The king looked at her and thought that might be this menacing sharp weapon in form of Kaikeyi would really take his life. Ultimately the king regaining some strength in his heart chose to address the queen with humility and in pleasing words and said, “O dear, what kind of words do you speak in such inappropriate manner, you have let go of all the fear of me, confidence in me and love for me. Bharat and Ram are like my two eyes, this the reality and Lord Shankar would confirm the same as having witnessed. First thing in morning, I would send a messenger and both the brothers, Bharat and Shatrughan, would rush back; then after selecting an auspicious day and making due preparations I will confer kingship on Bharat with fanfare.

“Ram has no greed for holding empire besides he has great affection towards Bharat. It was my own attempt at keeping the tradition of transferring the kingship to the elder one instead to the younger of the two.”

(What is paradoxical here is that the king is ready to break the long held tradition of eldest son getting the right to be the king but has come under tremendous pressure on account of prospect of breaking the tradition of holding the promise while in first case people would have been happier and in the later case people would be most unhappy. As a king he should have thought of his people also. This is how an able and just person also loses ability to think clearly when he is under under duress and thinks himself to be victim of circumstances. Dashrath did give more weight to the prospect of his own name getting spoiled for not keeping his word, a personal loss but is ready to neglect the duty as a king. If he had surrendered to the God completely and calmly witness what was going to happen and may be this way the situation would have been saved for him but here it may be understood that destiny has to play out in the end and Dashrath’s momentary weakness remained.)

We have now covered up to Doha 31 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas ki jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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