Ramcharit Charcha CCCLIX

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 RamII

आनहु रामहि बेगि बोलाई। समाचार तब पूँछेहु आई।।
चलेउ सुमंत्र राय रूख जानी। लखी कुचालि कीन्हि कछु रानी।।
सोच बिकल मग परइ न पाऊ। रामहि बोलि कहिहि का राऊ।।
उर धरि धीरजु गयउ दुआरें। पूछँहिं सकल देखि मनु मारें।।
समाधानु करि सो सबही का। गयउ जहाँ दिनकर कुल टीका।।
रामु सुमंत्रहि आवत देखा। आदरु कीन्ह पिता सम लेखा।।
निरखि बदनु कहि भूप रजाई। रघुकुलदीपहि चलेउ लेवाई।।
रामु कुभाँति सचिव सँग जाहीं। देखि लोग जहँ तहँ बिलखाहीं।।
दो0-जाइ दीख रघुबंसमनि नरपति निपट कुसाजु।।
सहमि परेउ लखि सिंघिनिहि मनहुँ बृद्ध गजराजु।।39।।

We covered up to Doha 39 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Queen Kaikeyi curtly sent Sumantra to summon Ram as soon as he approached near the king. Sumantra looked for the king’s consent and the king seemed to endorse it hence though concerned at this disturbing development he moved with alacrity to deliver the message to Ram but was held by curious people on way who were given some answers by him just to pacify their anxieties before going ahead. Ram received Sumantra in a manner befitting for his own father; Sumantra straightly gave the message to Shri Ram who then immediately proceeded with Sumantra to see the king. The manner in which Ram was rushing along with Sumantra made people sense something was amiss and they became uncomfortable; on reaching near the king Ram saw the king in bad shape and very frightened, like an old elephant up on sighting a lioness.

सूखहिं अधर जरइ सबु अंगू। मनहुँ दीन मनिहीन भुअंगू।।
सरुष समीप दीखि कैकेई। मानहुँ मीचु घरी गनि लेई।।
करुनामय मृदु राम सुभाऊ। प्रथम दीख दुखु सुना न काऊ।।
तदपि धीर धरि समउ बिचारी। पूँछी मधुर बचन महतारी।।
मोहि कहु मातु तात दुख कारन। करिअ जतन जेहिं होइ निवारन।।
सुनहु राम सबु कारन एहू। राजहि तुम पर बहुत सनेहू।।
देन कहेन्हि मोहि दुइ बरदाना। मागेउँ जो कछु मोहि सोहाना।
सो सुनि भयउ भूप उर सोचू। छाड़ि न सकहिं तुम्हार सँकोचू।।
दो0-सुत सनेह इत बचनु उत संकट परेउ नरेसु।
सकहु न आयसु धरहु सिर मेटहु कठिन कलेसु।।40।।

The king’s lips were dry and his limbs were burning, he looked like a snake that had become dull and pitiable on account of losing its Mani (the jewel on its head). The enraged and fretting Kaikeyi was nearby the king like his death itself was counting down the minutes. Shri Ram, benign in temperament and compassionate by nature, had never encountered an occasion of sorrow or had even listened from someone of such happenings but he kept his composure considering it was not the time to be agitated and asked his mother (though Kaikeyi was his step mother but Ram had never had such discrimination in his mind) very politely speaking sweet words only; he said, “O Mother, please tell me the reason for his grieving so much, we should do every thing that is needed to ward it off.”

Kaikeyi promptly replied saying, “Listen O Ram, the whole matter is that the king loves you immensely”, Kaikeyi continued and related the rest of the happenings saying, “king had granted me two boons and I exercised them by asking for whatever I liked, the king has become confused and worried in heart after he listened to my demands, in fact he is not able to come above considerations relating to you.

“He finds himself caught between the contradictions concerning love for yourself and his own given word (to me), is it not possible for you to follow his dictate (which is my wish too) giving it more importance (rather than burdening him with breach of promise), in this way his great anxiety may be brought to an end.”

We have now covered up to Doha 40 of Ayodhya Kand.

निधरक बैठि कहइ कटु बानी। सुनत कठिनता अति अकुलानी।।
जीभ कमान बचन सर नाना। मनहुँ महिप मृदु लच्छ समाना।।
जनु कठोरपनु धरें सरीरू। सिखइ धनुषबिद्या बर बीरू।।
सब प्रसंगु रघुपतिहि सुनाई। बैठि मनहुँ तनु धरि निठुराई।।
मन मुसकाइ भानुकुल भानु। रामु सहज आनंद निधानू।।
बोले बचन बिगत सब दूषन। मृदु मंजुल जनु बाग बिभूषन।।
सुनु जननी सोइ सुतु बड़भागी। जो पितु मातु बचन अनुरागी।।
तनय मातु पितु तोषनिहारा। दुर्लभ जननि सकल संसारा।।
दो0-मुनिगन मिलनु बिसेषि बन सबहि भाँति हित मोर।
तेहि महँ पितु आयसु बहुरि संमत जननी तोर।।41।।

In this way Kaikeyi kept narrating what had transpired without compunction in her harsh voice which was sufficient to make even the stubbornness itself crib. It was a scene like tongue taking shape on an arched bow and the words like the arrows shooting out of it taking aim at the soft target that the king was and the obstinacy itself had assumed the role of the trainer to teach the very brave hero like person that was Kaikeyi. She related at length the whole matter to Raghupati Shri Ram and then sat down, her body taking a very stiff pose. The sun like personality (who exudes shine and brightness at all times) in the Sun-dynasty Shri Ram, an abode of relish and joy in a natural way, spoke in chosen words which contained no flaw of any kind, his words were so soft and decent that they could well be the ornaments of speech. Ram said, “O Janani (Janani is the biological mother and Ram at this difficult point chose to let Kaikeyi know that he took her to be no less than His real mother), that son is only fortunate who has faith in and natural acceptance of the words of his father and the mother, a son who is out to please his parents in every way is rarely seen in the world, I know this and care in that way.

“If I go to the forest I will have the fortune to meet with the great Munis and that will be very beneficial for my own sake (thus Ram confirmed that he was going to be fortunate as a son) and on top of it I would be honoring the command of my father which has approval from your side (and covers your interest too hence would please you at least if not the father).”

(Shri Ram here conveyed a valuable dictum that while fathers want their command not be challenged and they should be obeyed but the mothers want to please the sons and get pleased from their side. Ram also demonstrated that feuds in the family should not be fired up, whatever be the possible sacrifice should be made and some good will emerge out of it. He also proved through his response that sometimes its the duty of all to keep the honor of the family by keeping its tradition, in this case it was the tradition of not going back on words but the burden of it may even hinge on shoulders of another member and not the on the one who gives the word. Keeping positive attitude in worst of the circumstances is what he exemplifies too. He takes care to respond peacefully to harsh words of Kaikeyi knowing that heated exchanges from both sides do not leave room for reconciliation. Ram remained a patient listener, cool to face the challenge and perfectly under control of himself. He did not let any selfish angle to come in way of his actions in dealing with complicated situation rather chose to adjust according to circumstances giving weight to just his own duty. Ram knew that his father was to lose life in both possible scenario hence he thought why should he let him die as a dishonored person. He knew that any heated exchanges will instantly kill the king, he was in no way going to bear any kind of emotional upheaval, his body was weak heart under stress physically too hence tried his utmost to keep the environment cool. There are endless positive messages to derive from the Charit (the conduct) of Shri Ram at every step, let’s grab as much as we can.)

We have now covered up to Doha 41 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khnadelwal

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