Ramcharit Charcha CCCLXI

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

रहसी रानि राम रुख पाई। बोली कपट सनेहु जनाई।।
सपथ तुम्हार भरत कै आना। हेतु न दूसर मै कछु जाना।।
तुम्ह अपराध जोगु नहिं ताता। जननी जनक बंधु सुखदाता।।
राम सत्य सबु जो कछु कहहू। तुम्ह पितु मातु बचन रत अहहू।।
पितहि बुझाइ कहहु बलि सोई। चौथेंपन जेहिं अजसु न होई।।
तुम्ह सम सुअन सुकृत जेहिं दीन्हे। उचित न तासु निरादरु कीन्हे।।
लागहिं कुमुख बचन सुभ कैसे। मगहँ गयादिक तीरथ जैसे।।
रामहि मातु बचन सब भाए। जिमि सुरसरि गत सलिल सुहाए।।
दो0-गइ मुरुछा रामहि सुमिरि नृप फिरि करवट लीन्ह।
सचिव राम आगमन कहि बिनय समय सम कीन्ह।।43।।

We covered up to Doha 43 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that when Kaikeyi became sure of what Shri Ram had in mind, she felt reassured and showing false affection told Ram that she knew that he would never commit any wrong and also that he was an obedient son. She than wished Ram to convince his father to be particular in safeguarding his good name because he was now old (and would not have occasion to correct his image later in life). She said that it was due to king’s noble deeds in the past that he had sons like Ram and therefore Ram should not act in a way that people say that might be the king wasn’t as righteous as they thought. Kaikeyi’s words were laced with some apparent sense though strangely they had come out of her uncouth mouth.

अवनिप अकनि रामु पगु धारे। धरि धीरजु तब नयन उघारे।।
सचिवँ सँभारि राउ बैठारे। चरन परत नृप रामु निहारे।।
लिए सनेह बिकल उर लाई। गै मनि मनहुँ फनिक फिरि पाई।।
रामहि चितइ रहेउ नरनाहू। चला बिलोचन बारि प्रबाहू।।
सोक बिबस कछु कहै न पारा। हृदयँ लगावत बारहिं बारा।।
बिधिहि मनाव राउ मन माहीं। जेहिं रघुनाथ न कानन जाहीं।।
सुमिरि महेसहि कहइ निहोरी। बिनती सुनहु सदासिव मोरी।।
आसुतोष तुम्ह अवढर दानी। आरति हरहु दीन जनु जानी।।
दो0-तुम्ह प्रेरक सब के हृदयँ सो मति रामहि देहु।
बचनु मोर तजि रहहि घर परिहरि सीलु सनेहु।।44।।

The king who had regained his consciousness and could listen to Sumantra and learned about arrival of Ram there. The king then opened his eyes to look at Shri Ram and kept his patience; the minister helped the king sit up with due care and right then the king saw Ram bowing down at his feet. The king then brought Shri Ram close to his bosom, he was overwhelmed with emotion and full of affection for Ram but also under great stress. For a while he felt a surge of relief like a snake who had regained his lost Mani. The king kept looking at Shri Ram but tears started flowing profusely out of his eyes. Gripped by sorrowful thoughts the king couldn’t speak out; he only took Shri Ram to his bosom time and again. The king was praying to the creator in his heart, humbly wishing that Lord of Raghus Shri Ram may not leave for the forest (the king knew that even though he may not verbally ask Shri Ram to go to forest, he would still go for Shri Ram never could let his word be dishonored, least of all when Ram could by himself ensure it hence the king wanted divine intervention).

The king then turned to invoking Mahesh, the superior one among the gods i e Lord Shiv and pleaded by saying, “O Sadashiv (literally it means ‘one who always ensures welfare’, a name of Lord Shiv) kindly listen to my prayer, you are known as Ashutosh, the one who is easy to please, you are the one who is generous to the core, you should assuage my trouble considering me to be your own servant who is now in a dire state.

“You are the one who imparts ideas in minds of all, you may so influence the wit of Shri Ram that he forgets every bit of uprightness and regard for me, not caring for my words or my promise to kaikeyi, stays back at home in Ayodhya itself.”

(The king had not known that Shri Ram was himself the Supreme God and Lord Shiv could not have power to influence the wit of Shri Ram therefore, he still knew Him to be his loved son only who was most obedient and duty bound. So in a way what qualities he ascribed to Lord Shiv are true but in fact what he asked for was equally beyond the scope here.)

We have now covered up to Doha 44 of Ayodhya Kand.

अजसु होउ जग सुजसु नसाऊ। नरक परौ बरु सुरपुरु जाऊ।।
सब दुख दुसह सहावहु मोही। लोचन ओट रामु जनि होंही।।
अस मन गुनइ राउ नहिं बोला। पीपर पात सरिस मनु डोला।।
रघुपति पितहि प्रेमबस जानी। पुनि कछु कहिहि मातु अनुमानी।।
देस काल अवसर अनुसारी। बोले बचन बिनीत बिचारी।।
तात कहउँ कछु करउँ ढिठाई। अनुचितु छमब जानि लरिकाई।।
अति लघु बात लागि दुखु पावा। काहुँ न मोहि कहि प्रथम जनावा।।
देखि गोसाइँहि पूँछिउँ माता। सुनि प्रसंगु भए सीतल गाता।।
दो0-मंगल समय सनेह बस सोच परिहरिअ तात।
आयसु देइअ हरषि हियँ कहि पुलके प्रभु गात।।45।।

“Let my bad name be spread around the whole world and my good name take a beating; let me be lodged in hell and forego any claim to the heaven, the abode of gods. I may even be subjected to bear unbearable miseries and hardships but somehow Ram should never be out of my sight,” this is how the king kept reflecting within without a spoken word while praying to Lord Shiv, his heart was shaky like leaf of Peepal (a sacred tree, its leaves are very supple and smooth) due to wind (the aired word of Kaikeyi).

Shri Ram knew that king’s heart was overwhelmed with love for him and thought that mother might again speak something not very pleasing. Thus Shri Ram thoroughly weighed pros and cons giving due consideration to the delicacy of the moment, the place and the possibilities. He then decided to speak in measured but polite words saying, “O Father, I wish to say some thing to you though out of turn and without asking your permission. You may condone my improper behavior owing it to my childishness. You are suffering on account of a very insignificant matter, why didn’t you let me know of it all beforehand. When i saw you agonizing in this way, I inquired from the mother. When I listened to her explaining the matter I have felt really relieved (because there is nothing that should give rise to any conflict or worrying situation).

“It’s a propitious time (as Bharat will be the king), you should not, due to affection and love towards me, become worried. You must now happily give me your consent (so that I may now leave for the forest).” Saying this Lord Shri Ram became bodily thrilled, he demonstrated before the king that his body is as much ready as his resolve to remain happy and safe in the forest.

(Shri Ram’s conduct tells us all to speak truthfully, the language of the body should be in agreement with the words not otherwise. Very many messages do not go across on this account, the words say some thing but the physical signs do not match, the physical signs reveal if there is deceit involved in our communication.)

We have now covered up to Doha 45 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Janaki vallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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