Ramcharit Charcha CCCLXIII

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

मिलेहि माझ बिधि बात बेगारी। जहँ तहँ देहिं कैकेइहि गारी।।
एहि पापिनिहि बूझि का परेऊ। छाइ भवन पर पावकु धरेऊ।।
निज कर नयन काढ़ि चह दीखा। डारि सुधा बिषु चाहत चीखा।।
कुटिल कठोर कुबुद्धि अभागी। भइ रघुबंस बेनु बन आगी।।
पालव बैठि पेड़ु एहिं काटा। सुख महुँ सोक ठाटु धरि ठाटा।।
सदा रामु एहि प्रान समाना। कारन कवन कुटिलपनु ठाना।।
सत्य कहहिं कबि नारि सुभाऊ। सब बिधि अगहु अगाध दुराऊ।।
निज प्रतिबिंबु बरुकु गहि जाई। जानि न जाइ नारि गति भाई।।
दो0-काह न पावकु जारि सक का न समुद्र समाइ।
का न करै अबला प्रबल केहि जग कालु न खाइ।।47।।

We covered up to Doha 47 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas and learned that when the people of Ayodhya aware of the unacceptable happenings in side the palace became very disturbed and particularly angry towards Kaikeyi. They wondered what may have made Kaikeyi spoil the good times only to exchange it with an agonizingly painful outcome. The people of Ayodhya then, unable to find a good reason, concluded that nobody can know what goes on in the mind of a woman, Kaikeyi has confirmed only this.

का सुनाइ बिधि काह सुनावा। का देखाइ चह काह देखावा।।
एक कहहिं भल भूप न कीन्हा। बरु बिचारि नहिं कुमतिहि दीन्हा।।
जो हठि भयउ सकल दुख भाजनु। अबला बिबस ग्यानु गुनु गा जनु।।
एक धरम परमिति पहिचाने। नृपहि दोसु नहिं देहिं सयाने।।
सिबि दधीचि हरिचंद कहानी। एक एक सन कहहिं बखानी।।
एक भरत कर संमत कहहीं। एक उदास भायँ सुनि रहहीं।।
कान मूदि कर रद गहि जीहा। एक कहहिं यह बात अलीहा।।
सुकृत जाहिं अस कहत तुम्हारे। रामु भरत कहुँ प्रानपिआरे।।
दो0-चंदु चवै बरु अनल कन सुधा होइ बिषतूल।
सपनेहुँ कबहुँ न करहिं किछु भरतु राम प्रतिकूल।।48।।

Lamenting endlessly the people of Ayodhya said, “After a very welcome announcement (that Ram will become the king of Ayodhya), Brahma, the writer of fate of people, has now let this reverse message be known. We were to see the incarnation event and now are faced with such absurd and uncouth event taking place before our eyes. If the insistence of one is the cause of this unmatched trouble, why did the king have to give a boon without thinking, it seems that by accepting the supremacy of a woman over himself he lost virtues of sensible understanding and discretion.”

There were another set of intelligent people who understood the intricacies of and scope to which one’s Dharma (i e duty to up hold the truth) extends hence they did not blame the king; they discussed the lives of King Harishchandra, also in sun-dynasty, who had been tested by Muni Vishwamitra for his commitment and integrity but passed with full honors. Similarly the stories of King Shibi and of Rishi Dadhichi were recounted and some sort of justification was found in what King Dashrath was now committed to do.

Yet another set of people thought that it was happening in knowledge and agreement of Bharat and some others had attitude of neutrality while they listened to all taking stands. There were some who didn’t want to listen to the suggestion of Bharat’s involvement and closed their ears so as not to listen to this unkindly opinion about Bharat and bit their tongue, they said this is going too far, those who speak in this way were only destroying their own hoard of noble deeds because Ram happens to be as dear to Bharat as his own life.

They declared that the moon may shower fire or its nectar carrying rays may become poison-like but to say that Bharat would do anything contrary to interests of Shri Ram or against his liking even in a dream will not be true.

एक बिधातहिं दूषनु देंहीं। सुधा देखाइ दीन्ह बिषु जेहीं।।
खरभरु नगर सोचु सब काहू। दुसह दाहु उर मिटा उछाहू।।
बिप्रबधू कुलमान्य जठेरी। जे प्रिय परम कैकेई केरी।।
लगीं देन सिख सीलु सराही। बचन बानसम लागहिं ताही।।
भरतु न मोहि प्रिय राम समाना। सदा कहहु यहु सबु जगु जाना।।
करहु राम पर सहज सनेहू। केहिं अपराध आजु बनु देहू।।
कबहुँ न कियहु सवति आरेसू। प्रीति प्रतीति जान सबु देसू।।
कौसल्याँ अब काह बिगारा। तुम्ह जेहि लागि बज्र पुर पारा।।
दो0-सीय कि पिय सँगु परिहरिहि लखनु कि रहिहहिं धाम।
राजु कि भूँजब भरत पुर नृपु कि जिइहि बिनु राम।।49।।

Some of people blamed Brahma, the creator, who first showed nectar like promise and then delivered poison like outcome. A bit of unease and distress was being felt all over in the city, the elation in their heart gave way to unbearable distress now. The ladies in the families of learned Brahmins and other respectable and elderly ladies of the household of King Dashrath and even those who were near and dear to Kaikeyi herself collected there and began to give her right advice while praising her for her civility and congeniality which was recognized by everyone so far. Kaikeyi however felt their words piercing like arrows, she was in no mood to receiving any advice from anyone.

Kaikeyi was reminded that she used to say that Bharat was not as much dear to her as was Ram and this fact was not unknown to the whole world. She was told that she possessed natural affection for Shri Ram what wrong doing of Shri Ram made her decide sending him to forest. She was reminded that she was never given to jealousy towards the co-wives who had full confidence in each other and had liking for each other, this had been in the knowledge of people from all over the kingdom of Ayodhya. They asked Kaikeyi that this being the case what wrong had kaushalya done now that she was now ready to strike the whole city with bolt of thunderous lightening.

Lastly the wise ladies collected there showed Kaikeyi what were the implications of what she had decided to do and said that Sita would not leave the Ram alone and would want to go along with him to the forest, Lakshman also would not stay back and would follow both Ram and Sita, even Bharat would not accept or enjoy the kingship of Ayodhya and lastly the king would not find it possible to stay alive in absence of Shri Ram.

(All the experienced and wise people of Ayodhya were very well aware of the relationship of members of the royal family between themselves. The king’s family members always remain under watch of people, nothing happens in the family of the king that would not have the bearing on the state hence it is duty of every member of the royal household to be vigilant and careful about what they do. This was the subtle advice of the knowledgeable elderly ladies to Kaikeyi which fell on deaf ears. King Dashrath must have been aware of this but his predicament was that a person who becomes guilty of going back on words also loses the right to be the ruler. A ruler known to be compromising even at personal level would not be favored and trusted by people. In this light Dashrath could not have gone back on word for the sake of the kingdom itself and for the sake of the future kings in the family.)

We have now covered up to Doha 49 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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