Ramcharit Charcha CCCLXX

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

मातु समीप कहत सकुचाहीं। बोले समउ समुझि मन माहीं।।
राजकुमारि सिखावन सुनहू। आन भाँति जियँ जनि कछु गुनहू।।
आपन मोर नीक जौं चहहू। बचनु हमार मानि गृह रहहू।।
आयसु मोर सासु सेवकाई। सब बिधि भामिनि भवन भलाई।।
एहि ते अधिक धरमु नहिं दूजा। सादर सासु ससुर पद पूजा।।
जब जब मातु करिहि सुधि मोरी। होइहि प्रेम बिकल मति भोरी।।
तब तब तुम्ह कहि कथा पुरानी। सुंदरि समुझाएहु मृदु बानी।।
कहउँ सुभायँ सपथ सत मोही। सुमुखि मातु हित राखउँ तोही।।
दो0-गुर श्रुति संमत धरम फलु पाइअ बिनहिं कलेस।
हठ बस सब संकट सहे गालव नहुष नरेस।।61।।

We covered up to Doha 61 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Maa Kashalya told Shri Ram that Sita was interested to go along with Him to the forest but also expressed her reservation about the capacity of Sita of withstanding the harsh conditions in forests as she had never been subjected to any kind of difficulties of day to day living either in Ayodhya or at her father’s place and even told that if she stays back it will be good for her Kaushalya herself but left the last word to Shri Ram. Shri Ram then spoke to Sita after overcoming his reluctance to speak to her directly in front of the mother but considering the delicacy of the time He conveyed to Sita that it was his prime wish that she stays back for it was the call of duty for her that she serves the mother-in-law when times were such stressful.

मैं पुनि करि प्रवान पितु बानी। बेगि फिरब सुनु सुमुखि सयानी।।
दिवस जात नहिं लागिहि बारा। सुंदरि सिखवनु सुनहु हमारा।।
जौ हठ करहु प्रेम बस बामा। तौ तुम्ह दुखु पाउब परिनामा।।
काननु कठिन भयंकरु भारी। घोर घामु हिम बारि बयारी।।
कुस कंटक मग काँकर नाना। चलब पयादेहिं बिनु पदत्राना।।
चरन कमल मुदु मंजु तुम्हारे। मारग अगम भूमिधर भारे।।
कंदर खोह नदीं नद नारे। अगम अगाध न जाहिं निहारे।।
भालु बाघ बृक केहरि नागा। करहिं नाद सुनि धीरजु भागा।।
दो0-भूमि सयन बलकल बसन असनु कंद फल मूल।
ते कि सदा सब दिन मिलिहिं सबुइ समय अनुकूल।।62।।

Shri Ram further told Sita reassuringly, “O Charming Faced one, you are your self wise enough to understand, I will be back promptly after I have discharged my duty in keeping the honor of father and his word. The day will pass quickly, you must listen to my advice carefully O Beautiful One. If you will be insistent upon going with me out of your love for me then O Vama (the wives in India are called like this but the word also means the one who stays on the left side of husband i e sometimes keeps a different view than that of the husband), it will only bring trouble for you in the end.”

Shri Ram then went on recounting the troubles in the forests and said, “The forest is difficult to negotiate and is dreadfully scary, you will find it heated under the fiercely bright sun at one time and at the other time it will be raining hailstones while cold winds blow. You will find the tracts in the forest strewn with sharp stones, pebbles, the dried prickly grass and such other things and will have to walk on such tracts bare foot. Your beautiful feet are soft like lotus and the path will be difficult to negotiate for you because of the hills and mountains coming in way. There will be caves, ravines, streams, rivulets and rivers which will difficult to cross and formidable in appearance. Besides the bears, tigers, wolves, lions and elephants will make terrible sounds that make it difficult to keep courage for anyone.

“You will have to sleep on naked earth, will have barks of trees as clothing and stems, roots and fruits as your food; even these things will not be available all the time and when available may not be suitable for consumption.”

We have now covered up to Doha 62 of Ayodhya Kand.

नर अहार रजनीचर चरहीं। कपट बेष बिधि कोटिक करहीं।।
लागइ अति पहार कर पानी। बिपिन बिपति नहिं जाइ बखानी।।
ब्याल कराल बिहग बन घोरा। निसिचर निकर नारि नर चोरा।।
डरपहिं धीर गहन सुधि आएँ। मृगलोचनि तुम्ह भीरु सुभाएँ।।
हंसगवनि तुम्ह नहिं बन जोगू। सुनि अपजसु मोहि देइहि लोगू।।
मानस सलिल सुधाँ प्रतिपाली। जिअइ कि लवन पयोधि मराली।।
नव रसाल बन बिहरनसीला। सोह कि कोकिल बिपिन करीला।।
रहहु भवन अस हृदयँ बिचारी। चंदबदनि दुखु कानन भारी।।
दो0-सहज सुह्द गुर स्वामि सिख जो न करइ सिर मानि।।
सो पछिताइ अघाइ उर अवसि होइ हित हानि।।63।।

Shri Ram continued saying,” The demons in jungles are man-eater too and roam freely, they are capable of assuming many forms and disguises. The water of hills is not good for health and is difficult to digest, the difficulties of the forests may not possibly be explained rightly. The deadly serpents and big birds abound in jungle, there are groups of demons who capture and take away the humans. Even the bold and daring people are fearful of the forests while you are timid by nature O Dove-eyed One! You walk as gracefully as a swan walks and in no way you are meant to be in forests. If I take you along people will laugh at me. A gentle bird brought up in pure and nectar like water of Mansarovar would not flourish in salty water. A bird accustomed to live in a garden of mango trees can’t be thriving in thorny bushes. O the Moon Faced One, ponder over all that I said and stay back, the forests are den of great difficulties.

“Those who do not pay heed to the advice of a one who has natural interest in one’s welfare, who is the Guru or who is the master, they repent very badly later and they come to great harm and grief.”

We have now covered up to Doha 63 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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