Ramcharit Charcha CCCLXXIII

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

मोहि मग चलत न होइहि हारी। छिनु छिनु चरन सरोज निहारी।।
सबहि भाँति पिय सेवा करिहौं। मारग जनित सकल श्रम हरिहौं।।
पाय पखारी बैठि तरु छाहीं। करिहउँ बाउ मुदित मन माहीं।।
श्रम कन सहित स्याम तनु देखें। कहँ दुख समउ प्रानपति पेखें।।
सम महि तृन तरुपल्लव डासी। पाग पलोटिहि सब निसि दासी।।
बारबार मृदु मूरति जोही। लागहि तात बयारि न मोही।
को प्रभु सँग मोहि चितवनिहारा। सिंघबधुहि जिमि ससक सिआरा।।
मैं सुकुमारि नाथ बन जोगू। तुम्हहि उचित तप मो कहुँ भोगू।।
दो0-ऐसेउ बचन कठोर सुनि जौं न ह्रदउ बिलगान।
तौ प्रभु बिषम बियोग दुख सहिहहिं पावँर प्रान।।67।।

We covered up to Doha 67 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Sita presented before Shri Ram her version about what she expected in the forest. She said that bed of leaves and grass, the food of roots and fruits and the home in the mountains would only be enjoyable since her Lord will be with her and that she will have an occasion to serve Him in every way. She stressed the point that living away from Shri Ram will only be bringing end to her life. She said that looking at the lotus feet of Shri Ram and His dark complexioned body she would get routinely refreshed and as for the safety she said that none would ever dare to look at her with Shri Ram around her. She said that if she was delicate then so was Shri Ram, it would not be right for Him to engage in Tapa and for her to enjoy material pleasures, she said that if such kind of talk would not be sinking her heart then might be her life would have to bear the consequence of separation (otherwise she would die before that time comes).

अस कहि सीय बिकल भइ भारी। बचन बियोगु न सकी सँभारी।।
देखि दसा रघुपति जियँ जाना। हठि राखें नहिं राखिहि प्राना।।
कहेउ कृपाल भानुकुलनाथा। परिहरि सोचु चलहु बन साथा।।
नहिं बिषाद कर अवसरु आजू। बेगि करहु बन गवन समाजू।।
कहि प्रिय बचन प्रिया समुझाई। लगे मातु पद आसिष पाई।।
बेगि प्रजा दुख मेटब आई। जननी निठुर बिसरि जनि जाई।।
फिरहि दसा बिधि बहुरि कि मोरी। देखिहउँ नयन मनोहर जोरी।।
सुदिन सुघरी तात कब होइहि। जननी जिअत बदन बिधु जोइहि।।
दो0-बहुरि बच्छ कहि लालु कहि रघुपति रघुबर तात।
कबहिं बोलाइ लगाइ हियँ हरषि निरखिहउँ गात।।68।।

Ending her speech with these words Sita began to show signs of intense nervousness and could not bear the prospect of separation even as matter of discussion. Looking at this condition of Sita, Shri Ram assessed in His heart that if He insists on going without her then she will not hold her breath. The merciful Lord in the family of Raghus, Shri Ram, then told Sita, “Stop worrying and come along to go in to the jungles, its not the day to lament and feel disgusted; you may now get ready and collect whatever you need before leaving for forest.”

Giving Sita these directions Shri Ram congenially explained some other matters to His beloved Sita and bowed down at feet of mother and got her blessings; mother Kaushalya said to Shri Ram, “Come back fast for the sake of people here and relieve them from carrying the burden of grief but you must not forget this heartless mother of yours. Let me see if the creator Brahma will change my fortune in to a possibility of my seeing the lovely pair of you both. I on my part will be living the life only to wait for that auspicious day and moment when I, your mother, will have occasion to look at your moon like face after you have come back.”

Kaushalya then broke down and addressed Shri Ram as Her darling son, her lovely child, master of the family of Raghus, the great among Raghus and wished for a time in foreseeable future when she would beckon Shri Ram to come near and then embrace Him and have a good look at His charming self again.

We have now covered up to Doha 68 of Ayodhya Kand.

लखि सनेह कातरि महतारी। बचनु न आव बिकल भइ भारी।।
राम प्रबोधु कीन्ह बिधि नाना। समउ सनेहु न जाइ बखाना।।
तब जानकी सासु पग लागी। सुनिअ माय मैं परम अभागी।।
सेवा समय दैअँ बनु दीन्हा। मोर मनोरथु सफल न कीन्हा।।
तजब छोभु जनि छाड़िअ छोहू। करमु कठिन कछु दोसु न मोहू।।
सुनि सिय बचन सासु अकुलानी। दसा कवनि बिधि कहौं बखानी।।
बारहि बार लाइ उर लीन्ही। धरि धीरजु सिख आसिष दीन्ही।।
अचल होउ अहिवातु तुम्हारा। जब लगि गंग जमुन जल धारा।।
दो0-सीतहि सासु असीस सिख दीन्हि अनेक प्रकार।
चली नाइ पद पदुम सिरु अति हित बारहिं बार।।69।।

Kaushalya looked at Shri Ram with an intensely affectionate glance and also noted Shri Ram’s intense love for herself and this made her so overwhelmed with emotions that she could not utter even a single word rather got very agitated and disturbed. Shri Ram then came forward to console her in many ways and to give her some good philosophical ideas to enable her to maintain her balance while He would be away. The warmth of love at this moment of parting of a son from his mother is hard to describe.

Later Janki Sita bowed down at feet of mother-in-law and said before taking her leave finally, “O Mother, I am really very unfortunate to have such a fate that makes me leave for forest at a time when I should be serving you (Sita avoided blaming any one for this, this is how difficult times should be viewed in families and blame game should be avoided entirely). My wish to serve you remains unfulfilled; you must now stop grieving however you must not stop being kind and affectionate towards me. The fate which is always unyielding is very unkind towards me just now and I may not therefore be faulted in this regard.”

Listening to words of Sita, Kaushalya, the mother-in-law became very disturbed and upset (thinking that Sita really was not at fault and still was facing such bad turn of fate) and about this Lord Shiv told Parvati that I don’t know how to convey her condition to you. Kaushalya responded to Sita only by bringing Sita in to her embrace time and again. Keeping patience some how and recollecting herself Kaushalya gave Sita her blessings and some good pieces of advice as her elder by saying, “May your husband stay alive forever and that way your good-fortune may remain unbroken till water keeps flowing in the rivers of Ganga and Yamuna.”

In this manner mother-in-law kept giving blessing and sermons over and over again and Sita too bowed down at her lotus feet time and again (both found it rather strange and awkward that they be parting. It was something unnatural, this scenario was unthinkable at any time earlier but now it had presented itself so mercilessly that none knew how to handle it).

We have now covered up to Doha 69 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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